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6 Facts About Meditation That Might Surprise You

6 Facts About Meditation That Might Surprise You

Commented Sep 28, 2013 at 21:35:03 in Fifty

“For women who want to know the truth about what inspired Dr. Chopra to stop prescribing valium and where he learned the meditation technique that is now the only one endorsed by the American Heart Association: TMWomen.org and TMWomenProfessionals.org is the place to go.

Summary of Policy Statement issued by the AHA:
http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/61/6/1360.full

According to the American Heart Association, the Transcendental Meditation technique is the only meditation practice that has been shown to lower blood pressure. Their recent scientific statement* reports, “Because of many negative studies or mixed results and a paucity of available trials, all other meditation techniques (including MBSR) received a 'Class III, no benefit, Level of Evidence C' recommendation. Thus, other meditation techniques are not recommended in clinical practice to lower BP at this time.” 

The AHA scientific statement also reported the finding that lower blood pressure through Transcendental Meditation practice is associated with substantially reduced rates of death, heart attack and stroke.

The AHA statement concludes that alternative treatments that include the Transcendental Meditation technique are recommended for consideration in treatment plans for all individuals with blood pressure > 120/80 mm Hg.

*Brook RD et al., Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure. A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Hypertension, 61:00, April 2013.”
Motivational Videos: How Does Effort Relate To Meditation? (WATCH)

Motivational Videos: How Does Effort Relate To Meditation? (WATCH)

Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 15:57:49 in Healthy Living

“My recommendation would be to call 888-LEARNTM and they will get a TM teacher who lives near you. Explain to them what you have stated here and they will give you some really helpful information. Your story of how TM helped you stay sober is very compelling, thanks so much for sharing that!”
Motivational Videos: How Does Effort Relate To Meditation? (WATCH)

Motivational Videos: How Does Effort Relate To Meditation? (WATCH)

Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 15:54:46 in Healthy Living

“Yes! a number of studies conducted with children have shown that TM helps with ADHD. If you go to TM.org and do a search on ADHD you'll find a lot of information there on it.”
Meditation Benefits: Find Out What This Easy Practice Can Do For You

Meditation Benefits: Find Out What This Easy Practice Can Do For You

Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 23:15:11 in Fifty

“I've been practicing TM regularly and I've enjoyed how relaxing it is. I have a lot more energy afterward. Good to know it can also help prevent heart attacks and strokes...impressive.”
Why Meditate: 19 Reasons From Our Healthy Living Community

Why Meditate: 19 Reasons From Our Healthy Living Community

Commented Nov 10, 2012 at 13:44:09 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for this article. I've been doing TM regularly and it has sure made a huge difference in my life -- lots more energy and happiness.”
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Celebrity Health: 5 Stars Who Turned To Yoga And Meditation To Ease Post-Divorce Stress

Commented Oct 31, 2012 at 20:55:01 in Divorce

“Yes, it's good to have something that can bring you back to yourself, something to fall back on even when all else fails. I find Transcendental Meditation is a significant help through any major life change. No matter how challenging the situation is, I find TM easy and it brings relief.”
Transcendental Meditation: Candy Crowley And Other Celebrity Followers

Transcendental Meditation: Candy Crowley And Other Celebrity Followers

Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 22:00:12 in Healthy Living

“That a a woman as busy as Candy Crowley always finds time to do her TM, says a lot about the ease and effectiveness of the technique.”
Aimee Copeland Speaks: Georgia Woman Battling Flesh-eating Bacteria Continues Recovery

Aimee Copeland Speaks: Georgia Woman Battling Flesh-eating Bacteria Continues Recovery

Commented May 28, 2012 at 23:29:29 in College

“A 2011 study found, hospital rooms are rife with such disease-causing bacteria, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococcus), which were found on 95 percent of hospital room privacy curtains tested, researchers from the University of Iowa found.

The reason why these findings are significant is because MRSA is one of the flesh-eating varieties of resistant superbugs currently afflicting Kuykendall, Copeland and Vaughn.

In fact, the problem isn't new. Experts were warning in 2008 that MSRA in particular would be showing up more often - in hospitals.

Worse yet, replacing them did no good; most were re-contaminated within a week, the researchers said.

Contamination - and re-contamination

To get their results, the research team tested 43 curtains in 30 hospital rooms twice a week for three weeks, taking 180 swab cultures total, Time magazine reported. This is what they found:

- Twelve of 13 new curtains were re-contaminated within 7 days;

- Of 43 curtains, 41 of them were contaminated at least once;

- MRSA was discovered on 21 percent of curtains;

- VRE was even more prevalent - it was found on 43 percent of curtains.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035954_hospitals_flesh-eating_bacteria_cases.html#ixzz1wE3UBgas

Paros on May 29, 2012 at 00:41:30

“This gives me the creeps. Even though I am more akin to a free range mom than a helicopter parent I have been putting the fear of God in my child when he scratches his legs until they bleed with his dirty, dirty fingernails. I've seen too many suffer with horrid staph infections and impetigo.”

