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US: Gerber bringing organic cotton to the masses
20 August 2018 - Gerber Childrenswear wants to make sure more babies are cradled in the cleanest cotton and is launching Gerber Essentials, a line of baby gear sold in Walmart and Target. While plenty of brands make organic clothing for babies, and Gerber itself has long sold organic cotton clothing in other channels, this may be organic baby clothes' most mainstream moment yet. (more)

US: Organic food is becoming more mainstream (video)
19 August 2018 - Growth in demand for organic food in more traditional channels has only helped the sales of small grocers that focus on organic products. (more)

US: Pennsylvania has the second highest organic food sales in country, according to government report
18 August 2018 - Pennsylvania has the second-highest sales of organic products, only surpassed by California, according to a report published last year by the United States Department of Agriculture. The report goes on to show that, statewide consumption of organic foods in Pennsylvania has increased by about ten times over the past decade, and has doubled from 2015 to 2016 alone. (more)

'Back-and-forth' conversations with young kids may aid brain development
13 August 2018 - For decades, doctors have told parents to talk to kids as often as possible to help build speech and language skills. Now, a new study suggests that how parents talk to children may matter just as much as how much time they spend talking. 'We found that the most relevant component of children's language exposure is not the sheer number of words they hear, but the amount of back-and-forth adult-child conversation they experience,' said lead study author Rachel Romeo of Boston Children's Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (more)

Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world's first Roundup cancer trial
10 August 2018 - A California jury on Friday (10 August) found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company's glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. (more)

U.S. appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide said to harm
9 August 2018 - A divided federal appeals court on Thursday (9 August) ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban a widely-used pesticide that critics say can endanger children and farmers. Writing for the Seattle-based appeals court, Judge Jed Rakoff directed the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos within 60 days, saying the agency failed to counteract 'scientific evidence that its residue on food causes neurodevelopmental damage to children.' (more)

US study: Greening vacant lots improves mental health
7 August 2018 - Planting new grass and trees and making other improvements to vacant lots may reduce neighbors' feelings of depression and worthlessness, a recent study suggests. Improving blighted areas could be an inexpensive way for communities to help address local mental health, say the authors. A commentary published with the study points out that a growing body of evidence ties contact with nature to health benefits. (more)

Yoga asanas on the Danube as Budapest bridge transformed into urban park
23 July 2018 - As the sun rises above Budapest, hundreds of people spread out their yoga [asana] mats on a bridge over the Danube, at the start of a day when the river crossing turns into a unique venue for concerts, dance, and picnics. On four weekends this summer, Budapest's 19th century Liberty Bridge is closed to traffic, becoming a free urban space for Hungarians and tourists. (more)

You should actually send that thank you note you've been meaning to write
20 July 2018 - New research showed the recipients of an emailed expression of gratitude felt much more 'ecstatic' than writers expected. The study, published last month in the journal Psychological Science, is an effort to fill a hole in the growing field of gratitude research. Numerous studies had documented a range of benefits to individuals who express gratitude, so then the question researchers turned to was -- what's holding people back? (more)

More U.S. teens saying 'no' to smoking and drinking
19 July 2018 - High school students in the U.S. are a lot more sober than they used to be, a new study suggests. The proportion of high school students in their final year who have never tried alcohol or drugs increased fivefold from 1975 to 2014, and surged nearly as much for younger students between 1991 and 2014, the study found. (more)

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Indian Medical University invites collaboration with Maharishi University of Management
18 August 2018 - India is increasingly showing an interest in Maharishi AyurVeda, including the country's Minister for Ayurveda and Yoga and the chancellor of a leading medical university, who is eager to collaborate with Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in the USA. Professor Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine at MUM, was invited to give a keynote presentation at an international Ayurveda congress at D.Y. Patil University in Pune, India earlier this year. While there, in addition to university officials, he met with His Excellency Shripad Naik, India's Minister for traditional systems of health (AYUSH), who pledged his support for MUM's programme of Maharishi AyurVeda research and clinical practice. (more)

Psychology Today: The power of inner silence
14 August 2018 - Psychologist and bestselling author Elaine Aron, PhD, writes in Psychology Today about the value of accessing quieter levels of the mind - not only for 'Highly Sensitive Persons' (HSPs), her field of expertise - but for anyone seeking to be wiser, more creative and effective in daily life. Describing various methods of 'turning inward to find that deeper quiet', Dr Aron writes, 'And there is meditation, the route I have used for 46 years. I chose Transcendental Meditation, partly because its goal is the deepest possible rest and inner silence. . . . Whatever the tradition, those committed to these deeper levels of inner silence and calm report at its deepest the same satisfying state, perhaps best called ''pure consciousness'' because it can be without thoughts, feelings, or perceptions, yet you are wide awake inside.'  (more)

