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From: Karl Boyken Date: Fri Jun 27, 2003 1:56 pm Subject: Marilyn Schlitz's TMI professional seminar talk, part 2 kboyken I took a lot more notes from the second half of the talk. This message will list all the other studies that came up in Schlitz's presentation. Continuing to discuss Elizabeth Targ's studies on healing AIDS patients, Schlitz said that the healers all used nonlocal techniques. About half were energetic healers, the rest a very mixed bag. The pilot study found a significant difference in mortality between the control group and the group that received healing. No one died in either group in the confirmation study, because protease inhibitors had become available. But in each study, in every area of measure--number of secondary infections, for example--there was statistical significance between the control and healing groups. The Glioblastoma Distance Healing Project was also mentioned, but Schlitz didn't say much about it. [It looks like the study is still ongoing.] Schlitz talked about a study conducted by the MidAmerica Heart Institute at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. The study showed that patients in a coronary care unit who were prayed for had 10% fewer complications than those who weren't prayed for. Schlitz noted that when it comes to medical costs, 10% is a huge number. (I couldn't find a citation for this study.) Next mentioned was the Monitoring and Actualization of Noetic Training, or MANTRA, study by Mitch Kucoff at Duke University in the late 90s. Patients were split into five groups--control, relaxation, guided imagery, therapeutic touch, and distant prayer. The prayer group received a wide variety of healing, from Carmelite nuns, Buddhist monks, fundamentalist Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and a service in Israel that prints the patient's name on a piece of paper and puts it into the Wailing Wall. The pilot study didn't have enough participants to claim statistical significance, but the four alternative groups did better than the control group, and the patients in the group receiving prayer had far better outcomes than those in any other group. Schlitz talked a little about a study done by Wayne Jonas at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, involving premature infants, using Chi Gong, therapeutic touch and subtle energies. The study hasn't been completed yet. In another ongoing project, Garrett Yount, a molecular geneticist, is doing studies on the impact of Chi Gong on gene expression in cell cultures. In the question-and-answer part of the session, Schlitz or her audience mentioned these studies: Scott Walker studied the effect of prayer on alcoholism. Apparently, he found that prayer from fundamentalist Christians did not have a positive effect, but prayer from others did. Scott Walker. Intercessory Prayer and Substance Abuse. Bridges, Magazine of The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine. Vol. 10 No. 3, Fall 1999 Schlitz mentioned that Deepak Chopra is participating in an ongoing study at Bastier University in Seattle, to study whether it's possible for people to synchronize their brain wave activity. She also said that Ed May is doing research at the University of Edinburgh on brain wave activity in remote viewers. Finally, someone in the audience mentioned Elmer Green's copper room experiments at the Menninger Clinic, involving healers. -- Karl Boyken kboyken...net http://www.avalon.net/~kboyken/

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