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Christian Doctor’s Digest – May 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 15, 2017 /

The May 2017 issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest all about empowering you to make an impact in your community and our world for Christ. Dennis Rainey shares about resources and methods to help your teens remain pure in our sexually saturated culture. Participants in a CMDA Marriage Enrichment Weekend conference share about the ways it helped them make their marriages stronger. Bert Jones and Dr. David Stevens share from their book Servant Leadership about how to lead like Christ did, as a servant to all.

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Artificial Wombs and Modern Incubators

By David Prentice, PhD / May 11, 2017 /

Sometimes what seems like science fiction can actually be science fact, and sometimes new technologies can have the potential for both good and bad uses. So-called “dual-use technology” is most often thought of in connection with potential military as well as civilian use, e.g., weaponized forms of viruses or bacteria vs. using such altered pathogens for vaccine development.

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The Diabolical Heritage of the English Language

The Diabolical Heritage of the English Language

By Rev. Stan Key / May 5, 2017 /

If I were Satan and my mission to capture souls for hell, I think my first theater of operations would be the dictionary. I could greatly enhance my diabolical plan for world dominion if I could subtly change the meaning of words so that verbal accuracy was lost and truth became foggy.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 2)

10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 2)

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 4, 2017 /

There is so much need, and so much help that you can provide by partnering with people in an intentional and thoughtful way. Thanks to all of you that have blessed me and our hospital in the last 4 years by doing just that, and for those of you who will come to places just like ours.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 1)

10 Questions to Ask Before Sending a Medical Missions Team (Part 1)

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 1, 2017 /

I’ve read a few articles lately about how short-term teams are negatively impacting children in orphanages, how shoddy building projects mock underemployed communities, how quick-fixes can cause long term damage.

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Expenditure or Investment?

Expenditure or Investment?

By Al Weir, MD / April 27, 2017 /

Yesterday I attended a retreat for Christian medical students at a beautiful spot on a small lake in Arkansas. Tim is a third year medical student who led a session on discipleship for his fellow students there. I was struck by his speaking ability, his maturity in Christ and by one particular statement he made.

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Chechen Government Reportedly Abusing Men Having Sex with Men

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / April 26, 2017 /

An April 10 story in The Daily Mail was headlined, “Chechnya opens world’s first concentration camp for homosexuals since Hitler’s in the 1930s where campaigners say gay men are being tortured with electric shocks and beaten to death.”

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Explaining at the Supreme Court Why Kids at Churches Need Public Safety Protection, Too

By Jonathan Imbody / April 20, 2017 /

I spoke yesterday outside the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments in a court case over whether the Government can exclude kids who play on church-owned playgrounds from safety programs. The case could have broad implications across the nation for how governments treat faith-based institutions and individuals.
I really appreciated working together with colleagues from groups like Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to highlight the message that Government should not set up a religious test for which kids get safety protections.

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Abortion March

Christian Doctor’s Digest – April 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 15, 2017 /

We present 3 valuable interviews to help you engage the culture. Valerie Huber joins us to discuss what is happening in our country as the “progressive” curriculum of Sex Ed is expanding. Then Os Guinness shares from his book Impossible People on how to be courageous with our worldviews. And Jeanne Mancini gives us an update on the battle for life in this country.

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A Word About…Books April 13, 2017

A Word About…Books

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 13, 2017 /

WE ARE A FAMILY of musings and stories and books. In fact, I come from a long line of storytellers. Some people talk with their hands. Some people talk with their eyes. I have to talk with my stories. Without my stories, I fumble for things to say. I struggle to communicate. But with stories, musings, “first-person-happenings-to-me,” I am freed from the need to think in words, and I can communicate in pictures drawn with sights and sounds and smells. I guess that’s why I love to write.

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Where the Battle is Won…Or Lost

Where the Battle is Won…Or Lost

By Rev. Stan Key / April 12, 2017 /

Deep within every human soul resides a kingdom where self is sovereign. In this little fiefdom of autonomy the unholy trinity of me, myself and I reigns supreme. Here, I sit on the throne of my life enacting decrees, making judgments, forming decisions and controlling my destiny.

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Spunk and Love

Spunk and Love

By Judy Palpant / April 7, 2017 /

Author and psychologist Mary Pipher encourages parents to expose their children to beauty and goodness. Thus it was, before home school each morning in Kenya, we walked past hedges and the hospital to stand and stare at majestic Mt. Elgon.

