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Research shows reduction in healthcare expenditures through Transcendental Meditation
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5 May 2011
Scientific research has shown reduced healthcare expenditures through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme.
A study, one of nearly 100 included in Volume 6 of Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme: Collected Papers, utilized carefully kept records of physician visits of many hundreds of people in Canada.
Each of 677 individuals was matched with a person of similar age, gender, and history of medical expenses, explained Dr Michael Dillbeck, an expert on Transcendental Meditation research, who is one of the editors of Collected Papers Volume 5, and the editor of Volume 6.
One group learned the Transcendental Meditation Programme and the other group, the control group, did not.
Over a period of several years, before individuals in the first group learned the Transcendental Meditation Programme, both groups showed increasing medical expenditures.
After learning the Transcendental Meditation Programme, medical care utilization dropped approximately 13% per year in this group. In comparison to the control group, the decrease was more than 15% per year.
'When you add that up over three years for example, the reduction of 15% per year becomes 45% over three years. So it's very significant,' Dr Dillbeck said.
In the coming days, Global Good News will continue to feature Dr Dillbeck's report highlighting studies from Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme: Collected Papers, Volume 6.
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