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Can You Think Your Way to Better Health?

“Now think, men, think!”

Professor Harold Hill’s desperate plea as he stands before his ill-prepared River City Boy’s Band with a broken pool cue for a director’s baton, is the iconic and ironic highlight of “The Music Man,” the endearing stage and film musical.

Having convinced the gullible parents that he could produce a band and taken their money for instruments and uniforms, the lovable con artist reluctantly turns to his own confidence scam, the “Think System,” in his desperate attempt to avoid the wrath of the townspeople as they are about to hear the not-so-melodious sounds of their children’s instruments.

Thinking actually had little to do with the scheme the professor devised. He was literally as well as figuratively handcuffed by a lack of musical know-how. Producing musical concord is a science, involving knowledge of the rules of harmony and their implementation. Ignorance of the principles and procedures ensures cacophony.

Health can be viewed in much the same way.  Read more….

The side effects of our health care decisions

Consumers of prescription drugs and certain medical tests are increasingly alerted by health professionals to the unintended side effects these means produce.

by Alex Clark

A recent article in the AARP Bulletin centers on the growing concern over drug cascading.  In The Side Effects of Side Effects, Patricia Barry writes about the problem of medications creating conditions in the body not connected to their intended purpose.

Gordon Schiff, M.D., Harvard Medical School faculty member is quoted in the article.  “There are a lot of people taking drugs to treat the side effect of drugs.  And sometimes that makes sense, and maybe the initial drug is essential.  But when you’re taking a drug to treat the side effect of a drug which is treating the side effect of another drug, it gets to be rather a house of cards.”

Later in the article Schiff suggests to his colleagues to “think beyond drugs.”

And many are.  Herbert Benson M.D., a cardiologist also from Harvard, has devoted his career to bring spirituality and healing into medicine.  Larry Dossey M.D., a distinguished physician and author, sees prayer and consciousness as having a big impact in medicine now and in the future.  And there is a long list of others researching similar topics.

The shift to a more “mindful” approach to health is slow, partly due to the faith physicians and patients have in well-established protocols.

“In truth, facts and evidence are in a constant battle with faith and perception.  Humans tend to be rational beings until what they’re told or see runs headlong into what they believe,” writes Earle Holland, assistant vice president for research communications in the Office of University Relations at The Ohio State University. Continue reading The side effects of our health care decisions