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Keith Wommack is a syndicated health blogger and a Christian Science teacher and practitioner. This post was originally published on the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on twitter @keithwommack.

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Are you sick of politics? No, I mean literally!

Don't let the politics of the season make you ill. Take the higher road to become more spiritually aware and active. The results can be better health as well as being more politically astute.

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Finding your healthy heartbeat

Any drummers in the house? "Researchers studying the effects of drumming acknowledge that an involvement with stimulating rhythms supplies us with health benefits." This article explores how audible patterns that enrich us echo a deeper, spiritual lilt that has a divine origin.

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Walk in the park improves health

When is a walk in the park more than just a walk in the park? How appreciating the beauty of nature and the divine order of life can be a spiritually transformative experience that improves health.

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Suicide and the lifeline of your spiritual authority

This month is National Suicide Prevention Month. Anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts, or who knows someone who is, can do something about it, today. In the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255.

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Health alerts that make you sick

Showing the mental nature of health, 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.

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A powerful way to beat depression

To those who may suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorders, social anxiety, stress, or panic attacks, help is available!

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Do you want your child to thrive?

Children or grandchildren? When it comes to health, here’s one area of their education they shouldn’t miss.

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You quit, you lose - we do too

Society has long been aware that ideas transform thought. But, today, what is also being recognized is that your physical state mirrors your mental state. This is how an adjusted thought can cause an improved physical condition.

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Is Spiritually-Based Healing Weird?

When you hear the term "Spiritually-Based Healing" what comes to mind? Weird, perhaps? Don't be deterred by the many interpretations to this term.

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Why you need love to be healthy

Researchers have found that love can heal physical wounds & reduce stress. Read how this writer turned a moment of anger and frustration into a profound sense of peace by loving those around him.

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My secret to a healthy body

Writer reveals his secret to health: "The more I contemplated and reasoned through the spiritual significance behind everything in my life, the more I was to able to expect, demand, and witness health in others and experience it myself."

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Top apps heal mind and body

Health apps can count your steps, carbohydrates, and calories. However, if you really desire added control over your health, you might consider a few Bible apps. This article explains why.

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Want a healthy body? Learn to listen

Abandoning hurtful behavioral habits has been shown to improve health and being a better listener is a good start!

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Ridiculously small steps lead to a healthier lifestyle

Tying small steps to deeds done throughout the day allows healthy actions to become part of your daily routine. Building healthy habits brings longer lasting results.

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Twin Research: Stop surrendering to genetics – Start controlling bodily health

Recent research involving twins may be changing the future of genetics. Predetermined health patterns shaped by our genetic makeup are not the authority many have believed.

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Happiness – Healthy Body and Spirit

Is happiness beneficial because happiness is a conscious spiritual state? And if happiness is spiritual, does happiness allow health to be recognized as a spiritually sound and predictable experience or condition?

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Your Health Care Provider Desperately Needs Help

Did you know that physicians are twice as likely to commit suicide than the general population? One researcher has found that starting a dialogue about spirituality can reduce depression and benefit both the patient and the health care provider.

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Thoughts that harm your body need to be arrested

Have you ever been rightly or wrongly blamed and then felt miserable? Wasn’t the pain you experienced the result of your disturbed thought? If you’re having trouble recognizing that your thoughts and physical health are correlated, consider this article.

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Do you have a healthy attitude?

Why not consider utilizing spiritual practices the next time you face frightening challenges. Researchers are finding this exercise can yield beneficial rewards.

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Is the God that we've created the basic cause of all disease?

When a medical nurse seeks alternative means to heal her daughter, it leads her on a remarkable spiritual journey. Author, health-practitioner and theologian Michele Longo O’Donnell shares how healing can come from a shift in “expectation” which is quite different from “hoping” or “wanting.”

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Are you prepared for a health miracle?

Since miracles happen, can you prepare yourself to experience them?

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Help yourself live longer

Are your thoughts the most effective tool against aging and diminished capacities? 108 year old Gertie King thinks so. Cardiologist Dr. Mimi Guarneri and others also agree that our thoughts and spirituality impact our longevity and overall physical and mental conditions.

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How do negative suggestions influence health?

A study of the nocebo effect confirms that a negative suggestion can be unhealthy. Winfried Häuser and his colleagues at the Technical University of Munich observed that a “Negative suggestion can induce symptoms of illness.”

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Longer, healthier living

If young is good, then old must be bad. Right? Research and my healing practice have led me to believe just the opposite, that it may be possible for you and me to exchange decline for continued health and advancement.

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31 Orange Jumpsuits - new beginnings

Life doesn’t have to be vulnerable or confined. We can regulate our own experiences by the choices we make and the thoughts we think. Read how this message resonated with 31 young persons in a Texas detention center.

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6 Simple Things – help fill an empty heart

Do’s and don’ts to regain the joy of life.

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Rescuing Healthcare - Escaping Pain

"Escape Fire" is a new film that manages to highlight many of the serious challenges confronting American healthcare. A Los Angeles Times review of the film states, “What we have now, Dr. Andrew Weil and others in the film attest, is actually not a healthcare system but a disease management system. It’s a system that believes drugs are the only way: We spend as much on them as the rest of the world spends combined.

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Too much and Too little - for your health

Regarding healthcare, a New York Times article "Overtreatment is Taking a Harmful Toll" reports on the danger of too much care! On the flip side, could it be that when the spiritual is neglected, the quality of care giving and receiving is at risk of becoming too little? Let’s consider how the spiritual can help bring more balance.

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Tips for a Wise Health Consumer

if you have ever been curious about spiritual options for healing and health, here are a few word-to-the-wise ideas for those contemplating the use of spiritual/thought-based care.

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Reducing stress the military way?

Many are finding the mind to be the door to improved mental and physical health. Those utilizing mindfulness, meditation, or prayer-moments, to control and calm thought, claim these methods reduce stress and increase productivity.

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Loneliness - a health risk

There are too many of us feeling isolated. Cultivating a greater spiritual sense of life can ward of the unhealthy aspects of loneliness.