RE: virus: "... faith is one of the world's great evils"

Wade T.Smith (
Wed, 12 Mar 97 08:27:32 -0500

>However, the act of prayer as placebo and comforter, and such comfort
>producing palliative effects _has_ been shown.

And unless it was clear let me add that these effects are found on the
practitioners who are patients or sufferers.

'Prayer' is also a loose term, and can be anything repetitive and
soothing, like 'om', or reciting a favorite poem, or contemplating a
scenic landscape.

This is Herbert Benson's 'relaxation response' and he is the leading
clinical experimenter in these areas.

Wade T. Smith | 'If it ain't broke, | no-one's used it yet.'
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