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Millions exercise together for global Yoga Day
22 June 2016 - Millions of people twisted their bodies in celebration of International Yoga Day on Tuesday. At the United Nations in New York, various yoga [asana] poses were projected on a side wall of the U.N. headquarters building to highlight the role yoga [asanas] can play in helping the U.N. achieve its sustainable development goals. (more)

Americans drinking less soda, eating more whole grains and nuts
21 June 2016 - Americans are adding more whole grains, nuts and seeds to their diets and cutting back on sodas and sugary drinks, a U.S. study suggests. (more)

International Day of Yoga: Make yoga a part of your life, says Prime Minister Modi
21 June 2016 - Yoga is not a religious activity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, as he participated in a mass yoga [asana] demonstration camp in Chandigarh to mark the International Day of Yoga. In his brief address, the Prime Minister said the International Yoga Day had become a mass movement like no other in the world. 'Just as the mobile phone is now a part of your life, make yoga too a part of your life,' he said, drawing applause. (more)

Prime Minister Modi leads India into second International Day of Yoga celebrations
21 June 2016 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi today led over 30,000 participants at a mass yoga [asana] demonstration in Chandigarh. Modi joined participants for the second International Yoga Day celebrations as he pitched for treating diseases like diabetes through the ancient discipline [of yoga asanas]. In the run up to the event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative postal stamp on Surya Namaskara in the national capital yesterday. (more)

US: Neglected horses now rehabbed to help veterans with PTSD
19 June 2016 - After [an injury] from a 2013 rocket attack in Afghanistan, retired U.S. Army Maj. Dan Thomas recovered with help from an equine therapy program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. After purchasing two neglected horses that were seized by the state of Connecticut from a breeder and rehabilitated through a state program involving female prison inmates, Thomas and his wife plan to create a program similar to the one he experienced at the couple's 160-acre ranch in Alabama. (more)

US: Recovery schools help teens graduate
19 June 2016 - About 36 recovery high schools nationwide pair traditional classes with addiction support groups, drug testing, and a community of peers committed to recovery. Though such schools have been around since 1979, they have become an increasingly popular option. Advocacy groups, legislators, and researchers are now working to make them more sustainable. (more)

Rajshahi, Bangladesh: the city that took on air pollution - and won; and in Tezpur, India the air is getting cleaner
17 June 2016 - In Bangladesh, one of the world's most polluted cities has led the way globally in ridding itself of harmful PM10 particles. Once, Rajshahi's sweltering summers were made worse by a familiar problem on the Asian subcontinent: windows would have to be shut, not because of the wind or monsoon, but because of the smog. Then suddenly Rajshahi, in Bangladesh, hit a turning point so dramatic that it earned a spot in the record books: last year, according to UN data, the town did more than any other worldwide to rid itself of air particles so harmful to human health. The small city of Tezpur in east India has traditionally had little to brag about. The holy Brahmaputra river roars at its edges and the mighty Himalayan mountains adorn its skyline, but couched between these geographical marvels, Tezpur itself is little more than a layover stop for travellers in the state of Assam. But while many of India's industrial towns have reached peak pollution levels, Tezpur's air is getting cleaner. (more)

Fiber in fruits and breads tied to healthy aging
15 June 2016 - Eating lots of fiber-rich fruits and breads may be one way to live longer without developing chronic diseases, an Australian study suggests. Two other studies published this week, in the journals Circulation and The BMJ, linked whole-grain foods, which tend to be high in fiber, to lower risks for heart disease and cancer. (more)

Second study this week links whole grains with long life
14 June 2016 - Bumping up whole grain intake even slightly may lower the risk of death from heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases, according to review published Tuesday in The BMJ [formerly the British Medical Journal]. 'The current study provides the most comprehensive assessment of whole grain intake and mortality to date and suggests that there are benefits of eating large amounts of whole grains for many different disease and mortality outcomes,' including respiratory and infectious diseases which were not assessed in previous reviews, said lead author Dr. Dagfinn Aune of Imperial College London. (more)

UK: The onward march of the new young fogey
14 June 2016 - Young people today are more clean-living than any generation since before the 1960s. What's driving the rise of the new young fogey? Wherever you look, Britain's young people are breaking records for good behaviour and social restraint. The data is striking: (more)

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Is Transcendental Meditation the best cure for PTSD in law enforcement?
20 June 2016 - An article in Police recommends Transcendental Meditation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in law enforcement personnel. The author, Megan Wells, points out that TM can be practiced anywhere that is comfortable after the initial guidance in learning the technique . . . 'and its healing properties, according to the professionals, are exceptional.' Ms Wells cites a 2007 study in which TM was provided to Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD. Over three months results showed a significant decrease of symptoms such as alcohol use, high-startle response, emotional numbness, and anxiety. She says that one of the most popular resources for learning TM is the David Lynch Foundation, which brings TM to at-risk individuals. (more)

