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World Water Day 22 March
22 March 2018 - Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods. (more)

US: More Maine towns making transition to life without plastic bags
20 March 2018 - Plastic bag fees and bans can be controversial, but in the Maine communities that already have adopted the changes, at least one official said that the transition has been much easier than anticipated. (more)

Growing your own in 30 below - the chef on an Arctic self-sufficiency mission
12 March 2018 - 'We're on a mission ... to make this town very sustainable. Because if we can do it here, then what's everybody else's excuse?' In one of the planet's most northerly settlements, in a tiny Arctic town of about 2,000 people, Benjamin Vidmar's domed greenhouse stands out like an alien structure in the snow-cloaked landscape. He is the sole supplier of locally-grown food in the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen in the Svalbard archipelago. The North Pole is about 1,050 kilometres (650 miles) to the north; mainland Norway is about as far south. (more)

500 Canadian doctors protest pay raises because they already make enough money
11 March 2018 - Hundreds of Canadian doctors, medical specialists and residents, as well as medical students, have signed a petition protesting their own pay raises, instead asking that the money be reallocated to help nurses and patients in need. (more)

Hundreds of Canadian doctors demand lower salaries. (Yes, lower.)
7 March 2018 - In a move that can only be described as utterly Canadian, hundreds of doctors in Quebec are protesting their pay raises, saying they already make too much money. The physicians group said it could not in good conscience accept pay raises when working conditions remained difficult for others in their profession -- including nurses and clerks -- and while patients 'live with the lack of access to required services because of drastic cuts in recent years.' (more)

India: 'Organic farming is the gateway for healthy living'
6 March 2018 - A group of more than 100 farmers from Puducherry and Karaikal regions were provided an orientation with organic farming practices at the Sharanam campus in Ousteri of the Sri Aurobindo Society recently. Inaugurating the meet, Agriculture Minister R. Kamalakannan, pointed to the Centre's plan to double the farmers' income by 2022 and expressed optimism that the thrust on organic farming would pave the way for raising a farmer's income. 'The seeds of organic farming have started to bloom across Puducherry,' he said. (more)

Nature calling: Crammed cities go green for climate, health
5 March 2018 - Cities are increasingly looking for ways to provide more greenery, as migration to urban areas rises and a growing body of scientific evidence indicates that being close to nature is good for people. Vegetation also sucks up planet-warming carbon dioxide, and is key to efforts to combat climate change. Some 750 climate scientists and urban planners are gathered in Canada this week at a U.N.-hosted conference to discuss how to help cities reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and become more resilient to extreme weather and rising seas. (more)

Healthy diet linked to lower hip-fracture risk in U.S. women
2 March 2018 - Eating an overall healthy diet is tied to a lower risk of hip fracture among women over age 50, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers analyzed decades' worth of dietary and health data for more than 100,000 U.S. men and women. They found that women who scored highest on the American Healthy Eating Index-2010 (AHEI) scale were about 13 percent less likely to experience a hip fracture than those whose diets over time scored lowest on that quality measure. (more)

Almost any amount of exercise may help older men win longevity race
1 March 2018 - It doesn't require a huge amount of exercise for older men to increase their chances of living longer, a study in the UK suggests. Every extra half hour of light activity ... was associated with 17 percent lower odds of death. (more)

Aerobic exercise slows cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease
27 February 2018 - Cardiovascular exercise training may help slow the decline in brain function seen in Alzheimer's patients, a new review of past research suggests. Researchers assessed data from 19 studies conducted between 2002 and 2015 that examined the effects of exercise on cognitive ability ... Results indicated that exercise -- specifically, cardiovascular exercise -- had a strong favorable impact, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (more)

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Live like it's Spring: Renew yourself with Transcendental Meditation
21 March 2018 - 'The same force of nature that causes the awakening of seeds into new growth . . . also inspires our hearts to leap outside their confining winter-boundaries,' writes Janet Hoffman. The executive director of Transcendental Meditation for Women Professionals in the US says that TM 'effortlessly refreshes your mind, body, emotions and spirit' - a way to revitalise at any time of year. During TM practice the mind settles to a state of deep silence, bringing profound relaxation, reduced anxiety, stress and fatigue, and renewed vigor. 'Emotions are balanced and life can begin anew - fresher, lighter and happier. . . . Every one of us has the potential to bloom in creativity, joy and love. The seeds of all our future bliss are within us now.' (more)