Alec Volkman on May 28, 2012 at 23:55:07

“Isn't MRSA a staph infection?”
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Transcendental Meditation: Oprah And Other Celebs Who Embrace The Practice

Commented Mar 29, 2012 at 01:23:01 in Healthy Living

“I guess it's fine if celebrities inspire people to learn Transcendental Meditation. At the same time it's good for people to realize that hundreds top independent, peer-reviewed scientific journals have published many hundreds of studies showing the profound benefits of TM for every aspect of a person's life, school, work, family, creative expression, etc. It's common for people to want to think that all meditations are the same or similar, but this is not what the research shows. The research shows TM is unique in it's methodology (super easy to learn and practice) and in the clinical and statistical significance of the results it produces.”
huffingtonpost entry

Transcendental Meditation: Oprah And Other Celebs Who Embrace The Practice

Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 23:27:11 in Healthy Living

“Call me crazy, or a nerd, or whatever -- To me, more impressive than celebrities taking up the practice is the fact that Independently published peer-reviewed research has found a wide range of benefits from the regular practice of TM, on over 350 separate occasions (17 times in the International Journal of Neuroscience alone.)”
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American Heart Association: Transcendental Meditation May Lower Your Blood Pressure

Commented Jun 3, 2013 at 14:16:10 in Healthy Living

“This type of guideline statement has been what health insurance companies have been requesting for many years. Now that the American Heart Association has stated that Transcendental Meditation is recommended to lower BP, and there is not enough scientific evidence to recommend other meditation or relaxation techniques, I hope the insurance companies will sit up and take notice and cover what works.”
Eight Steps to a Healthy Brain

Eight Steps to a Healthy Brain

Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 15:51:31 in Canada Living

“I'm 59 and I've been practicing TM. I am amazed at my ability to focus, outside of meditation, on detailed tasks for longer and longer periods of time. Even though Transcendental Meditation does not involve any concentration, it spontaneously improves your ability to concentrate in your daily activity.”

Joan Sutton Straus on Oct 31, 2012 at 16:28:56

“thanks for sharing your experience. jss”
huffingtonpost entry

Meditating Moms: A Silent Revolution

Commented May 17, 2012 at 22:19:44 in Healthy Living

“Independently published peer-reviewed research consistently shows that the experience of "transcending" thought during TM is very different from napping - not "a thin line" at all. Transcendence is a fourth major state of consciousness that has distinct physiological characteristics as well as distinct brain wave patterns. This regular experience of "transcendence" gives rise to a wide array of benefits for the body and mind.

The TM technique is a simple, natural innocent process, therefore during the Transcendental Meditation technique the nervous system and body gets exactly what it most needs at that time - this may at times, include napping. All of these things are explained in great detail, and thoroughly understood, when a person comes to learn TM from a certified instructor.”
huffingtonpost entry

Women, Violence and Meditation: Transcending Traumatic Stress

Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 00:02:02 in Women

“A lady I know is a Veteran who has PTSD from a sexual trauma she suffered while in the military. She has suffered from flashbacks, as well as other health problems. She just learned the TM technique and has experienced a great deal of relief in just the first 2 weeks.”
Two Ways To Live Longer And Healthier

Two Ways To Live Longer And Healthier

Commented Apr 14, 2012 at 23:50:25 in Healthy Living

“Thanks so much for this article, Elaine. I appreciate your conscientiousness in researching, finding and recommending only the best.”
Oprah's Next Chapter: Meditation -- In 'America's Most Unusual Town'

Oprah's Next Chapter: Meditation -- In 'America's Most Unusual Town'

Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 23:07:16 in Healthy Living

“My hat is off to Oprah for focusing in on Transcendental Meditation. She and her staff found that it quickly improved their lives in concrete ways. Then they looked deeper and found a university town that has successfully incorporated group practice of TM into the fabric of every day life. Yes unusual, in just about the best possible way.”
ADHD Drug Shortage: Can Meditation Fill the Gap?

ADHD Drug Shortage: Can Meditation Fill the Gap?

Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 21:25:43 in Healthy Living

“Every child with ADHD and every parent with a child with ADHD should be able to read this article and decide if they want to take this non-pharmaceutical approach. As a result, Just think of all the negative side-effects from drugs which would never need to be experienced!”
huffingtonpost entry

Meditation and Stress Relief

Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 21:05:36 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for listing those journal research citations at the bottom of the article -- giving anyone who wants to look more deeply into all this a concrete independent place to start.”
ADHD Drug Shortage: Can Meditation Fill the Gap?

ADHD Drug Shortage: Can Meditation Fill the Gap?

Commented Jan 7, 2012 at 13:51:58 in Healthy Living

“You will probably be very pleasantly surprised, because children and adults with ADHD find the TM technique very easy and enjoyable because there is absolutely no concentration involved in the technique! There are TM Teachers very experienced with working with ADHD children/adults and they know how to adjust and adapt the classes so that they are easy to sit thru and easy to understand for children and adults with ADHD.

Call 888-LEARNTM and explain to them the situation and they will set you up with a teacher that can tailor the classes effectively for your ADHD daughter. Children under 18 have the time of meditation, age appropriately adjusted, and the TM teacher will know how to make any adjustments necessary for people with ADHD at any age.”
ADHD Drug Shortage: Can Meditation Fill the Gap?

ADHD Drug Shortage: Can Meditation Fill the Gap?

Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 15:42:38 in Healthy Living

“There are scholarships, grants and/or low interest loans available so that no matter what your financial situation is, if you want to learn Transcendental Meditation, you can. For a full time student 18 years or older without financial hardship, the course fee is a maximum of $750, and for those under 18, there are lower fees as well as special course fees for families, couples, etc. For a working adult, without any financial hardship, the maximum course fee for TM would be $1500.

These course fees include the initial classes of a few hours a day, 4 days in a row, and then a lifetime of free follow up classes whenever and if you desire a refresher class. In fact, anyone that leans TM, regardless of their course fee or even if they learned for free due to financial hardship, is able to take advantage of a life-time of free followup/refresher classes. Ralph Nader said that the TM organization is one of the few large non-profit organizations that is truly non-profit.”