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Germany: Research scientists bring new knowledge of natural medicine and total brain development
by Global Good News staff writer

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21 July 2013

This year Germany hosted two leading American researchers who are experts in natural approaches to health care and development of integrated brain functioning.

One tour, organized by Michael Matthis, a German medical doctor, was for Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, Dean of Maharishi College of Perfect Health at Maharishi University of Management. Dr Schneider is also Director of the university's Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention.

As a physician researcher specializing in the field of natural medicine, Dr Schneider and colleagues have, for more than a decade, examined the efficacy of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care and Transcendental Meditation for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases—especially hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Recently the American Heart Association analyzed the research, and issued a report concluding that Transcendental Meditation is the only form of meditation that actually works to reduce blood pressure and related occurrences of heart attack and stroke.

Dr Matthis organized several lectures for Dr Schneider in Lubeck and Hamburg. As a result of the lectures Dr Schneider was invited by a German university to be the keynote speaker at a conference on heart health later this year.

Also touring Germany this year was Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at MUM. On his 11-city tour Dr Travis spoke in a variety of venues, including many universities and research institutions, giving presentations for the general public. Audiences included scientists investigating parameters of different types of meditation; medical doctors and nursing professionals who treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); practitioners of natural medicine wanting to deepen their knowledge; and expert physicians trained in Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care.

Also attending were teachers, administrators, and parents interested in how the brain develops and how learning unfolds; 'new age' groups interested in spirituality and consciousness; athletes and townspeople curious to learn more about programmes offered at their local Transcendental Meditation centre; and people who had already learned the meditation technique. An educational researcher and a film producer looking to understand the scientific basis of meditation also came to hear about Dr Travis's research.

Most of his presentations included a live EEG demonstration, for which local Transcendental Meditation practitioners volunteered to have their brain waves monitored by an EEG (electroencephalograph) machine. Using a laptop computer, Dr Travis projected a real-time graphic display of the subject's brain wave patterns onto a screen at the front of the lecture hall. These demonstrations clearly illustrated for the audience the differences in brain activity, including the level of coherence between different parts of the brain, when someone is sitting quietly with eyes open, compared to during Transcendental Meditation.

Comments from those who attended also noted that the lectures and EEG demonstrations were helpful in clarifying the differences between Transcendental Meditation and other forms of meditation.

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