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Australia's biggest national park to be created
24 March 2015 - A five million hectare slice of Western Australia's Kimberley region will become the country's largest national park after the State Government struck a deal forever banning mining in the iconic Mitchell Plateau. Premier Colin Barnett said thanks to the agreement, the 'extraordinary' landscape would be preserved, delivering a major conservation outcome. (more)

Netherlands: Study reveals organic consumers maintain a healthier lifestyle
24 March 2015 - A consumer survey on behalf of the Dutch whole food retail chain EkoPlaza revealed evidence that organic customers live healthier lives than the average population. EkoPlaza customers feel much healthier than the average person. (more)

Science finds: Antidepressant microbes in soil -- how dirt makes you happy
24 March 2015 - Soil microbes and human health now have a positive link which has been studied and found to be verifiable. Mycobacterium vaccae has been found to mirror the effect on neurons that mood-altering drugs provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes one relaxed and happier. Studies were conducted on cancer patients and they reported a better quality of life and less stress. (more)

US: Urban farms can help feed the hungry - Sacramento, California
24 March 2015 - Urban agriculture is in the local spotlight as the Sacramento City Council is expected to vote on allowing farming on city lots and making it easier for residents to sell produce they have grown. In addition to health benefits, urban gardens beautify the community and provide common ground for people of different ages and cultures to work together. They can also create jobs, learning opportunities, and economic savings on food. Given the numerous potential benefits, local officials can better serve their communities by making it easier to cultivate food locally. (more)

China: Beijing to shut all major coal power plants to cut pollution
23 March 2015 - Beijing, where pollution averaged more than twice China's national standard last year, will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants next year. The closures are part of a broader trend in China, which is the world's biggest carbon emitter. Facing pressure at home and abroad, policy makers are racing to address the environmental damage seen as a byproduct of breakneck economic growth. Beijing plans to cut annual coal consumption by 13 million metric tonnes by 2017 from the 2012 level in a bid to slash the concentration of pollutants. (more)

The woman eliminating toxic chemicals from our lives
23 March 2015 - As a young scientist before the age of green consumer awareness, Arlene Blum had put common household chemicals in the news when she published a paper on toxic flame retardants in children's pajamas in 1976. Within months, the paper led to a complete ban of the chemicals in consumer products, which made headlines and got America talking about chemicals and science. She's started a website called Six Classes, which breaks down the endless number of harmful chemicals into six classes of chemicals, so people can better understand how they work, what they do, and which ones might be better than others. (more)

Sweden: Study reveals nature 'significantly' helps in overcoming disease
22 March 2015 - A study by Roger Ulrich, Professor of Architecture at the Centre for Healthcare Building Research at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, points out that attention to architectural details in a hospital setting, including building in elements of the natural environment, very significantly impact healing outcomes for patients. This includes having appropriate art, soothing music, and having plants around for a natural naturistic healing boost. (more)

UN chief applauds all who champion rights of disabled
21 March 2015 - On 21 March, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged everyone to 'make every effort' to ensure that the new sustainable development goals address equality and help build a life of dignity for all, including people with Down syndrome and other persons with disabilities. The UN chief applauded all those who champion the rights and lives of persons with disabilities, and urged others to support them. (more)

Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure
20 March 2015 - The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination. (more)

India: Civil servants to get free daily yoga lessons
20 March 2015 - The Indian government has announced a strategy to get the country's much-criticised officials to relax, stay healthy and work more productively: free yoga classes. In what may well be the biggest campaign of physical education based on the ancient Indian discipline ever, Delhi said last Friday it would provide daily yoga lessons to 3 million civil servants and their families. (more)


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Six major benefits since recently learning Transcendental Meditation
30 March 2015 - Since he learned the Transcendental Meditation technique four months ago, Matthew Poulton's life has changed in many ways. TM recharges his body and mind, he says: 'There is no comparable resource; no amount of money could buy you this kind of rest.' He is more compassionate towards others and more able to be in the present. During Transcendental Meditation practice one will experience 'who you really are. Call it what you will, the more you experience and tap into it during meditation, the more profound it becomes during everyday activity. By tapping into the source of thought during meditation, you gain access to unlimited creative potential.' (more)

Fault Lines: Transcendental Meditation promotes harmony, unity when relationships quake
18 March 2015 - School psychologist and Transcendental Meditation teacher Susan Linden likens relationship problems to the earthquakes that can occur along tectonic fault lines. 'TM practice reduces the friction that creates the ''fault'' in fault lines in two main ways,' she says: 'TM enhances individual confidence and awareness and it connects humans by direct experience at the deepest level of shared humanity. Differences will always be there. But they will be appreciated as interesting expressions of another self, rather than barriers to the harmony we can all find and enjoy amidst our diversity.' (more)

