The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Religion, self-regulation, and self-control

     Researchers from the University of Miami, in Florida reviewed of evidence that may help explain why religious people tend to live slightly longer lives; suffer less from depressive symptoms; avoid trouble with sex, drugs, and the police; do better in school; enjoy more stable and more satisfying marriages; and more regularly visit their dentists.

    First, the details.

    • The authors reviewed the literature that addressed the basic idea that religion is related to high self-control and better self-regulation.

    And, the results.

    • Prayer, meditation, religious imagery, and scripture reading all appear capable of serving self-regulatory functions.
    • Religion…
      • Promotes self-control.
      • Influences how goals are selected, pursued, and organized.
      • Facilitates self-monitoring.
      • Fosters the development of self-regulatory strength.
      • Prescribes and fosters proficiency in a suite of self-regulatory behavior.

    The bottom line?
    Some of religion’s influences on health, well-being, and social behavior may result from religion’s influences on self-control and self-regulation.

    The authors concluded, “Religion, self-control, and self-regulation are indeed intimately related. However, many of the interconnections among these concepts require further empirical scrutiny.”

    3/24/09 20:49 JR

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