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Is faith a wonder drug? Scientists say spirituality can influence healing, but how remains a mystery
by Rebecca Rosen Lum Contra Costa Times
Carla Dodd was 43 and pregnant with her second child when two rapid-fire brain hemorrhages threatened to end her life. Her husband, John, is a medical malpractice attorney — logical, analytical. But Martinez resident John Dodd says he thinks prayer — by friends, fellow congregants and strangers as far away as Africa — had much to do with his wife’s long-shot recovery.
Whether intercess0ry prayer — that made on behalf of another — has any bearing on a desired outcome is a matter of debate, but scientists are taking a hard look at the value of faith as an instrument in healing the self.