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Documentary film features Native Americans discussing health benefits of Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer

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9 December 2008

On the 2 December 2008 Maharishi Global Family Chat, Dr Robert Roth, National Director of Expansion for the Global Country of World Peace in the United States, presented a documentary film featuring members of the Ho-Chunk tribe of the Winnebago Native American Reservation in Nebraska, reporting the profound health benefits they have gained from practising the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Technique.

Please also see Part I of this article.

The documentary began with an interview with Prosper Waukon, a tribal community organizer who said that he felt the Transcendental Meditation Technique could restore the quality of sacredness back to the Ho-Chunk tribe—and to all native peoples. 'Our tribe elders have always said that we walk in two worlds at once: the sacred and the profane. With the TM Technique, we can better preserve that sacred quality as we deal with the profane in our everyday lives.'

In particular, he noted that Transcendental Meditation has provided great hope for Native Americans struggling with the disease of diabetes. 'Diabetes is ravaging native tribes throughout the United States,' he said. 'With the practice of TM, tribal elders have already seen reductions in stress levels and diabetic symptoms.'

A sufferer of pre-diabetes himself, this tribal member has experienced a rapid normalization in blood pressure after beginning the practice of Transcendental Meditation, and was even able to discontinue his blood pressure-lowering medication. On the basis of an upcoming scientific study, in collaboration with the Indian health services and Maharishi University of Management, the community organizer hopes that a definite correlation between Transcendental Meditation and diabetes will be established and publicized throughout Native American communities.

The next interview in the documentary featured a medical doctor, who works at a hospital near the Ho-Chunk reservation. He stated that 80% of the tribe is affected by diabetes and that 'stress is a precipitating factor for the disease'. 'Even when proper diet, exercise, medications, and doctor's visits are enforced among diabetic patients', he continued, 'the disease persists. I think TM will have a profound effect both in the short term and long term for controlling diabetes.' Already, the doctor said that he has observed differences in symptoms and attitude among those practising the technique, such as lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, and an overall more constructive approach to treating their disease. 'These patients interact better with their health care providers, and are more willing to be part of the solution.'

Another tribal elder, also with diabetes, said in the film's closing that, after starting Transcendental Meditation, her blood sugar levels have reached an optimal level, 'whereas before they were sometimes off the charts'. She elaborated on factors contributing to the disease's widespread nature, saying that 'the Indian body isn't meant for fast foods or soda drinks, which are so prevalent in our communities today'. She expressed hopes that all Native Americans could soon enjoy the benefits of Transcendental Meditation, and that more grandparents could live to practise meditation with their grandchildren.

Commenting on the documentary, Dr Roth said, 'The Ho-Chunk tribe's receptivity to the knowledge of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is overwhelmingly positive.' He hopes that the upcoming diabetes research study, in which 400 Native Americans will learn Transcendental Meditation, will open the door to introducing many facets of Maharishi's knowledge—including Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, Maharishi Ayur-Veda, and Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture. 'The tribal elders already desire everything Vedic,' Dr Roth said.

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