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  •  Sometimes, you light a candle (6+ / 0-)

    but they are too sick, and it doesn't work out.

    Mostly, though -- and apologies to everyone -- I think that praying and lighting candles is less effective than science and penicillin and, y'know, modern medicine.

    Best of all? Everything at once: penicillin and surgery and prayer and smudging.

    Even if the prayer and smudging only make the sick person more confident, well...has no one ever heard of the placebo effect?

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:00:10 AM PDT

    •  If I Had To Pick A Faith I'd Be A Buddist (4+ / 0-)

      I don't discount happy thoughts. Or call it prayer. I embrace the idea. I call it PMA. Positive Mental Attitude. Happy thoughts are a good thing. My mom is 67. Had surgery last week. I can assure you I had a lot of "happy" thoughts for her.

      I just didn't ask God for help.

    •  one of the worst injuries I've ever had (2+ / 0-)
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      was cured in a Baptist 'laying on hands' situation, and I hate that I can't explain it, I hate that now it is something of an anomaly in the context of my current disbelief.

      Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

      by postmodernista on Fri May 10, 2013 at 02:10:22 AM PDT

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      •  One of the most curious remedies (1+ / 0-)
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        is the effect that the mind has on the body. Mental attitude has been demonstrated (placebo effect, for example) to go a long way towards healing (especially pain issues). A person doesn't really completely know what is going on in his/her mind (the subconscious always comes into play). In some cases even when a person knows that he/she is receiving a placebo, the placebo effect surfaces. Unless you grew a new limb or something, I suspect that your recovery was due to positive thinking. If you were under medical care at the time, your improvement could just be a matter of coincidental timing.

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