This thesis paper looks at the medical effects of religion. The paper starts by examining the positive mental effects of religion by looking at studies done by different institutions, studies done with patients suffering from mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, and patients who are in good mental states, states of optimism and hope. The study continues by looking at a mental term known as psychoneuroimmunology, which studies the link between mental and physical health. The section on psychoneuroimmunology links the information in the previous chapter dealing with mental health to the next chapter on physical health. The next chapter looks at coronary artery disease, which is one of the leading killers of American citizens, and relates the positive medical effects by using different studies already examined and characteristics of religious people. The following chapter views possible ways of applying the information, which has been proven to a clinical setting. This section develops three different approaches to this process. The study ends with a conclusion section.


Kammer, III, Charles L.


Religious Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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