Long Term Health & Spirituality
"Increasingly, the medical profession is promoting the notion that a person's spiritual well-being may be as important a factor in long term health as are diet and exercise."
That’s a quote from the Wall Street Journal in an article in their Health Journal section on December 28, 2001 titled "More Physicians Make Spiritual Well-Being Part of Health Profiles."
Saying that spiritual health has become a "widely accepted area of medical study" the author states that a Medline search revealed more than 600 papers dealing with the issue. So well accepted is the field of study that Harvard's Continuing Ed department hosted a conference on spirituality and healing in December. I don't know about you but I'm a little put off by their classification of this as an area of "medical" study. Now organized medicine is going to intrude into our spirituality as they have everything else. But once again we have no one to blame but ourselves.
Some chiropractors who said they were in charge took up the effort to get our foot in the back pain door while the rank and file of us did nothing about it. I wonder how many of our chiropractic state boards specifically deny post grad credit for presentations of a philosophical or spiritual nature? I bet its most. Seems okay for the zealots at Harvard though. An Associate Professor at Harvard has gone so far as to establish the Mind/Body Medical Institute in Boston studying the effects of daily prayer on physical health.
I'd say we give this a collective try and all pray that our profession will seek new leadership in its research agenda. As always I look forward to your feedback, comments and suggestions.
- Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research