According to the World Health Organization, immunization currently prevents 2-3 million deaths each year. Unfortunately, vaccine-preventable diseases still cause 1.5 million deaths each year as well.
Unbelievable True Story About the Fox Sisters, Spiritualism, and the Biggest Hoax of the 19th Century
Word got around and before they knew it, people from all over New Jersey and New York were coming to talk to the famous spirit (with help from Maggie and Kate, of course). Thus, modern spiritualism was born and the Fox sisters became the first "mediums." In fact, the movement grew so large that by the year 1867, more than 11,000,000 Americans (or two-fifths of the entire population at the time) were "spiritualists."
The Lakota Sun Dance
The Sun Dance is "an act of ritual self-torture originally performed as a 'drama' to symbolize the capture, torture, and release of an enemy" that traditionally followed the cycle of the summer buffalo hunt. Moreover, members generally act out this self-torture for healing or as payment for the restoration of an ill person or the return of a loved one from danger.
On Zoroastrianism: The Sacred Fire, the Garment of Good Mind, and the Girdle of Righteousness
Originating from what is now northeastern Iran or southwestern Afghanistan, Zoroastrianism is one of the world's oldest religions. Ahura Mazda, or the Wise Lord, is the ultimate entity; members believe he is the eternal source of light in both the menog (world of thought) and the getig (world of bones).