Spirituality and Healing

Archbishop Makes 5 Suggestions For Swine Flu and Worship

May 1 2009 - 10:22am

Archbishop of Baltimore Edwin O'Brien writes that It is not sinful to miss Mass if you are sick and unable to attend; it is an act of charity. He makes 5 suggestions to his clergy about steps that can be taken this Sunday during Mass as a precaution against swine flu.

He writes in a letter released yesterday.

1. In light of the ways in which the influenza virus is transmitted, consider offering Communion only under the form of the consecrated host and only in the hand.

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Religious Coping Associated With Aggressive End-of-Life Care

Mar 18 2009 - 3:21pm

A study published in the March 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at how the religious faith of a patient with advanced cancer might affect the end-of-life care they receive.

It is well known that patients with strong religious faith use their beliefs to help them cope with their disease and struggles. The study found that their strong faith also made them more likely to more likely to receive intensive and aggressive treatment during their last week of life.

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Religious Cancer Patients Tend to Seek Life-Prolonging Care

Mar 18 2009 - 10:18am
Cancer care and religion

Religious patients dying from cancer are more accepting of intensive interventions that prolong life, according to the results of a new study. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that highly religious cancer patients receive more aggressive medical treatment at end-of-life than those who do not practice prayer, meditation and engage in religious study.

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Obama's Embryonic Stem Cell OK Moves To Actions Immoral, Ineffective

Mar 13 2009 - 2:32pm

President Obama has given the ok to destroy human life with embryonic stem cell research in the name of science.

Embryonic stem cell research is immoral and ineffective. It is immoral because it destroys human life at its earliest stage of development by harvesting the stem cells for body parts. It is ineffective because it has yet to be used a single time in any therapeutic application.

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Selflessness Has Neuropsychological Connection

Dec 17 2008 - 11:03am

All spiritual experiences are based in the brain. That statement is truer than ever before, according to a University of Missouri neuropsychologist. An MU study has data to support a neuropsychological model that proposes spiritual experiences associated with selflessness are related to decreased activity in the right parietal lobe of the brain. The study is one of the first to use individuals with traumatic brain injury to determine this connection.

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Could Religious Beliefs Affect Compliance with Ocular Treatment?

Nov 9 2008 - 9:45am

For people of strong faith, religious beliefs and related cultural taboos can have a powerful impact on how they care for their health, including the medical treatments they choose to accept. Increasingly, ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) in the US and other countries, care for patients of diverse backgrounds. This is accelerating the need for reliable information on the interaction of religious beliefs and compliance with prescribed vision treatments.

Nick Vujicic Live Makes You Realize Your Happiness

Nov 5 2008 - 6:42pm

Inspiration To Make You Realize You Have No Problems. It raises the questions of what is happiness and what is a problem. Appreciate what has God given you and be happy.

Watch this to see how Nick Vujicic lives his life (Hat tip to Happy Hospitalist for this one).

By Toni Brayer, MD

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Spirituality protects against depression

Oct 23 2008 - 12:28pm

Those who worship a higher power often do so in different ways. Whether they are active in their religious community, or prefer to simply pray or meditate, new research out of Temple University suggests that a person's religiousness - also called religiosity - can offer insight into their risk for depression.

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Muslims in America Fasting Ramadan: Benefits

Sep 1 2008 - 11:42am

With the start of Ramadan the Muslism in America are fasting, which means a month of obligatory daily fasting. Ramadan fasting challenges both the healthy and the sick.

Daily fasts begin at dawn and end with sunset. Special nightly prayers called, Taraweeh prayers are held. The entire Quran is recited in these prayers in Mosques all around the world. This month provides an opportunity for Muslims to get closer to God.

Ramadan fasting is a month when a Muslim should try to: see not what displeases God, peak no evil, hear no evil, do no evil and look to God with fear and hope.

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Call To Reverse Sectarian Religious Beliefs On Reproductive, End-Of-Life Care

Apr 26 2007 - 3:29am

The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice released new ethical guidelines entitled "In Good Conscience: Guidelines for the Ethical Provision of Health Care in a Pluralistic Society," seek to strike a balance between the beliefs and rights of providers and the beliefs and rights of patients.

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