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The Sacred Science Official Trailer

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Award winning documentary on the phenomenon of the use of alternative medicine and its ability to heal. Although the free screening of the documentary has since passed, a downloadable free ebook is available in following the story of the shaman healing practice deep in the Amazonian forest. Despite the fact that they have been many documentaries directed at this particular topic, this ground breaking insight provides a new outlook on the situation.

 

-Nonhle Skosana

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The Quackish Cult of Alternative Medicine

The Quackish Cult of Alternative Medicine | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
Think the government should allow people to medicate themselves and their children however people want to? Think again.
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Good article in acknowledging the sudden rise in faith towards alternative healing methods which are commonly considered to be natrualistic and holistic. The article argues that many people now seek alternative forms which in turn results in them losing their faith in science medicine. It is advised that as much animosity or worry as is being put a science medicine, the same should go unquestioned for the alternative form. As much as it has pro's that society seems to be going crazy for, it does have its cons that should not be overlooked,

 

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Faith Healing and the Law

Faith Healing and the Law | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
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Fairly lengthy article. Talks about the practice of faith healing and the laws governing safety of children and the freedom to express one’s religion. For example, if one refuses medicine and instead relies on religion to heal a child, which inadvertently results in the death of the child, what laws are applicable? Can the court deem it homicide? Does the court grant immunity? A rundown of all the nitty gritty things. Very interesting to read.
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Spirituality

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A brief, easy to read definition of spirituality as a meaning-making process that works both inside and outside of religion. Without giving too much away, the article includes in its content the following topics: spirituality’s history in healthcare, its influences over health (Faith, Hope, Forgiveness, Love and Social Support, Prayer being aspects of the process), ailments which respond well to spirituality, potential negative impacts of spirituality, ways of gaining spiritual counselling during hospital stays and lastly, the future of spiritual practice in medicine.
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‘Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine’

‘Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine’ | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
What happens when a Buddhist monk visiting the United States is hospitalized, terminally ill with liver cancer? Does religion interfere with his medical care? What about his Buddhist brethren, unable to join him bedside?
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An interesting read. Concerns itself with the role and responsibilities of chaplains working within hospitals. The article also details the influence that religion and spirituality both have on one’s health and also, by considering these as social institutions, deals with the ways in which they interact with modern medicine and issues which might arise. These are all connected to the complicated functioning of chaplains in hospitals.
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Q&A with Dr. Paul Offit - The Boston Globe

Q&A with Dr. Paul Offit - The Boston Globe | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
Dr. Paul Offit, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is co-inventor of the rotovirus vaccine, credited with saving hundreds of lives a day, especially in the developing world.
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The issue and phenomenon of alternative medicine is forever growing. Even more so, the "competition" that it has with medical science and its healing properties.

 

In an article that i scooped weeks ago, the same situation of parents being negligent and leaving untreated illnesses to faith has once again resurfaced in this article.

 

The same incident of parents who had left their child to die because of beliving that faith will him is the same incident brought here. Dr. Offit argues that just as this child would have been alive today if the parents had taken it to the hospital for it was something curable, is just the kind of thought and faith we need to allow in science healing.

 

He argues that medical science and alternative medical sources should both be taken into consideration and used simultaneously. There are great benefits in alternative medicines and faith healing but they are also great benefits in medical science and its healing properties.

 

-Nonhle Skosana

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But not yet, Lord

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HOW do a person's religious beliefs influence his attitude to terminal illness? The answer is surprising. You might expect the religious to accept death as...
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Highly interesting. Considers how religious people seem strangely reluctant to meet death (and by extension, partake of the afterlife). The article is relevant for this section because, according to it, many religious people go through great medical lengths to stay alive despite the idea of God’s will in the case of terminal illness (which is in itself debatable for many people, but I won’t deal with that here). The article reveals a stunning distinction between the religious and atheists’ view of death.

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Do the words ‘belief’ and ‘faith’ belong in science?

