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Germany: Brain expert speaks about ADHD, meditation in teaching hospital
by Global Good News staff writer
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22 November 2011
On his recent 12-day lecture tour of Germany, Dr Fred Travis spoke at a teaching hospital in Lübeck.
Dr Travis, one of the leading brain experts in the world, spoke to doctors and students about the positive effects of the Transcendental Meditation Programme on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He spoke during the 'grand rounds', an important teaching time which helps doctors and other health care professionals keep up to date about the latest medical advancements.
One of the doctors set up Dr Travis's presentation, allowing him twenty minutes out of the 45-minute meeting time.
Dr Travis first spoke about ADHD and brain functioning. He explained how ADHD is just due to a lag in brain development, and also talked about how Transcendental Meditation increases blood flow to the frontal areas of the brain.
Reporting on his tour, Dr Travis said he 'suggested that by exercising using frontal areas during Transcendental Meditation it would help to accelerate the lag in development', thereby potentially reducing the dependence on medication to treat ADHD.
The presentation was 'fun and crisp', he said, because there wasn't much time during the doctors' grand rounds. He presented quickly with many slides, going from one idea to another, to give residents and doctors 'the big picture'.
The last fifteen minutes were devoted to questions.
During the question-and-answer session, the head of the clinic mentioned an interest in social medicine. Dr Travis spoke about how a low-quality environment or poverty can decrease frontal lobe functioning and how Transcendental Meditation, by increasing frontal lobe functioning, can reverse the effects of poverty.
Knowing the effect of lifestyle and the environment on the individual, '[the head of the clinic] was really taken by that,' Dr Travis said.
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Global Good News will continue to report on Dr Travis's tour.
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