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The Link Between Religion and HealthPsychoneuroimmunology and the Faith Factor$
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Harold G. Koenig and Harvey J. Cohen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143607

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143607.001.0001

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Immune, Neuroendocrine, and Religious Measures

Immune, Neuroendocrine, and Religious Measures

(p.197) 11 Immune, Neuroendocrine, and Religious Measures
The Link Between Religion and Health



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A number of solid organs, cellular components and soluble proteins make up the immune system. These include the lymphoid tissues, lymphocytes and other immune cells, and immunoglobulins and cytokines. This chapter discusses measures of immune function, neuroendocrine function, religion and spirituality, pointing out the various strengths and weaknesses of different instruments. This chapter is key for researchers and scientists who wish to study the relationship between religion and psychoneuroimmunology. At least ten major religious dimensions require consideration: denomination/affiliation, religious belief, religious attitudes, organizational or social religious activity, non-organizational or private religious activity, religious salience or importance, religious orientation or motivation, religious coping, religious history, religious experience and religious development or maturity. Finally, there are the wider domains of spirituality and spiritual experience.

Keywords:   immune system, lymphoid tissues, lymphocytes, immune function, neuroendocrine function, psychoneuroimmunology

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