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The significance of the latest research study on Transcendental Meditation and heart failure
by Global Good News staff writer
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1 March 2007
In this week's global News Conference 28 February, Dr Robert Schneider, foremost preventative cardiologist, answered questions about the latest study on Transcendental Meditation and heart failure that was announced world wide yesterday by the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Robert Schneider explained that heart failure is the end result of all heart disease, the most common of which is coronary heart disease or hardening of the arteries, which is caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, and poor life style.
In hardening of the arteries, the arteries become narrow and do not allow blood to flow. When the heart muscle doesn't get enough blood supply, said Dr Schneider, the arteries are damaged and the heart muscle itself fails. With this, the main pumping action of the heart fails; the heart cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body.
'People get really tired,' Dr Schneider said, 'they can't walk down the block, they can't walk up the stairs, they can't do their normal activities.'
The five-year mortality rate of people with this condition is about 50% so it's the end stage of heart diseases, and heart failure and arrhythmia are the most common causes of death in the world.
Dr Schneider pointed out that the causes are actually many decades long of poor life style and uncontrolled risk factors, but the research that has been done between Maharishi University of Management and about a dozen major medical centers around the United States and the world, has shown that Transcendental Meditation can reduce these risk factors for heart disease—blood pressure and stress—and then reduces measures of heart disease such as hardening or thickening of the arteries.
'This is the first time,' Dr Schneider said, 'that we have looked at the end result of all heart diseases and looked at the failing heart, and shown that even in this very advanced condition, which has a 50% mortality over five years, a person can be saved, life can be saved, and further progression can prevented with a mind-body intervention alone, not using drugs or very expensive, very invasive surgery.'
'We have shown that an individual can wake up his own body's inner intelligence and even if there is advanced stage of disease, the body can heal itself. The body created the disease and the body can restore the health process, as shown in this randomized control trial.' Dr Schneider said.
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