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12 entrepreneurs who are changing the world
29 April 2016 - The World Economic Forum has announced their newest class of Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year. Twelve entrepreneurs whose social good enterprises are changing the global landscape. Their initiatives range in size and scope, but they all share the common goal of aiding and advancing underserved groups around the world. (more)

How to improve memory: sniff rosemary and drink peppermint tea, study suggests
27 April 2016 - If your memory is a little lax, you might want to start growing rosemary in your home. Or at least invest in some diffuser oil. Researchers at Northumbria University found that simply being in a rosemary-scented room could improve memory by 15 per cent among older people. The same group of researchers also looked at the effects of peppermint tea and chamomile tea on memory. In a study of 180 people, researchers found peppermint tea helped to improve long term memory, working memory, and alertness. (more)

Rosemary really is herb of remembrance, as scent boosts memory by 15 per cent, say scientists
27 April 2016 - Scientists at Northumbria University in the UK have shown that rosemary really is linked to better memory. A study of pensioners found that simply being in a room diffused with the smell of rosemary boosted memory test scores by 15 per cent. Previous studies on brain tissue in the lab have shown that the compounds in rosemary can stimulate activity. A separate experiment by the same team, also found the peppermint tea could boost memory. The research was presented at the British Psychological Society's annual conference in Nottingham, England. (more)

Motherly love helps children's brains grow bigger, scientists find
26 April 2016 - Motherly love can help children's brains grow at twice the rate as neglected youngsters, a study has shown. Although it is known that a nurturing, stable home life improves overall childhood development, it is the first research to prove that it has a significant impact on brain size. Children who received the most support from their mother's before school were found to have more growth in the hippocampus, which is associated with learning, memories, and regulating emotions. (more)

US: Costco is selling so much organic produce, farmers can't keep up
13 April 2016 - Costco has a voracious appetite for organic fruits and veggies -- so much so that it can't get enough of them to sell. The warehouse retailer recently passed $4 billion in annual sales from organic produce, eclipsing Whole Foods for the title of organic heavyweight champion in the U.S. Now, organic farmers can't grow produce fast enough to supply the retailer. To help nudge supply in the right direction, Costco is lending money to farmers, allowing them to buy land and equipment to grow more organic produce. (more)

France to ban some glyphosate weedkillers on health concerns
8 April 2016 - France's health and safety agency has decided to ban weedkillers that combine chemicals glyphosate and tallowamine because of uncertainty over possible health risks, it said on Friday. France's environment minister has been pushing for an EU-wide ban on glyphosate-based products and is also supporting legislation going through the French parliament that would outlaw a type of pesticide blamed for harming honey bees. (more)

India: Extolling the merits of organic food
8 April 2016 - 'Detoxifying our fields and bodies': This slogan welcomed the gathering at the formal inauguration of 'Sangham Organics' at Pastapur of Jarasangam mandal last Thursday, another transformation initiative by Deccan Development Society (DDS). In January, the DDS activists started interacting with farmers and convinced them to opt for organic farming stating that people are ready to buy quality organic vegetables. (more)

Benign by design: how chemists aim to end pharmaceutical pollution of the environment
7 April 2016 - The world has to change -- so does the way the chemical and pharmaceutical industries work -- this was the consensus at the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference in Berlin, Germany. Chemists from all over the world came to the German capital to discuss how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. 'I think green chemistry can make a significant contribution towards saving the world,' said James Clark, a green chemist at University of York in the UK. This relatively young field in chemistry has emerged over the past two decades. It is by definition 'the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances.' (more)

US: New York City bans smokeless tobacco at Major League ballparks
6 April 2016 - New York City on Wednesday banned the use of chewing tobacco at sports venues such as Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, joining other cities in discouraging Major League Baseball players from a habit with deep roots in the game. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law an immediate prohibition on the use of smokeless tobacco at sports and recreational areas that issue tickets. The initiative follows similar ones passed in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. (more)

More French people turning towards vegetarianism
1 April 2016 - The land of boeuf bourguignon appears to be deep in soul-searching about whether or not to eat meat as more and more French people turn towards a vegetarian diet. 'The representation of vegetarianism has really evolved,' said Elodie Vielle-Blanchard, the head of the Vegetarian Association of France. 'It's now seen as a pleasant lifestyle that's healthy and trendy.' (more)


