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Prayer as Medicine for the Sick

April 23, 2012

[The Huffington Post –] by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

In 1988 a doctor named Randolph Byrd conducted a study to determine whether or not intercessory prayers on behalf of other people were effective.

The findings were amazing. The patients who were not prayed for were nearly twice as likely to suffer complications than patients who were prayed for (Dale A. Matthews, M.D., and Connie Clark, “The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer,” New York: Penguin, 1999, p.199-200). The study seems to indicate that prayers, even by a stranger for a stranger, can help in fighting disease.  Read story»

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