Praying for patients undergoing heart operations does not improve their outcomes, a US study suggests.
A study found those who were prayed for were as likely to have a setback in hospital, be re-admitted, or die within six months as those not prayed for…
Heart experts said patients could benefit from feeling more optimistic.
That's right, a positive mental attitude really does seem to help you get better—unlike being prayed for against your knowledge. (For positive mental attitude, read placebo.)
Therapies such as prayer and homeopathy are widely used, although past studies looking at the impact of care on patients' health have had mixed results.
Prayer, homeopathy, faith healing, acupuncture, that weird shit they do by rubbing your feet, crystal healing, tai chi, blahdy-blahdy-blah…
All of them placebos.
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