Remote healing of heart diseases

The experimenters were given the names of the patients, together with information on the type of their heart disease, and were asked to pray for them every day. They received no further information. Since every experimenter could pray for several patients, every patient had five to seven people who were praying for them. The results were statistically significant. It was found that the group that was being prayed for needed only one fifth of the antibiotics in comparison to the control group (three compared to sixteen patients); suffered three times less from lung oedema (three compared to eighteen patients) and in no single case required artificial respiration (while this had to be applied to twelve patients in the control group).

There were correspondingly fewer fatalities in the "prayer group" than in the control group, although this result was not statistically significant. Neither the distance between the patients and those who were praying for them, nor the type of prayer made any difference to the results. The decisive factor was concentrated and repeated praying, irrespective of to whom the prayers were directed and where the prayers were held.