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Doctor insights on: Catholic Prayer Request

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What are documented benefits of prayer?

A personal matter: Prayer can make you feel good inside. It is useful for believers as it allows for an external comfort for ones problems. Tests of prayer for specific outcomes have never proven better than random. So it is not used medically but can be used personally. ...Read more

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I have a prayer clavus ?

I have a prayer clavus ?

Prayer Clavus: Assume that you have thickened skin on your forehead as the result of pressure from your hands while in prayer. Does it cause pain? Is it ulcerated? What is your specific question? Please clarify and re-ask. Take care. ...Read more

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What are health benefits of prayer?

A personal matter: Prayer can make you feel good inside. It is useful for believers as it allows for an external comfort for ones problems. Tests of prayer for specific outcomes have never proven better than random. So it is not used medically but can be used personally. ...Read more

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Does prayer work for everything?

Does prayer work for everything?

Work for everything?: "prayer" has intrigued scientists for years. Here's a link on this: http://www.Newsmax.Com/newsfront/scientific-benefits-prayer-works/2011/12/20/id/421663 there are scientific benefits of meditation, focusing, and even prayer apart from any specific religious doctrine. In addition, a sense of meaning, purpose, faith, and inspiration contributes a unique type of happiness to a person's life. ...Read more

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Prayers help to improve health ?

Prayers help to improve health ?

YES!: There are 2 ways prayers may improve health- for the person praying and for others one prays for. There is research that supports the benefits in both of these situations. See http://health.Howstuffworks.Com/wellness/natural-medicine/alternative/prayer-healing.Htm for a good discussion of the research. While there are many positive studies, as often is the case, some of the studies are negative. ...Read more

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How can prayer help me as a caregiver?

How can prayer help me as a caregiver?

Absolutely: A recent conchrane reveiw on prayer andsurgery failed to conclude that prayer can improve medical outcomes, however, there is evidence that it can affect you as a care giver and the relationship you have with patients. Read the article in the american journal of surgery march 2011 on this topic (there is a link on my profile). ...Read more

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Believe in power of prayer. Will it work for dealing with loss?

Yes: Grieving has been a part of life since the begining of time. All religions have developed strategies for dealing with loss. The process of connecting to a higher power and more importantly to reconnect with those who are still alive are a part of most religious ceremonies. But if grief becomes immobilizing and prolonged seek professional help. ...Read more

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Health issues worse as I age. I'm really scared and have lost hope. Prayers or medications?

Health issues worse as I age. I'm really scared and have lost hope. Prayers or medications?

Both: Faith is powerful it may help you heal, you should not lose hope ;you should also continue taking the medications prescribed to you unless your doctor tell you otherwise. ...Read more

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Is szhizoprenic can still work? Is it going to get worse over time. Can prayer of the patient alleviate a bit the symptom?

Is szhizoprenic can still work? Is it going to get worse over time. Can prayer of the patient alleviate a bit the symptom?

Comfort & hope: I agree with dr. Popolow. Prayer helps to bring balance between our spiritual, physical and emotional needs. It can bring comfort & hope when life is seemingly out of control.I listed a site regarding benefits of prayer: http://stason.Org/tularc/health/alternative-medicine/prayer-health-benefits.Html take care. ...Read more

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I've got a few mental issues but it's not too bad. Sometimes, it gets worse but i can overcome it with prayer. What do I do?

Your faith and : Spirituality can be a major benefit when dealing with mental health issues. Be aware that we have many ways to deal with our challenges. Mental health providers and physicians are one of those avenues. ...Read more

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