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Busy social life can be good for physical health, Canadian study finds
24 January 2015 - Good friends can actually make you healthier in the physical sense in addition to improving your mental well-being, according to a new study from Concordia University in Montreal. The study involved a group of 60 international students whose lives were changed dramatically by a move to Montreal. Dr Gouin says his study applies not just to immigrants and students but also to anyone for whom life is changing. (more)

Canada: Montreal hospital to introduce 'quiet time' in maternity ward
24 January 2015 - St Mary's Hospital in Montreal will become the first hospital in Canada to implement a daily 'quiet time' in its maternity ward to give frazzled parents of newborns a bit of a break. The hospital is teaming up with researchers from McGill University to launch the project. The idea is to set aside 90 minutes each afternoon where lights are dimmed, the intercom is turned off, and visits from nurses, doctors, and orderlies are suspended except for emergencies. (more)

School-wide prevention programme lowers teen suicide risk
23 January 2015 - After a school-based prevention programme, European teenagers were about half as likely to attempt suicide or to feel suicidal, a new study shows. Suicide is the third leading cause of death between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The team of Danuta Wasserman, a professor of psychiatry at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, randomly assigned 168 high schools in 10 European countries to provide one of three prevention programmes, or no programme at all. (more)

Curry ingredient curcumin found to suppress traumatic memories
22 January 2015 - For the first time, scientists have found that curcumin can impair the formation and storage of fear-related memories in mice, suggesting that it could be used to treat PTSD in humans. A new study has found that curcumin, the naturally occurring, bright yellow compound used in curries, can actively impair the formation of fear-related memories in the brain, making it an intriguing new candidate for possible treatments for psychological disorders such as PTSD. (more)

Canada: Arrowhead Provincial Park's 'fairy tale' ice trail attracts thousands
16 January 2015 - A park near Huntsville, Canada been called Ontario's best kept secret, but the secret's out. A man-made ice trail runs 1.3 kilometres through Arrowhead Provincial Park. The number of non-skiing winter visitors to the park -- which also offers cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, and tubing -- soared to 20,000 last winter. Word has spread as far as New Zealand and Scotland, say park staff. The ice trail's Instagram-worthiness is undeniable. (more)

Essential oils might be the new antibiotics
16 January 2015 - Faced with increasingly drug-resistant bacteria, scientists and farmers are now looking to plant extracts to keep people and animals healthy. Numerous recent studies -- including several done by the US Department of Agriculture --have shown great promise in using essential oils as an alternative to antibiotics in livestock. (more)

Do goats have healing powers?
15 January 2015 - Shann Jones is an American radio talk show host who ended up running a farm in the remote Welsh countryside. There, she found herself locked in a desperate battle to save her husband's life, armed only with natural remedies, the probiotic drink they make on the farm -- and goats. (more)

US: California unveils strictest rules on pesticide
14 January 2015 - California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields. The restrictions announced Wednesday target chloropicrin, a pesticide injected into the ground before planting crops such as strawberries, tomatoes, and almond orchards. (more)

Be optimistic to have a healthy heart
12 January 2015 - The more optimistic you are, the better it is for your health. Those who have an upbeat outlook on life have significantly better cardiovascular health than that of the pessimists, new research has found. Optimism boosts overall health but its positive impact on the heart is even greater, the findings showed. (more)

E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review
12 January 2015 - Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found. (more)


Success of Maharishi's Programmes
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Is it possible to become resilient to stress?
26 January 2015 - Health writer Linda Egenes compares her resilience to stress when she was a child to her resilience to stress as an adult. 'Rather than growing in stress as I've aged, I feel like I'm letting more and more of it go,' she said. 'Not a small part of that growth in resilience has come by practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.' Ms Egenes' article in Transcendental Meditation for Women includes links to studies and videos. (more)

Overcoming trauma and despair - veterans speak out
12 January 2015 - US military veterans relate experiences about their recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after beginning Transcendental Meditation. Through grants from Operation Warrior Wellness, which is part of the David Lynch Foundation, thousands of veterans have learned TM. A powerful video relates how some veterans credit the relief from stress and tension with literally saving their lives. Viet Nam Marine veteran Dan Burks said after beginning the practice, 'I could not believe what happened. It was the difference between heaven and hell. It was absolutely transformational.'
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Gabrielle Bernstein - Become the happiest person you know
10 January 2015 - Gabrielle Bernstein, a New York Times best-selling author, describes her happy introduction to the Transcendental Meditation technique and explains why she recommends it to everyone. She includes a short video interview with TM teacher Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, who facilitated her instruction.
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Foolproof your New Year's resolutions with Transcendental Meditation
8 January 2015 - Transcendental Meditation allows the mind to go beyond the experience of the surroundings, the physical body, and even thought itself. Transcending is like lifting the individual out of the maze of past experience and habitual behaviour to experience a sea of all possibilities. Experiencing unbounded awareness regularly during meditation allows this state to become integrated into daily life. The feelings of freedom and invincibility become a permanent part of our reality. Brain imaging shows that latent parts of the brain are awakened. Meditators report that they feel mentally clearer, procrastinate less, have more energy, and experience greater emotional stability. In this state it is much easier to implement any positive changes in to your life and let go of negative habits. (more)

