More than 200 people, including prominent Christian scholars, are joining forces to offer their views on which religion is the best in the world for your health.
The survey, called the Divine Health Index, was released Monday.
Dr. Thomas Fauci, the director of the division of complementary and alternative medicine at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is among the signatories.
“It’s important to be aware that the answers are not binary, but are in fact complex and multifaceted,” he said in a statement.
I am a Christian, and the Holy Spirit, who gave me the gift of life, guided me to this great goal of health, he said.
The survey was designed by a team of doctors and health care professionals from more than a dozen countries.
Dr. Mark D. Perry, a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, said the survey showed that many of the leading religions offer complementary and holistic approaches to health.
Many people, he added, are skeptical about the usefulness of holistic therapies.
But, he wrote, there are some clear advantages to traditional approaches.
For instance, people are less likely to be sick, and their health is generally better when they receive complementary health care, he noted.
Dr. William S. Cohen, an infectious diseases physician at Mount Sinai in New York, said he would agree with the survey that the use of holistic medicine is not a substitute for traditional medicine.
But he added that it is important to have faith in the power of God.
Dr David D. Denniston, a Harvard University professor of clinical epidemiology and infectious diseases, also supports the study.
He said many of us are more likely to find that the traditional health care system is not the most effective system to provide care for people.
In addition to the survey, Dr. Denny Reitman, the head of the department of integrative medicine at Harvard Medical School, will provide an online video seminar about the study on Thursday.
The results of the survey are expected to be released this spring.