How Transcendental Meditation helps survivors of domestic violence
17 June 2016 - Rachel Katz writes about her experiences teaching Transcendental Meditation to at-risk women in her work for the David Lynch Foundation. She says, 'I've worked with inmates at Rikers Island, veterans, and women and children in the shelter system . . . Often the women I meet have some resistance to the concept of closing their eyes and spending time alone in their head. After all, that is where painful thoughts and memories lie. . . . But with each meditation, their bodies are able to heal deeply rooted traumas, and their brains begin to function in a healthier, more integrated way.' She adds that much time is spent in her classes laughing -- often from how good it feels to have a sense of freedom from within. She concludes, 'During meditation, students experience both their minds and bodies as peaceful, clear, and blissfully free.' (more)

Why Transcendental Meditation Is the best gift my dad gave me
15 June 2016 - Hannah Weil McKinley recalls her college days and how practising Transcendental Meditation, 'felt like a decision to heal myself . . . 'She found that sitting down to practise TM consistently improved the most stressful situations and was 'my secret weapon'. Learning TM was a legacy from her parents, that her father insisted on giving to her and her siblings 'before we headed to college, some kind of 'tool' he promised we would rely on for the rest of our lives. 'She speaks highly of TM's abilities to reduce stress, slow the aging process, and improve cardiac function. (more)

Lizzy Hill on Transcendental Meditation: 'You can find 20 calm minutes that will re-energize you'
7 June 2016 - Lizzy Hill's article in She discusses her start in practicing Transcendental Meditation. She recalls her mother taking much-needed time for TM. Lizzy said, 'Who knew, out of everything I learned from my mom growing up, her insistence on taking 20 minutes to herself when she needed it most would be the best thing she'd ever teach me?' In considering the commitment to meditating regularly she said, 'You can find 20 calm minutes that will re-energize you.' Peter Cameron, Lizzy's TM teacher, offered her encouragement when he said, 'Your mind becomes clearer, and you suddenly realize you just invested 20 minutes of meditation and got back an hour or two hours worth of clear thinking.' Lizzy concludes, 'At 30, I'm now discovering a more efficient, higher-functioning version of myself.' (more)

David Shapiro: 'How a Masters in Vedic Science prepared me to help 100 million Africans suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder'
6 June 2016 - David Shapiro, who graduated in 1993 with a degree in Vedic Science from Maharishi University of Management, writes an historic account for the MUM alumni website of his involvement with a landmark study teaching Transcendental Meditation to Congolese refugees suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His colleagues were Dr Brian Rees, an MD who had five tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq as a Colonel in the US army and who is an expert on PTSD, and Dr Fred Travis, expert in research design and statistics and Chair of the Vedic Science Department of MUM and Director of the Centre for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition. The Journal of Traumatic Stress published the study showing a remarkable recovery rate from traumatic stress among the Congolese practising TM. Dr Shapiro said, 'Our team of scientists and the TM teachers from Uganda were totally astonished!' (more)

Beach Boys' Mike Love discusses healing with local veterans
2 June 2016 - Beach Boys founder Mike Love gave his support to an event promoting Transcendental Mediation as an effective technique to relieve post-traumatic stress disorder in war veterans. Held in Silver Springs, Maryland and hosted by the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs, the delegates introduced initiatives offered by the David Lynch Foundation's Operation Warrior Wellness. Panel member Wayne Miller, board member on the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs said, 'I'm here to share that TM . . . . helps me come to a calm state. And it takes away all the bad memories and helps me make it through the day a little easier. It helps me ground myself [and] puts me in a state of relaxation and safety.' (more)

How we live determines how we age
1 June 2016 - The web site of The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa, a preventive health center in Fairfield, Iowa, offers abundant knowledge about health and rejuvenation techniques such as panchakarma. Regular advice on their blog page covers a range of subjects in diet, exercise, and good lifestyle choices that can lead to a healthier and more resilient physiology. The May 15 article discusses how preventative centers 'incorporate stress reducing techniques and alternative therapy strategies, [and] are becoming more and more important. While most agree that prevention is the future of health, the key question is how to take people from the stage of talking about the importance of diet, meditation, and exercise to the stage of actually doing something about it.' The Raj has been featured in many travel, health and wellness publications including Luxury Travel, Yoga Journal, Spa Finder, Fitness, Natural Living, plus Town and Country, Elle, and Vogue magazines. (more)

News from African PTSD Relief: Transcendental Meditation, a profound, cost-effective solution
30 May 2016 - The aim of African PTSD Relief, an initiative sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation, is to provide Transcendental Meditation to individuals as an effective tool giving relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The technique offers a simple, cost-effective, evidence-based solution -- not only to alleviate individuals' suffering, but also to reduce and ultimately prevent societal stress from erupting in violence and war. The profound effectiveness of TM in relieving traumatic stress is underlined by a personal account from Lindiwe Bayana, a South African college student. Further news, African PTSD Relief is now on the list of federally approved organizations to which the four million US federal government employees are encouraged to donate each year. (more)

