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You are not prepared for a health miracle
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Michael Kirsch, MD, in Can prayer heal the sick? wrote about a woman who, after going through a surgery in 1985, was informed that she most likely had only 1 to 2 years to live. “The patient and her husband were devastated.” The husband “related the tragic news to his 3 children, ages 3, 5 and 8.”

While recovering from surgery, the woman’s 3-year-old daughter told her mother she wasn’t going to die because God had told her that her mother would live. “The patient related that she felt an unusual sensation that began at the top of her head and rippled slowly down her body until it reached the soles of her feet.”

The woman received no further treatments. And she is well today.

Dr. Kirsch then shared, “There are many medical cases that carve a course that I would not have predicted and do not understand. What forces may be at play there? I can’t say for sure, but I know many believe that prayer may be more powerful than our most potent prescriptions.”

The woman’s case brings up questions. One of which is: Since miracles happen, can you prepare yourself to experience them?

The term many doctors use for what the woman experienced is spontaneous remission. Interestingly though, Dr. Kelly Turner, a researcher and consultant in the field of Integrative Oncology, employs a new name for it.

In an interview with Eric Nelson, a Columnist and Christian Science healer, Dr. Turner stated, “The issue that I have with the word ‘spontaneous’ is that, by definition, it means ‘without a cause.’ Like it just happens out of the blue, unpredictably. To use the word ‘spontaneous’ really takes away from what I have found in my research, which is that many of these people worked very hard to get better. They didn't just sit there and twiddle their thumbs and poof, one day their cancer was gone.”

Nelson then explained, “Using the word ‘unexpected’ instead of ‘spontaneous’ was not much better, since most of the cases she was studying were anything but unexpected by the individuals involved. Turner has finally settled on [the new name] ‘radical remission.’”

Mary Baker Eddy, an early researcher in the intersection of health and spirituality, discovered and applied what she believed were rules regarding “radical remission” or what are termed miracles. Rather than coaxing the divine to change a body, she came to the conclusion that health is a divine/mental condition. There doesn’t need to be more divine action present than what already exists. Bodies improve when thought is more in line with Spirit and its health-giving activity.

So, can you prepare yourself? If yes, how?

Eddy discovered that you could ready yourself to be healed, and to be a healer, as well.

She shared six things that she felt could help. She wrote “A little more grace, a motive made pure, a few truths tenderly told, a heart softened, a character subdued, a life consecrated would restore the right action of the mental mechanism, and make manifest the movement of body and soul in accord with God.”

Most likely, you are not prepared for a miracle. I could be better prepared myself.

However, it appears that more and more people are now aware that the so-called miracle of spiritual healing is not only natural; it is reasonable. For example: a survey of American family physicians found that 99 percent of these physicians are convinced that spiritual beliefs can heal.

But what if we don’t have time to cultivate these six life-enriching practices? What if we need a miracle right now? Is hope lost?

Eddy became aware that there is always hope; that divine action, the healing Christ that Jesus demonstrated, is always ready to help, and especially available during an emergency. Just a second of prayer, of reaching out to God, can bring the whole power and tender care of the divine into thought and body.

My friend, Michelle, experienced this years ago when firemen were called because she wasn’t breathing and was comatose.

A doctor diagnosed an alcohol level of.5 in Michelle’s system, brain damage, and damaged, irreparable lungs. When we learned of her condition, Michelle’s family and I prayed.

A day later, the doctor released Michelle with his staff calling her “the miracle girl.” As she was walking out, the firemen who’d rushed her to the hospital were walking in. They’d returned to find out when she had passed away. They were overjoyed to see her alive.

Miracles happen. They do.

Since miracles happen, and if you’re not ready to receive them, perhaps you can prepare yourself. “Six things” might help.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at:

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Is The God You’ve Created the Cause Of All Your Disease?
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Aug 06, 2013 | 1870 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The human race yearns for spirituality. It really does. But even more, there is a yearning to know how spirituality influences mental and physical health.

Today, there are health-practitioners as well as theologians who are actively seeking, discovering, and applying life principles that meet mankind’s yearning. Let me introduce Michele Longo O’Donnell. She is both.

In 1965 Michele became a registered nurse and devoted several years to pediatric intensive care, emergency room, and coronary care units. Currently, she is a healthcare provider, minister, and spiritual counselor.

I have known Michele for over twenty years, as we have shared ideas about spiritual healing. Recently, I asked her to answer some questions for this column.


Keith: What made you transition from registered nurse to an explorer in the consciousness-spirituality-health arena?

Michele: When I was 17 years old, suffering my way through my first day as a student nurse, I saw things that were horrifying to me. So much human suffering, so much fear and despair as one could stand to look upon. I had no idea that people were suffering like that!