Do the words ‘belief’ and ‘faith’ belong in science? | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it

The words faith and belief obviously have a natural home in religious discussions. Should scientists avoid using such words, as in statements like ‘”I believe in the theory of evolution” or “I have faith in the law of gravity”, since that seems to put them on a par with “I have faith/believe in god” and enables religionists to claim that scientific theories are similar to religious beliefs? In a recent comments section, a recurring suggestion came up that in order to avoid this misapprehension, we should avoid use of the words belief and faith altogether in scientific discussions.

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Sometimes we need to question the reasons why the concepts of faith and belief tend to gravitate towards the notion of science. This then suugests the reason as to why the Church of Scientology as we know it may reject the views of the two operating in conjunction to one another. The other question that one could be forced to ask oneself is how exactly it is possible for the one to function without the other, especially since we are living in a society that is constantly shifting its conventional ways of processing and understanding life,belief and science.  Scooped by Chanelle Prins

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BBC - GCSE Bitesize: Faith and death

BBC - GCSE Bitesize: Faith and death | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
A secondary school revision resource for GCSE Religious studies looking at beliefs about life after death in Hinduism.
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By making sense of the afterlife and why people believe in it science says that it is done because people want to make sense of life and provide a purpose for life. Within the Hindu faith a person's atman (spirit) is believed to be permanent and their body does change in the afterlife. When it comes to euthanasia and suicide Hinduism distinguishes the situations under which they are acceptable. Euthanasia is not approved in Hinduism as it is believed to seperate the body and soul at an unatural time.When it comes to suicide, one is allowed to do it if their intent. It is unacceptable for one to kill themself because they are depressed but admirable if they are sacrificing their life as a good deed. Choosing the act of death is seen as great holiness amongst the Hindi. - Comfort Phiri

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Medical Practices Blend Health and Faith

Medical Practices Blend Health and Faith | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
Sandwiched between a swimming pool store and a spice shop on Lee Highway in Fairfax, the Tepeyac Family Center looks like any other suburban doctor's office. But it isn't.
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Originally posted way back in 2006. This news article details the practices of alternative medical centres which blend modern medicine and Christian faith together. An interesting read spanning three pages. Offers some professional opinions on both sides (those in agreement with these health centres and those who do not approve of them entirely). Also, women as patients speak about their experiences, both positive and negative. 
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BIBLE VERSES ABOUT FAITH AND HEALING

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT FAITH AND HEALING. Faith and Healing Bible verses in the King James Version (KJV) about Faith and Healing.
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Here are some biblical verses about healing through faith (KJV). Some of these might not seem to quite fit the category, but not all of these verses are about physical sickness. There is also reference made to the healing of the sinful through forgiveness as well as the sacrifice of Jesus to grant immortality to believers. I intend to follow the links further and perhaps I’ll post something akin of a companion scoop to this one.
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Faith healing - RationalWiki

Faith healing - RationalWiki | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
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This one comes from a Wiki. I have yet to explore further, but I’m pretty sure it’s a place you can visit if you don’t want positive news about faith based medicine. The tone might offend some people, and I considered dodging this entry, but since I have included a scathing article in support of faith healing, it seems only fair to include an article which criticises healing through faith, as well as ‘alternative’ medicine.

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Neuroscience makes meditition mainstream

Neuroscience makes meditition mainstream | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
Scientific research continues to provide further evidence for the health benefits of meditation.
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I am extremely interested in the rise and belief of eastern religions and their traditions especially in their teachings and the power of healing using the mind body and soul. Personally i find these teachings to be very inspiring and i can definitely see a future and partnership arising between the western science and eastern traditions. The world we live in today does not conform us to one believe and that is being proved everyday. Just the other day we had the vatican pope of the catholic church -pope francis- address an atheist citizen who had questions for the pope. Now we have scientist who are infusing their scientific findings with ancient practices that became hidden in the rise of science itself.

 

We all know what meditation is -atleast according to the media we have an idea of what it is. However, just as to clarify this, meditation according to wikipedia is "a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefitor as an end in itself

 

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices (much like the term sports) that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration single-pointed analysis, meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

 

The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health issues, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety.

