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World: In two months, Ikea sold 1 million of its new veggie hot dogs
14 October 2018 - At the food counter past the checkout lanes at Ikea stores, where the company sells giant frozen yogurt cones for a dollar and other snacks to keep guests satiated and ready to buy more sofas, it's now possible to buy a hot dog for just 75 cents. And the hot dog has no meat in it at all. Made from a blend of kale, red lentils, carrots, and ginger, and served on a soft bun slathered in sweet and spicy mustard, pickled red cabbage, and crispy onions, the vegan dog (the bun makes it just vegetarian) is designed in part to appeal to a growing number of customers who want to eat healthier and plant-based food. But it's also part of Ikea's much larger ambition to cut its carbon footprint. (more)
UK: 'A banking app helped me beat my addiction'
6 October 2018 - Tens of thousands of people have signed up to a new service from two mobile-only banks designed to help problem gamblers. One former addict says this 'gambling block', available on the banks' apps, helped him beat his addiction. Monzo CEO Tom Blomfield says the block was introduced because customers asked for it. (more)
Swedish study: Even light exercise might lessen severity of a future stroke
4 October 2018 - People who regularly engage in light to moderate physical activity -- like walking four hours a week or swimming two hours weekly -- might have less severe strokes than individuals who aren't as active, a Swedish study suggests. (more)
An elegant, simple solution to Third World cooking smoke: Solar panels and computer fans
1 October 2018 - A Portland [Oregon] ninth-grader has been named one of the top young scientists in the [United States] for his simple solution to dangerous cooking smoke in Third World kitchens. 'This is the solar panel set up, and as the sunlight falls onto it it's able to produce the power, and it comes down these wires to the fans, which are all connected together in parallel,' said Pratik Vangal as he showed visitors his invention. His solution's cost? About 5 dollars. (more)
Older people with more friends do better at preventive health
27 September 2018 - Older adults with bigger social networks of family members and close friends may be better at staying on top of recommended preventive health screenings and checkups than their more isolated peers, a UK study suggests. Researchers surveyed 5,362 adults born in 1946 in England, Scotland, and Wales about their social relationships 24 times over several decades, until they were aged 68 to 69 years. (more)
Regular bedtime found to be beneficial for adults
27 September 2018 - Adults who have a regular bedtime are likely to weigh less than those who don't, to have lower blood sugar, and to face a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to a U.S. study. Although scientists have talked about the importance of getting enough sleep and getting quality sleep, it matters how regular your sleep schedule is as well, the researchers write in Scientific Reports. (more)
Teenage drinking rates fall across Europe
26 September 2018 - Teenage drinking has declined across Europe, with the most dramatic falls in Britain, the World Health Organization (WHO) has found. Half of all teenage boys in England drank weekly in 2002, but this figure was down to one in 10 by 2014, the report said. Iceland saw the lowest rate of regular teen drinkers. (more)
More evidence exercise may be good for your mood
20 September 2018 - People who exercise may experience symptoms of mental health disorders less often, a U.S. study suggests. That may be true even when the exercise involves doing household chores, researchers found. (more)
He served 3.6 million free meals after Hurricane Maria. Now he's feeding people hit by Florence
17 September 2018 - When disaster strikes, the Red Cross and the National Guard are always there to help. And these days, so is Jose Andres. The renowned chef, equipped with a team of cooks and volunteers and a ton of food, is feeding people in the Carolinas who were hit by Hurricane Florence. Andres and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen team arrived in North Carolina a week ago -- days before the storm arrived . . . The team served more than 3.6 million meals in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of 2017's Hurricane Maria and stayed on the island through an entire year to make sure people weren't left hungry. (more)
Why Uganda is the 'world's fittest country'
15 September 2018 - Uganda is the most physically active nation in the world, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization. The BBC's Patience Atuhaire went to find out why. The study, tracking the level of physical activity around the world, found that only 5.5 per cent of Ugandans had an insufficient level of activity. Mozambique, Tanzania, Lesotho, and Togo too are also doing quite well. (more)
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How Transcendental Meditation gives me mental clarity like nothing else
9 October 2018 - After Tara Gardner moved from London to Chicago - 'forging a new career as a freelance editor with a bazillion deadlines', and seeking 'a break from the cranial quicksand of daily life' - she tried diets and various meditation techniques, and finally discovered a video of filmmaker David Lynch talking about Transcendental Meditation. After learning TM, she found 'the fog lifting, the clarity coming through, and my thoughts becoming more ordered. The daily juggling act began to feel smoother and more efficient.' (more)
Watch Live, 4 October: 'Silence the Violence' Town Hall - TM to reduce stress, heal trauma, build community