Transcendental Meditation shows promise as PTSD therapy
28 May 2016 - 'Kevlar for the mind' writes psychologist Bret Moore about the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His article in the US publication, Military Times, highlights a recent study of a group of veterans with PTSD beginning regular practise of TM, where within one month nearly 84 percent maintained or reduced their medication doses or stopped taking medication altogether. Dr. Moore points out an essential strength of the TM technique, saying, 'It allows the mind to freely move toward the peace and calm it naturally seeks.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation a lifesaver for veterans with PTSD
24 May 2016 - Relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among those who begin Transcendental Meditation is profiled in two war veterans, one discharged in 2015, one in 1945. The Dispatch-Argus of Quad Cities, a group of towns spanning the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois, USA, continues its series on the benefits of TM with a look at dramatic results among veterans. A recently published study conducted at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center's Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Fort Gordon, Georgia found that after a month of practising TM, 83.7 percent of the meditators had stabilized and reduced or stopped their use of psychotropic drugs to treat PTSD. (more)

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Reuters Exclusive: Studies find 'super bacteria' in Rio's Olympic venues, top beaches
11 June 2016 - Scientists have found dangerous drug-resistant 'super bacteria' off beaches in Rio de Janeiro that will host Olympic swimming events and in a lagoon where rowing and canoe athletes will compete when the Games start on Aug. 5. The findings heighten concerns that Rio's sewage-infested waterways are unsafe. The super bacteria can cause hard-to-treat urinary, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, and bloodstream infections, along with meningitis. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says studies show that these bacteria contribute to death in up to half of patients infected. (more)

Japan: Woman breaks silence among Fukushima thyroid cancer patients
7 June 2016 - She's 21, has thyroid cancer, and wants people in her prefecture in northeastern Japan to get screened for it. That statement might not seem provocative, but her prefecture is Fukushima, and of the 173 young people with confirmed or suspected cases since the 2011 nuclear meltdowns there, she is the first to speak out. That near-silence highlights the fear Fukushima thyroid-cancer patients have about being the 'nail that sticks out,' and thus gets hammered. The thyroid-cancer rate in the northern Japanese prefecture is many times higher than what is generally found, particularly among children, but the Japanese government says more cases are popping up because of rigorous screening, not the radiation that spewed from Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant. (more)

Bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic hits U.S.; could cost world economy $100 trillion says British PM
27 May 2016 - Britain told the G7 industrial powers on Friday to do more to fight killer superbugs as the United States reported the first case in the country of a patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic. U.S. scientists said the infection in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman 'heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria' because it could not be controlled even by colistin, an antibiotic reserved for 'nightmare' bugs. 'In too many cases antibiotics have stopped working. That means people are dying of simple infections or conditions like TB (tuberculosis), tetanus, sepsis, infections that should not mean a death sentence,' British Prime Minister David Cameron told a news conference at a summit in Japan. 'If we do nothing about this there will be a cumulative hit to the world economy of $100 trillion and it is potentially the end of modern medicine as we know it.' (more)

Chronic sleep deprivation tied to more depression for young women
27 May 2016 - One night of short sleep may lead to less depression the following day, but chronic short sleep is tied to greater depression overall for young women, according to a new study. 'The overall message that poor quality and insufficient sleep lead to poor mood, which, in turn, worsens sleep was not surprising,' said lead author David A. Kalmbach of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. More noteworthy, he added, was that these relationships were evident in healthy, young women, not just insomniacs or depressed people. (more)

Concussions tied to more school problems than other injuries
25 May 2016 - High school and college students who get concussions may struggle more with academics than their peers who get other types of sports injuries, a small U.S. study suggests. 'After a concussion, there is an energy crisis in the brain; the brain needs more energy to heal than it has available,' said lead study author Erin Wasserman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 'Because of this, individuals experience symptoms like headache and dizziness, they have trouble sleeping, they may experience depression, and they often have trouble concentrating and remembering things,' Wasserman, who completed the study at the University of Rochester, said by email. (more)

Early exposure to traffic pollution may affect lungs later
24 May 2016 - Infants exposed to higher levels of vehicular air pollution more often have problems later on in the small airways near the edges of their lungs, according to a new study. The finding that early life exposure to air pollutants affects the so-called peripheral airways, 'has not been reported before,' said lead author Dr. Erica S. Schultz of the Karolinska Institutet Institute of Environmental Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm has relatively low air pollution levels, she said. For more polluted cities, the effects may be greater and cause conditions like asthma, heart attacks, strokes, and early death. (more)

