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By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 8, 2020 / Comments Off on About Us

The mission of the CMDA CHEC Section is to encourage connection, promote excellence and integrate faith and work. The vision of CHEC is to be a community of Christian healthcare executives that inspires and supports one another.

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Brief Reflections on My Recent Education in American Racism

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / October 8, 2020 /

CMDA’s Board of Trustees recently created the R2ED Team, which is a taskforce focused on racism and reconciliation, equality and diversity. As followers of Christ, we want to see persons of all colors and ethnicities blessed by the gospel of Christ and involved in the work and ministry of CMDA as much as possible.

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The Best Medicine

By Walt Larimore, MD / October 6, 2020 / Comments Off on The Best Medicine

Perfect for anyone yearning for a simpler, slower pace of life, as well as fans of Dr. Larimore’s popular Bryson City series, The Best Medicine is a tender and insightful collection of stories chronicling one young doctor’s passage from inexperience to maturity as a physician, husband, father, and community member.

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Skin Color

By Al Weir, MD / October 6, 2020 /

“The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’ (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)” (John 4:9, NIV 1984).

This was not the first time I’d felt the anger of racial injustice, but it was the most surprising. Lorenzo had been my patient for 20 years. He was doing better and living longer with his myeloma than anyone I had ever treated. He and I are friends.

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The Dealer

By David Beyda, MD / October 5, 2020 /

She wasn’t sure how it happened, but it happened. The sun had set, the rain had started, and the roads were slick, with cars moving slower than usual and drivers being vigilant. She didn’t see it but felt it as her car was hit. The night was going to be a long one.

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On the Side: October 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / October 5, 2020 /

I once finished the Chicago Marathon. I ran right through the city uninhibited by the two million people who lived there. It was really something. I ran freely through a maze of normally congested streets. There were people pressing in on every side, yet I was unrestrained to work toward my goal. Do you know why? 

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Presidential Executive Order Protects Vulnerable Newborns

By Jonathan Imbody / October 1, 2020 /

A Presidential Executive Order (EO) signed on September 25, 2020 by President Trump recently mandated care for vulnerable newborns while highlighting the need to enforce protections to prevent the intentional neglect of babies born with significant challenges.

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Back to Basics: Laying a Strong Foundation

By Krystal Mattox, DDS / September 29, 2020 /

“We need to get back to the basics of life, a heart that is pure and a love that is blind, a faith that is fervently grounded in Christ, the hope that endures for all times. These are the basics, we need to get back to the basics of life.”

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Continuing Education for Overseas Healthcare Professionals

Christian Healthcare Executive Collaborative

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Healthcare Executive Collaborative

The mission of the CMDA CHEC Section is to encourage connection, promote excellence and integrate faith and work. The vision of CHEC is to be a community of Christian healthcare executives that inspires and supports one another.

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Multiplied Compassion

By Al Weir, MD / September 29, 2020 /

“Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them…” (Mark 2:3, NIV 1984).

I was over working at my computer when my clinical secretary called, “Guess who’s here?” No idea. “Mrs. Kushman. You took care of her husband.” I drug myself away from sterile technology and went to greet her. It had been four years, and now she was in our oncology clinic with her father. She told me her mother had cancer as well. I greeted her with an elbow bump and lowered my mask where she could see me. “How are you doing?” I asked. “Okay,” she said with her words, but not her eyes. “Do you have anyone to support you while you are going through this? Do you have a church?” She stood solidly on her faith in Christ and told me her pastor and church members were standing with her through the struggle.

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By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Trending

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CMA Doctors Laud President’s Executive Order on Care for Newborns, Call on Congress to Pass Related Legislation

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 28, 2020 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Laud President’s Executive Order on Care for Newborns, Call on Congress to Pass Related Legislation

Bristol, TN—June 26, 2020–The Tennessee-based, 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today applauded a Tennessee patient protection policy announced this afternoon by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and developed collaboratively between HHS, the state of Tennessee and disability rights groups.

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A Vaccine Trial is Not a Trial: What Participating Looks Like

By Amy Givler, MD / September 24, 2020 / Comments Off on A Vaccine Trial is Not a Trial: What Participating Looks Like

I love vaccines. To those of you who have read my other articles on the subject (available here and here), this comes as no surprise. But, you may rightly say, “love” is an awfully strong word. Shouldn’t I only love people, not things?

I love vaccines because I love people. Millions of people are alive today only because they were vaccinated. Who are these people? Nobody knows, because the vaccine kept them from getting sick and dying. One of them could very well be me. Or you.

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Does the Bible Endorse Racism and Slavery?