While growing up, disease was never a focus of conversation in our home, although we had a few bouts with sickness now and then. But what really struck me was not only the misery and injustice of it all, but that no one seemed to challenge its right to exist! All the attention was directed to what humanly could be done to ease what appeared; as if everyone just accepted that this was a necessary part of the human existence.

I watched as doctors, nurses, patients and families marched on as in a trance under the influence of something so unnecessary, so devastating. And no one uttered a complaint. Where was the outrage?

This roaring in my soul just never let up as the years progressed. I found my way into Pediatric ICU and the obvious injustice of what I saw only intensified. I felt there was an answer, although I had no idea what it would be. Needless to say I never spoke of this to anyone. Who would believe such a thing?

In 1970 my second child was born with severe oxygen deprivation and resultant mental retardation. I left medicine to care for her and her 2-year-old sister. Someone gave me my first Bible and I began to devour it, especially the healing works of Jesus. I just knew I would find the answers to questions that plagued me in the context of this book. I had the advantage of knowing absolutely nothing about God before picking up that book, so the slate was clean and ripe for the Spirit to write whatever it desired to on my heart.

After two years, the result was that my daughter was completely healed and has continued to thrive as an intelligent adult ever since. She is the mother of two, a former assistant Attorney General of Texas, and has recently started her own law firm.

I thought: If this healing can happen to us, it can happen to anyone. And it should.

Keith: After your daughter’s healing, what did you do?

Michele: I pursued the understanding of the true nature and intention of God. I became involved with a non-denominational Bible school for three years and ultimately became an ordained minister. But I was disappointed in the schools spiritual teachings. I began to see the contrast between what I had learned "by the Spirit" through personal study those two plus years and quite differently, what traditional religion was teaching about the nature of God and the need for suffering to gain a heaven far away.

I fully intended to return to my medical nursing career after I completed my time at the school. But then I was inspired to make a radical shift from Western medicine to one of a more holistic approach. And in 1975 I opened a center which combines spiritual and emotional support along with the physical and metabolic support.

At the center, I felt directed to place those needing help on programs that would not only detoxify their bodies but that would also rebuild them with good nutrition and dietary supplements. But mostly we talked day and night about the goodness of God who is only Love and how they could trust themselves to that uninterrupted goodness. They could do this no matter who they were, what they had been "into" in their lives or what they had previously believed about God.

We have seen thousands of folks healed in the past 40 years. It has been a lifetime of joy and immense satisfaction. I still hold to the strong belief that the whole earth will see this, and the new heaven and new earth will appear for everyone to enjoy, without disease or the fear of it.

Keith: What have you learned about health during this time?

Michele: Through the years I’ve discovered what I suspected from the start; that healings come from a shift in “expectation” which is quite different from crossing ones fingers and “hoping” or “wanting.” This correction of thought comes from learning different principles of “Life.” The world lives out from an expectation of suffering and disease. We must learn to live from an expectation of strength and wholeness.

Over the last several years, I have recognized a pattern. Those embracing traditional thought and doctrines do not understand the true nature and purposes of God, as well as their own God-given power and ability, while the group considered more new thought do not know how to apply this understanding to daily living. The desire to bring the best of both worlds together and preserve the truths each have is what motivated me to write my fourth book Only Receive.

Keith: And the motive behind your other books?

Michele: I wanted to outline the life principles that I referred to earlier, so I wrote my first book Of Monkeys & Dragons: Freedom From The Tyranny of Disease. In it I share experiences with the hope that readers might understand the possibility of living without disease.

My second book, The God That We’ve Created, the Basic Cause of All Disease explains my belief that we’re never intended by our Creator to live with pain, misery and tears. Disease and suffering is a learned experience and therefore can be un-learned.

The third, When the Wolf is at the Door, The Simplicity of Healing, is a “how-to” book for anyone wanting to regain health and wholeness and live it on a constant basis. It emphasizes how to free yourself from dis-ease, whether that dis-ease is physical, emotional, relational, financial or other. It is an instruction manual for living in freedom.

Keith: When did you discover that your inspirations about health were somewhat similar to other Christ-based healers and writers?

Michele: In 1986 a patient and I were discussing spiritual ideas and she asked me if I had ever read anything by Mary Baker Eddy. I told her that I had not but would love to. She brought me a copy of The Christian Science Journal, which was established by Eddy. I was captivated by what I read. Its message was so familiar to me and yet so new. I discovered that there were others who spoke and believed as I did.

Soon a teacher of Christian Science and I began to visit every Wednesday for several years. These visits changed my whole life.


Again, there are health-practitioners as well as theologians who are actively seeking, discovering, and applying life principles that meet mankind’s yearning. Yes, as well there is Michele Longo O’Donnell. She is both.

