Religious attendence and statins, “head to head”

While this study “proves” nothing, it does raise some thought-provoking questions on the cost-effectiveness of certain modes of therapy. Watch this story develop.

My comment on this is that I’m curious, of course, about their statistical methods, as comparing mortality in these studies is always tricky. This is an observational study by necessity, and doctors really can’t go around prescribing religious attendence in place of statins. (Thus, “head-to-head” is in quotes.)

My other question is if the effects are additive, synergistic (i.e. do both and get even better benefit), or antagonistic (doing one makes the other less effective).

Finally, I hear, but haven’t confirmed, that the key component for health in religious attendence is the cultivation and expression of compassion.

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