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UK group expanding campaign to curb antibiotics in meat production
22 March 2017 - A shareholder coalition founded in the U.K. is recruiting investors for a campaign to convince KFC parent Yum Brands Inc and other [US] food companies to protect public health and corporate profits by reducing the use of antibiotics in the meat they serve in the United States and around the world. Members noted that chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc and McDonald's USA have used strict antibiotic policies to elevate their brands. (more)

US: Go natural - Class teaches how to clean with green products
22 March 2017 - Homemade green cleaners are the topic of a workshop ... presented by Bluegrass Greensource [Kentucky]. It's part of a series called Green Living Lab, designed to teach specific environmentally friendly skills including sustainable cooking, starting native plants from seed, creating monarch butterfly way stations, litter abatement, traditional composting, and vermicomposting ... Most essential oils are natural disinfectants, said Deb Larkin, a Greensource environmental educator who will teach the class. They can be used in diffusers to kill airborne germs. Or put seven drops in one cup of warm water to wipe down surfaces in the kitchen. (more)

US: When CVS stopped selling cigarettes, some customers quit smoking
22 March 2017 - The US retail pharmacy company CVS Health helped its customers quit smoking by pulling cigarettes off the shelves two years ago, a new study suggests. Smokers who purchased cigarettes exclusively at CVS stores were 38 percent less likely to buy tobacco after the national chain stopped selling cigarettes, the study shows. (more)

US: Dominion announces 2 solar energy projects in South Carolina
21 March 2017 - Dominion Resources Inc [has] announced two large-scale solar energy projects in South Carolina. The Jasper County projects are expected to be completed in 2017 and would expand company's operating solar fleet to 9 states and over 1,500 megawatts by end of this year. (more)

US: California judge rules against Monsanto, allows cancer warning on Roundup
19 March 2017 - California is the first U.S. state to require Monsanto to label its blockbuster weed killer, Roundup, as a possible carcinogen, according to a ruling issued Friday [10 March] by a California judge. Judge Kapetan formalized her ruling Friday against Monsanto, which will allow California to proceed with the process of listing glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a chemical 'known to the state to cause cancer' in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65. (more)

US: Snow forces two congressmen on a bipartisan road trip from Texas to D.C. - singing along the way (+ Wash Post video)
15 March 2017 - Two Texas congressmen from different parties, one Chevy Impala, 1,600 miles, live-streamed. What could possibly go right? . . . Just hours earlier, the men weren't much more than colleagues, brought together ... because they shared a common predicament and destination. A blizzard in the northeast had canceled (Will) Hurd's flight back to Washington and delayed (Beto) O'Rourke's. They were due in the House for floor votes by 6 p.m. Wednesday. So O'Rourke, who had spent Monday in San Antonio talking to veterans with Hurd, proposed a radical idea: a cross-country road trip, broadcast live via Periscope and Facebook for all of America. (more)

US: California's desert blooms as drought comes to an end
14 March 2017 - Southern California's deserts and hillsides are ablaze with color after a wet winter spurred what scientists say is the biggest wildflower bloom in years. Before the state's devastating five-year drought, Southern California families often made an annual trek to see wildflowers at Anza-Borrego and other destinations -- some as close as a freeway exit in the high desert. Now that storms have replenished dry desert land, the tradition has returned in force. (more)

US: City of Washington, D.C. pushes climate action
14 March 2017 - Washington D.C. [has] signed [a] 20-year agreement to buy solar power from a company that is installing solar panels on roofs and on parking lots in the city. And it's passed a law to help ensure that the benefits of solar power expansion reach the poor, the elderly, and young people in need of jobs as well as wealthier business and families. Around the world, cities are increasingly at the forefront of action to curb climate change. Some have set ambitious emissions reduction goals, while others have pushed ahead with policies despite national-level foot dragging. (more)

US: Court ruling could lead to cancer warning on Monsanto's Roundup
13 March 2017 - A judge says California is legally authorized to label the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, the nation's most widely used herbicide, as a potential cause of cancer. An environmental group that supported the state's position in the case said the ruling clears the way for a consumer warning that is well-justified. (more)