And, as radical as it sounds, there are many who feel that health is under God’s capable care and that we can begin to challenge the right for disease to actually exist.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at:

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Help yourself live longer
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Jul 23, 2013 | 2258 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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The wait is over. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife, Kate, are the proud parents of a future King. As they try to take in the wonder of being a first-time royal father and mother, it wouldn’t surprise me if they weren’t already considering health, -- the longevity of their son.

While a wide variety of health modalities are available to William and Kate, as they are to you and your family, affirmation that health can be extended, regardless of age, is found in evidence that links thought to a life that approximates ageless living.

Many years ago, an article in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading general medical journals, described the experience of an English woman. The woman became insane and lost track of time after the man she loved abandoned her. Believing she still lived in the same hour of his departure, she never appeared to age.

After the article was published, Mary Baker Eddy, an American healer, author, and early researcher on health, thought, spirituality, and the powerful connection they have to each other, detailed the English woman’s experience.

Eddy wrote, “Having no consciousness of time, she literally grew no older.  … When she was seventy-four … she had no care-lined face, no wrinkles nor gray hair. … Asked to guess her age, those unacquainted with her history conjectured that she must be under twenty.”

Eddy surmised: “The bodily results of her belief that she was young manifested the influence of such a belief. She could not age while believing herself young, for the mental state governed the physical. … The primary of that illustration makes it plain that decrepitude is not according to law.”

Now, many other voices in the discussion on health and aging are affirming that our thoughts and spirituality impact our longevity and overall daily physical and mental conditions.

Dr. Mimi Guarneri, author of The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing, in an interview with Spirituality and Health was asked, “If you had to pick one alternative practice for this entire country, what would it be?”

Dr. Guarneri answered: “Meditation. Because I firmly believe when people have peace inside, when they go in and they feel connected to something larger than themselves. …They start to have healthier behaviors. I have really changed from looking at health from a physical outside-in to a spiritual inside-out.”

Gertie King, a long-time friend of mine, had confidence in a “spiritual inside-out” approach. It enabled her to remain healthy and active. She was 108 when I asked how she got to Texas. I thought she’d answer with, “Work relocation” or something regarding her family. However, she replied, “Covered wagon.” And she was serious.

I heard Gertie tell others that once when she suffered with a physical difficulty, she told herself, “That’s against the law!” She was immediately free of the difficulty.

Gertie was a Christian, a woman of great faith. She expressed dominion, and had a deep conviction that health was a spiritual phenomenon. She felt that there was a divine law behind it. To her, sickness was against the law. Therefore, she refused to act unlawful, and instead, took control of her thoughts and body through her maturing spiritual sense. She was convinced that spiritual authority could enable anyone to do so.

Perhaps, age could be thought of as the years when wisdom and dominion rule instead of a time when decline must occur. Queen Elizabeth II, is 87. She could tell her great-grandson something about longevity. Possibly, in a few years, William and Kate will encourage their young son to utilize spiritual power as he grows and matures.

Despite prevailing assumptions about life and age, my friend, Gertie, agreed with Mary Baker Eddy’s end analysis:

“Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise. Man, governed by [God], is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.”

As society pushes toward achieving consistent wellbeing, maybe, a more thoughtful and spiritual approach to life might just help people recognize their ability to exchange decline for dominion.

Long live the (future) King. But don’t forget to help yourself live longer too.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at:

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Health & Fitness: Run, Swim, Pray, Dance
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Jul 15, 2013 | 2057 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Apparently, there’s more to a workout  -- dancing, running, and swimming -- than just moving muscles.

While it seems you’re exercising a body, you might actually be flexing spiritual power. Why? Because, first and foremost, you may be more of a spiritual being than you know. Possibly, this is why when running, swimming, or dancing, you can experience greater freedom and release from disappointment, sorrow, jealousy, self-will, and pain.

Recently, I asked Leslie BakerGrace Duke, and Dr. Janice LaPointe-Crump about their thoughts on health and fitness, and whether spirituality plays a role in their training.

Leslie is a staff writer and self-appointed resident conditioning nag at the Dallas Morning News. She covers health and fitness.

Grace is a Certified Personal Trainer and regular blogger at Let's Get in Shape Together.

Janice is Professor Emerita at Texas Woman’s University and the author of In Balance: Fundamentals of Ballet and Jazz Dance: America’s Energy and Soul. She is a dancer and choreographer, and for 25 years was a graduate theory faculty member at TWU.

How long has fitness/dance been important to you? 

Leslie: Oooh, for eons! I played intramural sports in high school; not terribly well, but there were no other team outlets for girls. After college, I started walking for exercise and have probably only gotten more neurotic, I mean dedicated, since then.

