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What Prayer Does to Your Brain

Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 02:32 PM

By S.A. Nickerson

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Millions of Americans pray — and believe that prayer works.

In fact, one recent poll found that 84% of U.S. adults claim they’d prayed in the past week. But many people believe that prayer has no scientific validity, and is only wishful or magical thinking.

The Newsmax Health team wanted to know the truth about prayer. Can modern science actually explain prayer?

How does praying affect the brain? And what benefits, if any, does prayer really offer people … physically, mentally, or emotionally?

To this end, they went out to the scientific and medical community to learn the potential benefits of prayer.

The results were so startling that they created a free video presentation on the scientific benefits of prayer to share exactly what they discovered.

Video: Prayer Changes Your Brain in 4 Astonishing Ways



This video reveals how prayer actually changes four distinct areas of the human brain: the frontal lobe, the anterior cingulate, the parietal lobe, and the limbic system.

It also details how a specific amount of prayer time per day can help prevent memory loss, mental decline, and even dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Plus, it covers47 scientifically proven benefits of prayer, including pain relief, reduced risk of death from heart attack or stroke, reduced anxiety or depression, improved immune function, and more.

And last but not least, it warns of a specific prayer pitfall that can actually cause illness if care is not taken.

This video does not promote any specific religion or spiritual practice, but it does shed light on a practice that 3 out of 4 Americans engage in on a regular basis — a practice basically ignored by the mainstream media.

As Travis Davis, Newsmax Health Publisher, notes, “Most people are not aware of the emerging field of neurotheology, the scientific study of the relationship between the brain and spiritual phenomena.

We wanted to help introduce this groundbreaking scientific work to the public.”

Editor’s Note: For a limited time, Newsmax Health is making this video on the scientific basis of prayer available at no charge. Go here to view it now.

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