What the Mainstream Media Forgot
to Tell You About the Scientifically Proven Benefits of Prayer and Faith
- Does prayer prevent or reverse illness and disease?
- Does the practice of worship strengthen your brain and prevent mental decline?
- Does asking for spiritual guidance improve your relationships?
- Does attending religious services increase your happiness and success?
Does prayer really work?
Some people say prayer has no scientific validity. And the mainstream media tends to avoid the subject altogether.
Yet a recent poll found that 84% of U.S. adults claim they’d prayed during the week prior to the survey.
With so many people praying on a regular basis, our team at Newsmax Health thought you deserved scientific answers to these and many more questions about prayer, religion, and faith.
So today, we’re reporting the results of our exhaustive investigation into how praying impacts your brain, and by extension, your overall health and happiness.
Hi, I’m Nancy Reynolds, publisher of
The Mind Health Report,
the popular monthly Newsmax Health newsletter for people who want to:
- Improve their memory and mental function
- Enhance their daily problem-solving ability
- Prevent mental decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s
- Live longer, healthier, and happier lives
Not long ago, we sent our
The Mind Health Report
team out to the scientific medical community, to learn the potential benefits of regular prayer practice.
And let me be clear . . .
We’re not promoting any specific religion or spiritual practice.
But rather, we wanted to see what neuroscientists have gleaned from their laboratory tests and controlled double-blind medical studies when it comes to these four questions:
- Does prayer work?
- What impact does prayer have on your brain?
- What benefits, if any, accrue to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being?
- And if prayer activity can be scientifically measured, can you improve the practice to achieve even better results?
Frankly, we were both surprised and
excited by what we found . . .
Not only can prayer be measured as brain activity, but research shows that prayer is scientifically proven to help:
- Reduce stress and lower your blood pressure
- Boost your resistance to illness and disease
- Neutralize harmful negative emotions
- Enhance your memory and mental function
- Prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Reduce your suffering from pain
- Give you a healthier, longer, and happier life
In fact, praying does far more than this. And today, I’m going to share with you some of what our team discovered.
And don’t worry. You won’t need to take notes, because . . .
We’ve prepared two detailed reports we’ll
send you FREE with a special offer!
Report No. 1:
Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer
PLUS . . .
Report No. 2:
47 Health Benefits of Prayer, Plus the Prayer Pitfall and How to Avoid It
These reports are so important, we want to send them to you FREE!
Your first FREE report focuses on the groundbreaking work of Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Dr. Newberg is one of the founders of the field of “neurotheology” — the scientific study of the relationship between the brain and spiritual phenomena.
And your second FREE report focuses on the research results of 47 double-blind medical studies on the proven health benefits of prayer.
Some of these benefits include:
- Improved immune function
- Reduced risk of death from heart attack and stroke
- Reduced stress and increased peace of mind
- Reduction or elimination of panic attacks, anxiety, and depression
- Reduced impact from chronic pain
- A more positive, happy outlook on life
- A healthier, longer, more fulfilled life
We’ve reserved copies of both reports for you. But first, let’s preview some of the amazing facts you’ll discover when you get your hands on this faith-enhancing information.
We need to begin by defining “prayer.”
For the purposes of our research, we defined “praying” as any mental activity that includes:
- Traditional prayers practiced by people of religious faith, such as making a petition to God, or expressing gratitude for God’s goodness.
- Meditation, or contemplative reflection on a power greater than oneself, which can be God, the Universe, or all Life.
- Focused positive thinking, such as speaking affirmations, setting worthwhile goals, and maintaining positive thoughts and speech.
- Attending a church or synagogue service and praying and singing with the congregation.
Of course, if you’re a person who prays regularly, you already know prayer has given you many remarkable benefits.
Yet what you probably don’t know — but will discover today — is . . .
The proven brain science behind prayer.
So please keep reading to discover:
- What’s going on in your brain while you’re praying that actually improves your physical and mental health.
- What medical researchers have discovered about the “act of praying” that will help you get even better results.
