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US: Beekeeping one honey of a hobby
1 August 2015 - Charity Woodard is an Edwardsville, Illinois resident who took up the hobby of beekeeping about four years ago. She started with two hives and now has 17 hives. Having clearly acquired a wealth of knowledge about bees, Woodard talked about how important honey bees are as pollinators. 'I think what's really threatening all of our pollinators is the loss of habitat,' she said. 'They need fields of clover and alfalfa. They need a lot to forage.' (more)

Exercise during teens reaps long-term benefits for women, study shows
31 July 2015 - Playing team sports and exercising during adolescence can have long-lasting benefits for women and may even reduce their risk of dying from cancer and other causes later in life, a new study showed on Friday, 31 July. The findings were published in the journal 'Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention'. (more)

US: Lines out the door for nation's first organic drive-thru restaurant
31 July 2015 - The country's first all-organic drive-thru has opened in California, with lines out the door as customers flock for a chance to support what could be the biggest step forward for industry ever. The new Amy's Organic Drive-Thru restaurant opened in Rohnert Park, California, featuring an all-vegetarian menu packed with items like veggie burgers, salads, and even mac n' cheese in both regular and vegan flavours. (more)

How walking in nature changes the brain - US study
22 July 2015 - A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature. Gregory Bratman, a graduate student at the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, and his colleagues found that volunteers who walked briefly through a lush, green portion of the Stanford campus were more attentive and happier afterward than volunteers who strolled for the same amount of time near heavy traffic. The walking in nature seemed to effect the subgenual prefrontal cortex, associated with brooding. (more)

Studies: Better sleep may be important for Alzheimer's risk
20 July 2015 - To sleep, perchance to... ward off Alzheimer's? Enough sleep is important for good health generally -- seven to eight hours a night are recommended for adults. When it comes to the brain, scientists have long known that people who don't get enough have trouble learning and focusing. A few years ago, University of Rochester scientists reported that the brain uses sleep to flush out toxic debris. (more)

Scientists have discovered that living near trees is good for your health
9 July 2015 - In a new paper published Thursday, 9 July, a team of researchers present a compelling case for why urban neighborhoods filled with trees are better for your physical health. The research appeared in the open access journal Scientific Reports. The large study builds on a body of prior research showing the cognitive and psychological benefits of nature scenery -- but also goes farther in actually beginning to quantify just how much an addition of trees in a neighborhood enhances health outcomes. (more)

President Putin will add yoga to his repertoire (+ NY Times video)
8 July 2015 - Russian President Vladimir Putin avowed on Wednesday that he was ready to add yoga [asanas], the ancient discipline of mindfulness and gentle stretching, to his repertoire of strictly macho sports. 'I have tried many things, but never yoga, but it cannot fail to attract,' Mr. Putin told Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during a meeting in the southern Russian city of Ufa, according to a transcript on the presidential website. (more)

Russian President Putin tells Indian PM: I'll try yoga
8 July 2015 - In a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Russian city of Ufa, the Russian President said Wednesday he wants to try out the discipline of yoga [asanas]. (more)

Food recovery project to be expanded across Quebec, Canada
7 July 2015 - Moisson Montreal is expanding its Food Recovery Program with Supermarkets to the entire province based on the success the project has had in Montreal, the South Shore, Estrie, and Quebec City over the last two years. The program, which is the first of its kind in Canada, recovers food that grocery stores would otherwise discard to distribute to community organizations. (more)

Lifestyle factors can halve heart failure risk after 65
6 July 2015 - Older people who walk briskly, are moderately active in their free time, drink moderately, don't smoke, and avoid obesity may be half as likely to develop heart failure as people who don't engage in these healthy habits, a new study suggests. 'A key finding is that physical activity among older adults does not have to be strenuous to reduce heart failure risk,' lead author Liana Del Gobbo, a research fellow at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts told Reuters Health. (more)


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My journey through grief with Transcendental Meditation
30 July 2015 - After the devastating news of the death of a loved one, Judy Warren describes how Transcendental Meditation 'allowed my body and spirit to process the intense grief and still somehow continue the daunting task of living'. She had meditated in the past, but found that Transcendental Meditation 'offered consistent results and was portable in my life in traveling business development. The moment I learned to meditate in this way I was calmer, more focused and much more present to my life. . . . TM allowed me to function better, heal faster, and manage the intense PTSD that occurs around a traumatic event.' (more)

