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Bruce Bower, "Pain relief you can believe in", Science News, October 11, 2008

"Our data suggest that religious belief alters the brain in a way that changes how a person responds to pain." - Irene Tracey (University of Oxford) p.9

"Practicing Catholics perceived electrical pulses as less painful while viewing an image of the Virgin Mary than while viewing a non-religious picture. Functional MRI showed a change in these volunteers' brain only while looking at the religious icon." p.9

[Opiate of the masses indeed! Making sense of suffering helps us endure it. Just one of many ways that we are fundamentally psychosomatic.]