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  • Anais Nin
    what a shit!
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2000
      what a shit!

      Frits Westra wrote:

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      > URL: http://www.nationalpost.com/news.asp
      > Original Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 17:09:32 +0200
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      > Thursday, April 27, 2000
      >
      > Belief in afterlife can make you live longer, study says
      > Lack of faith blamed for 43,000 deaths
      >
      > Richard Foot
      > National Post
      >
      > TORONTO - Going to church may not guarantee you a heavenly afterlife,
      > but it will help you live longer in the here and now, according to
      > research by a medical professor at the University of Toronto.
      >
      > Dr. Chandrakant Shah, a physician and professor of public health
      > sciences, says a fifth of all Canadian deaths -- about 43,000 deaths
      > each year -- can be blamed on poor spiritual beliefs. Dr. Shah says
      > that if Canadians attended religious services more frequently, said
      > their prayers more often, or placed more faith in the powers of a
      > celestial creator, they would live longer and healthier lives.
      >
      > "There are beneficial results from being a spiritual person," he says
      > in research released yesterday. "It reduces stress, promotes healthy
      > lifestyles and increases social connectedness: all improve the health
      > and well-being of individuals and are associated with lower
      > mortality."
      >
      > The study is the first in Canada to take a widely held academic
      > assumption that spiritual people have healthier lives and apply that
      > theory to Canadian public health and mortality statistics.
      >
      > Dr. Shah describes spirituality not only as a belief in God or
      > participation in traditional religion, but as "the beliefs, values and
      > behaviours a person holds concerning his place in the universe, and
      > which reflects one's connections with a higher power and one's social
      > and physical environment."
      >
      > He says spirituality takes two forms. The inner form involves faith in
      > a "higher power" and the sense of security or "inner peace" that comes
      > from that faith. The outer form involves the connection someone feels
      > with their fellow humans.
      >
      > Feeling more connected makes someone more "caring, sharing,
      > compassionate and respectful" as an individual, says Dr. Shah.
      >
      > If spirituality brings more "inner peace," it also lessens the need
      > for "pleasure-seeking behaviours" -- drinking, smoking, gluttony,
      > promiscuous sex or material gain. The study says that both forms of
      > spiritual faith bring with them better physical health.
      >
      > "Many individuals consider that having material things such as a
      > Mercedes or Lexus will make them happy," writes Dr. Shah, who
      > describes himself as a spiritual, but non-religious person. "To
      > achieve material gains, people are constantly on the go and face all
      > types of stress ... However, people with inner peace are contented
      > people and are not in a rat race."
      >
      > Drawing data from Canada's National Population Health Surveys in the
      > mid-1990s, Dr. Shah used three measurements to gauge the spirituality
      > of Canadians -- weekly attendance at religious activities, levels of
      > "social connectedness" [or personal relationships] and levels of
      > personal stress.
      >
      > With information from those studies -- including the fact that in 1997
      > only 59% of Canadians took part in regular religious worship -- Dr.
      > Shah used epidemiological formulae to calculate that 43,000 deaths
      > each year are "potentially attributable" to low levels of
      > spirituality.
      >
      > If as many as 80% of Canadians participated in weekly worship, the
      > research predicts the number of deaths attributable to low levels of
      > spirituality would fall to 23,000.
      >
      >
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