Is Religion Good for Your Health? takes you deep into the heart of
the ageless debate on the importance of religion and faith to
physical and mental health. On the one hand, you will learn about
important research findings from cross-sectional, longitudinal, and
intervention studies that have demonstrated positive effects of
religious belief on both mental and physical health. On the other
hand, you will learn how the vast clinical experiences of leading
health experts suggest that religion can have negative effects on
health. Integral to the book s exploration of the relationship
between health and religion are the trends that have occurred in
society over the last century. You will learn about significant
demographic changes, changes in health and health care, and shifts
in values, attitudes, and religious conviction, all of which have
direct implications for health care providers, the clergy, the
"baby boomers," and older adults. From Author Harold Koenig, a
leading expert on religion and health who has frequently been
interviewed by major broadcasting networks such as ABC, National
Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, CBS, and
"Ivanhoe Broadcast News," you will also learn about: pathological
uses of religion the need for cooperation and collaboration between
health and religious professionals studies on the relationship of
religious beliefs and practice to physical conditions such as blood
pressure, heart disease, stroke, and cancer links between religious
behavior and depression, anxiety, and drug use the waning of
religion s influence in America first-hand accounts from patients
who have faced painful and/or life-threatening illnessAs Is
Religion Good for Your Health? analyzes the pathological aspects of
religion, you will begin to understand how religious beliefs have
the capacity to strongly influence people s lives and their health,
whether positively or negatively. Health care providers, public
policy experts, religious professionals, medical researchers, and
medical students will find the book s overview of the issues at
stake, particularly the implications for our public health care
system, crucial to the advancement of health care practice into the
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