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Mothering love! A SATURDAY (AND SUNDAY) THOUGHT

This is taken from a phrase coined by church members grateful for the work of Mary Baker Eddy (The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p. 52:6-7). Many members even called Mrs Eddy “Mother” for a time. At her request that practice was discontinued, and she has since been known as the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science […]

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The victory that makes champions of us all!

In West London the formerly out-of-form Eden Hazard dips his shoulder and runs past several Spurs players, then passes the ball between the legs of another to reach Diego Costa. With a clever turn, Costa cruises past his marker and then passes back to Hazard who replicates last year’s PFA Player of the Year form […]

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How do you heal a hurting heart?

“Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” according to the 1955 movie featuring William Holden and Jennifer Jones. Indeed, love probably means as many different things as there are people – from the unselfish care of a Mother Teresa to the heart-pounding passion of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Yet with Valentine’s Day upon us it’s the […]

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The “Medicalisation of Normality”, Or Normalisation Of Health?

Yesterday you were shy, bereaved, apathetic, eccentric. Today you are mentally ill. But don’t worry. Nothing has changed except some new labelling appearing in the upcoming edition of a manual of mental disorders to be published by the American Psychiatric Association. Or should we worry? The volume in question is internationally “influential” and many psychologists and psychiatrists […]

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When Less Is More In Medicine

It’s a well-known fact we just keep accumulating more “stuff”. Or is it? It seems that material consumption in the UK might have reached its apex early in the last decade and has decreased ever since, according to a survey by environment writer Chris Goodall. He told the Guardian: “What the figures suggest is that 2001 may turn out to be […]

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Is Aspirin Advice Increasingly Hard to Swallow?

Remember the advice to take aspirin even if you don’t need it – because it can reduce the chances of heart attack and stroke? That was then. This is now. “Healthy people who take a daily dose of aspirin to reduce their risk of a heart attack or stroke, may be doing themselves more harm than good, […]

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Do Drug-Free Options Offer Fresh Hope?

A “drug-free therapy” helps slow the expected decline of people diagnosed with dementia, a study has found. The therapy enabled sufferers to maintain “cognitive function” and the ability to carry out normal activities like gardening and preparing a meal, according to researchers from the German University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Those not receiving the therapy deteriorated in both […]

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6 Ways to Build a Healthy Resolve

This post was first published on the Huffington Post UK blog.  Lemmings – those furry little rodents that regularly throw all caution to the wind and jump into the seething ocean convinced they are going to get to the other side. By now many of us have done a good job of imitating them in the ritual […]

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Sherlock Holmes and the Effect of the Nocebos…

Terrific article published as Belief and Its Effect on Our Health by my colleague Russ Gerber in the Huffington Post! Penny Sarchet doesn’t think of herself as a detective, but she’s been acting like one. She recently received a prize for her science essay on the nocebo effect, one of the winning entries in a writing contest sponsored […]

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Is it Time To Make Time For Spiritual Care?

This blog was first published in the Huffington Post UK. What do prayer, unconditional love, forgiveness, life’s meaning and purpose, and spiritual practice have in common? They are five Spiritual Concepts Western Medicine Must Embrace according to Karen Wyatt MD writing on the allnurses website. Perhaps not surprisingly, the debate in the comments section shows a number of detractors have been energised by […]

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