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U.S. Senators seek ban on pesticide chlorpyrifos
25 July 2017 - A group of Democratic Senators hopes to ban a pesticide the U.S. government has greenlighted for use, according to a bill unveiled on Tuesday, 25 July. The bill, introduced by Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, would outlaw chlorpyrifos, an agricultural insect-killer that has been found to cause brain damage in children. The bill is called the Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2017. Seven other senators are co-sponsoring it ... Chlorpyrifos, produced by a variety of manufacturers, including a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, is listed as a neurotoxin by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. (more)

US: Florida Organic Growers celebrates 30 years of healthful food
24 July 2017 - Dealing with social justice issues associated with organic farming has been at the core of Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers of Gainesville's work since the group's creation. Known as FOG, the nonprofit this month will celebrate 30 years of fighting for organic farmers, farm workers' rights, and for people on the lower rung of the economic ladder to have access to healthy food. Marty Mesh, executive director of the Gainesville-based organization, said it was established to support and promote sustainable organic agriculture through educating consumers, farmers, businesses, policy makers, and the general public about issues associated with organic farming. FOG also offers a program that makes fresh, local produce more affordable and accessible to low-income families. (more)

Hints that lifestyle changes might guard against dementia
20 July 2017 - Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. There are some hints, but no proof yet, that these and other lifestyle changes just might help stave off dementia. A report in the British journal Lancet Thursday [20 July] raised the prospect that a third of dementia cases around the world could be delayed or even prevented by avoiding key risks starting in childhood that can make the brain more vulnerable to memory loss in old age. (more)

Living healthily, learning more could cut dementia cases by a third
20 July 2017 - Learning new things, eating and drinking well, not smoking and limiting hearing loss and loneliness could prevent a third of dementia cases, health experts said on Thursday, 20 July. In a wide-ranging analysis of the risk factors behind dementia, the researchers highlighted nine as particularly important. (more)

Resistance exercise may help stave off heart, diabetes risks
6 July 2017 - Middle aged adults who do even a small amount of regular strength training exercise may be lowering their risk of so-called metabolic syndrome -- itself a risk factor for both heart disease and diabetes, a recent study suggests. But researchers found that when generally healthy people did strength-building exercise for less than an hour a week they had 29 percent lower odds of developing metabolic syndrome than their peers who did no resistance exercise. 'You already get health benefits with even a low amount of resistance exercise per week, which is good news for people with a very busy lifestyle,' said lead author Esmee Bakker of Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. (more)

US: In Connecticut prison, it's the inmates leading counseling
4 July 2017 - A peer counseling program established and operated by inmates inside a Connecticut prison is being credited with reducing recidivism and disciplinary infractions. The program, launched two years ago by seven inmates serving lengthy sentences, involves an eight-week curriculum and outside speakers. The U.S. attorney for Connecticut and several judges visited one day last week to learn how the inmates are coaching one another to accept responsibility, respect themselves and others, and ultimately prepare for life after prison. (more)

US: Mormon Tabernacle Choir director mentors inmate music group
2 July 2017 - The newest students of the director of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir have the talent you would expect to be honed under the guidance of an experienced music teacher. But they come from an unlikely source -- Utah State Prison. Director Mack Wilberg spent months helping members of the prison's Wasatch Music School prepare for a spring recital in June. The inmates performed with instruments donated by the community and sang gospel, county, and rock songs. The Wasatch Music School began in 2006 with volunteers dedicated to providing resources to inmates so they could learn to play guitar or piano or sing. The group is co-directed by inmate Roland Pitt, who competed with Wilberg in college, and decided to teach music at the prison to atone for his mistakes. Inmate Ron Kelly considers the program a life saver. (more)

US: California to list glyphosate as cancer-causing
27 June 2017 - Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California's list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday, 26 June. Dicamba, a weed killer designed for use with Monsanto's next generation of biotech crops, is under scrutiny in Arkansas after the state's plant board voted last week to ban the chemical. (more)

