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#3373 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.