THE POWER OF PRAYER: More Evidence

Clinical studies continue to show prayer heals. Dr. Larry Dossey revealed the results of a second phase study at Duke University on the power of prayer.

The MANTRA project at Duke is headed up by cardiologist Dr. Mitchell Krucoff and nurse practitioner, Susan Craven. The results show that heart patients who receive prayer have 50 percent to 100 percent fewer side effects than those patients not prayed for.

If patients agreed to be part of the study they were randomized and the “prayer” patients’ names went to prayer groups around the world. First names only were sent via e-mail to Buddhist groups in Nepal, Hindus in India and Jewish groups in Jerusalem. Catholic nuns, Unity Village Missouri and Protestants in North Carolina also participated.

The full report on the study will be published in an upcoming issue of the American Journal of Cardiology, according to Dossey. It will be the first time a heart journal has published a study on the effects of “distance” prayer.

Dossey also noted hundreds of other studies on the power of prayer that, until now, have been mostly ignored by the allopathic, or traditional medical community. However based on the Duke study Dossey concluded, “There’s no going back. This is a huge transition in medicine. Medicine will not be able to retreat from the impact.”

Annual conference of ISSSEEM (The International Association for the study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine) Boulder, CO June 16, 2001

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