Malaysia: Transcendental Meditation can help you relax - Star Online reports
18 March 2018 - During a presentation in Malaysia on 'Transcending, Lifestyle, and Health: Optimising Brain Integration', Neuroscientist Dr Fred Travis explained that stress shuts down the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for the attention, planning, organising, impulse control, and moral reasoning functions of the brain. However, he said, 'Transcendental Meditation is able to help the body turn off its stress response system.' Dr Travis presented research on effects of TM including decrease in perceived stress, reduction in high blood pressure, and higher brain integration, among other health benefits. (more)

Veterans find quick relief from post-traumatic stress
3 March 2018 - Veterans of the wars in Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan found significant relief from their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of practising Transcendental Meditation. The veterans and active-duty soldiers in the study had been diagnosed with clinical levels of PTSD, and coauthors Robert Herron, PhD, and Colonel Brian Rees, MD, reported that after one month, 87% had a clinically significant decrease of more than 10 points. The reduction was so great that 80% had their symptoms reduced to below the clinical level for PTSD. 'The evidence is mounting that Transcendental Meditation is an effective treatment for PTSD,' said Colonel Rees. (more)

Entrepreneur on TM: Energy, focus, and 'an abundance of time' for what matters most
28 February 2018 - 'After years of 70 hour work weeks in the advertising industry, I had to call it quits,' says Kat Maund. She found her Transcendental Meditation practice especially helpful at that turning point. 'It allowed me to process my career experience . . . while also creating the space to think about what to do next. TM gave me the rest I needed so desperately, insight into my deepest desires, and the confidence I needed to start over as an entrepreneur' in her own interior design business. 'I could write a book about each individual benefit [of TM]. . . the most extraordinary change as I shifted into working for myself is the abundance of time. Whether I'm just well-rested and more alert or able to focus my energy on what matters most, I rarely feel like I'm racing against the clock. . . . I am free to fill my life with the things that bring me the most joy.' (more)

A natural way to treat both fatigue and addiction: Transcendental Meditation fulfils the 'dire need for rest and restoration'
25 February 2018 - Fatigue and exhaustion are among the five top medical complaints among women today. Many are in dire need of rest and restoration, and increasingly seeking relief through alcohol or amphetamines. Now, however, some of the busiest women in America are turning to the Transcendental Meditation technique. In multiple studies, TM has been found to be the most effective way to reduce stress, and a powerful way to enhance brain functioning. TV journalist Soledad O'Brien says, 'I appreciate very much the opportunity . . . to experience a state of deep rest and relaxation that can be game-changing, and sometimes a life saver in a crazy world. It helps alleviate stress and pressure when you're trying to balance life and be a mother.' (more)

Strength in Stillness: Bob Roth talks about his new book, the rise of meditation in our culture, and the future of TM
20 February 2018 - Strength is one of the many important benefits of practising the Transcendental Meditation technique, said Bob Roth in a recent interview about his new book, Strength in Stillness. 'But the strength that comes from TM is not based on something external, but rather something internal - the field of silence, or stillness, that lies within everyone. The subtitle, The Power of Transcendental Meditation, is how to access that inner stillness.' A TM teacher for 45 years, Roth is CEO of the David Lynch Foundation. (more)

February is American Heart Month: Transcendental Meditation reduces cardiovascular disease factors
18 February 2018 - This month, TM for Women is highlighting the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique in promoting heart health. Measures to reduce the risk factors for heart disease are recommended by the American Heart Association, which states that 80 per cent of cardiac events may be prevented with lifestyle changes. Research shows that the TM programme reduces tobacco use, stress, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. Learning the TM technique is a simple step with a wide range of health benefits that result from regular twice-daily practice. TM for Women encourages women everywhere to let Heart Health Month be the impetus to supporting your future well-being. (more)

Advice to Moms: 'Add Transcendental Meditation to your family's routine - life will become easier, softer, more stable, and sweeter'
11 February 2018 - 'Moms cannot afford to ignore their own needs while taking care of children, work and home. Most kids are sensitive to their mother's stress and reportedly experience higher stress themselves as a result,' writes Janet Hoffman, National Director of Transcendental Meditation for Women Professionals in the USA. She recommends something 'helpful to motherhood, child-rearing, patience, endurance, [and] stress reduction: Learn Transcendental Meditation.' Published scientific research has verified TM benefits that are 'strengthening for a parent, such as decreased anxiety, fatigue, depression, insomnia and hypertension along with increased stamina, resilience, and happiness.' From pregnancy through their children's teen years, when mothers 'add Transcendental Meditation to your family's routine, life will become easier, softer, more stable, and sweeter'. (more)

Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation - 6 Feb. book launch on Facebook Live!
3 February 2018 - Join Jerry Seinfeld and Hugh Jackman for a Facebook Live event celebrating the publication of the life-transforming new book, Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation by long-time meditation teacher Bob Roth. Jerry, Hugh, and Bob will reveal what the Transcendental Meditation technique means to them, and how this tool can change your life. Strength in Stillness will be available 6 February at book stores everywhere. (more)

UK: Everton boss Sam Allardyce reveals how Transcendental Meditation cured his touchline rage
28 January 2018 - Sam Allardyce has revealed how the Transcendental Meditation technique cured him of his touchline rage and turned him into a functioning manager at the highest level. The Daily Mail reports that the Everton [Football Club in Liverpool] boss is preparing for his 1,000th game as a manager in English football (soccer) . . . . After beginning his coaching career as player-manager at Irish side Limerick in 1991, Allardyce has managed Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham, Sunderland, England and Crystal Palace. (more)

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Highly processed foods tied to increased risk of certain cancers
7 March 2018 - People who consume mostly packaged foods and drinks with lots of unpronounceable ingredients may be more likely to develop certain cancers than people who subsist mostly on whole foods found in nature, a French study suggests. Every 10 percent increase in the amount of heavily processed foods and drinks people consumed was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of developing all cancers and an 11 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer during the study, researchers report in The BMJ. (more)

South Africa's listeria outbreak is largest on record: WHO
5 March 2018 - The South Africa listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since January is the largest ever recorded globally, the World Health Organization said on Monday (5 March). (more)

Global microwave foods market to reach $136.3 billion by 2023
23 February 2018 - According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Microwavable Foods Market by Product and Packaging Technology: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-23, the global microwavable foods market was valued at $100.98 billion in 2016, and is projected to reach $136.305 billion by 2023 . . . Microwavable foods are convenience food that require minimal preparation time and are cooked using the conventional microwave oven. Increased participation of women in workforce and changes in family dynamics have increased the dependency on readymade microwavable foods. Other factors ... (more)

Using household cleaning products can be as bad as smoking a pack a day (+ positive FortuneLive video)
19 February 2018 - A 20-year longitudinal study conducted by scientists at the University of Bergen in Norway has found that using cleaning products can be as harmful as smoking 20 cigarettes a day. (more)

Ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer'
15 February 2018 - A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. The results, in the British Medical Journal, showed that if the proportion of ultra-processed food in the diet increased by 10 per cent, then the number of cancers detected increased by 12 per cent. The researchers concluded: 'These results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades.' But they said the findings need to 'be confirmed by other large-scale' studies and research was needed to establish what could be behind the link. (more)

Spending too much time in dimly lit rooms may damage your brain's ability learn
8 February 2018 - If you spend too much time in dimly lit rooms, you may be altering your brain's structure and damaging your ability to remember and learn, according to the findings of an intriguing new study. The research, conducted by scientists from Michigan State University, is the first to show that changes in environmental light can lead to structural differences in the brain. It is estimated that both Brits and Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors on average. The researchers say a lack of bright light led to reductions in a substance which helps maintain healthy connections in the hippocampus and other regions of the brain. (more)

U.S. child mortality rates remain higher than in other wealthy nations
8 February 2018 - Even though infant and child mortality rates in wealthy nations have been steadily declining for decades, American children are still more likely to die than kids in other affluent countries, a U.S. study suggests. Back in the early 1960s, infant and child mortality rates were similar for the U.S. and 19 other countries with comparable levels of economic development. ... By the first decade of this century, the risk of death for infants was 76 percent higher in the U.S., and for children aged 1 to 19 the risk of death was 57 percent higher. Persistently high poverty rates, poor educational outcomes, and a relatively weak social safety net have contributed to the U.S. having worse infant and child mortality rates than any of these other nations, researchers write in Health Affairs. (more)

