Description: Paranormal healing and hypertension.
Beutler JJ, Attevelt JT, Schouten SA, Faber JA, Dorhout Mees EJ, Geijskes GG.
Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, University Hospital, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
A prospective randomised trial was carried out to see whether paranormal healing by laying on of hands might reduce blood pressure in essential hypertension and whether such an effect might be due to a paranormal, psychological, or placebo factor. Patients were randomised to three treatment groups: paranormal healing by laying on of hands (n = 40), paranormal healing at a distance (n = 37), and no paranormal healing (controls; n = 38). Healing at a distance and no paranormal healing were investigated double blind. Systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly reduced in all three groups at week 15 (mean reduction (95% confidence interval) 17.1 (14.0 to 20.2)/8.3 (6.6 to 10.0) mm Hg).