Archive for the ‘Health care’ Category - Keith Wommack - Nationally Syndicated Columnist on Health, Thought and Spirituality

Walk in the Park Improves Health

Posted by Keith Wommack on Oct 5, 2015    |    14 Comments »

Throughout history, moments spent strolling through floral paths, even planting vegetable and herb gardens, have been found to be therapeutic.

A Health & Science article in The Washington Post put a spotlight on the benefits of nature moments. It examined Robert Zarr’s “innovative community health program,” DC Parks Rx, which is “committed to combating the woes of urban living by prescribing time outdoors.”

Zarr, a pediatrician, is convinced that a “growing body of scientific evidence” indicates “that many of the chronic scourges of city life can be prevented or alleviated by reconnecting with nature.”

How does communing with nature help?


Suicide and the Lifeline Of Your Spiritual Authority

Posted by Keith Wommack on Sep 14, 2015    |    10 Comments »

The tragedy of fifteen-year-old Sadie Walker has me thinking about lifelines.

Sadie took her life on Christmas Day last year, according to the Dallas Morning News, and her story suggests that doom and gloom thinking can be contagious.

Sadie had joined an online chat group of teenagers talking about self-harm – a community of silent co-sufferers hidden behind the veil of Internet privacy laws.

She had joined out of compassion, hoping to offer comfort and support to those struggling. Instead, the negative environment consumed her. Sadie quickly became overwhelmed and took her own life.


Are You Rich Enough To Be Generous

Posted by Keith Wommack on Aug 17, 2015    |    15 Comments »

Are you seeking “Lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less anxiety and depression, reduced cardiovascular risk, and overall greater happiness”?

Well there just might be “a magic pill for happiness and longevity” that can help you get such benefits, according to Terri Yablonsky Stat, in the Chicago Tribune – “a simple way to stay healthier”.

It is being generous.

It seems that generosity, no matter the age of the benefactor, benefits the giver physically and psychologically. In other words, it pays to be nice.

However, a hand isn’t moved to give unless a mind is moving it. So, what triggers the mind to give?

Is it wealth? Yes, it does help to possess something to be generous with. But material wealth, by itself, doesn’t always lead to generosity.

But how about spiritual wealth?


Why two sides to every pancake affects your health

Posted by Keith Wommack on Aug 13, 2015    |    7 Comments »

They can’t ignore it. It’s there. Doctors, patients, and pharmaceutical companies can’t escape it. You can’t either. What is it?

The placebo effect.

The placebo effect is the health response patients experience when they believe they’re receiving a drug or surgery but are actually being given dummy drugs or simulated treatments.

Dr. Lissa Rankin writes, “The placebo effect is real, it works about 18-80% of the time, and it’s not just in your head – it actually dilates bronchi, heals ulcers, makes warts disappear, drops your blood pressure, and even makes bald men who think they’re getting Rogaine grow hair!”

Yet, there’s more.


How Deep Is Your Disappointment?

Posted by Keith Wommack on Jul 28, 2015    |    9 Comments »

A recent announcement of the surprising breakup of Country music’s most famous couple shocked and saddened many of their fans.

One admirer tweeted — Now that Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting divorced I can say with 100% confidence that love does not exist —

Another tweeter grieved — I’m mourning over the divorce, I’m crying and eating a gallon of ice cream until I wake up from this nightmare —

Shelton, one of the coaches on NBC’s singing competition The Voice and superstar singer, Lambert, had been married for four years.

While some fans’ comments may have been tongue in cheek, even if exaggerated, they point to something we need to be alert to. If we worship anyone’s marriage in some degree, anointing it as idealistically perfect and tying our happiness to it, most likely we will experience sadness and resignation at every perceived failure.


Do You Want Your Child To Thrive?

Posted by Keith Wommack on May 18, 2015    |    12 Comments »

During a show, lines of cocaine, marijuana joints, and shots of tequila had been placed on the stage at a young guitarist’s feet. At the end of the show, they were untouched.

Why not?

Lisa Miller, PhD, believes she knows why.

Dr. Miller, a Columbia University psychologist, in her new book, The Spiritual Child – The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, reveals why psychological and neurological researchers have come to the conclusion that spirituality supplies a protective and healthy advantage.


Escape the painful consequences of sin

Posted by Keith Wommack on Mar 9, 2015    |    13 Comments »

The day before the pain began, my wife and I were playing with Kirby, a small kitten we’d rescued off the street. During our playtime, the kitten bit my finger. I yelled, “Ouch!” And while I was staring at a spot on my finger, my wife looked at me, shook her head, and said, “For someone who heals others’ problems by affirming they are safe in God’s care, you’re sure making a big deal out of a little pain.”

My wife wasn’t being mean. She was trying to get me to employ the spiritual understanding to free myself that I utilize in helping others. Yet, instead of accepting her words as intuitive and constructive, I smugly thought, “Well, if that’s what she thinks, I just won’t tell her the next time I feel pain.”


A Powerful Way To Beat Depression

Posted by Keith Wommack on Feb 4, 2015    |    Comments Off on A Powerful Way To Beat Depression

This year, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone revealed that she had experienced depression. While promoting her role in the 2011 Lars von Trier film, Melancholia, Kirsten Dunst revealed that she had suffered from the mental illness, as well.

Their admissions added to the list of celebrity disclosures. Carrie Fisher, Angelina Jolie, and Christina Ricci have all shared similar stories. Yet, there is hope for these women and for everyone.

Several years ago, I attended a news briefing where the Wave III Baylor Religion Survey was unveiled. The survey confirmed what I have been discovering: Improved mental health is found through greater spiritual awareness.


Do You Honestly Need More Evidence

Posted by Keith Wommack on Feb 2, 2015    |    16 Comments »

I couldn’t hide it. My grimace gave it away. “Looks like a torn rotator cuff,” my neighbor said to me last Friday.

I’d reached out to pet his dog, but pain had stopped me before I could raise my arm even an inch.

At that moment, although I didn’t have a physician’s diagnosis, I knew it was time to receive treatment. So, I made a call. I phoned a friend, a fellow Christian Science practitioner, and asked for prayerful help.

“You did what?” You might ask, “What about the needed treatment? Where’s the research and scientific data showing the effectiveness of prayer?”


You Quit, You Lose – We Do Too

Posted by Keith Wommack on Jan 5, 2015    |    14 Comments »

He was one of the new graduates of the Army Airborne Ranger School. Each member of the 75th Ranger Regiment had to complete a rigorous eight week Ranger Assessment and Selection Program in order to join the ranks of the elite U.S. Army Special Operations Command unit. Few are physically or mentally qualified to graduate a Ranger.

When I inquired how he was able to stay focused during everything he’d been through, our new Ranger replied, “I held to one simple thing.”

I asked, “What was that?”

He said, “I don’t quit.”

We all have different strengths and abilities. And, perhaps, you won’t be applying my nephew’s Never-Give-In attitude on military battlefields or under extreme assessments, but you can in other situations.