If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?

If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?

“If you cannot measure it, it doesn’t exist,” Brené Brown was told by a research professor when still an aspiring PhD student.” This is the start of a great new article recently published in Huffington Post by my colleague in England, Tony Lobl.  He continues:  “Now, many years later and a research professor in her own right, she begs to differ.  A video, based on insights from a large number of “human connection” stories she has amassed, proved her point. The TEDx talk, focusing on “our ability to empathize, belong, love”, resonated so deeply with the public that it went on to clock up 14 million views. ‘Perhaps stories are just data with a soul,’ Dr Brown told her audience in Houston.”

“In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a “divine connection” – often called prayer – are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life’s immeasurables. ” Click here to read more.


Post-traumatic Strength, through Faith

Post traumautic strength through faith
@Glow images model used for illustrative purpose only

Here in New Mexico we think a lot about what is authentic and what is not.   Recently, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the idea of authentic health – what it is and what it isn’t.   Is it just the absence of pain or disease? Or a body running smoothly like a well oiled machine?  Or is it something more?  When I think of authentic health I think about a consciousness of well-being, a feeling of being grounded in something larger than our limited view of things.

And it seems I’m not alone.  “A ream of recent scientific research has given the faithful reason to rejoice: Belief is good for you,”  says Ari Schulman in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, “Does Faith Make You Healthier.” Citing studies by university researchers who have all come to the similar conclusion, he continues “..it’s not the afterlife that faith is good for, but well-being in this life.”   Ariel Parrella-Aureli, in her article for teens in The Santa Fe New Mexican, shares how  meditation has improved her well-being.  “…I am not alone in trying to discover a spiritual side of myself, and it’s also practical.”

Does faith in something larger than ourselves give us strength and transform our entire life experience – including post-traumatic stress?  You will want to read an article by Joe Farkas, “Post-traumatic Strength, through Faith,” published in Spirituality & Health Magazine.  Here is part of what he has to say.

“Hope is a powerful thing. I’d go so far as to say that it can be more powerful than the condemnation of a medical diagnosis. Medical science, which looks at the parts, the material components of the biological machine, doesn’t see beyond the sum of those parts. Hope, rooted in love (as it was in that mother’s case), is connected to something which can’t be located in brain or body, but which exists as a very real and causative presence in human life. There is a case to be made for faith: “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews: 11.1) “


Prayer: A Powerful Tool in “Whole Child” Behavior Therapy

Silas at 19

Few issues create greater concern or debate among the medical and mental health communities, parents and legislators than the increased use of psychotropic drugs to treat behavioral “disorders” in children and teens.  The trends, concerns, and issues are difficult for any parent or concerned community member to wrap his/her arms around.

One article on these issues (http://www.slhi.org/pdfs/issue_briefs/ib-2006-August.pdf ) published in Arizona Health Futures a few years ago, provides a thoughtful and thorough overview and recommendations for improvements in diagnosis and dealing with these issues. The recommendations include, among others, this one:Continue Reading