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Hey look at the bright side, imagine hearing about 'faith healing' when you are sick. So if you become sick in the future OP, don't tell your mom you want to see a doc. For you already know her response :-P

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#2, I knew a guy with "too-much-money-itis" and a few faith healing treatments relieved him of the pain.

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Perdix, I agree that anyone who charges money for faith healing is a con artist. I grew up in a church that taught that prayer could heal people, and the pastor would often pray for people to be healed. Payment was never requested. When I grew up and learned that people charged for faith healing, I was absolutely appalled. Even people of faith who genuinely believe in faith healing admit freely that there's no guarantee or real science to it. That's what makes it miraculous. My friend who was he

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Hold on a second, why are people thumbing that comment down? They think it's worth charging for, or what?

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Did you know quite a few children and others have died by relying on faith healing alone when simple medication (which would be easily available if they had visited a physician) would have saved them?

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53, I knew there were some documented cases of unusual healings, but I didn't know that there had been a compelling scientific connection between healing and belief. That's very interesting. 54, Yes, I did know that. If you think I advocate relying purely on faith healing, you're wrong. It's undeniable that medical treatment is infinitely more reliable than faith healing. I'm just saying that I know someone who seems to have been healed by faith, and that it doesn't hurt to try faith healing so

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I've a hunch to debunk that 'prayer helps people heal faster' bs. When you're badly injured/sickened, you feel in panic, when you panic, your mind is in a frenzy, when your mind is in a frienzy, you become stressed out. Being stressed out to a degree lowers the strength of your immune system. Praying made those people feel less stressed out about their predicament, allowing their stress to be eased away and immune system to become restored. I've nothing against religion, but stuff like this enda

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@60. Wrong. God doesn't give healing ability to doctors, they develop it themselves through years of hard work.

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60 - You tell docbastard (or any doctor really) that their ability was given to them by some man in the clouds. Excuse me while I go make some popcorn.

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Really I'm being thumbed down for giving a rational explanation for why faith healing and prayer can work? Do people read at all? I'm not religious. I don't even believe in god. However I can't deny the fact peer reviewed clinical studies have shown it can help in areas where traditional medicine can not. It's the same story for new age visualization. People should seek medical help first! However in cases where medicine can not help or as an additive to traditional medicine it has been shown cl

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#23 I have scoliosis, it can barely be cured by doctors and even then it requires a metal rod of sorts fixed to my spine. I highly doubt that she just prayed for it and magically got cured.

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Actually, 23. Even if (As stated in your other comment.) faith healing and prayer do help a little bit in a way. Many children and others have died because of faith healing. Parents have been arrested for child neglect because they sat, prayed, and watched as their child slowly died. They didn't take them to the hospital or anything. And prayed to a being we don't have any actual proof of or science behind his existence. Im an atheist, and Im not trying to disrespect anyone's religion, but if an

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74, *shrug* It happened, but you don't have to believe it. I didn't expect many people to believe it. 75, Please see comment 56. What you describe is a rare and extreme example. Most people who believe in faith healing are not like that. People who rely fully on faith healing and allow themselves or their children to suffer and/or die from medically treatable ailments are idiots.

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I'm an atheist, but the thumbs down in this seem a little harsh. No one here is suggesting (that I've seen) that faith healing should replace medical treatment. I'm certainly against that notion, so if I'm not offended by the comments, I'm not sure what I'm missing here. The placebo effect isn't anything worth thumbs downing either... We all know that it can work to varying degrees. So I don't understand the thumbs down, as it's a scientific explanation to something previously believed to be th

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Season 3 Episode 15 of My Name is Earl could POSSIBLY explain it. Yes, I am too lazy to type out the reason.

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87, I try not read too much into why certain comments get thumbed down, but I've noticed that people who comment on FML tend to be very closed minded when it comes to religion and the supranatural, and sometimes are prejudiced or even hostile towards the religious or those who think that religion or belief in the supernatural has merits. In this thread I'd say it's a case of prejudice, as different people seem to have assumed that I advocate faith healing over medicine, even after I explicitly e

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I hope you guys know that faith healing is usually only used for chronic or incurable conditions as a "last resort". It's not like a church would hold a prayer meeting when someone got a headache.

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Just about anything can work if you believe it will (have faith in it). I work with a physician that treats many nativeAmericans. If they believe the medicine man's treatment of walking fifty times around the teepee in a clockwise direction will work, it often outperforms thousands of dollars in antibiotics and/or pain meds. I can honestly say I have seen faith, OR the human brain, heal people! Either way, medicine may not be the only answer. Plumbing, however, takes wrenches and putty!!

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How on earth did she think /faith healing/ would fix something? That's all mind-hoodoo. I know because my grandma's a faith healer who initiated me into it when I was young, gullible and desperate for some form of comfort. Load of rubbish.

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37, just because it is someone's religious practices, does not make it automatically worthy of respect. Faith healing is one of those things that are not worth respecting. People have died because others thought that faith, rather than modern medicine, would save someone.

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Well that's my opinion, which you can disrespect if you want. I grew up with this faith healing nonsense and it's never done anything for me so if I believe it's mind-hoodoo then I can go on believing it. No one has to believe me or listen to me and I wouldn't make them.

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@43 Sweet holy fuck, someone with sense. You're so right. To be honest, I don't even think my grandma believes she heals people. People sometimes just need to talk and have someone light some incense and play music to relax them, to make them feel a little less hurt/upset/sore by having someone show they care. I firmly believe though, that faith healing does NOT cure physical ailments. Putting your hands on someone does not fix a broken bone or seal up a laceration. But, the mind can cure pain a

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All I'm saying is that you should respect what people have faith in. Just because someone exercises false practices doesn't mean you should judge them. It's whatever makes them happy so leave them be.

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You're so wrong #46. I literally can't believe all I'm reading. It's not all mind hoo-doo, I have seen people be healed from pretty messed up injuries or natural sicknesses. I've been there and witnessed when bones were healed, and lacerations can be healed immediately. I agree some injuries my be from a positive mind, but God has made himself known to me.

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That's what I was thinking! Maybe this is OP's mom's way to get him to fix the fuggin' toilet!

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That's because you don't have any faith! Imagine the look on your face when the jehovas witnesses who knock on her door fix her plumbing problem over a chat and a cup of tee. The jokes on you OP!

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