American Nurses Association's 'Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation' campaign blog features Transcendental Meditation
4 August 2018 - The American Nurses Association's (ANA) Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation blog recently published an article by Amy Ruff, RN, BSN, WOCN, US National Director of Transcendental Meditation for Nurses. In 'Meditation 101: Know Your Options', she writes, 'One common misconception is that all meditation procedures are more or less ''the same''. But this is incorrect - meditation procedures often differ in their purpose, practice and the results they give.' Ruff learned TM as a new graduate RN in 1973 - tired, stressed, and full of anxiety after months in the high-stress environment of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). 'What appealed to me was the science behind [TM]': research showing physiological indications of decreased stress and improvements in health. 'After the first 20 minute meditation I felt rejuvenated, clearer and happier.... TM saved my nursing career.' (more)

Stressed out? Anxious? Looking for peace? Why some are turning to Transcendental Meditation - Detroit TV news reports
30 July 2018 - In addition to many celebrities who practise Transcendental Meditation, Detroit area TV station WXYZ features 'regular folks here in southeast Michigan [who] are among TM's fans'. A physician recalls learning TM when he was in 10th grade: 'I couldn't read for more than five minutes at a time or study [or] just focus. . . . The minute I learned [the TM] technique, I could study for an hour straight. . . . Next thing I know, I was getting all A's.' James Cahaney, director of the Transcendental Meditation centre in metro Detroit, explains, 'When you learn TM and your stress levels - cortisol, epinephrine - are reduced, then people start to feel better.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation empowers vulnerable women in Uganda - stories and research
23 July 2018 - When Nakelembe Brenda set out to help Ugandan women empower themselves by learning a skill, they often told her they were overwhelmed with stress, worry, fatigue, insomnia, depression, and ill health. After learning Transcendental Meditation, Brenda realized that she had to think of empowerment in a new way. 'Practising TM,' she said, 'helped me to stop wasting my time on worrying and to channel my energy into my work, to be more creative and recognize new opportunities.' Partnering with Judith Nassali, National Director of African Women and Girls Organization for Total Knowledge (AWAGO), Brenda arranged for a group of 60 women to start TM. Now over 600 mothers at UWOPED - and 300 of their children - have learned TM. The results have been impressive: Women who were too stressed and isolated to leave their homes are now running their own businesses, earning money to send their children to school, and 20 have become elected leaders in the women's councils of their communities. (more)

Italy: Bob Roth, David Lynch Foundation CEO, to keynote at 2018 Global Wellness Summit - October
19 July 2018 - The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the annual gathering of leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the US$3.7 trillion global wellness economy, has announced that Bob Roth, CEO of the non-profit David Lynch Foundation and one of the world's top experts on meditation, will keynote at the conference taking place 6-8 October in Cesena, Italy. Over the past 45 years, Roth has taught Transcendental Meditation (TM), a simple, evidence-based technique to calm the mind, to many thousands of people: from at-risk youth and inmates to CEOs, military leaders, and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jerry Seinfeld. 'I'm excited to share new research findings and insights into why meditation needs to come out of the realm of philosophy and be categorized as serious and scientific medicine for the 21st century,' Roth said. (more)

Brazil: Health Ministry hosts 1st International Congress of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Public Health / 3rd International Ayurveda Congress
11 July 2018 - In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4,000 delegates recently participated in the historic 1st International Congress of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Public Health, in which the 3rd International Ayurveda Congress formed a key part. The Ministry of Health of Brazil, while promoting the 1st International Congress of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Public Health, had the honour to host and support the 3rd International Ayurveda Congress. The 1st International Congress marked the collaboration of important government health organizations. It also received support from the All India Ayurveda Congress, the International Academy of Ayurveda, the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, and the Fundacion Maharishi de Latino America. (more)

One in ten French people may suffer from PTSD: Transcendental Meditation is a solution - Forbes France reports
6 July 2018 - Managing the devastating problem of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become a public health issue in France today, not only in the military, but across the population - one in ten French people may be affected, Forbes France reports. Some of the proposed solutions include meditation techniques, among which Transcendental Meditation has given the best results. The effects of this independent practice build up over time. A study funded by the US military has shown its superiority over long-term psychotherapy, and a recent meta-analysis found that it can be up to ten times more effective than mindfulness meditation. (more)

Serbia: 3rd International Symposium on Mind/Body Medicine in Ayurveda - Aromatherapy and Ayurveda: Conference report
5 July 2018 - Dr Branko Cicic, President of the Serbian Association for AyurVeda, reported on the recent 3rd International Symposium on Mind/Body Medicine in Ayurveda: Aromatherapy and Ayurveda. The Symposium, held in Belgrade, Serbia, was titled 'Living in a Fragrant World'. Experts gave presentations on the Fundamentals of Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, and Applied Aromatherapy - including 'AyurVeda: The Complete Science of Life' and 'Aromatherapy in AyurVeda: A Consciousness-Based Approach to Aromatherapy'. The Symposium was honoured by the presence of H.E. Mrs. Narinder Chauhan, Ambassador of India to the Republic of Serbia (more)

