FAITHFUL – STUDIES SHOWS
A systematic review of longevity research revealed that in nearly every published study including a religious variable, the more religious individuals lived longer than the non-religious.
Data on the relation of health and faith shows that the most important factor is spiritual practice and belief—not religion-type or denomination.
99 percent of physicians say religious beliefs can make a positive contribution to the healing process.
Studies have revealed that faith improves the immune system, enhances healing, reduces complications during major illnesses and much more. Faith helps us make sense out of illness. It gives hope. It changes health-related behavior and thus reduces the risk of disease.
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Puchalski CM, Larson DB. Developing curricula in spirituality and medicine. Acad Med. 1998; 73(9):970-74
AP article April 3, 1996; based on USA Weekend magazine Easter issue