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J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Apr;15(4):435-8. doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0480.

Is prayer CAM?

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  • 1Helfgott Research Institute, National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR 09201, USA. ktippens@ncnm.edu

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  • J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Jul;16(7):817.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Alternative medicine researchers and policy makers have classified prayer as a mind-body intervention, and thus, a modality of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). As such, numerous epidemiological surveys of CAM utilization-which have included prayer-depict increasing CAM use, particularly in specific racial and ethnic groups.

OBJECTIVES:

This paper discusses the implications of conflating prayer and CAM, especially regarding the definitions of both concepts and the resulting statistics of CAM utilization.

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19388867
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PMC3004781
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