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Dr Norman Rosenthal speaks in Chicago on 'Light and Transcendence' to reduce stress, optimize health
by Carla Brown, Ed.D. and Ken Chawkin - special to Global Good News
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18 September 2012
Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., was in Chicago, USA, September 5-7 to deliver a series of talks at various medical, educational, and public venues. His main theme was using Light and Transcendence as alternative approaches to reduce stress and optimize health. Dr. Rosenthal addressed 200 people at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center, spoke with staff and students at Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University, and talked with health care and other professionals as a guest of the Chicago Lakeshore Hospital.
Dr. Norman Rosenthal is the world-renowned psychiatrist and author whose research in describing seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and pioneering the use of light therapy has helped millions of people. The New York Times bestseller, Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation, is out in paperback this month (September 2012), with a Foreword written by Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., and a new concluding chapter, ''After Transcendence.''
At the same time, Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat SAD, which the New York Times called ''a landmark book,'' is being released in its revised and updated fourth edition. It includes a chapter, ''Meditation for the Winter Blues.''
Stressful times affect health and happiness
Economic challenges, the feeble job market, and information overload, not to mention the drought, conspire to stretch people to the breaking point. Everyone is experiencing some degree of stress and anxiety in their lives. In fact, the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) in the U.S. estimates that 40 million adults, one in seven, have some type of anxiety disorder.
Dr. Rosenthal pointed out that the current epidemic of stress has resulted in cardiovascular disease as well as psychiatric disorders. It affects everyone from war veterans to the general public. ''Having witnessed the mental and spiritual anguish of many hundreds of people,'' he said, ''I find the potential clinical power of this technique (TM) amazing.''
Transcendental Meditation—a simple, effective solution
A Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School, Dr. Rosenthal was initially very skeptical about the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique for beating stress and anxiety. After examining the research, however, he said, ''I came to scoff and remained to pray,'' paraphrasing a famous line from Irish writer, playwright, and physician Oliver Goldsmith's poem ''The Deserted Village.''
Dr. Rosenthal at University of Chicago Gleacher Center explained three different categories of meditation and how they affect the brain, producing different results.
The former NIMH researcher explained three different categories of meditation and how they affect the brain. He said having the right instruction in meditation can make a world of difference in the results.
Dr. Rosenthal described research examining the Transcendental Meditation program resulting in hard evidence not seen with other meditation techniques. He cited improvements in cardiovascular health, reduced drug, alcohol and tobacco use, reduced PTS symptoms in veterans, and studies showing significant reductions in health care costs and utilization resulting from twice daily TM practice.
∙ A Sneak Peek at the Paperback Version of Transcendence
∙ Transcendence - Table of Contents
∙ Norman Rosenthal Press Coverage
∙ Dr. Rosenthal's Current Events/Speaking Engagements through the end of October 2012, in New York, London, Dublin, and Stockholm.
The above information on Norman Rosenthal and Transcendence is also available in his Press Kit.
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