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 24, 2020 /

The topic of slavery and racism couldn’t be more relevant in this age of social justice we are in right now. It goes without saying that racism is evil. Genesis 1:27 makes very clear that all are created in the image of God. The image of God, or Imago Dei in Latin, refers to the fact that humans were made uniquely and separately from all the rest of creation in a way that reflects God’s image in our moral, spiritual and intellectual essence. It means that in certain aspects, and in an imperfect sense, we resemble God. It is because we are image bearers of God that our lives have intrinsic worth, and this of course goes for all humans. It is precisely because we are made in God’s image that racism is evil. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked about this frequently as the basis for civil rights. He argued that the brotherhood of man is dependent upon the fatherhood of God. Reject the latter and you erode the foundation of the former.

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My Momma Was Mean

By Al Weir, MD / September 22, 2020 /

“If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there… even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast…even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you” (Psalm 139:8-12, NIV 1984).

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Living in the Household of God

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / September 17, 2020 /

Our family has an unofficial mascot—a little bendable Gumby doll. I have no idea where Gumby came from or how exactly we acquired him. He started out as a little game in which various family members move Gumby to different places around the house. When you find Gumby, you move him somewhere else where he awaits discovery by another family member. Over the years, we have adopted an unofficial motto that goes with our unofficial mascot: “Semper Gumby” (always flexible). As is true of numerous other healthcare professionals, flexibility is not my strong suit. I am really good at focus, goals, determination and persistence. Flexibility, not so much. So “Semper Gumby” is a motto for me as much as anyone else in the house. A reminder that flexibility is a necessary part of doing life with other people.

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Purple Heart

By Al Weir, MD / September 15, 2020 /

“…There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:22-24, NIV 1984).

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CMDA Learning Center Dedication

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 14, 2020 / Comments Off on CMDA Learning Center Dedication

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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The Control Panel of Life

By Ken Jones / September 14, 2020 /

“Control” is a word we use all the time, have you noticed? In science, every researcher insists on the careful documentation of experiments and the importance of control groups for accuracy in successful drug development. Television studios all have some control room, where people sit staring at monitors to determine which camera angle best captures the story that is unfolding. Every large airport in the world has a control tower, rising several stories above the surrounding runways. Men and women sit in those high control towers looking out on the horizon, while simultaneously watching monitors that display the exact location of airplanes wanting to land or waiting for permission to take off. The pilots are certainly flying the planes, but the controllers are in…control.

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A Christian Perspective on Antidepressants

By Jennifer Huang Harris, MD / September 10, 2020 /

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ESV

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The Power of Suffering

By Al Weir, MD / September 8, 2020 /

“…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10, ESV).

Amanda has been a dear friend for many years. She’s been a Christian all the years I have known her, but she had drifted from her devotion to God. Her sister-in-law is a Catholic Christian dedicated to Christ. Not long ago, Amanda watched her sister-in-law carry the staggering weight of her husband’s death with an unwavering trust in God. Amanda has now returned to a close walk with God and has found Him best within the Catholic Church. It is beautiful to see. What is more, Amanda’s son, a recalcitrant drug user, has followed her to faith in Christ, and he has been drug free for four years. Last weekend, we met Amanda and her husband in New Orleans for a short escape and attended the 9 a.m. mass at St. Louis Cathedral. The priest’s prayer for the suffering that morning included, “May they join their suffering with the suffering of Christ.”

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Communist Repression, a Secret Vatican Compact and the Universality of Religious Freedom

By Jonathan Imbody / September 3, 2020 /

If religious organizations kowtow to tyrants at the peril of religious freedom, why should the nonreligious even care?

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On the Side: September 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

The meeting with my co-leader was held two weeks before the start of the new Side By Side session. I had my planner, my Bible and the study book. She had the same. But Deb also had a box of organized, color-coded, individually-bagged Scripture reminders for each student, for every week of the semester. On top of all of this, she also had already written meticulous notes on each lesson in her beautiful penmanship.

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At the Heart of the Crisis: Personal Reflections on COVID-19

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

It is no exaggeration for me to say CMDA has had an influential impact on my adult spiritual life. Since 1999, I have been active with CMDA in one way or another. In 2017, my work with the New York City chapter was significantly increasing, and I found myself more interested in ministry activities than even my own private practice in surgery. After a couple years of praying and planning, I officially began my full-time ministry as the NYC Area Director on March 1, 2020. There was no way humanly possible we could have foreseen what would occur in NYC that same month.

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Racism in Healthcare: No One is Immune

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
—Psalm 51:10, ESV

It must start with us.