US: Weed killer ingredient going on California list as cancerous
26 June 2017 - Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday [26 June] toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer. Officials announced that starting July 7 the weed killer's main ingredient, glyphosate, will appear on a list California keeps of potentially cancerous chemicals. A year later, the listing could come with warning labels on the product, officials said. (more)

UK heart disease deaths fall by over 20 per cent since indoor smoking ban
25 June 2017 - Deaths from heart disease and strokes caused by smoking have fallen dramatically since lighting up in pubs, restaurants, and other enclosed public places in England was banned 10 years ago. (more)


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Canada: Find a deeper state of happiness through meditation, not medication - TM and recovery from addiction
24 July 2017 - These days comedian Russell Brand is one of many celebrities finding a natural high without drugs and alcohol. 'I'm quite a neurotic thinker, quite an adrenalized person. But after meditation, I feel this beautiful serenity and selfless connection,' he says. A recent article explains that TM provides the 'basic human need to experience one's true nature - a transcendent, non-changing, absolute state of one's own awareness. When we have that connection, we are no longer dependent on outside stimuli, like drugs and alcohol, to effect a euphoria of well-being. We become naturally content - self-satisfied, self-sufficient, and self-motivated from within ourselves.' BeYouPromise.org has partnered with the Victoria, British Columbia, Transcendental Meditation Centre to offer TM to people in recovery. (more)

Why I practise Transcendental Meditation: Five professional women speak out
21 July 2017 - Linda Egenes has had the opportunity over the years to interview dozens of 'truly inspiring women' who have found that the Transcendental Meditation technique helps their careers, their families and their health. Some are new to TM, others have practised the technique for many years. 'What they have in common,' says Linda, 'is their enthusiasm to tell others about the great things that are happening in their lives since they started to practise TM.' She shares thoughts from five professionals on how the TM technique has become an integral part of a happy, healthy, and successful life. (more)

Rx against trauma: Transcendental Meditation heals PTSD, builds up 'inner immune system' to stress
19 July 2017 - 'We live in traumatic times,' writes William Hathaway in OpEdNews. For victims of war and terror and their families this can be life shattering. Many suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a debilitating condition that can last for decades unless properly treated. Soldiers are highly affected - over half a million US troops deployed since 2001 suffer from PTSD. Fortunately, effective treatments are now available. Ten studies published in professional journals have shown that Transcendental Meditation (TM) rapidly heals PTSD, both in military veterans and civilians. Research also indicates that TM can increase resilience, and 'build up an inner immune system that keeps the stress from devastating us'. (more)

TM is 'a win-win-win-win for employees, their families, the company, and our customers' - Entrepreneur
18 July 2017 - After suffering from mental burnout, Kevin Barnicle, founder and CEO of Controle in Illinois, USA, discovered Transcendental Meditation (TM). Because he personally benefited from the programme, Barnicle began offering to pay half of the cost for employees who wanted to learn TM. He has since noticed employees have better focus, less stress and, in turn, more creative thinking. 'Those three components will not only spill into their personal life, but also their professional life,' said Barnicle. 'So it is a win-win-win-win for them personally, their families and loved ones, the company and our customers.' Mr Barnicle's experience was featured in a recent article in Entrepreneur exploring what eight different companies are doing to support mental health in the workplace. (more)

Every day of my life has gotten better since that first day I learned Transcendental Meditation
15 July 2017 - Michael Funk has participated in numerous medical missions to Central and South American and African countries. 'It can be very taxing emotionally and physically in these situations,' he says, 'but Transcendental Meditation offers the ability to maintain equanimity along with being able to give the support required even in the most demanding situations. Having a technique that allows me to sit down and completely relax and recharge twice a day has been invaluable.' The physician assistant and assistant professor of medical education at Barry University, St. Croix, says, 'TM has expanded my capacity to love, value, and appreciate the diversity of people, places, and things. . . . Every day of my life has gotten better since that first day I learned TM. It's the single most important decision I have made.' (more)

