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Advanced cardiac imaging technology allows US researchers to examine effect of Transcendental Meditation on the heart itself
by Global Good News staff writer
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23 December 2009
While studies have examined the effects of the Transcendental Meditation Technique on risk factors including high blood pressure, smoking, and alcohol, a new study proposes to look directly at the effects of Transcendental Meditation on the heart itself—what happens to the blood vessels, the coronary arteries, and the blood flow through those coronary arteries.
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'Now for the first time, we're able to visualize the arteries in the heart itself,' said Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, director of the Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention.*
'This is [possible] with a new, very advanced technology for cardiac imaging, called quantitative Positron Emission Tomography, or PET. PET is a relatively rare technology . . . and to do quantitative PET is actually even a more advanced stage of this relatively rare biotechnology—at least in the cardiovascular world. . . .
'We're partnering with Columbia University', Dr Schneider continued, 'one of the top medical schools in the United States, for this study. They're one of the major PET centres in the country, and likely the world. They have six of these units.'
The new study will be completed in about two years—a relatively short period of time, he said. 'The last study took us nine years to accomplish, with a very dedicated team—both the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
'That's what you need to look at clinical events. But to look at this imaging measure, it's much more precise, fine tuned—you can see smaller changes, and you can get results and quantify them much more quickly.'
In coming days, Global Good News will feature more of Dr Schneider's talk about the new study, which will examine how the addition of Transcendental Meditation to standard care for heart disease patients compares with standard care alone.
*Robert Schneider, MD, is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Director of the Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, and Dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health; Director of Health in the national administration of Dr John Hagelin; and Deputy Minister of Health for the Global Country of World Peace. He authored the book, Total Heart Health—How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease with the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health.
** Dr Schneider's report was featured on the 10 December 2009 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also now available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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