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US: Yoga reaches Capitol Hill
4 May 2015 - After the White House, Pentagon and the mushrooming of several studios across the nation, yoga has conquered the last bastion in the US -- the Congress. Ahead of the first International Yoga Day on 21 June -- a move initiated by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly -- a group of US lawmakers and hill staff have come together to form the first ever and one-of-its kind 'Congressional Yogi Association'. (more)

Winnipeg, Canada: City to encourage walking, cycling with proposed $330-million plan
4 May 2015 - City officials are attempting to encourage Winnipeggers to get active by mapping out a $330-million, 20-year plan to increase cycling and walking in the city through an extensive document. 'This project aims to improve the quality of life for all Winnipeggers,' said Kevin Nixon, Active Transportation Coordinator said in a news release. 'The City needs a roadmap to prioritize active transportation infrastructure, programmes, and policy to support a growing and dynamic city. It is evident that providing safe, convenient, accessible, and well maintained pedestrian and cycling infrastructure is important to most Winnipeggers.' (more)

Ontario, Canada to ban all flavoured tobacco products
2 May 2015 - Ontario will soon have the most restrictive tobacco rules in Canada with all flavoured products -- even menthol -- outlawed. The provincial government is moving forward with the landmark 'Making Healthier Choices Act'. As well, e-cigarettes will also be outlawed for anyone younger than 19 years old. Nova Scotia recently introduced legislation along the same lines as Ontario's. (more)

Apple, IBM, Japan Post team up to improve elderly care
30 April 2015 - Apple, IBM, and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in Japan. The programme will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. IBM will provide cloud services and help create apps to improve seniors' quality of life. (more)

Germans eating more vegetarian food over green, health concerns
29 April 2015 - Germans are eating less meat and more vegetarian food as concerns grow about health, animal welfare, and the environmental cost of livestock farming. Germans' worries are wide, ranging from antibiotics in meat and the welfare effects of large-scale 'factory farming' to the felling of rain forest to make way for crops grown not for humans but to fatten up livestock. (more)

US: Chipotle goes GMO-free in first for fast-food sector
27 April 2015 - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Monday said the 46 ingredients used in its roughly 1,800 restaurants were now free of genetically modified organisms, becoming the first major U.S. restaurant chain to make that switch. U.S. diners, particularly those in the sought-after young millennial generation, are seeking fresh foods that are less processed and more natural or organic. Part of that trend includes GMO-free foods. GMO advocates have warned that producing foods that are not genetically engineered would increase costs. Chipotle, however, said its move did not result in significantly higher ingredient costs, and it did not raise prices as a result of going GMO-free. The company said its small ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen chain also became GMO-free. Chipotle shares closed Monday at $643.75 . (more)

US: Chipotle says removal of GMO ingredients from food complete
27 April 2015 - Chipotle says it has completed phasing out genetically modified ingredients from its food, making it the first national fast-food chain to do so. The Denver-based chain had already been using mostly non-GMO ingredients. Chipotle Mexican Grill, which has around 1,800 locations, has enjoyed strong sales growth in part by playing up the quality of its ingredients and defining itself as a more wholesome alternative to traditional fast-food chains. (more)

The Shoe That Grows: The clever shoes that grow five sizes and last five years to help children in poverty
21 April 2015 - Most parents will be familiar with the rate of growth of children's feet and the constant need for new shoes, but a clever new shoe invention is hoping to solve this for the billions of children living in extreme poverty around the world, who go to school barefoot and are infected with soil-transmitted diseases. (more)

Canada's most satisfied people live in Saguenay: StatsCan
20 April 2015 - Canadians who are most satisfied with their lives don't live in metropolises like Toronto or Vancouver. Instead, they live in smaller cities, like Saguenay, Quebec. That's according to 'How's Life in the City,' a report on life satisfaction in cities across the country that was released by Statistics Canada this month. The study found a relationship between life satisfaction and living in smaller communities. The study identified a number of factors that could influence life satisfaction. Those who rated their health as 'excellent' also saw higher life satisfaction than individuals who said it was 'good' or 'poor.' (more)

Chamomile tea tied to lower thyroid cancer risk
20 April 2015 - Consumption of chamomile tea was linked with a lower risk of thyroid cancer in a small Greek study. After accounting for age, gender, and body mass index, the researchers found that as consumption of chamomile tea increased, the odds of developing any type of thyroid malignancy significantly declined. (more)


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Living from your heart: Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum shares her passion for women's heart health
30 April 2015 - Cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, Director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, has poured her heart into her mission of educating women and preventing heart disease. She calls her philosophy of preventing heart disease 'living from your heart': 'Doing what is best for you, eating what feels best for you, exercising, living with passion, living with purpose - that is what living from the heart is all about,' she says. She first recommended Transcendental Meditation to patients for reducing stress because she was impressed with the research. On learning the technique herself, she gained an even greater appreciation of its benefits, noting that everything is 'easier and calmer. There's a lack of chaotic thought, and it's almost like everything falls into place.' (more)