Embrace your moods: Establishing a stable sense of self with Transcendental Meditation
13 March 2015 - 'Many women are turning to the Transcendental Meditation technique to decrease stress on a daily basis,' says health writer Linda Egenes, commenting on a recent New York Times editorial by psychiatrist Dr Julie Holland noting the high percentage of women in the US taking psychiatric medications for depression, anxiety, and related conditions. 'It's time to . . . . embrace the full range of your emotions', Ms Egenes writes, discussing research showing that 'overall, by releasing stress, improving brain function and reducing anxiety, Transcendental Meditation helps make way for more positive emotions including happiness, emotional stability, self-esteem, and inner orientation.' (more)

South Africa: Transcendental Meditation gives you 200 percent of life - Health24 reports
12 March 2015 - There are some very successful people who seem to enjoy the pleasures the world has to offer while fulfilling their need to 'go within' by practising Transcendental Meditation regularly. David Lynch says: 'I guess people start meditation for many different reasons, but each person who starts will get the benefit they are looking for, and many other benefits as well. I became interested in meditation because I heard a phrase, ''True happiness is not out there. True happiness lies within.'' And this phrase had a ring of truth to me, but the phrase doesn't tell you where the within is, nor how to get there. One day it hit me that meditation would be the way to go within.' (more)

New meta-analysis shows reduction in blood pressure with Transcendental Meditation practice
9 March 2015 - The Journal of Human Hypertension has published a meta-analysis of 12 studies that found a clinically meaningful reduction in blood pressure associated with practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Researcher David Orme-Johnson said that the review found consistent results among the studies when taking into account variables such as age and initial blood pressure among the 996 subjects involved. 'This was a very thorough, high-quality, and fair review,' he said. (more)

UK: Transcendental Meditation helps financial director overcome lifelong insomnia
9 March 2015 - Normal sleep, which had eluded UK business executive Michael Andrew for 20 years, was 'dramatically enhanced' within a week after he learned Transcendental Meditation. 'My immediate impression of TM was how quickly I responded to it. It worked. My children said that I was a lot calmer, sort of a nicer person.' What he can't understand now is why everyone isn't taught this as part of their education and training for life: 'It seems so unfair when something like this works.' (more)

Our daughers, our grandaughters, ourselves - TM for Young Women
6 March 2015 - A new web page, Transcendental Meditation for Young Women, has been launched, geared specifically to the unique hopes and concerns of teen girls and young women, including an 'epidemic of stress'. 'Scientific research shows that TM reduces symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, hostility, substance abuse, and unhealthy impulsivity--many of the problems that challenge teens and also women in their early twenties,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the USA, sponsor of the new page. She also highlights TM research showing improvements in self-esteem, academic achievement, coherent thinking, energy and physical stamina, normalization of weight, and higher graduation rates. (more)

Overcoming the stress of ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning challenges
5 March 2015 - Stress is now thought to be a major factor in learning disorders such as ADHD. Now researchers are finding that the Transcendental Meditation technique--which has been shown in dozens of peer-reviewed studies to reduce stress, depression and anxiety--is helping students overcome ADHD and other learning challenges. One way in which the TM technique helps these students is by improving brain functioning. (more)

Cardiologist Dr Suzanne Steinbaum on transcending heart disease: Transcendental Meditation improves heart health
3 March 2015 - Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Director of Women's Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, describes the impact of stress on heart health, and why she recommends the Transcendental Meditation technique to her patients to help treat stress-related disorders. She also discusses the published evidence that the TM technique reduces high blood pressure, and greatly decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Dr Steinbaum describes Transcendental Meditation as 'the most efficacious way for us to treat one of the major risk factors of heart disease, which is stress'. (more)

Off-the-grid 'smart house' featured in MaharishiVastu.org video tour
22 February 2015 - Since Bill and Stacey Hurlin moved into their small Maharishi Vastu home in Fairfield, Iowa, USA six years ago, the effect has been 'profoundly life-changing'. 'From the day I moved into this house my sleep has been better--my restfulness has been deeper,' Stacey says, describing a tangible feeling of being protected. 'Maharishi's Vastu tradition of architecture goes so much deeper into the health and well being of not only the individual but the environment,' she says. Their home is located in Abundance EcoVillage, which features natural, sustainable systems of utilizing wind, rain, and sun. (more)


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Inside Canada's secret world of medical error: 'There is a lot of lying, there's a lot of cover-up' (with video)
30 March 2015 - Don't expect to find any public record of thousands of harmful and sometimes deadly mistakes that occur in facilities across Canada each year. Most instances of the Canadian health-care system hurting rather than healing patients are not even reported by staff internally, a National Post investigation has documented. Research suggests that about 70,000 patients a year experience preventable, serious injury as a result of treatments. More shocking, a landmark study published a decade ago estimated that as many as 23,000 Canadian adults die annually because of preventable 'adverse events' in acute-care hospitals alone. The rate of errors may be even higher today, some evidence suggests, despite the millions of dollars spent on much-touted patient-safety efforts. Yet a tiny fraction of those cases are publicly acknowledged and usually only in the form of antiseptic statistics. For most serious treatment gaffes, not even the sparsest of details is revealed, making the vast problem all but invisible. Manitoba is a rare exception to the opaqueness that shrouds medical error in Canada; single-line descriptions the province has released for the last three years offer at least a snapshot of what calamities can befall patients. For the rest of the country, such cases occur in a vacuum, most not reported at all and virtually none described with any kind of narrative. 'As long as the public doesn't realize that one in 13 people coming into the hospital will experience some kind of adverse event -- and that's the conservative estimate -- then there isn't any pressure to say, 'Listen, fix these damn things,' ' said Dr. Robson, a physician who led the Winnipeg health authority's groundbreaking patient safety programme for seven years. 'With the pace, the increase of new technology, new drugs, new approaches ... the probability of risk and incident has grown,' said Hugh MacLeod, chief executive of the federally funded Canadian Patient Safety Institute. (more)

