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Switzerland: Nations meet in Geneva to make mercury history
25 September 2017 - Signatories to the first global treaty to rein in mercury pollution are gathered in Geneva this week to discuss how to seek further progress. Switzerland, a trader of mercury, is mulling over how to implement the convention. Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal considered by the World Health Organization to be one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern. (more)

Netherlands: If you build it, the Dutch will pedal
6 September 2017 - Utrecht, with 330,000 residents, is the Netherlands' fourth-largest and fastest-growing city. It is also one of the most bike-friendly places in one of the world's most bike-friendly countries. Elsewhere in the Netherlands, more than a quarter of all trips are made by bicycle, and the federal government has been building up the country's bike infrastructure over the last decade, despite cuts in other sectors. (more)

Pollution levels in Bolivia plummet on nationwide car-free day
4 September 2017 - Air pollution levels have plunged in cities across Bolivia as the country marked a nationwide car-free day in which all non-emergency vehicles were banned from city streets. The car-free event started 18 years ago in Cochabamba, one of Latin America's five most polluted cities, and has gradually taken root across the country. By 2011, it had become so popular that Bolivia's legislature declared a yearly 'Day of the Pedestrian and Cyclist in Defence of Mother Earth.' (more)

America's first meat-free fast-food restaurant is getting ready to expand
1 September 2017 - Amy's Drive Thru is America's first vegetarian, organic, gluten-free-optional fast-food restaurant, and much to the surprise of the owners, it's doing more than holding its own against its greasy competitors in the Rohnert Park, California off-ramp complex. For 29 years, the Petaluma, California-based Amy's Kitchen has gained a cult following as a purveyor of family-style, vegetarian frozen meals, from macaroni and cheese to burritos, all handmade fresh in three operating facilities across California, Oregon, and Idaho, and shipped nationwide. (more)

Tougher car emission tests start in EU, welcomed by consumers
31 August 2017 - Tougher and more realistic emissions tests for cars and vans take effect in the EU on Friday (1 September), a measure welcomed by the auto industry and consumer groups, coming on the heels of the Dieselgate scandal that shook the bloc, particularly Germany. A new laboratory test, called WLTP, will introduce much more realistic testing conditions for measuring pollutant and CO2 emissions. It will therefore provide a more accurate basis for measuring a vehicle's fuel consumption and emissions. (more)

UK: This zero-waste supermarket has a ban on packaging and stocks only ethical goods
30 August 2017 - Twenty-eight-year-old Richard Eckersley and his wife Nicola, 27, sell a range of up to 200 pesticide-free products in their store, Earth.Food.Love. The shop opened earlier this year in Totnes, Devon, and has been so successful that the green-thinking couple are now planning to open stores in both London and Birmingham to encourage more people to think of the economy. (more)

Syrian schools grow edible playgrounds to boost children's diets
29 August 2017 - School playgrounds across Syria are being transformed into vegetable gardens where children whose diets have been devastated by six years of war can learn to grow -- and then eat -- aubergines, lettuces, peppers, cabbages and cucumbers. So far the 17 primary schools, which began planting in May, have produced 12 tonnes of fruit and vegetables. Another 35 schools are expected to start transforming their playgrounds soon in Aleppo and in rural areas around Damascus. (more)

US: Iowa grocery store grows 10-15 lbs of produce on outdoor vertical garden every week
29 August 2017 - It doesn't get much more local than this. In Davenport, Iowa, Hy-Vee grocery store commissioned Friday's Fresh Market (FFM) to install and maintain two eight-tower Grow Walls (hydroponic vertical gardens) on the outside of their store -- and they sell the produce inside. Owner Andrew Freitag told Inhabitat they can obtain between 10 and 15 pounds of fresh produce every week, depending on the crop. (more)

