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      06-04-2012, 06:22 PM   #25
MiddleAgedAl
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Originally Posted by E90SoFlo View Post
•ou would have more coincidences if you prayed..

(if you want to say something negative about this you better post proof)
Proof?

First, I will assume that you believe that researchers from esteemed institutions such as Harvard University and the Mayo clinic to be at least as reputable as the authors of a book written back during the bronze age, when most people could literally not offer a scientifically correct explanation for where the sun went at night.

http://www.healthylivingnyc.com/article/236

The belief that praying for others will impact medical outcomes can be seen weekly in religious services around the country. How many readers have lit a candle seeking divine intercession?

Researchers including the Director of Harvardís Mind/Body Institute and the Director Mayo Clinicís chaplain service set out to test these beliefs empirically.

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Surprisingly, the study found no difference in the rate of serious complications from the surgery between the first two groups. Even more surprising, the six-hospital study of 1,800 patients found that the group who knew they were going to receive prayers on their behalf experienced a significantly higher rate of complications (59% compared to 52% in the other two groups).
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