Research Discovery: Religious Belief Helps Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

Zhou Xin

PureInsight | January 13, 2003

[] Cardiac patients who profess strong religious faith have greater confidence in their ability to perform tasks and complete their rehabilitation, according to results from a pilot study reported by Timothy McConnell, director of cardiac rehabilitation at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, and Chris Boyatzis, a psychology professor at Bucknell University. They presented their findings in September at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation." [1]

In this pilot study, 21 patients who had recently had a first heart attack or undergone bypass surgery were surveyed as to their spiritual beliefs and religious practices before beginning their rehabilitation regimens and again after the 12-week program was completed. The researchers reported finding a link between the patient's religiosity and their confidence to function. Boyatzis said, "The more religious they were, the more they improved. The more religious faith they had, the more faith they had in their own ability to complete tasks and to function."

The next step would be to enlarge the number of patients in the study, the breadth of information collected, and to continue the study over a longer time period. In a new study just beginning, patients will be surveyed annually for five years in order to track any changes in their health, quality of life or religious beliefs and practices.

Recently, a greater number of people including people from the medical field are starting to pay attention to the topic of how a person's religious belief affects a person's health.
The truth is that high-level beings and other dimensions exist whether you believe that they do or not. They will not cease to exist because man refuses to believe in their existence. Many devoted religious followers have strongly sensed or experienced the omnipresence and omnipotence of high-level beings. Matter and mind are one thing. When you try your best to be a good person, your mind and health will naturally improve.

In light of this, it is not difficult to understand why there are more than one hundred million people who have experienced significant improvement in their health after starting the practice of Falun Gong. This is because Falun Gong requires its practitioners to emphasize virtue, cultivate their minds, and conduct themselves according to the universal principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance." When one's mind attains a higher state of purity, one's illness will disappear without a trace. Increasing numbers of conventional medical discoveries in this regard has also shown that the mind does impact a person's health significantly.

[1] "Study Eyes Religion, Recovery Links"

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