This article was written by Richard Alleyne, who is
the Science Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph
It appeared on the http://www.telegraph.co.uk
6/27/11. It does not deal with the question of the value
of spending approximately $3000 for TM's mantra verses
using a free one (such as OM, or any other
word or phrase repeated over and over).
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> Transcendental meditation, the relaxation technique
> made famous by the Beatles, can cut heart attack and
> stroke death rates by up to 50%, new research has found.
> The practice, which involves the continual repeating
> of a mantra, was found to reduce high blood pressure,
> cholesterol and thickening of the arteries. It is
> also protects against diabetes.
> "This is a seminal finding," said Dr Norman Rosenthal
> of the American government's National Institute
> of Mental Health.
> "The prevention of heart attack and stroke and
> actual lengthening of lifespan by an alternative
> treatment method is exceedingly rare, if not unprecedented.
> "If Transcendental Meditation were a drug conferring so many benefits, it would be a billion-dollar blockbuster."
> Stress is a major factor in heart disease and
> meditation experts say the technique can help control it.
> Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin
> followed 201 men and women with an average age of
> 59 who suffered from the narrowing of arteries in
> their hearts for nine years.
> Half of the group were taught Transcendental
> Meditation along with their normal treatment
> while the others just received advice on how
> to modify their diets and exercise routines.
> They found that those who regularly meditated
> reduced their chances of dying or having a heart
> attack or stroke by 47 per cent compared with
> those who received traditional care.
> In those who were particularly enthusiastic about
> the meditation or unusually susceptible to stress,
> the results were even stronger.
> They showed a two-thirds reduction in chances
> of dying during the trial.
> Professor Theodore Kotchen, the co-author of
> the £2.5 million trial, said: "These findings
> are the strongest documented effects yet produced
> by a mind-body intervention on cardiovascular disease.
> "The effect is as large or larger than major
> categories of drug treatment for cardiovascular disease."
> "This study builds on previous research findings
> showing that the Transcendental Meditation program
> reduces high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
> insulin resistance, psychological stress, and
> atherosclerosis, and takes it to the next step
> lower rates of death, heart attack, and stroke,"
> explained Dr Robert Schneider, co-author.
> The research was carried out in the African American
> population but there is no reason that the same results
> would not be repeated in the wider world.
> Cardiovascular disease is Britain's biggest killer
> accounting for almost 200,000 deaths a year.
> The researchers said that meditation technique
> should be used as a compliment to the usual drug
> treatment and not as an alternative.
> Transcendental meditation. which is based on an
> ancient tradition of enlightenment in India, involves
> sitting quietly and concentrating to focus the
> mind inwards by silently repeating a mantra a word or phrase.
> The practice, which is carried out for 20 minutes,
> twice a day, is said to induce inner peace by allowing
> thoughts to flow in and out of the mind.
> It was popularised in the 1960s through the Beatles
> who learnt the technique through their guru
> Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
> The study was due to appear in Archives of Internal
> Medecine but last night its editor said publication
> was being delayed while last minute data provided by
> the research team was analysed.
> This article is being shared for non-commercial
> purposes only nad thus is sanctioned by the Fair
> Use statutes.