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US: These groups are bringing together women of different generations.
19 November 2018 - Women of various ages don't often mingle outside the modern American workplace. But informal, cross-generational gatherings are hoping to change that. One of them, Moxie!, a free network, aims to share stories, concerns, and triumphs in real-life meetings. At a recent gathering in Chicago, guests ranged from 29 to 93. Another group, Travel Circles, helps women of all ages take trips to meet other women around the world. (more)

Study shows Transcendental Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder
18 November 2018 - Transcendental Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense. The study was published Thursday (15 November) in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. When researchers accounted for other factors, meditation was better than the classes and equally effective as exposure therapy. The type taught to vets in the study was Transcendental Meditation, or TM, which involves thinking of a mantra or sound to settle the mind. TM was developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (more)

US: California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide
18 November 2018 - California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday (15 November) on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on most crops, and increasing perimeters around where it's applied. (more)

Therapy through song: Choir helps Hungarian lung patients breathe more easily
16 November 2018 - A Hungarian doctor has prescribed her lung disease patients a new form of physical and spiritual therapy -- singing in public as part of a choir. Its members, many seriously ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and drawn from hospitals across Hungary, say the singing has improved the quality of their lives. (more)

Organic products still on growth track worldwide
12 November 2018 - There's a good outlook for the international organic food industry -- both in Europe and worldwide. European and international markets remain on a growth track. Experts currently put global revenues above USD 95 billion; Europe accounts for more than EUR 33 billion. The market is now growing very vigorously in many European countries. 'We're seeing lively growth in North America and Europe, but the Asian market is also catching up fast,' notes Amarjit Sahota of the London market research and consulting firm Ecovia (formerly Organic Monitor). (more)

US: New York eyes plan to be first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes
9 November 2018 - New York state is taking steps to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes in the hopes of curbing a sharp rise in the use of vaping products by young people, the Cuomo administration said Friday (9 November). New York state health officials began tracking e-cigarette use in New York in 2014. Since then, use by high school youths increased from 10.5 percent to 27.4 percent in 2018, the health department said. (more)

US cigarette smoking rate reaches new low
8 November 2018 - Cigarette use among American adults is at the lowest it's been since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started collecting data on the issue in 1965, according to a report released Thursday (8 November). (more)

3rd Ayurveda Day observed across India
5 November 2018 - The 3rd Ayurveda Day was observed across India on 5 November 2018 on the occasion of the Dhanawantari Jayanti or Dhanteras with an aim to further promote Ayurveda as the mainstream system of medicine. (more)

India: Jaipur to observe Ayurveda Week to mark National Ayurveda Day
5 November 2018 - In Jaipur, India, Ayurveda Week started on 2 November. According to Aayush ministery, 'Ayurveda is perceived as one of the most ancient and well documented systems of medicine equally relevant in modern times. Its holistic approach whether for healthy individuals or for diseased ones remains unparalleled. Prevention of disease and promotion of health is the main aim of Ayurveda. Lord Dhanvantari is considered as divine propagator of Ayurveda. He is conferred with the virtues of granting health and wealth.' (more)

Study finds eating organic food lowers your cancer risks
23 October 2018 - People who buy organic food are usually convinced it's better for their health . . . But until now, evidence of the benefits of eating organic has been lacking. Now a new French study that followed 70,000 adults, most of them women, for five years has reported that the most frequent consumers of organic food had 25 percent fewer cancers over all than those who never ate organic. (more)


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Transcendental Meditation: A 'timeout' for oneself to reduce emotional stress, increase happiness
12 November 2018 - Neither suppressing emotions nor 'telling someone off' really helps in handling emotional stress - and both create negative effects for oneself and others, says health writer Linda Egenes. She describes a completely different solution: Transcendental Meditation, which 'releases the tensions that may have built up during the day, including the emotional stressors'. Over time 'you can feel your baseline for stress changing - you're just not as reactive as you were before.' Research has shown that TM reduces stress hormones and anxiety, and increases neurochemicals associated with happiness and fulfilment. She quotes Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme: 'Fill the mind with that great happiness which knows no end, let the mind be saturated with absolute bliss, and then the undertaking of any action, whatever it may be, will be performed in all joyfulness.' (more)

India: The Economic Times - 'Invest in rest'
7 November 2018 - 'Keeping the brain well rested and, thus, alive, creative, and capable is imperative to maintain the growing pace of multifaceted progress in human life,' writes Aditi Shrivastava in The Economic Times (India). ' ''The human brain is the best blessing of the Creator,'' Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, once said in a lecture.' Ms Shrivastava goes on to explain, 'There is scientific evidence to prove that the rest that we get in 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation is even deeper than deep sleep. TM is a simple and effective meditation technique to calm the mind by giving it rest, gain mental peace, harmonise brain function and get it ready for more action.' (more)

