Today’s News & Culture update: A look at the power of thought and prayer in treating cancer, as well as the ethical side of placebo treatment. Below are excerpts with links to read the full articles. These ideas/findings are significant and point to the changes taking place regarding healthcare.
I think it’s also heartening to take it a step beyond the human mind with the knowledge that there is one infinite, divine Mind controlling our thought and action and that “The human thought must free itself from self-imposed materiality and bondage” since ultimately “mortal mind so-called is not a healer, but causes the belief in disease” (see Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 191 and 482)
“After many grueling hours of treatment, numerous trips to the doctor’s office, and thousands of dollars spent on medication, many patients are still left battling for their lives. So what else can they do? Where else can they look? The answer might be closer than you think. In our haste to find a miracle cure for cancer, we often overlook one of the most powerful treatments for this disease – the human mind. A growing body of research demonstrates that the mind and body are closely intertwined. Our attitudes, thoughts, beliefs and emotions play a significant role in our health and well-being.”
“Prayer changes things, physically and tangibley as well as bringing hope in believing that change will come,” said the Rev. Linda Butler, who helped found Pray for Cure.
“Prayer is not just in the mind. Prayer has a physiological effect on individuals.”
“After completing a major study on the use of placebos, the German Medical Association recently concluded the fake pills sometimes work better than real medicines and recommended that doctors give them out more often _ even without explicitly telling their patients.
That is in stark contrast to guidance from American and British authorities, who say using placebos without the patient’s consent is unethical.”