Monday, 1 October 2007

Can faith make you healthier?

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Can you imagine trying to scientifically measure if prayer has health benefits? And not just solitary prayer, but whether other people praying for you can help you as well? It's a mind-boggling experiment with an infinite number of twists and turns and outcomes, hurdles that make it impossible to pin down faith through science.

But several studies have linked regular church attendance to better health, including lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, less chronic pain, less depression, and even, possibly, an improved immune system. Researchers say that while faith may be unmeasurable by science, being part of a strong support network that meets weekly for a community purpose is likely the cause for these significant findings.

But what if you aren't religious? The author of this article explores that conundrum and how you can find a similar peace in the parts of your life that are important to you.


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