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Vancouver, Canada: Volunteers cleaning up the Fraser River in celebration of World Rivers Day
1 October 2014 - Several local groups will be doing their part to keep the rivers clean and pristine. Volunteers will be out cleaning up the banks of the Fraser River and other waterways in celebration of the 10th annual World Rivers Day. The event started in Vancouver in 1980 and was finally recognized as a global event by the UN in 2005. (more)

Walking is the superfood of fitness, US experts say
30 September 2014 - For fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super star. Researchers say emerging evidence suggests that combined physical activity and inactivity may be more important for chronic disease risk than physical activity alone. 'Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day,' Bowman said. 'You can't offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.' (more)

India leader proposes International Yoga Day
27 September 2014 - India's Prime Minister is proposing a new addition to the lengthy list of annual UN observances: World Yoga Day. In his speech to the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extolled the therapeutic powers of yoga [asanas] and said it could help tackle global problems. The UN currently has 118 awareness-raising days of observance. (more)

Nepal: Bringing solar power to remote hospitals is saving lives
26 September 2014 - Founded by three Yale University Medical School students, Possible is a nonprofit health care company that runs medical facilities in remote Nepal. These include the 25-bed Bayalpata Hospital, in Anchham, a series of local clinics, and a small army of community health care workers. In 2011, it started working with Andy Moon and Jason Gray, then at SunEdison, to install solar panels at its facilities. Moon and Gray have since formed SunFarmer, a US nonprofit with a hybrid model for spreading solar around the globe. It funds installations at health care facilities using donations. Clients then pay back the cost over an eight-year period, with SunFarmer covering maintenance. Any proceeds left over are then reinvested in future projects. (more)

Canada: Prime Minister Stephen Harper earmarks $200M for fund on maternal and child health
25 September 2014 - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told the United Nations General Assembly that saving the lives of the world's most vulnerable mothers and their children is not only a global priority, but an issue 'closest to his heart'. Harper announced that Canada has earmarked $200 million toward a credit fund. Canada's pledge is part of the five-year $3.5-billion commitment Harper announced in May. (more)

United Nations: Improving health of women, children 'moral imperative'
25 September 2014 - Lauding the gains made in improving the health of women and children worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 September called for renewed commitment and action to sustain the unprecedented progress made in this area in partnership with governments, civil society, the private sector, philanthropists, and international organizations. (more)

Australian study: Dairy fats found to protect against Type 2 Diabetes
24 September 2014 - The dairy has every reason to churn with delight after findings from a European study reported some dairy foods prevent Type 2 Diabetes. The study examined nearly 30,000 participants and reported dietary fats could affect glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity and a high intake dairy fats may be protective against the illness. Professor Paul Nestel from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne says the findings confirm older theories about the benefits of some dairy foods and their role protecting the body against some diseases. (more)

Canada: Toronto home buyers prefer walkable neighbourhoods to bigger houses: study
24 September 2014 - The dream of home ownership in the Toronto region is evolving, with more home buyers prioritizing a walkable neighbourhood over floor space. The 2014 Home Location Preference Surveyconfirms that the vast majority of home buyers -- 81 per cent -- would choose less car-dependent neighbourhoods over big lawns and extra bedrooms -- if cost were not a factor. (more)

Annual Vegetarian Festival in Thailand
23 September 2014 - Many people in Thailand are starting to observe the annual Vegetarian Festival, when they do not take meat and vegetables are mainly used in food preparation. This year is special as the festival will be celebrated twice, marking the first time in 182 years. The first round of the festival starts on 24 September and will continue until 2 October. The second round is scheduled for 24 October to 1 November. Originally, the festival was observed in Chinese communities or among ethnic Chinese, or Thais of Chinese origin. Today, a large number of people, regardless of their origin and beliefs, join the celebration. Some people participate because vegetarian food is good for health. They believe that by consuming only meat-free meals for the period, they will cleanse their bodies and minds. (more)

United States: Ban sought on children working on tobacco farms
23 September 2014 - Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects. The lawmakers made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. 'Children working in tobacco are among the nation's most vulnerable and we must do more to protect them,' wrote the lawmakers. (more)

