POST PUBLISHED INMarch, 2012
March 28th, 201208:47 PM ETResearchers from the University of Warwick in England looked at cause-of-death data in 19th and 21st century Prussia and found that Protestants were approximately three times more likely than Catholics to commit suicide. Trends were similar to those noted in the year 2000, when predominantly Protestant countries were noted to have approximately dou...
March 24th, 201210:20 AM ETBecause I am a board-certified medical sub-specialist in pain management, I am frequently asked about acupuncture. Narcotic addiction has tripled in prevalence in the past couple decades, so patients want as many non-addictive pain management tools as I can give them. First, let me give you a little background on acupuncture. It is an ancient tech...
March 24th, 201209:28 AM ETAs a specialist in musculoskeletal medicine, I wholeheartedly encourage my patients to exercise so they can experience greater flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance, decreased blood pressure and resting heart rate, and overall increased cardiovascular fitness. I also encourage exercise because it decreases emotional stress and tension and s...
March 23rd, 201208:36 PM ETAs Christians, we’re taught that God loves us unconditionally. Yet, some of us (like maybe you) suffer beyond measure with depression and other forms of mental illness. Why does a good God allow His children to feel that way? And why doesn’t He heal us of mental illness, naturally (i.e. without medicines)? As an overtly Christian physician, I'v...
March 23rd, 201204:58 PM ETLast Fall, while studying for my pain medicine board recertification exam, I learned some new things about substance abuse that can help those of us who have non-narcotic-related weaknesses (like overeating, gambling, over-shopping, etc). I learned that anxiety is the most common diagnosis that precedes relapse into substance abuse. Anxiety is even...
March 19th, 201210:09 PM ETThe Apple Test is a very simple technique that can help you differentiate true physical hunger from false, emotional cravings to eat. The premise of the test is that when you’re physically hungry, foods that you're normally indifferent to (e.g. apples) will suddenly seem appetizing. But if you're tempted to eat by thoughts, emotions, stress,...
March 19th, 201203:14 PM ETDo you suffer with spinal pain? Do you get headaches? Do you stress-eat, gamble, compulsively shop, or hoard? Do you have irritable bowels or migraine headaches? If so, unforgiveness could literally be at the root of your pains, illness, and addictive behaviors. The way unforgiveness hurts you is through the mind-body-Spirit connection. Your bitte...
March 19th, 201212:24 AM ETIf you sit for extended periods of time, such as during airplane travel or during long road trips, or if you have certain medical conditions, you may be at risk for "Deep Vein Thrombosis" (DVT), or blood clots that form deep in your veins. These clots are dangerous because they can dislodge from your veins and cause sudden death by passing into the...
March 19th, 201212:07 AM ETAs a board-certified musculoskeletal specialist physician, one of the more common conditions that I diagnose through nerve-testing, especially in patients who keyboard extensively, is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). This condition is due to a pinching of the median nerve as it courses through a bony tunnel in the wrist. The symptoms of CTS are fairl...
March 18th, 201211:21 PM ETIn this blog article, allow me to introduce myself and tell you my personal and professional experience with diet, nutrition, and weight control. That way, you can get to know me on a personal level. In addition, feel free to visit my website to learn more about my weight loss book, The Eden Diet. Part One: My Personal Weight Loss Test...
About this blog
In this blog, Dr. Rita Hancock ("Dr. Rita"), a board-certified Musculoskeletal specialist and Pain Management specialist, discusses various topics in her area of expertise, including natural and non-medicinal treatments for pain, as well as how your Christian faith can help you overcome pain, illness, addictions, and obesity.
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- A Christian Doctor’s Views On Energy Work: Is it Dangerous?
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