 

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'I feel empowered, in control of my body': four women on fighting cancer with alternative therapies - Telegraph

'I feel empowered, in control of my body': four women on fighting cancer with alternative therapies - Telegraph | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
Four women who have embraced natural therapies in their fight against cancer talk to Anna Moore about their experiences
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It appears that cancer is the number one diagnosis leading to the phenomenon in the rise of alternative healing forms. Although there is still a thin line on whether people choose the one latter than the other, it is a rising practice that cannot be overlooked. Many women seem to be the most advent believers, changing the diet and religiously taking herbal medicines to free them off toxins. As pointed ou in the article, many still believe in science medicine but however argue that it is essential that they practice alternative healing in conjunction to.

 

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Faith healing in an African context

Welcome to the Southern African Association for Pastoral Work (SAAP) website. This site provides information to SAAP members, as well as everybody interested.
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This one is about faith and healing in Africa; the insufficiency of Western medicine in satisfying all needs, the exclusion of the traditional healers (who deserve to be recorded rather than forgotten), some ways in which compromise can be met and the evidence of a godlike figure in healing through faith.
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Mending Matia: Faith, hope and medicine deliver great rewards for one small child

Mending Matia: Faith, hope and medicine deliver great rewards for one small child | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
At about 6 weeks, the baby developed a small blue lesion on his gum. Romanian doctors figured it was a gingival cyst of the newborn, fairly common and typically benign. They told Marilena Simion not to worry.
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An article about the combined effort of a pastor, church, two brothers and their talented team in saving four year old Matia Simion’s life. One brother is a humanitarian and the other a surgeon, and together they help mend the damage caused by a mouth tumour which had destroyed Simion’s bottom jaw and required urgent medical care. The article describes in gentle detail the incredible processes required to fix the damage, as well as the journey of faith and kindness that led up to the surgery. Very touching.
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Spirituality key to Chinese medicine success: Study explores why Chinese medicine has stood the test of time

Spirituality key to Chinese medicine success: Study explores why Chinese medicine has stood the test of time | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
Are the longevity and vitality of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) due to its holistic approach? Indeed, Chinese medicine is not simply about treating illness, but rather about taking care of the whole person -- body, mind, and spirit.
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An article about the surprising longevity of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Considers the mystical reputation TCM has garnered due to its sheer difference from Western medicine, its roots in religion and spirituality, the belief that a person’s body and mind cannot be split apart, the requirement of having healthy spirit to manifest good health, practitioners viewing patients as people needing to be cured and not their ailments, as well as the quest for patients to achieve harmony.

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allAfrica.com: Kenya: Alternatives to Blood Transfusion (Page 1 of 4)

allAfrica.com: Kenya: Alternatives to Blood Transfusion (Page 1 of 4) | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
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Just like the article i just scooped, this article talks about when faith and religion and healing gets in the way of science.

 

As suggested by the article, what happens when an avid believer in religion -such as the believers of Jehovah's witness - is faced with the threatening decision of life and death. Like a blood transfussion , a scientific medical advancement that is meant to save ones life in the case of loss of blood is shunned upon by the belivers of this particular faith. Therefore they choose to die in the name of religion?

 

Apparantely so. The little boy in the article is adamant in his faith that he is willing to die then commit this unruly sin. Here again faith takes the lead. There are clearly a lot of people who are strong belivers in their faith that they so no reasoning in alternatives that go against their faith.

 

-Nonhle Skosana 

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Religion, Conscience, and Controversial Clinical Practices — NEJM

Religion, Conscience, and Controversial Clinical Practices — NEJM | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
Special Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Religion, Conscience, and Controversial Clinical Practices
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This one is from a journal. Ties in nicely with an older scoop about alternative health clinics, I think. This one refers to a study, detailing in fair depth the controversies of, one the one hand, the refusal to prescribe products or services of which the medical practitioner personally does not agree with on a faith based and an ethical level and on the other, the right patients have to the products and services they desire in a professional medical environment. There is a lot more to be read within the article itself, but that’s a surface idea of what is being dealt with. Can be read in summary or full form by expanding each section.