Many things have been laid bare this year. In late 2019, a novel Coronavirus referred to as SARS-CoV-2 originating in Wuhan, Hubei, China spread to the United States becoming a global pandemic. By mid-July of this year, there were close to 13 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, with around six million active cases affecting more than 200 countries. In the United States, there have been more than three million COVID-19 cases (with more than one million recovered) and more than 500,000 deaths. We would soon learn that African Americans—who make up 13 percent of the U.S. population—disproportionately comprise U.S. COVID-19 fatalities, with many having underlying health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Income and wealth inequalities also tend to create greater disparities within communities of color, making access to adequate healthcare and healthy living an elusive and unaffordable necessity.

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Pornography and Interactive Sexual Devices

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

Pornography is any medium that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to entice sexual imagination. Pornography has no beneficial use but damages human relationships. Mass communication technologies such as the Internet have expanded its reach to an unprecedented degree. Video and virtual reality have intensified its content. The introduction of sex robots that imitate human speech and sexual behaviors and are designed to perform sexual acts with humans are an extreme elaboration of pornography. All of these have dangerous psychological, social, and spiritual consequences.

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Learning from History: The Case Against Assisted Suicide

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

It has been said that the best way to learn about our future is to look to our past. A historical reflection on the actions of those who have gone before us can both guide us toward monumental successes and deter us from repeating colossal mistakes. A glance to history may reveal progressive social and technological advancements, yet it also affirms that the basic principles of a man’s heart remain unchanged. As Proverbs reminds us, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).

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Redefining Essential in the Midst of a Pandemic

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

Am I essential? As general dental professionals, we do not imagine many of you have asked yourselves this question. By choosing dentistry as a profession, it is safe to assume a certain level of job security and financial stability. Though both of those factors may have been initial lures into the field, what inspires us daily to practice dentistry is the impact we have in the lives of our patients, each created in the image of God. As dentists, all that we work to achieve is essential to the health and well-being of our respective communities. And yet, in the midst of the Coronavirus global pandemic, it feels like oral healthcare was deemed non-essential. States recommended dentists limit their offices to emergency patients only. No handpieces were running. No cavitrons were cleaning. Some dentists were even finding themselves unemployed! Oral healthcare seemed low on the priority list, and any momentum we had made in terms of advocating prevention felt lost.

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Earn Continuing Education: 2 Hours Now Available

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 /

We are now offering continuing education credits through Today’s Christian Doctor. Two hours of self-instruction are available.

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Today’s Christian Doctor – Fall 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / September 2, 2020 / Comments Off on Today’s Christian Doctor – Fall 2020

In this edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Omari Hodge and Nicole Hayes explore the topic of racism in healthcare and how no one is immune to it. Other articles in this edition includes topics such as COVID-19 and how it is impacting dentistry, a historical look at physician-assisted suicide and more.

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June 2020

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April 2020

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Covid Lessons

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / September 1, 2020 /

This new Covid world has taught us things. We’ve learned more about ourselves, our families, our country, and the world as a whole and how connected it really is.  Have you had a chance to be still and reflect on what you have learned during this tumultuous time?  I’ve had a little time, but I’d like to take more and really sit and thank God for what He’s done in the midst of the brokenness.  Once you do get a chance to reflect, write those thoughts down and share them with someone and then ask them to tell you about what they have learned. The more you share and hear, the bigger and more beautiful the picture will be of what God is doing.  I’ll share with y’all a little of what I’ve learned.

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Uber Questions

By Al Weir, MD / September 1, 2020 /

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, NIV 1984).

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AJP Issues Correction: No Mental Health Gain from Gender-Affirming Surgery

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / August 27, 2020 /

The American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP) printed a rare and important correction this month. A study claiming to be the “first total population study of transgender individuals with a gender incongruence diagnosis” was published in the October 2019 AJP titled “Reduction in mental health treatment utilization among transgender individuals after gender-affirming surgeries: a total population study.” Seven letters to the editor from 12 authors, myself included, resulted in a data reanalysis and subsequent correction statement that no improvement was demonstrated with surgical treatment. Now for the setting and major points of my team’s published letter.

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Jennifer Fischer, PA-C

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 25, 2020 / Comments Off on Jennifer Fischer, PA-C

Human Trafficking | Sex Trafficking | Pornography

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Breath into Bones

By Al Weir, MD / August 25, 2020 /

Many thoughts flashed through my brain and heart with this surprise email from 20 years ago: beautiful memories of a patient I loved, the awesome value of my wife’s act of stuffed-dog love, the tragedy of life, the hope of Christ.

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Was Jesus a Proponent of Critical Theory?

