Faith Healers?

Although claims of faith healing have been made throughout the years, no systematic investigation of the claims have revealed that any of them were valid.  See more here.

This account from the above site:

“The most comprehensive examination of contemporary “healers” is James Randi’s The Faith Healers [4]. The book describes how many of the leading evangelistic healers have enriched themselves with the help of deception and fraud. Some of Randi’s evidence came from former associates of the evangelists who got disgusted with what they had observed.

“Randi’s most noteworthy experience was the unmasking of Peter Popoff, an evangelist who would call out the names of people in the audience and describe their ailments. Popoff said he received this information from God, but it was actually obtained by confederates who mingled with the audience before each performance. Pertinent data would be given to Popoff’s wife, who would broadcast it from backstage to a tiny receiver in Popoff’s ear. After recording one of Mrs. Popoff’s radio transmissions, Randi exposed the deception on the Johnny Carson Show. First he played a videotape showing Popoff interacting with someone in the audience. Then he replayed the tape with Mrs. Popoff’s voice audible to illustrate how Popoff used the information.”

Sorry,  fell asleep before I finished the post last night.

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  1. I’m so disappointed to learn the telephone in Mary Baker Eddy’s grave is, alas, another urban legend.

    The phone business has changed in so many ways since Eddy died (?).

    I wonder if she was satisfied with her long-distance carrier back in the 90s. Who’s in her calling circle these days? Does she get roll-over minutes? (Adds a different dimension to that old “rolling over in her grave” cliche), huh?

    I learned last night that a friend — not close, but one of the good ones — may have committed suicide this week. (Carbon monoxide in the garage; could have been an accident.)

    I met him when I was in talk radio and he was a remarkable talent. He was perhaps the prototype of the difference between real conservatives and the CONs I write about. Russ had a Socratic method of generating phone calls and stirring up the pot on issues of the day.

    Wing-nuts got him fired in Kansas City, Denver, Kansas City again, and Colorado Springs. He’d developed Multiple Sclerosis and was depressed by that.

    I wish I had a phone to his grave. But it might be difficult to get past the call-screener.

  2. tosmarttobegop

    Faith can move mountains and it can heal too.
    The mind and the will are two strong influences, if you believe that the sugar pill is being effective it can be.

  3. I think the placebo effect is a different thing than being “healed” by faith. Our local expert on anti-depressant reserach, Sheldon Preskorn, M.D. at K.U. – Wichita, writes that 30% of depressed research participants taking a placebo will report an improvement in mood that is on par with those taking the active ingredient. So, to demonstrate that a drug is more useful than a placebo, it has to beat the 30% figure.