'Ultra-processed' products now half of all UK family food purchases
7 February 2018 - Half of all the food bought by families in the UK is now 'ultra-processed', made in a factory with industrial ingredients and additives invented by food technologists and bearing little resemblance to the fruit, vegetables, meat, or fish used to cook a fresh meal at home. The study of 19 European countries is published this month in a special issue of the journal Public Health Nutrition. It shows that UK families buy more ultra-processed food than any others in Europe, amounting to 50.7 per cent of the diet. Germany comes second, on 46.2 per cent and then Ireland on 45.9 per cent. (more)

Plastics chemical poisoning 86 per cent of teenagers
7 February 2018 - Experts are calling for the BPA content of packaging to be clearly labelled, after a new study showed that 86 per cent of teenagers had the harmful chemical compound in their bodies. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound used in the manufacture of certain types of plastic, and can be found in some water bottles, till receipts, the inside of cans and bottle tops, as well as highly processed foods. The chemical is known to disrupt the endocrine system, which controls how hormones are released into the body via several glands. ... It has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and liver enzyme abnormalities. There is a higher risk of ingesting BPAs if products are exposed to high temperatures, or reused, for instance in the case of plastic bottles. (more)

US: Common drug for PTSD doesn't stem nightmares, sleep problems in veterans
7 February 2018 - The blood pressure drug prazosin, widely prescribed to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has failed to show it can reduce distressing dreams or improve sleep quality in a trial of 304 military veterans at 13 Veterans Affairs medical centers. After 10 weeks of therapy with the generic drug ... recipients had no significant reduction in recurrent nightmares or easier sleep compared to veterans receiving placebo. Experts in PTSD familiar with the research have been shocked by the findings . . . An estimated 5 percent to 10 percent of the U.S. population has PTSD, with much higher rates among veterans and active-duty soldiers. (more)

Global Good News reviews the impact of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation on health

Raising health standards is a global challenge which transcends national, racial, and gender boundaries. With rising health costs threatening the economies of even the wealthiest nations, medical news repeatedly demonstrates the urgent need for a prevention-oriented approach which looks beyond specific treatments for disease to promoting good health in a holistic way.

Current health news also illustrates the inextricable relationship between individual health and the collective health of society.

Global Good News presents health news for today that looks beyond the current fragmentary and incomplete approach to health care, highlighting positive health news based on approaches that incorporate holistic knowledge of Natural Law.

Global Good News focuses on positive health news in the fields of both individual and collective health, including health news articles relating to the programmes of the Global Country of World Peace. These scientifically-validated technologies derived from the world's most ancient and complete system of natural health care, have been revived in recent decades as Maharishi's Vedic Total Knowledge Based Approach to Health. These technologies include approaches to promoting good health for the mind, body, behaviour, and environment.

Recent health news on this comprehensive system centres on its unique technologies of consciousness—Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme. Scientific research on these techniques comprises more than 600 studies conducted at over 250 independent universities and research institutions in 33 countries. These studies demonstrate a wide range of benefits for individual and collective health, and have appeared in many leading, peer-reviewed journals.

For example, in recent years, a multi-centre medical research team in America has attracted grants totalling over $24 million, principally from the US National Institutes of Health, for research on Transcendental Meditation and prevention of cardiovascular disease. These investigations have been published in prestigious medical journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Stroke, and Hypertension. Results show that Transcendental Meditation leads to sustained reductions in high blood pressure comparable to those commonly found with medication, but without adverse side-effects.

These and other well-controlled studies further demonstrate that Transcendental Meditation reduces atherosclerosis ('hardening of the arteries'), improves cardiac functioning and well-being in people with heart disease, reduces mortality from cardiovascular disease and all causes, decreases hospital admissions and health care costs, reduces smoking and alcohol consumption, and improves psychological health and well-being in both children and adults, including elderly people.

A growing number of physicians worldwide recommend Transcendental Meditation to their patients. The website: sponsored by The American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program', provides an opportunity to ask questions of leading doctors who utilize Transcendental Meditation in their clinical practice.

In offering these Vedic technologies to the world, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, has revolutionized our understanding of health and established development of higher states of consciousness as fundamental to the creation of perfect health.

In reporting on health news, Global Good News is pleased to note indications of growing interest in the applications of TM and the TM-Sidhi Programme among major health-care providers and policy makers.

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