IN TONGUES STUDY
OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
following is a letter from Carl Peterson, MD on speaking
Christian Psychiatrist Carl R. Peterson, M.D.
CHRISTIAN-PSYCHIATRY SERVICES, INC.
you for your inquiry regarding the relationship of
extended periods of praying in tongues and joyful
laughter to brain activity. As you will read in the
enclosed explanation, I shared some information
concerning this with several ministers at a gathering
some time ago. I pray this information will be helpful
Respectfully, Carl R. Peterson, M.D.
OF EXTENDED VERBAL PRAYER AND JOYFUL LAUGHTER
had a number of inquiries concerning the efficacy of
praying in the spirit (speaking in tongues) and its
benefit to the human immune system, i.e., immunity
enhanced by chemicals released from a part of the brain.
I am attempting to clarify some information I have
shared with a number of ministers. This is information
that may be deduced from what we know about the way the
brain functions. We do know the part of the brain
affected most noticeably by extended prayer and laughter
represents a significant portion of the brain and its
metabolic activity. Therefore, voluntary speech during
extended vocal prayer causes a major stimulation in
these parts of the brain (mainly the hypothalamus). The
hypothalamus has direct regulation of four major systems
of the body, mainly: a) the pituitary gland and all
target endocrine glands; b) the total immune system; c)
the entire autonomic system; and d) the production of
brain hormones called endorphins and enkephalons, which
are chemicals the body produces and are 100-200 times
more powerful than morphine.
summary, a very significant percentage of the central
nervous system is directly and indirectly activated in
the process of extended verbal and musical prayer over a
period of time. This results in a significant release of
brain hormones which, in turn, increases the body's
general immunity. It is further enhanced through joyful
laughter with increased respirations and oxygen intake
to the brain, diaphragm and other muscles. This same
phenomenon is seen in physical activity in general
,i.e., running, etc.
from the Word of God that there is a true joy that
builds and sustains. Nehemiah tells us the joy of the
Lord is our strength. There is joy in the presence of
Jehovah. We, as believers having entered into that
wonderful presence of our Lord, know this to be true.
What we must continue to remember is that the joy of the
Lord spoken of in the Word is so much more than any
manifestation. We can truly have that unspeakable joy in
the face of any trials we may encounter, one for joy is
grounded in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
the above information helps to clarify the report you
received regarding my statement in the area of the
physical effects of speaking in tongues and joyful
laughter for extended periods of time. Truly, we all
benefit -- body, soul, and spirit – from obedience and
yielding to the Spirit of God in every area of our