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Re: Spirituality - good medicine? poser938

Posted by SLS on July 13, 2013, at 7:02:55

In reply to Re: Spirituality - good medicine?, posted by poser938 on July 12, 2013, at 21:00:55

> i used to believe.
> but now i dont have the capability of believing.
> now my thoughts are that belief in God or Allah or whoever, helps in a way that a placebo does.

If I understand the study properly, a spiritual belief in God, but not necessarily having a religious affiliation, was associated with better treatment outcomes. Importantly, belief in either God or having a religious affiliation both resulted in a perception of greater credibility and positive expectations of treatment. Therefore, the perception of credibility and a expectations of treatment is not sufficient to increase treatment outcomes. This would argue against a placebo effect as being the mediator of improved treatment response among those who had a spiritual belief in God.

* The study did not qualify the name or characteristics of God.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

- George Bernard Shaw




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