Marcelo Saad. MD, PhD (S. Paulo, Brazil) - Physician, board certified in Physiatry and Acupuncture. Doctorate in Sciences of Rehabilitation by the Federal University of S. Paulo. Current director member of the Spiritist-Medical Association of S. Paulo. Collaborator with the Brazilian and of the International Spiritist-Medical Associations for organization of events and for deliver conferences, in Brazil and abroad. Co-founder member of the Interfaith Coalition on Health and Spirituality (a movement with health professionals and religious leaders for spiritual support in hospitals). Besides his work as physician in private practice, he is also engaged on scientific publication, editorial collaborations with journals and books, medical lectures, and participation in scholar tasks. His main interest fields are religiosity in healthcare and spiritual complementary therapies.

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An Examination of Religiosity 
Influences, Perspectives and Health Implications

this book in a nutshell:




Scientific Production in ENGLISH (for all publications click here)
2009 - PAPER - Integration of acupuncture for out- and inpatients in general hospital in Brazil

2009 - PAPER - Why Medical Acupuncture?​

2011 - Chapter - Acupuncture for Inpatients in General Hospitals – Special Features of this Service​

2012 - Chapter - Complementary Therapies – Considerations Before Recommend, Tolerate or Proscribe​
2012 - Chapter - Spiritual-Religious Coping – Health Services Empowering Patients’ Resources.​

2012 - Chapter - Distant Healing by the Supposed Vital Energy – Scientific Bases​

2015 - PAPER - Toward the Concept of ‘Spiritist Chaplaincy’

2015 - PAPER - Poor Results in Pain Management: Suggestion for How to Interpret Them

2015 - PAPER - Informal Mind–Body Techniques [Irritable Bowel Syndrome]

2015 - Chapter - Distant Healing Techniques and Distant Intercessory Prayer - A Tentative Scientific Conciliation

2016 - PAPER - Programs of Religious/Spiritual Support in Hospitals - Five "Whies" and Five "Hows"

2017 - PAPER - The Continuum of Mind-Body Interplay - From Placebo Effect to Unexplained Cures

2017 - PAPER - Potential Contribution of the Medical-Spiritist Model to a New Paradigm on Medicine

2017 - PAPER - Fading Away Borders Between Religion and Science: Proposal from the Spiritist Medical Model

2017 - PAPER - Are We Ready for a True Biopsychosocial–Spiritual Model? The Many Meanings of “Spiritual”

2017 - PAPER - Spiritist Complementary Therapies - Ways for Future Integration to Medicine

2017 - PAPER - The Soul – From a Religious-Philosophical Conjecture, Towards a Scientific-Medical Matter

2017 - PAPER - Implications for public health of the religiosity-longevity relation. 

2018 - PAPER - The Patient with Overestimated Faith, Expecting for a Miraculous Healing 

2019 - PAPER - Neurophysiological, cognitive-behavioral and neurochemical effects of transcendental meditation

2019 - Chapter - Spirituality, Religiousness and Physical Health: Scientific Evidence

2019 - Chapter - Acupuncture: What Controversies? What Pathways? 

2020 - PAPER - Spiritism and Health: A Narrative Appraisal of the Scientific Publication Growth from the Last 30 y.

2020 - PAPER - Should Spiritual Care Be Covered by Healthcare Insurance and Health Systems?