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Google Zeitgeist: Transcendental Meditation presented to top business and thought leaders
30 September 2014 - Nearly 400 CEOs and other business and thought leaders attending the prestigious 'Google Zeitgeist' conference in Phoenix, Arizona, USA heard about the research and benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique in an address by Bob Roth, David Lynch Foundation executive director, on 15 September. Keynote speakers at the conference included former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Google Chair Eric Schmidt. The TM presentation at Google Zeitgeist is another sign of the growing interest and acceptance of Transcendental Meditation as a practical, cost-effective antidote to the epidemic of stress and trauma that pervades all levels of society. (more)

Transcendental Meditation brings rapid relief for African war refugees' posttraumatic stress
26 September 2014 - Krista Noble's recent article in New Age Journal, about the African PTSD Relief project, described two scientific research studies showing rapid positive effects of Transcendental Meditation in Congolese refugees suffering from severe posttraumatic stress (PTS). 'We anticipated improvement, but I didn't expect this magnitude of change,' said Col. Brian Rees, MD, lead author of the studies, published in 2013 and 2014 in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. (more)

African refugee describes healing power of Transcendental Meditation: 'I'm free - I'm a free woman'
18 September 2014 - Sudanese refugee Esperance Ndozi, who suffered greatly from posttraumatic stress (PTS), describes the dramatic positive changes she experienced soon after learning Transcendental Meditation. Her comments appear in a recent article in New Age Journal. (more)

The healing power of Transcendental Meditation
14 September 2014 - The life of Esperance Ndozi, a Sudanese refugee who fled with her children to Uganda, improved dramatically after the African PTSD Relief organization offered her the opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation. Esperance suffered terribly from posttraumatic stress (PTS), with flashbacks, persistent fear, depression, and insomnia. 'Ndozi was not alone in the challenges that she faced,' writes Krista Noble in New Age Journal. 'It is estimated that 100 million Africans suffer from PTS.' (more)

Today - Conference call for women: New paradigm for women's health
7 September 2014 - Today, Sunday, 7 September, women are invited to join in a 'virtual global assembly' and learn how women can become a powerfully nourishing agent for positive change in the world by awakening the nourishing power of consciousness within. Today's women's conference call features a discussion on the topic of women's health in light of a new paradigm. It is the fourth in a series of six bimonthly telephone conferences in the 2014 10,000 Women Initiative. (more)

Women invited to join conference call series - 7 September: New paradigm for women's health
31 August 2014 - The fourth in a series of six telephone conferences in the 2014 10,000 Women Initiative will be held Sunday, 7 September. All women are invited to join in this bimonthly 'virtual global assembly' and learn how women can become a powerfully nourishing agent for positive change in the world by awakening the nourishing power of consciousness within. The next women's conference call will feature a discussion on the topic of women's health in light of a new paradigm. (more)

New MS in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine offered online - starts this autumn
25 August 2014 - Maharishi University of Management is launching a new Master of Science in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine that will be offered online to health professionals as well as health educators with a background in the health sciences. The three-year, part-time curriculum is oriented towards doctors, nurses, medical students, and health coaches who want to add the burgeoning field of integrative medicine to their practices. The inaugural class of students begins this fall. (more)

Transcendental Meditation transforms lives at Rikers Island Corrections Dept for Women
22 August 2014 - Twenty female inmates, three staff members, and four Transcendental Meditation teachers are transformed after just one week of TM instruction at Rikers Island--the site of a large prison complex in the City of New York Department of Correction. An inmate said, 'Before TM, I was lost, stressed and angry. I kept blaming myself for what my life had become. With meditation, I am much more open to life itself, and I can make it through daily struggles.' (more)

Study: Transcendental Meditation strengthens the immune system
17 August 2014 - Does practising the Transcendental Meditation technique help to keep you healthy? A group of researchers at Infanta Cristina Hospital in Spain have published a study which measures the effect of regular TM practice on the immune system. The researchers measured different subsets of leukocytes and lymphocytes--the cells in the blood which help to fight off viruses and bacteria. The scientists stated in their conclusion that the technique of meditation studied seems to have a significant effect on immune cells. (more)

