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.@Welvarend National medical study proving prayer has no effect http://1.usa.gov/4ybO08

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@jeff_hollander if you're "god" is too weak to protect you from browsing... http://t.co/bDMuYLX

@caroleannmarie read this study http://t.co/bDMuYLX understand that prayer can be harmful to others - and then decide for yourself

.@wendell69 National medical study proving prayer has NO EFFECT http://1.usa.gov/4ybO08 further proof the bible is a lie.

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@crossfeednews Or we could go into science like this national medical study proving prayer has no effect http://1.usa.gov/4ybO08

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.@ArisbetSandoval FACT: This national medical study PROVED prayer has NO EFFECT http://1.usa.gov/4ybO08

@Hpowermarketing Hi Peter. I was wondering what you think of this study on prayer: http://t.co/vSAGJjS

Orar por lo menos no hace mal. Pero saber que otro reza por ti parece que no es bueno para los pacientes quirúrgicos http://t.co/LZDLY45

RT @juliomayol: Orar por lo menos no hace mal. Pero saber que otro reza por ti parece que no es bueno para los pacientes quirúrgicos http://t.co/LZDLY45

RT @juliomayol: Orar por lo menos no hace mal. Pero saber que otro reza por ti parece que no es bueno para los pacientes quirúrgicos http://t.co/LZDLY45

RT @juliomayol: Orar por lo menos no hace mal. Pero saber que otro reza por ti parece que no es bueno para los pacientes quirúrgicos http://t.co/LZDLY45

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National medical study proving prayer has no effect http://t.co/KsVwFop RT @lecrae: Prayer works. #atheism

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RT @fprescott79: And here's the national medical study to back that up http://t.co/GjoDmTd

RT @FlyingFree333: RT @fprescott79: And here's the national medical study to back that up http://t.co/GjoDmTd

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This kind of study needs to be done on more fields. RT @FlyingFree333: national medical study http://t.co/9G1Bspv

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@athinkingman Incidentally don't pray for an ill person. It can be harmful. http://t.co/ezMCofDB

RT @historyscientis @athinkingman Incidentally don't pray for an ill person. It can be harmful. http://t.co/7dgvoJuQ

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@Golmer @kingdom_swaggin @Adrenaline_Girl National medical study shows not only prayer doesnt help,it actually hurts http://t.co/mzHHL1ZX

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.@solaadio BTW, here's a national medical study proving prayer has NO EFFECT http://t.co/mzHHL1ZX #atheist

@3rdWAVElands @JoeUnseen No liar, it doesn't, for example this study proving prayer is a fraud http://t.co/mzHHL1ZX #atheist #Christian

@Good_Beard There's even an interesting and extensive study about the effectivity of prayer: http://t.co/VX8Gxnub

.@GlorilineDeximo National medical study proving prayer has NO EFFECT http://t.co/mzHHL1ZX

@samueldjames88 Here's a national medical study proving prayer has no effect http://t.co/mzHHL1ZX

.@ConservativeAns BTW fundie moron, here's a national medical study proving prayer has NO EFFECT http://t.co/mzHHL1ZX

Facts matter. Love it. ~ Prayer, not only doesn't work, but is actually worse for you. http://t.co/KkkTVMC9 via @FlyingFree333

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No http://t.co/mzHHL1ZX RT @RogerBlazic: Does prayer work? #prayer #God #religion #atheism #Christian #Jesus #Jew #Mormon #atheist

Study shows patients undergoing surgery are more likely to have complications if someone is praying for them - http://t.co/pr647pu0

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@ThePureBed The most convincing research into the efficacy of #prayer concludes that it has at best no effect. http://t.co/DEJrndcb #atheist

.@LovsAlluNeed Oh, have you seen this national medical study proving prayer has NO EFFECT http://t.co/mzHHL1ZX #TeamJesus

.@etalutargnoc @mobilequeer BTW here's a national medical study proving prayer has NO EFFECT http://t.co/mzHHL1ZX #atheist

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apologetic response: how do we know that those doing the intercessory prayer weren't in a sinful state? =) http://t.co/8bA9Dvzd

.@FUELYOURDESIRE BTW prayer boy, here's a national medical study proving prayer has NO EFFECT http://t.co/rv3XOxKM Grow up. #atheist

.@JohnWright39 Since you mentioned prayer, here's a study proving prayer has ZERO effect http://t.co/rv3XOxKM

RT @FlyingFree333: .@JohnWright39 Since you mentioned prayer, here's a study proving prayer has ZERO effect http://t.co/rv3XOxKM

