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Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

ASIA: Scientists find religion good for health

We have many of our participants at Rest Ministries who reside in Australia… so I thought it appropriate that we share some of the studies they have found about the relationship between health and faith. According to some Australian researchers, who’ve just published a series of studies in a special issue of the Medical Journal of Australia, "Belonging to a religion and praying regularly can be good for your health."

PODGER (A researcher) says, "Like many western societies, Australia has become increasingly secular in recent decades. Church attendance is a fraction of what it was in the 1950s and 60s. Australian National University epidemiologist Richard Eckersley, who’s authored one of the Australian Medical Journal papers, says the distrust many Australians have of organised religion means they miss out on many psychological benefits."

He states, "While meditation is known to reduce stress, blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety, Dr Jantos says prayer is far less accepted as having a place in the secular medical arsenal. But he says it can be of equal benefit to patients — even if doctors don’t think it will work."

You can read the rest of this article here.

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