UK: Transcendental Meditation - 'More effective than several years of therapy'
24 July 2015 - 'It was like darkness disappearing with the shining of light upon it,' says James Miles, describing the rapid improvement in his emotional health after he started practising Transcendental Meditation. 'Within two months of learning TM I'd quit therapy. Halfway through that last session it became clear to both my therapist and myself: there were no problems to talk about.' He adds, 'I was regular with my 20 minutes Transcendental Meditation, morning and evening. Apart from that I just carried on with life, not trying to do anything differently. My problems with worry, fear, anxiety, confusion, and depression all started to lift.' (more)

Nurses: Using Transcendental Meditation to relieve burnout and reduce stress
22 July 2015 - In response to widespread burnout among nursing staff, Sarasota Memorial Hospital 'decided to pursue a pilot research study evaluating the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on compassion fatigue and resilience among nurses,' says Dr Jen Rheingans, PhD, RN-BC, AHN-BC, a research specialist at the hospital. The results were impressive. Nurses who participated in the study found that stress was not only dramatically less on the job, but for many, health and family relationships also took a leap forward. Analysis of results revealed statistically significant improvements in resilience and compassion fatigue, and decreases in secondary trauma. Gloria Rupert, administrative supervisor for 22 years in critical care, relates that since starting TM, she is more focused and resilient - and able to prioritize and manage disruptions to meet the demands of her job. (more)

The journey from being homeless to being home: Transcendental Meditation helps Los Angeles homeless
20 July 2015 - In an urban area with the highest percentage of homeless people in the USA, the David Lynch Foundation has partnered with Gettlove Los Angeles to help end homelessness. Beyond finding resources including shelter and permanent housing, Gettlove partnered with DLF to provide instruction in Transcendental Meditation to at-risk individuals. As Aileen Getty, Founder and Executive Director of Gettlove, says, ''I truly believe that [building and restoring] relationships and communities are the solution to our ills. But more deeply than that, the most valuable thing is to find that place where we go to restore or find our nature; and I believe strongly that TM is a means to that nature.'' (more)

How newborns flourish when mothers practise Transcendental Meditation
13 July 2015 - Research has shown that in newborns of mothers who practised Transcendental Meditation during pregnancy, periods of the 'quiet alert' state of wakefulness, when the infant is visibly content and free from distress, were more than twice as long as those in a matched control group born to non-meditating mothers. Other research done on the results of mothers practising the TM technique during pregnancy showed such benefits as easier birthing and longer sleep patterns in babies. 'This study on pregnancy and neonates gives us a provocative concept and data that hopefully will stimulate more studies' in this field, comments obstetrician and gynecologist Rebecca Beuchert, MD. (more)

UK: Is Transcendental Meditation any good for teenagers? A personal story . . .
7 July 2015 - 'Transcendental Meditation has played a major role in reducing the stress of my daily life,' says 16 year old Ozan Bozkurt, looking back on six months of practising the technique. Ozan describes how TM 'has brought me a greater sense of wellbeing and reassurance into my life that everything will be OK'--while also appreciating 'the greater sense of contentment that it has brought to our family as a whole, bringing us closer together'. Ozan's only regret about TM is not having learned the technique at a younger age. (more)

PTSD in Africa: How to treat an epidemic of severe stress
4 July 2015 - The Voice of America show, Straight Talk Africa, has again hosted a one hour special on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) relief through Transcendental Meditation. At least 100 million Africans are estimated to suffer from PTSD caused by war and violence. Based on recent trials and research the TM technique appears to be one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods available for treatment. 'As a psychologist, I would love to see my patients become asymptomatic in 30 days!' says Dr David F O'Connell, referring to a study with Congolese war refugees who learned TM to reduce symptoms of severe PTSD. David Shapiro, President of African PTSD Relief, says, 'We should pick the most effective approaches available to save money and time, and to help as many people as possible'. (more)

The effect of Transcendental Meditation on reducing alcohol consumption in women
26 June 2015 - Women are at greater risk than men for developing alcohol-related problems, writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the US. Reviewing research showing beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation in reducing alcohol consumption, she also highlights the work of Marty Mann, who 'dedicated her life in recovery to helping everyone--especially women--reduce alcohol dependence for the sake of their well-being, health, family and career. She found Transcendental Meditation to be a strong supportive component of the process.' (more)

Valerie Gangas: Why you should consider Transcendental Meditation
25 June 2015 - Author Valerie Gangas' 'whole world turned around' after her first experience of Transcendental Meditation. 'After I learned to meditate,' she says, 'pure happiness started flowing through my veins 24/7. . . . When you're sleeping well, finding peace in your life and partnering up with the cosmos, happiness just starts filling you up.' Ms Gangas went on to work with the Oprah Winfrey Network and the David Lynch Foundation, talking about TM, freedom, and self-knowledge around the USA. (more)