3 October 2018 - You are invited to view 'Silence the Violence', a compelling Town Hall meeting to be webcast live - Thursday, 4 October, 10:00 am-12 noon US EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) from Washington, D.C. Leading doctors, researchers, educators and community leaders will discuss the impact of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique for preventing and curbing the rise of violence in America today. The event will be livestreamed from the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) Theater in Southeast Washington. The David Lynch Foundation is a resident partner on THEARC's campus and operates The Meditation Center @ THEARC. (more)
UK: Transcendental Meditation featured in Daily Star's recommendations to reduce blood pressure
17 September 2018 - One in four Brits suffers with high blood pressure, according to the UK's National Health Service. The Daily Star reports that a study led by Dr Robert Schneider, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, found that Transcendental Meditation reduces high blood pressure. TM is featured first in a discussion of research on lifestyle approaches to reducing blood pressure including meditation, yoga, exercise, and diet. (more)
September is Self-Improvement Month: How TM can help improve mind, body, emotions, and behaviour
13 September 2018 - 'There is a simple way to do one-stop shopping to accomplish self-improvement,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. Her suggestion for 'how to improve your mind, body, emotional life, behaviour, and job performance in one stroke: learn the Transcendental Meditation technique. TM is an effortless method that allows your mind to settle inward to the most silent and peaceful level of experience, your authentic innermost Self. . . . Almost 400 peer-reviewed studies have shown that regular TM practice improves our life through a wide range of personal benefits - decreased anxiety and depression, improved memory and clearer thinking, reduced high blood pressure, decreased illness, longer lifespan and more harmonious relationships.' (more)
Transcendental Meditation produces significant reduction in drug and alcohol abuse: Elephant Journal
3 September 2018 - Today there is a crisis in drug addiction care: 23 million Americans suffer each year from drug and alcohol abuse; yet only one in five gets treatment. One effective, evidence-based approach for drug abuse reduction is Transcendental Meditation. Over 10 peer-reviewed studies show that TM produces a very significant reduction in drug and alcohol abuse. Comedian Russell Brand comments, 'Transcendental Meditation will give you access to peace. . . . It will give you sanctuary and serenity. That is what it's done for me. An integral part of my life as a recovering drug addict is TM.' (more)
Why self-love is not selfish
31 August 2018 - Research has found that women of any age are more prone to self-criticism than men, and chronic self-criticism can impair mental and physical health. Health writer Linda Egenes explores how treating oneself with 'compassion instead of criticism' can improve health and well-being - but how to calm the negative mind-chatter? Learning Transcendental Meditation, she writes, has allowed her to experience of 'a state of deep rest and relaxation, . . . infinite joy and inner happiness. You could call it my deep self, my essential self. . . . As I effortlessly settled into my true self - that reservoir of universal love that is inside me and inside everyone - I found myself spontaneously acting in a more loving way to myself and others.' (more)
Brazil: Maharishi University of Management faculty assist in introducing integrative medicine
30 August 2018 - Brazil is one of the first non-Asian nations to introduce integrative healthcare into the national healthcare system, and faculty of Maharishi University of Management, USA are significantly contributing to the initiative. This year professors Robert Schneider, Sandy Nidich, and John Fagan spoke in Brazil at the 1st International Congress of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Public Health, and MUM President John Hagelin and Professor Fred Travis sent presentations. 'This initiative by the federal government of Brazil is real,' Dr Schneider said. 'This is a major step of government implementation that will entail bringing Maharishi Ayur-Veda, Transcendental Meditation, and other prevention-oriented, natural health approaches to the people of the country through their national health care system.' (more)
Holland: 4th International Ayurveda Congress to convene in Leiden, 1-2 September
26 August 2018 - The Fourth International Ayurveda Congress will convene this weekend, 1-2 September at Leiden, the Netherlands. The theme of this Congress is to establish and promote Ayurveda in the areas of education, research, training, practice, and products in the West. The Congress presents a platform for all leading Ayurveda organizations worldwide and leaders in various fields of Ayurveda. Scholars in Ayurveda, experts in herbal medicine, and research scientists from around the world will present scientific evidence on preventing disease, promoting longevity, and treating chronic disorders using an integrative approach. (more)
Indian Medical University invites collaboration with Maharishi University of Management
18 August 2018 - India is increasingly showing an interest in Maharishi AyurVeda, including the country's Minister for Ayurveda and Yoga and the chancellor of a leading medical university, who is eager to collaborate with Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in the USA. Professor Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine at MUM, was invited to give a keynote presentation at an international Ayurveda congress at D.Y. Patil University in Pune, India earlier this year. While there, in addition to university officials, he met with His Excellency Shripad Naik, India's Minister for traditional systems of health (AYUSH), who pledged his support for MUM's programme of Maharishi AyurVeda research and clinical practice. (more)