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A Word About…Doors April 6, 2017

A Word About…Doors

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 6, 2017 /

During my years as a coach of Christian doctors, a common topic of interest has been ‘doors.’ Perhaps a doctor has an opportunity for career change or advancement, and wants to coach about whether to walk through Door A or Door B (or there may even be Doors C, D, E, and F!)

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Healing Wounds With Honey

Healing Wounds With Honey

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / April 2, 2017 /

I had a great chat with Louis Carter at the Global Missions Healthcare Conference. If you don’t know Louis, he spent time as a missionary in Nigeria, and for last 20 years or so has spent a month or two, three or four times a year at mission hospitals teaching plastic and hand surgery techniques. He is now completing a book on those techniques for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons.

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The Ping of the Hammer, the Squish of the Clay March 29, 2017

The Ping of the Hammer, the Squish of the Clay

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / March 29, 2017 /

Every day, I live some and I die some; I save some, and I lose some. I find life, and I lose life. Kingdom living is like that. Jesus said, “Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” (Lk. 17:33, NKJV) Eugene Peterson’s The Message put it this way: ‘If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.’

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Ziklag

Ziklag

By Al Weir, MD / March 23, 2017 /

It’s been 30 years, but I can still recall his look of disappointment. James was a medical student who had looked up to me when I had surrendered my life to God’s call for international healthcare missions. It hadn’t worked out. We hadn’t lasted. Back after two years in Nigeria, seeking a career like other doctors who had never heard the call, I had let him down.

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Service Spot

Service Spot

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / March 17, 2017 /

I was checking my email in the family room with the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on TV in the background when a phrase the announcer used grabbed my attention. He said Nick Kyrigos, an Australian tennis player, was a “spot server.”

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Body Bag Living

Body Bag Living

By Al Weir, MD / March 7, 2017 /

We were seeing him in the hospital because his blood counts had dropped, probably nothing serious. As we talked, I learned he was a Korean War veteran and asked him if he was at the Chosin Reservoir, in that “Coldest Winter” where more than 100,000 Chinese poured over the Korean border and drove U.S. soldiers south though cross-fire and frostbite.

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Feeling the ‘Burn’ in Burnout February 28, 2017

Feeling the ‘Burn’ in Burnout

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 28, 2017 /

There is absolutely no question that physician burnout is on the rise in medicine today. Numerous studies have supported the reality that physician burnout rates range from 30 to as high as 65%, depending on specialty. Burnout, of course, isn’t a ‘disease’ a physician would prescribe medicine for, or even necessarily diagnose in one of his or her patients. But it is a ‘dis-ease,’ to be sure. Burnout is a long-term stress reaction, which includes emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a lack of sense of personal accomplishment. For a certainty, Christian doctors are not immune to the effects of burnout, and one of the primary elements of CMDA’s coaching ministry is helping Christian doctors manage and address the challenges of burnout in medicine today.

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Perspective… February 22, 2017

Perspective…

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 22, 2017 /

God is very wise, When He decided it was time for “time” to begin, He divided life into bite sized pieces—seconds and minutes, moments for living—each identical in length to all the others, yet each totally unique.

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Christianity and Science: Are They Opposed?

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / February 22, 2017 /

Christianity versus science is a popular false dichotomy promoted to the aggravation of believers as well as non-believers with an eye on history. Add to that the assertion that the church provided the Dark Ages? There were no Dark Ages. It’s a myth.

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The Be-Baditudes February 19, 2017

The Be-Baditudes

By Rev. Stan Key / February 19, 2017 /

Blessed are those who have their act together and are spiritually with it, for they illustrate what God’s reign in this world really looks like. Blessed are those who are healthy, wealthy and happy, for they’ve found the true meaning of life.

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Faith-Health puzzle pieces

Christian Doctor’s Digest – February 2017

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 15, 2017 /

The relation between faith & health is examined with Dr. Tyler VanderWeele about his research findings of church attendance & better health outcomes. Then Bert Jones shares from a message he gave on Psalm 91 about abiding in the secret place. And Ellie Lafario comes to the microphone with wit & insight to discuss her book Leap of Faith.

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That’s A Good Question February 8, 2017

That’s A Good Question

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 8, 2017 /

Experienced and skilled coaches use a variety of tools for helping their clients think, re-think, or ‘new-think’ ways of seeing things. Sometimes, just looking at a circumstance or situation from a slightly different perspective can produce breakthroughs. Asking powerful questions can be amazingly effective in helping individuals see things in a different way. And, as a coach, one of the most affirming comments a client can make to me, (after I’ve asked what may seem like a simple question) is an even simpler response: ‘Hmm? That’s a good question.’

