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US: Can a booming city feed its people sustainably?
26 October 2016 - Michael Hanan and Lloyd Minick, friends since their days in college just outside Austin, Texas, saw their ideal world as social entrepreneurs. They tossed around grand ideas. One of those was farming. 'Agriculture has perhaps the greatest impact on the environment of any industry or human activity,' says Hanan, 29, a seventh-generation Texan. They plunged into sustainable methods of growing and belong to a varied cast channeling both the city's creative energy and the sustainable movement into efforts to produce more food in and around the city -- and to feed its citizens nutritiously and affordably. (more)

US: How Flint, Michigan is using good food to combat lead poisoning
25 October 2016 - Since the water crisis, Flint's local food community has ramped up efforts to distribute fresh foods that are low in fat and high in vitamin C, iron, and calcium. The hub of Flint's food community is the year-round Flint farmers' market, an indoor bazar conveniently located across the street from the MTA bus terminal. While the market has long purveyed high-quality fruits and vegetables and offered cooking demos, exercise classes, and health programs, it took on a new mission earlier this year: getting foods that combat lead poisoning into the homes of Flint residents. (more)

Australia: Wild Tasmanian devils on the mend, scientists say
24 October 2016 - Scientists have discovered wild Tasmanian devils that have recovered from the facial cancer that has decimated the species over the past 20 years. Dr. Rodrigo Hamede from the University of Tasmania said he hoped this was the beginning of a much brighter future for the devils. 'It is rewarding and it also puts the future in a more, sort of encouraging scenario.' (more)

Food industry goes beyond looks to fight waste
24 October 2016 - Millions of tons of food are thrown out or left to rot in fields every year in wealthy nations, simply because they do not meet cosmetic standards set by distributors or supermarkets. Under pressure from anti-waste advocates, the food industry has begun looking for ways to throw away less. So now, in such cities as Pittsburgh and Paris, some of that imperfect produce has started to find its way into stores. Hannah Husband, a movement and nutrition coach of Oakland, Calif., said that after she signed up for weekly deliveries from the company Imperfect Produce, she began recommending the boxes to her clients. 'A lot of times when you're switching gears and trying to go to a healthier way of eating, it feels like everything costs a lot,' so the discounted prices are appealing, she said. (more)

US: How millennials are re-shaping the future of food
24 October 2016 - Take a look at what's for dinner over the decades and you will find more veggies and less meat on people's plates. Not only are health concerns associated with the standard American diet being taken more seriously, but studies are also showing that millennials' deep concern for the environment is leading to a boom in vegetarian dining that may completely reshape the future of food. (more)

Ecuador: These solar panels pull clean drinking water straight from the air
19 October 2016 - When a family in Guayaquil, Ecuador turns on the tap for a glass of water, it doesn't flow from city pipes -- there are no city pipes. Instead, a new type of solar panel in the backyard turns moisture in the air into clean drinking water and sends it inside the family's simple bamboo home. 'We started this company to provide water to everyone, everywhere,' says Cody Friesen, CEO of Zero Mass, the startup making the new solar panel, called Source. (more)

US: Puget Sound in line for environmental health boost
19 October 2016 - Advocates for a healthier Puget Sound have long contented that it needs to be treated as a nationally significant water body, just like the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. And the first big step toward that goal was taken Tuesday. Officials from the Obama Administration joined Washington's Governor Jay Inslee, tribal leaders and members of the state's congressional delegation in Seattle for the announcement that they would be coordinating efforts to improve the health of the Northwest's inland sea. That includes putting a combined $800 million into various environmental projects. (more)

US: Philadelphia's prison system is fighting food waste and recidivism with an organic farm
17 October 2016 - Sustainability has not been a high priority in most prison systems. But in 2011, the National Institute of Corrections began encouraging 'the greening of correctional facilities' through actions on energy consumption, waste, and re-use, and offering incarcerated people green job training. The Washington State Department of Corrections was an early leader on all these fronts with its Sustainability in Prisons Project and, now, sustainability is becoming a reality in Philadelphia, too. These institutions, which didn't even recycle a decade ago, now boast a state-of-the-art composting system, a farm, and an organic agriculture vocational program through which inmates earn certificates from Temple University. (more)

