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Transcendental Meditation: Ancient Indian tradition could save lives
by Kelly Davis
Anderson Independent Mail Translate This Article
19 March 2005
On 19 March 2005 Anderson Independent Mail reported:
'An Indian tradition that is 3,000 years old or older is showing promise in protecting the health of 21st century inner city kids, and should work for the rest of us too.' The article focused on the newest research on the Transcendental Meditation Programme showing it improves the elasticity of the blood vessels, thus reducing the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
fulfilment to the field of health.
The article noted that among other health problems, high blood pressure is a factor in stroke, heart attack, and kidney disease.
Vernon Barnes, a Medical College of Georgia physiology researcher and lead researcher on the study was quoted as saying, 'There has been quite a large body of research on Transcendental Meditation in the last 30 years, some of which has been focused on cardiovascular health, specifically on blood pressure.'
The article gave details of the study which involved more than 150 hypertensive students to see if meditation improved vessel elasticity. Improved elasticity could stave off heart disease. Over the study's three years, vessel dilation improved 21 per cent.
Barnes told the writer that the positive results come from a subtle change in the body's operation. 'The whole physiology relaxes as part of the process,' Barnes was quoted as saying. 'The whole system takes on a whole new style of functioning.'
With reference to the personal response of the students in the study Barnes said, 'Initially, we give them a talk, tell them all about the benefits. It may or may not be convincing to them, but once they learn, it kicks in. They realize it works, it was easy, it was fun, that I feel good afterward, and I see benefits in my social life.'
Barnes said that he believes that regularly achieving a meditative state reduces the amount of stress hormones in the blood during stressful events.
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