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Reducing risk factors of Alzheimer's disease: Transcendental Meditation    Translate This Article
26 August 2013

''We need a healthy, integrated brain that can evaluate where we are, decide where we want to be, and then decide on the steps to get there.'' — Fred Travis, Ph.D., neuroscientist, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition

A woman stops in the middle of getting dressed because she can't remember what comes next. A man married for 52 years turns to his wife and asks, ''Who are you?'' These are the faces of Alzheimer's disease, a degenerative brain disorder that begins with a slow, steady destruction of brain cells and ends with full blown dementia.

What can you do to avoid Alzheimer's disease? Develop total brain functioning by practicing the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. It strengthens communication between the ''CEO'' of the brain—the prefrontal cortex—and different parts of the brain. Research from the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center indicates that developing these types of vital neural connections in the brain may help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Improved short-term and long-term memory, increased intelligence and greater ability to focus are by-products of this total brain functioning during the TM technique.

Additionally, the TM technique reduces stress and stress-related disorders. During the 20 minute practice of this effortless mental technique, a state of deep relaxation is gained while the mind remains quietly aware. This unique state of ''restful alertness'' naturally dissolves stress and fatigue.

Highlights of over 350 research studies suggest the TM technique reduces some of the possible contributing factors of Alzheimer's disease, including:

∙ Reduces hypertension
∙ Lowers high cholesterol
∙ Relieves depression
∙ Improves atherosclerosis
∙ Decreases insulin resistance

Although no one can completely control the two identified risk factors of Alzheimer's disease—age and genetics—the Transcendental Meditation program has been shown to reverse many of the physiological and neurophysiological changes associated with the aging process. Research indicates the physiological functioning of longterm meditators (5 years or more) can be 12 years younger than that of controls.

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Click here to learn more about the Transcendental Meditation technique and its effects in promoting integrated brain functioning, from neuroscientist Fred Travis, PhD, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, USA, including:

∙ Questions and answers with Dr Travis explaining what ''integrated brain functioning'' means and why it is important.

∙ A 15-minute video of Dr Travis speaking at the Majestic Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, on the importance of developing the total brain. The video includes a live demonstration of EEG brain wave coherence during Transcendental Meditation practice.


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