The Power of Spirit


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The Desert News – Putting faith in medicine: Medical establishment moves toward a more holistic model of health care

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The New York Times – The Longevity Project

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Stanford University-based 8-decade research study shows that for women, especially, there is a positive correlation between religious inclination and long life. The definition of religious inclination goes beyond belonging to a specific religious institutional, and goes into the realm of broader spiritual belief. This finding is supported by the Women’s Health Initiative study of 9000 women over 50.


Time Magazine – The Biology of Belief

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“A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that faith may indeed bring us health. People who attend religious services do have a lower risk of dying in any one year than people who don’t attend. People who believe in a loving God fare better after a diagnosis of illness than people who believe in a punitive God. No less a killer than AIDS will back off at least a bit when it’s hit with a double-barreled blast of belief. “Even accounting for medications,” says Dr. Gail Ironson, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Miami who studies HIV and religious belief, “spirituality predicts for better disease control.”


Chicago Tribune – Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine

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Dr. Larry Dossey cites more than 130 studies showing that if someone adopts a loving, caring attitude toward another living organism, human or not, that organism becomes healthier. While the milestone study he cites is not without controversy, Dossey refers to a 1988 study in which a cardiologist divided 400 heart patients into two groups. One group had their first names given to prayer groups. Neither the patients nor the physicians knew who were being prayed for. Ten months later, the prayed-for group had fewer deaths, and no one in it was on a mechanical ventilator, versus 12 in the non-prayed-for group.


Live Science – Spirituality Spot Found in Brain

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Brain Researcher Brick Johnstone of Missouri University: The effects of meditation, prayer and quieting of the mind produce a more selfless state.


Research


Should Doctors Be Involved in a Patient’s Spiritual Care”, By Shelly Reese, Oct. ’11, Medlink/Web MD
“In a survey of 2000 physicians, 56% believed that religion and spirituality have much or very much influence on health…Respondents suggested that religion and spirituality help patients cope, give them a positive state of mind, or provide emotional and practical support via the religious community. Research indicates that roughly 80% of medical schools now offer spiritual care courses or integrate spirituality into their curricula.


Books


Snowdon, D.A., “Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives.” New York : Bantam Books, 2001. ISBN 0–553-80163–5
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Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing.” by Larry Dossey, M.D. New York: HarperCollins, 1999.
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Dr. David Snowden’s landmark quantitative and qualitative long-term study on aging by a leading expert on Alzheimer’s. “Attitude, faith and community can add years to our lives.”
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Religion and Health in Later Life” by Harold G. Koenig, Chapter One in “Aging, Spirituality and Religion: A Handbook” by Kimble, Melvin et al. Minneapolis Fortress Press, 1995.
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Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients.” By Bernie Siegal, M.D. New York: HarperRow, 1986.
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Dr. Benor brings together 124 studies of scientific proof for spiritually-based forms of healing that bear tangible results in “Spiritual Healing.” by Daniel J. Benor, M.D., Michigan: Vision Publications, 2002.
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