Prayer: “The Most Widespread Alt Therapy in America”

Prayer brings better health

(VIRGINIA DAWKINS, THE MERIDIAN STAR) “If you want to achieve maximum health, here are a few things that you should do,” writes Richard Schiffman. “Exercise regularly, eat nutritious and minimally processed food, drop those extra pounds and pray regularly.”

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Yes, pray regularly. Numerous scientific studies show that prayer is the most widespread alternative therapy in America today. According to a University of Rochester study, more than 85 percent of people confronting a major illness pray.

High stress is a risk factor for disease, and there is increasing evidence that prayer alleviates stress levels. The word cancer has a way of bringing instant stress into my life.

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I have waited in doctors’ offices more than once and heard that diagnosis regarding myself or a loved-one. During those times, my stress was lessened greatly by words of faith spoken by doctors or other medical people who believe in prayer.

My husband and I will never forget when we heard the devastating words, “Mrs. Dawkins, your tests show that the lesion on your eye is malignant melanoma.”

The surgeon explained that he could remove it, but there was a risk that surgery could damage my eye. Moreover, he advised that I should have other tests done to determine if melanoma had invaded other parts of my body.

In the midst of my fear, I had said, “We want you to schedule the surgery, and we will pray that God will bless the work of your hands.” To this he replied, “Please do, I never perform surgery without praying first. There is someone Greater than me up there … ” READ THE FULL STORY IN THE MERIDIAN STAR