Celebrating American Independence Day: Helping veterans heal from post-traumatic stress with Transcendental Meditation
4 July 2018 - 'As we celebrate American Independence Day, we think of those who have helped defend and preserve that freedom. We think of the cost those brave individuals have paid, and we work to bring them relief from the trauma and toxic stress that's followed them home,' says the David Lynch Foundation on this Fourth of July holiday. Learn more about the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for post-traumatic stress and active military duty at 'Stand with us as we stand with our veterans.' (more)

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Get more sleep, Arianna tells Elon. It's not an 'option,' he tells her in 2:30 a.m. tweet.
20 August 2018 - An apparently overworked, under-rested Elon Musk rejected Arianna Huffington's recent suggestion that he get more sleep -- and he did so in a tweet in the middle of the night. It prompted Huffington, a longtime sleep advocate who co-founded the HuffPost, to reach out and offer her fellow entrepreneur some tips. 'It's like trying to launch us into our clean energy future (or into space) with a coal-fired steam engine. It just won't work,' [she tells him]. Huffington said that she wrote to Musk in an open letter because the issue does not pertain to only him. (more)

India's flood-hit Kerala faces huge clean-up, fear of disease
20 August 2018 - Indian health authorities prepared defences against the spread of disease in flood-hit Kerala state on Monday as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace after the worst floods in a century killed more than 200 people. Incessant rain since August 8 in the southern state has swelled rivers and triggered landslides. Dozens of people are missing and nearly a million are sheltering in thousands of relief camps, state officials said. (more)

Brazilian lawmakers seek to deregulate pesticide use and ban sale of organic produce in major supermarkets
19 August 2018 - Brazilian lawmakers ... have resuscitated pro-pesticide legislation that had languished well over a decade. The main proposal was dubbed the 'poison package' by environmentalists when it was introduced in 2002. It would severely reduce the role of health and environment authorities in authorizing new pesticides, leaving the job to the Agriculture Ministry. A second bill would ban the sale of organic foods to supermarkets and other major retail outlets. It was approved in early July by an agriculture commission in the lower house but must get through another congressional commission before a full vote. (more)

Los Angeles high school students reveal a link between copious amounts of screen time and ADHD
19 August 2018 - In a group of more than 2,500 Los Angeles-area high school students who showed no evidence of attention challenges at the outset, investigators from USC, UCLA, and UC San Diego found that those who engaged in more digital media activities over a two-year period reported a rising number of symptoms linked to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. (more)

Getting too little sleep may 'age' the heart
14 August 2018 - Adults who sleep too little or too much may have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, say researchers who argue that the best way to think of the harmful effect is in terms of 'excess heart age'. In a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults, those who slept seven hours a night had the lowest heart risk on average ... 'Prolonged periods of insufficient sleep have negative effects on multiple body systems including the cardiovascular system,' lead study author Quanhe Yang told Reuters Health in an email. (more)

E-cigarette vapor tied to changes in lung cells
13 August 2018 - The vapor from e-cigarettes may boost the production of inflammatory chemicals in the lungs, while disabling key cellular defenders against infection, a new study suggests. (more)

US: Toxics from manufacturing turn up in public water systems
13 August 2018 - Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking about the water his family unknowingly drank for years that was tainted by the same contaminants, and the pancreatic cancers that killed wife Betty Jean and two others in his household. In Horsham, and surrounding towns in eastern Pennsylvania, and at other sites around the United States, the foams once used routinely in firefighting training at military bases contained per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. PFAS have been in production since the 1940s, and there are about 3,500 different types. EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] testing from 2013 to 2015 found significant amounts of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in public water supplies in 33 U.S. states. (more)

Blue light from phone screens accelerates blindness, study finds
9 August 2018 - Light from digital devices triggers creation of toxic molecule in the retina that can cause macular degeneration. Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops, and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness. (more)

Norway: Bacteria flourishing in warmer fjord waters is infecting swimmers and seafood
7 August 2018 - The southern Nordic fjords are heating up as Europe boils, and bacteria there are flourishing, infecting swimmers and seafood, including oysters that can take months until they are safe to eat again, Norway's food safety authority said. The warm waters in southern Norway and Sweden have accelerated the reproduction of the vibrio bacteria, a species that can cause vibriosis ... (more)

Marijuana smoking by parents tied to risk of psychotic episodes in children
2 August 2018 - Cannabis (marijuana) use by mothers or fathers during pregnancy, or even only before pregnancy, is associated with an increased risk of psychotic-like episodes in their children, a Dutch study suggests. ... pot use by mothers and fathers carried similar risk, and a mother's use before pregnancy had the same effect as use during pregnancy ... (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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