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Russ Gerber is a syndicated health blogger and a Christian Science teacher and practitioner.
This post was originally published on PsychologyToday.com. Follow him on twitter @russgerber.

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Good faith

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Instant gratification, instant fear

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You yearn for progress in your life. Now what?

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A Healthy Shake-Up in Health Care

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Great Expectations: Re-framing How We Think About Health

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The healthiest people on earth: What's their secret?

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For this doctor, business as usual is over

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Is drug addiction a disease?

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It's Never Too Late to Ask: Is This The Way to Health?

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Belief and Its Effect on Our Health

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