God‘s design of Creation is unchanging, it is the TRUTH, it is Alpha and Omega. Our souls, anatomy, physiology etc.. is the same as our ancestors. What is good or harmful to their bodies and souls before is still applicable up to now. However, man’s understanding of Creation is gradual, developing-evolving during time, depending on his capacity to grasp the “knowledge”. In his study of diseases, man, with very little scientific stock knowledge attributed everything to the mysterious and spiritual, thus Shamans and faith healers are the “doctors” during the ancient times. As Science was evolving and becoming more sophisticated with the aid of microscope and other forms of biotechnology, Man was quick to disregard the spiritual and rely only in “Science”. Wherein to see is to believe.
Now, after centuries of trial and error, Man realized that Science and Spirituality exists together and that the Universe is composed of both the seen and the unseen. It doesn’t mean that the spiritual realm does not exist, just because you cannot fully comprehend spirituality in a man-made laboratory through scientific experiments . Remember, we cannot see the bacteria and the electromagnetic waves all around us but it doesn’t mean it does not exist. Mans protocol for scientific experiments is not yet that evolved or sophisticated to study the realm of the spirits. However, Man is now beginning to realize that we must recognize his totality and treat the WHOLE person, which is body, mind , spirit and soul. Thus, there now exists many studies regarding spirituality in health care as enumerated below.
Fr. Gabriel Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican was right when he said that many patients in mental institutions will be healed if exorcism and deliverance ministry were made as part of their regular treatment.
Büssing A, Ostermann T, Matthiessen PF.Role of religion and spirituality in medical patients: confirmatory results with the SpREUK questionnaire. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2005 Feb 10;3:10.
Coleman CL.Spirituality and sexual orientation: relationship to mental well-being and functional health status.J Adv Nurs. 2003 Sep;43(5):457-64.
Corsentino EA, Collins N, Sachs-Ericsson N, Blazer DG.Religious attendance reduces cognitive decline among older women with high levels of depressive symptoms. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2009 Dec;64(12):1283-9. Epub 2009 Aug 12.
Giaquinto S, Spiridigliozzi C, Caracciolo B.Can faith protect from emotional distress after stroke?. Stroke. 2007 Mar;38(3):993-7. Epub 2007 Feb 15.
Hamilton JB, Crandell JL, Carter JK, Lynn MR.Reliability and validity of the perspectives of Support From God Scale.Nurs Res. 2010 Mar-Apr;59(2):102-9.
Hodge DR.A template for spiritual assessment: a review of the JCAHO requirements and guidelines for implementation. Soc Work. 2006 Oct;51(4):317-26.
Hodge DR.Spiritual assessment in marital and family therapy: a methodological framework for selecting from among six qualitative assessment tools.J Marital Fam Ther. 2005 Oct;31(4):341-56.
Kandasamy A, Chaturvedi SK, Desai G.Spirituality, distress, depression, anxiety, and quality of life in patients with advanced cancer.Indian J Cancer. 2011 Jan-Mar;48(1):55-9.
Kreitzer MJ, Gross CR, Waleekhachonloet OA, Reilly-Spong M, Byrd M. The brief serenity scale: a psychometric analysis of a measure of spirituality and well-being. J Holist Nurs. 2009 Mar;27(1):7-16. Epub 2009 Jan 28.
Monod SM, Rochat E, Büla CJ, Jobin G, Martin E, Spencer B. The spiritual distress assessment tool: an instrument to assess spiritual distress in hospitalised elderly persons. BMC Geriatr. 2010 Dec 13;10:88.
Owen AD, Hayward RD, Koenig HG, Steffens DC, Payne ME.Religious factors and hippocampal atrophy in late life.PLoS One. 2011 Mar 30;6(3):e17006.
Sulmasy DP. Spirituality, religion, and clinical care. Chest. 2009 Jun;135(6):1634-42.
Tuck I, McCain NL, Elswick RK Jr.Spirituality and psychosocial factors in persons living with HIV.J Adv Nurs. 2001 Mar;33(6):776-83
Yi MS, Mrus JM, Mueller CV, Luckhaupt SE, Peterman AH, Puchalski CM, Tsevat J.Self-rated health of primary care house officers and its relationship to psychological and spiritual well-being.BMC Med Educ. 2007 May 2;7:9.
I still have tons compiled but these are the ones I can post right now. However, i think this is enough to illustrate how the medical world has already recognized the indispensable relationship between body,mind, soul and spirit. I hope world governments will soon realize this as soon as possible… I would like to refer you to my another post titled “Give to Caesar, what is Caesar’s” and reflect.