- Keith Wommack - Nationally Syndicated Columnist on Health, Thought and Spirituality
Posted by Keith Wommack on Sep 8, 2014 | 4 Comments »
I was glad to see Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare nominated for an Emmy Award. I hope you’ve had an opportunity to view it. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will host the 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards Ceremony on September 30.
The filmmakers of Escape Fire realize that society desperately needs a paradigm shift when it comes to providing people with better healthcare. The film focuses on the problems in our healthcare system and offers alternatives to the traditional treatments most Americans are familiar with.
A Los Angeles Times review of Escape Fire states, “What we have now, Dr. Andrew Weil and others in the film attest, is actually not a healthcare system but a disease management system. It’s a system that believes drugs are the only way: We spend as much on them as the rest of the world spends combined. It’s a system, these folks say, that does not want you to die or to get well; it wants you to keep on spending. And spending. If milk prices had risen as astronomically since 1945 as drugs have, a gallon of milk would cost $48.”
An Indiewire review describes part of the film: “We follow one soldier, Robert Yates, on his way home from Afghanistan. …His journey towards recovery illustrates how the military, out of sheer pragmatism, has turned to healing techniques such as acupuncture, meditation and yoga in order to relieve the stress and pain of these men. Not only are they curbing narcotic dependency and teaching them empowering techniques to heal themselves for a lifetime, but these procedures are relatively low-cost and low-tech.”
Healthcare is important to me as a Christian Science practitioner. When it comes to helping others through prayer, I feel that I’ve found my calling. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help and heal. I also appreciate it when others help me find relief. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Aug 12, 2014 | 8 Comments »
Recently, under darkness of night, members of a Wildlife SOS team, devoted to protecting animals in India, approached a cruelly confined elephant.
Cavan Sieczkowski, in a HuffingtonPost article, wrote of the rescue attempt in India, “For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused, held shackled in spiked chains and forced to live off scraps from passing tourists.”
The rescue team, armed with fruit, spoke softly to Raju and reassured him that they were there to help. Once Raju felt their love, tears poured down his face. Sieczkowski quotes one of the team leaders, “It was an emotional moment and everyone was more motivated to get him on the truck and to safety.”
The rescuers’ efforts paid off. Raju is now living comfortably at an Elephant Conservation and Care Center. His physical wounds are being treated and he is being prepared to meet other elephants at the center.
Love motivated Raju’s rescue. It is also love that impels you and me to care for the emotional and physical needs of our household pets.
However, not only does love motivate you to help, love motivates you to heal. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Jul 8, 2014 | 3 Comments »
“You don’t need a medical degree to say, ‘I love you,’” writes Pamela Wible, MD, in an article at KevinMD.com. “Just three simple words can heal more wounds than all the doctors in the world.”
Studies show that love heals physical wounds and reduces stress. Researchers are also looking into whether love improves the immune system. I believe they will find love to be a medicine for every ill.
With all the health benefits of love, shouldn’t we be offering others a loving word or thought? It took an incident and a ton of dirt on a hot Texas afternoon before I considered saying, “I love you,” to complete strangers.
When we lived in Houston, my wife and I drove 45 minutes, each way, so that our two boys could attend a private kindergarten and first grade.
One sweltering, 100° day, when returning home with the boys, a dump truck in front of my car lost control and its entire load of dirt spilled onto the road in front of us.
I was already hot and tired, and because of the delay we faced, I immediately felt angry and frustrated. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Jun 23, 2014 | 3 Comments »
Turn the clock back to ’69.
All the teams were seated around the infield of the Little League Baseball field. My twin brother, Kevin, and I were decked out in our uniforms, sitting and laughing in our team’s cluster between the pitcher’s mound and third base.
It was All-Star selection day. My heart raced in anticipation.
The league was made up of ten, eleven, and twelve year olds. Kevin and I were twelve.
The names of the selected players began to be called out over the loud speakers. Johnny was first. When he heard his name, the new All-Star jumped up and stood on the first base line close to home plate. Parents watching from the bleachers clapped and cheered.
I knew Johnny would be an All-Star. He was an excellent hitter. I anxiously wondered, “When will my name be called?”
The selection process proceeded and player after player lined up next to Johnny. After a few minutes, my question switched to a nervous, “Will my name be called?” Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on May 27, 2014 | 4 Comments »
When in high school, I experimented, not with drugs, but with something quite different. My interest was not the norm. I wanted to see how long I could focus on divine concepts throughout the day.
I had become intrigued with the idea that spiritual thinking could have a direct impact on health.
