The science of prayer and healing

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Healing Words by Larry Dossey

In this groundbreaking classic linking prayer and health, physician Larry Dossey shares the latest evidence connecting prayer, healing, and medicine. Using real-life examples and personal anecdotes, Dossey proves how prayer can be as valid a healing tool as drugs or surgery. Dossey explores which methods of prayer show the greatest potential for healing; presents compelling evidence that patients and doctors belief in a treatment increases its efficacy; explains that discoveries in modern physics allow us to integrate the spiritual and the scientific and make the power of prayer provable in the lab; and much more.

Provocative, engaging, and powerfully instructive, Healing Words restores the spiritual art of healing to the science of medicine.
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Efficacy of prayer

When sickness strikes, people around the world pray for healing. Many of the faithful claim that prayer has cured them of blindness, deafness, and metastasized cancers, and some believe they have been resurrected from the dead. Can, and should, science test such claims? A number of scientists say no, concerned that empirical studies of prayer will be misused to advance religious agendas. And some religious practitioners agree with this restraint, worrying that scientific testing could undermine faith. If prayer produces benefits, even indirectly and findings suggest that it does , then more careful attention to prayer practices could impact global health, particularly in places without access to conventional medicine. Drawing on data from Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians, Brown reverses a number of stereotypes about believers in faith-healing.

When sickness strikes, people around the world pray for healing. Many of the faithful claim that prayer has cured them of blindness, deafness and metastasized cancers, and some believe they have been resurrected from the dead. Can, and should, science test such claims? A number of scientists say no, concerned that empirical studies of prayer will be misused to advance religious agendas. And some religious practitioners agree with this restraint, worrying that scientific testing could undermine faith. If prayer affects health -- for better or for worse -- then patients, doctors and policymakers should all want to know.

This is a serious scientific article that examines conceptual and methodological issues underlying randomized controlled trials on prayer and healing. We do not .
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Science and Healing

Prayers offered by strangers had no effect on the recovery of people who were undergoing heart surgery, a large and long-awaited study has found. And patients who knew they were being prayed for had a higher rate of post-operative complications like abnormal heart rhythms, perhaps because of the expectations the prayers created, the researchers suggested. Because it is the most scientifically rigorous investigation of whether prayer can heal illness, the study, begun almost a decade ago and involving more than 1, patients, has for years been the subject of speculation.

The efficacy of prayer relates to the outcome of prayer requests. This topic concerns many fields such as theology , philosophy , history , [ citation needed ] medicine , and psychology. Numerous religious traditions have complex understandings of the nature, function and expectations of prayer. For instance, Judaic and Christian traditions have diverse interpretations of prayers as requests for miraculous outcomes and as requests for relatively mundane outcomes. Some religious communities question whether the efficacy of prayer can be reliably measured or be meaningful since sacred texts such as the Bible present diverse situations and teachings such as stating that God shall not be coerced Deuteronomy - "You shall not put the Lord your God to the test" , some prayers for healing have been purposely rejected by God before 2 Corinthians - Apostle Paul's thorn in the flesh , or specific conditions would have to be met before prayers can be heard having guidance by the Holy Spirit [ citation needed ]. Christianity emphasises the need for guidance from the Holy Spirit as to what one should pray for, and has taught that "God can not be coerced.

January 12, It can be tempting to see prayer as a potentially futile exercise, a wishful technique or set of hopeful words to try to get through some difficult situation or manage pain — but not necessarily something that leads to practical results. Yet many, including me, have found that prayer can indeed bring tangible healing. Often research into science and prayer relates to how mental states reduce stress or produce other physical changes with positive health effects. But more than years ago, a woman named Mary Baker Eddy dedicated her life to looking deeply into what she believed must be a spiritual law behind the healing works of Christ Jesus. Such prayer enables us to trust that despite the surface appearance that there is only physical cause and effect, the love that God has for each of us is spiritual fact and primal cause.

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