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Improved blood pressure and general health through Transcendental Meditation: Dr Gary Kaplan
by Global Good News staff writer
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22 October 2009
Continuing his address to the 10 October webinar on 'Overcoming Depression in a Recession through the Transcendental Meditation Program,' Dr Gary Kaplan, a neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine, commented on the topic of hypertension.
One of many important areas of health that have been found to improve through practice of Transcendental Meditation, he said, is hypertension (high blood pressure), which now affects so many people, including both children and the elderly.
What is interesting about Transcendental Meditation, Dr Kaplan pointed out, is that after even a few weeks or months of practice of this simple way of achieving the state of restful alertness, blood pressure starts to normalize. This has been found in well-controlled studies in many institutions, which looked at a variety of people who have learnt the technique—including teenagers in high school with pre-hypertension, the elderly, and people from different socio-economic groups, he said.
'You don't have to know anything, or believe anything,' Dr Kaplan continued, 'for the technique to help in terms in health, because it's a very natural process. As long as the mind is settling down and the body gaining that degree of rest, then the health benefits are going to take place.'
He added that there have also been studies on the 'metabolic syndrome', involving high cholesterol, obesity, elevated blood sugar, and hypertension—all these factors are associated with poor health and early mortality. 'With the practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique, those aspects of the metabolic syndrome are naturally reversed—and it's the only mental technique that has shown that type of effect. So it's very useful in that situation as an adjunct,' Dr Kaplan commented.
In general, those who practise Transcendental Meditation feel healthier, he said. 'They have more days that they consider ''good days''.' They are more creative; socially they are better adjusted; anxiety and depression decrease.
'Because of all that, health care utilization among people practising Transcendental Meditation is considerably less than in the average population. Health insurers in America are very interested in this fact. There are fewer hospital stays; visits to physicians are more for routine checkups,' Dr Kaplan said.
'Transcendental Meditation, a simple mental technique, has such profound effects on health because the mind and body are so intimately related,' Dr Kaplan said in conclusion. 'When we can easily achieve this state of restful alertness, the whole body says, ''Ah, thank you, thank you. I enjoy this!'' and health starts to improve.'
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