No Shit

March 31, 2006

Here’s one for all of you out there who still believe in the Easter Bunny and Jesus. Science wins again.

Prayer ‘no aid to heart patients’

Praying for patients undergoing heart operations does not improve their outcomes, a US study suggests.

A study found those who were prayed for were as likely to have a setback in hospital, be re-admitted, or die within six months as those not prayed for.

The Duke University Medical Center study of 700 patients, in the Lancet, said music, image and touch therapy did appear to reduce patients’ distress.

Heart experts said patients could benefit from feeling more optimistic.

Therapies such as prayer and homeopathy are widely used, although past studies looking at the impact of care on patients’ health have had mixed results.

The results of this study contradict earlier findings from the same team which suggested a drop of a quarter or more in “adverse outcomes” – including death, heart failure or heart attack.

However, that trial involved only 150 patients. Other research since has found no evidence of any benefits.

2 Responses to “No Shit”

  1. DBW Says:

    When will all of you learn? The way to peace, happiness, and eternal health is through the All Mighty Xenu. No “prayer” is required, just believe in him and He shall believe in you.

    Viva Xenu!

    Sam – Born Again Scientologist

  2. Drew Says:

    Jesus, no!

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