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A miracle drug recently approved by FDA

January 19, 2004
The Iranian

"This new medication is going to improve the lives of millions of people," said Dr. Dick C. Faitless, study's author, and assistant professor of medicine and economy at Harvard.

For years, millions of people have been suffering from fear, guilt, and chronic dependency on some sort of higher power. Unfortunately, in the olden days, various philosophical approaches had been employed to capitalize on this problem, which resulted in the creation of various so-called religions. Instead of encouraging independence and dealing with the roots of the problem, people were encouraged to spend hours praying to this so called higher power, and idolize it.

"Until now, scientists had been unsuccessful in finding the antomomomical...I mean anatomical colors...I mean correlates for this weakness for spirituality and totally illogical belief in this made up higher power," explains Dr. George Busch, Director of MGH Neurosurgical Services, and professor of neurosurgery at Harvard University.

In 2000, in a ground breaking study, Drs Faitless and Busch showed that a very small structure adjacent to hypothalamus is responsible for some people's attraction to spirituality. Dr. Faitless adds, "We always thought that this small structure was the tail end of the hypothalamus. However, when we removed this structure in a study on 228 people who spent many hours a day in this repetitive nonsensical behavior, termed prayer, we observed a significant improvement and nearly complete eradication of the aforementioned behavior."

There were complications, however. Removal of the structure severely affected people's emotional behavior. The solution was finding a medication. "Our new challenge was to find a medication that affects that area... because that is safer than surgery... because surgery is pretty dangerous... you know, we use a knife and all," adds Dr. Busch.

The new medication, Prayol, a product of Bznes Inc, which was administered to 1140 patients in 2001, was just what the doctors had ordered. Not only it stopped the repetitive nonsensical behavior, it also improved patients' sex life as a side effect!

Mahboobeh E., the wife of the one of the study patients, is very happy with the results. "My husband used to spend a lot of time praying on the weekends... he is a cab driver with a PhD, you know the type... Since we moved to America, he has been working three times as hard, getting only 2-3 hours of sleep every night... and when he gets some free time, he goes out of the house and goes to this place and starts praying...It's like an addiction, you know. It takes its toll on the family... but since he has been on Prayol, he is much better. And he is better in the bedroom too, if you know what I mean."

The authors refute the argument that providing substantial financial reward to mostly poor subjects to encourage participation in the study could have influenced the results. They do, however, await replication of their results by future studies.

"What I am really excited about," adds Dr. Dick C. Faitless "is the improvement in business as a result of Prayol. Thousands of hours used to be millions of people... in this nonsensical prayer. Now all that time can be put into good use. Millions of people will spend nearly twice as much time working for our businesses in the states, and it doesn't take a mathematician to tell you that this medication can do miracles for our economy."

This study was published in the December issue of Journal of American Medicine and Economy.

Prayol should be available in your local pharmacy by early 2005.

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