Spiritualityvs Medicine Where do sick people find comfort or hopein time of life- death situations? Does being religious and using spiritualpractices really helps an individual to cope up with physical and psychologicalwellbeing of a person? Religious beliefs are proven to provide health effects that helps peoplebeat their illnesses due to positive thinking and their right of conscience asoppose to other scientific studies that states that religious activities arenot associated with good health but rather with medicine and other scientificobservations. Spirituality and moral ethics is often linked to improved healthand psychological wellbeing of a person because of their personal belief thatgives them hope and strength to beat their illness. Religious beliefs and positivethinking widely affects the patient’s wellbeing that helps them cure criticallysevere conditions and provide the mental wellness of a person. “Researchindicates that the religious beliefs and spiritual procedures of patients arepowerful factors for many in coping with serious illnesses and in makingethical choices” (McCormick ). Each person follows a different principle andopinion regarding how they view their personal life especially their religionand what they choose to believe in. Research shows that having a strong faithis associated with coping stress and enhance a better health due to positivethinking.
Having a bright outlook in life is a key part to living a happy,successful, and good life that plays a major role in dealing with stressfulsituations that reduces harmful effects on a person’s wellbeing. One method tohelp patients look at the brighter side of the picture is to make sure toalways surround yourself with positive people that can help with encouragementand give helpful feedbacks especially in times of trouble. The best way to dealwith difficult conditions is thinking the best is going to happen, and not theworst. “Study shows that physicians with spiritual beliefs that are importantto them integrate their beliefs in their interactions with patient in a varietyof ways” ( McCormick ). It’s important to value and address the patients sacredbeliefs in providing a high quality medical care.
Therefore, physicians shouldencourage patients to acknowledge their cultural values so they can help thempsychologically. Integrating with the patient’s belief requires a strongcommunication skill especially dealing with patients that has completely givenup and lose hope in life due to their severe condition. Physicians or nursesshould be responsible to lift and encourage their patients to stay positive andcontinue their faith. Some patients who are in the midst of health crisis tendto question God’s existence or may feel angry with God for allowing suchsituation to happen and that when specialist is obliged to show compassion inthe midst of their pain and help find the true meaning of life. Beingcompassionate and respectful about what and how they feel can enhance theirhopefulness to live. Many pharmacists who arereligious oppose to the idea of contraceptives and abortion because of theconscience hunting them. They discourage pharmacies and other health cares todistribute and prescribe pills because they believe that contraceptives andabortion is spiritually wrong. “U.
S. states have in place a right of consciencelaw that allows some healthcare providers to refuse to provide abortionservices—such as abortion or sterilization—to which they are morally opposed”(Issues & Controversies). Their personal right of refusal is due byreligious and moral reasons that strongly oppose to the patient’s right overthe pharmacists. Pharmacists should issue any prescription that is presented tothem because that is part of their job. “Critics dispute the idea thatpharmacists should be allowed to refuse to fill certain prescriptions simplybecause they have a moral opposition to specific drugs.
They argue that as longas a drug is legal and correctly prescribed by a doctor, pharmacists areobligated to fill a prescription for it” (Issues & Controversies). Pharmacistshas legal rights to turn down people from buying contraceptives especially ifthey are not in legal age and if they were not prescribed at all. Birthcontrols cannot be purchased without legal confirmation. Spiritualityvs Medicine is not often argued by many for it varies on each individual’spersonal beliefs and Religion that can widely affect and change theirperspective and how they view their fate. Seeking religious faith is not yetscientifically proven to improve one’s health. “These studies do not provideany evidence that recommendations by physicians engage in religious activity suchas prayers or reading the Bible- play a role in improving health, despite theirimportance in people’s spiritual lives (Medscape ).
Now, to those who don’tbelieve that Religion plays a vital role in curing illness they mostly valuescientific studies or methods to prove the uncertainty of things. Science ismade up of observations, experiments, and analysis to determine how definitetheir proposition is. Theory is never certain which makes us question howthings work with only believing science alone. Even if we scientifically proveit, it won’t tell us what has happened in previous situations that requiredthat specific observation regarding Religion and Medicine. “But Religiondoesn’t need medicine to validate itself, it doesn’t require scientificempiricism because it is based on faith. And when you mix faith with science,you serve neither and weaken both.” (Medscape). Religion is whole different story, it doesn’tneed scientific facts to prove and test faith but rather, it requires ethics tovalidate a judgment to whether Spiritual beliefs is linked to obtaining betterhealth.
“Faith explains that there is something greater than knowledge” (CompellingTruth).Science is contradicted to religion for knowledge and facts are not alwaystruthful no matter how properly experimented it is, it always varies on aperson’s moral ethics and what they choose to believe in. Religiousand positive beliefs bring so much positive energy to a person because of hopeand power it provides especially for sick people. Moral ethics is alwaysassociated in getting through life and death situations for that when one’sfaith is being truly tested. Studies proved that positive thinking reducesharmful psychological effects because what’s the point of taking all those drugswithout setting your mind do be better.
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