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Transcendental Meditation: 'Most effective wellness program' to promote health, reduce health care expenses
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10 March 2010
In a statement featured on tmwomenprofessionals.org, Dr Kulreet Chaudhary comments that by 2017, health-care spending in the United States is projected to reach just over $4.3 trillion and comprise 20 percent of the GDP.
'The only permanent solution to the health-care crisis is to prevent disease from happening in the first place,' she says. Dr Chaudhary also states that the Transcendental Meditation technique has been shown to be the most effective wellness program for promoting health and reducing health-care utilization and medical expenses.
Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D., graduated from Loma Linda University Medical School with Alpha Omega Alpha honors and completed her neurology residency at the University of California, San Diego. She is currently the medical director of Wellspring Neurology at Scripps Memorial Hospital. Dr. Chaudhary also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Neurologic Study in La Jolla, California.
In her statement, Dr Chaudhary comments that 'research shows that people who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique spend 11% less annually on health care than the general population.'
Dr Chaudhary cites research in peer reviewed journals which shows that the Transcendental Meditation technique:
* reduces carotid atherosclerosis, a cause of strokes and heart attacks
* lowers baseline cortisol levels, a stress hormone
* reduces blood pressure
* decreases the symptoms of angina pectoris
* decreases heart rate
* reduces respiratory rate
* produces a global reduction in somatic arousal, which indicates a more relaxed and balanced style of functioning
* reduces chronic stress
* increases health and longevity in the elderly.
Dr Chaudhary adds that 'Research shows that the Transcendental Meditation technique also strengthens health by decreasing the use of tobacco, alcohol, and non-prescription drugs—behavioral correlates of chronic stress [that] result in millions of dollars in health-care expenditures each year.'
In the coming days, Global Good News will feature statements of other physicians from the tmwomenprofessionals.org website, about the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme for health.
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