USA: Practicum students at Maharishi University of Management conduct over 100 wellness consultations
28 April 2015 - Students at Maharishi University of Management have the opportunity to become a bit healthier thanks to health consultations offered by students in the undergraduate Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant programme--one of two tracks in the BS in Physiology and Health. MUM is the only university in America offering Maharishi AyurVeda, the prevention-oriented Consciousness-Based health care system introduced by the university's founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The practicum provides students with a foundation so they can open their own practices as Maharishi AyurVeda health consultants after they graduate, or continue their education in a variety of health-related fields. (more)

Voice of America hosts interview with African PTSD Relief
28 April 2015 - Voice of America 'Health Chat' featured news of the African PTSD Relief project on 28 April. Hosted by veteran reporter Linord Moudou, Health Chat is a live call-in programme that addresses health issues of interest to Africa. Congolese refugee Esperance Ndozi told her story of recovery from PTSD after learning Transcendental Meditation. Experts discussed recent research studies documenting the rapid and cost-effective approach offered by African PTSD Relief--teaching Transcendental Meditation to those suffering from PTSD. (more)

Turning fear into love: A mother tells her story
23 April 2015 - When you meet someone as happy and radiant as Flavia Finnegan, wife, mother and career woman, it's hard to imagine that she ever felt fear or trauma. Flavia felt safe and secure in her life until an internship brought her to live and work in the financial district of New York City just in time for the terrorist attacks of September 2001. After that she lived in constant anxiety and fear. Learning Transcendental Meditation a few years later in her native Brazil, she says, 'took me to another level. I'm very grateful. I started to experience an untroubled state of mind, an inner security and freedom from anxiety. I started to feel that whatever happened each day, the big and the small, I could be happy for being alive and experiencing the sun and wind and the people around me that contributed to that moment. TM gave me the inner calm to enjoy every moment.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation combats stress: National Stress Awareness Month in USA
19 April 2015 - Doctors often recommend Transcendental Meditation because it helps patients react to stress in a calmer, healthier way. For example, research shows that during 20 minutes of TM practice, levels of the stress hormone cortisol drop by 30 per cent. Reducing cortisol levels in the body is important for physical and mental health, and TM has also been found to improve many of the negative effects of prolonged high levels of stress hormones -- including heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and diabetes. (more)

Transcendental Meditation for your heart health
13 April 2015 - Research conducted at Georgia Health Sciences University in the USA showed improved heart health among black teens suffering from high blood pressure who began regular practice of Transcendental Meditation, reports Emerson Villela Carvalho Jr, MD. Dr Carvalho also cites 'an array of other health benefits' of TM noted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), including reduced chronic pain, reduced anxiety, lowered blood pressure and lowered cholesterol. He said, 'Adding in meditation a couple of times per day is an easy step to add to a heart attack prevention plan.' (more)

Women in the media who meditate: A David Lynch Foundation event benefitting abused women and children
3 April 2015 - On 16 April the David Lynch Foundation Women's Health Initiative is bringing together eight notable 'women in the media who meditate,' for a luncheon roundtable discussion in New York City to introduce the Transcendental Meditation technique as a tool for overcoming stress, improving performance, and enhancing work-life balance in life. Proceeds from the event will help provide the TM technique to women and girls in New York City who are survivors of violence and abuse. Published research has found that the TM technique markedly reduces stress, anxiety, and depression, which is especially powerful for adults and children who are suffering from the impact of traumatic events, such as domestic violence. (more)

Maharishi University of Management launches integrative medicine MD/MS programme
2 April 2015 - After seeking for years to offer a medical degree, Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA will begin collaborating in the coming academic year with a modern medicine school to provide a medical degree in integrative medicine. Students in the programme will receive dual degrees: 1) an MD in conventional medical practice from St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine in Curacao and 2) an MS in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine from MUM. The four-year curriculum will integrate the two approaches to medicine, with one class period per day on natural and traditional medicine. (more)

Transcendental Meditation and the wellness revolution
1 April 2015 - Amy Ruff, US national director of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Nurses, comments on a recent report by Brenda Dalton, Director of Student Health Services at Spelman College in Atlanta. She praises the school's introduction of healthier food and sports, fitness, and health awareness initiatives in response to a 'precipitous increase' in blood pressure and chronic health conditions such as obesity and diabetes among new students. Ms Ruff also emphasizes the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation in addressing 'a nationwide epidemic of bad health', particularly among women, often due to poor lifestyle choices. She cites numerous scientific research studies documenting beneficial effects of TM in reducing high blood pressure and other serious cardiovascular disease risk factors. (more)