US: Organic crash course - Congressman visits Lafayette County farm to learn about organic industry
28 August 2017 - Joe Placke has been through several transitions during his farming career -- he left his family farm operation and bought his own place in 1980; he made the switch to organic dairying between 1993 and 1996 ... After two of Joe's brothers got cancer -- one after getting sick because of being in contact with a corn insecticide -- Joe decided to give organic dairying a try. The Plackes are finding success on a smaller scale than they once operated, taking advantage of an organic pay price that is more than double what their conventional neighbors are receiving for their milk. U.S. Representative Mark Pocan, Wisconsin, heard the Plackes story Aug. 24 when he visited their farm as part of an Organic Valley 'farm discovery' tour. Pocan, who sits on the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Agriculture, was invited to learn more about organic agriculture since decisions he makes at the federal level could impact future agriculture-related funding. (more)

China launches 8,000 water clean-up projects worth $100 billion in first half of 2017
24 August 2017 - China launched nearly 8,000 water clean-up projects in the first half of 2017 with projected total investment of 667.4 billion yuan ($100 billion), the environment ministry said on Thursday, 24 August. Large amounts of China's water have been rendered unusable as a result of poorly regulated industrial expansion, overmining, and the uncontrolled use of pesticides and fertilizers. (more)

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How these celebrities are helping veterans in a unique way
17 September 2017 - Veterans who battle post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a tough go of it. Now, some celebrities - Tom Hanks, Mary-Louise Parker, and Kyle MacLachlan - are stepping up and participating in an October event to help our bravest deal with their afflictions. The benefit is being put on by the David Lynch Foundation - which is headed by filmmaker David Lynch, whose television show 'Twin Peaks' recently wrapped airing its third season on Showtime. All three actors will speak about Transcendental Meditation and how vital it's been to their successes, both personally and professionally. The goal of the event: to raise enough money to teach it to 1,000 veterans. (more)

Corporate Wellness Magazine features Transcendental Meditation in best practices to reduce employee stress, boost productivity
14 September 2017 - Corporate Wellness Magazine recently published a story on six key ways to reduce employee stress while maintaining efficiency. They report, 'Meditation has been proven to be one of the most effective stress reduction techniques, and can also boost employee productivity by enabling them to remain calm under pressure. Transcendental Meditation, or ''TM'', has long been a perennial favorite of successful companies.' (more)

Ready, Set, Go: A mini manual for work re-entry
6 September 2017 - For women professionals, the prefrontal cortex - the 'CEO of the brain' - is 'our greatest resource, allowing for intuition, broad planning, and creative problem solving', write Vanessa Vidal and Janet Hoffman, national board members of TM for Women in the USA. 'To enliven its function is the best preparation for achievement, high performance and success. Transcendental Meditation has been shown repeatedly in peer reviewed published research studies to strengthen the prefrontal circuits (keeping our CEO online). This makes us more resilient, allowing us to withstand the high stress and fatigue that many of us encounter, meet challenges successfully and improve our health and happiness. Stress isn't pathological or destructive in the presence of a resilient response when the CEO of the brain is fully awake.' (more)

'Conversations about TM and Creativity': David Lynch Foundation to host October veterans benefit with Tom Hanks, Mary-Louise Parker
3 September 2017 - The David Lynch Foundation - Center for Veterans' Health announces its next gala benefit on 18 October in New York City: 'Change Begins Within Benefit Dinner and Conversation'. The event will feature award-winning actors Tom Hanks, Mary-Louise Parker, and Kyle MacLachlan, who will talk about the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for their health, creativity, acting, and life. The event is a benefit to bring Transcendental Meditation to veterans and active duty military with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. (more)

Nurses' health matters
1 September 2017 - Women become nurses with a genuine desire to help others, but the stress of the profession lowers their resilience and makes them vulnerable to compassion fatigue and burnout. By teaching nurses the Transcendental Meditation technique, TM for Nurses is building teams of resilient and fulfilled nurses in hospitals around the country. (more)

A new collaboration in the fight against Alzheimer's: The Bredesen Protocol and the TM technique
28 August 2017 - Dale Bredesen, MD, Professor of Neurology at UCLA and an internationally renowned expert on Alzheimer's, has just released a bestselling book, The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline. Dr. Bredesen documents the effects of a comprehensive treatment - known as the Bredesen Protocol - designed to prevent and reverse the effects of cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's. Now, the Transcendental Meditation technique is being integrated into this protocol. This is based on published studies on TM showing improvements in neuro-plasticity and global brain wave (EEG) coherence, associated with improved cognitive performance, intelligence, and memory, as well as significant reductions in stress and anxiety. (more)

