Book Web Site Launched for Blind Faith, a Book by Richard Sloan, PH.d.

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In an America that is increasingly turning its back on the teachings of science; a majority of Americans now see prayer as a substitute for well-researched methods of curing disease. In his hard hitting book, Blind Faith (St. Martin's Press, October 31, 2006, 0.312.34881.9, $25.95), Richard Sloan, Ph.D. offers up a critical examination of the science, ethics and health care policy associated with the movement to instill religious practices in the medical world.

The web site for Blind Faith (http://www.blindfaithbook.com), the book by Richard Sloan, PH.d. was recently launched to offer more information about the Blind Faith book, and its author, Richard Sloan, PH.d.

In an America that is increasingly turning its back on the teachings of science; a majority of Americans now see prayer as a substitute for well-researched methods of curing disease. In his hard hitting book, Blind Faith (St. Martin's Press, October 31, 2006, 0.312.34881.9, $25.95), Richard Sloan, Ph.D. offers up a critical examination of the science, ethics and health care policy associated with the movement to instill religious practices in the medical world. Blind Faith is a provocative examination of the dangerous emerging alliance between religion and medicine -- two words that have grown disconcertingly close.

A majority of Americans now believe that prayer and other religious activities can help people recover from illness, prevent disease entirely and even act as viable substitutes for well-established medical treatments. In Blind Faith, Sloan, a professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University, debunks the view that religion is good for your health and demonstrates how attempts to link religion and medicine actually can cause harm.

Sloan does not dispute the fact that religion can bring a sense of comfort in times of difficulty, however he clearly shows that there is no compelling evidence that it provides an actual cure for any ailment. Looking at the consequences for research, he sees money spent on studies of the medical benefits of religious activities as competition, drawing support away from the research of real cures developed by sound science.

Edged in controversy, Blind Faith exposes the flawed research practices and questionable claims made by some scientists and practitioners whose aim appears to be bringing religion into the medicine regardless of the evidence. By showing how real science works, Sloan exposes the destructive forces at play when two very different domains -- religion and medicine -- meet.

Discussing the role of the media in propagating the myth of religion's curative power, the uncritical stance of the medical community, and rise in scientific illiteracy in America, Blind Faith presents readers with a chilling version of a world where weak science is embraced as established fact, critical ethical issues are ignored, significant practical considerations are abandoned, and religion itself is trivialized.

As twenty-first century America increasingly turns its back on science, the danger of health care being invaded by faith-related propaganda is a genuine threat to the practice of a compassionate yet evidence based medicine. Blind Faith gives readers the tools to understand when good medical science is subverted and, as important, how true religion is debased by bringing it into the laboratory.

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