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The Search for Spiritually Centered Medicine,
by Ted Pelonis; photos by Ron Ceasar. Howard
Magazine 10(1), Fall 2001: 8-15.
Should the miracles of spiritual healing be accepted as the newest medical technology?
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There are numerous studies,
seminars, and conferences--including Howard's Spirituality in Medicine
seminar series--dedicated to bringing spirituality's influence on the
healing process out in the open. Jones, who also teaches a course on
spirituality at the College of Medicine, says that the subject matter is
controversial because the impact of meditation, prayer, faith, envisioning
successful outcomes and other spiritual exercises has not been quantified or
put through the rigorous testing demanded by the scientific community. "The
challenge going forward is to find variables we can look at across
religions, so that we can see how they aid in healing." He would like to
encourage the scientific community to view spiritual science the same way it
views new advances in biotechnology, explaining that there are certain
medications physicians use without understanding exactly how they work, but
they know the cause and effect. At a certain level, we believe and have
faith in that process. Even doctors who say they won't use something they
don't understand already are."
Related article: A Question of Ethics, by H. Patrick Swygert. Howard Magazine 10(1), Fall 2001.
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