The Link between Religion and Health: Psychoneuroimmunology and the Faith Factor

The Link between Religion and Health: Psychoneuroimmunology and the Faith Factor

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This book is the first to present new medical research establishing a connection between religion and health and to examine the implications for Eastern and Western religious traditions and for society and culture. The distinguished list of contributors examine a series of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) topics that relate to religious faith and behavior. PNI studies the relationships between mental states and the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. Among the issues it focuses upon are how mental states, in general, and belief states, in particular, affect physical health. The contributors argue that religious involvement and belief can affect certain neuroendocrine and immune mechanisms, and that these mechanisms, in turn, susceptibility to cancer and recovery following surgery. This volume is essential reading for those interested in the relationship between religion and health.Finally, there is evidence that for a religious practice to result in a health benefit, there may need to be an element of a€œtrue belief. ... as a fundamentally trustworthy guide for onea#39;s everyday decisions) may be related to better health outcomes ( Batson aamp; Ventis, 1982; Donahue, 1985). ... Yonkers, NY: Consumer Report Books.


Title:The Link between Religion and Health: Psychoneuroimmunology and the Faith Factor
Author: Harold G. Koenig, Harvey J. Cohen
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2001-12-20
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