November 2009

Football Wishes and Tryptophan Dreams

A bow that is always taut soon ceases to shoot straight. So on Thanksgiving Day, may we all enjoy a little "slack" along with good food and the company of loved ones...

Those are my hopes for my own Thanksgiving, anyway. My wife and daughters and I are heading to West Virginia to visit my extended family over the Thanksgiving weekend. Weather permitting, I hope we can toss a football with the kids on my uncle's lawn, in addition to enjoying some football on TV.

Mental Health Care for Less

Concerned about the price of health care? You're not alone. The New York Times reports that the leading reason that people with mental health issues don’t seek treatment is cost...

Concerned about the price of health care? You're not alone. The New York Times reports that:

According to a recent survey by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Samhsa, pronounced SAM-suh), the leading reason that people with mental health issues don’t seek treatment is cost. They fear the fees.

Blue Friday

Greg Warner of Religion News Service has written a good article on depression and suicide among pastors...

Here is a link about an important if somber topic, and one that is sadly familiar to parish clergy.

Greg Warner of Religion News Service has written a good article on depression and suicide among pastors. (We spotted it just yesterday in the latest issue of Christian Century but it appeared in USA Today three weeks ago, as well as in many denominational outlets.) It discusses the suicide in September of Baptist pastor David Treadway in Hickory, NC. One of the experts quoted in the piece is Steven Scoggin of CareNet, a pastoral counselor based in Winston-Salem and a friend of the Clergy Health Initiative.

Whales

The stresses of pastoral ministry may not sound like fingernails on the blackboard, at least not at first...

At least several times a year we read that whales have run aground on a beach somewhere and died. Though groundings have happened in many places around the world, there appears to be a correlation between this sad behavior and underwater sonar testing by some nation's navy.

Breast Cancer Screening?

This morning, the news media reported new screening guidelines for breast cancer, revising long-standing recommendations about when women should begin receiving mammograms...

This morning, the news media reported new screening guidelines for breast cancer, revising long-standing recommendations about when women should begin receiving mammograms. This shift is aimed at reducing the risks that may be associated with a very broad screening guideline.

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Ask Me 3

I had an interesting experience at a pharmacy-based clinic the other day: the practitioner asked me how I preferred to receive my health information...

I had an interesting experience at a pharmacy-based clinic the other day: the practitioner asked me how I preferred to receive my health information. Did I want to read printed written instructions? Listen to them? Go on the Internet?

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The Wall

Our health coaches at Davidson Clergy Center are beginning to advise us that we should talk about “The Wall” – that phenomenon that occurs about three months into making a planned behavior change...

Our health coaches at Davidson Clergy Center are beginning to advise us that we should talk about “The Wall” – that phenomenon that occurs about three months into making a planned behavior change. Suddenly, the great plan doesn’t seem so great and workable any more, and with the change of time, weather, season, workload, suddenly “back-sliding” ( a medical term) can occur. This is a normal, expected stage in making long-term change.

Just in time

Always in search of the magic bullet, I came across a new resource: The 10-Minute Total Body Breakthrough...

Always in search of the magic bullet, I came across a new resource that I’m trying out myself and wanted to share with you. It is The 10-Minute Total Body Breakthrough, by Sean Foy and Nellie Sabin.

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Time Out: It's Not Just for Small Children

Do you ever have days when you know that the next person who messes with you, in any way, is going to get a dump truck full of frustration unloaded on them?

Do you ever have days when you know that the next person who messes with you, in any way, is going to get a dump truck full of frustration unloaded on them? Anyone who works with other people in the intense ways that pastors do knows how tension and anxiety can build up. And it is usually the person who really doesn't deserve it who gets buried under the truckload.