Why Transcendental Meditation is better than a power nap
28 October 2018 - 'What do you do to re-charge during the day? Many women have asked if the TM technique is any different than taking time out for a nap,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. 'Transcendental Meditation, unique among meditation programmes for its simplicity, effortlessness, and scientifically validated benefits, increases brain orderliness, enhances brain functioning, and increases intelligence, focus and creativity - all this while providing exceptionally deep rest to the body that reduces stress and fatigue. . . . Though the body gets rest in a nap, the mind can't enjoy the experience - in Transcendental Meditation, though profoundly resting, the mind enjoys awareness of inner calm, collectedness, clarity and charm.' (more)

Medical students learn meditation to counter stress, promote physician wellness: Catholic Health World reports
24 October 2018 - The Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago, USA, is believed to be the first major medical school in the country to offer Transcendental Meditation, or TM, as an elective course. Since 2014, the class has been offered to help medical students manage stress. Dr Gregory Gruener, vice dean for education and a neurology professor at Stritch, counts the TM training as a success. 'A significant chunk of the students, about a third of each class, sign up for it, and almost 300 have enrolled since it started. . . . You have to embrace wellness and you have to find the time to take control of your own life,' Dr Gruener said. 'Once you begin TM, that gets easier.' (more)

Italy: Wellness leaders look to evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique at Global Wellness Summit
20 October 2018 - Bob Roth, David Lynch Foundation CEO, best-selling author, and veteran teacher of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, was a keynote speaker at the recent 2018 Global Wellness Summit (GWS) in Italy, the world's leading conference on this topic. Citing the 'dangerously escalating crisis of stress-related disorders' including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, he said, 'We desperately need to include into everyone's tool box more practical, evidence-based approaches' such as TM, that improve mental wellness and behaviour. Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO, said, 'There's so much momentum for TM right now because of the rising need for what this tangible skill can accomplish: stress reduction, mental focus, and greater resilience. . . . it's the quickest way to reduce stress that I've ever experienced.' (more)

Why am I so anxious? Dr Norman Rosenthal talks about anxiety in women and how TM helps prevent it
16 October 2018 - World-renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and best-selling author Norman E Rosenthal discusses many factors that contribute to increased anxiety in women. Describing his experience treating anxiety in his own practice, he cites research on the Transcendental Meditation technique showing reduced blood pressure and improvement on other physiological measures demonstrating TM's role in 'buffering your response to stress'. He recommends TM to his patients, including many women who have noted its benefits in promoting 'more clear-headedness . . . . things go easier, they don't hassle as much, and they're not upset as easily or anxious as readily.' (more)

How Transcendental Meditation gives me mental clarity like nothing else
9 October 2018 - After Tara Gardner moved from London to Chicago - 'forging a new career as a freelance editor with a bazillion deadlines', and seeking 'a break from the cranial quicksand of daily life' - she tried diets and various meditation techniques, and finally discovered a video of filmmaker David Lynch talking about Transcendental Meditation. After learning TM, she found 'the fog lifting, the clarity coming through, and my thoughts becoming more ordered. The daily juggling act began to feel smoother and more efficient.' (more)

Watch Live, 4 October: 'Silence the Violence' Town Hall - TM to reduce stress, heal trauma, build community
3 October 2018 - You are invited to view 'Silence the Violence', a compelling Town Hall meeting to be webcast live - Thursday, 4 October, 10:00 am-12 noon US EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) from Washington, D.C. Leading doctors, researchers, educators and community leaders will discuss the impact of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique for preventing and curbing the rise of violence in America today. The event will be livestreamed from the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) Theater in Southeast Washington. The David Lynch Foundation is a resident partner on THEARC's campus and operates The Meditation Center @ THEARC. (more)

UK: Transcendental Meditation featured in Daily Star's recommendations to reduce blood pressure
17 September 2018 - One in four Brits suffers with high blood pressure, according to the UK's National Health Service. The Daily Star reports that a study led by Dr Robert Schneider, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, found that Transcendental Meditation reduces high blood pressure. TM is featured first in a discussion of research on lifestyle approaches to reducing blood pressure including meditation, yoga, exercise, and diet. (more)

