Praying for the health of strangers who have undergone heart surgery has no effect, according to the largest scientific study ever commissioned to calculate the healing power of prayer.Maybe that study is solid, but what really has me steamed is the report: "Elective percutaneous coronary intervention immediately impairs resting microvascular perfusion assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging." Read more at their website.
In fact, patients who know they are being prayed for suffer a noticeably higher rate of complications, according to the study, which monitored the recovery of 1,800 patients after heart bypass surgery in the US.
The findings of the decade-long study were due to be published in the American Heart Journal next week, but the journal published the report on its website yesterday as anticipation grew.
Friday, March 31, 2006
Prayer HURTS The Sick
Don't blame me, blame the godless scientists who conducted the largest study ever on the effects of prayer on healing. Per the Times of London: