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Prayer for Asthma « Brave Fish

Prayer for Asthma « Brave Fish.

Here is the prayer from the Brave Fish site word for word:

Good Father. I open myself up to You. Heal me. Free me. Free me from my illness. Cleanse me and purify me. Open my lungs to breathe freely. Open all the air passages, the bronchioles, and let the air flow freely in my lungs. Relax the constricting muscles. Dry all secretions. Stimulate my natural antihistamines. Oh Father, recruit all of my bodily systems, the circulatory system, the nervous system, my heart, my brain, my lungs, my liver, my pancreas, my spleen, my thyroid, my stomach, my intestines, my lymphatic system, my kidneys, my muscles, my bones, my skin… all working in harmony towards healing and health. All cellular and biochemical mechanisms working together to heal me under Your guiding Hand and Spirit. Heal my soul Heavenly Father. Raise up my natural defenses. Strengthen me. Heal me. Free me. Cleanse me. Purify me. Purify me of sin and illness. Restore me. Restore me to health. Mobilize my body at every level to overcome this illness. Cleanse me deeply Lord, heal me of all psychological, emotional and spiritual wounds that manifest in problems breathing. Heal me deeply Lord. Calm me Father. Soothe me. Let the air flow and let my lungs heal and expand without interruption, without strain. Let the air flow and let me breathe freely that my voice may be raised up in praise and wonder to You and Your glory. In the name of Your beloved Son Jesus Christ, Amen.

Good medicine…

I could not stop laughing at first, but then, when I saw he was serious, I could only feel aghast.

I can understand this kind of advice from a religious layman… but from a Physician?

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3 thoughts on “Prayer for Asthma « Brave Fish

  1. Well what do you know? Oh, surprise my comment is still awaiting moderation! Good thing I saved my comment.

    well here is my comment anyway:

    sixpointnineme says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    April 28, 2012 at 3:10 am
    I read your Apr 24 2012 post. At first I thought that it was some kind of joke and could not stop laughing, I was rolling on the floor so to speak, but as I read more and checked some more posts, I realized that your post was no laughing matter.

    I was taken aback at how somebody with a solid scientific formation can post such nonesense.

    Maybe your time in the wilderness has caused you to forget about taking an ocasional look at peer-reviewed medical journals. And may I add that doing so is an obligation of all members in our field of medicine, until the day we decide to leave active practice.

    You do your readers a great disservice with this type of sugestions. Had you merely sugested prayer as an adjucnt to proper medical therapy, it would not have been so bad, and I could have construed it as some inoffensive advise.

    Please take a look at these:

    Benson H, Dusek JA, Sherwood JB, et al. Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: A multicenter randomized trial of uncertainty and certainty of receiving intercessory prayer. American Heart Journal 2006;151(4):934–42.

    Wechsler ME, Kelley JM, Boyd IOE, et al. Active albuterol or placebo, sham acupuncture, or no intervention in asthma. N Engl J Med 2011;365(2):119–26.
    Sloan RPR, Bagiella EE, VandeCreek LL, et al. Should physicians prescribe religious activities? N Engl J Med 2000;342(25):1913–6.

    In the end you are advocating Faith Healing, which is a long stretch from what you surely learned at the UPSM. Take a look at what the American Cancer Society has to say on faith healing:

    Available scientific evidence does not support claims that faith healing can cure cancer or any other disease. Some scientists suggest that the number of people who attribute their cure to faith healing is lower than the number predicted by calculations based on the historical percentage of spontaneous remissions seen among people with cancer. However, faith healing may promote peace of mind, reduce stress, relieve pain and anxiety, and strengthen the will to live. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/MindBodyandSpirit/faith-healing

    Touching the point of your prayer, I think that you are giving your God little credence with what you ask for. Do you really think that you have to tell your maker every little thing that has to be done in order to make you get better? Don’t you think your maker should have the blueprints to the human body? And while we are on this subject, it seems that you should be asking to be cured of asthma and not just relieved of an attack. Is this not within the abilities of an omnipotent God?

    ps: British Guideline on the Managment of Asthma http://www.sign.ac.uk/pdf/qrg101.pdf

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