How Transcendental Meditation helps you recover from heartache and trauma
11 July 2017 - Transcendental Meditation 'helps to heal wounds. You're giving your body a state of rest that's deeper than sleep so it heals trauma in the brain in an effortless and profound way,' says Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, which has helped provide TM to thousands of at-risk youth, women survivors of abuse, military veterans, and prison inmates across the US and abroad. A recent article in DatingAdvice.com features Roth's comments in context of the 'epidemic of stress and trauma' afflicting everyday life - noting that 'Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, and easy technique that gives you access to that part of you that's already perfectly calm, settled, peaceful, and wide awake inside.' (more)

MilitaryConnection.com joins the David Lynch Foundation to help provide Transcendental Meditation to military and veterans
7 July 2017 - Military Connection is joining forces with the David Lynch Foundation (DLF) to facilitate their efforts to provide Transcendental Meditation (TM) to those who serve - past and present. The simple, easy-to-learn, evidence-based approach relieves symptoms of PTSD, while developing greater resilience to stress. Partnered with DLF, Military Connection is using its significant reach to provide resources and facilitate partnerships with associations and government agencies serving military and veterans. The organization is also helping spread the word about a current initiative by singer Katy Perry to support DLF's work. Military Connection CEO Debbie Gregory has been practising TM for several years. She says, 'I learned about TM from a wounded warrior, and have seen amazing results in veterans practising TM to combat PTSD.' (more)

Dr. Robert Schneider gives keynote address at Harvard Medical School
6 July 2017 - The unique approach of Maharishi AyurVeda health care, which encompasses theory, research, and clinical application, is drawing increasing national and international attention, including presentations by Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, at events at Harvard University, the European Society of Hypertension in Milan, and the Second International Ayurveda Congress in London. Dr. Schneider, Dean of Maharishi University of Management's College of Integrative Medicine, was invited to give an opening keynote address at Harvard alongside India's Minister of Ayurveda and Yoga at a recent conference on integrating Yoga and Ayurveda into mainstream medicine. (more)

Finding the courage to live your best life: Roz Savage
3 July 2017 - A sought-after corporate speaker and sustainability advocate, Roz Savage is on a quest to live - and help others live - a life that is joyful, meaningful and sustainable. Early on in her career, she 'took a leap into the unknown', embarking on a journey of self-discovery. She went on to become the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. She has been named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic, awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her environmental work, and honoured as a United Nations Climate Hero. Having recently learned Transcendental Meditation, Roz says, 'I've found with Transcendental Meditation it's almost like a kind of ease, of flow, of magic comes into your life. You feel the road rising up to meet you. I have a greater sense of feeling supported by life . . . of feeling connected to something that's bigger.' (more)

UK: Could Ayurveda be the cure for ailing National Health System?
1 July 2017 - As the UK's National Health Service (NHS) shoulders a growing financial burden, the ancient Indian tradition of Ayurveda is being promoted as a way to take the pressure off doctors while helping people keep good health. At the recent Second International Ayurveda Congress in London, Dr Rainer Picha, chairman of the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation in the Netherlands (one of three organizations that hosted the Congress), said: 'Modern medicine has become hugely expensive to support. Rather, we should be focused on the prevention of disease, which is much cheaper than curing diseases.' (more)


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Opium numbs the pain for Indian pickers exploited on Italian farms
25 July 2017 - For almost three years, Amandeep started most of his working days eating opium and ended them smoking heroin. In between he picked watermelons for up to 13 hours a day in what activists say are exploitative conditions faced by thousands of Indian labourers in Italy's Pontine Marshes, just south of Rome. About 30,000 Indians, mainly Sikhs from Punjab state, live in the Pontine Marshes, a region that Italy's fascist regime drained for agriculture in the 1930s. Most work as labourers and over the last decade many have been forced to work for virtually nothing to pay off debts to agents who promised good jobs and organised travel from India. This is known as debt bondage -- the most prevalent form of modern-day slavery worldwide according to the United Nations. As many as 46 million people are estimated to be enslaved globally ... A growing number of these labourers [Indian workers] are taking drugs to cope with long hours, poor conditions and very low pay, according to interviews with workers, doctors, police, and rights groups. . . . At least one worker told a mobile health clinic that he wanted to quit but found it difficult as poppy use was 'strongly encouraged' on his farm. (more)