- What specific amount of “prayer time” per day can help prevent memory loss, mental decline, and even dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- And, finally, the key prayer pitfall that can literally make you sick (and this is one of the most important things you’ll ever discover).
The exciting news is that science has these answers! And now you’ll get them in your valuable FREE reports . . .
Many folks just like you tell us how thrilled they are to finally see their faith validated by science.
See what other readers have said
about these special reports on prayer.
Bernadette W. from Culleoka, TN, said:
“Thank you for such an insightful article. As an RN, I have helped my patients to pray because it helps bring peace, lessens fear, and provides comfort. Fear is a dreadful thing and has drastic effects on the mind and body and can even cause death. It was interesting to read your article about prayer and the mind. I will read it again!”
Connie B. of Port Matilda, PA, wrote to tell us:
“I was thrilled with your report on prayer and healing. The body is affected by the mind, and if we look to the true source of healing we will receive contentment which frees the body of stress. Keep up the good work.”
Mary S. of Merritt Island, FL, sent this email:
“I was so happy to receive ‘Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer.’ I am 73 years old and have been having trouble remembering things. I am definitely trying it. This newsletter is an answer to my prayer!”
As you can see, our report has had a very enthusiastic response. And for good reasons.
So let me show you what’s in it for you that can make a real difference in your life — and let’s begin with an illustration of the brain . . .
See how prayer and spiritual practices impact the different parts of your brain, and how that, in turn, affects your physical and mental health.
Note the four major areas of the brain — the frontal lobe, the anterior cingulate, the parietal lobes, and the limbic system, which is comprised of several smaller parts.
Each of these areas plays an important role. Yet, according to Dr. Newberg, two of the four parts are much more important to your health and happiness, especially as you age.
And good news for people of faith! Prayer stimulates the
parts of your brain that help keep you healthy and happy.
First, your frontal lobe, which is located just behind your forehead, is activated when you focus your attention, plan, reason, read, or speak.
Obviously, this area is extremely important, as these are things you do almost every waking hour of every day.
But the danger is that the frontal lobe can shrink with age, and this shrinkage is associated with memory loss, mental decline, and even dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to avoid this life-robbing mental decline?
Well, now you can. You see, prayer stimulates the frontal lobe, helps keep it healthy, and prevents age-related shrinkage.
This is one of Dr. Andrew Newberg’s most exciting findings, and he was able to repeat the result, again and again, as he monitored brain waves in the frontal lobe of his subjects as they prayed.
However, Dr. Newberg discovered that casual praying for just a few minutes per day had
significant impact on the frontal lobe.
To get good results, he observed that his subjects needed to pray for at least “a specific number of minutes per day” or longer.
In your FREE report —
Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer
— you’ll discover exactly how many minutes per day you’ll need to pray, to gain this valuable anti-aging benefit.
I’ll give you a hint . . .
It’s more than 5 minutes, but not nearly as long as you’d spend doing chores such as vacuuming the house or washing the car.
Next, let’s move on to the anterior cingulate, the area of the brain that’s activated when we feel empathy and compassion for others.
This part of our brain is what distinguishes us from animals. Dr. Newberg calls it our “neurological heart.”
And the good news is that prayer activates your anterior cingulate, which helps you feel compassion for others and a loving connection to God, or all Life.
This, as you’ll see in a moment, has many positive health benefits. You’ll get full details on all of this in your two FREE reports.
But let’s continue with this overview, and consider . . .
How a certain part of your brain can result in bodily
and mental harm when unnecessarily activated.
Here’s why you’re better off with less activity in this area of your brain . . .
Your parietal lobes give you a sense of yourself separate from other people and things in the world.
This area is important for spatial reckoning, physical self-awareness, and ego, but activity here can also give you a feeling of isolation and loneliness.
And what’s more, excess brain activity here is
associated with health benefits.
But I’m delighted to report that Dr. Newberg says the time you spend praying, attending religious services, and even singing with the congregation lowers activity in your parietal lobes.
