Re: UFOnet: OT Fwd = Belief in afterlife can make you live longer
- 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
> 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
> 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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