• If the reported reductions in swollen joints (objective), not merely pain/tenderness and fatigue (subjective), are genuine, Matthews' data would suggest the possibility (though he does not) of a "mind-body" phenomenon operating independent of the scientifically established inflammatory mechanisms that are measured by objective blood analysis, or perhaps even the existence of a god who answers in-person intercessory prayers. (gpposner.com)
  • Almost all second- and third-party studies have focused on intercessory prayers or direct petitions to God, while first-person studies have measured meditative prayers as well. (wikipedia.org)
  • Reading reports of their encounters with Africa's people, one often senses that nobody in their homelands thought to tell them that Africa was home to indigenous religions. (gutenberg-e.org)
  • Its wide range of topics explores therapies most commonly seen in the U.S., such as energy medicine, mind-body therapies, and reflexology along with traditional medicine and practices from around the world. (elsevier.com)
  • I also feel that when you want to treat your dying child using prayer, versus effective and proven therapies, it's the point where the courts and medical professionals need to step in. (fark.com)
  • Women who are recovering from breast cancer turn in great numbers to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. (emaxhealth.com)
  • They found that in the five years before diagnosis, more than 20 percent of the women used CAM therapies at least weekly, including green tea, omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, prayer, and religion. (emaxhealth.com)
  • These critics view the Church's opposition to abortion and contraception as incompatible with modern medical ethics, and they are suspicious of its enthusiasm for alternative or relatively untested therapies such as prayer and fasting. (balkaninsight.com)
  • My 1998 Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine article about Matthews' study-in-progress concentrated on media coverage that the research was receiving even as the data were still being collected. (gpposner.com)
  • He is the author of The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer (Viking, 1998). (continuingeducation.net)
  • The shaman was the ranking medicine man, the ceremonial fetishman, and the focus personality for all the practices of evolutionary religion. (ulc.net)
  • In approaching the topic of medieval medicine, therefore, I have opted to follow the same path: a general introduction to medical practices in the Middle Ages accompanied by a bit of myth-breaking. (strangehorizons.com)
  • Some have reported null results , some have reported correlations between prayer and health, and some have reported contradictory results in which beneficiaries of prayer had worsened health outcomes. (wikipedia.org)
  • Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies Journal of Religion and Society http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2005/2005-11.html [Creighton is a Roman Catholic Jesuit university, founded in Omaha in 1878. (extropy.org)
  • Since in olden times anything abnormal was ascribed to spirit possession, any striking mental or physical abnormality constituted qualification for being a medicine man. (ulc.net)
  • In general, the requested outcome for a prayer as petition may be either an event in the physical world, e.g. the recovery of a person from an ailment, or an event in the spiritual world, e.g., the repose of a soul via a prayer for the dead. (wikipedia.org)
  • The studies cited here have also generally not measured physical parameters, such as "proximity to the nearest place of common worship", e.g., does a prayer by a Christian within a church have more effect than outside a church? (wikipedia.org)
  • This article reviews the empirical research on prayer and health and offers a research agenda to guide future studies. (springer.com)
  • Dr. Fred Rosner, an authority on Jewish medical ethics, and others have expressed doubt that prayer could ever be subject to empirical analysis. (wikipedia.org)
  • Religious cognitions and use of prayer in health and illness. (springer.com)
  • It examines Canadian tenets of neutrality and consequently secularism, questioning what each looks like (or could look like) and whether they require public spaces to be religion-free in order to hold true, or whether they can be inclusive to both religious and worldviews of non-belief in these public spaces (i. e. council meetings in this context). (blogspot.com)
  • Most previous prayer studies had endeavored to delineate the possible clinical benefits of religious faith and personal prayer versus intercessory prayer. (gpposner.com)
  • It is recognized by now that religious people generally enjoy more quality of life, live more healthily and longer and tend less to depression and suicide provided that it is a religion which emphasizes positive human values like love, justice, welfare, freedom, etc. (unexplained-mysteries.com)
  • Though many people practice prayer and believe it affects their health, scientific evidence is limited. (springer.com)
  • Gifford, Edward W, Clear Lake Pomo Society, 1926, published by University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology 18:2 pages 353-363 "Secret Society Members" (Describes E.M. Loeb 1925 investigation of the Clear Lake Pomo's practice of the Guksu religion. (wikipedia.org)
  • A new breed of Romanian doctors wants to place faith at the heart of their practice, alarming those who believe religion and medicine do not mix. (balkaninsight.com)
  • Recent medical studies on prayer have generally shown mixed results when it comes to healing from illnesses. (wikipedia.org)