Lowering activity in your parietal lobes helps you to forget yourself and your problems. Instead, you are more apt to feel love and compassion for others, as well as a closeness to God or all Life.
There are many scientifically proven health benefits to this. I’ll give you several just ahead, but here’s one now . . .
Studies show that prayer can significantly reduce how you experience pain.
That’s because prayer reduces activity in the parietal lobes, which causes you to have less awareness of yourself and more awareness of others.
Don’t you think that’s worthwhile?
Absolutely, and in your FREE report,
Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer,
you’ll see how to enhance this pain-reducing effect.
Finally, we must consider the limbic system.
Frankly, the limbic area of your brain can be a real troublemaker.
You see, the limbic system includes several parts situated just above your spinal cord. This is the primitive area of your brain. It’s sometimes called reptilian, because even reptiles have a limbic system.
The limbic system is where emotions are produced, including anger, fear, resentment, anxiety, depression, and pessimism.
Some of these emotions were necessary for the “fight or flight” response our ancestors needed to survive. But they have far less value in our modern civilized society, since these days you’re a mature adult living a stable life.
Under such circumstances, negative emotions will unnecessarily cause physical and emotional harm.
How can you reduce these harmful negative emotions?
According to Dr. Newberg, that’s easy. Prayer turns off the limbic system. Yes, it actually “turns it off.”
In fact, Dr. Newberg says that the more you diminish the activity in your parietal lobes and limbic system while at the same time you increase the activity in your frontal lobe and anterior cingulate . . .
The HAPPIER and HEALTHIER you’ll be.
This is the wonderful recipe you’ll discover in your FREE report, Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer.
Simply put, prayer and spiritual practices increase activity in the areas of your brain that are most helpful to you, and diminish activity in the areas that are less helpful and even harmful.
Here are just a few of the amazing benefits of daily prayer:
- Increases your ability to feel love and compassion . . .
- Improves your memory and mental function . . .
- Prevents your frontal lobe from shrinking, which is the cause of memory loss, mental decline, and even Alzheimer’s . . .
- Reduces stress and negative emotions, so you can feel at peace with yourself and others . . .
You can almost say that prayer is a kind of “fountain of youth.”
And that’s why all of us here at
The Mind Health Report
want you to have a FREE copy of
Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer
with a special offer available only from this letter.
Here’s just some of what you’ll discover in your special report:
- The brain-healthy diet — which foods strengthen your mental function, and which foods do harm . . .
- Simple ways to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression . . .
- How to increase optimism, which in turn improves your immune function and reduces your risk for heart attack and stroke . . .
- How spiritual practices improve mental function and your ability to solve everyday problems . . .
- How many minutes per day you should pray to stimulate your frontal lobe and prevent mental decline . . .
- Simple steps to take care of your brain to make it wiser and more efficient . . .
- Plus, Dr. Newberg’s step-by-step guide on how to resolve conflicts in relationships without triggering anger or resentment . . .
Does this sound worthwhile?
Well, listen to what readers of The Mind Health Report
have said about this valuable report:
John P. from Ararat, VA, reported:
“I found your ‘how prayer affects the brain’ issue very interesting. It was all new to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ‘regions of the brain chart’ was especially interesting. The most interesting [was] where Dr. Newberg examined the effects of meditation on people who were experiencing difficulty with memory. Both my wife and I were interested . . . because of past family history. We have shared this information with family members.”
Elizabeth H. of Canada said:
“I very much enjoyed your article about how prayer has physical and mental benefits. It doesn’t surprise me . . . Prayer gives me a great sense of peace in my life.”
And Oeda B. from Bluefield, WV was thrilled to tell us:
“I liked the Mind Health Report’s Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer. It was really good, and I know that you are right — prayer does strengthen your brain, lower your blood pressure, and keep you healthy. I hardly ever get depressed. If I do, I pray and it goes away.”
I know you’re going to be delighted with your first FREE report, but don’t forget . . .
