Dr. Andrew Newberg from Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia has been studying the effect of praying on the brain for 20 years and believes that prayer is not a cure for cancer, but it can be a very useful tool in treating this disease .
– On the right side of the picture is the brain of a person at rest and has significantly redder color in terms of the brain of the person praying, explained Dr. Newberg, showing pictures on his mobile phone.
These changes are sure signs that prayer has a healing power.
– On the scientific side we follow these changes in terms of the different brain activities, as well as changes of chemical compounds that are found in the brain, explained Newberg.
He stressed that the brain is the most important organ in the human body because it controls breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and thus the effects of prayer can be transferred to the body, and as a final result it can have great healing effects.
He also explained that religion provides comfort to patients in stressful situations and warned that they should rely on faith as a “powerful universal cure”. Newberg believes that religion and medicine should cooperate.
– We are aware that religion is not a cure for cancer or any other disease, but we can advise believers to pray if it makes them feel better, said Newberg.