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Congestive heart failure and the Transcendental Meditation Technique
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13 July 2008

The new interactive website 'ASK THE DOCTORS' (, among many valuable features, includes the expert knowledge of top medical doctors and scientists, who answer questions from the public about the use of the Transcendental Meditation Programme to prevent specific diseases and promote health and longevity.

Following is Part I of a series of comments posted on the site by two experts, answering questions about the beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation for congestive heart failure.

Here Drs. Schneider and Kaplan 
answer questions on congestive heart failure.

Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R., has been awarded more than $20 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his pioneering research on natural approaches to heart disease. Dr. Schneider is the author of Total Heart Health and 100 medical research articles, and he has been featured in more than 1,000 media reports, including CNN Headline News, The New York Times, and Time magazine.

Gary P. Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., is a neurologist and associate professor of clinical neurology at New York University School of Medicine. He is also a recipient of the Albert H. Douglas Award from the Medical Society of the State of New York for outstanding achievements as a clinical teacher interested in promoting and improving the medical education of physicians.

Q: Can heart disease be averted? For instance, is it possible to change the course of a serious condition such as congestive heart failure?

Dr. Schneider:
Congestive heart failure, or simply heart failure, is the end result of many forms of heart disease, such as coronary heart disease or hypertensive heart disease. It kills 300,000 people a year in the United States and carries a 50% mortality rate over five years' time. Congestive heart failure is very difficult to treat with medicinal drugs or even surgical intervention.

However, research on the Transcendental Meditation technique, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, has demonstrated that individuals who are taking conventional treatments for heart failure, and who have added twenty minutes twice a day of Transcendental Meditation practice to their routine, have significant improvements in measures of heart failure as indicated by greater functional capacity in the six-minute walk test compared to health education controls.

Global Good News will feature additional questions and answers in Part II of this series.

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