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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TO EVALUATE ALTERNATIVE HEALING METHODS

 MONTEREY, Calif., Dec. 2 ~PRNewswire~ -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established a special office to encourage research into alternative methodologies for healing illness and diseases.
 "This new emphasis by NIH will allow proven healers using non- surgical, non-drug alternative methods to be evaluated in the United States with American patients. It will revolutionize the way people look at illness and diseases," says Savely Savva, director of the Monterey Institute for the Study of Alternative Healing Arts (MISAHA). The first project done by MISAHA, in conformance with NIH policies, is to bring a number of healers from Russia, two of whom are medical doctors, to the United States to duplicate recorded scientific medical studies that show that these healers have been successful in correcting: Hypertensive Disease, Osteochondrosis, Hematological Diseases, Kidney Stones, Glaucoma, Obesity, Female Infertility, Gynecological Fibromyoma, Elevated Intercranial Pressure, Vascular Ulcers, Diabetes, Rheumatism and Arthritis.
 The program will be conducted with rigorous medical standards to precisely evaluate the treatments.
 "The successful treatments for these illnesses in other areas of the world will now become available in the United States," says Savva. "We are very excited and encouraged by the response to this alternative program by both the healthcare practitioners as well as potential patients."
 There are many new claims for alternative methods of healing. A recent study conducted by Purdue University concludes that people who practice a religious faith regularly are healthier than those who don't. The effect of prayer on recovery of postoperational cordiac patients a few years ago was statistically confirmed by Dr. Randolph Byrd at San Francisco General Hospital.
 "The human mind works in many strange ways from suggestion to prayer and laying-on-of-hands and its power is tremendous. Our task is to present to the scientific community a correct description of this phenomenon and stimulate large scale study of mind-body healing," says Savva.
 Those interested in obtaining information as to the eligibility for treatment of the above named ailments by MISAHA may write to: MISAHA, 100 Dolores Street, Suite 127, Carmel, Calif. 93923 or call 408-646-8019.
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