Idea man 2007-09-19 20:47:39
You may have heard it all before, but these are some studies regarding the
effects of prayer on various aliments and disease. I am not posting this to
be offensive. Please ignore the studies below if you are have no interest. I
do post this however, because I know each and every sufferer goes to sleep
at night hoping when they wake up in the morning, they will have some
improvement. That sucks to say the least, eh guys! Anyhow, knowing this, I
offer another consideration for some. When I can, I prefer to post different
option’s for my fellow suffering bro’s that may or may not help. Being a
non-denominational Christian myself, I found the studies interesting.
Personally, it’s been prayer and support from family and friends which have
helped me the most in dealing with this wretched, torturous, ailment, an
ailment which is we all know is incredibly difficult to treat.
“J Reprod Med 2001 Sep;46(9):781-7 Related Articles, Books
Does prayer influence the success of in vitro fertilization-embryo
transfer? Report of a masked, randomized trial.
Cha KY, Wirth DP, Lobo RA.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York
Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Center, New York, New York,
OBJECTIVE: To assess the potential effect of intercessory prayer (IP) on
pregnancy rates in women being treated with in vitro
fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET).
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, double-blind, randomized clinical trial in
which patients and providers were not informed about the intervention.
Statisticians andinvestigators were masked until all the data had been
collected and clinical outcomes were known. The setting was an IVF-ET
program at Cha Hospital, Seoul, Korea. IP was carried out by prayer
groups in the United States, Canada and Australia. The investigators
were at a tertiary medical center in the United States. The patients
were 219 women aged 26-46 years who were consecutively treated
with IVF-ET over a four-month period.
Randomization was performed after stratification of variables in two
groups: distant IP vs. no IP. The clinical pregnancy rates in the two
groups were the main outcome measure. RESULTS: After clinical
pregnancies were known, the data were unmasked to assess the effects of
IP after assessment of multiple comparisons in a log-linear model. The
IP group had a higher pregnancy rate as compared to the no-IP rate (50%
vs. 26%, P = .0013). The IP group showed a higher implantation rate
(16.3% vs. 8%, P = .0005). Observed effects were independent of clinical
or laboratory providers and clinical variables.
CONCLUSION: A statistically significant difference was observed for the
effect of IP, ( prayer )
on the outcome of IVF-ET, though the data should be interpreted as
PMID: 11584476 [PubMed – in process]”
Oncol Nurs Forum. 2003 Jul-Aug;30(4):593-8. Related Articles, Links
Spirituality and life-threatening illness: a phenomenologic study.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, USA.
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine the lived experience of individuals when
confronted with a life-threatening disease. RESEARCH APPROACH: Qualitative,
phenomenologic using Giorgi’s approach. Setting: Patients’ homes in the
Midwest. PARTICIPANTS: Five women and two men, aged 44-74 years, who had a
variety of diagnoses, including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, PROSTATE
cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, and myocardial infarction. METHODOLOGIC
APPROACH: Subjects were recruited through flyers posted at support groups
and religious establishments and by word of mouth. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES:
Willingness to volunteer to share their stories. FINDINGS: Participants
described how their spirituality provided comfort throughout their journey,
strength in facing the life-threatening illness, many blessings despite the
hardship of the illness, and trust in a higher power to see them through the
journey. All participants described a sense of meaning in their lives
throughout their experience. CONCLUSIONS: Spirituality greatly affected
patients’ journeys through a life-threatening illness and provided a sense
of meaning despite the illness. INTERPRETATION: Nurses need to acknowledge
patients’ spirituality and, in turn, assist patients in meeting their
spiritual needs. By understanding the study participants’ experiences,
nurses can better support their patients, provide time and space for
spiritual practices, and honor patients’ spiritual journeys.
PMID: 12861320 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
The results of prayer on rheumatoid arthritis:
South Med J. 2000 Dec;93(12):1177-86. Related Articles, Links
Effects of intercessory prayer on patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Matthews DA, Marlowe SM, MacNutt FS.
Arthritis/Pain Treatment Center, Clearwater, Fla, USA.
BACKGROUND: Many individuals pray during times of illness, but the clinical
effects of prayer are not well-understood. METHODS: We prospectively studied
a cohort of 40 patients (mean age, 62 years; 100% white; 82% women) at a
private rheumatology practice. All had class II or III rheumatoid arthritis
and took stable doses of antirheumatic medications. All received a 3-day
intervention, including 6 hours of education and 6 hours of direct-contact
intercessory prayer. Nineteen randomly selected sample patients had 6 months
of daily, supplemental intercessory prayer by individuals located elsewhere.
Ten arthritis-specific outcome variables were measured at baseline and at
3-month intervals for 1 year. RESULTS: Patients receiving in-person
intercessory prayer showed significant overall improvement during 1-year
follow-up. No additional effects from supplemental, distant intercessory
prayer were found. CONCLUSIONS: In-person intercessory prayer may be a
useful adjunct to standard medical care for certain patients with rheumatoid
arthritis. Supplemental, distant intercessory prayer offers no additional
Randomized Controlled Trial
PMID: 11142453 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]