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Sugar Cane Sabbath February 7, 2017

Sugar Cane Sabbath

By Judy Palpant / February 7, 2017 /

Sugar cane-sweet, juicy. Anyone familiar with the taste will salivate at the mention of the word. During our years in Kenya, a fresh stalk of sugar cane trumped all other treats as far as our children were concerned. Eagerly they watched us cut away the tough outer layer with a sharp knife.

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Two Peas in a Pod

Two Peas in a Pod

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 17, 2017 /

Mrs. Nelson* is a 76-year-old widowed lady who came in to the hospital with multiple previous medical problems. She had had a heart attack, an ischemic stroke and had her right leg amputated because of worsening peripheral arterial disease.

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The ‘Ready-Aim-Fire’ of Lasting Change January 10, 2017

The ‘Ready-Aim-Fire’ of Lasting Change

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / January 10, 2017 /

Ever wonder why achieving lasting change can be so difficult? One of the reasons, perhaps, is that change isn’t as simple as driving a car from one side of a bridge to the other.

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Federal Policy Top Priorities in 2017 January 4, 2017

Federal Policy Top Priorities in 2017

By Jonathan Imbody / January 4, 2017 /

The Washington Office of CMDA focuses on the fundamental issues of the right to life and freedom of faith, conscience and speech, which serve as the foundation for all other rights and freedoms. Here are some of the top priorities for the new year.

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When Pro-Gay Science is Anti-Gay

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / December 20, 2016 /

A study in last month’s Social Science & Medicine reported not being able to replicate the results of Columbia University study showing a shorter life expectancy for LGBT individuals who face prejudice. In this week’s blog, Dr. Andrè Van Mol says it’s another case of non-reproducible results broadcast globally to ideological ends.

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Are You Suffering from ‘Hurry Sickness?’ December 16, 2016

Are You Suffering from ‘Hurry Sickness?’

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / December 16, 2016 /

Author Lewis Grant describes a condition he calls, “Sunset fatigue,” end-of-the-day behaviors he says may indicate that an individual has been “infected” with hurry sickness. Here are some of the symptoms he has identified. Sound vaguely familiar?

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The “Happiness Habit” of Being Thankful November 17, 2016

The “Happiness Habit” of Being Thankful

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 17, 2016 /

I love Fall. It’s a season of beautiful foliage, football, and a time for me reflect and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, again, I plan to take time throughout the Thanksgiving season to thank God for my many blessings. (My wife and I are particularly thankful this year, with the arrival of our first grandchild a few weeks ago!)

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Faith & Health

Christian Doctor’s Digest – November 2016

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 15, 2016 /

Ben Mast shares from his book Second Forgetting, the Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s about helping caregivers find hope during this most difficult time. Chuck Thompson expounds on his book Presence & Truth about Christian counseling concepts to help us deal with others. Albert Mohler concludes the discussion of his book The Conviction to Lead on leadership principles.

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Techno-Babies: Some Assembly Required?

By David Prentice, PhD / November 10, 2016 /

Science fiction is no longer fiction—the first three-parent baby was born a few months ago. Last month in The Point, Dr. Robert E. Cranston raised a series of important questions about the safety and ethics of the technique; now more information—and more questions—have arisen. As a reminder, the concept of creating a baby with three parents came as a proposal to “treat” individuals with mitochondrial genetic diseases, i.e., mutations in the mitochondrial DNA that lead to sometimes lethal physiological problems.

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Techno-Babies: Some Assembly Required? November 10, 2016

Techno-Babies: Some Assembly Required?

By David Prentice, PhD / November 10, 2016 /

Despite the clear ethical problems, reports now show another three-parent child may have been born in China, and two more three-parent babies gestating in Ukraine. The practitioners of this cloning and embryo manipulation technology are pushing ahead, so Dr. David Prentice goes in-depth into the ethical and safety problems with this technique.

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Post-Christian Paganism and Christian Opportunity

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / October 27, 2016 /

A 50-foot reproduction of the entry arch to the Temple of Baal went up in London this year and is soon to be in New York City. Yes, that Baal, the Canaanite “Lord” of fertility, rain and agriculture, thus wealth. Baal worship involved ritual sexual activity, sacred prostitutes of both sexes and infant sacrifice (see Jeremiah 19:5; Deuteronomy 12:31; Deuteronomy 18:9-10; and 2 Kings 23:7).