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / August 24, 2020 /

With recent discussions about allocation of scarce resources with the COVID-19 pandemic, concern has been raised about ensuring justice across all ethnic and political lines in caring for our patients. If allocation is determined based on anticipated quality life years based on treatment, then an inherent bias is baked in against the elderly. If likelihood of good outcome is a major criterion, then patients with higher levels of pre-existing disease will lose out. An example of this would be that among certain ethnic/racial populations there is at baseline a higher proportion of people with underlying heart, lung, metabolic or environmental disease. The African American population, in general, has a lower life expectancy, based on these factors, so if one weighs the allocation models to provide support for healthier patients, they will disadvantage people of color in distribution of ventilators, ICU beds and hospital admissions. Similar claims are made regarding people from other minority groups based on religion, gender, socio-economic class, educational attainment, etc.

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There is a Better Way

By Nicole D. Hayes / August 20, 2020 /

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight”
(1 Corinthians 3:19a, NIV 1984).

We have seen the devastation, societal decay and moral rot caused by the perpetuation of human wisdom and reasoning. Many in the world call what is “evil, good” and what is “good, evil.” Such reasoning creates a propensity for lawlessness and disintegration. People reject the truth and divine guidance, while also truly casting off restraint (Proverbs 29:18). If such actions lead to decay, what then leads to life?

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Irrational Peace…

By Al Weir, MD / August 18, 2020 /

“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15a, NIV 1984).

I was blessed to sit with them in their home to discuss a new medical problem. They did not need another problem. Early in their lives their 10-year-old son had died of cancer. More recently another son, suffering from schizophrenia, had blinded his father in a fit of rage. They were now planning the memorial service for a third son. They sat there with great peace, trusting God that His plan was good and that His love was constant. The husband spoke honestly as I commented on their amazing peace, “Of course, we certainly don’t like this.”

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An Old Evangelist and the Password to Dentrix®

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / August 18, 2020 /

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3, KJV).

It’s hard to guess how many annual revivals I have taken part in or led in 34 years of ministry. One stands out above all the others.

It’s impossible to count the dentists I’ve worked with in the U.S., United Kingdom and Ireland. God has blessed me to know some of His choicest servants in the course of the ministry of dentistry. One stands out who must remain nameless for reasons we shall see later.

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Part 2: Answering Contemporary Challenges to Christian Sexual Morality

By Steven Willing, MD / August 17, 2020 /

In Part 1 of this series , we looked at two common objections to a traditional Christian view of sexuality: “What about other Old Testament rules we don’t keep?” and “The New Testament teaching on sexuality was socially constructed and not intended for universal application.” In this second part, we will examine two more recent arguments that have become quite popular and, to some, deceptively persuasive.

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Part 1: Is Christian Sexual Morality a Matter of Ancient Cultural Bias?

By Steven Willing, MD / August 13, 2020 /

What is the foundation of your moral principles?

If you consider that a simple question, you’ve never really thought about it much.

The gut reaction of most Protestants would be “Scripture”—certainly a fitting place to begin—but when one drills down into the details, things get complicated rather quickly. For decades, theological liberals have dismissed biblical teaching on sexuality because they dismiss the Bible. In more recent years, a newer contingent rejects traditional Christian teaching on sexuality arguing that “the Bible never taught it in the first place.”

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By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 11, 2020 / Comments Off on Protected: Logo Icons

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Fickleness

By Al Weir, MD / August 11, 2020 /

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NIV 1984).

Saturday morning I visited one of my favorite patients in her home. She is now under hospice care, and we discussed the difficult path ahead for her and her husband. They are facing the struggle well as followers of Christ. That evening I was on my way to a happy dinner out with friends. As I passed my patient’s house, I marveled that I could drive by so freely with happiness, cut loose from the deep emotions within a house where I had been immersed in the same emotions that very same morning.

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Addressing Race in Healthcare Through the Faith and Through the Law

By Jonathan Imbody / August 6, 2020 /

Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) has tackled race issues in healthcare proactively, gathering members together for prayer and fasting, webinars, public policy statements, articles, discussions, video presentations and more while pledging to “continue seeking to oppose racism in healthcare and society and pursuing justice in access to healthcare and equitable outcomes.”