NBC, US TV network's Today Show 'How to dedicate 20 minutes a day to meditation'
6 January 2015 - Today Show host Tamron Hall of the major US television network NBC interviewed John Butler, a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in New York City. Ms Hall started the year off with an intention to 'get serious about meditation'. She currently practices a focus meditation, but to 'take it up a notch' she decided to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique. (more)

A new noteworthy partnership: TM for Women and Million Hearts
5 January 2015 - In December, the Transcendental Meditation programme for Women in the USA was honoured to begin a formal partnership with Million Hearts, a national initiative with an ambitious goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. According to published research funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, Transcendental Meditation can reduce heart attacks and strokes by 48 per cent. 'Women of all ages should be concerned about heart disease, and all women can take effective steps to reduce its likelihood. The TM technique reduces most of the risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure,' said Vanessa Vidal, national director of Transcendental Meditation for Women. (more)

Will Transcendental Meditation become a standard treatment for posttraumatic stress?
2 January 2015 - In the conclusion of her recent article about the African PTSD Relief project, published in New Age Journal, Krista Noble considers the implications for current treatment of PTS (posttraumatic stress) in light of recent scientific research showing the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation in rapidly reducing severe PTS among Congolese refugees. 'If the scientific community pays attention to ongoing research, they cannot help but seriously consider Transcendental Meditation as an intervention to address posttraumatic stress,' commented neuroscientist Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management. (more)

From war to peace - my story
1 January 2015 - Retired Army Air Corps Captain Jerry Yellin, 90, recalls his years of prolonged Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the extraordinary healing gained after beginning Transcendental Meditation in 1975. Continuing with the great success he made of his life and feeling strongly that Transcendental Meditation should be offered to all veterans, he helped found Operation Warrior Wellness with the David Lynch Foundation in 2010 and TM For Veterans in 2014.
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The answer lies within, finds Irish journalist Barry Egan
22 December 2014 - Transcendental Meditation -- and the Ayurvedic approach to living -- helps you see more positivity in life, says Ireland's Barry Egan, who talks to two exponents -- TM teacher Noel O'Neill and Dr Donn Brennan. 'Many people, doctors included, suffer stress,' Dr Brennan told Egan, saying that he feels 'Transcendental Meditation is the best natural approach to reduce stress and has many health benefits.' Noel O'Neill added, 'Stress is the Black Plague of the 21st Century and Transcendental Meditation is one of the most powerful ways to combat stress.' (more)

From Jerry Seinfeld to the US Army, regular TM energizes, clarifies, and heals mind and body
21 December 2014 - Two recent commendations that had a profound impact on the public's understanding of the benefits of Transcendental Meditation are featured in this review. Actor Jerry Seinfeld upholds his practice of TM as 'the ultimate work tool' and US Army Staff Sergeant Todd Knauber credits the technique as 'the greatest gift' that moved his recovery from injuries along much further and faster than predicted. Included are links to an excellent collection of videos and sites. (more)


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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers
18 January 2015 - The cause of a deadly mystery kidney disease, which affects an estimated 70,000 to 400,000 people in Sri Lanka's rice basket, has baffled doctors and researchers for two decades. Even the World Health Organization hasn't been able to pinpoint what's killing as many as 10 people a month in Konketiyawa village in Padaviya, as it creeps farther and farther into neighbouring areas. The disease mirrors equally confounding conditions plaguing thousands of farmworkers in parts of India, Egypt, and Central America. Suspected causes include chronic dehydration and the heavy use and misuse of agrochemicals. In Sri Lanka, fertilizer use is among the heaviest in the world. The latest paper blames glyphosate, the country's top weed killer that's well-known worldwide as Roundup. That hypothesis, published in a little-known open access journal last February, suggests the agrochemical, introduced by US-based Monsanto, forms a bond with heavy metals in food and drinking water that eventually destroys the kidneys. Glyphosate has been detected by the WHO in 65 per cent of those sickened by the mystery kidney disease. (more)

Questions and answers about Sri Lanka mystery kidney disease
18 January 2015 - A mystery kidney disease is killing Sri Lankan farmers. The first cases surfaced some two decades ago in the country's North Central province, the main rice-producing area. Since then, the disease has killed up to an estimated 20,000 people on the Indian Ocean island nation. As researchers work to unravel the cause, and doctors continue to diagnose new patients, here are a few questions and answers about the illness. (more)

US: Coming soon to a workplace near you: 'wellness or else'
13 January 2015 - US companies are increasingly penalizing workers who decline to join 'wellness' programmes, embracing an element of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that has raised questions about fairness in the workplace. Beginning in 2014, the law known as Obamacare raised the financial incentives that employers are allowed to offer workers for participating in workplace wellness programmes and achieving results. Big business lobbied for the incentives. 'Employers are carrying a major burden of healthcare in this country and are trying to do the right thing,' said Stephanie Pronk, a vice president at benefits consultant Aon Hewitt. 'They need to improve employees' health so they can lead productive lives at home and at work, but also to control their healthcare costs.' But there is almost no evidence that workplace wellness programmes significantly reduce those costs. That's why the financial penalties are so important to companies, critics and researchers say. They boost corporate profits by levying fines that outweigh any savings from wellness programmes. (more)

