Health and health care are major topics of discussion around the world. Recently, the public conversation about health has expanded beyond allopathic medicine to a more holistic view. It includes looking more deeply at what health is, at what kind of care patients really want when they are sick, and at a broader array of treatments. This discussion also includes exploring the role that thought and a spiritual perspective can play in health. Perhaps this is why more medical schools in the United States now include a “spirituality and healing in medicine” course in their curricula. And, more scientists are recognizing and studying the impact of thought and spirituality on health.
This blog will explore the intersection of thinking, consciousness and spirituality on health and well-being. It will share how these trends are influencing the treatment of a wide variety of health issues – aging, pain, mental health, and prevention – among others.
If you’d like to join this dialogue, or ask a question, please contact me.
ValerieValerie Minard Media and governmental spokesperson for Christian Science in New Jersey, USA.
About the office of the New Jersey Committee on Publication:
Are you looking for some more insight on the connection between spirituality and health? Or, are you wondering what Christian Science is? Well you’ve come to the right place.
I’m a health/spirituality blogger/writer who has been writing on how spirituality and thought impact health and well-being for over 12 years.
As Committee, my work is three pronged. First, I regularly blog on the connection between spirituality, thought, and good health both online and in national and local print publications. Second, I help to clear up misconceptions about Christian Science, its discoverer, Mary Baker Eddy, and the Church of Christ, Scientist. And, third, I work with legislators and government regulators to provide accurate information about Christian Science and its practice.
About Valerie Minard, CS:
As a teenager it was natural for me to see the connection between spirituality and health. I regularly turned to God, who I think of as divine Love, for comfort and guidance.
But, my career path to health and spirituality blogger, and now Christian Science practitioner, had several twists and turns along the way. After graduating with a MS in geology, I worked several years as a hydrologist for a government agency; then morphed into a systems engineer for a government think tank for several more years; making an academia stop, along the way, at the MIT Media Laboratory as their press spokesperson.
With several more stops and turns, I finally arrived at my ultimate goal– and put up my shingle as a Christian Science practitioner in 2005– devoting my full time to helping people feel closer to God and find healing from physical and mental problems through prayer.
In addition, I’ve written numerous articles, published both online and in print media, including magazines and The Christian Science Monitor– an international pulitzer-prize winning newspaper. I’ve also spoken about spirituality and health on a live Internet chat, and given talks on college campuses.