Chiropractic's major premise is that Innate Intelligence cares for human health. More than a medical service, chiropractic—like religion—helps explain life’s struggles, cope with present stress, and anticipate the future with hope.
The Affordable Care Act may require insurers to cover complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Many Americans are unaware that some of the most popular CAM services are religious in nature. The law may in effect endorse religious practices, entangle government with religion, and coerce funding of religious activities--in violation of the First Amendment.
Many people assume that the Encinitas school yoga program was upheld in a recent trial decision because the school yoga program--like American yoga generally--was taught devoid of "religious" content. This is not the case.
A California judge ruled that yoga can be taught in public schools without violating the Constitution by establishing religion. As someone familiar with the case, having testified as an expert witness for the plaintiffs, I find the judge's decision perplexing.
If you’ve ever watched a televised healing service, you’ve probably seen someone get up out of a wheelchair and begin walking—and you’ve probably wondered whether that person was still walking an hour, a week, or a year later.
When I began asking whether prayer for healing produces any empirical effects, I quickly ran into difficulties finding adequate data. I decided to collaborate with medical researchers to conduct a new clinical trial. Testing hearing and vision fit our criteria.
Many people seek out prayer for healing by attending church services or Christian conferences advertised as offering special healing prayers. What motivates people to attend such events, and what do they experience during and after prayers?
In previous posts, I’ve noted problems with how most research on prayer for healing has been conducted. Researchers have attempted to design double-blinded, controlled trials of distant intercessory prayer.
A lot of studies on intercessory prayer have been published in recent years. This research has returned mixed results. Some studies conclude that prayer improves health, while others show no effect—or suggest that prayer may lead to worsening health.
I've spent the last eight years asking that question. Having satisfied myself—if not everyone I've met—that there's value in using empirical methods to study prayer, I've thought a lot about how to do it.