US: A flower show offers some calm amid the storm
12 March 2017 - In Philadelphia, the soothing influence of Dutch gardeners. The venerable Philadelphia Flower Show . . . America's largest and oldest flower show . . . is scheduled to run from March 11 through March 19. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's flower show this year, 'Holland: Flowering the World,' celebrates the beauty of the Dutch landscape and the ingenuity of the country's green technologies. (more)


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Transcendental Meditation improves mental clarity, reduces risk factors for memory loss
21 March 2017 - With the many factors that can put women at risk for memory loss, including those that develop in the process of ageing, Janet Hoffman discusses how Transcendental Meditation helps to support memory function. The executive director of the TM programme for women professionals in the USA outlines scientifically proven benefits of regular TM practice, commenting, 'Because of this deep rest and balancing that occur in the body - including healthy changes in the brain, tissues, and hormones - deep stress washes away, in turn improving and balancing mental, physical, and emotional health.' (more)

Elizabeth Vargas on beating alcohol addiction with the help of Transcendental Meditation
19 March 2017 - When award-winning ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas courageously went public in 2013 about her struggles with anxiety induced alcohol addiction, it was a step towards removing the stigma from the issue of women's alcohol addiction and bringing the topic into the spotlight. Since fellow ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos introduced her to Transcendental Meditation, it has become one of the tools and routines that have helped her stay healthy, a vital cornerstone of her recovery. The practice helped her develop what Vargas calls 'the reflective pause'. She says, 'If you can slow down long enough to think clearly, you can start to not only manage that panic, but understand that what you're so terrified of isn't really that terrifying.' (more)

Military vets see benefits of Transcendental Meditation on PTSD
17 March 2017 - Among Transcendental Meditation's greatest proponents are military veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), who say TM has dramatically changed their lives for the better, reports TheFix.com, a leading international publication on addiction and recovery. TM has even been found to reduce the reliance on psychotropic medication for some veterans. While some were skeptical of TM, many have credited the practice with helping them recover, and improving their health and their relationships. 'All that feeling of stress and heaviness, I can feel it melt away,' said one vet. (more)

Women of Vision: 2017 Humanitarian and Courage Awards - David Lynch Foundation announces May benefit
13 March 2017 - The 2017 Humanitarian and Courage Awards will be presented 9 May in New York City to five 'Women of Vision'. The event is a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation's Center for Women's Health and Wellness, which teaches Transcendental Meditation to women and girls who are victims of domestic violence and assault. The Awards honour 'individuals or organizations who, through their wisdom, conviction, life experience, and resolve, help to elevate members of our world family to new levels of health, prosperity, and progress'. Honourees are Gisele Bundchen - model, entrepreneur and environmentalist, Robin Roberts - co-anchor, ABC's Good Morning America, Carolyn Rafaelian - philanthropist, founder and CEO, ALEX AND ANI, Joni Steele Kimberlin - filmmaker, activist for women and children, and Latoya Mack - veteran and artist. Rosanna Scotto, co-host of Good Day New York, will host the event. (more)

Vincent Bataoel: 'We infuse the principles of being stress free and relaxed into our company'
11 March 2017 - Vincent Bataoel and his wife Nelina Loiselle have spent the last decade building Above Green, a successful consulting company which helps clients such as Bank of America, San Francisco Airport, and the US military get their buildings LEED Certified - a highly regarded green building certification programme used around the world. As an unfulfilled college student, Vincent's keen interest in quantum physics, neuroscience, and human potential eventually led him to the Maharishi University of Management website. 'Everything on the site was talking about health, human potential, and consciousness. I knew it was the place for me.' Vincent and Nelina continue to practise Transcendental Meditation, which they learned at MUM - a well-proven tool for increasing resilience. 'We meditate every day', says Vincent. 'It's an important part of our personal lifestyle, but also our business lifestyle. We've tried to infuse the principles of being stress free and relaxed into our company.' (more)

Maharishi University of Management MBA students finish in top 1 per cent in worldwide business simulation
10 March 2017 - A team of MBA accounting students at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA recently finished in the 99th percentile in an online business simulation that involved 1,136 master's-degree-level teams worldwide. This is the 4th time MUM MBA students finished in the top percentile at Capsim Management Simulations since they began competing in 2011. The students managed both short-term and long-term metrics across eight rounds of decision-making, with each round representing one year. This entailed using their knowledge of marketing, finance, operations, human resources, accounting, problem-solving, and data analysis. MUM professor Andrew Bargerstock said, 'As faculty in the business college, we feel that the simulation results demonstrate the readiness of our students for job markets now and ultimately for executive leadership positions.' (more)

