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The Power of Prayer in Medicine

People Who Are Prayed for Fare Better
By Jeanie Davis  
WebMD

Nov. 6, 2001 -- Here's more evidence that -- in medicine,
as in all of life -- prayer seems to work in mysterious
ways.

In one recent study, women at an in vitro fertilization
clinic had higher pregnancy rates when total strangers
were praying for them. Another study finds that people
undergoing risky cardiovascular surgery have fewer
complications when they are the focus of prayer groups.

The fertilization study -- conducted at a hospital in
Seoul, Korea -- found a doubling of the pregnancy rate
among women who were prayed for, says Rogerio A. Lobo,
MD, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia
University School of Medicine in New York City. His study
appears in the September issue of the Journal of
Reproductive Health.

"It's a highly-significant finding," Lobo tells WebMD.
"I'm first to say we don't know what this means."

The randomized study involved 199 women who were
undergoing in vitro fertility treatments at a hospital in
Seoul, Korea, during 1998 and 1999. All women were
selected for the study based on their similar age and
fertility factors, Lobo tells WebMD.

Half the women were randomly assigned to have one of
several Christian prayer groups in the U.S., Canada, and
Australia pray for them. A photograph of each patient was
given to "her" prayer group. While one set of prayer
groups prayed directly for the women, a second set of
prayer groups prayed for the first set, and a third group
prayed for both groups.

Neither the women nor their medical caregivers knew about
the study -- or that anyone was praying for them.

"We were very careful to control this as rigorously as we
could," Lobo tells WebMD. "We deliberately set it up in
an unbiased way." That meant not informing patients they
were being prayed for, so it would not influence the
women's outcome. Whether the patients were praying for
themselves -- or if others were praying for them -- "we
don't know," he says.

The women in the "prayed for" group became pregnant twice
as often as the other women, he says.

"We were not expecting to find a positive result," says
Lobo. Researchers have re-analyzed the data several
times, to detect any discrepancies -- but have been
unable to find any, he says.

Lobo admits there may be some "biological variable" that
they have not discovered, which could account for the
high success rate among the prayed-for women. He and his
colleagues are already planning a follow-up study also
involving in vitro fertilization.

The second study involves 150 patients -- all having
serious heart problems, all scheduled for a procedure
called angioplasty, in which doctors thread a catheter up
into a clogged heart artery, open it up, and insert a
little device called a stent to prop it open.

Patients who were prayed for during their procedure had
far fewer complications, reports lead author Mitchell W.
Krucoff, MD, director of the Ischemia Monitoring
Laboratory at Duke University Medical Center and the
Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham,
NC.

His study appears in the current issue of the American
Heart Journal.

Krucoff enrolled 150 patients who were going to have the
stent procedure, and then randomly assigned them to
receive one of five complementary therapies: guided
imagery, stress relaxation, healing touch, or
intercessory 'off site' prayer -- which meant they were
prayed for by others, or to no complementary therapy.

All the complementary therapies -- except off-site prayer
-- were performed at the patient's bedside at least one
hour before the cardiac procedures.

Seven prayer groups of varying denominations around the
world -- Buddhists, Catholics, Moravians, Jews,
fundamentalist Christians, Baptists, and the Unity School
of Christianity -- prayed for specific patients during
their procedures.

Each prayer group was assigned names, ages, and illnesses
of specific patients they were to pray for. None of the
patients, family members, or staff knew who was being
prayed for. None of the patient-prayer group matchings
were based on denomination.

"This was a very rigorously controlled study, just as we
would look at any therapeutic -- a new cardiovascular
drug, a new stent -- and see the results in terms of
patients' outcomes," Krucoff tells WebMD. The goal was to
determine which therapies warranted further study in a
bigger trial.

Those in the "prayed for" group had fewer complications
than any of the patients, including those receiving other
complementary therapies, he says. "Although it's not
statistical proof, it's not certainty, it is suggestive -
- to the point that we've already begun a phase II
trial."

He has already enrolled more than 300 people in a phase
II study.

Why did prayer produce the best outcome? "There are no
satisfactory mechanistic explanations," he says. That's
why studies that measure patients' outcomes are best for
this kind of study, he says. Even if you don't understand
why it's happening, at least you have something to
measure -- how the patient did."

Both studies are "well-controlled," preliminary trials
"providing more evidence that there's something to it
all," says Blair Justice, PhD, professor of psychology
and psychobiologist (mind-body medicine) at the
University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.

Justice, who has followed prayer research for several
decades, reviewed the reports for WebMD.