The healing power of Transcendental Meditation
30 March 2015 - Award-winning author and professor of creative writing William T. Hathaway describes how Transcendental Meditation helped him overcome the effects of a brain injury sustained at birth. Initially 'an EEG test showed chaotic, abnormal brain waves, and in school I had attention-deficit disorder. . . . I wanted to become a writer, but my writing was disorganized and unclear.' Everything changed when he learned Transcendental Meditation. 'My thoughts became clearer, and . . . I could concentrate. And I could write.' His EEG now shows 'normal, orderly brain waves with no sign of damage. TM healed my birth injury and gave me access to my talent and mental abilities.' (more)


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As youth vaping rises, teens cite the allure of tricks (with Reuters video)
1 May 2015 - U.S. teenagers use of e-cigarettes tripled in the last year alone. New data provided to Reuters found that youngsters experiment with e-cigarettes because they like to do 'smoke tricks' that have been made popular by 'cloud competitions'. Public health officials have warned for several years of the attraction of flavored nicotine liquid to teens and tweens, and have urged regulators to ban them. But the role of tricks in enticing young people to use e-cigarettes has not previously been explored. Now researchers are asking whether they could help hook a new generation who otherwise would not have used nicotine. (more)

US: Food industry tries to block Vermont's GMO labeling law
27 April 2015 - Food industry lawyers say there's not enough time to implement Vermont's new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them. The legal skirmishing continues a year after Vermont passed a law aimed at making it the first state in America to require labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients. The Friday filing at the U.S. District Court for Vermont came in response to rules issued a week earlier by Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell to implement the law. (more)

US: Wisconsin declares state of emergency over bird flu in poultry
20 April 2015 - Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that is infecting U.S. poultry. Since the beginning of the year, the H5N2 flu has been found in poultry in 12 states, including Wisconsin. Other states with infected flocks are Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington (state). The disease can kill nearly an entire flock of infected poultry within 48 hours. (more)

Alcohol use in movies tied to teen drinking
16 April 2015 - In a study of 15-year-olds in the UK, those who had been most exposed to alcohol use in films were also most likely to have tried alcohol, and about twice as likely as the least exposed to have been binge drinking. The results are in line with research from the USA, Europe, and elsewhere that links youth 'viewing of depictions of alcohol use in movies and the onset of drinking, regular drinking, binge-drinking, and alcohol-related problems,' said lead author Andrea Waylen of the School of Oral and Dental Sciences in Bristol, England. (more)

Common heartburn drugs linked to kidney failure in the elderly
16 April 2015 - Older patients taking drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, a common remedy for heartburn and acid reflux, are two times more likely to be hospitalized with kidney failure than peers who don't take the pills, a Canadian study finds. While the side effect is extremely rare, and the study doesn't prove the drugs cause kidney failure, the association is worrisome because tens of millions of people a year take these pills, sold by prescription and over-the-counter in some countries, with brand names including Prilosec, Prevacid, and Zegerid. Of all the possible side effects of these drugs, the most concerning isn't kidney failure, it's osteoporosis, Dr. John O'Brian Clarke, a gastroenterologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. (more)

US: Impoverished tribe struggles to stop surge in teen suicides
13 April 2015 - The people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation -- a sprawling expanse of badlands on the South Dakota-Nebraska border -- are no strangers to hardship or to the risk of lives being cut short. But a string of seven suicides by teenagers in recent months has shaken this impoverished community to its core and sent school and tribal leaders on an urgent mission to stop the deaths. 'The situation has turned into an epidemic,' said Thomas Poor Bear, vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Suicide has been a persistent problem, a fact that is hardly surprising considering the grim prospects for a better life on the remote grasslands, say tribal officials. But the teenagers' deaths are especially shattering. (more)

One in 10 Dutch students uses drugs to aid concentration
9 April 2015 - One in 10 Dutch students uses some form of drug to improve their performance, broadcaster Nos says on Thursday. The most popular is Ritalin, used by people with attention deficit disorder ADHD. Amphetamines and Adderall, also used to treat ADHD, are other popular drugs (more)

One in five teens have tried e-cigarettes, a British study finds
31 March 2015 - One in five teenagers have experimented with e-cigarettes, a large study of British school students showed on Tuesday, fuelling debate about the widespread availability of the electronic devices. Many experts view the metal tubes that heat nicotine-laced liquid into an inhalable vapour as a lower-risk alternative to smoking. But questions remain about long-term safety and their use among impressionable adolescents. (more)

US: California getting 'second-hand smog' from Asia, researchers say
31 March 2015 - California is suffering from 'second-hand smog' drifting in from Asia and other places, researchers said on Tuesday, even as the state's prolonged drought has made air quality worse. (more)

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


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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