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Decades ago there was a study on prayers and how people heal faster who are being prayed for

There was another one done a few years later about monks who prayed for people who didn't know they were being prayed for and those patients healed quicker as well.

Does anyone know where to find these two studies? I am doing a research paper and need information on the opposing side that says prayers do heal.

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:18 AM on Sep. 30, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • This is what I found.  It was the largest study done on the subject.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:40 AM on Sep. 30, 2009

  • OK thanks, that doesn't really give me the opposing views and narrows it down to one medical problem.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:55 AM on Sep. 30, 2009

  • Praying on another person's behalf to improve their health is called "intercessory prayer." And, believe it or not, researchers have attempted to scientifically study its effects on health and recovery from disease. The results are intriguing:

    A 1988 study found that when patients in the hospital with heart disease had prayers said for them, they had less breathing trouble and required less antibiotic therapy than otherwise similar patients for whom prayers were not said.
    A study published in 1998 suggested that prayer improved the health of AIDS patients. Although those receiving prayers had no change in an important measure of immune function over the six months of the study, they did have fewer serious illnesses, fewer doctor visits and better mood than those who were not prayed for.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:58 AM on Sep. 30, 2009

  • In 1999, patients in a Missouri intensive care unit recovered faster after prayers were said for them compared with those who did not have prayers said. This study was unique due to its size—nearly 1,000 patients—and neither the patients nor their doctors knew which patients had prayers said for them.
    A 2001 study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine supported intercessory prayer for women who were infertile. In that study, women for whom others prayed became pregnant twice as often as those who were not the recipients of prayer.
    Skeptics criticize these studies, suggesting that the study designs were flawed or that something other than prayer could explain the findings.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:58 AM on Sep. 30, 2009

  • that 1999 seems like something I can use, I just need to find out the name of the study and get more info on it. Can anyone help?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:00 AM on Sep. 30, 2009

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