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How Does Praying Regularly Effect the Onset of Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's disease progression - brain degeneration
Science Has Proven
Did you know that praying regularly can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other memory problems by 50 percent? It is true.
I heard this the other morning on Faith Radio while on my daily commute to work.
That is great news to me, as I pray continually, and being that my mother has dementia, I was just assuming that at some point I will too, but hey, this does not have to be the case.
Now, praying casually for just a few minutes (according to joint Israeli-American studies) a day has no significant impact on the frontal lobe. So, to get the good results, one needs to pray for a specific minimum number of minutes per day – or longer, i.e., more than five minutes, but less than the time it takes to vacuum your house or wash your car.
All I know is that the Bible tells us to pray without ceasing or to pray continually, so that is even better yet, of course.
These findings confirm earlier studies that indicated one’s spirituality can play a positive role. You think?
Remember that old saying, “An apple a day could keep the doctor away?” Well, now, we can say, a prayer a day could keep the doctor away too! How awesome.
It is not relevant whether you pray in public or in private, either way, your stress levels are lowered, which is one of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s.
Get this - in other studies (National Institute of Health), neuroscientists learned from their laboratory tests and controlled double-blind medical studies that, not only can you measure prayer as brain activity, but prayer also has been scientifically proven to help in the following areas:
· 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 . . .
No one had to tell me this, as I know and have experienced the power of prayer in my life!
What happens when we pray, and what is very comforting for the “patients” of Alzheimer’s, is that it is something that goes into our long term memory many, many years ago.
Prayer and spiritual practices impact the different parts of your brain, and that, in turn, affects your physical and mental health.
Reference: www.haaretz.com; National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C.
Alzheimer's disease - Beta-amyloid plaque formation
The four major areas of the brain are:
The frontal lobe, the anterior cingulated, the parietal lobe, and the limbic system, which is comprised of several smaller parts.
Each of these areas plays an important role, but two of the four parts are much more important to your health and happiness as you age.
Prayer actually stimulates your frontal lobe, helps keep it healthy, and prevents age-related shrinkage.
Prayer activates your anterior cingulated,
The anterior cingulated part of the brain, is the part of the brain that distinguishes us from animals, it is our “neurological heart.”
Prayer activates your anterior cingulated, which helps you to feel compassion for others and a loving connection to God, or all life.
Holmes and Evil
Hey, so prayer is really and truly the answer to all this evil in this world.
If everyone on the planet prayed, it would be a more compassionate and loving world, as our brains are changed just by praying.
Even in the case of Holmes, if he prayed, it could have possibly actually changed his brain from being sick and evil to compassionate and loving!
Wow, that is amazing to think about.
The Parietal Lobes
Who hates pain?
I know I do!
Well, guess what, prayer reduces activity in the parietal lobes, which causes you to have less awareness of yourself and more awareness of others.
So prayer actually strengthens your brain, how powerful!
The limbic system, which is the real troublemaker – where negative emotions are produced, such as anger, fear, and resentment, as well as anxiety, depression, and pessimism.
Back in the day, some of these emotions were necessary for the “fight or flight” response our ancestors needed to survive. But they have way less value today, in modern society, especially when you are mature and living a stable life.
Under such circumstances, negative emotions will unnecessarily cause physical and emotional harm. So, how can we reduce these harmful negative emotions? Guess what? Prayer turns off your limbic system!
Reference: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Praying Increases Your Capacity to Forgive
One of the coolest things, also shown in two studies, that praying for a person increases your capacity for forgiveness. And in a third study, it was shown that forgiveness was associated with better overall health and satisfaction with life.
Boy, do I know this to be a fact in my own personal life!!!
All of this is now being said by science, how great.
These scientific studies were funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C.
Of course, I did not have to have any scientist tell me one thing about the power of prayer, as I have no doubt whatsoever it works.
“. . . The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16 NIV)
Righteous just means that one is right with God, i.e., you have repented of your sins, so there is no barrier between you and God to block that two-way communication!!!
Join with me to continue to pray daily, and to increase our daily praying, for ourselves, others and the whole world, and then let us rejoice in the power of prayer for a renewed abundant life that Jesus said he came to give the whole world!