One study has been recently reported in newspapers and magazines, as well as in one of Dr. Dossey's books. Cardiologist Randolph Byrd, a practicing Christain, conducted the experiment.
Half of 393 cardia patients were prayed for by various religious groups for ten months. The people praying knew only the name of the patient, and neither doctors nor patients knew which patients were being prayed for. No record were kept on how the prayers were conducted.
Results showed the prayed-for patients were:
1. Five times less likely to require antibiotics
2. 3 times less likely to develop pulmonary edema.
3. None required endotracheal intubation, while 12 in the not-prayed for group did.
4. Fewer died.