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Meditation study shows life gains
by Amanda Gardner
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3 May 2005
On 3 May 2005 Forbes reported:
Results of a long-term study published in the 2 May issue of the American Journal of Cardiology show that those practising the Transcendental Meditation Programme (TM) live longer than those who don't. This is the third time this year that Forbes has reported on groundbreaking research verifying the positive health benefits of TM, the world's most effective mental technique for eliminating stress and restoring optimal functioning to the physiology.
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In the most recent study, those who learned TM experienced a 23 per cent reduction in death rates. In addition, the same group showed a 30 per cent reduction in the rate of death from cardiovascular disease and a 49 per cent reduction in the rate of death from cancer.
The article quoted Dr Robert Schneider, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa and lead researcher in the study: 'What we knew before from the few hundred other studies was that TM changes physiological and psychological risk factors for chronic disease.'
He went on to say, 'We had some indicators of short-term changes in markers, but this is the first time in a rigorous way with a decent number of people that we were able to show that this mind-body technique actually prolongs life,' he added. 'It reduces death from all causes and cardiovascular disease specifically. It's not just the risk factors, but the end results.'
On 8 March 2003 Forbes reported that the Transcendental Meditation Programme 'may help blood vessels relax as it relaxes the mind, reducing heart disease risks along the way.' The article described the results of a study that was published in the April 2005 issue of American Journal of Hypertension which showed that black teenagers with high blood pressure who meditated for 15 minutes twice a day, saw an average of a 21 per cent increase in the ability of their blood vessel's to dilate. In contrast, the control group that did not meditate saw a 4 per cent decrease in blood vessel dilation capacity.
On 11 February 2005 Forbes reported that a study of African-Americans with Stage I hypertension, two-thirds of whom were taking blood pressure-lowering medications, showed that the use of the Transcendental Meditation Technique is successful in reducing blood pressure, and in lessening the need for blood pressure-lowering medications.
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