Replacement for BPA in plastics also suspect: study
12 January 2015 - A chemical thought to be a safe replacement for one banned for use in baby bottles also causes developmental issues in fish embryos, according to a study released on 12 January. In a study published on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of Calgary found that bisphenol S (BPS), the chemical that replaced Bisphenol A (BPA) after that was connected to obesity, cancer, and childhood anxiety and hyperactivity, also causes changes in brain development in zebra fish that caused them to become hyperactive. (more)

Great Lakes teeming with tiny plastic fibers: scientists
9 January 2015 - Scientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibers from garments, cleaning cloths, and other consumer products. They are known as 'microfibers' --exceedingly fine filaments made of petroleum-based materials such as polyester and nylon that are woven together into fabrics. The fibers are so minuscule that people typically don't realize their favourite pullover fleece can shed thousands of them with every washing, as the journal Environmental Science & Technology reported in 2011. (more)

China: Asthma on the rise over past decade
7 January 2015 - Asthma cases have risen dramatically in China over the past decade along with ever deteriorating air pollution, according to leading respiratory specialists. Nationwide, the prevalence of asthma stands at 1 to 2 per cent, while in some cities it can reach more than 10 per cent, a leading pulmonary physician said. Lin Jiangtao, director of the China Asthma Alliance and a physician at China-Japan Friendship Hospital, was citing results from the first nationwide epidemiology survey on asthma, which he led. The potentially fatal disease has risen quickly across the nation, with Shanghai recording the fastest increase in prevalence of 190 per cent over the past decade. (more)

Air pollution -- linked to heart disease -- has yet to be sufficiently addressed by the world's governments
6 January 2015 - Responsible for 400,000 deaths each year globally, air pollution has yet to be sufficiently addressed by the world's governments, researchers have warned. Air pollution damages the heart. According to an expert position paper published in the European Heart Journal, many types of cardiovascular disease are linked to poor air quality. Not only does air pollution exacerbate existing heart problems, but it also appears to play a role in the development of heart disease in otherwise healthy people, the researchers said. There is particularly strong evidence of the harmful effects of suspended particles, as opposed to gas pollution, they said. (more)

India: Pesticide on your plate
5 January 2015 - In Delhi, India, under every crunchy leaf of radish or the shiny brinjal hide dangerous amounts of pesticides that can slowly kill, shows a new study by Jawaharlal Nehru University's School of Environmental Sciences. The JNU study tested in particular a category of toxic pesticides known as organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) over a year in winter and summer in seven agricultural areas in Delhi-NCR. Most vegetables exceeded limits set by different international regulatory agencies -- meaning eating vegetables are in fact a daily health hazard. OCPs are included under a group of toxic compounds called persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which cause cancer and other health risks, including symptoms like vomiting and dizziness, according to many studies. (more)

Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India
22 December 2014 - Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind. In Roro Village and other settlements below, people who never worked in the mines are dying of lung disease. Yet in a country that treats asbestos as a saviour that provides cheap building materials for the poor, no one knows the true number and few care to ask. Asbestos makes up as much as 14.3 per cent of the soil around Roro Village, analysis of samples gathered by The Associated Press showed. Neither the government nor the Indian company that ran the mines from 1963 to 1983 has made any move to clean up the estimated 700,000 tonnes of asbestos tailings and debris left scattered across several kilometers (miles) of hilly mining area. India keeps no statistics on how many people have been sickened or died from exposure to asbestos, which industry and many government officials insist is safe when mixed with cement. Western medical experts strongly disagree. The World Health Organization and more than 50 countries, including the US and all of Europe, say it should be banned in all forms. Asbestos fibres lodge in the lungs and cause many diseases. 'My greatest concern is what will happen in India. It's a slow-moving disaster, and this is only the beginning,' said Philip Landrigan, a prominent New York epidemiologist. (more)

'Super bacteria' found in Rio's Olympic waters
15 December 2014 - A drug-resistant 'super bacteria' that's normally found in hospitals and is notoriously difficult to treat has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro's Olympic sailing events will be held, scientists said Monday. The Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil's most respected health research institute, said it has discovered bacteria that produce an enzyme that make it resistant to most forms of treatment in water samples taken from various spots along the Carioca River. Among the spots is where the river flows into the city's Guanabara Bay, site of the 2016 sailing and wind surfing events. Even if they don't immediately fall ill, those who come into contact with the bacteria run the risk of becoming carriers of the microorganism, the institute said in its statement. 'Carriers can take these resistant bacteria back to their own environments and to other people, resulting in a cycle of dissemination,' said the institute, which is affiliated with Brazil's Health Ministry. (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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