TRC #275: Validity of Astrology + Effectiveness of Prayer + Holiday Suicide Rates

Title-1The gang brings out the big guns for episode 275 of the Reality Check as they give their special TRC take on some classic skeptical topics. Darren leads off the show with a segment analyzing the claims made by Astrology and whether or not they make sense. Next, Elan looks into the studies that have been done to determine the effectiveness of intercessory prayer on health outcomes. Adam closes things out with a look into whether or not suicide rates increase during the holidays. Enjoy the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Astrology

HowStuffWorks (Horoscope)

Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation

LiveScience

AstroSociety.org

Prayer

Wikipedia – Studies on Intercessory Prayer

God in the CCU?  A critique of the San Francisco hospital study on intercessory prayer and healing  Gary P. Posner, M.D.

Mayo Clinic – Study, review and editorial focus on religion, spirituality and medicine

Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: a multicenter randomized trial of uncertainty and certainty of receiving intercessory prayer.

The Reality Check #18: Prayer + Safety Laws + Myth of the Week: Coke Tabs

Holiday Suicide Rates

snopes.com: Christmas Suicides

Suicide Statistics – Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto Branch

Resources for the Prevention of Suicide and Crisis Counseling

 

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