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International media report: Transcendental Meditation extends lifespan
by Global Good News Staff Writer

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4 May 2005

On 4 May 2005 Global Good News reported: Media from around the world are reporting on a new study that shows that the Transcendental Meditation Technique extends lifespan, reducing death rates by 23%. The research, published in the 2 May issue of the American Journal of Cardiology, has been covered by publications such as ABC News, Pravda (Russia), the World Peace Herald, Irish Health (Ireland), CFCN (Canada), The India Moniter (UK), Zee News (India), United Press International, the Education Guardian (UK), the Guardian Unlimited (UK), and the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). 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 study shows that compared to combined controls, the group that practised TM showed a 23% reduction in the rate of death from all causes, a 30% reduction in the rate of death from cardiovascular disease, and 49% reduction in the rate of death from cancer.

The article noted that the first-of-its-kind study followed 202 seniors, average age 71, who had mildly elevated blood pressure. Different groups in the study participated in: the Transcendental Meditation Programme; behavioural techniques such as mindfulness or progressive muscle relaxation; or health education programmes. The study tracked subjects for up to 18 years.

The article went on to quote Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, principal author of the study and director of the Center of Natural Medicine and Prevention as saying, 'Research has found the Transcendental Meditation programme reduces risk factors in heart disease and other chronic disorders, such as high blood pressure, smoking, psychological stress, stress hormones, harmful cholesterol, and arteriosclerosis. These reductions slow the ageing process and promote the long-term reductions in death rates.'

The study included collaboration from Harvard, University of Iowa, Medical College of Georgia, West Oakland Health Center, and Maharishi University of Management. The study was funded, in part, by a grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

List of media that have reported the study to date: AUSTRALIA - Sydney Morning Herald; CANADA - Health Talk, CFCN; INDIA - Hindu, India Zee News, Med-India; IRELAND - Irish Health; RUSSIA - Pravda; UNITED KINGDOM -, Medical News Today, India Monitor,, Guardian Unlimited; UNITED STATES - Boston Globe (MA), New York Times, (FL), National Ledger (AZ), Christian Post (CA),, Food Consumer (WI), National Ledger (AZ), The Moderate Voice Heart Center Online, KHQA (IL),, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI), KTVO (MO), ABC News,,, Daily News Central (NV), Atlanta Journal Constitution, World Science Daily Sci-Tech Today, Washington Times (DC), Medscap, WebMD, DesMoines Register (IA), Daily News Central, (NV), Journal Sentinal, (WI), Health Scout, The Moderate Voice.

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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