A team of Coumbia University scientists is warning against incorporating spiritual and religious intervention into medical practice due to the current lack of "empirical" justification. However, the team does acknowledge that religious and spiritual activities provide comfort in the face of illness and that codes of religious conduct that prohibit smoking, drinking alcohol, unsafe sexual activity, psychosocial stress and unhealthy dietary habits help to reduce sickness and death. A 1996 random survey of 296 members of the American Academy of Family Physicians revealed that 99 percent were "convinced" that religious beliefs can heal. A whopping 75 percent believe that prayer given by "others" can also heal. Thirty US medical schools now include courses in religion, spirituality and health in their curricula. Recent studies by schools of medicine at various universities confirm that the practices of spirituality and religion reduce high blood pressure in women. I, for one, am all for the integration of medical science and faith. How about you? Here's to your health!