Women's History Month through the lens of feminine values
8 March 2017 - 'The contribution of women throughout history is not necessarily marked by a specific achievement in time and space. It is marked by a progressive society in which integrity, compassion and creativity are displayed by its citizens,' said Dr Candace Badgett, International Trustee, Transcendental Meditation for Women, about the celebration of Women's History Month. 'Our greatest accomplishment has been, and will always be, our ability to most fully reflect the more tender, more merciful impulses of our own nature and to infuse those values into the world around us. . . . Ultimately, every one of us must take the journey to our innermost Self,' she said, and TM for Women offers every woman 'the opportunity to experience the innate strength and happiness that forms the bedrock of our self-sufficiency, which in turn is the foundation from which we give and nourish and heal ourselves and the world around us - a world that needs us now more than ever.' (more)

Interview with Bob Roth: 'TM gives you more focus, more energy, more edge to do what you want to do'
3 March 2017 - In a recent Format Magazine interview, Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation, explained that with Transcendental Meditation, you don't have to suffer for your art. 'Every one of us has a level of our mind right now deep within us that's already calm and settled and peaceful and wide awake, and it's said to be the source of our unlimited creativity. Transcendental Meditation is a simple technique to access that reservoir of creativity that lies within.' It works even if you don't believe in it, he said, and pointed out research findings of increased integration of brain functioning and activation of the prefrontal cortex during the practice. 'TM allows the mind to settle down to the point where you can hear a pin drop in the universe, and . . . creating from that state, is unbelievably powerful and satisfying and impactful.' (more)

New study published: Group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program reduced US accidental fatalities
28 February 2017 - Can group practice of meditation help reduce the rate of accidental fatalities? A new study published in the February 2017 issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies found that group practice of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes by participants at Maharishi University of Management (MUM) was associated with a 20.6% reduction of US motor vehicle fatalities over the four-year period 2007-2010. The rate of all other accidental deaths was also reduced by a total of 13.5% over the same period. During that time the size of the group was above or near 1,725 participants, the threshold (representing the square root of 1% of the US population) predicted to have a positive influence on the US quality of life. Authors Dr Kenneth Cavanaugh and Dr Michael Dillbeck note that 12 peer-reviewed articles have now been published validating the prediction by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Founder of MUM, that an advanced TM group of this size would lead to reduced societal stress, as reflected in reduced crime, violence, and accidents, and increased positive trends in society. (more)

Creating a new paradigm for medicine
27 February 2017 - Sankari Wegman is currently finishing a doctoral thesis at Maharishi University of Management, creating a Maharishi AyurVeda curriculum for medical schools. 'I wanted to become a doctor,' she says, 'but there was such a fragmented approach to medicine. With integrated knowledge of Ayur-Veda, doctors can understand the subtle layers of the physiology and the connection to consciousness.' Sankari also earned an M.S. degree in Maharishi AyurVeda at the University. 'I completely enjoyed my time studying at MUM. It was incredible for me to incorporate the daily routine and Transcendental Meditation effortlessly into my every day.' (more)


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Health and behavior problems can linger after child abuse
20 March 2017 - Children who have suffered from abuse or neglect may have physical or behavioral health problems even after the mistreatment stops, new guidelines for pediatricians emphasize. Although some children recover from adversity, traumatic experiences can result in significant disruption of normal development, researchers note in Pediatrics. (more)

Lack of sleep linked to behavioral problems in kids
16 March 2017 - Getting too little sleep in early childhood is linked to cognitive and behavioral problems years later, a U.S. study suggests. 'Children who aren't getting the recommended amount of sleep have more difficulties with attention, with emotional control, with reasoning, with problem-solving, and also have behavioral problems,' lead author Dr. Elsie Taveras told Reuters Health. (more)

Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought (+ hearing test prepared for AP)
14 March 2017 - Scientists have been finding evidence that loud noise -- from rock concerts, leaf blowers, power tools, and the like -- damages our hearing in a previously unsuspected way. It may not be immediately noticeable, and it does not show up in standard hearing tests. But over time, Harvard researcher M. Charles Liberman says, it can rob our ability to understand conversation in a noisy setting. It may also help explain why people have more trouble doing that as they age. And it may lead to persistent ringing in the ears. (more)

Hate daylight saving time? You may have a point, researchers say
11 March 2017 - For most Americans, daylight saving time means only one thing: losing an hour's sleep. So what is the point? This is actually a reasonable question, according to a growing body of scientific research. When clocks in almost all of the United States spring forward by an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, it will likely prompt an increase in heart attacks and strokes, cause more car accidents, and reduce worker productivity, according to studies. It will also fail to cut the nation's energy bill, contrary to what the experts once believed. (more)

For most Americans, Dow 20,000 carries little benefit
26 January 2017 - While Wall Street celebrates yet another stock market record -- surpassing 20,000 on the Dow Jones industrial average -- many Americans have little reason to cheer. Research by Edward Wolff, an economist at New York University, found that the wealthiest 10 percent of households owned 81.4 percent of stock market wealth as of 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available. The middle 60 percent of U.S. households owned just 7.7 percent. Those figures include stocks held in individual retirement plans and 401(k)s as well as in mutual funds. The giant mutual fund company Vanguard says its typical retirement account balance in 2015 was $26,405. (more)

US: West prepares for flooding while East Coast in deep freeze
9 January 2017 - As the East Coast [of the United States] waits to thaw out from a weekend icy mess, another storm is bringing rain and the potential of the worst flooding in more than a decade to the West coast. In the East, the worst, lingering problems were expected in North Carolina where up to 10 inches of snow and sleet fell in places Saturday. The deep freeze followed. Forecasters predict temperatures won't get above freezing in much of the state before Tuesday afternoon, a big problem in a place where officials depend on usually mild weather to melt away the ice and snow on less traveled routes. (more)

More than one-third of schoolchildren are homeless in shadow of Silicon Valley
28 December 2016 - The tech economy is drawing new inhabitants and businesses but is contributing to dislocation, leaving families, teachers, and even principals with housing woes. Little more than a strip of asphalt separates East Palo Alto from Palo Alto, with its startups, venture capitalists, Craftsman homes, and Whole Foods. Remarkably, slightly more than one-third of students -- or 1,147 children -- are defined as homeless here, mostly sharing homes with other families because their parents cannot afford one of their own, and also living in RVs and shelters. The district is being squeezed from every side: teachers, administrative staff, and even principals have housing woes of their own. (more)

US: Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota still not cleaned up
18 December 2016 - Three years and three months later, a massive oil spill in North Dakota still isn't fully cleaned up. The company responsible hasn't even set a date for completion. Though crews have been working around the clock to deal with the Tesoro Corp. pipeline break, which happened in a wheat field in September 2013, less than a third of the 840,000 gallons that spilled has been recovered -- or ever will be, North Dakota Health Department environmental scientist Bill Suess said. Some say that one of the largest onshore oil spills recorded in the U.S. serves as a cautionary example, especially given a recent pipeline break about 150 miles south and ongoing debates over the four-state Dakota Access pipeline. (more)

Is your olive oil fake?
17 December 2016 - The popularity of the Mediterranean diet has made olive oil a $16 billion-a-year industry. Unfortunately, this popularity has also led to massive fraud and corruption. Even 'extra virgin'' olive oil is often diluted with other less expensive oils, including hazelnut, soybean, corn, sunflower, palm, sesame, grape seed and/or walnut. These added oils will not be listed on the label. (more)

Americans' odds of earning more than parents have plunged
8 December 2016 - The likelihood that young adults will earn more than their parents has plummeted in recent decades, a study has found, fueling concerns that the American dream of steady upward mobility is foundering amid a widening wealth gap. ...Anxieties about status and economic opportunity formed a backdrop to the 2016 election campaign, with many voters concerned that their children wouldn't fare as well as they had. Conversely, many younger voters worry that they won't do as well as their parents, largely because of sluggish income growth and higher costs for housing, health care, and student debt. Chetty's research suggests that those concerns are well-founded. (more)

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