- Keith Wommack - Nationally Syndicated Columnist on Health, Thought and Spirituality
Posted by Keith Wommack on May 12, 2016 | 4 Comments »
Patients in a Baylor School of Medicine study were divided into three groups. Dr. Bruce Moseley performed surgery on the first group. With another group, he utilized a different surgical technique. Both were standard treatments for arthritic knees.
The third group, however, received a fake surgery. They were sedated, and the doctor talked and acted as if there was a real surgical operation taking place. He even splashed salt water, simulating the sound of a knee-washing procedure. Each of the groups was prescribed the same postoperative care, including an exercise program. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Apr 19, 2016 | No Comments »
Bob was addicted to smoking. He was a “four packs a day” man. He knew his habit could destroy his health but that didn’t seem to make any difference.
“I was having difficulty breathing. I would run out of breath just walking up stairs,” he recently recalled.
Posted by Keith Wommack on Mar 24, 2016 | 14 Comments »
LaDue had hatched a well thought-out plan, according to CNN. His goal was to carry out the worst school massacre in US history.
Mercifully for his intended victims, the 11th grader’s plot was foiled before it could be put into action.
And it was fortunate for LaDue, too. The plot’s failure meant his sole sentence was for possessing an explosive device, the only offense he could be charged with. He has now completed his jail sentence and has agreed to stay on probation and receive treatment for a fixation on violence.
Sadly, as this case illustrates, it is not only men and women that can feel a “pressure” to harm themselves and others, but also kids and teens.
Is there anything that could help free them from the influence of such malicious mental arm-twisting? Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Mar 1, 2016 | 15 Comments »
In 1907, a New York newspaperman was sent, with other reporters, to dig up sensational stories about a woman in Concord, New Hampshire. That year, a popular magazine had described her as, “The most famous, interesting and powerful woman in America, if not in the world, today.”
It was said that these newsmen were a belligerent bunch of old-timers looking for a scandal. After staying in Concord for some time, they were surprised at the loving treatment they received from the woman’s workers and friends. They wanted to hold the woman up to scorn and ridicule.
The New York newsman was known as a hard-nosed reporter. For many years he suffered from a cancerous growth on his throat that left him unable to speak at times and in extreme pain. But if he was looking to dig up the dirt on Mary Baker Eddy, he would have been surprised to find that the only scoop he took back to New York was knowledge of the healing power behind this women’s spiritual discovery. He went away cured of his cancer because of her Christian love. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Feb 15, 2016 | 2 Comments »
Before they were famous, many of the biggest pop stars in the world believed that God wanted them to be famous, that this was his plan for them, just as it was his plan for the rest of us not to be famous. Conversely, many equally talented but slightly less famous musicians I’ve interviewed felt their success was accidental or undeserved–and soon after fell out of the limelight.
This faith gap, I’ve noticed in the interviews I’ve done, is often what sets the merely famous apart from the ridiculously famous. It can make the difference between achieving what’s possible and accomplishing what seems impossible.
This isn’t to say that every person who tops the charts believes in God’s will. There are plenty of exceptions, but fewer than you’d think.
Posted by Keith Wommack on Nov 23, 2015 | 9 Comments »
There’s a pulse, a rhythm to life, and the sounds of synchronized drumming somehow seem to stir us to recognize the marvel of that.
And there’s more to the beating of drums than meets the eye (or ear). Researchers studying the effects of drumming acknowledge that an involvement with stimulating rhythms supplies us with health benefits.
And apparently the drums themselves are optional!
Waves breaking on a shore, raindrops on a tin roof, as well as footsteps hitting the pavement during a morning run are all stimulating rhythmic patterns. They, too, can be life-enhancing cadences.
What makes captivating beats so beneficial? Could it be that the audible patterns that enrich us echo a deeper, spiritual lilt that has a divine origin? Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Nov 18, 2015 | No Comments »
Already overdosed on campaign rhetoric? Tired of political posturing?
As tired of the lengthening of political seasons as you may be, there are some who are actually sick and tired. The stress over political battles has impacted their health.
It’s good to be an involved citizen, but, nasty politics can cause extremes in thought and unpleasant physical symptoms. It seems the more negative a political campaign gets, the more illness is experienced.
While you should support and vote for candidates you truly feel can best govern, getting caught up in the anxiety and anger of opposing sides won’t help. It will only add to what harms. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Oct 15, 2015 | 8 Comments »
The seven-night Oprah Winfrey television series, Belief, airing October 18 – 24, explores our “ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves.”
The second in the series, Belief: Love’s Story, explores loving unconditionally, love that unites, and loving your enemies. As critical as these are to those yearning to put their faith into practice, I believe that “Love’s Story” is even richer if you also take a look at Love’s power to heal the body.
If we were made, assembled, like a car or truck, there would be no need for compassion and care when it came to our mental and physical health care needs. Switch out a part or two, bang out a dent, and we would be good to go.
However, we know there is more to us than body parts, and health care means more than just cleaning out a filter and changing spark plugs, so to speak. Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Oct 5, 2015 | 14 Comments »
A Health & Science article in The Washington Post put a spotlight on the benefits of nature moments. It examined Robert Zarr’s “innovative community health program,” DC Parks Rx, which is “committed to combating the woes of urban living by prescribing time outdoors.”
Zarr, a pediatrician, is convinced that a “growing body of scientific evidence” indicates “that many of the chronic scourges of city life can be prevented or alleviated by reconnecting with nature.”
How does communing with nature help? Read More→
Posted by Keith Wommack on Sep 14, 2015 | 10 Comments »
Sadie took her life on Christmas Day, according to the Dallas Morning News, and her story suggests that doom and gloom thinking can be contagious.
Sadie had joined an online chat group of teenagers talking about self-harm – a community of silent co-sufferers hidden behind the veil of Internet privacy laws.
She had joined out of compassion, hoping to offer comfort and support to those struggling. Instead, the negative environment consumed her. Sadie quickly became overwhelmed and took her own life. Read More→