Medicine and Quantum Physics Join together Over ReligionApril 10, 2007
Quantum Physics teaches, among many other things, that you cannot observe events at the molecular level without affecting the results. Stated more simply, the act of watching atoms do their thing makes atoms do things differently. This is referred to as a Quantum State.
Have I bored you completely? Well, it gets more interesting when this theory is applied to the medical profession.
In a recent study done by the University of Chicago, they found that a patients’ religious background had an effect on the quality and speed of their recovery. Here are some results from the study:
Among the more than 1,100 doctors who returned the survey, the results showed that 56 percent believed religion and spirituality had much or very much influence on health.
But only 6 percent believed religion or spirituality had changed “hard” medical outcomes.
Instead, most doctors believed that religion and spirituality:
– Often helps patients cope with illness (76 percent)
– Gives patients a positive state of mind (74 percent)
– Provides emotional and practical support through the religious community (55 percent)
But the intriguing finding is that the results changed depending on the religious background of the doctor. If the doctor was religious themselves, they saw more value in the role that religion plays in the life of their patients. Doctors with little or no background in religion recognized less of a role that religion plays in the patients in their care.
The question is this: Do Christian doctors actually provide a better foundation for God’s involvement in the life of a patient than someone who does not believe in God? Are non-believing physicians ignoring what God is doing?
I personally think that a doctor who believes in God and expects God to be involved in the life of those they care for actually will see God do things that may not happen with non-believing doctors. I think I may look to be care for by Christian doctors in the future…as long as they have the same training and skills as my current doctor.