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Gail H. Ironson

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry

University of Miami

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Miami, Florida,33124

United States

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IN FOCUS: Religion, spirituality, and health - Part II - Science on Religion [cached]

For this study, Gail Ironson of the University of Miami led a team of researchers in investigating HIV patients' spiritual beliefs over a period of four years.

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For the past decade, Kaplan has been coming every few months to see Gail Ironson, a professor at the University of Miami.
Ironson, an AIDS researcher, runs down a battery of questions. "During this time have you had any HIV- or AIDS-related symptoms? Ironson asks. Ironson continues. In the mid-1990s, when having HIV was akin to a death sentence, Ironson noticed that a number of patients like Kaplan never got sick. Ironson wanted to know why. And she found something surprising. "If you ask people what's kept you going so long, what keeps you healthy, often people would say spirituality," she says. "It was something that just kept coming up in the interviews, and that's why I decided to look at it." Spirituality And Health Ironson began to zero in on a patient's relationship with God in an attempt to predict how fast the disease would progress. She focused on two key indicators. She measured viral load, which tells how much of the virus is present in a person's body, and immune cells called CD-4 cells, which help fight off the AIDS virus. Ironson says over time, those who turned to God after their diagnosis had a much lower viral load and maintained those powerful immune cells at a much higher rate than those who turned away from God. "In fact, people who felt abandoned by God and who decreased in spirituality lost their CD4 cells 4.5 times faster than people who increased in spirituality," Ironson says. Ironson calls the finding extraordinary. She was one of the first researchers to connect a patient's approach to God to specific chemical changes in the body.

Monthly Article December 2011 [cached]

Ironson, G., Stuetzle, R., Ironson, D., Balbin, E., Kremer, H., George, A., Schneiderman, N. and Fletcher, M. A. "View of God as benevolent and forgiving or punishing and judgmental predicts HIV disease progression.
Ironson and colleagues close with some discussion of clinical implications, revolving around clinicians' awareness that indications of a patient's view of God may have very practical consequences for his/her health. I. The lead author of our featured article is Gail H. Ironson, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Miami and a prolific researcher, having published over 100 articles. She and Dr. Heidemarie Kremer have recently published a fine overview on HIV as a book chapter, "Coping, spirituality, and health in HIV," in The Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health, and Coping, ed. by Folkman, S. [New York: Oxford University Press, 2011]; see pp. 289318. Dr. Ironson and her co-authors have made significant contributions to the spirituality & health literature, especially regarding HIV/AIDS. To read more of this work, see the following examples: Carrico, A. W., Ironson, G., Antoni, M. H., Lechner, S. C., Duran, R. E., Kumar, M. and Schneiderman, N. "A path model of the effects of spirituality on depressive symptoms and 24-h urinary-free cortisol in HIV-positive persons. Ironson, G. and Hayward, H. "Do positive psychosocial factors predict disease progression in HIV-1? A review of the evidence. Ironson, G. and Kremer, H. "Spiritual transformation, psychological well-being, health, and survival in people with HIV. Ironson, G., Solomon, G. F., Balbin, E. G., O'Cleirigh, C., George, A., Kumar, M., Larson, D. and Woods, T. E. "The Ironson-Woods Spirituality/Religiousness Index is associated with long survival, health behaviors, less distress, and low cortisol in people with HIV/AIDS. Ironson, G., Stuetzle, R. and Fletcher, M. A. "An increase in religiousness/spirituality occurs after HIV diagnosis and predicts slower disease progression over 4 years in people with HIV. Journal of General Internal Medicine 21, Suppl. Kremer, H. and Ironson, G. "Everything changed: spiritual transformation in people with HIV. Kremer, H., Ironson, G. and Kaplan, L. "The fork in the road: HIV as a potential positive turning point and the role of spirituality. Kremer, H., Ironson, G. and Porr, M. "Spiritual and mind-body beliefs as barriers and motivators to HIV-treatment decision-making and medication adherence? Lockenhoff, C. E., Ironson, G. H., O'Cleirigh, C. and Costa, P. T. Jr. "Five-factor model personality traits, spirituality/religiousness, and mental health among people living with HIV. Woods, T. E. and Ironson, G. H. ."Religion and spirituality in the face of illness: how cancer, cardiac, and hiv patients describe their spirituality/religiosity.

It's all in your head [cached]

"Even accounting for medications," says Dr. Gail Ironson, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Miami who studies HIV and religious belief, "spirituality predicts for better disease control."

Gail Ironson, M.D., Ph.D.
Gail Ironson, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Miami Board Certified Psychiatrist

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