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Interview: Sharyn Loshakoff on practicing Transcendental Meditation for 48 years
30 April 2016 - Sharyn Loshakoff explains to Mana Anwar of The Daily Californian how she began Transcendental Meditation in 1968 after noticing in friends who had begun the practice 'that something was much more positive about them.' When asked what students would take away from learning TM she says: 'TM is not a stress-management technique, but rather a stress-elimination technique -- our whole physiology is strengthened. . . . You become physically stronger and more refreshed and have better organizing and time-budgeting skills.' Sharyn sums up research on TM succinctly by saying, 'The prefrontal cortex is enlivened, which is the center for measured rational thinking. All of the procrastinating that I used to do just began to go away. I didn't have to think of it and it became more pleasurable to me to get my work done.' (more)

Decreased drug use: Transcendental Meditation naturally gratifies the unconscious craving for wholeness, fullness, and inner joy
29 April 2016 - Although the TM program is not in itself a drug rehabilitation program, it is a means for self-development which results in a decrease of psychological and physiological problems -- reduced drug abuse is an automatic side effect. Janet Hoffman, US director of Transcendental Meditation for Women, discusses how TM develops 'a field of unbounded wholeness deep within that is our essential nature,' and TM is 'a way to achieve well-being -- inner happiness and balance -- fullness within oneself naturally in a way that upholds health.' She points out several research projects on TM and reduced drug use, including a German study of 115 young adults -- serious drug users who were divided into one group who underwent conventional treatment and another that added twice-daily TM practice to their treatment schedule. After four months of TM practice, 50 percent of the TM group had stopped taking drugs; by 18 months, 89 percent had discontinued drug use. (more)

Public Broadcasting Service: How Transcendental Meditation changed my life
17 April 2016 - Chuck Otto describes beginning the practise of Transcendental Meditation, 'Not as a religious practice, because TM is a tool, not an ideology. Rather, it offered me a way to take myself offline for a few minutes each day to recharge, refresh and just exist in the present moment. He stated, 'Opening the door to TM coincided with my renewed interest in spiritual matters.' His thoughtful article in the US Midwest's local website for the Public Broadcasting Service discusses spirituality, religion, and the 'inner stillness' of TM. (more)

Book Review: Super Mind, by Dr Norman Rosenthal
12 April 2016 - Dr Norman Rosenthal -- internationally acclaimed psychiatrist, researcher, educator, and author, explains how Transcendental Meditation can help develop your 'super mind.' The New York Times bestselling author explores how TM permanently expands your consciousness, resulting in extraordinary success and fulfillment. Dr. Rosenthal shows how this incredibly simple, twice-daily practice can consistently improve your state of mind throughout the day -- elevating you to a state of unshakable, peak performance, and unbounded awareness. Those who have stepped forward with comments on the book, available in May, include Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, Maria Shriver, and actor Hugh Jackman. (more)

The Washington Post: How meditating in a tiny Iowa town helped me recover from war
6 April 2016 - Supriya Venkatesan is a veteran of six years with the US Army and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Soon after her army discharge she enrolled as a student at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA and learned Transcendental Meditation. ''For me, this little Iowan town provided a place of respite and rejuvenation,'' she said. She wrote of the ''emotionally numbing'' effect of six years at war and cited research, which shows that TM provides veterans with relief from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She noted, ''. . . my battle buddies see meditation as a tool for building resilience.'' Supriya went on to take a masters degree program at Columbia University in New York. ''I continue my meditation practice and am grateful for the gifts it has provided me,'' she said. (more)

Activating women's innate resilience through transcending
30 March 2016 - Teacher of both Transcendental Meditation and economics, Sonette Steyn has had an accomplished professional and academic career. She states that her purpose in writing the following article is to provide 'insight into the means by which resilience can be cultured and will focus particularly on the psychological and emotional composition that are unique to a woman's path to resilience.' Ms Steyn defines the unique state of consciousness that is transcending - 'It is innate and present at the depth of human awareness, it is there - it is real - and it is you and me.' She further writes, 'The experience of Transcendental Consciousness - the field of infinite inviolable non-change - being an experience of absolute Self-sufficiency, or complete Self-reliance, is the ultimate means of structuring resilience. Resilience has the potential to be far more than just the ability to recover from trauma. In its most fundamental value, it is an inherent mechanism by which a baseline of well-being may be cultivated and continuously maintained in higher states of consciousness.' (more)

