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PBS special broadcast spotlights Transcendental Meditation and ADHD
by Global Good News staff writer
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15 June 2007
On 25 May, PBS broadcasted a 10-minute segment on the important findings in studies on Transcendental Meditation in the successful treatment of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is estimated that more than 4 million children have ADHD.
Dr Sarina Grosswald, director of the research project at Kingsbury Day School near Washington, DC, noted an alarming statistic that over 2.5 million children are on a variety of strong medications that have unwanted side effects. The application of Transcendental Meditation, which has been shown to treat ADHD as effectively and more permanently than medication, is a welcome alternative to medications.
The PBS segment featured grade-school students, who had bona-fide cases of ADHD, describing their experiences before and after learning the technique. Also, several college-age students who had had longterm ADHD were interviewed and reported they were happy that they have been able to become free of the need for medication since taking up the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
Brain researcher Dr Alarik Arenander explained how Transcendental Meditation positively affects the brain physiology. Impulse control, which is impaired when one suffers from ADHD, is greatly improved as a result of the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
One of the students remarked that since practising Transcendental Meditation he now thinks before reacting to unpleasant incidents. The student gave the example of being bumped in the hallway at school, which before the practice of Transcendental Meditation would have been the beginning of a physical altercation.
Dr Arenander also explained that Transcendental Meditation additionally helps enhance learning ability and social interaction. This is a relief to children with ADHD, many for whom suffer from both learning disabilities and interpersonal challenges.
The show featured a distinguished panel of lady commentators, namely President and CEO of Independent Women's Forum Michelle Bernard, Democratic commentator Megan Bayer, and Democratic Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton, whose memorable final comment ended the broadcast.
The congresswoman interjected into the lively repartee, 'All I can say is, get me some TM, please. I really do mean it. I think this has something to say to the entire society and I'm fascinated enough about it to want to explore it further. I think that's the story not only of kids with ADHD, but to the mass of people with ADHD in American society.'
The original airing was in the Washington DC metropolitan area. For access to the local broadcast in your area, go to www.pbs.org/ttc/schedule.html and enter your zip code. The replay of the show is also available on the PBS website at http://www.pbs.org/ttc/ttc_extra.html and http://www.pbs.org/ttc/podcasts.html
For more on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation programme in treating ADHD please visit http://www.adhd-tm.org
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