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Supremely Wrong

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 5, 2020 / Comments Off on Supremely Wrong

UNDERSTAND THE BIG ISSUE DIVIDING OUR NATION “Every political fight will eventually be an abortion fight,” stated The Daily Beast in 2017. Gallup polls confirm that abortion rights versus the right to life remains the most contentious debate in American society. Shouldn’t we discard the talking points and examine why it all matters? In SUPREMELY WRONG, Dr. Brent Boles provides an insider’s survey of the issues at stake. From helping his patients left mistreated by the abortion industry, to testifying before state legislators, firsthand accounts from this practicing OB/GYN reveal injustice at large in America. Dr. Boles opens the leading embryology textbooks to show what science says about when life begins. He exposes how the silence of the church and two-faced politicians have contributed to the national loss of nearly one million babies in the womb annually. He even shares transparently of his own pain and regret, which today fuels a life-saving mission. Applying principles of medical ethics to challenge popular pro-choice rhetoric, SUPREMELY WRONG advances the national dialogue on life issues with surprising stories and accessible logic. It’s more than research that resounds with truth. It’s a call to action.

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TV Dinner Counsel

By Al Weir, MD / August 4, 2020 /

I’ve got nothing against money, and often in my life I’ve enjoyed more than I needed, but I have never made a major directional decision in my life based on income outcomes. As followers of Christ, more money should be the goal of our decisions only if Christ says, “Make more money for my kingdom.”

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On the Side: August 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / August 3, 2020 /

I haven’t been able to write for weeks. The peace of mind, which I so typically enjoy, has eluded me recently. Every time I’ve tried to put pen to paper, I have found horrible angry things drying in the ink on the page. I almost despaired of writing this article, but my husband, good man that he is, suggested I write about “peace of mind.” He figured I’d have to walk through some Bible verses and pray a bit to regain my peace of mind, so I could effectively write about it, and he was right…thankfully. I hope you will walk through this exercise with me.

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Could You Repeat That?

By Ken Jones / August 1, 2020 /

Communicating through protective masks is something our culture is trying to get used to. Healthcare professionals, of course, have learned to talk through masks as a part of their everyday lives. But sometimes, the challenge isn’t about just being heard. It’s about measuring the weight and value of the words to begin with.

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The New Subjective Reality of Transgenderism

By Jeffrey Barrows DO, MA (Bioethics) / July 30, 2020 /

Is reality subjective or objective?

A new hermeneutic of reality is arising: converting objective physical reality into subjective reality.

The rapid rise of the transgender movement and the denunciation of physical reality inherent in that movement has stunned countless conservatives and especially evangelical Christians. Transgender ideologues are not interested in prioritizing one aspect of physical reality over another. Instead, they want to subvert objective reality to a new subjective reality defined by the individual and the movement.

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He’s Mine

By Al Weir, MD / July 28, 2020 /

“…‘After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit’” (Mark 1:7-8, NIV 1984).

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Virtual Doctoring, Virtual Church, Virtual Life

By Amy Givler, MD / July 23, 2020 /

When this pandemic started, I, at least, had heard of Zoom. My husband Don, also a family physician, had no clue. We’re both in our 60s and feel simultaneously confused and outdated whenever a new form of technology emerges. Picture a donkey leaning back on the rope held by someone trying to drag it forward. You get the idea.

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What if Christians Led the Way Out of This? – Redefining our Freedom According to the Cross

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 22, 2020 /

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free…You…were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself…’” (Galatians 5:1a,13-14, NIV 1984).

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A Salt and Light Revolution

By Sam Molind, DMD / July 21, 2020 /

In some ways we are living out the famous words of Charles Dickens:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

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CMA Doctors Denounce Judge’s Injunction Against FDA Safety Precautions on Abortion Pill as a “Pyrrhic Victory” for Abortion Advocates

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 20, 2020 / Comments Off on CMA Doctors Denounce Judge’s Injunction Against FDA Safety Precautions on Abortion Pill as a “Pyrrhic Victory” for Abortion Advocates

July 20, 2020—Bristol, Tenn.– Today the 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) denounced an injunction issued by a federal district court judge that bars the FDA from enforcing health and safety precautions on a chemical abortion pill during the pandemic.

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Being Refined After the Fire

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA / July 16, 2020 /

I love the opportunity to write for CMDA on a regular basis. I always sit down at the computer and words flow out of my heart and out of whatever I am experiencing at that point in time. It has been a new experience to struggle so much with my blog entry this month. I have written four or five entries—and every single one of them is depressing and discouraging, and also very similar to the one I wrote on my last assigned blog date. I keep trying, and I keep coming up pretty empty. It’s only after attempt number four or five that it occurred to me to think about the emptiness itself.

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A Word About…Our Times

By Ken Jones / July 14, 2020 /

CMDA offers its members and friends some great opportunities for educational travel, and I’ve been privileged to be in Greece and retrace the footsteps of Paul and his missionary journeys. On our trip, I vividly remember standing atop Mars Hill, reading aloud Paul’s address to those Stoic philosophers.