"Research into prayer has been going on a lot longer than
is reflected in mainstream journals," Justice tells
WebMD. "Since the 1980s, there have been several well-
controlled prospective studies, good evidence that this
wasn't some product of a good imagination."

Some of the studies conducted in Europe involved nonhuman
organisms -- enzyme cells, bacteria, plants, animals --
which could not be affected by other complicating
factors, including faith. Groups were assigned to pray
for their growth; then the prayers were reversed, and
people were praying against growth. Each time, the plants
responded according to the focus of the prayers.

"There seems to be something to it," he says.

While current technology does not allow researchers to
understand the mechanism behind prayer -- what makes it
work -- it's much like gravity and other natural
phenomena that were considered mysterious forces by
earlier cultures, Justice tells WebMD.

"Keppler was accused of being insane when he said tides
were due to the tug of lunar gravity, even Galileo
considered it to be ravings of a lunatic -- until Marconi
proved the theory," he says.

"It's just like anything else, you don't have to believe
in it for prayer to have an effect," says Justice.

Jeanie Lerche Davis

WebMD Correspondent

Jeanie Lerche Davis has been a medical/health care writer
since 1990. In Houston, she wrote for consumers,
patients, nurses, and physicians while at the University
of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and St. Luke's
Episcopal Hospital/Texas Heart Institute. She moved to
Atlanta in early 1996 and was a {*filter*} writer for the
American Cancer Society national office, American Health
Consultants (AIDS Alert newsletter), Emory University
Health Sciences Center, the American Society of Clinical
Oncology, Arthritis Today magazine, the International
Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, and others. She
has been with WebMD since October 1999. Ms. Davis has a
bachelor's degree in English and journalism from Western
Illinois University, with graduate hours from Sangamon
State University in Springfield, Illinois.

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Mon, 26 Apr 2004 10:31:20 GMT
 WebMD - THE POWER OF PRAYER IN MEDICINE
So what is your conclusion, pls give it in points form (too much to
read). Thanks.

Secondly, I have been looking for an effective mind relaxation
technique.  Prayer means that we seems to ask the God to give this and
that.

Is Hypnotheray good - which could replace frequent coffee and tea at
work (through 5 mins of Hopnotherapy or of somesort).

Pls help me,

Quote:

> The Power of Prayer in Medicine

> People Who Are Prayed for Fare Better
> By Jeanie Davis
> WebMD

> Nov. 6, 2001 -- Here's more evidence that -- in medicine,
> as in all of life -- prayer seems to work in mysterious
> ways.

> In one recent study, women at an in vitro fertilization
> clinic had higher pregnancy rates when total strangers
> were praying for them. Another study finds that people
> undergoing risky cardiovascular surgery have fewer
> complications when they are the focus of prayer groups.

> The fertilization study -- conducted at a hospital in
> Seoul, Korea -- found a doubling of the pregnancy rate
> among women who were prayed for, says Rogerio A. Lobo,
> MD, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia
> University School of Medicine in New York City. His study
> appears in the September issue of the Journal of
> Reproductive Health.

> "It's a highly-significant finding," Lobo tells WebMD.
> "I'm first to say we don't know what this means."

> The randomized study involved 199 women who were
> undergoing in vitro fertility treatments at a hospital in
> Seoul, Korea, during 1998 and 1999. All women were
> selected for the study based on their similar age and
> fertility factors, Lobo tells WebMD.

> Half the women were randomly assigned to have one of
> several Christian prayer groups in the U.S., Canada, and
> Australia pray for them. A photograph of each patient was
> given to "her" prayer group. While one set of prayer
> groups prayed directly for the women, a second set of
> prayer groups prayed for the first set, and a third group
> prayed for both groups.

> Neither the women nor their medical caregivers knew about
> the study -- or that anyone was praying for them.

> "We were very careful to control this as rigorously as we
> could," Lobo tells WebMD. "We deliberately set it up in
> an unbiased way." That meant not informing patients they
> were being prayed for, so it would not influence the
> women's outcome. Whether the patients were praying for
> themselves -- or if others were praying for them -- "we
> don't know," he says.

> The women in the "prayed for" group became pregnant twice
> as often as the other women, he says.

> "We were not expecting to find a positive result," says
> Lobo. Researchers have re-analyzed the data several
> times, to detect any discrepancies -- but have been
> unable to find any, he says.

> Lobo admits there may be some "biological variable" that
> they have not discovered, which could account for the
> high success rate among the prayed-for women. He and his
> colleagues are already planning a follow-up study also
> involving in vitro fertilization.

> The second study involves 150 patients -- all having
> serious heart problems, all scheduled for a procedure
> called angioplasty, in which doctors thread a catheter up
> into a clogged heart artery, open it up, and insert a
> little device called a stent to prop it open.

