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6B Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter , 'l,:; we have heard he,00 lth C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creators.corn Q: Chuck, with Christmas on the horizon, I was thinking about the role of religion in health. How do you view their relationship and faith heal- ing? --A. Salazar Farmington, N.M. A: First, congratulations to Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., which was honored again by the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi's Re- gional Health Council for ad- vocating healthy lifestyles. The church was highlighted in an August edition of The New York Times as a part of the National Baptist Conven- tion's goal of posting a health ambassador in each congrega- tion by September 2012. It's great to see a newly founded openness and resur- gence of the marriage of spiri- tual and health resources. In modern times, a score of studies have been conducted regarding the relationship of faith, prayer and healing, most validating the positive role and influence of religion in health and fitness. In 2008, Dr. Harold Koenig-- co-director of Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health -- told U.S. News & World Report, "In the past eight years, there has probably been more research and dis- cussion on the topic of religion and spirituality and health than was conducted from 1800 through the year 2000." For example, one website for health care professionals documents 25 such sludies -- 19 pro-faith and six anti-faith -- conducted by prestigious universities, think tanks and eminent professors and scien- tists. Some of those suggesting a link between faith and heal- ing included a study pub- lished in the Annals of Inter- nal Medicine that looked at how faith and spirituality helped with coping during times of illness and injury, a study published in the Jour- nal of Clinical Psychology that looked at how faith helped protect patients against symptoms of depres- sion, and a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncol- ogy that demonstrated that patients with cancer could ex- perience a better quality of life when medical needs were joined with spiritual re- sources. A study at Duke found that those who prayed regularly and attended religious ser- vices often had lower blood pressure than those who didn't. Another Duke study showed that cardiac patients receiving intercessory prayer in addition to coronary stent- ing recovered better than those who received stenting alone. A study from The Jour- nal of Alternative and Com- plementary Medicine showed how people who believed in intercessory prayer saw dif- ferent results than those with less belief in it. Florida State University produced a study that showed that praying for someone else could better your relationship with that person. A George Mason Uni- versity study published in Psychological Science demon- strated how meditation could enhance mental abilities. Similarly, U.S. News & World Report noted that Dr. Ken Pargament of Bowling Green State University com- pared and contrasted the ben- efits of spiritual meditation versus secular meditation on those who suffer from headaches, particularly mi- graines. He and his colleagues asked a group of people to meditate 20 minutes daily by simply repeating a spiritual mantra, such as "God is good. God is peace. God is love." The "secular group" was in- structed to use a non-spiritual mantra: "Grass is green. Sand is soft." After a month, the spiritual group reported a greater decline in the number and intensity of headaches, as well as a greater increase in pain tolerance. Dr. Jeff Levin, a health and psychiatry expert at Duke, wrote a landmark work, "God, Faith, and Health: Exploring the Spirituality-Healing Con- nection." In it, he wrote: "A study of Mexican Americans shows that frequent church attendees report higher levels of well-being and experience less disability, fewer days in bed, and fewer physical symp- toms than less frequent atten- ders .... Johns Hopkins Uni- versity researchers learn that monthly religious attendance more than halved the risk of death due to heart disease, emphysema, cirrhosis of the liver, suicide, and some can- cers .... A study finds that coronary care unit patients who were prayed for by strangers fared better than pa- tients who did not receive prayer." I can't answer why faith and prayer heal some and not others, but we do know they heal many, so we should not shy away from them. Indeed, we should practice faith as we practice medicine. We also must keep in mind that faith and prayer don't re- place the medical community; they complement it. They work in conjunction with one another. God heals through modern medicine and prayer, and we should seek both when we need it. To avoid either is to ignore one of the greatest resources that God has given us to empower and heal us. I agree with Pargament: "There seems to be something special that spiritual resources offer in times of trouble." In Part 2 next week, I'm go- ing to not only address the dangers of omitting medical or faith care but also let my 90-year-old mother tell you a' story about when God used both to save her life. Write to Chuck Norris (info@ creators.corn) with questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2011 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.corn ';t 00ay/neuter program n0000,00aed at TALES FR-OM THE SHELTER. PLUMAS COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER 283-3673 The winners of the winter giveaway for Friends of the Plumas County Animal Shel- ter were chosen Dec. 10. Kelly Bennett was the winner of the beautiful quilt, Sue McCabe won the cord of wood and Susie Bennett won the basket of goodies. Congratulations to these three women and many thanks to everyone who sup- ported Friends fundraising. Special thanks to Carolyn Kel- ly, master quilter; to Rusty Warren for the cord of wood; and to the generous people at Trader Joe's in Chico who do- nated most of the goodies for the basket. Together we raised more than $1,000 for the con- tinuing work of Friends. The last month has also been very successful in reduc- ing the overpopulation of cats at the shelter. Do any of these sound familiar to yotl? Sophie, Beth, Amy, Grace, Erda, Creamsicle and her baby, Tempest, Ash, Skullduggery, Joey, Josie, Handsome, Wil- low, Cyclops, four blacks, Del- la, Copper, Kitty, Hisser, Ma- ma Kitty, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, Kim, Chi, Jasmine, Sundae, Duke, Vladamire, Stump, Shady, Tigger, Ami- go, Mandy and Brandy, Pedro and Melvin -- these are some of the 40-plus cats and kittens that have been adopted since Nov. 7! Our wonderful, kind- hearted residents of Plumas County came forth and put these deserving felines in their barns and homes -- and gave them sanctuary and a life outside of a cage. Until a comprehensive low- cost/no-cost spay and neuter program is put in action I don't doubt the overpopula- tion of animals will happen again. After getting the num- ber of felines down to a man- ageable level for a few days, nine hoarder kittens and a mama and her six babies have entered the shelter. Please, please spay and neuter those dogs and cats and together let's avoid the danger of eu- thanasia or of a life in a cage and the waste of these small, but valuable lives. There are many sweet kit- tens at the shelter that are too young to spay and neuter, but if you are interested in adopting one of these babies, Friends will help pay for their surgery when they are older. If you are thinking of adopting a dog the shelter has a few really sweet pit and pit cross females and a quirky and funny dingo/terrier mix. The adults are spayed and help for the surgery for the puppy is available through Friends. If you can't adopt please consider fostering or coming and taking the dogs for long walks and runs. The dogs are getting "kennel fever" and need much more exercise than the current volunteers can give them Best of the holiday season from the Friends of the Shel- ter. Sincere thanks to every- one who has gupported and encouraged our work for the animals. 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