China's drugs watchdog struggles as senior staff lured away by industry
22 May 2016 - Promises of higher salaries and greater freedom at work are luring officials from China's high-profile drugs watchdog to the companies they had regulated, a blow just as the country looks to tighten oversight and drive innovation. (more)

After gastric bypass, use of psychiatric drugs may rise
20 May 2016 - Although use of drugs to treat diabetes and other diseases related to obesity may decline after weight-loss surgery, use of neurological and psychiatric drugs may rise sharply, suggests a new study. Based on thousands of patients in Denmark, researchers found that three years after gastric bypass surgery the use of antidepressants and neuropathy drugs more than doubled. Even before undergoing surgery, use of neuropsychiatric drugs like antidepressants and antipsychotics was twice as high in the gastric bypass group relative to the others, and rose further after surgery. (more)

Canada approves GMO salmon as food, livestock feed
19 May 2016 - Canadian health officials said on Thursday they have approved a type of genetically modified salmon as safe to eat, clearing the way for it to be sold in the country. There will be no special labeling requirements for the salmon. (more)

Common nanoparticle has subtle effects on oxidative stress genes
10 May 2016 - A nanoparticle commonly used in food, cosmetics, sunscreen, and other products can have subtle effects on the activity of genes expressing enzymes that address oxidative stress inside two types of cells. While the titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles are considered non-toxic because they don't kill cells at low concentrations, these cellular effects could add to concerns about long-term exposure to the nanomaterial. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology used high-throughput screening techniques to study the effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on the expression of 84 genes related to cellular oxidative stress. Their work found that six genes, four of them from a single gene family, were affected by a 24-hour exposure to the nanoparticles. 'This is important because every standard measure of cell health shows that cells are not affected by these titanium dioxide nanoparticles,' said Christine Payne, an associate professor in Georgia Tech's School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 'Our results show that there is a more subtle change in oxidative stress that could be damaging to cells or lead to long-term changes. This suggests that other nanoparticles should be screened for similar low-level effects.' Titanium dioxide nanoparticles help make powdered donuts white, protect skin from the sun's rays, and reflect light in painted surfaces. 'Oxidative stress is implicated in all kinds of inflammatory and immune responses,' noted Payne's colleague Melissa Kemp, an associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. (more)

Global Good News reviews the impact of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation on health

Raising health standards is a global challenge which transcends national, racial, and gender boundaries. With rising health costs threatening the economies of even the wealthiest nations, medical news repeatedly demonstrates the urgent need for a prevention-oriented approach which looks beyond specific treatments for disease to promoting good health in a holistic way.

Current health news also illustrates the inextricable relationship between individual health and the collective health of society.

Global Good News presents health news for today that looks beyond the current fragmentary and incomplete approach to health care, highlighting positive health news based on approaches that incorporate holistic knowledge of Natural Law.

Global Good News focuses on positive health news in the fields of both individual and collective health, including health news articles relating to the programmes of the Global Country of World Peace. These scientifically-validated technologies derived from the world's most ancient and complete system of natural health care, have been revived in recent decades as Maharishi's Vedic Total Knowledge Based Approach to Health. These technologies include approaches to promoting good health for the mind, body, behaviour, and environment.

Recent health news on this comprehensive system centres on its unique technologies of consciousness—Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme. Scientific research on these techniques comprises more than 600 studies conducted at over 250 independent universities and research institutions in 33 countries. These studies demonstrate a wide range of benefits for individual and collective health, and have appeared in many leading, peer-reviewed journals.

For example, in recent years, a multi-centre medical research team in America has attracted grants totalling over $24 million, principally from the US National Institutes of Health, for research on Transcendental Meditation and prevention of cardiovascular disease. These investigations have been published in prestigious medical journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Stroke, and Hypertension. Results show that Transcendental Meditation leads to sustained reductions in high blood pressure comparable to those commonly found with medication, but without adverse side-effects.

These and other well-controlled studies further demonstrate that Transcendental Meditation reduces atherosclerosis ('hardening of the arteries'), improves cardiac functioning and well-being in people with heart disease, reduces mortality from cardiovascular disease and all causes, decreases hospital admissions and health care costs, reduces smoking and alcohol consumption, and improves psychological health and well-being in both children and adults, including elderly people.

A growing number of physicians worldwide recommend Transcendental Meditation to their patients. The website: sponsored by The American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program', provides an opportunity to ask questions of leading doctors who utilize Transcendental Meditation in their clinical practice.

In offering these Vedic technologies to the world, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, has revolutionized our understanding of health and established development of higher states of consciousness as fundamental to the creation of perfect health.

In reporting on health news, Global Good News is pleased to note indications of growing interest in the applications of TM and the TM-Sidhi Programme among major health-care providers and policy makers.

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