LA CRESCENTA—Dr. Mardiros H. Mihranian will be the honorary guest speaker on ” Prayer’s Role on Health ” at Armenian Apostolic Church of Crescenta Valley, located at Western Prelacy’s ” Dikran and Zarouhi Der Ghazarian ” Hall, at 6252 Honolulu Ave., in La Crescenta, California on Sunday, July 10 at 1 p.m., following the church service.
Dr. Mardiros Mihranian specializes in general surgery, colorectal surgery ( formerly proctology ) and surgical oncology in Glendale, California. He has attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and graduated in 1975. He has also attended University of California Irvine (1975-1981) for Recidency and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center ( 1981-1983 ). Dr. Mihranian is a fellow member of American College of Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Hernia Society, American Society of Colorectal Surgeons, American College of Phlebology and American Venous Forum. He currently practices in numerous hospitals throughout California . He is married to Susan L. Chobanian, M.D.
Dr. Mardiros Mihranian, in his lecture, will describe as to how patients and many others use prayer to improve their health. He will give an historical overview of the subject matter and refer to the Testament as a reference. Then he will introduce scientific evidence as to the effects of prayer on health and describe as to what is the prayer, how to pray and the power of praying. He will also explain about reasons as to why some refrain from praying to recover from their ills.
Healthcare and religion, of course, have been intertwined for most of recorded history, from ancient Roman healing temples to the ministries of Mother Teresa. But throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the role of faith in physical health was not widely accepted as a subject of serious medical inquiry.
By, the 1990s, however, the field was gaining momentum, as an accumulation of rigorous studies gave the subject new legitimacy among mainstream scientists. Numerous scientific studies have evaluated the therapeutic effects of prayer. Generally, the research has shown that people who pray regularly are less likely to become ill and that when they do, they tend to recover faster. Interestingly, not only does prayer seem to have healing effects upon the people who pray, it also appears to benefit those who are prayed for by others. Dozens of studies showed that spirituality-including prayer, meditation and attendance at religious services-benefits health in ways that science hasn’t fully explained. Among other effects, regular prayer and spiritual acts appear to lengthen life expectancy, strengthen immunity, improve the body’s response to stress, help with depression and having definite role in helping patients to recover from major illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and etc.
The general public is invited to this interesting, very informative and soul searching presentation and public service program. The attendants will be encouraged to ask questions from the guest speaker and or share their feelings about experiences that they might have had in connection to their spiritual lives and health issues. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception before the start of the program.