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Discipler, Mentor, or Coach? October 25, 2016

Discipler, Mentor, or Coach?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 25, 2016 /

I love coffee, especially in the morning. I don’t know how many times I’ve walked into some local coffee haunt for my morning ‘fix,’ and noticed a group of men or women sitting at some corner table, bibles open, as they are obviously having a ‘group’ discussion around the word of God. Invariably, when I notice such a group, an unavoidable question pops into my head: “I wonder if the leader is discipling, or mentoring, or…coaching?

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No Easy Answers October 18, 2016

No Easy Answers

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 18, 2016 /

One of the most important ‘tools’ in a coach’s toolkit is the skill of asking ‘powerful’ questions. All CMDA coaches are certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF), the ‘gold standard’ organization for professional coaches. And the ICF lists ‘powerful questioning’ as one of the eleven core competencies necessary for coaches to achieve an ICF certification.

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All Genders Matter

Christian Doctor’s Digest – October 2016

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 15, 2016 /

Preparing us as wise Christians to fight some of the evils in our world. Charles Fay discusses how to guide our children in making good digital decisions as they interact with the web and electronic devices. Allan Josephson, MD explores the issues surrounding the Transgender movement and how it affects every healthcare professional. Albert Mohler delves into the issue of Right of Conscience, how to approach it and how to applies to ourselves and our patients.

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The Three-Parent Child October 13, 2016

The Three-Parent Child

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / October 13, 2016 /

Imagine the heartache of learning that your new baby will die slowly and painfully before the age of seven, or much sooner, with the same disabling, degenerative disease that killed your last two children. Now, imagine all of this could be prevented by a newly developed technique that a world-renowned physician is willing to perform on your eggs to ensure your child’s good health. Does this sound too good to be true? Dr. Robert Cranston explains the ethical issues surrounding this new procedure.

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What you need to know and do about the new HHS transgender mandate

By Jonathan Imbody / October 6, 2016 /

The transgender mandate, promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the assumed authority of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), went into effect July 18, 2016.

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Placebos: Can we use them? Should we use them?

By Amy Givler, MD / September 29, 2016 /

The word “placebo” actually comes from a mis-translation of the Bible. Psalm 116:9 in the Latin Vulgate roughly states, “I shall please the dead in the land of the living.” Later translations better reflected the original Hebrew with, “I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living,” (KJV) but in the Middle Ages, the Latin Vulgate was the only Bible most people knew.

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Slip Sliding Away: Death By Organ Donation

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / September 22, 2016 /

Proponents of physician-assisted suicide/euthanasia adamantly maintain the slippery slope does not exist. The U.S. is not like the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and now Canada, they claim. They point out how well assisted suicide is working in states here.

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Doctors, States challenge new “Transgender regulation”

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 1, 2016 /

“No doctor should be forced to perform a procedure that he or she believes will harm a child,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “Decisions on a child’s medical treatment should be between families and their doctors, not dictated by politicians and government bureaucrats.”

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Rally for Trans Health Equality & Economic Justice

Christian Doctor’s Digest – August 2016

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 15, 2016 /

Changes are occurring in our world today. Karl Benzio, MD discusses the Transgender issue and the changes that result from it. Robert Lerer, MD shares about the changes in Cuba as the US Government opens the door for travel and the opportunities that presents. Peter Anderson, MD opens his book Lost & Found that was written to assist our patients with all the changes to the practice of medicine, including Electronic Medical Records.

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Political Parties Contrasted on Life Issues

By Jonathan Imbody / August 4, 2016 /

Both major political parties recently issued new platforms that communicate contrasting core values to the American people. Following is a breakdown of where each party stands on the life issues of particular concern to readers of this blog: abortion, sex education, embryos and stem cell research and assisted suicide.

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The Court of Last Resort

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / July 28, 2016 /

Though I have two in my extended family, I never wanted to be a lawyer. But I admit, I have desired more legal knowledge over the last few months as CMDA has taken legal action as a last resort to deal with threats to our members and our patients.

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Alliance Defending Freedom Files Suit on Behalf of CMDA

Alliance Defending Freedom Files Suit on Behalf of CMDA

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 21, 2016 /

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit in federal court against officials in the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and the Office of Professional Regulation on behalf of health care professionals who wish to abide by their oath to “do no harm.” The state agencies are construing Vermont’s assisted suicide law as requiring them, regardless of their conscience or oath, to counsel patients on doctor-prescribed death as an option.