Psychology Today: The power of inner silence
14 August 2018 - Psychologist and bestselling author Elaine Aron, PhD, writes in Psychology Today about the value of accessing quieter levels of the mind - not only for 'Highly Sensitive Persons' (HSPs), her field of expertise - but for anyone seeking to be wiser, more creative and effective in daily life. Describing various methods of 'turning inward to find that deeper quiet', Dr Aron writes, 'And there is meditation, the route I have used for 46 years. I chose Transcendental Meditation, partly because its goal is the deepest possible rest and inner silence. . . . Whatever the tradition, those committed to these deeper levels of inner silence and calm report at its deepest the same satisfying state, perhaps best called ''pure consciousness'' because it can be without thoughts, feelings, or perceptions, yet you are wide awake inside.' (more)
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While America wages war on opioids, meth makes its comeback
28 September 2018 - For Capt. Mark Wollmershauser Jr. and the Tulsa Police Department, the late-2000s and early 2010s were an extremely dangerous time. In Oklahoma, a state that is no stranger to the scourge of methamphetamine addiction, those years were the heyday of the 'shake and bake' method -- a rudimentary way of making meth . . . But Wollmershauser said that didn't spell the end of Tulsa's meth problem. In fact, officials across the state say they are seizing meth that is purer, cheaper, and in greater quantities than ever before, with most of it coming from south of the border. (more)
UK life expectancy progress 'has stopped'
25 September 2018 - Life expectancy in the UK has stopped improving for the first time since 1982, when figures began. In some parts of the UK, life expectancy has even decreased. (more)
Alcohol abuse kills 3 million a year, most of them men: WHO
21 September 2018 - More than 3 million people died in 2016 due to drinking too much alcohol, meaning one in 20 deaths worldwide was linked to harmful drinking, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday (21 September). And despite evidence of the health risks it carries, global consumption of alcohol is predicted to rise in the next 10 years. (more)
Survey of 104 countries says 1.3 billion live in poverty
20 September 2018 - A survey of 104 countries comprising 5.5 billion people that looked at health, education and living standards has found that some 1.3 billion people are living in poverty -- including 662 million children. The Multidimensional Poverty Index released Thursday by the U.N. Development Program and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative says 46 percent of the 1.3 billion are considered to be severely impoverished. (more)
Almost one in 11 U.S. tweens and teens vape cannabis
17 September 2018 - Roughly one in 11 American middle and high school students have used cannabis in e-cigarettes, a study suggests. Nearly one in three young e-cigarette users said they had tried cannabis with e-cigarettes at least once, survey results showed. Overall, almost 9 percent of students had vaped marijuana, including 4.5 percent of students in middle school and 12.4 percent of students in high school. (more)
Even low levels of traffic pollution tied to heart damage
14 September 2018 - People exposed to even low levels of air pollution are more likely to develop structural changes in the heart that can be a precursor to heart failure, a UK study suggests. (more)
Survey finds rapid increase in number of UK vapers
13 September 2018 - An estimated 3.2 million people in Britain are now users of e-cigarettes, or vapes, compared with around 7.4 million who smoke tobacco cigarettes, according to data from a survey conducted by an anti-smoking charity. E-cigarettes have no tobacco, but contain nicotine-laced liquids that the user inhales in a vapor. (more)
Severe delivery complications on the rise among U.S. pregnant women
5 September 2018 - An increasing proportion of U.S. women are experiencing serious and potentially life-threatening complications while giving birth, government researchers report. Between 2006 and 2015, rates of severe complications rose by 45 percent overall, according to a report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). (more)
US: Children taking multiple medications at risk for severe reactions
28 August 2018 - Nearly one in five American children use at least one prescription medication, and roughly one in 13 kids takes more than one prescription drug, according to a new study. And among the children taking more than one medication, one in 12 is at risk of a harmful drug interaction, researchers report in Pediatrics. Adolescent girls are most at risk of adverse reactions, including a potentially deadly heart condition, the researchers found. (more)
Air pollution causes 'huge' reduction in intelligence, study reveals
27 August 2018 - Air pollution causes a 'huge' reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper than the well-known impacts on physical health. The research was conducted in China but is relevant across the world, with 95 percent of the global population breathing unsafe air. It found that high pollution levels led to significant drops in test scores in language and arithmetic, with the average impact equivalent to having lost a year of the person's education. (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,
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: www.doctorsontm.org
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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