You’ll also receive a FREE copy of this report:
‘47 Health Benefits of Prayer Plus: The Prayer Pitfall and How to Avoid It.’
Let me show you just a few of the amazing benefits of prayer that you’ll discover in this report — and also warn you about the No. 1 prayer pitfall . . .
The following benefits have been reported in leading medical journals:
- Two studies showed that praying for a person increases your capacity for forgiveness. And a third showed that forgiveness was associated with better overall health and satisfaction with life. (Florida State University; Psychological Science)
- An analysis of 42 studies involving 125,000 people found that people who participate in spiritual practices are healthier and live longer. (Health Psychology)
- Several studies have shown that prayer and other spiritual practices reduce or alleviate depression. (The American Journal of Psychiatry)
- A study at Utah State University showed that older people with strong religious beliefs handled stress as well as persons 30 to 40 years younger and did not experience an elevation of blood pressure. (Annals of Behavioral Medicine)
Can you imagine getting benefits like these? All through daily prayer? Let’s look at a few more . . .
- In a study of 202 people suffering from chronic pain, researchers found that those who prayed or concentrated on positive thoughts were less affected by the pain and had a more positive outlook on life. (Journal of Behavioral Medicine)
- In a study of 6,000 Californians between the ages of 21 and 75, those who attended weekly religious services reduced the risk of disease and death to the same extent as “not smoking or abusing alcohol.” (International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine)
- Researchers at Duke University tracked nearly 4,000 people age 65 and older and found 40% less risk of elevated blood pressure among those who prayed daily and attended religious services weekly. (International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine)
Let me pause just briefly . . .
Note that we’ve barely scratched the surface of the 47 scientifically proven benefits of prayer, but already you can see that prayer and regular spiritual practices will help you live a healthier, happier, and longer life.
Not convinced yet? Listen to this:
- Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine studied more than 2,000 people over age 65 and found that those who attended religious services were less likely to lose their mental faculties or become physically disabled. (Journal of Gerontology)
- Researchers at the University of Iowa found that people who make spiritual practices a regular part of their lives boost their resistance to viruses and other infections, which they concluded accounted for their healthier, longer lives. (Health Psychology)
But by contrast . . .
- Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health tracked 28,000 men between the ages of 42 and 77 for 10 years. They found those who had no spiritual practice in their lives had significantly
risk of death from heart disease. (American Journal of Epidemiology)
As you can see, this is extremely valuable information to have. And remember, you’ll get full details on all these, plus another 37 benefits, in your FREE copy of
47 Health Benefits of Prayer, Plus The Prayer Pitfall and How to Avoid It.
And regarding that key prayer pitfall, let me give you a hint — it involves a kind of lazy thinking, or improperly focused prayer.
You’ll find this tip one of the most valuable things you’ll ever learn, because allowing this lazy thinking — or sloppy type of prayer — can literally make you sick.
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P.S. So many folks just like you have enjoyed our reports on the scientifically proven benefits of prayer and faith. Here are more of their stories:
Vicki B. from Canada emailed this to us:
“I enjoyed your issue and couldn’t believe (quite frankly) that you would touch on this subject from the medical profession. Kudos to you.”
Jim P. of Holliston, MA, told us:
“It was a great issue, emphasizing the medical details of how faith affects our mental and physical well-being . . . It also reinforced how pessimism and cynicism affect the health of each individual and our nation.”
Norwood R. of Winston-Salem, NC, wrote to tell us:
“It is one of the most meaningful writings I have ever read. I have shared it with my Sunday School class and it was gratefully accepted. Thanks!”
And Glenn P. from Lombard, IL, was thrilled to tell us:
“Thank you for a great issue of the
Mind Health Report.
As a certified trainer in Brain Based Learning . . . I now know where to start my research for future presentations and include the ‘spirituality side’ of the positive effects on the brain . . . I will be providing my [students] with the information from Dr. Newberg and his studies . . . I am really excited to delve further into the study of the brain and prayer.”
To Your Continued Health & Longevity,
For Newsmax Health