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Wal-Mart names eight chemicals to be removed from products
21 July 2016 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday, 20 July, it was pushing suppliers to remove or restrict the use of eight hazardous chemicals from products including household cleaning, personal care, and beauty items. Target Corp also moved last year to remove more than 1,000 chemicals from its household cleaning, personal care, and beauty products, and has been promoting the products that comply. (more)

Could fruit and veg boost happiness?
15 July 2016 - The reasons experts usually give for eating more fruit and vegetables tend to be about long-term health benefits, but piling on the produce may also improve wellbeing in the shorter term, researchers say. Based on national surveys in Australia, the study team linked increases in fruit and vegetable servings per day to rising happiness over two years. With the addition of eight portions of fruit and vegetables daily, the change in wellbeing was about equivalent to going from unemployment to a job, researchers report in American Journal of Public Health. (more)

Technology gives unique voice to those who can't speak
15 July 2016 - The technology for voice via speech synthesis, or the artificial production of human speech, has been around for decades; but as devices shrink in size, efforts to customize them are expanding. Multiple companies and research groups are using speech synthesis engines to create voices from spoken samples, usually thousands of recorded sentences. To read about what different companies are doing, see (more)

At heavily fortified DMZ, South Korean troops swap boots for ballet shoes
14 July 2016 - Once a week, a group of South Korean soldiers near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean peninsula trade army boots for ballet shoes in a class intended to ease the stress of guarding the world's most heavily fortified border. As the suntanned, crew-cut dancers practiced movements to classical music, outside the studio, another group of soldiers played soccer. But ballet toughens you up too, said Lieutenant Colonel Heo Tae-sun. (more)

How did Denmark become a leader in the food waste revolution?
13 July 2016 - From community food banks to food waste kitchens and even a supermarket, the Danes have embraced the concept. Denmark has more initiatives against food waste in Europe than any other state -- from awareness campaigns and partnerships to government subsidies for food waste projects. This is largely thanks to Stop Spild Af Mad -- Stop Wasting Food -- a lobby group set up by graphic designer Selina Juul. (more)

Uruguay: The little country that changed tobacco laws
9 July 2016 - Uruguay won a major case against Philip Morris in a World Bank ruling that could embolden other small countries that want to deter tobacco use. The court ruled to upheld two strict laws on cigarette packaging. This marks the second case this summer in which a government has won the right to restrict tobacco packaging in court. (more)

US: Why test chemicals on animals if we don't have to?
9 July 2016 - The overhaul of a 40-year-old law governing the testing of chemicals used in industrial and commercial products has won a lot of praise recently for giving the Environmental Protection Agency far more regulatory control over many more substances. But it is also being praised by animal welfare advocates for a landmark provision that could reduce dramatically the use of animals in the process of testing chemicals for safety. The rewritten law, signed by President Obama late last month, requires the EPA to help develop scientifically sound alternative methods to animal testing and to encourage chemical companies to follow them. (more)

Finland: Tougher Tobacco Act enters into force in August
30 June 2016 - The new Tobacco Act will enter into force from 15 August, 2016 with the provision for imposing ban on smoking in cars with children under the age of 15, said an official press release on Wednesday, 29 June. It will also become easier for housing companies to intervene in smoking on balconies. Electronic cigarettes containing nicotine will be subject to the same provisions as other cigarettes in the Finnish market. The sale of nicotine-containing liquids will be subject to a licence and they must not contain any flavourings, such as candy or fruit flavours. The use of electronic cigarettes will be prohibited in non-smoking areas and they must not be kept on display in retail outlets. (more)

Young Australians drinking 'much less' than previous generations, study shows
29 June 2016 - Young Australians are drinking about 50 per cent less alcohol than people the same age 10 years ago, new research shows. The study was led by Dr Michael Livingston from the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at Melbourne's La Trobe University. Dr Livingston said the trend was evident across the world. 'We're seeing these results in other countries like Sweden, like the UK -- countries with different patterns and cultures,' he said. (more)