US: The best views in the country have gotten better, thanks to air pollution laws
7 October 2016 - Decades ago the average visibility in Shenandoah National Park was about 35 miles, and on many days only a fraction of that. These days, the average view in Shenandoah stretches 60 miles, and on the clearest days it can reach twice that far. Part of that has to do with national efforts over the years to reduce air pollution from cars and trucks, and to require power plants and other facilities to install technology to curb emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which contribute to the haze that has long clouded some of the nation's most spectacular vistas. (more)

US: First Lady Michelle Obama preserves her vegetable garden as symbol of local food
5 October 2016 - On Wednesday afternoon, Michelle Obama unveiled a much bigger version of her vegetable garden, which uses concrete, stone, and steel to make it a more permanent fixture on the South Lawn. The updates are seen not just as preserving Obama's garden -- recognized globally as a symbol of local food -- but also as a way to dissuade the next President from scrapping it. The White House has already made arrangements with the National Park Service for the future upkeep of the garden. 'I take great pride in knowing that this little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes and dreams we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children,' Obama said in an emotional speech Wednesday afternoon as she dedicated the garden before an audience of advocates, food industry leaders, and others who have helped with Let's Move!, her signature childhood obesity campaign. (more)

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US: Transcendental Meditation for Nurses presents at prestigious conference
22 October 2016 - Out of 2,000 applicants, the Transcendental Meditation Program for Nurses was among those chosen to present at the recent annual MAGNET nursing conference in Orlando, Florida - the most prestigious and highly attended nursing conference in the USA. The MAGNET designation represents the highest award that a hospital can receive for nursing excellence. To an audience of 600 nursing professionals, presenters outlined the stress-reducing benefits of Transcendental Meditation, reviewing published, evidence-based research relevant to nurses and the prevention of nurse burnout and 'compassion fatigue'. This included findings of decreased trait anxiety and depression; decreased blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke; and decreased tobacco, alcohol, and non-prescribed drugs. Results were presented from a landmark study with nurses at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida. (more)

Book Review: The emerging field of Vedic Psychiatry
17 October 2016 - In his practical and very readable work, Dr. Jim Brooks addresses the inability of modern medicine to prevent and treat chronic mental disorders. Reflections on Maharishi AyurVeda and Mental Health is the culmination of Dr. Brooks' life as a practicing psychiatrist helping people create health for themselves through natural medicine. He has studied and applied Maharishi AyurVeda for many years and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on AyurVeda and mental health. Dr. Brooks anticipates that the Maharishi AyurVeda approach to mental health, or Vedic psychiatry, will have a major impact on how medicine understands, prevents, and treats mental disorders. (more)

Transcendental Meditation linked to lower stress among prison inmates
14 October 2016 - After its initial report in The Permanente Journal, a research study, which resulted in significant benefits gained by 90 Oregon prisoners practicing Transcendental Meditation, has also been featured in Reuters and Fox News. The research team was led by Dr. Sanford Nidich, director of the Center for Social and Emotional Health at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. The research showed that depression, sleep problems, and anxiety were significantly decreased in the Transcendental Meditation group versus the control group. (more)

Great Britain: Dr Norman Rosenthal presents Transcendental Meditation on extensive tour
12 October 2016 - Dr Norman Rosenthal, psychiatrist and author of The New York Times best-seller ''SUPER MIND: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation'' has launched a British tour presenting Transcendental Meditation as a powerful tool for healing in stress-related illnesses such as anxiety, cardio-vascular disorders, and PTSD. During his presentations at hospitals, medical schools, universities, and public forums, he will include the disorder he is famous for identifying: Seasonal Affective Disorder, also alleviated through TM and light therapy. (more)

Beating depression and anxiety: Martin's journey from darkness to light
26 September 2016 - Martin experienced such anxiety and depression that he was housebound by the age of 25. One day, while listening to The Howard Stern Show, he heard the story of how Howard's mother gained so much relief from depression through practicing Transcendental Meditation. Martin eventually learned TM and felt calm and happy in his first meditation. Soon, 'that calm started to come into the world with me.' As he gradually began to expand his life, he learned to deal with increased challenges, saying, 'with TM I have the perspective that even if things are bad, this is not permanent.' He progressed from feeling that he would always be an anxious, depressed person, and that 'all the talking in the world couldn't make me change my mind,' to knowing that 'finding happiness isn't impossible, it's within . . . I needed to feel it to believe it.' (more)

