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Press coverage continues on new TM study showing extended life span
by Global Good News Staff Writer
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18 May 2005
On 18 May 2005 Global Good News reported:
When a new study on the Transcendental Meditation programme showed the technique could extend lifespan, the news was immediately picked up by media around the world. Even after the initial flurry of coverage by newspapers, TV news reports, and web sites subsided, articles on the study continue to present the findings as an important health breakthrough.
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.
In the last week, two articles in particular, one written for the Los Angeles Times by reporter Daniel Costello and the other by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's John Fauber, continue to be picked up and republished almost daily. Most recently Costello's article appeared on the FloridaHealthToday.com web site and Fauber's article appeared in The Morning Call, a Pennsylvania paper.
The study focused on 202 seniors with elevated blood pressure who, as a part of two different studies in the 1980's and 90's, were taught various non-drug methods of reducing blood pressure. When researches went back and looked at the death rates of those who had participated in the studies, the groups that learned TM were shown to have the longest lifespan.
Costello noted that, 'The study's authors said Transcendental Meditation already has been shown to reduce risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, stress, and smoking. In the new study, those health improvements suggest lower death rates as well, the authors said.'
Fauber reported that, 'Compared with the other techniques, the Transcendental Meditation group had a 23 per cent decrease in deaths from all causes and a 30 per cent reduction in cardiovascular disease deaths.'
He went on to quote Dr Robert Schneider, author of the study and director of the Center of Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Schneider told him the reductions were similar to what is found in people who take cholesterol or blood pressure reducing drugs. 'But they often have adverse side effects,' Schneider was quoted as saying. 'This utilizes the body's own pharmacy without those side effects.'
Regarding the mechanics of how TM contributed to extended lifespan, Schneider discussed several ways in which, in addition to lowering blood pressure, the simple mental technique could help reduce mortality. These included 'making it easier to quit smoking, strengthening the immune system, improving nervous system activity, and reducing stress hormones'.
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