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  • Being 'Born-Again' linked to Brain Atrophy

    Had to share this.

    My response: That's okay, I have the mind of Christ. Apparently, I don't need a bigger hippocampus. Jesus says that my flesh is now dead and I am alive by His Spirit!

    http://www.philly.com/philly/health/132456883.html


    Being 'Born-Again' Linked to More Brain Atrophy: Study

    Older adults who say they've had a life-changing religious experience are more likely to have a greater decrease in size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain critical to learning and memory, new research finds.

    According to the study, people who said they were a "born-again" Protestant or Catholic, or conversely, those who had no religious affiliation, had more hippocampal shrinkage (or "atrophy") compared to people who identified themselves as Protestants, but not born-again.

    The study is published online in PLoS ONE.

    As people age, a certain amount of brain atrophy is expected. Shrinkage of the hippocampus is also associated with depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    In the study, researchers asked 268 people aged 58 to 84 about their religious affiliation, spiritual practices and life-changing religious experiences. Over the course of two to eight years, changes to the hippocampus were monitored using MRI scans.

    The researchers suggested that stress over holding religious beliefs that fall outside of the mainstream may help explain the findings.

    "One interpretation of our finding -- that members of majority religious groups seem to have less atrophy compared with minority religious groups -- is that when you feel your beliefs and values are somewhat at odds with those of society as a whole, it may contribute to long-term stress that could have implications for the brain," Amy Owen, lead author of the study and a research associate at Duke University Medical Center, said in a Duke news release.

    The study authors also suggested that life-changing religious experiences could challenge a person's established religious beliefs, triggering stress.

    "Other studies have led us to think that whether a new experience you consider spiritual is interpreted as comforting or stressful may depend on whether or not it fits in with your existing religious beliefs and those of the people around you," David Hayward, research associate at Duke University Medical Center, added. "Especially for older adults, these unexpected new experiences may lead to doubts about long-held religious beliefs, or to disagreements with friends and family."

    The researchers noted other factors related to hippocampal atrophy, such as age, depression or brain size, as well as other religious factors such as prayer or meditation, could not explain the study's findings.

    More information

    The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides details on brain atrophy.



    -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

    SOURCE: Duke University, news release, May 19, 2011

    Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

  • #2
    My brain is already shot. The corpus callosum and prefrontal lobes in particular!

    My husband has brain damage on 3 lobes of his brain.

    It all goes to 2 Corinthians 12:9. Boy, if I ever got a tattoo it would probably be: "Gods strength is made perfect in weakness".

    " I have had an increasing burden to engage in some down and dirty, street evangelism." March 6, 2010

    Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “ Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”

    Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

    Matthew 22:9 NIV
    'So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’


    I'm praying for you daily!
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    • #3
      I don't put much stock in studies like that. There are so many reasons
      for the quoted 'shrinkage', and they are already only including older
      adults. Nothing was said about overall other health conditions, exercise,
      education, lifestyle, etc. You can skew studies like that in all kinds of
      directions. Pah, doesn't bother me a bit.
      Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech haolam --Blessed are you O Lord our God, King of the universe

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      • #4
        the part of the brain critical to learning and memory.....
        Learning what exactly?

        Memorizing whose truth?

        Perhaps God shuts down the parts of our minds that would continue to absorb the overwhelming daily propaganda of this world {evolution, the "green" movement, socialism, anti-semitism, gay marriage etc...}

        ....while filling the void with His ways. Of course secular scientists would see it as "brain atrophy" but I like the trade off!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BarbT View Post
          Learning what exactly?

          Memorizing whose truth?

          Perhaps God shuts down the parts of our minds that would continue to absorb the overwhelming daily propaganda of this world {evolution, the "green" movement, socialism, anti-semitism, gay marriage etc...}

          ....while filling the void with His ways. Of course secular scientists would see it as "brain atrophy" but I like the trade off!
          Stupid study.

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          • #6
            More propoganda to assist with the the "Christians are bigots" myth.

            These people aren't even being creative anymore.....quite frankily they are starting to bore me with their excuses.
            John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

            John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.

            Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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            • #7
              John 3:30

              Now who's got a case of the big head...

              Romans 1:22

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              • #8
                No brain atrophy when studying the KJV; you have to concentrate learning the terminology; regurgitated pablum like "The Message" induces brain atrophy; one way your mind gets sharpened.

                Originally posted by BarbT View Post
                Learning what exactly?

                Memorizing whose truth?

                Perhaps God shuts down the parts of our minds that would continue to absorb the overwhelming daily propaganda of this world {evolution, the "green" movement, socialism, anti-semitism, gay marriage etc...}

                ....while filling the void with His ways. Of course secular scientists would see it as "brain atrophy" but I like the trade off!
                Entertainment - amusement - to engross; absorb; distract.



                Revelation 22:17a The Spirit and Bride are now saying, "Come!" The ones who hear are now saying, "Come!" The ones who thirst are now saying, "Come!" so come LORD Jesus !
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                • #9
                  I am sorry to report that the article is correct. Here's a list of devout Christians whose mental inadequacies have made history:

                  Sir Isaac Newton
                  Michael Farraday
                  Astronaut James Irwin
                  Johannes Kepler
                  Antoine Leeuwenhoek
                  Lord Kelvin
                  George Washington Carver
                  George Washington
                  J.R.R. Tolkien
                  C.S. Lewis
                  Gregor Mendel
                  Simon Greenleaf
                  Sir Francis Bacon
                  G.K. Chesterton
                  the Wright brothers
                  James Watt
                  Max Planck

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                  • #10
                    Soon this will be considered a mental disorder only corrected by psychotic drugs and "therapy".

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                    • #11
                      -or therapeutic lobotomy.

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                      • #12
                        Or perhaps they will send us all into outer space to be re-habilitated and re-grow our poor hippocampuses or hippocampi. The world will wonder where we've gone.... Hmmmmmm I am really loving all the rapture explanation scenerios... Oh! and the children too as their hippocampuses are small as well. Maybe the aliens have a machine that teleports anyone whose hippo only weighs a certain amount or less....
                        Please pray for my unsaved loved-ones. Time is short.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by araj54 View Post
                          Soon this will be considered a mental disorder only corrected by psychotic drugs and "therapy".
                          Every time I read news like this I feel like I need some therapy.

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                          • #14
                            Romans 1:22~

                            Professing to be wise, they became fools,

                            ~~there is so much truth in this~~
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                            Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by araj54 View Post
                              Soon this will be considered a mental disorder only corrected by psychotic drugs and "therapy".
                              They already do that in communist China



                              Revelation 22:17a The Spirit and Bride are now saying, "Come!" The ones who hear are now saying, "Come!" The ones who thirst are now saying, "Come!" so come LORD Jesus !
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                              Never Heard of Jesus? | The Evidence Bible | Tent Meeting | The Beast/666 | The Kingdom of Darkness | The Nephilim

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