Washington, DC: African PTSD Relief presents 30-day PTSD reduction strategy to Department of Health and Human Services
8 September 2016 - Personnel of the Department of Health and Home Services in Washington, DC were inspired and encouraged by the rapid relief gained by those learning Transcendental Meditation to counter Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Presenting to federal department heads and non-profit relief organizations on September 8 were Ernest Scott, Associate Director of Combined Federal Campaign for the National Capital Area and David Shapiro, Founding President of African PTSD Relief. Attendees requested follow-up presentations for both helping the situation among Africans in war-torn areas and to reduce the stress and work-related pressures faced by their teams. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: Its acts of kindness, and its layers of silent wisdom
7 September 2016 - Transcendental Meditation has been having a renaissance in recent years: celebrities, businesspeople, and regular folk are practicing it in record numbers. In a review of websites maintained by organizations that teach the TM program, TMhome is highlighted. Besides giving a quick overview about various benefits of the technique, the site offers many more in-depth links. For instance, an 'acts of kindness' page features the outstanding David Lynch Foundation: the organization that provides TM to those who need it most: veterans suffering from PTSD, schoolchildren, prison inmates, and women and children who have survived domestic abuse. (more)

National Association of Social Workers approves Transcendental Meditation program for continuing education credit
30 August 2016 - Transcendental Meditation has been approved for continuing education credit by the National Association of Social Workers in a course called 'Transcendental Meditation for Licensed Social Workers: Preventing Professional Burnout' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. Drawing on scientific findings on the stress-reducing properties of TM, Ms Hoffman presents sound evidence that the technique is an essential tool for professionals in high-stress careers. She quotes Dr Mary Doan, a social worker who says, 'I can say with assurance that TM has literally saved my life . . . having meditated at home in the morning, I found that my calm, careful manner settled [my clients] right away and we were able to work collaboratively. Adult clients in the most stressful situations - such as those with PTSD, sleep deprivation, or high parenting stress - who took the TM course were then better able to find ways to improve their lives.' (more)

Podcast - Transcendental Meditation Interview with Bob Roth
9 August 2016 - Chris Forte of the Humble Warrior podcasts, available on iTunes, interviewed Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation. Chris inquired about meditation practices and how DLF has brought Transcendental Meditation into society. Bob recounted his start with Transcendental Meditation as an 18 year old law student and how, even at that age, he saw a use for TM with inner city school children and with veterans suffering from PTSD. He answered a question about 'meditation' in general by describing the research behind defining three main types of meditation - and how TM belongs in a category named 'automatic self-transcending'. He also touched on the relief from stress gained by those taught TM through the David Lynch Foundation. (more)

The transforming experiences of women in Uganda who learned Transcendental Meditation
9 August 2016 - Brenda Nakalembe, founder of Uganda's United Women's Platform for Empowerment and Development recognized the potential for the Transcendental Meditation technique to help fulfill her mission to empower women. More than 600 women and 200 children have learned TM through the program at UWOPED. At one beginning phase of TM training for 80 UWOPED mothers, Leslee Goldstein, who has many years experience in educational administration and teaching TM, was excited to conduct her PhD research through the Uganda TM women's organization and evaluate the benefits of the TM training. Leslee's daughter Alena added a video component to the project. 'When my mother asked me to be her assistant and document the research project with a short film, I knew I had to say ''yes,''' Alena said. On the project's second phase, filming and evaluating the women's group after three months of practicing TM, Alena said, 'Something that struck me the second trip, was how connected, open and friendly these women had become with each other.' Brenda Nakalembe added, '. . . mothers are experiencing greater emotional stability, less anger, clearer thinking, happiness, and well-being, and they are more motivated and engaged in taking care of themselves and their children. It is quite remarkable, and they report that their families are more harmonious and that they have less conflict with their neighbors.' (more)

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Wrong antibiotic prescribed half the time, US report finds
26 October 2016 - People with sore throats, ear infections, and sinus infections get the wrong antibiotic at least half the time, researchers reported Monday. When people get the wrong antibiotic, not only are they often not cured, but it can help drug-resistant 'superbugs' evolve, according to the researchers. This is on top of findings released earlier this year that show at least a third of people who get antibiotics don't even need them. Taken together, the two studies show a lot of bad prescribing of antibiotics, the researchers wrote in the full report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA internal Medicine. (more)

US: North Carolina's noxious pig farms
25 October 2016 - In states where hog farmers use waste lagoons, like North Carolina and Illinois, flooding is a serious hazard that may become more frequent as climate change leads to more severe storms. Even under normal conditions, lagoons can produce dangerous gases, noxious smells, and dust containing hog waste. People living near these lagoons are at increased risk of asthma, diarrhea, eye irritation, depression, and other health problems. (more)

