The Daily Mail reports:
…The study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, said : ‘Our work suggests that people with a moderate to high level of belief in a higher power do significantly better in short-term psychiatric treatment than those without, regardless of their religious affiliation.
Belief was associated with not only improved psychological wellbeing, but a decrease in depression and intention to self-harm, explained David Rosmarin, McLean Hospital clinician and instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical…
…Research at San Francisco General Hospital monitored the effects of prayer on 393 cardiac patients.
Patients were asked if they wanted to take part in the trial but were not told whether they would be the subject of prayers.
Half were prayed for by a group of strangers who only had the patients’ names.
Those who were prayed for had fewer complications, fewer cases of pneumonia and needed less drug treatment.
They also improved more quickly and were able to leave hospital earlier.
A separate study, at Columbia University in New York, asked people in Australia, the U.S. and Canada to pray for named people undergoing IVF treatment in Korea.
Of the group in Korea, half had prayers said about them by the foreign strangers.
Among this half, the success rate for implantation of the embryo in the womb went up from 8 per cent to 16 per cent.
Cases of successful conception – where the fetus started developing – went up from 25 to 50 per cent.
Looks like atheism may be bad for your health.
The mind-body connection is far more important than our determinist materialist science has led us to believe. I also think this is why marijuana is able to create such a miraculous improvement over such a wide range of conditions. The drug changes people’s mindsets, and that change in mindset helps amplify the physical healing properties of the drug itself. Belief can manifest reality, as these studies prove. Consciousness is primary. It is necessary for matter to exist. It makes sense that consciousness should also be able to alter the physical systems of matter that it creates.
Slightly related to this topic, I just watched a fascinating video on the mind-brain connection. The hard problem of consciousness is intractable in a materialist determinist model. It is simply impossible to account for experiential awareness by studying the physical properties of matter. This logical problem of producing consciousness from inanimate matter is called the problem of strong emergence. Quantum physics also has a problem of explaining how matter can exist in a measurable state without conscious observation. This problem is called the Quantum Mind-Body problem.
In an attempt to solve these issues, some researchers have begun developing theories of consciousness that are non-local to the brain. Where the brain acts as a receiver and processor of consciousness, much like your radio receives and processes radio signals. This video presentation by Robert and Suzanne Mays is one of the best models I’ve seen put forth so far.
Presented at the IANDS 2011 Conference, Sept. 2-4, in Durham, NC
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