A reader pointed this out to me:
Bethesda, MD—Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. In a new study appearing online in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), an international team of scientists, including researchers from the United States and Israel, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. This suggests that an entirely new class of depression and anxiety drugs might be right under our noses.
Breaking News–The FASEB Journal (07-101865)
I will have to digest this a little bit, but it does make a lot of sense to me. Incense or sulfur. I know which I would choose…
My only question is, should this be categorized under “natural remedies” or “divine remedies” or something else?
This is a little clip of the video from the Lutheran Catechetical Society from a couple weeks ago. You can order the video for $20 with shipping.
Healthy brain gene linked to depression – Telegraph
I had a reader pass this link along for your interest in benefit. What this means for those of us who suffer from depression is that there may very well come a time (sooner rather than later) when the medication to treat clinical depression will be much more specific and more more effective than it is right now. How great would that be?
Read this article and let me know what you think. Is this a pipe dream on my part?
Through the gracious energies of the Lutheran Catechetical Society, I am now happy to report that there is a video of my presentation that I gave to the LCS last weekend at Christ Lutheran Church in Normal, Illinois.
The LCS has been in existence for around five years, and they have high quality videos of a number of their presentations available. The video of my presentation is essentially a shortened version and commentary on my book, I Trust When Dark My Road: A Lutheran View of Depression, available from LCMS World Relief and Human Care. I receive requests for videos from time to time, and this is now where I will be pointing them.
If you are interested in having me come and speak to your congregation, circuit, women’s group, etc., about depression and the hope we have in Christ, please email me here.
Thank you to all of my friends in Indiana and Illinois! It was a wonderful weekend. God bless you!
-Pastor Todd Peperkorn