Saturday, April 01, 2006

Praying for the sick no help, possible harm?

The April 2006 American Heart Journal reports the results of a study of the effects of intercessory prayer on 1,800 heart bypass patients. The results of the controlled study, in which three different groups of patients examined, indicates that the effect of prayer is at best neutral.

The disturbing and discouraging finding was that those patients who knew people were praying for them fared less well than those who had no clue. Researchers think that some of that group of patients may have "worried themselves sick" that a lot of people praying for them meant they were worse off than they'd thought.

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