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    I m forwarding this as more evidence that thoughts can change things, Cheers, Dave Haith ... From: NHNE To: *News List
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      I'm forwarding this as more evidence that thoughts can change things,
      Cheers, Dave Haith
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      Subject: [nhnenews] Prayer Doubles Success of In Vitro Fertilization

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      > Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons/EurekAlert!
      > 28-Sep-2001
      > http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2001-09/cuco-pmi092801.php
      > New York, NY - Prayer seems to almost double the success rate of in vitro
      > fertilization procedures that lead to pregnancy, according to surprising
      > results from a study carefully designed to eliminate bias.
      > The controversial findings, published in the September issue of the
      > of Reproductive Medicine, reveal that a group of women who had people
      > praying for them had a 50 percent pregnancy rate compared to a 26 percent
      > rate in the group of women who did not have people praying for them. None
      > the women undergoing the IVF procedures knew about the praying.
      > The researchers acknowledge the results seem incredible and say unknown
      > biological factors may be playing a role in the difference between the two
      > groups. But they decided to go public with the results in the hope that
      > other scientists may carry out studies to determine if the findings are
      > reproducible and, if so, what factors might be responsible for the
      > success rate in the group of women who had people praying for them.
      > "We could have ignored the findings, but that would not help to advance
      > field," says Dr. Rogerio Lobo, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology
      > (OB/GYN) at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and lead
      > author of the study.
      > "We are putting the results out there hoping to provoke discussion and see
      > if anything can be learned from it. We would like to understand the
      > biological or other phenomena that led to this almost doubling of the
      > pregnancy rate."
      > The study, which had several safeguards in place to eliminate bias,
      > 199 women planning in vitro fertilization and embryo transfers at the Cha
      > Hospital in Seoul, Korea, between December 1998 and March 1999. A
      > statistician randomly assigned the prospective mothers to either a prayer
      > group (100 women) or a non-prayer group (99). Besides the women, the
      > physicians and medical personnel caring for the women did not know a study
      > of prayer was ongoing.
      > The people praying for the women lived in the United States, Canada, and
      > Australia and were incapable of knowing or contacting the women undergoing
      > the procedures. Which women were in which group was not revealed until the
      > pregnancy data became available at the completion of the study. The people
      > praying were from Christian denominations and were separated into three
      > groups. One group received pictures of the women and prayed for an
      > in their pregnancy rate. Another group prayed to improve the effectiveness
      > of the first group. A third group prayed for the two other groups.
      > evidence from other prayer research has found this method to be most
      > effective. The three groups began to pray within five days of the initial
      > hormone treatment that stimulates egg development and continued to pray
      > three weeks.
      > Besides finding a higher pregnancy rate among the women who had a group
      > praying for them, the researchers found older women seemed to benefit more
      > from prayer. For women between 30 and 39, the pregnancy rate for the
      > group was 51 percent, compared with 23 percent for the non-prayer group.
      > The researchers analyzed their data several ways to see if they could find
      > other variables that would have accounted for the differences between the
      > two groups. However, no adjustments altered the results. The group will
      > continue to study whether its findings are genuine and, if so, what
      > mechanisms might be at work.
      > Other studies have shown that prayer seems to exert a benefit for heart
      > patients. The researchers believe theirs is the first study looking at
      > prayer and infertility.
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      > None of the researchers are employed by religious organizations and were
      > asked by religious groups to perform the study. Dr. Kwang Y. Cha, director
      > of the Cha Hospital and an associate research scientist at OB/GYN at
      > Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, funded the research
      > through his hospital.
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