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Antidepressants and Faith

Antidepressants and Faith | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
Examining the intersection between taking medicine and relying on God.
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Taken from a magazine. This article deals with having faith in wellness and taking antidepressant pills at the same time, from the author’s perspective, though it is not the only point of view offered. Also, humility is touched on quite nicely, as is its negative alternative, pride, and the author describes their effects on healing.
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Jerry Coyne on the Odd Couple: Why Science and Religion Shouldn't Cohabit

Loud voices from both the religious and scientific communities are proclaiming that there is no conflict between science and religion-indeed, that they have much to gain from each other. I will show that this claim is flatly wrong. Religion and science are in deep conflict, and are in fact incompatible ways of viewing the world and understanding what is true in our universe. I explain this incompatibility, show the various ways that people try (and fail) to accommodate science and faith, demonstrate the tactics used by theologians to harmonize scientific findings with religious dogma, and explore the attacks on science that invariably accompany claims that science and religion are best friends.

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The above video clip illustrates and elaborates

immensely on how exactly the concept of faith and science may not necessarily work together for the good. It points out the reasons why many people may well reject the idea of the two ideas merging and working alongside one another. It explores the factors as to why their could be an evident lack of faith in science and why people search for reasons to question and attack the influence that science may have on our faith.

 

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LIMITATIONS OF MEDICAL SCIENCE AND FAITH HEALING | Faith And Rituals Blog on Speakingtree.in

LIMITATIONS OF MEDICAL SCIENCE AND FAITH HEALING | Faith And Rituals Blog on Speakingtree.in | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
There is no panacea for all ills and ailments. Medical science is not the complete answer to all the..
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Spiritual healing is a big phenomenon that has people flocking into it as humans are looking for personal being.

 

Science as suggested by the article is forever expanding and the reality is, soon there'll be nothing more to invent and discover and perfect and people will put their faith in everything.

 

Personally, i believe in the power of natural healing just as much as i believe in science. however where i am and who i am in life make me belief in the natural healing properties of nature.

 

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Faith healing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Faith healing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The American Cancer Society states "available scientific evidence does not support claims that faith healing can actually cure physical ailments." "Death, disability, and other unwanted outcomes have occurred when faith healing was elected instead of medical care for serious injuries or illnesses."

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Another Wiki entry. A long but interesting read. Draws a distinction between faith (the devine) and spiritual (energy) healing. Does not toss the word “Christianity” about as a large, vague category, but rather subcategorises it into smaller sections. Despite the quote above, it presents many sides and seems to be fair.
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We Doctors Need to Talk to Patients About Raw Fear

We Doctors Need to Talk to Patients About Raw Fear | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it
When my son was 18 months old, his doctor recommended that he get tympanostomy tubes in his ears because of recurrent ear infections. He might not be hearing clearly during this critical stage of language development.
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Interesting article about how faith can be shifted depending on the situations in your life. When this mother and pysician takes her infant son to surgery, her deep rooted faith in science gets shaken. Despite being intellectually informed about the proceedure of the surgery and its assurence in the saftey of her son, as a mother, she still remains scared and doubtful.

 

Although her son comes out perfectly fine and normal, she still maintains the same feeling of worry she had despite her continueous faith in science. She has expanded her view and opened up to the idea that although science has its varifying facts, one never knows the outcome and one is never really sure when faced with the situation themselves.

 

The manner in which she writes the article is attention grabbing to the reader. She underlines important fundamental ideas and questions about faith and allows the reader to identify with her regardless of the readers faith.

 

The other day i scooped an article about science and meditation. Although not hardly related to this article, it proves the varied change in faith.

 

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Doctors & Religion: When Faith and Medicine Clash

Doctors & Religion:  When Faith and Medicine Clash | Faith and Medicine | Scoop.it

Scooped by Carmen: "Researchers found that when religion and medicine conflict, most doctors appear able to navigate the tension while keeping the patient's well-being in mind."

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I've been trying to get this Insight to show up for ages. Hopefully it's up now. If not, my particupation should show up in the quote.

 

A news article which talks about strategies used by doctors when confronted by the conflicting beliefs of their patients. Interesting, especially since not all of these beliefs are religious in nature. Worldviews can also cause issues for doctors hoping to treat their patients.
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