Grace: Fitness has been a part of my life for the past 20 years. I started doing aerobic exercise after my daughter was born in order to improve my overall fitness. That evolved into more serious running and as I started doing local road races my competitive juices (which I didn't even know I had!) kept me going.

Janice: I began my dance education in my mother's studio in Chicago. After a short professional career, marriage and parenting helped me to refocus to teaching. I performed until the age of 46, after which I have continued to choreograph and co-teach summer dance workshops for the Greater Denton Arts Council.

How often do you exercise? What types of exercises do you do? 

Leslie: I exercise every day, reflecting my do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do philosophy. Taking a day off here and there is a very good thing to do, but I just feel lost if I don't exercise even a little. I've run every day for several years (2 to 10 miles). I've started swimming again, which I do about three times a week. I take a weekly yoga class, too. Plus I have a few strength-training workouts I follow.

Grace: I exercise about 4 times a week. I mix it up between running, yoga and weight training.

Janice: Today my dancing consists of giving myself a ballet or jazz class, dance and conditioning workouts, Pilates and easy yoga.  Usually 3 -4 times a week for at least an hour.

How do you get yourself back into a routine when you fall off the wagon? 

Leslie: Like I said, I'm kind of neurotic; I don't tend to skip workouts.

Grace: As a matter of fact, when I’m training for a road race, I have gone months without going into the gym or to a yoga class. When that happens, I know that my fitness level in these areas won't be what it was before I stopped, and so I scale it back and get back into the routine. Pretty soon I'm back where I was. Unfortunately I don't advance too far with this approach! But the point is I get back to it. I don't let the lapse keep me from starting back up.

Janice: When it's a month or so since I’ve danced or moved in a meaningful way, I feel a level of frustration and mind games that play with my sense of self. If I let go too long, say a month when other things seem to take over,  depression and discouragement set in. It's then that mindfully and prayerfully, I have a good self-talk, after which I arrange a movement/dance appointment and get back into the swing of moving. During this private talk, I'm reminded about how dance brings an inner peace and fulfillment after which my spirit and body feel renewed. Dance, Pilates and yoga are totally different conversations with the world and with myself. The result of getting back to class is a rhythmic happiness, energy and alertness -- a bliss.

Does prayer or spirituality play a role in how you keep fit? 

Leslie: Oh, sure. I pray for strength before I work out, and say thank you when I'm finished.

Grace: A large part of what I enjoy about yoga is the spiritual nature of the practice. The concentrating on the breath, and being present in the here and now, and the resulting inner peace. You can also find this solace when running.

Janice: Absolutely. I find that phrases from the Bible come to mind and energize my movements. For example: "In thine hand is the power and glory" turns into scooping and curving actions as I feel God's love wrapping and sustaining me. Statements from Mary Baker Eddy’s writings on health and spirituality also help me. She states, "God, divine Mind, governs all." When moving, I am in tune with God governing me metaphysically. When Eddy speaks about a rose, for example, I see it in my mind’s eye and smell its sweet fragrance. She writes, "The joy of its presence, its beauty and fragrance, should uplift thought."  This inspires certain kinds of movement patterns and feelings. The result is that when dancing with body, mind and spirit connected, tension, daily issues, worries and so on wash away, replaced by a spiritual identity.

Do you believe your mental health affects your physical well-being? 

Leslie: One hundred percent, yes. They play off each other, really. When I work out, I feel healthy; when I feel healthy, I feel emotionally ready to take on challenges. If you can achieve a goal in fitness, whether running a marathon or working out for 10 minutes every day, that has to seep out into the rest of your life's hurdles and challenges.

Working out regularly and steadily helped me deal with my father's death last summer. Without fitness, I truly think it would have been even harder than it is.

Grace: Absolutely. I am a strong believer in the power of the mind. If you tell yourself you can't do something (like a head stand, or run half a marathon), then you physically won't be able to do it. Conversely, if you believe you can, you will get there. Looking at it differently, I also believe that being physically active helps your mental health. There is nothing like a good walk, run, exercise class or workout session to boost my mental state of being.

Janice: Yes, I agree wholeheartedly. When I move creatively and richly and repeat movements or exercises as a kind of unifying ritual, I’m able to balance the human pressures and elevate thought. Afterwards, I feel great. My body feels full of energy and enthusiasm. Often I’m better able to deal with family issues, challenges and problems after focusing on the simplicity and discipline of moving correctly and completely. The joining of God's mind with one’s body and thought processes brings release and freedom.

Does spirituality help you mentally and physically? 

Leslie: Of course. It helps me feel as if I'm not handling, nor do I have to handle, everything myself.

