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Searching for God.

Liver transplant patients who were actively searching for God were found to survive 3 times more often after 3 years than those who were either passively waiting for God or fatalistic about their situation.

Doctor of psychology Franco Bonaguidi of Pisa University asked the 180 patients to rate 10 statements as they waited for their transplant, then allocated them to the 3 groups based on their answers.

 The statements included “I sought God’s help in dealing with the situation” and “I accepted that the situation was not in my hands but in the hands of God.”

At the 3 year follow-up, 6.6% of those scoring high on the seeking God scale had died, compared to 20.5% of those with low scores.

The only other factor linked to improved survival was spending less time in the intensive care unit, which had a much smaller impact.

A study published in 2008  of 92,000 post-menopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative found those with a religious affiliation had a 16% less chance of death over 8 years than those with no religious conviction.

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October 2, 2010 - Posted by | Franco Bonaguidi, Health, Religion

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