Toxic economy: Common chemicals cost US billions every year
17 October 2016 - Exposure to chemicals in pesticides, toys, makeup, food packaging, and detergents costs the U.S. more than $340 billion annually due to health care costs and lost wages, according to a new analysis. The chemicals, known as endocrine disruptors, impact how human hormones function and have been linked to a variety of health problems such as impaired brain development, lower IQs, behavior problems, infertility, birth defects, obesity, and diabetes. The estimated economic toll is more than 2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP). The findings, researchers say, 'document the urgent public threat posed by endocrine disrupting chemicals.' The study was published Monday in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal. (more)

Chemical weapon for sale: China's unregulated narcotic
7 October 2016 - For a few thousand dollars, Chinese companies offer to export a powerful chemical that has been killing unsuspecting drug users and is so lethal that it presents a potential terrorism threat, an Associated Press investigation has found. The AP identified 12 Chinese businesses that said they would export the chemical -- a synthetic opioid known as carfentanil -- to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, and Australia for as little as $2,750 a kilogram (2.2 pounds), no quesions asked. Carfentanil burst into view this summer, the latest scourge in an epidemic of opioid abuse that has killed tens of thousands of people in the United States alone. Despite the dangers, carfentanil is not a controlled substance in China, where it is manufactured legally and sold openly online. The U.S. government is pressing China to blacklist carfentanil, but Beijing has yet to act, leaving a substance whose lethal qualities have been compared with nerve gas to flow into foreign markets unabated. China's Ministry of Public Security declined multiple requests for comment from the AP. Before being discovered by drug dealers, carfentanil and substances like it were viewed as chemical weapons. Carfentanil is so deadly that an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. (more)

Toxins linger in homes long after smokers quit
4 October 2016 - Houses where smokers have lived remain polluted with tobacco smoke for at least six months after the smoker has quit and may continue to pose a threat to nonsmokers who live there, a new study found. The report, in Tobacco Control, found that small particles from burning tobacco penetrate multiple surfaces -- carpets, upholstery, pillows, blankets, clothes, even wallpaper and ceiling tiles -- and remain long after smoking has stopped. (more)

US Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over
26 September 2016 - More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director. Some hotline workers handle fewer than five calls per day and leave before their shifts end, even as crisis calls have increased sharply in recent years, said Greg Hughes, the former director of the VA's Veterans Crisis Line. The crisis hotline received more than 500,000 calls last year, 50 times the number it received in 2007, the hotline's first year of operation. (more)

Smoking leaves chemical traces on DNA
21 September 2016 - Tobacco smoke leaves its mark on DNA by changing a chemical code on the DNA molecule that can sometimes change gene activity, according to a new study. Some of these molecular changes revert to their original state when a smoker quits, but others persist in the long term, the researchers found. Current smokers had 2,623 different methylated locations on their genes compared to never smokers. That corresponds to 7,000 potentially affected genes, many of which are implicated in various cancers, high blood pressure, and other health outcomes of smoking . . . (more)

Nepal's deadly roads
19 September 2016 - Hundreds have died or been severely injured in a summer of carnage on Nepal's roads. The recent spike in accidents follows the bloodiest year yet on Nepal's roads -- 2,006 people died and more than 4,000 were severely injured in the 12 months from July 2015. More people have been killed on the roads in the last 10 years than in the country's decade-long civil war, in which an estimated 16,000 people died. (more)

US: Drugmakers fought state opioid limits amid crisis
18 September 2016 - The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction. The drugmakers vow they're combating the addiction epidemic, but The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that they often employ a statehouse playbook of delay and defend that includes funding advocacy groups that use the veneer of independence to fight limits on their drugs, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and fentanyl, the narcotic linked to [musician] Prince's death. The industry and its allies spent more than $880 million nationwide on lobbying and campaign contributions from 2006 through 2015 -- more than 200 times what those advocating for stricter policies spent and eight times more than the influential gun lobby recorded for similar activities during that same period, the AP and Center for Public Integrity found. (more)

Reuters Special Report: 'Superbug' scourge spreads as U.S. fails to track rising human toll
7 September 2016 - Fifteen years after the U.S. government declared antibiotic-resistant infections to be a grave threat to public health, a Reuters investigation has found that infection-related deaths are going uncounted, hindering the nation's ability to fight a scourge that exacts a significant human and financial toll. (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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