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|Psychoneuroimmunology: The science connecting body and mind|
The Torah gave the world an understanding of the reciprocal connections between body and soul. Until recently, many scientists rejected the fact that psychological factors and well-being can affect health and disease. In part, this may been caused by a lack of technological tools to prove these links. during the last decade, new methods and findings in neuroscience, neuroimaging, and molecular biology have enabled us to discover connections between emotions and disease, between the brain and the immune system, the mind and the body. Science and medicine are beginning to become aware of this interplay. the psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) revolution uplifts science from a mechanistic, dualistic, reductionistic Descartian view of the human state to a more integrative perception of the complexity and beauty of human existence. ONI deals with the interactions among the mind, human behavior, the nervous system, the immune system, and the endocrine system. Understanding these complex interactions is essential for gaining a better understanding on how to maintain health and to prevent and treat disease. PNI guides science to the holistic view of body and soul interaction found in the Torah.