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What is “The X factor of healing”?

Prayer works, according to an article headlined The X factor of healing. A number of people interviewed by a newspaper said they had no doubt the simple action of turning to an unseen higher power brought tangible results. These are not stories of individuals reaching for “the dream” of celebrity and riches.  They are thoughtful reflections […]

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Health Care Workers use Alternatives for Their Health

A new study shows workers in the health care industry opt for complementary and alternative medicines more than the public. The study appears in this month’s Health Services Research journal, called Personal Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) by U.S. Health Care Workers.  It found three out of four American health care workers use complementary or alternative approaches to […]

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Intuition: my best careers advice

For some it was hugs and tears of relief as much awaited ‘A’ Level results gripped the nation’s 18-year-olds. For others it was glum faces, the prospect of shattered dreams and a complete rethink of their career hopes. In Lack Of Careers Advice Leaves Students In The Dark in the Huffington Post UK, Lucy Sheriff reports: […]

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Moving beyond bitterness – a lesson from the Birmingham riots

Tariq Jahan’s 21-year-old son Haroon was murdered in Birmingham during last week’s rioting.  Since then he has become an unassuming hero. His call for calm, despite such personal tragedy, cooled tempers which could have boiled over in his Winson Green neighbourhood.  He said: “Blacks, Asians, whites — we all live in the same community. Why […]

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Former anarchist is 100 year-old “fully engaged” healer

If you think that was just an attention-getting headline, you are partly right. I couldn’t resist! However, it is also true.  On Monday evening, on the Progressive Radio Network’s “A Better World” show (in the USA), – hosted by Mitchell Jay Rabin – an interview with centenarian pianist, and Christian Scientist, Lillian Schwabe was introduced in the […]

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Can press problems shed light on changes needed in health care?

Say the phrase “investigative reporting” at present in the UK and you might get a reaction from many which suggests you are dealing with a tainted brand. Inside one turbulent week the “investigative” News of the World has crashed from being the world’s highest-circulating English language newspaper to becoming Britain’s first national news title closure. […]

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Is health reporting suffering an overdose of unproven claims?

A recent survey and a lively conference both suggest there are journalists who feel that the “evidence” in evidence-based health care reporting might not always be quite as evidential as it should be. In How far should we trust health reporting? Ben Goldacre – famous for his focus on bad science – recently reported in […]

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What’s going on when a GP offers a dose of prayer?

The media have featured angry-with-the-doctor opinion pieces versus angry-with-the-medical-authorities reports about the recent conflab between the General Medical Council (GMC) and Margate General Practitioner Dr. Richard Scott, who talked about Jesus to a patient. However, it is worth asking, but what does it actually mean to have a physician-patient conversation about faith? It is clearly […]

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Respecting the many branches of British healthcare

In The House of Lords last week The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health, Earl Howe, was responding to questions about a particular non-western approach to healthcare. There were those Lords who approved of it (Lord Pearson of Rannoch, for instance), those who didn’t (Lord Taverne), those who wanted only a light touch for the regulation about […]

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