Religion is a formal structured way in which people in groups worship God. Most articles show a positive link (first listing) between religiosity and health outcomes, says Margot Trotter Davis from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Attendance at religious services decreased the rate of violent acts.
Religious beliefs have a strong influence on whether adolescent girls have sex. (It has a minor effect on boys, however.)
Religious involvement is significantly associated with lower death rates.
Those who pray live longer.
A religious commitment in life is associated with lower rates of crime and drug use.
There’s a strong association between religious practice and reduced health risks.
I guess that’s why when it’s included in surveys of CAM options, prayer is the most commonly cited CAM practice.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.