The Science of Meditation, Yoga, and Prayer explores and explains the various, scientific health benefits of yoga and meditation, it merges eastern practices of well-being with western science. Everyone experiences stress throughout everyday life, which increases the risk of many illnesses. Daily stress and chronic stress increases oxidative stress in the human body, which is related to many illnesses including heart attacks and strokes. Yoga and meditation are some of the most effective ways to relieve such stress. Scientific research has proven that meditation is the most effective way to relieve stress. Many studies argue that yoga is a superior form of exercise for overall well-being and combatant of stress.
Scientific research has shown that sometimes prayer can be effective in saving the life of a critically ill patient when all medical options are exhausted. Currently, some scientists attempt to explain healing power of prayer and distant healing which cannot be explained from known theories of medical science by using quantum entanglement theory. Throughout The Science of Meditation, Yoga, and Prayer, Dr. Amitava Dasgupta has cited original peer reviewed publications in medical journals to convince readers regarding many health benefits of yoga and meditation as well as potential power of prayer.
“This provocative and thought provoking book is an excellent resource for the medical professional or lay person seeking a deeper understanding of spiritual practices from a scientific perspective.” Dr. Mariana Markell, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
About the Author
Born in Calcutta, India, Dr. Amitava Dasgupta came to the United States in 1980 and received his Ph.D. in 1986 in Chemistry from Stanford University. He then completed his fellowship training in Clinical Chemistry from the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine at Seattle. He is board certified in both Toxicology and Clinical Chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Currently, he teaches pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Texas Medical School. Although a toxicologist by profession, Dr. Dasgupta learned yoga and meditation from his teachers in India. He tries to meditate every day and use it effectively to combat the stress of everyday life including job related academic stress.