Chile seeks to fight obesity with new food labeling law
27 June 2016 - Chile implemented a new food labeling law Monday in hopes of lowering the country's childhood obesity rate, which is one of the highest in the world. The Health Ministry has ordered labels to be placed on food that is high in sugar, calories, sodium, or saturated fat. It also bans the sale of any of those products in schools as well as advertisements for them that target children under age 14. (more)

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Wellness, well-being, and Being
10 July 2016 - Writing for health and well-being for Transcendental Meditation for Women Linda Egenes upholds that every part of our mind and body's systems, including the environment, affects every other part. She mentions that it is easier to change our minds than our physiology - that, 'we can have the greatest effect on our health by changing the quality of our minds.' TM, she says is 'a way to become anchored in a stable, infinitely regenerative source of happiness and well-being that does not fade with changing circumstances . . . It's inside us at the very core of our being, within our own consciousness, within our own self. Beyond our deepest emotions, beyond the deepest state of mind, lies the state of pure being, which is our very essence.' (more)

The Washington Post reports on Dr Norman Rosenthal's new book, 'Super Mind'
3 July 2016 - Writing for the Lifestyle section of The Washington Post, psychiatrist and author Dr Norman Rosenthal describes progress in all aspects of his life and within himself from practising Transcendental Meditation. 'I've made significant gains along the axis of happiness and self-fulfillment. Over time it became clear to me that I meditate for much more than simply stress relief. I meditate also to sustain and advance the changes I have learned to associate with the 'Super Mind.'' Over time, Dr Rosenthal found an inner stillness while engaged in regular activity. He says, 'along with the stillness, an energy, a focus, a sense of being able to tackle whatever might come my way. . . my personal awareness of transcendence and wakefulness mingling together outside of a TM session - my first awareness of the dawning Super Mind.' He adds, 'an enormous excitement came over me at the experience of this new state of consciousness.' (more)

Taking the time for needed rest with Transcendental Meditation
2 July 2016 - Janet Hoffman, executive director of Transcendental Meditation for Women Professionals in the US, offers powerful insights toward the importance of staying rested and utilizing the efficacy of Transcendental Meditation. 'Taking time for the profound rest of TM so that one's mind and body can recoup and refresh,' she says, 'is essential to a healthy, productive life. But health is far more than the absence of disease - it is the realization of one's full potential of mind, body and spirit. Far from it being selfish to take this 'time-out', taking the time to transcend will gradually establish us in a state of peak capacity, infinitely elevating our ability to nourish our family and environment.' Ms Hoffman quotes a career woman and mother of three who said after learning TM, 'I could have stayed in that state forever. And when I came out I felt so light, both in body and mind, and so happy, I felt like I could do everything and be everything with ease, with joy, with fullness of heart.' (more)

PTSD non-profit promotes Transcendental Meditation for relief
29 June 2016 - The Charleston Gazette-Mail of North Carolina in the US featured PTSD Relief Now, the organization that brings Transcendental Meditation to those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Operating primarily in Africa, David Shapiro, a board member of PTSD Relief Now, said, '(TM is) a widely used method for anxiety relief and stress reduction, and PTSD, as an often severe anxiety disorder, can be alleviated by its regular practice.' The article suggested many applications for TM, including dramatic improvement in veterans with PTSD after a short time practising TM. Mr Shapiro mentioned other areas where TM is applied, saying, 'There are more than one million children in 13 countries under the auspices of the Catholic Church who have signed an agreement to learn TM. Part of it is for PTSD, but the other part is the other benefits - students are less stressed, more productive and happier.' (more)

Is Transcendental Meditation the best cure for PTSD in law enforcement?
17 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
15 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)

Lizzy Hill on Transcendental Meditation: 'You can find 20 calm minutes that will re-energize you'
6 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)

Beach Boys' Mike Love discusses healing with local veterans
1 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)

Why Transcendental Meditation Is the best gift my dad gave me
1 June 2016 - Hannah Weil McKinley recalls her college days and how practising Transcendental Meditation, 'felt like a decision to heal myself . . .' She found that her TM practise consistently improved the most stressful situations and was 'my secret weapon'. Learning TM was a legacy from her parents; her father had insisted on giving to her and her siblings 'before we headed to college'. Hannah says, 'it was 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)

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)

