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 illness As 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 next century.
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