September is Self-Improvement Month: How TM can help improve mind, body, emotions, and behaviour
13 September 2018 - 'There is a simple way to do one-stop shopping to accomplish self-improvement,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. Her suggestion for 'how to improve your mind, body, emotional life, behaviour, and job performance in one stroke: learn the Transcendental Meditation technique. TM is an effortless method that allows your mind to settle inward to the most silent and peaceful level of experience, your authentic innermost Self. . . . Almost 400 peer-reviewed studies have shown that regular TM practice improves our life through a wide range of personal benefits - decreased anxiety and depression, improved memory and clearer thinking, reduced high blood pressure, decreased illness, longer lifespan and more harmonious relationships.' (more)


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US: People without caregivers end up stranded in hospitals
18 November 2018 - Within the bustle and organized chaos of Denver's massive airport, an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease named Jerry Ellingsen was found wandering alone after traveling with his small dog from Fort Myers, Florida. Jerry didn't know where he was or why he was in Denver. Police tried contacting his daughter and wife, neither of whom would pick him up, so officers were forced to call an ambulance that took him to a nearby hospital. A three-month long 9Wants to Know (Denver) investigation is uncovering a growing health care epidemic where hundreds of people like Jerry are abandoned every year at metro-area hospitals. The epidemic is costing hospitals and in some cases, taxpayers, millions of dollars a year. (more)

US: Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing
17 November 2018 - Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry. (more)

US: Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores
17 November 2018 - The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA 'edited' are expected to begin selling. It's a different technology than today's controversial 'genetically modified' foods, more like faster breeding that promises to boost nutrition, spur crop growth, and make farm animals hardier and fruits and vegetables last longer. (more)

Congo ministry says Ebola outbreak worst in nation's history
10 November 2018 - Democratic Republic of the Congo's latest Ebola outbreak is the worst in the country's recorded history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said. This is Democratic Republic of the Congo's 10th outbreak since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first identified in Yambuku, in the Equateur province, the ministry said. (more)

Displaced victims of worst Afghan drought in years fear harsh winter
9 November 2018 - Mahiuddin, a 35 year-old farmer from Badghis, a mountainous province in western Afghanistan, has been living in a camp outside the city of Herat for months, one of tens of thousands displaced by the worst drought the country has seen in years. ... With much of Afghanistan's agricultural land degraded, and many areas lawless after years of war, food insecurity has added to the suffering without generating the same headlines as the fighting. (more)

African islands call for help as climate change worsens health
8 November 2018 - African island states this week said they need more help to cope with the health impacts of climate change, from worsening nutrition to a resurgence in mosquito-borne disease. At least 23 percent of deaths in Africa are linked to the environment, the highest of any region worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). (more)

South Koreans are working themselves to death. Can they get their lives back?
5 November 2018 - Chae Soo-hong was one of hundreds of people who died in 2017 due to overwork, according to government data. Among OECD countries [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development], South Koreans work more hours per week on average than all but one other country, and almost 50 percent more than famously industrious Germany. (more)

Asia's meth boom: How a war on drugs went continent-wide
2 November 2018 - From the jungles of Myanmar to the streets of Hong Kong, police throughout Asia are fighting a war against methamphetamine. By many indications, they're losing. Demand for both crystal meth and yaba, tablets that typically contain a mixture of meth and caffeine, is skyrocketing. Production is increasing at an unprecedented clip, and so is the body count. Leaders in places like Bangladesh and the Philippines are waging deadly drug wars that have cost thousands of lives. But this isn't 'Breaking Bad' -- meth isn't just used by the poor and the downtrodden. Meth no longer discriminates in Asia; it has become the dominant drug of choice across the region, irrespective of class, age, or gender ... (more)

US: Psychedelic advocate nears goal of legal ecstasy
1 November 2018 - . . . After 32 years of false starts, setbacks, and regulatory hurdles, [Rick Doblin] has brought MDMA -- the illegal, all-night party drug also known as ecstasy -- to the brink of medical legitimacy. The goal is to win FDA approval by 2021. MDMA would become the first psychedelic drug -- currently in the same ultra-restrictive category as heroin and cocaine -- to make the leap to prescription medicine. (more)

France investigates reports of babies born without arms in rural areas
31 October 2018 - France has launched a nationwide investigation into why some two dozen babies have been born without hands or arms in a handful of rural areas since 2,000 after several new cases were reported this week, the health minister said on Wednesday (31 October). A separate investigation has also been opened into reports that calves and possibly chickens have been born without limbs in the same three heavily agricultural areas, an official told Reuters. (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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