Media reports feature Transcendental Meditation as antidote to workplace stress
15 August 2014 - Workplace stress has become the 'black plague' of the twenty-first century, according to medical researchers, because modern medicine offers little to actually prevent or cure stress. As a result, there is more and more interest among business professionals in the Transcendental Meditation technique as a nonpharmacological antidote to stress in the workplace. News media have been featuring this trend, as seen in a number of recent press articles. (more)

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United States-led strikes in Iraq, Syria compound humanitarian plight -- Red Cross
26 September 2014 - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday that US-led air strikes on Islamist insurgents in Iraq and Syria had worsened a dire humanitarian crisis on the ground. All warring parties in the widening conflicts in the two countries should spare civilians and allow delivery of aid, the Geneva-based ICRC said in a statement. 'Years of fighting in Syria and Iraq, the proliferation of armed groups and the recent international air strikes in Iraq and Syria have compounded the humanitarian consequences of the conflicts in both countries,' it said. 'The humanitarian situation continues to worsen.' Islamic State insurgents have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria, massacring non-Sunni Muslim prisoners and minority civilians in the path of their conquests, and drawing US-led bombings backed by a coalition of Western and Arab states. (more)

United States: A rising tide of contaminants
25 September 2014 - Deborah Swackhamer, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota, decided last year to investigate the chemistry of the nearby Zumbro River. She and her colleagues were not surprised to find traces of pesticides in the water. Neither were they shocked to find prescription drugs ranging from antibiotics to the anti-convulsive carbamazepine. Researchers realized more than 15 years ago that pharmaceuticals were slipping through wastewater treatment systems. But though she is a leading expert in so-called emerging contaminants, Dr Swackhamer was both surprised and dismayed by the sheer range and variety of what she found. Caffeine drifted through the river water, testament to local consumption of everything from coffee to energy drinks. There were relatively high levels of acetaminophen, the over-the-counter painkiller. Acetaminophen causes liver damage in humans at high doses; no one knows what it does to fish. 'We don't know what these background levels mean in terms of environmental or public health,' she said. 'It's definitely another thing that we're going to be looking at.' Or, she might have said, one of many, many other things. (more)

UN says there's unprecedented demand for food aid
23 September 2014 - The World Food Programme's top official said it's unprecedented that the UN aid agency finds itself simultaneously responding to half a dozen major crises in addition to helping the largest number of refugees in the world since World War II. There are currently four top-level humanitarian crises -- in Iraq, Syria, Central African Republic, and South Sudan -- as well as hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and more than 50 million refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people scattered around the world, said Ertharin Cousin. (more)

US: Record amount of retardant used on California fire
20 September 2014 - A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren't stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts -- more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone. The retardant is a water-and-fertilizer mix coloured with red dye. But the practice is controversial because of its potential effect on wildlife. Andy Stahl, executive director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, said the intended purpose of retardant was 'an initial attack tool in very remote fires' to buy time for crews to get to the scene and dig fire lines. 'But now we're seeing a dramatic increase in the amount of retardant being dumped because we're not just using it in those remote wilderness areas, but we're using it on every fire, everywhere, and there are more fires,' he said. The US Forest Service used 12 million gallons of retardant nationwide last year, and 60 per cent of it was dumped on California fires, Andy Stahl said. (more)

Study: Americans endure unwanted care near death
17 September 2014 - Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by 'perverse incentives' for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday. Though people repeatedly stress a desire to die at home, free from pain, the opposite often happens, the Institute of Medicine found in its 'Dying in America' report. Most people do not document their wishes on end-of-life care and even those who do face a medical system poorly suited to give them the death they want, the authors found. The result is breathing and feeding tubes, powerful drugs, and other treatment that often fails to extend life and can make the final days more unpleasant. Advance directives including living wills have been unpopular and ineffective, the report said. The report praised programs in palliative care, which focuses on treating pain, minimizing side effects, coordinating care among doctors, and ensuring concerns of patients and their families are addressed. This type of care has expanded rapidly in the past several decades and is now found in a majority of US hospitals, but the report said many physicians have no training in it. (more)

