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cmf file 65 (2018) - Understanding Obesity ()

Obesity represents one of the most pervasive health issues for society as well as for individuals. It undermines the health, self-respect and confidence of many individuals and imposes a significant burden on health services. It also has a potential environmental impact, often unrecognised, due to increased food consumption and increased...

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cmf file 64 (2017) - Mindfulness ()

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness, in their report, 'Mindful Nation UK' write: 'it is hoped that mindfulness will become as popular for improving mental health as jogging (only popularised in the 1970s) has become for improving physical health.' (1) In 2015, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence included...

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a good end to life (nucleus - September 2017)

What is the first thought that comes into your head when someone says 'palliative care'? Sadness? death? Hospices? cancer? To me, when someone mentions palliative care I think of love, comfort and peace. Here's why. Palliative care is defined as 'active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness' [1]...

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Spirituality and health (nucleus - Christmas 2011)

Bernard Palmer reminds us that everyone has spiritual needs. What a tragedy it is that there are a few influential people in our society who see medicine only in terms of biochemistry, anatomy and physiology. The following is an extract from Alister McGrath's excellent book on the history of atheism...

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hard questions about health and healing (nucleus - summer 2011)

Hard Questions About Healthand Healing – Andrew Fergusson CMF 2005 RRP £8.00 (but £4 on 12-12 scheme!) The book begins by looking at the foundations of what we believe as Christians, as a basis to approach the issues of health and healing. It discusses the need for a balance between the...

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The vulnerable: their quality of care (triple helix - Christmas 2010)

I have worked for 25 years as an NHS GP in the north west of England. Care for the vulnerable is the main purpose of my job, and the direct or indirect professional concern for most of us each day. Aspects of vulnerability are also the main ethical issues we...

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best left to pastors and chaplains? (nucleus - summer 2010)

We are taught as medical students to be holistic in our management approach, considering a patient's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. However, step into the hectic buzz of a ward... bleeps, patient alarms, drips going off, a patient's relative asking questions, another patient being taken away for physiotherapy, for...

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Health for Life - the pathway to biblical health and wholeness (triple helix - Christmas 2009)

As both medical doctor and Christian minister, Dr Chapman is well placed to bring an integrated, whole person perspective to this book on biblical health. It is divided into four sections: biblical health, health of the spirit, health of the soul, and health of the body. This is a practical workbook...

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Breaking Point (triple helix - spring/summer 2007)

Emotional breakdown never arises out of the blue. There is always a background to it and usually there are warning signs that, if heeded, might prevent a precipitous grind to a halt. Personality Traits 'I really can't let them down!' Perfectionism Solo playing, reluctant to...

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Integrating Spirituality in Health and Social Care - Perspectives and Practical Approaches (Book Review) (triple helix - spring/summer 2007)

This book, comprising four sections, gives an excellent overview of what is understood by 'spirituality' and 'spiritual care' in the UK NHS. The first section explores published literature to help us understand what is meant by 'spirituality' in the context of health care provision. I felt comfortable with the authors'...

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