Keeping (Or Finding) The Faith

Research Institutes. The study of religion and medicine is clearly a growth market

Bartek Wrzesniowski / WpN

Shna Ndo Holy Rock was a pilgrim on his way to Jerusalem who stopped in the town of Lac, Albania, and performed miracles. Today, followers believe that touching the rock, as the boy is doing, can heal sickness.

Not all that long ago, you'd have had a hard time finding a research institute, an academic department or even a decent conference exploring the link between spirituality and health. And with good reason. Health is science, spirituality is something else entirely, and people who say otherwise clearly need to sit down with a medical journal or two.

But that's all changing. Everyone's got a stake in getting human health right--whether families and individuals simply trying to stay well or governments trying to build a functioning health-care system that doesn't break the bank. With so much on the line, no one...

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