RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show
RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show

Faith Healing: Is it for Real?

October 7, 20139 min
Are people being duped into human sacrifice for a cult, or is faith healing a viable alternative to conventional care? Many people are skeptical of others who avoid conventional or standard "naturopathic" models of medicine, and rely on faith healing.Faith healing is founded on the belief that certain people have the ability to cure the ailments of others. Faith healers typically convince themselves and their audiences that God has chosen them to heal the sick with the power of their faith (and usually a financial offering). Although there is no concrete evidence legitimizing faith healing, it can be extremely powerful as part of an overall therapeutic strategy, and has its place in medicine. Faith healing may work like the placebo effect, causing the patient to truly believe that they are being healed. Placebo treatments can cause someone to consciously or subconsciously change their habits and improve their health. Their believe and expectation may also contribute to a positive attitude until the illness lessons or disappears on its own. Dr. Decker Weiss disputes if people being duped into human sacrifice for a cult, or is faith healing a viable alternative to conventional care.

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