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God’s Quarterback: Has the Power of Prayer Actually Changed Tim Tebow’s Brain?

By    |   Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:53 AM

Tim Tebow, sometimes called “God’s quarterback,” has become the most discussed player in this year’s National Football League season.

Love him or hate him, his combination of evangelical Christian devotion and inconsistent but exciting success on the football field has made Tebow a cultural phenomenon.

“Tebowing”, a term derived from the quarterback’s penchant for kneeling and praying on the field, has spread into common usage worldwide.

Tim Tebow is quite open about his faith, and regularly expresses gratitude to God during games and during his everyday life.

He is not alone. Millions of Americans believe in the power of prayer. In fact, a recent poll found that 84% of U.S. adults claim they’d prayed in the past week.

Many people, however, believe prayer has no scientific validity. So the Newsmax Health team decided to identify what is actually known about the power of prayer in the scientific and medical community.

The results were so startling that they created a free video presentation on the science behind the power of prayer to share what they found.

This video reveals how prayer actually changes four distinct areas of the human brain. For example, take the brain’s anterior cingulate area.

Researchers have discovered that prayer activates the anterior cingulate, which not only helps you feel compassion for others and a loving connection to God, but also brings about many positive health benefits.

Based on this information, one can only wonder how much Tim Tebow’s anterior cingulate region regularly lights up — both on and off the field.

And then there’s the limbic system, a more primitive brain region responsible for negative emotions like fear, depression, and pessimism.

Because prayer has been shown to diminish activity in the limbic system, this could help explain Tebow’s positive attitude and ability to handle adversity.

This video presentation covers 47 scientifically-proven benefits of prayer, including pain relief, reduced risk of death from stroke or heart attack, decreased anxiety, and more. It also details how a specific amount of prayer time per day can help prevent memory loss, mental decline, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

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

This video does not promote any specific religion, spiritual practice, or particular types of prayer, but considers traditional prayers, meditation, focused positive thinking, and attendance at church or other services.

And it sheds light on a practice that 3 out of 4 Americans engage in on a regular basis — a practice basically ignored by the mainstream media.

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

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