You've got to hand it to this particular cardiologist -- Dr. Mitchell Krucoff -- for his monumental feat in creating an experiment to measure the power of prayer. But that's just what Krucoff of Duke University did.
The doctor randomly selected 150 heart patients for a controlled experiment and put the patients into five groups. The first received standard cardiac care, while the second through fourth received different types of stress reduction therapies. The fifth group? These patients only received off-site prayers from loved ones.
Here's the surprise. The group that fared the best was the one receiving off-site prayers. These patients, in fact, improved by 50 percent.
I'm grateful for this daring doc and others doing this kind of research because trying to account for the mystical aspects of prayer seems next to impossible. Whether you believe Krucoff's study or not, it's nice to know this doctor has a curious mind and is determined to study prayer for the sake of his patients.
You have to admit this is cutting age doctoring and Albert Einstein, for one, would applaud Krucoff. You recall it was Einstein who said: "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."