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Australia: How the education system is making kids stressed and sick
16 July 2016 - Thanks in part to an education system now obsessed with a narrow definition of success, a disturbing number of young Australians suffer from depression and anxiety. Her daughter's struggles led Lucy Clark, a journalist with Guardian Australia, to ask questions about what is going so wrong with education in Australia that 26 per cent of children drop out of school, and many others lament losing their adolescence to stress and mental illness. (more)

Soda and other sweet drinks tied to risk for some rare cancers
13 July 2016 - People who drink lots of soda or other sugary beverages may have a higher risk of developing rare cancers in the gallbladder and bile ducts around the liver, a Swedish study suggests. Compared with people who avoided sugar-sweetened drinks altogether, individuals who consumed two or more juice drinks or sodas, including artificially sweetened sodas, a day had more than twice the risk of developing gallbladder tumors and 79 percent higher odds of getting biliary tract cancer, the study found. 'Obviously, this finding signals again and again that healthy lifestyle is the key to cancer-free life,' said Dr. Igor Astsaturo, a medical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia who wasn't involved in the study. 'Regardless of the cause, it is easy enough to quench the thirst with water to stay fit and healthy.' (more)

E-cigarettes contribute to increased tobacco use by teens
11 July 2016 - With the rapidly increasing use of the e-cigarettes by adolescents, overall tobacco use has also increased, a study shows. The researchers wondered whether e-cigarettes are recruiting youth who otherwise would never have smoked. The answer seems to be yes, said Dr. Jessica L. Barrington-Trimis from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. (more)

What's in cigarette smoke? Most people don't know
8 July 2016 - Many people in a recent study said they'd tried to find out what chemicals are in tobacco products or smoke, but most were not familiar with components other than nicotine. Of the 7,000 constituents of cigarette smoke, 93 in particular are quite toxic, said Dr. Kurt M. Ribisl of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. For example, cigarette smoke contains arsenic, which causes heart damage, and formaldehyde, which causes throat cancer. (more)

US: VA puts latest estimate of veteran suicides at 20 per day
7 July 2016 - On average, 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, a slight decrease from the previous government estimate, but federal health officials are cautious about concluding the suicide problem is getting better. Rather, they say the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is relying on a more comprehensive database than ever before, making comparisons to prior studies difficult. In 2013, the VA projected that 22 veterans a day were committing suicide. But the number was also based on data submitted from fewer than half of the states. The attention on veteran suicide comes at a time when the VA has reported a huge upswing in veterans seeking medical care as they have returned from conflicts in the Middle East. (more)

Dangerous chemicals hiding in everyday products
1 July 2016 - It was long believed that you could acquire 'better living through chemistry.' But that may really not be the case. In a landmark alliance, known as Project TENDR, leaders of various disciplines have come together in a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit disorders. These everyday chemicals, including organophosphates, flame retardants, and phthalates, can be found in food, plastics, furniture, food wrap, cookware, cans, carpets, shower curtains, electronics, and even shampoo. They are pretty much everywhere around us. Scientists and researchers are concerned that many of these chemicals may be carcinogenic or wreak havoc with our hormones, our body's regulating system. But the impact of these chemicals may be most severe on the developing brain. (more)

US: Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record
1 July 2016 - Traffic deaths (in America) surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday (July 1). Fatalities rose 7.7 percent to 35,200 in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The information comes as tens of millions of Americans were hitting the road for the Fourth of July holiday, one of the busiest and deadliest days on the year on the nation's roadways. (more)

U.S. doctors, hospitals paid billions by drug, device makers: government
30 June 2016 - Doctors and hospitals in the United States received $7.52 billion in payments and ownership and investment interests from the makers of drugs and medical devices in 2015, according to data released by a U.S. government health agency. The program reported $2.6 billion in general payments, $3.89 billion in research payments, and $1.02 billion of ownership or investment interests. The agency said it had determined that 2.26 percent of all financial transactions between pharmaceutical companies and physicians were related to opioid medications. (more)

European Commission to extend glyphosate license for 18 months
28 June 2016 - The European Commission is extending by 18 months its approval for weed-killer glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said on Tuesday. In the absence of any extension, manufacturers would have to phase out products containing the common herbicide within six months. (more)

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)

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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