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In 'clearest evidence yet', Transcendental Meditation found to lower risk of heart attack, death
by Global Good News staff writer
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27 November 2012
A study published in an American Heart Association journal on the potentially lifesaving effects of Transcendental Meditation received widespread media coverage. In addition to reports by CNN, NBC, ABC, and TIME magazine, Pacific Standard published an article titled 'Meditation: Strong Preventative Medicine for Heart Patients'.
The article, by Tom Jacobs, reports the findings of the study: that patients practising Transcendental Meditation were 48 per cent less likely to suffer from heart attacks, stroke, and death, compared to controls participating in a standard cardiovascular health education programme.
It also quotes the lead researcher: ' ''It appears that Transcendental Meditation is a technique that turns on the body's own pharmacy—to repair and maintain itself,'' said Dr. Robert Schneider, the paper's lead author and director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. His research is published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.'
The article notes that the study was rigorously conducted and that the only difference between the two groups of heart patients was that one group was instructed to practise Transcendental Meditation and encouraged to engage in this activity every day.
The results were dramatic. The article states, 'The researchers note, this appears to be the first randomized, controlled trial to find the risk of mortality, heart attack and stroke declined ''with the individual practice of a relatively simple mind-body intervention.''
'It's some of the clearest evidence yet that reducing stress through regular meditation can have a positive effect on one's physical health.'
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