Polish researchers have published a study that claims to have discovered a correlation between religion and various diseases, including cancer.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pecz, has been published in a special issue of the Journal of Biological Psychiatry, a scientific journal published by the World Health Organization.
The scientists believe that the way we perceive our religion can influence how we interpret our health.
“A religious belief may cause our immune system to attack cancer cells, and our immune cells may then attack the cancer cells and kill them,” the study’s lead researcher, professor Paweł Szwarczyk, told WPAI.
Szwarczycki’s study focuses on cancer cell mutations, in which cells that are “immune deficient” (that is, do not produce enough immune cells to protect the cancerous cells from the immune system) are mutated, and thus more resistant to the immune response.
The researchers also note that in some cases, patients who experience some form of cancer or other immune response can develop an autoimmune response, which can be debilitating.
The reason for the connection between religion, cancer, and immune health, the researchers say, is due to a link between religion’s “religious beliefs” and a particular type of inflammation.
“Religious beliefs can trigger a particular kind of inflammation, called neuroinflammation,” Szwaraczyk said.
“In this study, we used a novel immuno-targeting assay to investigate the role of a particular protein called HLA-DR3.
HLA DR3 is one of the most abundant HLA genes in our genomes, so the researchers used it to measure whether HLADR3 affects inflammation and whether HPA-axis activation in immune cells is correlated with religion.”
The study also found that the researchers found a direct link between HLA1-DR4 polymorphisms in people with cancer and their religiosity.
In their study, the scientists tested the effects of religious belief on the immune cells in patients with neuroendocrine tumors.
According to Szwarpczak, a study of patients with brain tumors showed that the patients who reported higher levels of religious beliefs had a higher number of neuroendocannabinoid receptors (neurons) in their blood, which was linked to their lower tumor rates.
“Neuroendocannabidiol, a cannabinoid produced by the endocannabinoids, may have been the main trigger for the neuroendo-inflammation induced by religion,” the researchers wrote.
“Moreover, this study suggests that religiosity may affect neuroendogenous inflammation and cancer risk.
Our study also showed that religious beliefs have an impact on tumorigenesis in the blood.”
The findings are important in understanding the potential role of religion in cancer, Szwarszczak said.
As a result, the findings may help doctors diagnose and treat patients with specific cancers.