The Power of Spirit

Articles and books that examine the healing power of faith

Putting faith in medicine: Medical establishment moves toward a more holistic model of health care

For months Dorothy May of Darien, Ill., ignored the ache in her abdomen. After a year, however, the pain still hadn’t left, so she finally went to see a doctor. “Nothing is wrong,” she was told.

By then she’d lost considerable weight and knew better, so she sought a second opinion. That’s when she learned she had stage 4 colon cancer.

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The Longevity Project

In September 1921, a talented young schoolgirl named Patricia and her precocious classmate John were pulled out of their San Francisco classrooms by a Stanford University psychologist, Lewis Terman. Dr. Terman was looking for gifted children and had asked their teachers to pick out the brightest kids in the class. He was interested in the sources of intellectual leadership and wondered if he could identify early glimmers of high potential.

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The Biology of Belief

Science and religion argue all the time, but they increasingly agree on one thing: a little spirituality may be very good for your health.

Most folks probably couldn’t locate their parietal lobe with a map and a compass. For the record, it’s at the top of your head — aft of the frontal lobe, fore of the occipital lobe, north of the temporal lobe. What makes the parietal lobe special is not where it lives but what it does — particularly concerning matters of faith.

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Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine

Q: What proof is there that prayers work?

A: There are more than 130 studies showing that if someone adopts a loving, caring attitude toward another living organism, human or not, that organism becomes healthier.

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Spirituality Spot Found in Brain

What makes us feel spiritual? It could be the quieting of a small area in our brains, a new study suggests. The area in question — the right parietal lobe — is responsible for defining “Me,” said researcher Brick Johnstone of Missouri University. It generates self-criticism, he said, and guides us through physical and social terrains by constantly updating our self-knowledge …

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Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives

In 1986 Dr. David Snowdon, one of the world’s leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease, embarked on a revolutionary scientific study that would forever change the way we view aging—and ultimately living. Dubbed the “Nun Study” because it involves a unique population of 678 Catholic sisters, this remarkable long-term research project has made headlines worldwide with its provocative discoveries.


Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing

Larry Dossey forever changed our understanding of the healing process with his phenomenal New York Times bestseller, Healing Words. Now the man considered on of the pioneers of mind/body medicine provides the scientific and medical proof that the spiritual dimension works in therapeutic treatment, exploding the boundaries of the healing arts with his most powerful book yet.


Religion, Health, and Aging: A Review and Theoretical Integration

This book presents a comprehensive and scientific review of the research during the past fifty years on the relationship between religion and health in later life. It will help professionals gain awareness of the importance of religious and spiritual variables among older people. The widespread interest in religion among today’s elderly suggests its value as a coping strategy and personal resource.


Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients

Surgeon Bernie S. Siegel gives an inspirational, first-hand account of how patients can participate in their own recovery. Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system. The truth is: love heals. Miracles happen to exceptional patients every day—patients who have the courage to love, those who have the courage to work with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery.


Spiritual Healing: Scientific Validation of A Healing Revolution

Daniel J. Benor, M.D. is a practicing wholistic psychiatrist. As author of the Healing Research series, he is an internationally recognized authority on the scientific study of spiritual healing. He is a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and on the advisory board of the journals, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Subtle Energies (ISSSEEM), and Frontier Sciences.