Grace: I believe that spirituality helps us mentally. When we get out of "our own heads" and realize that there is a vastness outside of us, then the little issues that we obsess over dissolve. When we let go, and stay in the moment, our minds are freed from the stress and worry that bogs us down and keeps us "small".  As our mental health affects our physicality, then spirituality would affect us physically as well.

Janice: Moving is a prayerful moment in which I transcend my human physicality to feel my spiritual and perfect nature.

It seems that Leslie, Grace, and Janice understand that there’s more to a workout, more to life and health, than moving muscles. Broad spectrums of people now recognize that mind and body are under the amazing government of a divine presence.

And the qualities that constitute the best workouts just might be joy, enthusiasm, confidence, vigor, stability, and dedication. Don’t these define, from a divine standpoint, a Spirit, which you express?

Perhaps, because you are a divine expression, you run, swim, pray, and dance. And as a result, your mental and physical health is improved and maintained.

-- Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at:


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Health regardless of lifestyle, diet, and genes?
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Jun 10, 2013 | 2266 views | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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If you had lived in Roseto, Pennsylvania, between 1955 and 1965 most likely you’d be Italian. Roseto’s residents, during this time period, were mostly immigrants from Roseto Valfortore, Italy.

Not only were most of the residents in Roseto, Pennsylvania, Italians, they were consistently healthy.

During that same time period however, residents of the nearby town of Bangor didn’t have such a consistent picture of health. A mile separated them from predictable wellness – the Roseto Effect.

Because Roseto’s residents were so surprisingly healthy compared to the rest of the United States, researches, once they learned of the health differences, began to study every aspect of the residents’ lives to find the cause of their good fortune.

Joe Stampone, a relative of one of the founding fathers of Roseto, Pennsylvania, explains why early researchers were so intrigued: “Virtually no [resident] under 55 died of a heart attack; for men over 65, the death rate from heart attack was half that of the United States as a whole; and the death rate from all causes was 35% lower than it should have been. There was no suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, and little crime to speak of. No one was on welfare and no one even suffered from peptic ulcers. These people died of old age. That’s it!”

So, what kept these Italians so healthy?

After intensive studies, researches concluded that the residents’ health wasn’t due to lifestyle, diet, or location.

In The Mystery of the Rosetan People Dr. Rock Pasitano details why the immigrants’ lifestyles and diets were not the key: “They smoked old-style Italian stogie cigars. Both sexes drank wine with seeming abandon. Rosetan men worked in such toxic environs as the nearby slate quarries …inhaling gases, dusts and other niceties. Rosetans fried their sausages and meatballs in lard. They ate salami, hard and soft cheeses all brimming with cholesterol.”

Researches then looked into their family gene pools for extraordinary health tendencies. They examined the lives of other immigrants from Roseto Valfortore, Italy, who were residing throughout the United States. These Italians living outside Roseto, Pennsylvania, were no healthier than the average American. “Genes” were scratched off the list of potential causes.

Next, researchers looked at the Roseto “water supply” and “quality of medical care” for the difference, but came up empty. Roseto’s water source was the same as the neighboring towns of Nazareth and Bangor. As well, all three communities shared the same hospital.

In the end, researchers concluded that the Roseto Effect had no medical or physical explanation. Dr. Pasitano stated: “Rosetans were nourished by people. In all ways, this happy result was exactly the opposite expectation of well-proven health laws.”

Joe Stampone (the great grandson) reasoned: “It was Roseto itself. The Rosetans visited each other on a daily basis stopping to chat or cooking for each other in the backyard. Extended family clans were the norm, with three generations commonly living under the same roof. They went to Mass and saw the calming and unifying effect of the church.  There were 22 civic associations in a town of less than 2000 people.”

Sadly, Roseto’s oasis of healthy living faded. Extended family clans gave way to single family homes, and helping others gave way to self-absorbed living. As social ties weakened, so did the Roseto Effect. Soon, the physical health of the Rosetans mirrored the rest of Americans.

But, questions still remain.

If the Roseto Effect existed once, couldn’t it occur again? Can you experience health regardless of your lifestyle, diet, environment, or genes?

The Roseto story certainly pokes holes in the theories that hygiene, physical fitness, and diet regulation are what ultimately keep you healthy. A wise health expert is quoted as saying, “I tell you not to worry about your life. Don’t worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food or clothing?” – Jesus.

In the final analysis, was it love and heartfelt consideration from others and for others that made physiological difference in the Rosetans? Did people nourish people? Or was there something more? What drives people to care for others? What is the source of family and community spirit?

Families don’t create the love they lavish on others. They reflect it. Possibly, the Roseto Effect could be experienced if it was understood that each identity is where and how God’s nature is uniquely expressed.

Just maybe, when the cause of love and life is seen to be divine, the effect will be consistent health and happiness.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at:

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Health alerts that make you sick
by KeithWommack
May 20, 2013 | 2423 views | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Have you ever listened to an advertisement listing the possible side-effects of a drug and then felt queasy? Reading about those effects can make you feel ill, as well.

