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Subject: Re: The power of prayer, is it real? Date: 11/12/2002 10:38 AM
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The Harvard Medical School is regarded my many as the best medical school in the world - at least in Western Medicine. The Harvard Medical School has proved statically that prayer is an effective in the healing of patients EVEN IF THE PATIENT DOES NOT KNOW THAT THEY HAVE PEOPLE PRAYING FOR THEM

Ok, just to add a little reality here, Harvard has never done any such thing. The only role harvard has in any faith/healing capacity is they had a conference to examine the role of faith in medicine.

It has been shown that those that are believers and attend church regularly have higher than average recovery rates. But this is the same as nonbelievers who say they have strong family and social support structures. So it is the community and not the faith that helps people recover.

And there has been only one study ever that was done in a medically accepted "double-blind" way, that looked at recovery from heart surgery. They asked people to pray for one group of patients, but not another. The patients did not know they were being prayed for. And wow, there WAS a (small) difference in things like the length of hospital stays, post-op complications, etc. But you know what was IDENTICAL? Rates of death. You were just as likely to die whether you were prayed for or not. So much for "proving" prayer works.
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