India's nuclear nightmare: The village of birth defects
15 September 2014 - Children with birth deformities live on almost every street in Jadugora, a leafy town surrounded by hills and rivers in eastern India, as well as in neighbouring villages. There are young women who have had multiple miscarriages, and men and women who have died of cancer. No one knows why. Now, an Indian court wants to unravel the mystery of what is happening in Jadugora, the hub of India's uranium mining industry since the late 1960s. Uranium is at the core of India's energy ambitions. Demand for electricity in India is increasing rapidly, fuelled by the country's phenomenal population and economic growth. Today, nuclear power provides less than 5 per cent of India's electricity. The aim is to make it 25 per cent by 2050. This month, Australia signed an agreement giving India access to its vast supplies of uranium. But activists say Jadugora is paying the price for India's nuclear dreams. (more)

US: Fracking exposes workers to benzene
12 September 2014 - Oil and natural-gas workers on fracking sites are exposed to potentially unsafe levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a case study by a federal agency. The study, first published at the end of August in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, found that workers on oil and gas sites were most likely to be exposed to the chemical when they opened hatches during a phase of fracking known as 'flowback.' The study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, is preliminary, but it is part of an effort by the institute to understand the health risks of fracking. The technique is being used increasingly to extract oil and gas from shale that's deep underground. Benzene, a chemical that occurs naturally in oil and gasoline, attacks cells that affect blood and bone marrow. It can cause leukemia and anemia. (more)

US: The lead hazard in schools that won't go away
12 September 2014 - Lead has been a popular paint additive for centuries. It speeds up drying and increases durability, as its makers once boasted in their marketing materials. But as a judge ruled in a high-profile case in California last December, lead paint manufacturers spent much of the 1900s deceiving the public with another claim: That their product was safe, even for young children, despite a long history of evidence suggesting otherwise. Ben Franklin wrote of lead's 'mischievous' effects in 1786, and one lead-paint maker admitted in an internal company memo in 1900 that 'any paint is poisonous in proportion to the percentage of lead contained in it'. The science remains clear that anyone can be affected by lead exposure, and that children under the age of 6 face the greatest risk. And as lead exposure is linked to a growing list of health conditions, researchers are finding that it takes less and less lead to put one at risk. Structures built in the early to mid-20th century, during the heyday of lead-based paint, are most worrisome. Yet risks may reside in and around any building constructed (and painted) before 1978, when lead was finally banned from residential paint sold in the United States. France and other industrialized countries beat the US to the regulatory move by decades, but many developing nations are still lagging behind. In fact, researchers recently found that most paint sold in the Asia-Pacific region -- now the world's largest market for paint -- contains large amounts of lead. (more)

9/11 responders with rare cancer denied coverage
11 September 2014 - According to the most recent data from the World Trade Center Health Program, there are nearly 3,000 cases of cancer among firefighters, police officers, contractors and civilians who worked or lived near the site of the attacks. A growing number are being diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer, but some -- including Meyers -- are being denied insurance coverage because their cancers were diagnosed too soon after 9/11. The minimum latency period for oropharyngeal cancers -- in other words, the minimum time period required to prove a link between exposure to toxins at ground zero and a diagnosis of that type of cancer -- is four years. (more)

Metal madness: Lead scrambles birds' behaviour, survival skills
10 September 2014 - It's well-known that high levels of lead kill birds. But now it's becoming clear that amounts commonly encountered by waterfowl and raptors can mess up their digestion, brains, hearts, vision and other body processes critical for their survival in the wild. Fledglings exposed to low levels may wander from nests and stumble around, while their parents may be unable to maneuver around power lines or swerve out of oncoming traffic. 'It seems like a silly question to think about a bird's IQ, but it's not, really. If these animals are not perfect mentally, natural selection will pick them off,' said Dr. Mark Pokras, a wildlife veterinarian at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. No one knows how many birds die of lead poisoning and how many more are contaminated with lower doses. But some studies of scavengers such as condors and eagles have suggested that more than 90 per cent have detectable lead in their blood. (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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