  • Generally, it is acknowledged that religions regulate the feelings of the people and therefore have an effect on the immune system and the psyche. (unexplained-mysteries.com)
  • According to Farr A. Curlin, co-director of the Program on Medicine and Religion, shared prayer between a patient and a physician is not a clinical intervention or a medical technique. (ebscohost.com)
  • The studies have also not measured whether meditation prior to prayer affects the outcome. (wikipedia.org)
  • As Bryon Grigsby describes it, this sort of thinking leads us "to see medieval medicine as a precursor or primitive form of twentieth-century medicine. (strangehorizons.com)
  • What we need to understand, what we must understand, is that medieval medicine was a vibrant, complex, learned system that makes complete sense when viewed on its own terms. (strangehorizons.com)
  • According to associate professor Farr Curlin, it is a first step in which people will learn to deal religion broadly with medical education and profession. (ebscohost.com)
  • The author of the Book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) highly respected the medical profession, even at a time (second century B.C.) when medicine was in its infancy. (mentalhealth.com)
  • As the profession developed, a novice was required to serve an apprenticeship of ten years of hardship and self-denial to qualify as a medicine man. (ulc.net)
  • This has alarmed many in the medical profession who believe religion and medicine should not mix. (balkaninsight.com)
  • and as ritual became more complex in response to man's increasingly complex concept of the supermaterial realms, it was inevitably dominated by medicine men, shamans, and priests. (ulc.net)
  • Some of the later tribes had both the earlier shaman-medicine men (seers) and the later appearing shaman-priests. (ulc.net)
  • If you've been told that you have an incurable illness, and that prayer will help --- think again. (healthwatcher.net)
  • He conducts research and lectures nationally and internationally on the doctor-patient relationship and the psychological and spiritual dimensions of medicine, including the role of faith, religion, and prayer in clinical care and healing. (continuingeducation.net)
  • In the same year, he was named as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University School of Medicine. (continuingeducation.net)
  • Not to mention the deaths of kids treated with faith instead of science-based medicine. (nationalgeographic.com)
  • Jerry Coyne, author of Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible was in high school listening to the Beatles' Sgt. (nationalgeographic.com)
  • They have great faith in prayer for healing, but somehow feel that medicine and prayer are opposed. (mentalhealth.com)
  • His musings on what successful and unsuccessful surgical results imply about God, faith, and prayer are honest, moving, and inspiring. (christianbook.com)
  • Carl Worthington, 28, and his wife, Raylene, 25, belong to a church that believes in faith healing, and police said that, instead of going to a doctor when their 15-month-old daughter Ava got sick, they turned to prayer. (go.com)
  • Some readers of this blog may be under the impression that my personal opinions represent the official position of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the University of Toronto, the Faculty of Medicine, or the Department of Biochemistry. (blogspot.com)
  • If religion has receded in some western nations, what is the impact of this unprecedented transformation upon their populations? (extropy.org)
  • Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 42 , 377-391. (springer.com)
  • New program will study the role of religion in practicing medicine. (ebscohost.com)
  • A 1997 study by O'Laoire measured the effects on the agents performing daily prayers and reported benefits not only for the beneficiaries, but also for the agents, and the benefit levels correlated with the belief levels of agents and beneficiaries in some cases. (wikipedia.org)
  • Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 33 (4), 362-375. (springermedizin.de)
  • Among the small group assisting with the catering are a pharmacy student and Ciprian's younger sister, who hopes to study medicine herself. (balkaninsight.com)
  • Rehabilitation Medicine: The patient has severe contractures. (healthwatcher.net)
  • Each chapter focuses on a specific case, opening with a detailed description of the patient s diagnosis and the procedure that will need to be performed, followed by the prayer request. (christianbook.com)
  • The article reports on the launch of a new program regarding the role of religion in practicing medicine, by the University Of Chicago School Of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, trusted by the John Templeton Foundation. (ebscohost.com)
  • The paper, published in the Journal of Religion and Society, a US academic journal, reports: 'Many Americans agree that their churchgoing nation is an exceptional, God-blessed, shining city on the hill that stands as an impressive example for an increasingly sceptical world. (extropy.org)
  • Concerns are raised and finally, solutions that may be more neutral and that equally do justice to both freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are considered. (blogspot.com)
  • Dec. 10, 2008 -- A Clackamas County, Ore., couple accused of letting their infant daughter die by relying on prayer, rather than medicine, today asked that the charges be dropped, arguing that they infringe on their freedom of religion and their right to raise their children in their own way. (go.com)