'If I had been doing TM all along, I would have been more calm and grounded'
20 August 2017 - 'Success is a journey, not a destination. I wish I had realized that sooner,' writes Michelle Henghold. 'More success usually equals more responsibility and when you don't have the tools to hit the reset button, toxic stress can take over your life.' As CEO of her husband's rapidly expanding surgical reconstruction practice, she watched as it 'sucked the life out of us. . . . I knew I needed to go inward more.' From her very first time practising Transcendental Meditation, she says, 'I went to a place that I had not been in many years. And there it was, waiting for me: peace.' She added, 'It's as natural and necessary as breathing and eating, and I will never not do it. . . . I believe that if I had been doing TM all along, I would have been more calm and grounded. I would have been able to fit in my family life and accomplish everything I wanted to do in a much more balanced way.' (more)

Seven amazing benefits of Transcendental Meditation: Self Thrive reports
14 August 2017 - Transcendental Meditation, often referred to as simply TM, or the TM technique, is practised by millions of people throughout the world, reports the publication Self Thrive. Derived from the ancient Indian Vedic tradition, the technique was brought to the USA in the 1960s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Noting that over 380 peer-reviewed studies on the technique have been published in over 160 scientific journals, the article outlines some of the many benefits practising TM can bring to the individual, including stress relief, improved cardiovascular health, increased work productivity, and better quality of life. 'It seems that there's little doubt that Transcendental Meditation really can have a positive impact on our lives.' (more)

The best summer vacation, twice a day
31 July 2017 - 'Women everywhere are finding huge relief, just by taking two 20-minute vacations a day, right on their porch, their couch, their beach chair, or anywhere they happen to be,' says Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. She explains how Transcendental Meditation promotes deep relaxation and relieves stress, anxiety, and depression, and she outlines scientifically validated effects that 'will improve your health, energy, and stamina'. She adds, 'providing yourself with deep physical, mental, and emotional rest is a springboard for a more dynamic active successful life. So, our summer is a good time to re-boot for the return to work and school.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation, exercise, and therapy hold major depression at bay
26 July 2017 - Gayathri Ramprasad, founder and president of the nonprofit foundation ASHA International, is a dynamic mental health activist who owes her own recovery from depression to Transcendental Meditation, regular exercise, and therapy. She works tirelessly to help others on their journey out of depression. 'I started struggling with depression when I was 18,' says Ms Ramprasad, who was born in India and settled in Oregon. Originally unfamiliar with the term depression, she began learning as much as she could about her possible recovery. 'I have practised Transcendental Meditation for 25 years now, every morning of my life,' she says. 'It has completely transformed me. Slowly, I discovered that combining meditation with cognitive behavioral therapy and exercise, especially yoga, is effective in fighting my depression.' (more)

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Britain: Portland prisoners 'developing drug problem in jail'
20 September 2017 - Prisoners have developed drug problems behind bars prompting a rise in violence at a jail, a report says. One in five inmates have a drug habit they did not have before their jail term began at HMP/YOI Portland, HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) found. It said violence was high against staff as well as inmates at the Dorset jail. (more)

One in four UK teenage girls 'depressed'
20 September 2017 - A quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys show signs of depression at the age of 14, say UK researchers. The findings come from more than 10,000 young people who shared their worries and emotions. Lead investigator Dr Praveetha Patalay, from Liverpool University, said teenagers, and particularly girls, were facing more mental health difficulties than previous generations. Half of all cases of adult mental illness start by the age of 14 . . . (more)

