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Maharishi University of Management's 2003 - 2004 University Report    Translate This Article
21 December 2004

The Maharishi University of Management faculty continue to demonstrate the extraordinary effects of Maharishi's Vedic Technologies in all disciplines, as shown in this overview of faculty research presented at conferences and published in various academic journals during the last year.

Dennis Heaton, Ph.D., Jane Schmidt-Wilk, Ph.D., and Fred Travis, Ph.D., published an article in the Journal of Organizational Change Management that surveys methods for researching the practical applications of spirituality for the individual, organization and society.

Dr. Heaton explained that the researchers pointed out that researching spirituality could be understood in terms of two complementary approaches: subjective and objective. The Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs were presented as subjective research methods, allowing one to personally participate as an instrument for transformational change.

Dr. Heaton also coauthored an article on Natural Law-based environmental management published in the Journal of Human Values. The article explains that Natural Law, the intelligence that maintains order and progress in the physical world, is inherent in our own consciousness and available through the Transcendental Meditation technique, which helps thoughts and actions to be orderly and evolutionary.

A number of faculty have made significant presentations during the last year. Dr. Robert Schneider, M.D. was one of 15 researchers in the U.S. invited by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a workshop in India about research on traditional Indian systems of medicine. Dr. Schneider spoke to top medical officials, researchers, doctors and government representatives from India and the U.S. regarding the 40 approaches of the Maharishi Consciousness-Based Approach to Health.

India's Minister of Health presented an award to Dr. Schneider on behalf of the Indian government, recognizing the important role being played by the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention in bringing the knowledge and practices of traditional Vedic medicine to the West and the world at large.

Dr. Scheider also gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, detailing a study that for the first time looked at the long-term effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on hypertension.

Dr, Akarik Arenander, Ph.D., director of the University's Brain Research Institute, gave a presentation on complementary and alternative medicine sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ken Walton, Ph. D., presented a paper at an international conference in New York City showing that practice of the Transcendental Meditation program helps prevent the excessive increase of the stress hormone cortisol in older women and thereby reduces risk for cardiovascular disease in this high-risk population.

Sanford Nidich, Ed.D., and Randi Nidich, Ed.D., presented two research studies on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program with breast cancer patients at the 17th annual World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine in Hawaii. The research showed that women diagnosed with breast cancer significantly improved in all areas of quality of life—emotional, functional, physical, and spiritual well-being as well as in mental health, vitality, and in overcoming depression.

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