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Good marks on relaxing for health - positive results shown in meditation survey
by Chip Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle Translate This Article
2 February 2005
The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported: A federally funded study on hypertension conducted in West Oakland showed positive benefits for the practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation Programme. The study's author, Dr Frank Staggers, said the technique was chosen as a research subject because it has such a long track record, and has been studied at so many prestigious universities. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of health.
Columnist Chip Johnson focused on the findings of the study published this month in the American Journal of Hypertension, a publication of the American Heart Association. He interviewed the study's leader, Dr Frank Staggers, an Oakland physician, who conducted the research over a period of 10 years, starting in 1994.
The study followed 150 people who were divided into three separate groups. Each group used a different technique to try to reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure. One group practised the Transcendental Meditation Technique, another used progressive muscle relaxation, and the third used conventional health and education techniques to lower blood pressure.
Dr Staggers told Johnson that the research was motivated by his experience in his private practice. He said that he eventually contacted Dr Robert Schneider at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. The two developed a research team which received funding for the study from the NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
He explained, 'As a practising physician, I didn't want to take a technique that no one has ever used, because you don't know what will happen. TM has been studied since the 1960s.'
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