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Dr Norman Rosenthal: Live longer with Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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9 October 2012
Does practising Transcendental Meditation (TM) really make a difference in overall health?
'When push comes to shove, is it going to make me live longer?' asked Norman Rosenthal, MD, researcher, psychiatrist, and New York Times bestselling author.
He posed this question to a group of medical professionals to whom he had just explained the positive effects of Transcendental Meditation on atherosclerosis, blood pressure, and insulin resistance.
TM's effects on mortality and life expectancy are quite dramatic, said Dr Rosenthal.
He explained that Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, the lead scientist on many studies, was curious about what had happened to the subjects of those studies. Did Transcendental Meditation continue to have a positive effect on their health?
The original studies, many funded by the National Institutes of Health, were limited duration studies, only scheduled for nine or ten months.
But Dr Schneider and his colleagues realized that if they checked the (US) national death registry, they could at least find out whether the participants from all their earlier studies, many completed about ten years prior, were still alive.
When they looked, they found dramatic results.
'There was a 23 per cent lower mortality rate from all causes when they looked at the subjects who had been, years before, in the TM group,' said Dr Rosenthal, 'and an even greater 30 per cent reduction in [mortality from] cardiovascular disease.'
What makes these results even more impressive is that Dr Schneider and his colleagues had no way of knowing if these participants were meditating regularly any more. All they knew with certainty was that the people learned Transcendental Meditation about ten years prior and that this one factor seemed to make a substantial difference in the rate of mortality of the entire group of subjects.
Dr Rosenthal added that meditating is one facet of good health.
'I really believe health is a composite global package,' said Dr Rosenthal, explaining that diet, exercise, rest, and regular medical checkups are important.
'But I do also believe,' he concluded, 'that [Transcendental Meditation] is one valuable element that we in the medical profession may have overlooked.'
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