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Never Too Late to Learn

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 9, 2020 /

Last month, one of my Side By Side sisters, Christon Sawatsky, pushed me out of my comfort zone. Christon asked me to post a statement for Side By Side surrounding racism and the death of George Floyd. I am not proud of my initial response to her. Frankly, I was just not sure what to say. I am thankful, however, for her insistence I write the statement. To begin, Christon urged me to examine my own life by looking in my heart for the presence of racism. She had already done this and had been doing research to more fully educate herself. Christon was gentle but insistent with me, pointing out she did not believe that I, a white woman, understood the real truth about the plight of my black sisters. She also said she had heard that Side By Side was not a welcoming place for our black sisters. I did not know why this was the case, and I truly believed it was not true. I never imagined it because I thought I welcomed and loved everyone. Didn’t everyone else?

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In Jesus’ Name

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 7, 2020 /

“But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’” (Acts 3:6, ESV).

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A Prayer to Live For

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 7, 2020 /

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1, NIV 1984).

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The Possible

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 7, 2020 /

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13, NIV 1984).

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Persevering in the Perilous

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / July 6, 2020 /

“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13, KJV).

For most of us on the planet, life has been turned upside down over the last few months. An event that no one (or possibly very few) living today personally remember has taken the world by storm, and many are struggling to adjust to a new way of life. Society appears to be fragmenting, not just across the country but around the globe. Just before all these things began, I moved to Kenya to start a dental clinic in a rural mission hospital. This is something that has been on my heart for many years. I have been here a few months tackling Swahili, and now I am working to acquire materials and doing administrative groundwork for the clinic. There are many days when I feel like I’m running an uphill marathon.

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On the Side: July 2020

By Carol Mason Shrader / July 2, 2020 /

The teacher asked to meet with me after school. She told me that the fourth grade would be taking a field trip, but the bus was not accessible. Would I mind driving my son Benjamin and his wheelchair behind the bus? I was heartbroken that his experience would look different than his peers. I was angry that he would miss out on the fun of the bus ride. I was sad I couldn’t fix the injustice of life with cerebral palsy.

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HHS Addresses “Transgender Mandate” in New Rule…but Supreme Court Redefines “Sex Discrimination”

By Jonathan Imbody / July 2, 2020 /

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on June 12 that it had “finalized a rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that maintains vigorous enforcement of federal civil rights laws on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, and sex, and restores the rule of law by revising certain provisions that go beyond the plain meaning of the law as enacted by Congress.”

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His Fault

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 30, 2020 /

Certainly, the cause of self-inflicted harm is God’s business and the business of the one who harms himself. And we have no business judging the one who causes that harm.

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CPRP Prayer Partners

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 30, 2020 / Comments Off on CPRP Prayer Partners

Christian Physical Rehab Professionals (CPRP) is a specialty section of CMDA. We are here to encourage, support and build up Christian Physical Rehab Professionals CPRP spiritually and professionally. We’d love to share more about our purpose, beliefs and what we offer.

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CMA Health Professionals Lament Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Louisiana’s Patient-protecting Abortion Doctor Requirement

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 29, 2020 / Comments Off on CMA Health Professionals Lament Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Louisiana’s Patient-protecting Abortion Doctor Requirement

Bristol, TN—June 29, 2020–Today the 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) decried a Supreme Court ruling striking down a Louisiana law that required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. CMA had filed a brief in the case, June Medical Services v. Russo.

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Breathing Prayer

By Jennifer Wade, DDS / June 29, 2020 /

I know it’s not a new concept, but it was new to me and may be new to you as well. It’s a way to get your mind to sit still and focus on the Word of God and hear His voice. You pick a short verse or verse portion and repeat it by saying the first half as you breathe in and finishing it as you breathe out.

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Christian Medical Association Applauds New Tennessee Policy to Protect Vulnerable Patients During Pandemic

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Applauds New Tennessee Policy to Protect Vulnerable Patients During Pandemic

Bristol, TN—June 26, 2020–The Tennessee-based, 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today applauded a Tennessee patient protection policy announced this afternoon by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and developed collaboratively between HHS, the state of Tennessee and disability rights groups.

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Medical Conscience Rights, Part II: Sexual Minority Conflicts

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / June 25, 2020 /

Conscience rights are constitutional priorities as well as professional and personal necessities for free people, and these enjoy strong and historic support from the legislature, executive branch and judiciary. They are worth defending, especially when misrepresented and misunderstood.

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Living with Uncertainty

By Tracy Liang / June 23, 2020 /

Uncertainty is a fact of life. Though the weather forecast predicts sunny skies for the weekend, rain may still come. When you gather the courage to ask that cute guy or girl from Bible study on a date, will he or she say yes? Or perhaps, you may prepare intensively for a clinical licensing exam, only for your hard-won patient to cancel at the last minute. (Dental students, can you relate?) The higher the stakes, the higher the anxiety caused by such uncertainty. Across the nation, students are graduating during most uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic and national turmoil.

