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The effect of "healing with intent" on pepsin enzyme activity.

BUNNELL, T. (1999). The effect of "healing with intent" on pepsin enzyme activity. Journal of Scientific Exploration 13, 139-148.

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 Golorimeter at a wavelength of 470 nm. 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= 0.03).
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Title Annotation:Review
Publication:The Journal of Parapsychology
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 1, 1999
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