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20 June 2006
On 20 June 2006 Forbes reported:
A new study conducted by Dr Robert Schneider and researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre and from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine found that Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme was an effective means to 'significantly decrease insulin resistance, lower blood pressure, and decrease heart rate variability'.
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.
Dr Schneider, Maharishi University of Management's director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention explained the mechanics by which Transcendental Meditation can improve health.
'It's possible to use the mind-body connection to tap into the body's own inner intelligence to bring about changes in physiology to reverse the risk of diabetes and heart disease,' Dr Schneider said.
Forbes magazine reported that according to Dr Schneider, the Transcendental Meditation Programme is currently 'the only method that's been proven in randomized clinical trials'.
The study consisted of 103 participants—84 of whom continued for the entire four-month study. The participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups: one group practised Transcendental Meditation for 20 minutes twice a day, and the other group participated in a heart disease health education programme. All of the participants 'had already been diagnosed with heart disease', Forbes reported.
Forbes reported that the 'researchers found that systolic blood pressure—that's the top number—dropped by more than 3 points in the meditation group and went up more than 2 points in the health education group during the study period.'
In addition, 'Meditation also had positive effects on heart rate variability, another measure of heart health,' Forbes reported.
The article stated that 'The most significant change, according to Schneider, was seen in insulin resistance. In a measurement that compares fasting blood glucose and insulin levels, the health education group went up 0.52 while the meditation group went down by 0.75—a 'significant' change, according to the authors.'
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