Can prayer heal addictions?

An abbreviated version of this post was published in the Concord Monitor (click to read). It also was published on Concord’s Patch.com According to news reports, pop singer Prince had been dependent on opioid painkilling medication, and that he was treated for a drug overdose a few days before he passed on in April. He […]

Spiritual health care that works

Vermont Sunflowers photo by Elodie Reed Participation in alternative health care has surged in recent years. Many people want care and healing with simplicity and results. They are increasingly wary of expensive care that is complicated or drug and surgery dependent. A few years ago, the Los Angeles Times published “More Doctors Going the Alternative […]

Boston brotherhood

2014 Boston Marathon Champion Meb Keflezighi (photo by Elodie Reed) Growing up I was somewhat of a loner. Running changed that. In my first cross-country race, even though I finished in last place, I made some friends with teammates. Ten years later, Boston running teammates invited me to join “Team New Balance,” which was a […]

Prayers for Easter health

The following “letter to the editor” was published in the Concord Monitor and Manchester Union Leader this Easter weekend. Easter brings remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, but also of his life, an important part of which involved healing others through prayer. The health care that Jesus brought folks in his day can […]

Placebo surgery?

Placebos have graduated into surgical procedures. A placebo is a pill or substance without an active medical ingredient. The patient believes that he is receiving a drug. Physicians have found that the patient, unaware of the deception, may respond as if an actual drug was administered. Five years ago psychologist Dr. Irving Kirsch, Associate Director […]

Christian forgiveness

The clip-clop of horse’s hooves echo in our thought as my wife and I recall our visits with a dear Amish family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Several decades ago we established a bond of friendship based on our mutual respect for each other’s faiths. The response of the Amish community during the Nickel Mines school […]