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Treating high blood pressure with Transcendental Meditation: Health News from WUSA-TV in Washington, DC
by Mario Orsatti
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18 June 2010
Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., USA, has received federal government funding to conduct research on reducing high blood pressure through Transcendental Meditation. WUSA-TV in Washington recently featured a report on this current research initiative.
Describing the research and the news report, Dr Mario Orsatti writes:*
High blood pressure has been called the ''silent killer'' because it can damage your body's organs without any symptoms. Uncontrolled, it can cause a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, vision problems and other critical health problems. One in three Americans is under its grip, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. ''It's high blood pressure, and chances are, either you—or someone you know—has it.''
Diet, exercise and medication are tools that can help control high blood pressure, doctors tell us. But new research is now focusing on effective ways to eliminate the stress and tension that can fuel blood pressure in the first place.
So, how do we treat high blood pressure?
Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. is one of a number of U.S. medical centers that have received federal government funding to research the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on reducing stress and treating high blood pressure.
A WUSA-TV news report on Howard University's current research initiative tells the story. In a separate NBC News report on the Howard study, lead researcher Dr. Otelio Randall said, ''The meditation should decrease the stress that comes in through the brain into the vessels and the heart, cause the vessels to relax and dilate, and result in the blood pressure going down.'' The research team is comparing the results of those who are meditating with those who are not.
Rosmary Palmer-Powell, one of the study participants, added, ''I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation for six months and it has really changed my life.''
The Howard study will involve more than 300 subjects, and is being funded by a $3.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health in the US.
* A video of the two-minute WUSA-TV news report on Howard University Hospital's research on Transcendental Meditation and high blood pressure is available in Dr Orsatti's news post on the official US Transcendental Meditation website. The article also includes links to research studies that have been conducted or arecurrently in progress at other universities.
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