Health benefits of spirituality

An abbreviated version of the following was published in the Concord Monitor. A recent Concord Monitor interview with retired New Hampshire Hospital Chaplain Rachael Keefe shows how spirituality and spiritual care help patients with mental illness. Chaplain Keefe served for six years, praying for and providing spiritual counseling to patients and staff at New Hampshire’s […]

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 […]

Olympic health

The Olympics usually inspire me to run. This year’s Olympics has inspired me to think. Why have they grown so big in thought, in financing, and in global participation? Even Muslim women are competing this year. (See this article.) Perhaps the Olympics are more important than simple sports activity. There is some serious history here. […]

Healing hepatitis

Recently over two dozen patients were accidentally infected with hepatitis in a New Hampshire hospital. There is no known medical cure for this disease and it is thought of as a life sentence. How is Christian Science treating this tragedy? With the power of God. Because God does not cause disease, healing is possible through […]