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Transcendental Meditation enlivens body's own healing mechanisms to reduce heart disease: Researchers comment on new study
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18 December 2009
Results of a new study support researchers' view that the Transcendental Meditation Programme enlivens the body's own healing mechanisms to help reduce heart disease and support good health. A nine-year study recently presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting showed a 47% reduction in heart attacks, strokes, and mortality through the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
Lead author Robert Schneider, MD, FACC,* explained that Transcendental Meditation 'is like a whole new category of medical technology—like a whole new category drug that has been newly discovered'.** (Please also see Part I of this article.)
'In this case, we're utilizing the body's own internal pharmacy,' he continued. Practitioners may benefit from 'substances which we believe are released by the nervous system—likely neurotransmitter effects, likely stress hormone effects, [and] other effects on the nervous system which have very profound effects on the heart, and the vascular system.
'There's a well-known neuro-cardiac connection or heart-brain connection with the body's own biochemicals, receptors, and neurotransmitters,' Dr Schneider explained. 'So this, we believe, modulates the body's internal pharmacy, which is an expression of the body's own healing mechanisms.'
'In the words of Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam,*** the body's own inner intelligence is enlivened by the regular experience of Transcendental Consciousness, and this has all these remarkable health effects,' Dr Schneider said.
* Robert Schneider, MD, is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology; Director of the Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA; Dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health; Director of Health in the national administration of Dr John Hagelin; and Deputy Minister of Health for the Global Country of World Peace. He co-authored the book Total Heart Health—How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease with the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health.
** Dr Schneider's report was featured on the 10 December 2009 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also now available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
*** Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam, First Sovereign Ruler of the Global Country of World Peace.
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