Published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration,
Vol.13, No.2, pp 139-148, 2003
Published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol.13, No.2,
pp 139-148, 2003
This study was conducted in an attempt to determine whether 'healing
with intent' could be shown to exert an effect on pepsin enzyme activity
which, if proven, might serve to raise the credibility of healing
as a bona fide therapy.
The ability of healing to influence enzyme activity was chosen as
a method of assessment as it eliminated the possibility of the placebo
effect, which is often encountered when using human subjects.
The rate of breakdown of egg albumen by a 1% pepsin solution was followed
using a Jenway 6051 Colorimeter at a wavelength of 470nm. An effect
due to healing was indicated by experiments using percentage light
transmission (%T) as an indicator of reaction rate. Across 20 separate
trials the reaction rate of the enzyme sample 'healed with intent'
was found to be significantly greater than the unhealed sample (p
Keywords: healing - healer - alternative medicine - complementary
medicine - bioenergy - biomagnetism - therapeutic touch - reiki -
complementary therapy - vibrational medicine - laying-on-of-hands
- hands-on-healing - biofeedback - alpha brain waves - parapsychology
- faith healing - schuman resonance
N.B. Feedback from readers of the published paper in the Journal of
Scientific Exploration revealed that a more appropriate statistical
test for the type of data produced in the above study is the Wilcoxin
test. This revealed an even greater level of significance (p = 0.0026,
i.e. p < 0.005) for the differences observed between the 'healed'
and 'non-healed' enzyme samples, and upheld the original conclusion,
namely that 'healing with intent' significantly alters the activity
of pepsin enzyme.