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Heart disease risk may be reduced by meditation

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6 March 2005

Medical News Today recently reported that heart disease risk may be reduced by practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme (TM). The article referred to the recently published study citing the postive benefits of TM for teens with high blood pressure. 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.

The writer observed that young practitioners of the well-known meditation technique 'improve the ability of their blood vessels to relax and may reduce their risk of becoming adults with cardiovascular disease'.

Dr Vernon A. Barnes, physiologist at the Georgia Prevention Institute of the Medical College of Georgia and lead investigator on the study, was quoted regarding the impact of stress on factors that contribute to high blood pressure in teens.

He noted that while obesity is know to be a primary cause of increased blood pressure rates among youth, stress is a known contibutor to obesity. He explained that 'obesity appears to be part of an unhealthy cycle where: the stresses of everyday life—such as poverty and not feeling safe at home—contribute to bad habits such as overeating and/or eating high-fat comfort foods and not exercising. Stress also may impair sleep, preventing the body—and blood pressure—from resting and recovering'.

Said Barnes, 'With the high prevalence of heart disease we have in our country today, this (meditation) is something that should be considered.'

The article ended with the observation that meditating 'may help the meditator and his blood vessels relax in the hectic world around him'.

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based— programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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