- Does prayer really work?
- Can prayer prevent and even reverse disease?
- Can prayer strengthen your brain and prevent mental decline?
- Can prayer improve your relationships?
- Can prayer increase your happiness and success?
Yes, these are truly fascinating questions, but don't look to the mainstream media for answers.
In fact, the media routinely avoid this subject, even though statistics show three out of every four Americans pray on a daily or weekly basis.
But with so many people praying regularly, we thought you deserved scientific answers to these and many more questions on prayer.
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.
Hello, I'm Travis Davis, publisher of the Newsmax's The Mind Health Report, the 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 . . .
To this end, we sent our 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 learned from their laboratory tests and controlled double-blind medical studies regarding these questions . . .
- Does prayer work?
- What impact does prayer have on your brain?
- What benefits, if any, does prayer offer to your physical, mental, and
- 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 . . .
Because not only can you measure prayer as brain activity, but prayer also has been 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 . . .
- Decrease your suffering from pain . . .
- Give you a healthier, longer, and happier life . . .
In fact, it even does far more than this. And today, I'm going to share with you some of what we discovered.
But since our presentation here is limited, I also want you to know that we've prepared two detailed reports for you . . .
These Reports are So Important,
We Want You to Have Both of Them FREE!
Your first FREE report (a $15 value) 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 (also a $15 value) 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
- Less 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
In just a moment, you'll see how to get FREE copies of both reports. But first, let me preview some of the amazing facts you'll discover in them . . .
And let's begin by defining "prayer."
At The Mind Health Report, our goal is to help you achieve better physical, mental, and emotional health through good brain health.
So, 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 that prayer has brought many positive benefits to your life . . .
Yet what you probably don't know — but will discover today — is . . .
The Brain Science Behind Prayer
Just keep reading, because you'll 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
can actually help you get even better results . . .
- How a specific amount of "prayer time" per day can help prevent memory loss,
mental decline, and even dementia and Alzheimer's . . .
- And, finally, the #1 prayer pitfall that can actually make you sick
(this is one of the most important bits of wisdom you'll ever gain) . . .
The exciting news is that science has these answers. And now you'll get them in your valuable FREE reports . . .
Now, briefly, before I show you what's in your FREE reports that will benefit you, listen to what our Mind Health Report readers have said about Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer . . .
As You Can See, This Report— That You'll Get FREE — Has Had a Very Enthusiastic Response . . .
And for good reason. Let me show you what's in it for you that can make a real difference in your life.
Let's begin with an illustration of the brain.
You'll 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 lobe, and the limbic system, which is comprised of several smaller parts.
Each of these areas plays an important role, but according to Dr. Newberg, two of the four parts are much more important to your health and happiness, especially as you age.
And the good news is this . . .
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, or when you 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 your 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 no significant impact on the frontal lobe.
To get good results, he observed that his subjects needed to pray for a specific minimum 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 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 to 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. And please remember, because we're limited by space here, you'll get full details on all of this in your two FREE reports.
And you can claim your two FREE reports just for trying The Mind Health Report for a few pennies a day.
As the Health Publisher for Newsmax Media, I can tell you that The Mind Health Report is one of our most popular newsletters.
And rightfully so, because it shows you how to keep your brain healthy and active, which in turn keeps your body and mind healthy and happy.
But let's continue now and consider two parts of your brain that are sometimes useful, but when unnecessarily activated can actually cause bodily and mental harm.
Plus, why you're better off with less activity in these areas of your brain . . .
First are your parietal lobes, which 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, brain activity here is not associated with health benefits.
Fortunately, Dr. Newberg says the time you spend praying, attending religious services, and even singing with the congregation deactivates your parietal lobes!
This helps you to forget yourself and your problems, and instead 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.
Do you think that's worthwhile? Absolutely, and in your FREE report, Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer, you'll discover how to enhance this pain-reducing effect.
And let me also say that each month we go out and talk to recognized brain experts, then report our findings in The Mind Health Report.
As a regular reader, you can count on learning dozens of valuable tips in the coming year that will significantly improve the quality of your life.
After all, nothing is more important than brain health, because your brain affects every part of your body, as well as your feelings, even from one hour to the next. And when you understand how it works, you can control it in ways that dramatically improve your life.
Let's see more . . .
Finally, we must consider the limbic system, which frankly 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, sometimes called reptilian, because even reptiles have a limbic system.
The limbic system is where negative emotions are produced, such as anger, fear, and resentment, as well as 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, especially when you're mature and 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 Your Limbic System
In fact, Dr. Newberg says that the more you diminish the activity in your parietal lobes and limbic system, at the same time you increase the activity in your frontal lobe and anterior cingulate — and as a result, you'll be HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER!
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 — just for "auditioning" The Mind Health Report for a few pennies a day.
Here's just some of what you'll discover in your FREE copy of Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer . . .
- The brain-healthy diet — which foods strengthen your mental function,
and which foods do your brain 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 (or more) you'll need to 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 even more readers of The Mind Health Report have said about it . . .
Mary S. of Merritt Island, Fla., sent this email . . .
Bernadette W. from Culleoka, Tenn., said . . .
Connie B. of Port Matilda, Pa., wrote to tell us . . .
John P. from Ararat, Va., reported . . .
And Oeda B. from Bluefield, W.Va., was thrilled to tell us . . .
I know you're going to be delighted with Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer, but don't forget . . .
Your Second FREE Bonus Report
You'll also receive a FREE copy of The 47 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Prayer, plus the #1 Prayer Pitfall That Can Make You Sick.
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 #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)
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)
And 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 close friends or spiritual practice in their lives had significantly increased 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 of these, plus another 37 benefits, in your FREE copy of . . .
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.
And regarding the #1 prayer pitfall, let me give you a hint — it involves a kind of lazy thinking, or improperly focused prayer.
Your FREE report explains it, and I can guarantee you'll find it one of the most valuable things you'll ever learn . . . because allowing this lazy thinking — or sloppy type of prayer — can actually make you sick.
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