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NCAHF Consumer Information Statements
on Faith Healing and Psychic Surgery (1987)
- "Faith healing" refers to the apparently beneficial
outcomes of rituals or religious activities on behalf of the
afflicted. Unless such outcomes are clearly miraculous (eg, the
restoration of an amputated body part) they may simply be regarded
as fortuitous and probably involving psychological mechanisms.
This does not deny the value of "faith healing" for
psychological conditions but places limitations upon its usefulness
for the purpose of minimizing unnecessary harm and maximizing
its possible therapeutic value.
- Faith healing should never be done publicly or in such a
manner that the afflicted must demonstrate his/her faith by discontinuing
needed medications, removing supportive braces, or performing
potentially trauma-inducing acts.
- Faith healers should provide their "gift of healing"
without fee or acceptance of donations (i.e., in the example
of Christ in who's name they often claim to heal).
- Potential healees should be psychologically prepared to accept
null effects to prevent them from taking such results as a sign
of Divine rejection or punishment.
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- The alleged removal of diseased tissue from the body without
leaving an incision as has been practiced in the Philippines
for some years is denounced as a complete fraud; not only does
it waste money and cause psychological harm through promoting
false hope, it can keep people from seeking valuable health care
before it becomes too late for effective therapy.