TM and Me! Many happier, healthier, and stress-free days to come
19 June 2015 - 'My Type A personality hasn't changed, but my stress level and quality of life have, thanks to Transcendental Meditation,' writes health and wellness advocate Ellen Dolgen. 'Every time I meditate, this wonderful calmness and inner peace washes over me. I am energized, alert, and way more creative. After 20 minutes, I feel like I went through a de-stress car wash. My stress just washes away. I love the feeling!' Ellen also looked into scientific research on TM and 'was thrilled to find out that the (US) National Institutes of Health has funded over $26 million in research on the Transcendental Meditation technique for prevention of heart disease'. (more)


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In rise of U.S. vape shops, owners eye new marijuana market
29 July 2015 - When Matt and Jen Osmun opened their vape (electronic cigarette) shop in Bethel, Connecticut, last December, they didn't expect to get a boost from the local medical marijuana outlet. As the number of U.S. vape shops soars, shop owners seek to capitalize not only on the vaping trend but on the more widespread, and legal, use of medical marijuana. (more)

5 things: US House bill would prevent mandatory GMO labeling
23 July 2015 - States could no longer require labels on genetically modified foods under legislation the US House of Representatives is considering. The legislation scheduled for a vote Thursday is backed by the food industry, which has fought state labeling efforts around the country. A December Associated Press-GfK poll found that two-thirds of Americans support labeling of genetically modified ingredients on food packages. The food industry says about 75 percent to 80 percent of packaged foods contain genetically modified ingredients. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been supportive of genetically modified crops. (more)

US: House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling
23 July 2015 - Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the US House of Representatives Thursday, 23 July. The House bill is backed by the food industry, which has fought mandatory labeling efforts in several states around the country. The legislation, which passed 275-150, would prevent states from requiring package labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The food industry says about 75 percent to 80 percent of packaged foods contain genetically modified ingredients. A December Associated Press-GfK poll found that two-thirds of Americans support labeling of genetically modified ingredients on food packages. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been supportive of genetically modified crops. (more)

Study: Women with mild memory problem worsen faster than men
21 July 2015 - Older women with mild memory impairment worsened about twice as fast as men, researchers reported Tuesday, part of an effort to unravel why women are especially hard-hit by Alzheimer's. Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women. Scientists once thought the disparity was just because women tend to live longer -- but there's increasing agreement that something else makes women more vulnerable. (more)

Effect of poverty on brains may explain poor kids' lower test scores
20 July 2015 - The effect of poverty on children's brains may explain why poor youngsters tend to score lower on standardized tests compared to wealthier students, a new US study suggests. 'What was already discovered is there is an achievement gap between poor children and middle-class children,' the study's senior author Seth Pollak told Reuters Health. 'Even when they move to better neighborhoods, children growing up in poor families tend to do less well in school than their less poor counterparts.' What's more, researchers have found in recent years that poverty is linked to worse brain development, said Pollak. (more)

US: Antipsychotic use rising among teens and young adults
10 July 2015 - A growing number of U.S. teens and young adults are being prescribed antipsychotics, a new study suggests. In particular, it appears they're being used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- a condition for which the powerful drugs are not approved. 'Increasingly, many youth are receiving these medications to treat behavior problems in the absence of a more severe psychiatric illness,' said Meredith Matone, a research scientist with PolicyLab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who wasn't involved in the study. (more)

US: Crime up 13 percent in Los Angeles, reversing declines
8 July 2015 - Crime increased by 13 percent in Los Angeles the first six months of the year, ending more than a decade of declines in the nation's second-largest city, according to statistics released Wednesday. Only homicides saw a decrease -- about 7 percent. And while murders fell in the first six months of this year in Los Angeles, they've risen drastically in other cities. In Houston, murders rose by 53 percent the first five months of this year compared to last. Baltimore has had a 48 percent increase over the same time last year. St. Louis, New York City, Cincinnati, and New Orleans also have seen homicides increase. (more)

Number of US heroin users rose 300,000 over a decade; doubles in women
7 July 2015 - The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report. Experts think the increase was driven by people switching from opioid painkillers to cheaper heroin. And the rate of heroin use doubled in women -- a more dramatic rise than what was seen in men. (more)

U.S. heroin use jumps as costs drop, prescription opiate use rises
7 July 2015 - Heroin overdose deaths in the United States nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013, fueled by lower costs as well as increased abuse of prescription opiate painkillers, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday. The report found that nearly all people (96 percent) who use heroin also use multiple other substances, and that the strongest risk factor for heroin abuse is prescription opiate abuse. (more)

Screen addiction is taking a toll on children
6 July 2015 - Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. The documentary 'Web Junkie,' to be shown next Monday on PBS, highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep, or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake. (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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