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What are documented benefits of prayer?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: See cite
Please read: http://stason.
Org/tularc/health/alternative-medicine/prayer-health-benefits.Html. Although the controls may not be as rigorous for studies involving prayer, they are none-the-less encouraging. The article cited above refers to studies regarding patients with cardiac problems as well as aids. It dicusses both personal & distance prayers.

In brief: See cite
Please read: http://stason.
Org/tularc/health/alternative-medicine/prayer-health-benefits.Html. Although the controls may not be as rigorous for studies involving prayer, they are none-the-less encouraging. The article cited above refers to studies regarding patients with cardiac problems as well as aids. It dicusses both personal & distance prayers.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Abby Caplin
Thanka, Dr. Fowler!
Dr. Abby Caplin
Thanks! :)
Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends how you mean
Two sides to this.
1) Causality in prayer by its very nature is unprovable and therefore not documentable. Faith = belief w/o proof. 2) Prayer fulfils an emotional need for some people. The psychological benefits of prayer have been scientifically documented. Whether the object of prayer is real or not is immaterial. It's the act of prayer that effects the psychological benefits.

In brief: Depends how you mean
Two sides to this.
1) Causality in prayer by its very nature is unprovable and therefore not documentable. Faith = belief w/o proof. 2) Prayer fulfils an emotional need for some people. The psychological benefits of prayer have been scientifically documented. Whether the object of prayer is real or not is immaterial. It's the act of prayer that effects the psychological benefits.
Dr. Mark Fisher
Dr. Mark Fisher
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