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IVF and Aging Parents

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / June 9, 2016 /

On April 19, 2016, Mohinder Singh Gill, age 79, and his wife Dajinder Kaur, 72, gave birth to their first child. Kaur, long past menopause, and Gill conceived their child with the help of Dr. Anurag Bishnoi’s IVF Clinic, reportedly employing their own egg and sperm.

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Smaller Than the Stars

Smaller Than the Stars

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 9, 2016 /

One night recently, I was laying on a blanket on the wet grass, while friends were building a fire and playing and singing worship music. One of the young women I met that night lay on the blanket next to me, and we looked at the stars. I commented on how amazing it was that the God who made them held them up there and they didn’t just fall down on us.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – May 2016

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / May 15, 2016 /

The May 2016 issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest tackles the issue of Human Dignity, how to each others & influence our world, and then a practical application of human dignity through medical missions. John Kilner shares from his book Dignity & Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God. Tom West, MD helps prepare us to share our knowledge and faith as physicians to non-medical audiences. A dentist from the Middle East shares about helping Syrian refugees and the plight of those in refugee camps.

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Growing Human Embryos Outside the Womb: New Record, Old Questions

By David Prentice, PhD / May 11, 2016 /

There needs to be a pause for a deeper discussion about just why such research is being done, and if there are any ethical lines that should not be crossed. How many lives are worth sacrificing? One? One thousand? One million?

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – April 2016

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / April 15, 2016 /

Public Policy comes to the forefront as we discuss ways to impact the world around us. Phil Lees brings the issues to the local level with an EXPLICIT discussion of Comprehensive Sexual Education being taught in our schools today. Richard Swenson, MD talks about the State of Medicine and examines how we can be a beacon of hope to our colleagues. Jonathan Imbody shares from his book Faith Steps about how you can get involved with public policy.

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Assisted Suicide Trend Portends Thousands of Deaths

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / February 25, 2016 /

“In the past two years the number of deaths as a result of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon has nearly doubled,” said Ryan T. Anderson, who researches and writes on physician-assisted suicide at The Heritage Foundation.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – February 2016

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 15, 2016 /

Christian Doctor’s Digest brings you a few of your favorites! Richard Swenson, MD shares about the state of our world today and the coming End Times. John Patrick, MD discusses the necessity of belief and how that shapes our worldview. Plus we introduce Jeff Anderson as the CMDA Director of Gift Planning!

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Doctors Impacted by New Obamacare Gender Rules

By Gene Rudd, MD / February 15, 2016 /

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act cites decades-old federal laws that prohibit any individual from being denied benefits or discriminated against in any health program or federally funded activity on the basis of race, color, nationality, sex, disability and age. However, the Office of Civil Rights is now interpreting “sex” to include “gender identity” and “sex stereotypes.”

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Facing Burnout in Healthcare

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / February 11, 2016 /

Excerpted from “Study: Doctor burnout may increase effect of biases on care,” UPI. January 13, 2016 — A national survey of doctors shows job burnout and personal bias have continued to increase in recent years, and researchers suggest the growth of both could affect the quality of care patients receive.

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British Scientists to Genetically Modify Human Embryos

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) / February 11, 2016 /

It remains illegal for these genetically altered embryos to be implanted in a woman. It is hoped the experiments will improve our understanding of the earliest stages of embryo development. The research, which was approved by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, will use excess embryos donated by couples who have had in vitro fertilization treatment.

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The Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Survivors of Human Trafficking

The Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Survivors of Human Trafficking

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 5, 2016 /

As psychiatrists who are also Christians, we evaluate and treat patients who have experienced many types of trauma, including trauma in childhood, adolescence, and trauma extended into adulthood.

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Stormans v Wiesman Amicus Brief February 4, 2016

Stormans v Wiesman Amicus Brief

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / February 4, 2016 / Comments Off on Stormans v Wiesman Amicus Brief

Whether the Petitioner-Pharmacists’ belief that it is immoral to participate in the taking of human life is informed by the objective medical science establishing: (1) that a new, distinct, human being comes into existence at the moment of sperm-egg fusion, and (2) that the objectionable drugs, Plan B and ella, have the capacity to end the life of a new human being at the embryonic stage of development.

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Obama Advancing Gender Ideology Through Regulations

By Jonathan Imbody / January 28, 2016 /

This proposed rule, if implemented, would endanger religious liberty and create concerns for the privacy and safety of our most vulnerable citizens: the homeless and other people seeking emergency shelter for the night.

