Tag Archives: health care

Is there a spiritual answer to the stress of caring?

Stress is not a new concept, but we live in an age which is constantly creating fresh varieties of angst to add to our mental in-tray. Caring doesn’t sound like it should be one of those in-tray items. Helping family, friends and strangers can often be uplifting. But when we become ‘carers’ and the demands […]

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Feature on spirituality and health pioneer Dr Christina Puchalski

The machine, beeping steadily away in the background, reassuringly spells life. Suddenly it goes haywire. Something’s wrong. The patient needs urgent attention. Visiting family members panic as the monitor warns of their loved one’s impending doom. In rush the concerned clinicians – first the nurses, then the doctors. It’s action stations. Finally, depending on whether […]

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Is spiritual care a reform that spans the health-care divide?

Health-care reform – just two simple words. But the simplicity of the phrase belies the fact it is an issue that has convulsed the nation, commanding an untold number of column inches and consuming a massive amount of airtime. Throughout the presidential campaign passions have continued to run high. As Election Day looms the issue […]

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When Even Your Headache Pills Give You a Headache is There a Way Out of the Medical Maze?

So you’ve got a headache and you want to be rid of it. It’s simple, right? You take a tablet. Or is it? As the Global Year Against Headache draws to a close the strategy for dealing with “the most frequent of medical complaints” is far from clear cut. For a start, that painkilling pill you are […]

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Intuition in the practice of medicine..and in the medicine of spiritual practice

In my most recent blog on the Huffington Post UK – called Medical Mistakes and the Intuition Factor – an amazingly courageous and forthright doctor spills the beans about errors in medical practice, but touches on a quality that might make a difference. Here is an excerpt from the article. How then can the element of “human error” be kept to a […]

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Is being a satisfied patient bad for your health?

The familiar expression “the squeaky wheel gets the oil/grease” suggests making a fuss gets you a head start in the competition for services. But what does it say if the successful “squeaky wheel” on the trail for the best medical services ends up with worse outcomes? That’s what data indicates in a survey of 50,000 […]

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Mary Baker Eddy – healthcare reformer extraordinaire…of course!

There is something pleasantly reassuring, if somewhat surprising, about a law professor casually commenting in her blog on “The Top 100 Influential Figures in American History” that she had to “click to 86 to get to the first woman.  It’s Mary Baker Eddy, who, of course, influenced health care reform.” Of course?  Of course!  Mary […]

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