UK PSYCHICS REPORT - 30 Nov 2001
Scientists in New York have found prayer doubled the chances of successful IVF treatment. The Columbia University team say a group who had people praying for them had a 50 per cent pregnancy rate compared to a 26 per cent rate in others. The researchers admit the results seem incredible, but say unknown biological factors may be causing the differences. They are certain the study was error-proof because the women who took part didn't even know they were being prayed for. A total of 100 women were randomly assigned to a prayer group and 99 others to a non-prayer group. The prayer group was given pictures of the prospective mothers, but the women being prayed for didn't even know of the group's existence. Dr Rogerio Lobo, from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, carried out the study in South Korea. He said, "We could have ignored the findings, but that would not help to advance the field. We are putting the results out there hoping to provoke discussion and see if anything can be learned from it."