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Maharishi Integrative Medicine: New paradigm for medical schools
by Global Good News staff writer
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31 March 2009
'Health care consumes two trillion dollars a year in the USA—15% of the GDP. It is contributing to the recession and threatening to bankrupt the country,' says Dr Robert Schneider, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and Director of the Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management, USA.
Dr Schneider is a leading proponent of Maharishi Vedic Medicine, named in honour of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation Technique, who revived the complete understanding of the ancient Vedic Knowledge, including Ayur-Veda, which had become fragmented and misunderstood over the centuries.
Recently, the US National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine invited Dr Schneider and other experts to discuss trends in medicine and medical education. Please see Part I.
Prevention of acute and chronic disease to lower costs and improve quality of life is becoming a priority. Integrative medicine—the integration of conventional medicine with complementary systems of natural medicine—is increasingly seen as a valuable approach. 'The economics of health care, and also patient demand, are forcing the medical community to reconsider basic assumptions—it's what people want,' said Dr Schneider. 'Half the people around the world already use natural medicine. . . .
'These are themes that Maharishi has been talking about for years,' he said. 'We've been researching and practising Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health for 30 years.'
To address these issues, a new medical school—Maharishi College of Perfect Health—has been founded. The curriculum, guided by Maharishi's vision, includes three dimensions:
* Modern medicine—the most effective modalities with the least negative side-effects
* Maharishi Ayur-Veda—the 40 approaches for mind, body, and environment, based on the Unified Field of Natural Law
* Other systems of natural, complementary medicine—Chinese medicine, homeopathy, manipulative modalities such as chiropractic, as well as energy and information medicine
Maharishi College of Perfect Health, which began offering pre-med courses in February, is a prototype for other institutions around the world. Three levels of education are offered: pre-med (which will meet requirements for any medical school), graduate MD and MS degrees, and post-graduate programmes for physicians wishing to take advanced courses.
'The term integrative medicine is very common now,' said Dr Schneider. 'For the most part, however, it is not systematic; it doesn't have a unified theoretical or practical basis, nor is it based in the fundamental understanding of Natural Law. This is the first medical school in the world to train new physicians from the very beginning in the complete knowledge of health care, these three dimensions based on the total knowledge of Natural Law, so we're referring to it as Maharishi Integrative Medicine to signify this unique approach.'
For more information about Maharishi College of Perfect Health, please see www.mum.edu/premed and also an earlier article on Global Good News.
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