Describing the relationship between science, religion, and healing is a complex discussion. Often these things contradict each on another but in some cases they work together in the healing process. In the United States there is a variety of cultures that have different beliefs some cultures rely on in spiritual healing through prayer, spiritual song, and dance while others believe in scientific medicine. There is also a percent of the population who have faith in a mixture of science and religious healing process. As we learned from the readings the people of San as well as Botswana use spiritual dance for the powers of healing. The powers are activated through the dance until a state of consciousness is reached. Religion can also give a patient something to believe in, giving them hope and a more positive health outcome. Lisa R. Yanek, M.P.H., from Johns Hopkins reports that “people with a family history of heart disease who also had a positive outlook were one-third less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event within five to 25 years than those with a more negative outlook” (“The Power of Positive Thinking”). As I have briefly mentioned in those of United States have a strong belief in scientific medicine. The spiritual healing is starting to fade out due to the advancement of technology. As we may know there is no clear reasoning as to why there is a correlation religion relates to healing.
From outside resources I have found that African and many other cultures such as Zulu use prayer and Bwiti ceremonies for healing process. These ceremonies and sessions are led by spiritual leaders called N’ganga. I looked more into the spiritual healing because at a young age my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and after many days of prayer sessions with our church my mother visited the doctor and was told that they could not find the source of cancer. I think that if there were signs of cancer that we would have taken scientific measures, such as chemo therapy and radiation. As I have read from one of my fellow classmates I too believe that there needs to be a balance of old world and new world types of healing such as organic that does less harm. Overall I think that the discussion of science, religion, and healing is complex because it is different based upon culture and belief.
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Lee, Ton Van Der, dir. “Part 1: The San People of Botswana.” In Spirits of Africa: Preserving Africa’s Spiritual Heritage. 2012. February 3, 2012. Accessed July 21, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyLF3y1YJKA.