After woman's mysterious death at Mexico resort, tourists report similar incidents
23 July 2017 - Something sinister is happening at a handful of luxury Mexican resorts -- at least according to one lawyer and some tourists who've vacationed there. After a young woman died under mysterious circumstances at the Iberostar Paraiso Resort in Playa Del Carmen, her family and attorneys have been looking for a plausible explanation for what happened to her. Abbey Conner, 20, died in January within just a few hours of arriving at a resort with her family. ... An attorney hired by the Conner family to investigate the situation visited the resort and noticed numerous young tourists hanging out drinking at the bar. But he also noticed something else. ...The Conners were not the first to report mysterious events and ultimately, tragedy, during their time at a luxury resort in Mexico. An investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed other tourists found themselves in unexplainable situations with no memory of what had occurred. (more)

Absent dads tied to stress-related cellular changes in kids
18 July 2017 - The loss of a father due to death, divorce, or jail is associated with children having shorter caps on the ends of their chromosomes, according to a study that points to a possible biological explanation for health problems often encountered by kids with absent dads. The protective caps known as telomeres shrink with age, and are also thought to erode with extreme stress. Some previous research has linked shorter telomeres to an increased risk of a variety of chronic health problems in adults, including heart disease and cancer. (more)

Stressful experiences 'can age the brain by four years'
17 July 2017 - Stressful events in life, such as the death of a child, divorce, or being fired, can age the brain by at least four years, US researchers suggests. The findings were presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London. Although the research could not establish any direct link between stress and an increased risk of dementia, stressful experiences are known to have an impact on brain function, which could then lead to dementia in the longer term. The theory is that stress increases inflammation, which could increase the chances of developing dementia . . . (more)

How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child's brain
12 July 2017 - It's no secret that growing up in tough circumstances can be hard on kids and lead to behavior and learning problems. But researchers are discovering something different. Many believe that ongoing stress during early childhood -- from grinding poverty, neglect, parents' substance abuse, and other adversity -- can smolder beneath the skin, harming kids' brains and other body systems. And research suggests that can lead to some of the major causes of death and disease in adulthood, including heart attacks and diabetes. . . . Experiments in animals and humans also suggest persistent stress may alter brain structure in regions affecting emotions and regulating behavior. ... 'The science of how poverty actually gets under kids' skin and impacts a child has really been exploding,' said Dr. Benard Dreyer, a former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. (more)

Poor quality sleep could increase Alzheimer's risk, research suggests
10 July 2017 - Prolonged periods of poor sleep increase levels of proteins involved in Alzheimer's disease, research suggests ... While previous research has revealed that bad sleep can increase levels of these proteins, known as beta-amyloid and tau, it was unclear which aspect of shut-eye was behind the uptick. Now researchers say that poor sleep quality, and disruption of the deep, restful sleep known as slow-wave sleep, both play a key role. '[The study] shows specifically that slow wave sleep, or deep sleep, is important for lowering the levels of amyloid overnight,' said Yo-El Ju, a neurologist at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, and a co-author of the research. 'We think that not getting good sleep chronically over the years would increase the risk of the amyloid and tau clumping up and causing Alzheimer's disease.' (more)

Insulating skin on high-rises has fueled fires before London
18 June 2017 - For the last decade, engineers specializing in fire safety have worried about the hidden danger posed by the kind of insulated metallic skin that transported flames up a high-rise apartment building in London, killing dozens. Panels of the armor-like 'cladding' have become a popular facade on tall buildings worldwide, both for their sleek look and energy-saving virtues. They also have helped fuel spectacular infernos in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the United States. (more)