Northwell Health researching the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans
25 March 2016 - On the heels of a successful study of the effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on PTSD at the Army's Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Fort Gordon, Georgia, USA, Northwell Health in Bay Shore, New York is running an experimentally designed study to test the effectiveness of TM on combat veterans. The study is using the Clinician-Administered PTSD assessment (CAPS-5), which the US Department of Veterans Affairs considers the 'gold standard' in PTSD assessment. Results in the Fort Gordon study showed that in just one month after learning the TM technique there was a significant reduction in psychotropic medication usage among the TM group: 83.7 per cent stabilized, reduced or stopped using medication. The David Lynch Foundation's Operation Warrior Wellness programme is providing funding for the Northwell research. (more)

A psychiatric nurse practitioner on anxiety, depression, hormones, medication - and Transcendental Meditation
20 March 2016 - Transcendental Meditation 'helps me every day personally and professionally', says Maribeth Flood, a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner in the USA. 'The goals of psychiatry and of the TM program are consistent in that the desired outcome is not just an absence of disease but the evolution of a truly integrated, fulfilled individual.' Maribeth is a respected speaker and published writer - she also teaches TM and recommends the technique to patients as an effective way of reducing stress. After learning TM, one of her students said, 'I feel calm! Ultimate calm experience like never before. Grounded in a profound way. Those words seem cliche . . . but it's just truly profound. And very easy. Now I see why you say TM is effortless.' (more)

Autistic artist's parents recommend Transcendental Meditation: 'This technique has helped us immeasurably'
17 March 2016 - Though Candy Waters is nonverbal, her paintings speak out for people with autism, making us notice their talent and potential. With her art, Candy tells us to notice the bright side of life, to enjoy the colors and the beauty of our world. Her parents, Robert and Sandy Waters, have been practising Transcendental Meditation for over two years now. 'This technique has helped us immeasurably with stress relief,' they write. 'We honestly recommend Transcendental Meditation to any parent, and especially to parents who have a disabled child. We also recommend that people on the autism spectrum themselves learn to practise TM.' (more)

Social anxiety disorder - A solution
14 March 2016 - There is a simple solution to social anxiety disorder: Transcendental Meditation, writes Ann Purcell, author and teacher of TM. 'We've all felt some degree of nervousness in public, but usually not to the point where it has crippled our behavior,' she says. The Transcendental Meditation technique 'allows the mind to settle down to ever-quieter levels. Because the mind and body are intimately connected, as the mind settles, so does the body. The body slips into a profound state of rest that allows stress and anxiety to be released.' Research has shown that regular practice of TM, even by veterans suffering from debilitating PTSD, can dissolve 'both deep-rooted stress as well as day-to-day surface anxiety'. (more)


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AP Interview: Fukushima plant's new ice wall not watertight
28 April 2016 - Coping with the vast amounts of ground water flowing into the broken Fukushima nuclear plant -- which then becomes radiated and seeps back out -- has become such a problem that Japan is building a 35 billion yen ($312 million) 'ice wall' into the earth around it. But even if the frozen barrier built with taxpayers' money works as envisioned, it won't completely block all water from reaching the damaged reactors because of gaps in the wall and rainfall, creating as much as 50 tons of contaminated water each day, said Yuichi Okamura, a chief architect of the massive project. (more)

A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers
25 April 2016 - Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they're still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world's worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986: (more)

AP Exclusive: Test finds Chernobyl residue in Belarus milk
25 April 2016 - On the edge of Belarus' Chernobyl exclusion zone, down the road from the signs warning 'Stop! Radiation,' a dairy farmer offers his visitors a glass of freshly drawn milk. Associated Press reporters politely decline the drink but pass on a bottled sample to a laboratory, which confirms it contains levels of a radioactive isotope at levels 10 times higher than the nation's food safety limits. That finding on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident indicates how fallout from the April 26, 1986, explosion at the plant in neighboring Ukraine continues to taint life in Belarus. (more)

