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Can meditation heal atherosclerosis?
by Global Good News staff writer
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5 February 2013
Healing is a big word, said Norman Rosenthal, MD, after giving the title of his most recent book, Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation.
'Can meditation actually heal something that's happening? We know it can perhaps prevent something, but what about when something is already there?' he asked.
Dr Rosenthal spoke to an audience of medical professionals at a conference on integrative medicine, hosted by the University of Maryland in the USA.
To illustrate what he means by 'healing', Dr Rosenthal showed a picture of two arteries, one open and one clogged.
He said, 'You don't have to be a cardiovascular surgeon to know that if you had a choice of which artery you would wish to have, you'd choose the one on the left [the open artery]. I've tested this in various audiences and everybody gets the right answer here because the one on the left is open and the blood flows through.'
The organ on the other end of an open artery is getting adequate blood and oxygen, Dr Rosenthal added.
But, he said, the other artery 'has its lining infiltrated by cholesterol-containing foam cells in a process called atherosclerosis'.
This disease is increasingly prominent worldwide, Dr Rosenthal said.
'Cardiovascular disease, which means atherosclerosis in the heart and/or arteries, is the number one killer and cause of disability in the world. In our country [United States], more than one in three people have been diagnosed with the condition, and more than one in three people will die of a heart attack or stroke.'
However, studies have shown that Transcendental Meditation can reverse atherosclerosis, and improve other important aspects of cardiovascular disease.
Dr Rosenthal also highlighted a meta-analysis that showed that of many stress management techniques, Transcendental Meditation was by far the best at lowering blood pressure, a key component in fighting heart disease.
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