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New research highlights promise of Maharishi Ayur-Veda for cardiovascular health
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5 August 2009
The research of Dr Paul Morehead, who recently received his PhD from Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.), USA, indicates promising results for cardiovascular health through Maharishi Ayur-Veda. On 1 August 2009, Dr Morehead reported on his research, the subject of his doctoral dissertation, titled 'Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Maharishi Ayur-Veda Participants: A Cross-Sectional Study of Carotid Atherosclerosis'.
Identifying the main challenge and objective of his dissertation research, Dr Morehead stated that 'heart disease is the number one cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in developed nations—and increasingly throughout the world.' He said that one of the main goals of all of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes is to remove the suffering of all people; and since heart disease is the most widespread health complaint in the world, the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at M.U.M. has decided to focus on this condition.
Dr Morehead has taught Maharishi Ayur-Veda and designed curricula in the subject for the past 21 years at M.U.M. In addition, he has served as Associate Chair of the M.U.M. Physiology and Health Department, and as Principal of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment; and is also a long-time Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Programme.
Dr Morehead began by explaining the significance of carotid atherosclerosis, or blockage of the carotid artery, in measuring the development of heart disease. As the main artery in the neck, servicing both brain and head, the carotid is the easiest of arteries to examine for blockage, through non-invasive ultrasound. 'The health of the carotid artery most often reflects the health of the coronary arteries—whose blockage is more difficult to gauge—as well as that of the entire cardiovascular system.'
The blockage or hardening of arteries, Dr Morehead explained, comes about over many years with the buildup of plaques composed of fats, cholesterol, and damaged cells. The process begins with damage to the interior of the artery wall, usually accompanied by high blood pressure. While the artery attracts platelets to aid in its restoration, it often will attract cholesterol as well, depending on the purity of one's digestive system and blood. The accumulation of cholesterol, along with the stimulation of muscle cell growth within the artery's walls, will then lead to narrowing of the artery opening, artery blockage, and higher blood pressure.
Global Good News will continue with a summary of the methods, results, and significance of Dr Morehead's study in the coming days.
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