Dr. Lissa Rankin’s recently published New York Times bestseller, Mind over Medicine, in part, examines this disturbing phenomenon.

Reading Rankin’s thought provoking book reminded me of Fiona Macrae’s 2009 Health post The health alerts that make you ill: Negative thoughts ‘can induce sickness’.

Macrae wrote for the Daily Mail:

 A series of studies from around the world has shown that if you believe something could make you ill, it might well do just that.

Simply reading the side-effects on a bottle of tablets raises your risk of experiencing them.

And, taken to its extreme, patients who believe they will not survive surgery, are more likely to die on the operating table.

It’s now evident that if you're taking medication, you could have concerns. While it’s important to use medicinal products wisely, studying their labels can cause you more problems. It seems you’re in trouble no matter what you do.

Doesn’t this dilemma tell you something? Doesn’t it show that your health is mental in nature? And if what you think causes what you experience, shouldn’t exploring a new way of thinking be considered?

In her 1875 guidebook on spiritual healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy relates:

A man was made to believe that he occupied a bed where a cholera patient had died. Immediately the symptoms of this disease appeared, and the man died. The fact was, that he had not caught the cholera by material contact, because no cholera patient had been in that bed.

Eddy described the incident to educate her readers to the mental nature of health. But she didn’t just stop there, for she had found there was no healthier way to think than with a spiritual mindset.

While health alerts and a diseased-centered focus can make you sick, pondering spiritual things, — a divine power and presence, enables you to experience improved and more consistent health.

The inspired prophet, the apostle Paul, understood this, and counseled:

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  (Philippians 4:8)

Again, it’s important to use medicinal products wisely. But, perhaps, more importantly, if you want to be healthy and stay that way, watch what you read, consider, and ponder.

If you ask me, there should be health alerts that remind you to maintain a consistent spiritual mindset.

Instead of scaring and causing you even more suffering, these alerts, if adhered to, could make positive differences in your physical well-being.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at:    

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6 Simple Things - help fill an empty heart
by KeithWommack
Apr 24, 2013 | 1742 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Do’s and don’ts to regain the joy of life.

1) Stop being critical. Criticism closes your eyes to the good that has always been yours. Critical states of thought lead to critical mistakes, as well as cause critical states of the body.

2) Stop keeping score. It is not what others do but how much divine goodness you express that will ultimately satisfy you.

3) Stop trying to prove you are right. Instead of telling others you are right and they are wrong, live what is right and your life will begin to sparkle.

4) Start forgiving. Forgiveness means starting over with love. It wipes the slate clean. Forgive yourself and others. Forgiving others is about your peace of mind, not about absolving someone else’s responsibility for wrongdoing.

5) Be grateful. Be grateful for everything good in your relationships and in your home. Gratitude completes the circuit in healing. It awakens you to the magnitude of your divine life. Pain and gratitude are incompatible.

6) Be honest. Honesty allows you to be at peace, even in the middle of unrest. It keeps you strong. “Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help.” (Mary Baker Eddy - Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at:

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Did Your Prayers Go Out To Louisville’s Kevin Ware?
by KeithWommack
Apr 04, 2013 | 4347 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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The jubilation from Louisville’s victory over Duke’s basketball team was overshadowed by Kevin Ware’s on-court injury on Easter Sunday. Ware a 6-foot-2-sophomore guard broke his leg in two places.

It was a disturbing picture. Players and fans immediately started praying. Across social media, people spontaneously began sending Ware messages of support. Professional athletes joined the chorus.

Michael Jordan tweeted, "Prayers go out to Kevin Ware. No athlete wants that to happen to anybody."

Robert Griffin III tweeted, “Prayers up for Kevin Ware, his teammates, & family.”

When accidents and tragedies happen, the use of the word “prayer” multiplies. This begs the question, “Does prayer help or is it just a kind word we utilize in times of suffering?”

It’s been reported that forty-nine percent of Americans say they pray when it comes to health issues. Thirty-six percent say they‘ve witnessed the healing of an injury or illness because of prayer.

Since there seems to be a correlation between prayer and physical betterment, hopefully, when “prayer” is mentioned, people will follow through by actually praying.

This brings us to the next logical question, “What is prayer?”

“There are four basic prayers,” Rabbi Marc Gellman once said, “Gimme! Thanks! Oops! and Wow!” Wow is a prayer of praise and wonder at the creation. Oops is asking for forgiveness. Gimme is a request or a petition. Thanks is expressing gratitude.

In order for prayer to improve health; it seems logical that prayer be tied to something wiser and superior than our own minds. Some find it helpful to consider that prayer is the utilization of the love in which God loves us.