Dental work tied to heart infections in people with artificial valves
14 September 2017 - Invasive dental procedures may raise the risk of rare but serious infections in people who have prosthetic heart valves, a recent French study suggests. Some previous research has linked dental work to an increased risk of what's known as infective endocarditis -- infections of the heart valve or lining -- in people with prosthetic valves, but results have been mixed and inconclusive about whether antibiotics would prevent these infections. ...Patients who had invasive dental procedures were 66 percent more likely to develop these infections than people who didn't have invasive dental work, researchers report in The BMJ [formerly the British Medical Journal]. (more)

EU report on weedkiller safety copied text from Monsanto study
14 September 2017 - EU's food safety watchdog recommended that glyphosate was safe but pages of report were identical to application from pesticide maker. The European food safety authority (Efsa) based a recommendation that a chemical linked to cancer was safe for public use on an EU report that copied and pasted analyses from a Monsanto study, the Guardian can reveal. Franziska Achterberg, Greenpeace EU's food policy director, said: Whether this is a question of negligence or intent, it is completely unacceptable. It calls into question the entire EU pesticide approval process. If regulators rely on the industry's evaluation of the science without doing their own assessment, the decision whether pesticides are deemed safe or not is effectively in the industry's hands.' (more)

Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths, global disease study reveals
14 September 2017 - Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths around the world, according to the most comprehensive study ever carried out on the subject. The study, based at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, compiles data from every country in the world and makes informed estimates where there are gaps. Five papers on life expectancy and the causes and risk factors of death and ill health have been published by the Lancet medical journal. It finds that people are living longer. Diet is the second highest risk factor for early death after smoking. ... (more)

Childhood cancer survivors face lifetime of chronic health conditions
13 September 2017 - People who survive cancer in childhood have almost twice as many chronic health conditions by age 50, on average, as the general population, according to results from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Earlier studies have shown an increased risk of chronic health conditions in survivors of childhood cancer, but Bhakta's team [Dr. Nickhill Bhakta from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee] wanted to examine their overall burden in more detail. The researchers looked at 168 chronic health conditions in 48 disease categories among 3,010 survivors over age 18 who were treated for cancer at St. Jude as children. (more)

Discrepancy between trial goals, results may mask treatment risks
13 September 2017 - Scientists often fail to publicly register plans for clinical trials or to publish the results, and the outcomes they do share may mask instances when new treatments are unsafe or ineffective, a small study suggests. One goal of asking scientists to register clinical trial plans in public research databases is to highlight the main objective of experiments and make it easy to see whether a tested treatment achieved this goal when results are published, the study authors note in JAMA. But more than one-third of the 113 clinical trials researchers examined for the study were never registered. Only 64 of the trials, or 57 percent, were published. (more)

U.S. Coast Guard, EPA cleaning up a dozen Texas chemical spills after Harvey
11 September 2017 - The U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency are working with Texas state regulators to clean up oil and chemicals spilled from a dozen industrial facilities after flooding from Hurricane Harvey, authorities said. ... The liquid spills come in addition to more than a million pounds of toxic emissions above legal limits that spewed from industrial facilities following Harvey, according to reports from companies filed with the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality. ...The EPA and other authorities had warned people affected by the flood that waters could contain bacteria and toxic chemicals, but have said little yet about the specific origins or quantities of substances. (more)

U.S. tribal patent deal could have big impact on generic drug market
11 September 2017 - A groundbreaking deal between Allergan Plc and a Native American tribe to shield the company's patents in administrative proceedings could also be used be to protect them from challenges in federal court, legal experts said, potentially dealing a blow to generic competition. The deal takes advantage of the fact that the tribe is treated as a sovereign nation immune to civil lawsuits. (more)

Drinks industry distorts alcohol cancer risk: scientists
7 September 2017 - The alcohol industry uses denial, distortion, and distraction to mislead people about the risks of developing cancer from drinking, often employing similar tactics to those of the tobacco industry, a study said on Thursday, 7 September. The World Health Organization says drinking alcohol is a well-established risk factor for a range of cancers . . . And the risk of cancer rises with levels of alcohol consumed. 'The weight of scientific evidence is clear -- drinking alcohol increases the risk of some of the most common forms of cancer,' said Mark Petticrew, a professor of public Health at the LSHTM who co-led the study. (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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