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Trafficking Victims: No Health Professional Helped Me

By Jonathan Imbody / December 3, 2015 /

Recent research indicates that more than 80 percent of trafficking victims in the United States have contact with the healthcare system in the course of being trafficked. Some are even brought to the clinic by their trafficker.

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Religious Freedom

Christian Doctor’s Digest – November 2015

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 15, 2015 /

Explore ways to bolster the foundational blocks of religious liberty and family. Ken Carpenter discusses his movie, One Generation Away, and the fight to preserve our religious liberty in this country. Then Mark True, MD & Kim Hawthorne join us to tell us about a new CMDA retreat in Colorado to strengthen the bonds between fathers and their teenage children.

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CDD STAT – Same-Sex Marriage

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / November 1, 2015 /

In this special issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest STAT, Dr. David Steven discusses this issue with Dr. Ryan Anderson, the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – August 2015

Christian Doctor’s Digest – October 2015

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 15, 2015 /

Dr. John West explores the misuse of science for political purposes and the impact it has on our culture. David Player, MD explains the practice model of Executive Medicine. Ron Blue expounds on knowing how much is enough in relation to our income, savings, giving and what we leave behind once we are gone.

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WPC Pulse: May 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / May 21, 2020 /

How’s your patience holding up? Mine is running a bit thin, and it’s hard to hear this pandemic might go on another year before it’s “over.” My heart goes out to those who live alone and rarely go out. And we lift up in prayer those on the frontlines working endlessly to save as many as they can. We must also include those who have no work and fearing the future, hoping it might improve soon.

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WPC Pulse: April 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / April 7, 2020 /

Last week I came home from the office, still needing to chart, needing to be on a Zoom meeting and seeing SO many emails in my inbox from every hospital and medical organization I belong to, telling more about TODAY’s COVID-19 changes in what we should be doing and worrying about. I was overwhelmed!

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WPC Pulse: March 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / March 7, 2020 /

I don’t know about you, but the only thing in all my conversations, whether it be at work, home or with friends and family, is about COVID-19. As I’m winging my way across country from San Francisco International Airport to Raleigh to visit my new grandson, who was born March 10, am I possibly bringing the virus with me?

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WPC Pulse: February 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / February 7, 2020 /

My roses bring forth their last straggly bloom right around Thanksgiving, but already, in Northern California, by mid-January, they have what we call growing points, tiny buds on old stalks. Time to prune! My good friend Lana gave me a new purple (her favorite color) rose to plant in honor of my mom. It already has growing buds.

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WPC Pulse: January 2020

By Women Physicians in Christ / January 7, 2020 /

It reminds me of how I need to keep growing in my faith, to let the Holy Spirit show me what stands in the way of hearing His voice and letting His fruit be more and more evident in my life. As I think of my New Year Resolution ( I keep having the same one each year because of lack of progress—to arrive early to events, not five minutes late) or my words for the year (release and receive), it brings me to God’s Word and how Jesus handled a very busy schedule.

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WPC Pulse: December 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / December 7, 2019 /

As we gather with families over Christmas and start out the New Year, I think of God the Father who “let His wrath go” that we deserve for our sin and sent His Son Jesus to take that wrath upon Himself. I think of the many people He met in his three years of ministry where He let things go, like with the Samaritan woman, the woman caught in adultery or the prostitute who washed His feet with her hair.

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WPC Pulse: November 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / November 7, 2019 /

How are you doing on your bucket list? Do you even have one? Rafting the Grand Canyon wasn’t really on mine, but when my brother organized a group starting two years ago, I thought I should add it. Now after having survived Crystal and Lava Falls rapids, spending15 nights sleeping out under the stars, three nights with fine sand blowing on us in gale force winds, which seeped into everything, and squatting into the river to pee, one gets stretched into learning the lessons from the Canyon.

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WPC Pulse: October 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / October 7, 2019 /

When you read this, I will most likely be rafting down and hiking the Grand Canyon with my two brothers, sister-in-law and a couple of friends. My brother organized this trip a year and a half ago, and now we’re really doing it. Pray we all make it out alive!

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WPC Pulse: September 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / September 7, 2019 /

How was your summer? It’s hard to believe school is back in session. It seems like there was more road construction traffic during the summer on my way to work than school traffic now! We spent a lot of time in traffic driving to Lake Tahoe for long weekends to the Bavarian Chalet (not Swiss, mind you, she’s next door!) my parents built in the 1980s.