My friend Cory and his family certainly do.

Cory, a sophomore pitcher from The University of Texas Longhorn varsity baseball squad was a student in my Christian Science Sunday School class. I had the opportunity to watch Cory pitch several times. One day, during a game, a ball was hit directly at him. Cory caught the line drive with his bare hand.

The next day a coach noticed that his hand was swollen and he couldn't grip the ball. An x-ray revealed a fracture. Cory was scheduled to pitch again in four days. He wanted to be healed, and knew from experience that a prayerful, spiritual approach could enable him to quickly recover. His family prayed for him. He prayed too.

Cory had planned to take a seven-hour trip to his girlfriend's cottage. Despite the injury, Cory followed through with his plans. While he travelled, he prayed, and as he did, he was convinced that changes were taking place. When he arrived, he knew the healing was complete. He went swimming and fishing, and wrestled with his girlfriend's brothers.

To satisfy his coach, he went back to the doctor who had x-rayed the hand. The doctor said he’d never seen anything like it. The hand was totally healed. When he pitched a few days later, he struck out seven of the eight batters he faced.

Cory and his family have confidence in spiritual power to be able to care for bodily needs. People of many faiths take solace in Biblical promises. The book of Jeremiah assures, “I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal,
says the Lord.”

When others are in need of help, if you move beyond merely social pleasantries, regardless of the kind of prayer you utilize, it appears as if you have the opportunity to watch God’s love at work. You have an opportunity to really pray.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at:

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Guilt harming your health?
by KeithWommack
Mar 26, 2013 | 2425 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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Know anyone who doesn’t feel bad about something they’ve said or done? Guilt tortures the best of us. Unfortunately, the discomfort is not limited to mental agony alone. Intense regret can bring physical torment, as well.

Sometimes, the pain is self-inflicted.

Studies show that people occasionally attempt to free themselves from guilt through pain. And they are not always aware that they’re harming themselves.

Since the human mind is where guilt begins, to get at the source of the problem, the medicine must be mental. In other words, in order to heal a body affected by guilt, a mind must change.

An example:

In 2005, I delivered a lecture titled Spiritual Solutions to Crime and Violence in Dearborn, Michigan. Before the lecture, I was speaking with the woman who was to introduce the talk. She asked if I remembered her. I told her, “No.”

She explained that she’d been at another of my lectures in Trenton, Michigan, three years earlier. She’d been in a wheelchair at the front of the auditorium. After she related this, I remembered her.

She described why she’d been in the wheelchair.

Believing that a traffic light had turned green, she’d accelerated her car through an intersection causing a collision with another vehicle. A young woman in the other car was killed. She, herself, was badly hurt. No one expected her to live, either.

She did pull through, however. And she told me that she believed it was the spiritual treatment she’d received that enabled her to leave the hospital, albeit in the wheelchair. She was grateful for the progress; yet, she was still experiencing mental and physical pain as she was wheeled into the Trenton lecture.

She’d always tried to be as conscientious and loving as possible. Therefore, the thought that she was responsible for a young woman’s death was crushing her.

My lecture in Trenton was titled Regaining Our Joy. In this lecture, I quoted from a book that describes how a spiritually changed thought helps us physically.

The author, Mary Baker Eddy, states in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures“We are all sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought. What is the model before mortal mind?  Is it imperfection, joy, sorrow, sin, suffering? Have you accepted the mortal model? Are you reproducing it? Then you are haunted in your work by vicious sculptors and hideous forms. …The result is that you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your life-work, and adopt into your experience the angular outline and deformity of matter models.”

The statement continues, “To remedy this, we must …form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives.”

During the lecture, I asked everyone in the audience to stand up. I had them shake their heads and stomp their feet. I wanted the audience to consider how they, with divine help, could express mental force, spiritual dominion. Possibly, they could shake off fear, guilt, or whatever plagued them.

With her son’s help, my introducer made it to her feet. She shook her head and gingerly stomped her feet.

After the lecture, she went home and examined her thought. She saw there an aggressive suggestion that claimed she was ignorant. Ignorant for assuming the light had turned green. This suggestion had been haunting her. She told me that instead of “continuing with the pity party,” she began to affirm that she was not stupid. She took her stand. She began to think of herself and the young woman who passed away as she thought God would be lovingly considering them. She was convinced that God knew each of them as being spiritually innocent, divinely alive.

During the next few days the pain disappeared. She got up out of the wheelchair. It was no longer needed. God’s love was the medicine that changed her mind and healed her physically.

The introduction this woman gave to the audience at Dearborn was special. She spoke with profound grace and joy. The spirit behind her words set the tone for the day. I believe it helped the audience recognize that spiritual solutions could help their city.

