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Regular Church Attendance Comparable to Taking Statins

Considering the overwhelming evidence that prayer is a powerful force for healing, it's no surprise to learn the benefits of attending church every week on one's health are comparable to taking a statin drug, according to a new study.

Regular church attendance accounted for 3.1 years while statin use added as much as 3.7 years. Here's the fascinating twist: In a cost analysis of the two variables, statin drug therapy costs about $10,000 per extra year of life while attending church amounted to $7,000.

Interestingly, one of the most natural things you could do -- regular physical exercise -- proved to be even more effective statistically than statins or church attendance, adding as much as five years to a patient's lifespan and costing about $4,000 for each additional year of life.

Exercise is one of the primary lifestyle tools you can use to sidestep taking a worthless statin drug for your cholesterol at all. That, along with eliminating grains and sugars from your daily diet, will normalize your cholesterol virtually all of the time.

The value of this study goes even deeper than that, as it shows how spiritual health is so tied into optimal wellness.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, Vol. 19, No. 2, March-April 2006: 103-109 Free Full Text Article

Science Blog April 3, 2006

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