Faith & Health
What is the connection between faith and health?
Americans have long recognized the healing power of faith and prayer. In fact, 82 percent of Americans believe in the healing power of prayer, 64 percent think doctors should pray with those patients who request it and 63 percent of patients want their doctors to discuss matters of faith. Close to 99 percent of physicians say religious beliefs can make a positive contribution to the healing process. Yet, until recently, most medical studies failed to consider the impact of spirituality in disease prevention or the healing process. Faith was the forgotten factor that was relegated by healthcare providers to the chaplain’s office.
Fortunately, things are beginning to change. Scientists are finally catching up with what people already know—a personal relationship with God helps us make sense out of illness. It gives hope. It changes health-related behavior and thus reduces the risk of disease.
But faith has an even greater impact. Studies have revealed that faith improves the immune system, enhances healing, reduces complications during major illnesses and much more. This revolution is impacting the way your healthcare will be delivered, the way your doctor will be trained and the way spiritual issues are addressed at the bedside.
There are three bills pending in the California Assembly that beg your attention and action. They clearly seem intended to stand as national models. Dr. Andre Van Mol provides a brief on these bills, followed by talking points regarding their problems and where to lodge your protests.
Christian Doctor's Digest | March 07, 2018
In this month’s podcast, Dr. David Stevens’ focus is on the new Health and Human Services Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom. He interviews Roger Severino, the Director for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Sara Hellwege, who filed a federal lawsuit in 2014 on the basis of discrimination due to her religious and moral convictions. Plus, check out an excerpt from this year’s devotional speaker at the 2018 CMDA National Convention.
Efforts to re-examine the results of same-sex versus opposite-sex parenting are picking up steam. In this week’s blog post, Dr. Andre Van Mol explores the failures of scientific studies that are being used to support gay parenting.
Letters | December 11, 2017
Coalition letter of religious and community leaders in support for S1823/H.R. 2405, the "Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2017." This legislation would ensure fair and equal treatment for houses of worship damaged in natural disasters.
Are you as a healthcare professional too harried, too rushed, too focused and too overworked to find true joy in your chosen profession? Not just happiness or contentment, but true joy. Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath discusses this topic in this week’s blog post for The Point.
Articles | September 01, 2017
Looking over the edge of burnout, Dr. Betsy Manor had to ask herself, “What changed?” Did she make the wrong career choice? Does she care about people less? Is healthcare changing too much? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today's Christian Doctor, Dr. Manor shares how she overcame burnout to find joy again in healthcare.
Most of us have been involved to varying degrees with different types of training: training for our specialties, to run a race, to get in shape, to eat healthier, to get better in our areas of interest. We put tremendous amounts of time into our professional training. But what about our spiritual training? Dr. Jeff Amstutz discusses this topic in this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today's Christian Doctor.
Articles | September 01, 2017
There was a time, a few decades ago, when most everyone interested in bringing together healthcare and the Christian faith was familiar with Dr. Paul Tournier and his work. In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today's Christian Doctor, Dr. Wilson Grant explores how Dr. Tournier's message and style of medical practice is increasingly relevant to today’s healthcare professionals because he anticipated the loss of personal touch in the practice of healthcare.
What do you do when a patient asks for prayer but you're too busy to take the time? In today's world of healthcare, where efficiency is the driver, how do you take the time to include your faith in your practice? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today's Christian Doctor, Dr. Walt Larimore explains how you can offer both efficient care and spiritual care in your practice.
Dr. William Cheshire gave this as an address at the inaugural meeting of the CMDA chapter at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. It was modified for use in the summer 2017 edition of Today's Christian Doctor.