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Dr Robert Schneider proposes medical insurance coverage for Transcendental Meditation Technique
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1 September 2008
Speaking 27 August 2008 on Maharishi Global Family Chat, Dr. Robert Schneider, Professor and Director of the Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management and National Director of Health for the Global Country of World Peace in the US, reported on a new initiative to seek reimbursement from health insurance providers for the cost of learning the Transcendental Meditation Technique.
'Over the last four decades, scientific studies on the TM Technique have shown a complete range of benefits for mental, physical, and social health,' said Dr Schneider, 'especially for cardiovascular disease—the leading cause of mortality in both developed and developing nations.' Based on this scientific research, and on a growing demand in the US for better healthcare, the Department of Health for Invincible America has prepared a proposal for health insurance providers titled, 'Achieving Better Health and Reducing Healthcare Costs Through the TM Programme: Why Healthcare Insurers Should Cover the TM Technique as First Line or Adjunctive Treatment for High Blood Pressure and Coronary Heart Disease.'
The proposal includes a thorough summary of all scientific research on Transcendental Meditation and heart disease and related health disorders. Among the research included is a study on how TM leads to a reduction in sympathetic nervous-system activity, which, in turn, leads to reduced endocrine activity, improved recovery from stress, and reduced anxiety and depression. 'These constitute some of the major risk factors for coronary heart disease, according to both modern medicine and Maharishi Ayur-Veda,' said Dr Schneider. From the standpoint of modern science, however, the solution for such stress-related disorders would be anti-depressant drugs, which produce unwanted—sometimes dangerous—side-effects, and psychotherapy, which has a low rate of effectiveness. 'Neither of these modern approaches even addresses the risk of heart disease associated with stress-related disorders,' Dr Schneider added.
In addition, the summary includes research on how the practice of Transcendental Meditation leads to a lowering of blood pressure, a decrease in insulin resistance—the main risk factor for developing diabetes, lowering of cholesterol levels, and a reduction in smoking and alcohol consumption.
Another benefit seen only with TM is an improvement in mortality rates for patients with heart disease. Accordingly, there is a decreased need for hospitalization, decreased inpatient medical care, and, from an economic point of view, a reduction in medical expenses. 'The cost of healthcare presents a major issue for the upcoming presidential election,' said Dr Schneider. 'Each candidate is expressing America's collective consciousness by devising means of reducing this cost, but neither of them has come up with a proven method for doing so.' Dr Schneider hopes that, in reviewing this definitive research, insurance providers will recognize the Transcendental Meditation Technique as a definite solution for the crisis in cardiovascular health and for the rising costs in nationwide healthcare.
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