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Conversations of The Inner-man

By Ken Jones / June 23, 2020 /

I recently spent time with a dying man, a wonderful Christian man who was wrestling with end-of-life issues. As a pastor for a long time, I will tell you, this is not the first conversation I’d ever had with an individual facing a terminal illness who seemed perplexed by decisions he never had to think about before.

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Father’s Day

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 23, 2020 /

“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18, NIV 1984).

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Freedom of Speech Censorship by YouTube

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Freedom of Speech Censorship by YouTube

Bristol, Tenn., June 22, 2020 – Freedom of speech, or only freedom of speech when YouTube agrees with you? Today, Christian Medical & Dental Associations (www.cmda.org) sent a letter by fax and the U.S. Post Office to YouTube addressing a video they censored purportedly because it constituted “hate speech.” The video was a panel discussion that featured Walt Heyer, who formerly identified as transgender, who said, “This is a childhood development disorder,” in reference to gender dysphoria in children. He described the irreversible consequences of experimental hormones and surgeries for treating gender dysphoria in children.

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Stand in the Gap: A Summons to Healthcare Professionals

By Steven Willing, MD / June 18, 2020 /

OK. The ad is hypothetical, I’ll admit. But only a little. A just-released report on human sexuality issued a clarion call for Christian apologists to step up and counter the increasingly toxic cultural narrative on human sexuality. That narrative—or perhaps narratives, since some are severely at odds—has led to increasing radicalism and polarization, leaving a tide of refugees in its wake.

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The Song

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 16, 2020 /

“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27, NIV 1984).

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Faith & Health

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Faith & Health

The latest up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of faith & health.

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Oppose Prohibited Business Bylaw- Unlawful, Dangerous, and Unnecessary

By Andrè Van Mol, MD / June 15, 2020 /

Voices-of-change.org, ChangedMovement.com, exodusglobalalliance.org/firstpersonc7.php, SexChangeRegret.com are among groups providing testimonials of people who have changed undesired sexual attraction or gender incongruence through professional counseling.

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Christian Medical Association Doctors Express Hope that HHS Gender Rule Will Uphold Medical Judgment and Conscience

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Doctors Express Hope that HHS Gender Rule Will Uphold Medical Judgment and Conscience

Washington, DC, June 12, 2020—The 18,000-member Christian Medical Association (www.cmda.org) today expressed optimism that a just-finalized rule by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that deals with gender issues will help protect medical judgment and the exercise of conscience in healthcare.

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The Best Christian Workplace in America

By Steve Cartin, MDiv / June 11, 2020 /

“Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28, NKJV).

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Heroes, Wistfulness, Roles and Faithfulness

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) / June 11, 2020 /

The viral attack hit especially in the major metropolitan epicenters, and many doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals stayed at work in the trenches, came out of retirement or traveled long distances to volunteer their services to aid those in distress.

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Seed Sprouting

By Al Weir, MD / June 9, 2020 /

His name was classically Hispanic, and he spoke only a few words of English. He came to be with his daughter as his cancer progressed. We could not speak the words of Christ to him, but we did show him the love of Christ. His daughter is a believer. The day he died, my daughter, his oncology nurse, went to comfort his daughter while awaiting the police. She heard the story of this man’s last days. He had not been a follower of Christ, but three weeks before he died, he saw a vision of Christ, fell on his knees and committed his life to our Lord. He then said, “I am ready to be with Jesus.” On his last day, as his son-in-law was praying with him, he slipped into the arms of the Savior.

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On the Side: June 2020

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 8, 2020 /

“Mom, Tatonka is the only chick who wants to be held,” my eldest observes. Yes, the smallest of our chicks is often perched on a shoulder, held in a hand or hiding under someone’s knee as they sit crisscross apple sauce. The chick knows my kids are safe and, of course, she wants to feel safe.

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Christian Medical Association Expresses Appreciation for International Religious Freedom Executive Order

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Christian Medical Association Expresses Appreciation for International Religious Freedom Executive Order

Washington, DC—June 3, 2020—The nation’s largest faith-based association of health professionals, the Christian Medical Association (CMA, www.cmda.org) today expressed appreciation for the Administration’s June 2 international religious freedom executive order that includes funding for international programs “intended to anticipate, prevent, and respond to attacks against individuals and groups on the basis of their religion.”

