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Research on Transcendental Meditation: Lower blood pressure, other benefits - Dr Robert Schneider responds to JAMA Internal Medicine review
by Dr Robert Schneider

Chicago Tribune    Translate This Article
23 January 2014

The following comments by Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, appeared on the Opinion page in yesterday's Chicago Tribune:

''According to a June 2013 scientific statement by the American Heart Association, research on Transcendental Meditation suggests that TM can lower blood pressure and concludes that doctors may consider recommending TM to patients. Further, this lowering of blood pressure has been associated with reduced rates of heart attack, stroke, and death, according to a 2012 study published by the AHA.''

Dr Schneider was responding to the ''limited scope'' of a recent JAMA [Journal of the American Medical Association] Internal Medicine review about health benefits of meditation. He is Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention and Dean of Maharishi College of Perfect Health at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA.

Dr Schneider cited other published research on Transcendental Meditation showing improved psychological health measures, including ''significant reductions in anxiety'' and improved learning, memory and self-realization.

Click here to read Dr Schneider's full comments online at

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