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Substantial support for research on Transcendental Meditation and heart disease: Maharishi University of Management
by Global Good News staff writer
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27 November 2012
Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, went on to describe in more detail the latest findings of research on Transcendental Meditation—a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the United States, on the effects of Transcendental Meditation on heart disease.
See Part I of this article, 'NIH-sponsored study finds Transcendental Meditation dramatically reduces death in heart disease patients'.
Dr Schneider is the author of the book Total Heart Health: How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease with the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health. A fellow of the American College of Cardiology, he has been the director of over (US) $20 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
With all the recent activity, Dr Schneider said, the total is now about $25 million in research supported by the US government and private foundations over the years.
The research has investigated natural approaches to heart health and reversing heart disease.
Why heart disease?
'Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world—not just in the United States, not just in western Europe, [but] now in developing nations as well.'
Even in countries like China and India, heart disease is on the rise.
The societies become 'modernized in their lifestyle, their habits, and their stresses', said Dr Schneider. They break from traditions and long-held values of their cultures.
Because of the rise of heart disease, Maharishi University of Management, in collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin, and with sponsorship by NIH, undertook a large, ten-year study of 200 African Americans with heart disease. The study looked at the effects of Transcendental Meditation on heart disease, on measurable events such as heart attacks, strokes, and mortality.
'In our study we focused on African Americans because in the United States they have . . . 50% higher rates of death from heart disease,' Dr Schneider explained, adding that the study applies to all groups.
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