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Friday, July 13, 2018

Can Prayers Make You Live Longer?

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The innovations and great leaps in the field of medicine made human lifespan longer through the years. Thanks to these advances, patients can be cured of many diseases that in the past, claimed countless lives. Other than these advances a strange force can somehow make someone live longer who is suffering from a disease; The power of prayers.

Can Prayers Make You Live Longer?

Science even confirmed that faith and positive thinking can make someone live longer and even survive a deadly disease, even cancer.

The research that proved the power of prayers and positive thinking became well documented in the late 90's. Carl Sagan's thought-provoking book named Demon-Haunted World featured the research. It was conducted by Standford University psychiatrists.

Stanford University psychiatrists divided eighty-six women with metastatic breast cancer into two groups - one in which they were encouraged to examine their fears of dying and to take charge of their lives, and the other given no special psychiatric support. To the surprise of the researchers, not only did the support group experience less pain, but they also lived, on average, eighteen months longer.  -Carl Sagan

Scientists are known critics of faith healing. But it is also interesting to consider the power of prayers and how it might help patients to cope with their diseases up to their recovery. Indeed, the corporate scientific approach in medicine involving synthetic substances works for sick people. Doctors should also cheer up sick people for their faster recovery because the patient's belief is essential for his/her recuperation too(simply put, a spiritual placebo effect).

Written by John Malapad, Lucis Philippines contributor.

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