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Report says Americans’ heart health in poor state

The National Journal reports, “Nearly every American has at least one risk factor for heart disease,” according to a report from the American Heart Association. Continue reading

Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 5 – What Causes Sickness?

Theologians tell us that, in one sense, from a Biblical perspective, all sickness has its ultimate origin in sin because human suffering stems from the fall and the sin of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:15 – 17; Romans 1:28 – 32). But that’s not the way many people think of sin causing sickness. It’s very common for me to see patients who believe that their sickness or disease is caused by a specific sin or wrong decision. There are others who believe that all illness is due to specific sin. Is this true or false?

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Four lifestyle choices reduce risk of chronic disease 80 percent

What an interesting new study. It concludes that to dramatically reduce your healthcare costs, to lengthen your life, to improve the quality of your life, and, in short, to have a happier and more highly healthy life, you need to “only” do four things.

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 7 – Not All Healing is From God

How we pursue health and healing is very important. Our concern, as Christians, is that there are wrong ways (even evil ways) people can pursue and receive healing. We wish to make the case that healing achieved by inappropriate means is healing that is not good and, in our view, is healing that is not from God.

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 6 – Why God’s Response to Prayer Isn’t Always to Heal

Despite what many television preachers tell us, the Bible does not teach that God’s response to a prayer to cure illness is an immediate physical healing. The overall teaching of the Bible is that sickness can have different origins. Therefore, claims that all illnesses can always be cured by “believing prayer” or “casting out demons” are simply not biblical. Let me explain why.

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 4 – Can Faith be Unhealthy?

While faith can have positive effects on health, it can also have negative effects. Although religious beliefs are a source of comfort and support for many people, for others they are a source of stress and emotional turmoil.

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 3 – Devout Faith Helps but Does Not Guarantee Good Health

Interest in the connection between faith and health has led to a relatively large number of studies investigating the link. Some religious groups, including some actively involved in alternative medicine, claim to offer complete health to their adherents. Evaluating the health of believers in those religions would provide important evidence about the truth or falsity of those religions (as has been done for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, or Christian Scientists). For this reason, it is important to answer the question as to whether the Bible teaches that God promises to heal Christians. Does it?

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 2 – What Value Should We Place on Our Health?

Good Health Can Become an Idol

Many of the more recent controversial developments in conventional medicine (cloning, assisted suicide, embryo research) have arisen because some believe that the purpose of life is to promote life itself — and not just any life, but life that is judged by human standards to be valuable or of good quality.

Good health can become the most important thing in a person’s life. Sometimes this is good. Other times it may be harmful.

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 1 – What does the Bible say about health?

I co-wrote a best-selling and evidence-based book on alternative and complimentary medicine with my good friend, Dónal O’Mathúna, PhD, titled, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook (the options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely). We had a chapter in the book titled Faith-Based Health and Healing. Our goal for the chapter was to review “what the Bible says about health and healing.” This and future posts will excerpt parts of this chapter, starting with this first post:

Health is a major focus today. Many people think of physical wellness when they think about health, but the trend is toward a much broader view, a “holistic” view of health. This acknowledges the many influences on our health and healing — the physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual factors. We now know that many nonphysical factors play an important role in the development of certain illnesses and in keeping us healthy. But, what Does the Bible Say About Health?

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The power of a healthy marriage

A good marriage is a great way to avoid loneliness and cultivate a warm and supportive relationship. Two news stories this week report that good marriages impact physical health.

These stories confirm much previous research that shows that people who are happily married not only tend to live longer than those who are unmarried, but also appear to live more highly healthy lives; they have increased quantity and quality of life. Continue reading