Medical residents yield to doctors' orders even when they're wrong - and patients suffer, study suggests
30 March 2015 - A revealing new study suggests the pressure to bow to authority still weighs heavily on medical residents and can sometimes put patients at risk. Anesthesia trainees told researchers that fear and intimidation kept them from questioning doctors and that some specialists 'took pride' in abusing them. The study has the potential to be something of a landmark, drawing the curtain on a reality often discussed in staff rooms but rarely made public, said Susan O'Leary, president of the Canadian Anesthesiology Society. (more)

Mental health vetting of pilots ineffective, US experts say
29 March 2015 - There is little effective, real-world screening of airline pilots for mental problems despite regulations in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere that say mental health should be part of their regular medical exams, pilots and safety experts said. A negative mental health evaluation would likely cause the FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration) to withdraw the pilot's medical certificate, which means the pilot would no longer be able to fly. Pilots who suffer mild to moderate depression, for which there are many therapies and medications, risk jeopardizing their careers if they seek treatment and that becomes known to the FAA or their airline, said Doug Moss, a Boeing 777 pilot for a major airline. (more)

Finnish study finds: Children's exposure to secondhand smoke tied to clogged arteries
23 March 2015 - In a Finnish study spanning 26 years, children exposed to parental smoking were more likely to develop plaque in their carotid arteries as young adults than children who were not exposed to secondhand smoke. These findings and others suggest the health effects of passive smoking on children are not limited to respiratory or developmental health, but can have a long-term impact on cardiovascular health, said senior author Costan G Magnussen of Menzies Research Institute Tasmania in Hobart, Australia. (more)

Global study reveals the extent of habitat fragmentation
20 March 2015 - The planet's forests are shrinking, and it's playing out to the tune of massive species losses, a new study shows. And birds could be one of the biggest fatalities. In the landmark study, published in Science Advances, researchers across the globe used results from seven separate experiments carried out in five continents to posit that habitat fragmentation is rife. Ultimately, they found that 70 per cent of global forests lie within just half a mile of their edges, exposing woodland species to human developments and agriculture. Even worse, almost 20 per cent of forested land has just 100 meters (the equivalent length of a football field) to buffer it from the outside world. 'That means almost no forest can really be considered wilderness,' said study leader Dr Nick Haddad from North Carolina State University. (more)

Strawberries top list of pesticide-laced food: EU report
12 March 2015 - Nearly half of food products in Europe contain residues of pesticides, with strawberries the most likely to exceed legal limits, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on Thursday. The highest rate of exceeding limits was for strawberries (2.5 per cent of the sample). They are especially sensitive to disease and so undergo considerable spraying with pesticides. (more)

US: Suicides by girls and young women continue to climb - CDC report
5 March 2015 - The suicide rate for girls and young women in the U.S. continues to rise, at a pace far faster than for young males, health officials said Thursday. The rate for boys and young men increased since 2007, too. And it remains three times higher than the female rate for ages 10 to 24. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Thursday. (more)

Beijing residents gasp for fresh air in the city of smog (with Reuters video)
4 March 2015 - Millions of Chinese are paying the price for decades of red-hot economic growth that have lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty, but have taken a toll on the environment due to rapid industrialization. Over the past seven years, levels of particulate matter in Beijing's air smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5) averaged nearly five times the recommended daily level set by the World Health Organization, according to data from a monitoring station at the US embassy. The medical implications of sustained exposure are sobering. (more)

One year on, China's 'war on pollution' still to be won (Reuters video)
3 March 2015 - Millions of Chinese are paying the price for decades of red-hot economic growth. In the face of increasing public anger at the state of China's battered environment last year the government 'declared war' on pollution at its key National People's Congress meeting. With this year's National People's Congress about to start, many are hoping the government's words will translate into cleaner skies. (more)

US minors easily buy e-cigarettes online: UNC study
2 March 2015 - Teenagers in North Carolina who try to buy electronic cigarettes online are likely to succeed even though selling the devices to minors is illegal in the state, researchers reported on Monday. A 2013 North Carolina law required that online e-cigarette sellers verify customers' ages with a government database at the point of order. But more than 90 per cent of vendors do not comply, researchers led by Rebecca Williams of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found. No federal law restricts e-cigarette shipping. (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: 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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