|"Healing is a movement toward wholeness -
waking up to where you are, being connected to others, and loving.
Spiritual growth in the time of physical collapse is tremendous.
I got that wake up call."
(Readers Digest, May 2001 "Why Doctors Now
Believe Faith Heals" by Lydia Strohl)
Does prayer work? It depends on where your faith lies? Or does
it? According to Larry Dossey, author of "Healing Words", intercession
(praying for someone) can change a variety of physical conditions.
In 1988, a ten month study published by Dr. Randolph Byrd proved the
power of prayer. 393 patients who had been admitted into San Francisco
General Hospital's coronary-care unit were randomly assigned into two
groups. The first names and medical conditions of patients from one
group were given to prayer groups who were instructed to pray for the
patients until he or she was discharged from the hospital. None of the
patients were aware of the study. The prayed-for patients benefitted
significantly in the following areas:
(Readers' Digest, March 1996, pages 116-119)
- They were five times less likely to require antibiotics.
- They were 2½ times less likely to suffer congestive
- They were less likely to suffer cardiac arrest.
(Maclean's Alternative Medicine, September 25, 1995, Volume 108
Larry Dossey reviewed more than 130 studies on prayer, most of them conducted
since the late 1950s. "Experiments with people showed that prayer
positively affected high blood pressure, asthma, heart attacks, headaches
and anxiety." says Dossey.
God Bless You!
|"The same everlasting father who cares for you today
will take care of you tomorrow and everyday. Either He will shield
you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to
bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and
|St. Francis de Sales