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Can Computers Pray?

Pilot study with University Clinic of Freiburg and QUANTEC®

On our website, we have published studies on the topic of teletherapy (remote healing) conducted by famous universities to find out whether prayer can positively influence the course of illness. All three studies published by us were able to show that for the patients for whom prayers were said, there were statistically highly significant improvements compared with for the control group.

Since we have ourselves and in the practices of our clients been able to observe for years that these awareness-oriented processes could also be instrumentalized with QUANTEC®, we happily agreed to the suggestion of Prof. Walach and Dr. Schneider (Institute for Environmental Medicine and Hospital Hygiene of the University Clinic of Freiburg) to conduct a study to establish whether our empirical observations can be reinforced by a scientific study.

At first, the project threatened to fall through due to the fact that a so-called ethics commission has to decide whether test methods used in university clinic studies correspond to ethical principles or not. After receiving a positive reply, 24 employees of the Institute for Environmental Medicine and Hospital Hygiene offered themselves as guinea pigs for the study with QUANTEC®. The title of the study: Can Computers Pray?

The procedure . . .

Peter von Buengner received anonymous envelopes from the Freiburg clinic containing affirmations of all participants in the form of wishes for the areas of physical well-being, mental well-being, occupational milieu and social milieu, plus their photos as digital files. The participants were double-blind randomized and divided into two groups to be radiated for three months with QUANTEC®. Before and after treatment, questions were asked concerning their current well-being, their expectations and the important of their wishes.

The result

From our point of view, the most remarkable thing about this study is not so much the result, which particularly illustrates the psychological effects of QUANTEC® treatment, as the fact that this was the first time that a university clinic has ever taken the trouble to conduct a study with such a device as QUANTEC®. The result itself was not significant in the primary analysis, but in the secondary analysis it was significant in the cases of those participants in the areas of psyche and energy who had described their state of health as less good or even worse. To quote the study:

These analyses showed a significantly improved general state of health (t(9) = 3.28; p = .005), which on average corresponded to a improvement from less good to good. Concerning different states of health, the participants reported being less nervous (t(9) = -1.96; p = .04), having more energy (t(9) = 2.28; p = .024) and being less exhausted (t(9) = 3.25; p = .005). This group also reported a wish fulfillment that on average had taken place at least partially (physical area: (t(9) = 2.88, p = .009); psychic area (t(9) = 3.86, p = .002); social area: (t(9) = 4.07, p = .002); occupational area: (t(9) = 3.0, p = .008).


There were also significant results for the variables calm and relaxed (F(1,32) = 5.3; p = .028) as well as full of energy (F(1,32) = 6.06; p = .019), and marginally significant results for exhausted (F(1,32) = 4.07; p = .052).

As soon as it is available online, we will send you the complete text of the study.

Overall, the result of this study cannot be quoted as proof that QUANTEC® works, due to the highly selective group of participants and the absence of statistical significance of the primary analysis.

However, one thing we can reveal: the result made the University of Freiburg so curious that they have proposed to conduct a more profound and larger study.


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