My experiment took place several decades ago before published studies revealed the positive mental and physical effects attributed to prayer and spiritual living.
Here’s a brief description of my results:
Day 1: Got out of bed – ate a bowl of cereal – all the while, thinking about divine ideas. However, as soon as my brothers and I piled into our old ‘55 Chevy to head to school, I forgot all about the experiment.
Day 2: Got out of bed – ate a bowl of cereal – all the while, thinking about divine ideas. Continued prayerful reasoning all the way to school. Unfortunately, as soon as the Chevy pulled into the parking lot, pondering anything close to being considered spiritual went out the window.
Posted by Keith Wommack on Apr 29, 2014 | 5 Comments »
Admit it. You’re a lousy listener.
Don’t fret. I used to be one, but I’ve been fine-tuning my skill, and you can too.
I believe, you’ll want to improve your listening because good listeners have fulfilling relationships and are more apt to experience good health.
Regarding relationships, as you look to improve your listening ability, there are destructive behavioral habits you’ll need to be aware of and abandon. (Several habits detailed in Are you really listening?: Keys to Successful Communication – Donoghue & Siegel)
Rude – Do you interrupt others while they speak? If you make the moment about you, you’re not listening, not considering another’s thoughts and feelings, and you’re certainly not being courteous. Rudeness is an unhealthy behavior for a relationship.
Savior – Do you give others undivided attention because you believe you’re the one to solve their problems? When you think of yourself as a savior, you can’t hear the real need or come up with sound solutions. You merely add to their challenges. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Apr 7, 2014 | 6 Comments »
Do you want to control your own health care? If so, you’re not alone. A societal shift to a more patient-centered, empowered care is taking place.
Influential game changers in this adjustment, allowing people to play a more active role in their health care, are computer tablets and smart phones, as health apps are being downloaded daily.
Health apps can count your steps, carbohydrates, and calories. They can track your diet and heart rate, as well as log your nutrition. One app even attempts to shame you with a snarky voice when you gain weight instead of lose it.
However, if you really desire added control over your health, you might consider a few Bible apps.
Yes, Bible apps. Studies show prayer and spirituality benefit both mind and body.
Whether you utilize spirituality when medical treatment cannot reach you quickly or as a first choice for health care, Bible apps are invaluable. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Mar 18, 2014 | 7 Comments »
Today, living a healthier lifestyle is at the top of many wish lists.
The good news is that eating fresh foods, getting off the couch and exercising more, and making time to pray and read scripture contribute to better minds and bodies. And, perhaps, the spiritual activities could be the most beneficial for your long-term health.
Unfortunately, the bad news is that most people have trouble following through with any program of healthy activities.
Because even though we can be motivated, this motivation carries us only so far. Utilizing willpower, as well, causes us to fall short.
Why do these fail us when they bring hope in the beginning? Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Feb 10, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Will World-class competition and the medaling of champions keep you watching the 2014 Winter Olympics? Or will you watch in anticipation of barriers and limitations being shattered?
When it comes to breakthroughs and victories, though, you don’t just have to witness Shaun White pull off a Double McTwist 1260 (a snowboarding feat), you too can be an achiever, a champion.
Yes, your victories may start out smaller than Sochi gold, but in the long run, they may actually be more beneficial to you.
While practicing the guitar and learning languages, I’ve noticed a phenomenon that might help explain how you can shatter limiting expectations.
In order to master a guitar riff or learn a phrase, I sometimes struggle for days or weeks with no progress. Then, out of the blue, I experience a breakthrough. One minute I can’t, and then the next, I can. What couldn’t be done before now seems natural, as if I’d always had the know-how.
How does this happen? Well, I’m learning that each of us has conscious control over our experience; I was simply failing to recognize and use it. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Feb 3, 2014 | 2 Comments »
While Bob and I were waiting for an elevator at the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles, Bob began chatting with someone walking by. While the two of them were deep in conversation, a retired general stepped up and asked, “Are you with Bob?”
I said, “Yes, I’m his son-in-law.”
The general looked me in the eye, as possibly only generals can do, reached out, took hold of my shirtsleeve, and said, “That man makes life worth living.” He meant it.
A few minutes later, I helped Bob onto a bus for a ride over to another VA building. Once he was seated, the bus driver came over, started shaking his head, as possibly only bus drivers who have seen-it-all can do, and said, “He is the greatest. He always brightens my day.” He also meant it.
Robert Milne Yates, or Bob as most everyone knew him, was a walking dispensary of joy. Everywhere he went he touched lives. Perhaps, we could say that he was a healer, of sorts. Read More→