Spirituality, religion, and disease progression

A new study coming out suggests that
“spirituality may slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease”:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/04/050430222301.htm.

Amazing. You might note some “related stories” on the page that question the conclusions. Certainly the mechanics of this link are poorly understood (if it exists). I have a notion that the link is real, and that it’s because a person can affect the biochemistry of the brain and heart through thoughts and feelings. If those thoughts and feelings are life-enhancing (such as enhancing life through service, or having some social support), then the biochemistry reflects that and supports life. Otherwise, especially in the presence of despair, the chemistry does not support life and the body dies.

I wonder if they could replicate this study except with people who do volunteer work.

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