Religion: Prayer & Fasting

The Rev. Charlie Shedd dropped to his knees during a morning meditation in Oklahoma and prayed: "Dear God, I've tried for 15 years to whip this problem of obesity . . . I've been on banana diets and eaten red meat. I've taken pills and bought reducing belts. I've read books and attended lectures, joined clubs and enrolled in courses. But I'm still fat ... I need help."

He got it. Charlie Shedd, now pastor of the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church of Houston, lost 100 Ibs. (from around 300 to 195) over a three-year period of prayer and medically supervised fasting, which...

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