If guilt tortures you or your loved ones, something should be done. If possible, utilize what can free heart and soul, both mind and body.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at:

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More to medicine than medicine
by KeithWommack
Mar 04, 2013 | 2147 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Today, some health care providers are realizing there is more to medicine than, well, medicine.

For example, there is Mehmet Oz, best known as Dr. Oz. Oprah crowned him America’s doctor in 2004. He is a heart surgeon and the host of the weekday hit TV program, “The Dr. Oz Show.”

Oz entered medical school believing that traditional medicine had all the answers and he just needed to discover them. But the limits to this approach began to dawn on him while in medical school and as he began to talk with patients.

Michael Specter in a recent The New Yorker exposé on Dr. Oz, quotes Oz as stating, “Ultimately, if we want to fix American medicine we will need skeptical and smart patients to dominate. They will need to ask the hard questions, because much of medicine is just plain old logic. So I am out there trying to persuade people to be those patients. And that often means telling them what the establishment doesn’t want them to hear: that their answers are not the only answers, and their medicine is not the only medicine.”

Oz is bringing a much broader perspective on health to his viewers.

Yet, Dr. Oz and just about every practitioner trying to change perceptions have critics. Specter writes, “Much of the advice Oz offers is sensible, and is rooted solidly in scientific literature. …Oz is an experienced surgeon, yet almost daily he employs words that serious scientists shun, like ‘startling,’ ‘breakthrough,’ ‘radical,’ ‘revolutionary,’ and ‘miracle.’”

Oz tried to explain, “Medicine is a very religious experience. I have my religion and you have yours. It becomes difficult for us to agree on what we think works, since so much of it is in the eye of the beholder. Data is rarely clean. …You find the arguments that support your data, and it’s my fact versus your fact.”

Some critics say that those who suggest alternatives to traditional medicine are detached from reality. But, perhaps, those suggesting alternatives are gaining a connection to what is mostly unknown, therefore, unconsidered.

My day in a dental office might offer an insight into how a nontraditional method can have an effect.

My wife is a dental hygienist. Several years ago, she asked if I could do her and her employer, Dr. Steve, a favor. She explained that their receptionist, Annette, was sick and they needed someone to man the front desk the next day.

At first, I thought she was kidding. But, she wasn’t. They couldn’t find anyone else. I was their last resort.

I didn’t know how it was going to work, but I was willing to try. So, I agreed to help, but told them I’d need to be able to answer my own practice calls too.

Besides being a syndicated columnist, I am a Christian Science practitioner. I help people with mental and physical problems with prayerful, spiritual treatments. Most of my patients ask for treatment by phone and email.

Joanne assured me I’d run the front desk and be able to use back office for speaking to my patients.

My job at the dental office was to have scheduled patients sign in, answer the phone and get the name and number of patients waiting to schedule an appointment, and gather information on emergency patients that called or walked in. I didn’t have to answer any questions.

I arrived for work at 8 AM. I sat dutifully at the front desk. Scheduled patients arrived and waited for their appointments. Joanne or the assistant ushered patients to operatories to be treated. The patients received care and then left.

I took my calls and prayerfully treated my patients. But a funny thing happened. Or, I should say, didn’t happen. Dr. Steve’s office phones never rang. No new patients called. There were no emergency calls. Nobody called to schedule an appointment. Nothing. This had never happened before.

I’d discussed the mental and spiritual nature of healing physical troubles with Dr. Steve many times. He was always respectful of my work and I of his. Both of us wanted to alleviate and prevent the suffering of patients. Our approaches were just different.

Dr. Steve treated each problem as a physical one needing material adjustments. I approached each problem as having a mental/moral cause and a spiritual solution.

In my mental treatment, I attempted to see the present spiritual strength and health inherent in each patient. I connected them with the divine. This allowed what was spiritually true of them to remove what was offensive. I’d learned that seeing people in this Christly way made them feel physically better.

My spiritual approach was good for my healing practice, but, apparently, not so good for business at the dental office. Did my expectation of health keep prospective patients from needing the doctor’s care?

Dr. Steve recognized the effect on his balance sheet at the end of the day. He looked at me and, with a twinkle in his eye, asked, “Could you go stand in Annette’s front yard?”

The evidence or data was clear. No new appointments and no income from emergencies that normally walk in the door.

This type of data may never be peer reviewed by “serious scientists.” It will be considered anecdotal. Funny, the “anecdotes ”have a way of consistently appearing. Some experiences and cures through what are called alternative methods may even be deemed “startling,” “radical,” “revolutionary,” a “miracle.” Though, I believe they are quite natural, even scientific.

Perhaps, both Dr. Oz and Dr. Steve realize there is more to medicine than, well, medicine.

– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at:

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