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Russ Gerber
Russ Gerber is a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science and he manages media and government relations for the Christian Science Church headquartered in Boston.

Russ enjoys opportunities to talk with journalists, editors, legislators, writers, producers and the public at large about the age-old capacity of spirituality to improve and restore health, explaining why and how that is happening today.

His media experience began with and grew out of a 30-year career in radio, ranging from on-air work, to programming, to managing and consulting.

When The Christian Science Monitor expanded into radio news programming, Russ was retained as a consultant then later hired full-time to help them adapt their print content to the broadcast medium. He eventually wrote for and edited the Church's weekly religious magazine, the Christian Science Sentinel, and launched a weekly radio program for the publication, heard on over 200 radios stations worldwide and on the web. In addition to contributing to Huffington Post, he is also a contributor to Psychology Today.

Today Russ and his wife, Jo Ann, call Boston their home, while enjoying opportunities to travel throughout the world.

Entries by Russ Gerber

First Impressions: A Roadmap or a Roadblock?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 10:49 AM

Advertising and marketing companies are trying to figure out how to deal with me, or should I say, with my demographic. I'm one of the 76-million baby boomers populating the U.S. which, for some, translates to the "older" generation. Retailers politely ask if I qualify for their senior discount. Now...

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Health and Longevity: Chalk It Up to Mind

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 5:16 PM

The concept of mind we're all familiar with is fast becoming the mind of the past. The decision maker, the seat of knowledge, the repository of hunches, innovation, emotions, judgment, memory, opinions, stubborn will, and so on is actually a rather narrow concept we're finding out. Human mind 1.0.


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Summertime, and the Livin' Should Be Leisurely

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 8:11 AM

Maybe now is the time to start thinking, or rethinking, about leisure time.

Authentic leisure is good for everyone. It's not just revitalizing; it's healthy. But, to make the most of leisure, it helps to widen rather than narrow our concept of the term -- which means not only to...

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The Healthiest People on Earth: What's Their Secret?

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 9:50 AM

If you live in Japan, you should feel pretty good. The quality of health there is ranked number one in the world, according to a decades-long study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

If you live in the U.S. it's a different story, and not one...

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Need to Jump-Start Your Spiritual Life?

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 12:40 PM

Some things you just know. You know when your attitude has changed over time, when you've become accustomed to thinking there's not much in your life to feel really happy about and that maybe things now are as good as they're...

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First, Health Care Excellence

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 9:40 AM

In the final minutes of a lunchtime talk sponsored by the Harvard Medical School, someone in the audience had a question for the two guest speakers, both of whom were there to talk about the placebo effect and its opposite, the nocebo effect. The question to Associate Professor...

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Does 'The Newsroom' Have Something to Offer the Sick Room?

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 4:37 PM

Aaron Sorkin isn't a doctor, but maybe the acclaimed writer has a prescription that could not only benefit rea- life newsrooms but users and providers of health care as well. In a word, it's a dose of optimism.

Sorkin told USA Today that his new show on HBO...

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The Next Big Decision on Health Care May Be Your Own

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 12:45 PM

The next time someone asks you what you're thinking about, take them seriously. They may be looking after your health in an important way.

Consider the following fast-expanding bundle of facts. You're probably aware of most of them. None are particularly new or hard to find. It's just that not...

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A New Mainstream Health Care?

(4) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 6:37 PM

For the past few years I've been tracking media coverage of health care on just about every continent in the world, not only by reading hundreds of news stories on the subject but by speaking directly with the journalists who write such stories, from Africa to America to Australia.

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Belief and Its Effect on Our Health

(216) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 7:20 AM

Penny Sarchet doesn't think of herself as a detective, but she's been acting like one. She recently received a prize for her science essay on the nocebo effect, one of the winning entries in a writing contest sponsored by the Wellcome Trust in association with the Guardian and...

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Ancient Wisdom Benefits Modern Health Care

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 5:35 PM

The rising tide of health information -- from advertising, studies, statistics, media reports, personal advice and professional opinions -- has reached flood level. As anyone who has experienced a real flood will tell you, the challenge is keeping your head above water and not getting swept away by rushing currents.

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Health and Health Care in an Angie's List World

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 6:54 PM

A lot of sectors are struggling in today's economy. Personal experience isn't one of them. Personal experience is soaring in value thanks to our technical ability to access and share information. Personal health and health care experiences are no exception.

A study from the Pew Research Center found...

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Health Care, Not Scare

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 2:25 PM

After reading Martha Rosenberg's eye-opener on pharma's latest marketing strategy for antidepressants, you might wish someone would come up with a cure for perpetually feeling at risk.

It isn't that the selling of sickness is new, or that we haven't been warned before to not be...

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Better Leisure Time, Better Health

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 6:35 PM

Summertime, and the livin' is easy, sizzling hot, frenzy-free, less tethered to email.

But is it truly leisure time?

It should be. Authentic leisure is good for us. It's revitalizing and healthy. But to make the most of leisure it helps to widen rather than narrow our concept of...

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The Positive Health Effects of Prayer

(21) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 11:02 AM

Did you catch the brief but remarkable story about researchers who have concluded (once again) that more and more Americans are praying about their health? As striking as that is, it's not the big surprise in the latest study.

Here's what is: as of 2007 the percent of...

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