Salud y religión: "...Certeza de recibir rezo de un tercero se asocia con mayor incidencia de complicaciones" http://t.co/0untseUG

Prayer does zilch. Knowing you're being prayed for is actually associated with more complications. Performance... http://t.co/nu170drv

@qx @Good_Beard http://t.co/FZvQUvXb - Significantly more complications in those being prayed for and were aware of the prayer

@helloyarn @thriftyknitter unless he is collecting data for this kind of study http://t.co/crfZlqUu

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, @atheist_eh @homegrownseth @BlessedTeen prayer doesn't work http://t.co/ESaQmHGJUF

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Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

People seem to think think that prayer helps a patient recover from their illiness. If you search the net you will even find th ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

People seem to think think that prayer helps a patient recover from their illiness. If you search the net you will even find tha ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

This is pretty old but still fascinating. In a double-blind multicenter randomized study (the only type that matters) prayer has ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16569567 Prayer: Scientifically proven to be useless. ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Super weird: Turns out that telling somebody who is about to have surgery that you will be praying for there to be no complicati ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Palve mõju on teaduslikult keerukas uurida, kuid sellele vaatamata, on vastavaid uuringuid siiski tehtud. Üks levinud palve viis ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Do you think that an intercessory prayer is effective? Check it out!, indexed by Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1656 ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

CONCLUSIONS: Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery from CABG, but certainty of receiving interc ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16569567 Studies like these make me love science :'D ..

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Why is Lead SA trying to harm Madiba? Over the weekend, Lead SA was featured on Radio 702 as calling for people to pray for Mad ..

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"Why is Lead SA trying to harm Madiba? "Over the weekend, Lead SA was featured on Radio 702 as calling for people to pray for ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

This is a well-known academic research study on "the power of prayer" conducted in 2006 by Harvard Medical School. Here are abs ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

First off I think its crazy that the NIH spent money on this study, But the Study shows that praying for the recovery of a perso ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Att veta att någon ber för dig kan försämra möjligheterna att bli frisk efter operation. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1656 ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients

This is hilarious, based on experimental data, praying for someone's recovery will actually make the situation worse. So if you ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

If I ever end up in the hospital for surgery, please DON'T pray for me. ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: A...

Исследование эффективности молитвы В 2006 году в журнале American Heart Journal опубликованы результаты исследования "Исследов ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

"Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery from CABG, but certainty of receiving intercessory praye ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Sixteen doctors, working at Harvard Medical School have once again confirmed: Prayer is harmful. It doesn't work. STOP IT! "CON ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

AFTER A TEN YEARS STUDY FROM HARVARD, PLEASE DONT PRAY FOR ME!!!!! http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16569567 ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Behold: the power of prayer! See as it... causes more complications? Yes, in a study that was the conclusion: "Intercessory pray ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

The STEP study (Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercoessory Prayer) demonstrates prayer is not effective. See Link: http:/ ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Rezar por el otro no sirve en las intervenciones quirúrgicas, no lo digo yo lo dice PubMed y ni siquiera es un artículo nuevo ht ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: A...

La ciencia ha demostrado, en un experimento con 1800 pacientes, que la oración de intercesión (pedirle a Dios que ayude a alguie ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Behold! The Power of Prayer! http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16569567 ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: A...

http://www.ahjonline.com/article/S0002-8703(05)00649-6/abstract Si rezan por mi.. NO ME LO DIGAN! ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Perhaps those close to me who either feel hurt that I don't pray for them when they're having major surgery, or feel excluded wh ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

"Conclusions: Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery from CABG(coronary artery bypass graft), bu ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

51% of the patients who were not prayed for developed complications. 52% of the patients who were prayed for, but not told that ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Yeh, but what about the beneficial effects for the people doing the praying who prefer that to actually doing anything construct ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Richard Dawkins talks about this study in The God Delusion. Prayers worked... but in reverse. Some prayed-for patients fared wor ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Interesting study…Wish I'd have a full access to the article but you can get the gist of what it's saying about cardiac patients ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Great article on the effects of prayer on health. Spoiler: it does nothing! Favorite quote: “to the extent that faith healing ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

[Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery from CABG, but certainty of receiving intercessory praye ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: a multicenter randomized trial of unc ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: a multicenter randomized trial of unc ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: A...

OK KIds, Your Bible lesson for the Day. And for those of you who think prayer is going to help illness, there are many studies ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Prayer does nothing... unless of course talking to yourself makes you feel bit better... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/165 ..

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory ... [Am Heart J. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

Conclusion of this study: "Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery from CABG, but certainty of re ..

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