AP Exclusive: Ukraine children eat food tainted by Chernobyl
22 April 2016 - Viktoria Vetrova knows the risk her four children take in drinking milk from the family's two cows and eating dried mushrooms and berries from the forest. But the cash-strapped Ukrainian government canceled the local school lunch program for 350,000 children last year -- the only source of clean food in this village near Chernobyl. So rural families are resorting to milk and produce from land still contaminated by fallout from the world's worst nuclear accident three decades ago. Vetrova's 8-year-old son Bogdan suffers from an enlarged thyroid, a condition which studies have linked to radioactivity. 'We are aware of the dangers, but what can we do?' said Vetrova, standing in her kitchen after pouring a glass of milk. 'There is no other way to survive.' Vetrova's family and thousands of others are caught between the consequences of two disasters: the residue from Chernobyl and the recent plunge of Ukraine's economy. (more)

More evidence links heartburn drugs to serious kidney problems
22 April 2016 - People taking common heartburn medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are at increased risk of new and severe kidney disease, according to a U.S. study. Among hundreds of thousands of patients in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) databases, new users of PPIs without kidney disease were 30 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease over the course of five years. Their risk of kidney failure was doubled. PPIs like Nexium and Prevacid are prescribed to treat ulcers, heartburn, and acid reflux. (more)

Disturbing new evidence about what common pesticides can do to brains
13 April 2016 - A new paper in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications adds to a disturbing body of evidence that fungicides might be doing more than just killing fungi. For the study, a team of University of North Carolina Neuroscience Center researchers led by Mark Zylka subjected mouse cortical neuron cultures -- which are similar in cellular and molecular terms to the human brain -- to 294 chemicals 'commonly found in the environment and on food.' The idea was to see whether any of them triggered changes that mimicked patterns found in brain samples from people with autism, advanced age, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. Eight chemicals fit the bill, the researchers found. Of them, the two most widely used are from a relatively new class of fungicides called 'quinone outside inhibitors,' which have surged in use since being introduced in US farm fields in the early 2000s: pyraclostrobin and trifloxystrobin. (more)

US water systems repeatedly exceed federal standard for lead
9 April 2016 - The problem of lead-tainted drinking water goes far beyond Flint, Michigan, the former auto manufacturing center where the issue exploded into a public health emergency when the city's entire water system was declared unsafe. An Associated Press analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data found that nearly 1,400 water systems serving 3.6 million Americans exceeded the federal lead standard at least once between the first of January 2013 and the last of September 2015. The affected systems are large and small, public and private, and include 278 systems that are owned and operated by schools and day care centers in 41 states. (more)

Bangladesh failing to spare millions from arsenic poisoning
6 April 2016 - An estimated 20 million people in Bangladesh are still being poisoned by arsenic-tainted water -- a number that has remained unchanged from 10 years ago despite years of action to dig new wells at safer depths, according to a new report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch. The New York-based rights group blames nepotism and neglect by Bangladeshi officials, saying they're deliberately having new wells dug in areas convenient for friends, family members, and political supporters and allies, rather than in places where arsenic contamination is highest or large numbers of poor villagers are being exposed. Arsenic also kills about 45,000 Bangladeshis every year. Scientists first discovered arsenic in Bangladesh's groundwater in 1993, sounding alarm bells worldwide about a massive public health crisis pouring from the millions of hand-cranked tube wells tapping water from underground. (more)

WHO: Diabetes rises fourfold over last quarter-century
6 April 2016 - The world has seen a nearly four-fold increase in diabetes cases over the last quarter-century, driven by excessive weight, obesity, aging, and population growth, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday, adding that 422 million people were affected in 2014. Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body either does not make enough insulin to break down the sugar in foods or uses insulin inefficiently. It can cause early death or serious complications like blindness, stroke, kidney disease, amputation, and heart disease. The report does not distinguish between Type 1 diabetes, where the body cannot make enough insulin and requires daily insulin injections for survival, and Type 2, where the body can no longer produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar at a normal level. Type 2 diabetes is more often linked to obesity and relatively sedentary lifestyles. (more)

Europeans spend 24 billion euros on narcotics each year: report
5 April 2016 - European Union citizens spend some 24 billion euros ($27.28 billion) on illicit drugs every year, a report said on Tuesday, making it one of the continent's most profitable activities for organized crime groups. 'Illicit drug production and trafficking remains one of the largest and most innovative criminal markets in Europe,' Europol director Rob Wainwright said in a statement. (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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