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Can Spirituality Affect your Health?

Can Spirituality Affect your Health?

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Does Spiritual Wealth Lead to Physical Health?
Find out the secret to leading a healthy and wholesome life

A Lecture by Dr. Gail Ironson

Dr. Ironson is a world renowned expert in the field of behavioral medicine. Her groundbreaking research has shed new light on the relationship between spirituality and health. Dr. Ironson will review the current scientific findings on spirituality, religion and health, and share ways in which spirituality can help one cope with everyday stressors.

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7:00 pm
At Chabad, 1827 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables

Complimentary admission for advance RSVP by Feb. 19th, $10 at the door

Click here to RSVP or call 305-490-7572
Refreshments will be served

Dr. Ironson has over 100 publications in the field of behavioral medicine applied to HIV/AIDS, cancer and cardiovascular disease, is incoming president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Society, and is current or past member of the editorial board of five journals. She has directed or co-directed federally funded research studies investigating psychological factors in long survival with HIV/AIDS, stress management in cancer, HIV/AIDS, and cardiac illness, massage therapy and immunity, and the biological effects of trauma (Hurricane Andrew). Finally, she set up and runs the trauma treatment program at the University of Miami Psychological Services Center, that makes available to the community (on a sliding scale basis) both traditional (PE) and newer (EMDR) approaches to treatment. Her particular interests involve looking at the impact of psychological factors on the immune, neuroendocrine, and cardiovascular systems, and on health.
Excerpt from an article in Time Magazine about Dr. Ironson's groundbreaking research in the field of behavioral medicine:

"The Biology of Belief

Science and religion argue all the time, but they increasingly agree on one thing: a little spirituality may be very good for your health

...Here's what's surprising: a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that faith may indeed bring us health. People who attend religious services do have a lower risk of dying in any one year than people who don't attend. People who believe in a loving God fare better after a diagnosis of illness than people who believe in a punitive God. No less a killer than AIDS will back off at least a bit when it's hit with a double-barreled blast of belief. "Even accounting for medications," says Dr. Gail Ironson, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Miami who studies HIV and religious belief, "spirituality predicts for better disease control."

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