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WPC Pulse: August 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / August 7, 2019 /

How’s your balance? I started a “senior yoga” at my fitness club which is basically a stretch and core strengthening class. I really needed it! It helped me get over the muscle spasm left over from my spinal surgery last fall. One of the exercises is to stand on one leg and move the other leg to the front and the side, back and forth. AND THEN, reach down and touch my foot! Needless to say, the instructor keeps reminding us, if you are losing your balance, just put your foot down. It’s definitely a good core builder!

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WPC Pulse: July 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / July 7, 2019 /

Summer is a time for me of mixed emotions. I love the less hectic schedule at work although it’s crammed with yearly check-ups that can take more time than expected when issues come up. But I love seeing the college kids and find out how life is going for them. I’m always impressed when the guys still want to see a women physician.

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WPC Pulse: June 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / June 7, 2019 /

When was the last time you received an invitation? We first moved back to California when I was starting my internship year with a 1-year-old child. We attended a local church. The preaching and music were good, but we never really connected. I felt judged for being a working mom. We moved on to another church in Berkeley with more working women.

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WPC Pulse: May 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / May 7, 2019 /

I have to admit, I didn’t go for years because it’s such a long journey across the country and I promised myself to never fly a night flight again. My schedule dictated I had to this time. I never really caught up on my sleep, but there were so many good things happening at the conference that I stayed awake through it all.

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WPC Pulse: April 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / April 7, 2019 /

I had to put my faith into action the day before we were leaving for our GHO trip to the Ukraine. While at work I started feeling VERY achy and registered a fever of 101. (Flu neg-whew) I had a full day of patients scheduled the next day and we were leaving that night.

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WPC Pulse: March 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / March 7, 2019 /

I know God was calling me to be brave and serve
for many years, but I was petrified, feeling like I
wouldn’t know what all the diseases were that I
would for sure see. But finally an opportunity
surfaced to go with Samaritan’s Purse over the
Thanksgiving break to Honduras in 1998, a year
after Hurricane Mitch.

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WPC Pulse: February 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / February 10, 2019 /

A long time ago (like 30 years ago!) my husband and I took a two-year Bethel class that uses strange pictures to teach the themes of the Bible. The lessons each week were very memorable since they included several important ideas for that week conglomerated into a picture that would help you remember.

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WPC Pulse: January 2019

By Women Physicians in Christ / January 7, 2019 /

Over the holidays I was with my sister-in-law who is a puzzle lover. They had received a very challenging puzzle from their daughter of an underwater scene that my brother had taken while scuba diving. I’m not much of a puzzler since it feels like a lot of time I could be doing something else. I really struggled to stay with it and only preferred to work on the bright colors that were easier to piece together.

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WPC Pulse: December 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / December 10, 2018 /

I don’t know about you, but I have always been a
victim of my expectations. And the holidays can
leave me disappointed when I want things to go
my way and they don’t. When my kids don’t come
home, I just want it to be over and move on to
New Year resolutions that tell me to have no
expectations next year.

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WPC Pulse: November 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / November 10, 2018 /

In my month off from work after spinal surgery, my daily Bible reading took me through the book of 1 Kings and the prophet Elijah. After his glorious demonstration of God’s power and might on Mt. Carmel, he spiraled down into discouragement and a pity party.

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WPC Pulse: October 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / October 10, 2018 /

I’m very excited to assume the position of Chair for Women Physicians in Christ—and overwhelmed! When I was first asked to chair an ad hoc committee to explore the needs of women in CMDA in 1992, I never dreamed it would become such a wonderful group of women who care so much for each other.

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WPC Pulse: September 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / September 10, 2018 /

A highlight of the WPC year is our annual
conference where women physicians and dentists
of all life stages come together to improve their
medical knowledge and worship the Lord. The
integration of faith and work at this event makes it
unique, and the women who attend make it
special. Friendships develop and deepen as we
share experiences of life together.

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WPC Pulse: August 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / August 10, 2018 /

A number of years ago I purchased a Cocker
Spaniel puppy to help distract and entertain some
children I was caring for while their mother was
dying of cancer. We named him Cappuccino, as
he was buff-colored. The kids had a great time
playing with Cappy, who was adorable, but he had
multiple health issues over his lifetime of 12 years.

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WPC Pulse: July 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / July 10, 2018 /

This summer has been oppressively hot. My husband Andy and I had to cancel a week-long trip to Colorado to be adult guests at a Young Life camp in the mountains because Maddie, our Brittany dog, decided it was time.

