Your thought goes a long way

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)

The Human Mind: One of the Best Treatments for Cancer?

“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.”

Seeking a Higher Power–Praying for the Cure

“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.”

German Doctors Advised to Give Out More Placebos

“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.”


  1. Virginia McCullough says

    Thank you, Sue, for sharing your healing. It’s so very encouraging.

  2. Virginia McCullough says

    Thanks for this information. I’m still intrigued with the idea of “informed consent” from a previous blog, and this current blog is adding information. So I’m feeling more confident that my reliance on prayer for healing is based on “informed consent.” Really appreciate the article “The human mind: one of the best treatments for cancer?” I’m so grateful to know because of studying Christian Science that it is the divine Mind, God, that heals and not the human mind all by itself.

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing these articles, Ingrid. In the late 1990’s two doctors diagnosed me as having skin cancer, but instead of medical treatment, I decided to pray for healing.

    I got out my Bible and a book I study with the Bible, called “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy (both books had become dusty from lack of use) and I began to calmly study them again, soaking in the wonderful messages.

    I found such peace of mind and such confidence in God’s love for me!

    In only 4 days the blemish on my back that had been bleeding for 6 months dried up and the skab fell off to reveal fresh new perfect skin. The problem was gone and has not returned.

    I was, and am, so very greatful to have become reacquainted with the healing power of trusting a good and loving God.