Links to Think: 07.22.13

July 22, 2013


Western Cultures versus Asian Cultures – This is a cool info-graphic comparing Asian and Western cultures, which may humor anyone who has experienced both. I fit into a few categories of Asian, and still don’t understand why many take showers/baths in the morning. 🙂


Blessed Are the Buff – This (very lengthy!) Christianity Today articles considers various aspects of some of America’s current trends in weight, eating, and fitness. It considers both aspects of the church’s contemporary issues: both idolizing and neglecting care of the physical body.

The Christian wellness trend has unfolded amid national debates about health care, childhood obesity, government-banned large sugary drinks, and who or what is to blame in a country where about 1 of every 3 adults (35.7 percent) is clinically obese. By 2030, nearly 1 out of 2 are expected to be obese, according to a 2012 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. But it’s not an entirely new interest for the body of Christ. The YMCA, founded in 1844, was dedicated to the development of the whole person, “body, mind, and spirit,” and Christian diet books go back at least to Charlie Shedd’s 1957 bestseller Pray Your Weight Away, which taught that “if our bodies really are to be temples of the Holy Spirit, we had best get them down to the size God intended.”

“Not to dampen enthusiasm, but in truth, another reason such programs are taking off is sheer need: On a national scale, we churchgoers weigh in as among the heaviest. A 2006 Purdue University study first broke the news that religious people tended to be heavier than nonreligious, with “fundamental Christians” weighing in as the heaviest of all religious groups. Lead researcher Ken Ferraro minced no words: “America is becoming a nation of gluttony and obesity, and churches are a feeding ground for this problem.””

“At the heart of these beliefs and practices—stewarding our God-made bodies and glorifying him in everything—is a growing understanding of the unity and integrity of the human self. It’s an essential stake in the wellness revival tent: that body, mind, and spirit are inextricable, and that true health and true spirituality will address all three. These efforts may help lead the church toward re-membering a dis-membered faith that separates our beliefs from what we do with our bodies.”

Chicago’s Intern ‘Boot Camp’ Is a Rehearsal for Life or Death Medical Issues – This feature looks a little deeper into what is often called the “July Effect,” when residents and staff changes take place and everyone is still adjusting. (This isn’t just speculation, though; NCBI actually has an article on this, too.)

“It is not just the new interns, thrust into settings of real-life health care, who naturally feel some anxiety this time of year. Patients, too, might be a bit skittish. The so-called July Effect, though disputed by some, holds that medical errors spike when beginners arrive at hospitals.

The boot camp, conducted under the watch of Dr. Wayne, the vice chairwoman of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, provides the interns with a three-day session in June to prepare them for bedside assignments.

In the view of Dr. Wayne and others, it seems prudent for interns to practice on artificial patients before going to work on those who actually bleed. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 reported that “mortality increases and efficiency decreases” when a new crew of interns comes aboard.”


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