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WPC Pulse: June 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / June 10, 2018 /

When was the last time you asked yourself “What kind of doctor do I want to be?” I don’t mean what specialty or what branch of medicine in which you desire to practice, but what kind of doctor do you really want to be? Many of us chose our specialty early in our medical school days, or even before medical school started.

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WPC Pulse: May 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / May 10, 2018 /

My husband is convinced that if even one person in a group outdoor activity does not come prepared for inclement weather, then bad weather will occur. For example, if all are prepared with rain gear, then it won’t rain. But if even one person forgets the rain gear, then there will be rain. I think CMDA staff may have decided to adopt this philosophy because this year the attendee gift for the CMDA National Convention was an umbrella with a flashlight built into the shaft. Historical data would show this to be a tremendously useful gift for this meeting.

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WPC Pulse: April 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / April 10, 2018 /

I had my annual physical recently, having called for an appointment last fall. She has been my doctor for more than 30 years and caught my colon cancer early so I’m still here today. Much to my surprise, she ordered several tests. Each test precipitated a referral to another specialist because they were abnormal. My appointment book is filled with doctor visits up the wazoo!

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WPC Pulse: March 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / March 10, 2018 /

We all face fear. Sometimes we are not even aware that we are experiencing fear. It may be subconscious, but show up in the way we handle conflict or difficult situations. Or, in the way that we avoid certain situations or challenging conversations.

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WPC Pulse: February 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / February 10, 2018 /

How do you respond when the mistakes of someone else cause you injury or do harm to a loved one? I have faced this twice this last week on a ski trip.

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WPC Pulse: January 2018

By Women Physicians in Christ / January 10, 2018 /

January is back, with its dark, dreary days, cold temperatures and influenza in epidemic proportions (or so it seems). Every news station is talking about the flu and its increase in cases over last year at this time. No one seems to remember or mention that we had a late flu season last year and the total number of cases for the season may be no different than recent years.

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Opening the Conversation About Death

By Robert Orr, MD, CM / September 3, 2015 /

Excerpted from “How doctors want to die is different than most people,” CNN. August 11, 2015 — Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she used to feel performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients. “I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life,” she says. It looks nothing like what people see on TV.

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WPC Pulse: October 2015

WPC Pulse: October 2015

By Women Physicians in Christ / October 7, 2015 /

Have you felt overwhelmed lately? Too much to do and too little time? Are you having trouble concentrating or even remembering things because you are so busy with life? I am sure you can answer yes to one or more of these questions because most people that I encounter these days, especially physicians, are overwhelmed. You may be overwhelmed with the office, EMR, family, church responsibilities or a combination of them all.

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WPC Pulse: September 2015

WPC Pulse: September 2015

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 1, 2015 /

Have you felt overwhelmed lately? Too much to do and too little time? Are you having trouble concentrating or even remembering things because you are so busy with life? I am sure you can answer yes to one or more of these questions because most people that I encounter these days, especially physicians, are overwhelmed. You may be overwhelmed with the office, EMR, family, church responsibilities or a combination of them all.

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Christian Doctor’s Digest – August 2015

Christian Doctor’s Digest – August 2015

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 15, 2015 /

Focusing on the foundational principles that are the bedrock of Christian medicine. Warren Kinghorn, MD discusses Medical Professionalism & the covenant relationship we have with our patients. Steve Furr, MD explores the issue of Family Practice in a small rural setting & the challenges that come with it. Robert Orr, MD delves into the topic of Same Sex Marriage & CMDA’s public policy statements on it. In this episode…

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Human Trafficking Report Inflated by U.S. State Department

By Jeffrey Barrows DO, MA (Bioethics) / August 6, 2015 /

n the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse. The State Department’s senior political staff saw it differently — and they prevailed.

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WPC Pulse: August 2015

WPC Pulse: August 2015

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 1, 2015 /

Over the years, I’ve had patients describe to me how exhausted they feel caring for their elderly parents, even when they don’t live with them. Now I understand. When with them, I am constantly assessing how they’re managing, and I am watching for changes. When I’m away, any phone call could mean a disruption of my day or even a disaster. And if they don’t answer the phone when I call, I have to struggle not to panic.

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Research Shows Use of Medical Marijuana not Always Beneficial

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 9, 2015 /

The evidence wasn’t as strong to support marijuana’s use for nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, sleep disorders, HIV-related weight loss and Tourette syndrome. Also, any benefits of marijuana or cannabis use must be weighed against the risk of side effects, which include dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, sleepiness and euphoria, according to the study’s lead author.

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