“The problem with translating this to people is we don’t know when someone will have the heart attack,” says Rubinstein. “It is almost impossible to precondition someone unless they are willing to do something daily to themselves. Tefillin use may in fact offer protection as it’s worn on an almost daily basis.”
Rubinstein says there are studies out of Israel that have found Orthodox men have a lower risk of dying of heart disease compared to non-Orthodox men. This protection is not found in Orthodox women who usually don’t wear tefillin.
Other researchers participating in the study include Phillip Owens, PhD, and Michael Tranter, PhD, both assistant professors in the UC Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, along with Nathan Robbins, Keith Saum, Shannon Jones, Akiva Kirschner, Jessica Woo, Connie McCoy, and Samuel Slone.
Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD, Director of Allergy and Immunology Division at Cincinnati Children’s and professor of pediatrics at UC, along with Elaine Urbina, MD, Director of preventive cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s and a UC professor of pediatrics, were co-authors of the study.
The study received internal funding from the University of Cincinnati.
Rothenberg is a consultant for Pulm One, Spoon Guru, ClostraBio, Celgene, Shire, Astra Zeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Allakos, Adare, Regeneron and Novartis. He has an equity interest in the first four listed and Immune Pharmaceuticals, and royalties from reslizumab (Teva Pharmaceuticals) and UpToDate.
Rothenberg is an inventor of patents, owned by Cincinnati Children’s.