> Patients who were prayed for during their procedure had
> far fewer complications, reports lead author Mitchell W.
> Krucoff, MD, director of the Ischemia Monitoring
> Laboratory at Duke University Medical Center and the
> Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham,
> NC.

> His study appears in the current issue of the American
> Heart Journal.

> Krucoff enrolled 150 patients who were going to have the
> stent procedure, and then randomly assigned them to
> receive one of five complementary therapies: guided
> imagery, stress relaxation, healing touch, or
> intercessory 'off site' prayer -- which meant they were
> prayed for by others, or to no complementary therapy.

> All the complementary therapies -- except off-site prayer
> -- were performed at the patient's bedside at least one
> hour before the cardiac procedures.

> Seven prayer groups of varying denominations around the
> world -- Buddhists, Catholics, Moravians, Jews,
> fundamentalist Christians, Baptists, and the Unity School
> of Christianity -- prayed for specific patients during
> their procedures.

> Each prayer group was assigned names, ages, and illnesses
> of specific patients they were to pray for. None of the
> patients, family members, or staff knew who was being
> prayed for. None of the patient-prayer group matchings
> were based on denomination.

> "This was a very rigorously controlled study, just as we
> would look at any therapeutic -- a new cardiovascular
> drug, a new stent -- and see the results in terms of
> patients' outcomes," Krucoff tells WebMD. The goal was to
> determine which therapies warranted further study in a
> bigger trial.

> Those in the "prayed for" group had fewer complications
> than any of the patients, including those receiving other
> complementary therapies, he says. "Although it's not
> statistical proof, it's not certainty, it is suggestive -
> - to the point that we've already begun a phase II
> trial."

> He has already enrolled more than 300 people in a phase
> II study.

> Why did prayer produce the best outcome? "There are no
> satisfactory mechanistic explanations," he says. That's
> why studies that measure patients' outcomes are best for
> this kind of study, he says. Even if you don't understand
> why it's happening, at least you have something to
> measure -- how the patient did."

> Both studies are "well-controlled," preliminary trials
> "providing more evidence that there's something to it
> all," says Blair Justice, PhD, professor of psychology
> and psychobiologist (mind-body medicine) at the
> University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.

> Justice, who has followed prayer research for several
> decades, reviewed the reports for WebMD.

> "Research into prayer has been going on a lot longer than
> is reflected in mainstream journals," Justice tells
> WebMD. "Since the 1980s, there have been several well-
> controlled prospective studies, good evidence that this
> wasn't some product of a good imagination."

> Some of the studies conducted in Europe involved nonhuman
> organisms -- enzyme cells, bacteria, plants, animals --
> which could not be affected by other complicating
> factors, including faith. Groups were assigned to pray
> for their growth; then the prayers were reversed, and
> people were praying against growth. Each time, the plants
> responded according to the focus of the prayers.

> "There seems to be something to it," he says.

> While current technology does not allow researchers to
> understand the mechanism behind prayer -- what makes it
> work -- it's much like gravity and other natural
> phenomena that were considered mysterious forces by
> earlier cultures, Justice tells WebMD.

> "Keppler was accused of being insane when he said tides
> were due to the tug of lunar gravity, even Galileo
> considered it to be ravings of a lunatic -- until Marconi
> proved the theory," he says.

> "It's just like anything else, you don't have to believe
> in it for prayer to have an effect," says Justice.

> Jeanie Lerche Davis

> WebMD Correspondent

> Jeanie Lerche Davis has been a medical/health care writer
> since 1990. In Houston, she wrote for consumers,
> patients, nurses, and physicians while at the University
> of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and St. Luke's
> Episcopal Hospital/Texas Heart Institute. She moved to
> Atlanta in early 1996 and was a {*filter*} writer for the
> American Cancer Society national office, American Health
> Consultants (AIDS Alert newsletter), Emory University
> Health Sciences Center, the American Society of Clinical
> Oncology, Arthritis Today magazine, the International
> Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, and others. She
> has been with WebMD since October 1999. Ms. Davis has a
> bachelor's degree in English and journalism from Western
> Illinois University, with graduate hours from Sangamon
> State University in Springfield, Illinois.

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> Panchaang for 22 Kartik 5102, Wednesday, November 7, 2001:

> Vrisha Nama Samvatsare Dakshinaya Jivana Ritau
>      Tula Mase Krishna Pakshe Budha Vasara Yuktayam
> Pushya-Ashlesha Nakshatra Shubha-Shukla Yoga
>      Bava-Balava Karana Saptamee-Ashtamee Yam Tithau

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