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Faith vs. Medicine: Where Do You Stand?
Written by Tyler Hawn
Last updated on December 22, 2013 @ 6:59PM
Created on December 22, 2013 @ 5:57PM

Whenever you get sick, most usually go to the doctor to get their medicine so you feel better, but are you one of the many people who turn to their faith for healing rather than doctor's orders?

People rely on what's called faith healing when they use their faith to cure their illness.

The American Cancer Society says when a person believes strongly enough in their faith, it can create what's called "placebo effect," making the person feel better, but it doesn't mean they're cured.

One of the most notable cases is when Televangelist Joel Osteen's mother was cured of her cancer after years of prayer, with no reason as to how that happened.

"The Lord gives special people like nurses and doctors the ability to heal people, but I think you also need a combination of doctors and prayer," said Linda Marsh, a nurse.

Faith healing is such an issue in some places, people have been pushing for laws to protect children from it when their parents refuse treatment.

One study published in 1998 investigated the deaths of nearly 200 children who died as a result of no medical treatment, and doctors say their survival rate from the right treatment could have been greater than 90%.

"Medicine worked for me. I survived a heart attack, but you definitely need prayer as well," said Opha Kesling, Wallace resident.

Most people 5 News spoke with agreed it takes a combination of medicine and prayer to be healthy.

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