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Responding to Anti-Christian Animus Revealed in the Pandemic

By Jonathan Imbody / June 4, 2020 /

In New York City, pronouncements against the volunteer work of the Christian relief group Samaritan’s Purse revealed venomous anti-Christian attitudes. Because Samaritan’s Purse, led by Franklin Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, adheres to a biblical view of marriage, some New Yorkers would have had the group kicked out of the city rather than allowed to help save lives.

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Downcast

By Jennifer Huang Harris, MD / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Downcast

A practical guide with strategies to help you walk by faith through the dark valley of depression.

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Racism

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Racism

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® (CMDA) is made up of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and the Christian Dental Association (CDA). CMDA provides resources, networking opportunities, education and a public voice for Christian healthcare professionals and students.

Founded in 1931, CMDA provides programs and services supporting its mission to “change hearts in healthcare” with a current membership over 19,000. CMDA promotes positions and addresses policies on healthcare issues; conducts overseas medical evangelism projects; coordinates a network of Christian healthcare professionals for fellowship and professional growth; sponsors student ministries in medical and dental schools; distributes educational and inspirational resources; hosts marriage and family conferences; provides Third World missionary healthcare professionals with continuing education resources; and conducts academic exchange programs overseas. By being the “hands of Jesus” to needy people, CMDA seeks to fulfill His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations® is a 501(c)3 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. Policies of CMDA are interpreted and applied by the Board of Trustees, which also establishes the guidelines for the executive director and his staff. An elected House of Delegates assists the board with recommendations on courses of action. The House of Delegates is composed of graduate, student, resident and missionary members who are elected for three-year terms by district and meets annually at the CMDA National Convention. Approximately 75 employees currently make up the staff of CMDA in the national office and U.S. field offices.

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A Son’s Devotion

By Al Weir, MD / June 2, 2020 /

I was visiting a large church in a state other than my own after fellowshipping with other Christian healthcare professionals. The pastor preached a wonderful message and then opened things up, asking folks to go to one of two microphones and tell the church for what they thanked God or for what they praised God. Many men and women and children voiced beautiful words of thanksgiving and praise, covering family and health and salvation and God’s work in their lives. Then one young boy of 12 or so stepped to the microphone and shared, ” I thank God my mother died, for otherwise I would never have known Him.”

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Our Calling in the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Reverend Stephen Ko, MD, MA, MPH, MDiv / June 1, 2020 /

Few of us trained to treat sick communities and continents. Unfortunately, that is our task during a pandemic. The origin of the word comes from the Greek pandemos, where pan means everyone and demos means population. Pandemics confront us with not just one sick individual but with hundreds of thousands of ill patients. The responsible pathogen overwhelms both individual immune systems and community healthcare systems. The toll is individual and collective.

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Downcast: Suffering, Depression and the Goodness of God

By Jennifer Huang Harris, MD / June 1, 2020 /

The question of suffering is a big one in depression, since suffering can lead to depression, and depression itself is suffering. We are fortunate to live in a society that is largely insulated from suffering, compared to other places and times where people have had to grapple with the daily reality of illness, death, poverty or war. As a consequence, we are fearful of any kind of suffering.

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Anxious? Me, Too. How To Lean On God When Feelings Don’t Cooperate

By Amy Givler, MD / June 1, 2020 /

I’ve been a family doctor in the same location for 30 years, so many of my patients have been with me a decade…or two…or three. Following people through their life stages has been a joy. We’ve grown older together. I’ve been acutely aware of this in the last two weeks as I’ve called patients to reschedule them. I’ve wanted to call them myself to make sure they don’t need anything, because I’d rather they avoid any medical facility for the next six months.

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This Is Your Brain on Generosity

By Jill Foley Turner / June 1, 2020 /

It’s what researchers call a “cross-cultural universal.” That means no matter where you live, what your income, age, your culture or even your politics, generous people are, in general, healthier and happier. The mechanisms for it are built into our brains!

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Making CMDA Better: Lessons from Basic Life Support

By Mike Chupp, MD / June 1, 2020 /

I still remember the first time I donned a whitecoat (one of those half-length coats for students) with a stethoscope in my pocket and walked into a patient room at the big city hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1985. I was a second-year medical student at Indiana University, and I had just received instruction from my clinical instructor on how to perform a thorough history and physical. I don’t remember my first patient’s name, but she was a young woman with a loud systolic heart murmur even I could hear. I also remember three words that were to guide me through each step of a thorough physical exam: “Look, listen and feel.” A couple of years later, those three words became critical again as I took my first basic life support (BLS) course and became certified both in BLS and Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), prior to becoming a surgical resident. Again, the phrase, “Look, listen and feel,” was the guiding mantra to get my first BLS certification card.

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