US: Lead found in 20% of baby food samples, especially juices and veggies
16 June 2017 - Pediatricians and public health researchers know they have to be on the lookout for lead exposure from paint chips and contaminated drinking water. A new report suggests food -- particularly baby food -- could be a problem, too. The Environmental Defense Fund, in an analysis of 11 years of federal data, found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. The toxic metal was most commonly found in fruit juices such as grape and apple, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, and cookies such as teething biscuits. The organization's primary focus was on the baby foods because of how detrimental lead can be to child development. Lead can cause problems with attention and behavior, cognitive development, the cardiovascular system and immune system, said Dr. Aparna Bole, pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, who was not involved with the report. (more)

Irregular sleep tied to worse grades
13 June 2017 - College students who go to sleep and wake up at different times during the week may be harming their academic performance, according to a U.S. study. Consistency -- going to bed and waking up at about the same time every day, weekends included -- was linked with a better grade point average (GPA) among the college students in the study, the researchers found. (more)

Even moderate drinking linked to changes in brain structure, study finds
6 June 2017 - Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to changes in brain structure and an increased risk of worsening brain function, scientists said on Tuesday [6 June]. Researchers found people who drank more alcohol had a greater risk of hippocampal atrophy -- a form of brain damage that affects memory and spatial navigation. Drinking more was also linked to poorer 'white matter integrity' -- a factor they described as critical when it comes to cognitive functioning. (more)


Global Good News reviews the impact of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation on health

Raising health standards is a global challenge which transcends national, racial, and gender boundaries. With rising health costs threatening the economies of even the wealthiest nations, medical news repeatedly demonstrates the urgent need for a prevention-oriented approach which looks beyond specific treatments for disease to promoting good health in a holistic way.

Current health news also illustrates the inextricable relationship between individual health and the collective health of society.

Global Good News presents health news for today that looks beyond the current fragmentary and incomplete approach to health care, highlighting positive health news based on approaches that incorporate holistic knowledge of Natural Law.

Global Good News focuses on positive health news in the fields of both individual and collective health, including health news articles relating to the programmes of the Global Country of World Peace. These scientifically-validated technologies derived from the world's most ancient and complete system of natural health care, have been revived in recent decades as Maharishi's Vedic Total Knowledge Based Approach to Health. These technologies include approaches to promoting good health for the mind, body, behaviour, and environment.

Recent health news on this comprehensive system centres on its unique technologies of consciousness—Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme. Scientific research on these techniques comprises more than 600 studies conducted at over 250 independent universities and research institutions in 33 countries. These studies demonstrate a wide range of benefits for individual and collective health, and have appeared in many leading, peer-reviewed journals.

For example, in recent years, a multi-centre medical research team in America has attracted grants totalling over $24 million, principally from the US National Institutes of Health, for research on Transcendental Meditation and prevention of cardiovascular disease. These investigations have been published in prestigious medical journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Stroke, and Hypertension. Results show that Transcendental Meditation leads to sustained reductions in high blood pressure comparable to those commonly found with medication, but without adverse side-effects.

These and other well-controlled studies further demonstrate that Transcendental Meditation reduces atherosclerosis ('hardening of the arteries'), improves cardiac functioning and well-being in people with heart disease, reduces mortality from cardiovascular disease and all causes, decreases hospital admissions and health care costs, reduces smoking and alcohol consumption, and improves psychological health and well-being in both children and adults, including elderly people.

A growing number of physicians worldwide recommend Transcendental Meditation to their patients. The website: www.doctorsontm.org sponsored by The American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program', provides an opportunity to ask questions of leading doctors who utilize Transcendental Meditation in their clinical practice.

In offering these Vedic technologies to the world, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, has revolutionized our understanding of health and established development of higher states of consciousness as fundamental to the creation of perfect health.

In reporting on health news, Global Good News is pleased to note indications of growing interest in the applications of TM and the TM-Sidhi Programme among major health-care providers and policy makers.

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