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Joining a choir may help elders enjoy life
6 December 2018 - Singing in a community choir may provide some psychological benefit to seniors, a small study suggests. There were ... significant improvements in two components of the psychosocial evaluation among choir participants. People in this group were feeling less lonely, and they were more interested in life -- that is, their responses to survey questions indicated they were more interested in things, got more things done, were doing more interesting things, and felt more motivated. (more)

More evidence fruits and greens can be good for the brain
6 December 2018 - Middle-aged men who eat lots of fruits and vegetables may be lowering their odds of cognitive problems as they get on in years, compared to peers who don't consume these foods very often, a U.S. study suggests. (more)

Bhutan's new organic food movement
27 November 2018 - Kesang Choedon has created an innovative organic and heritage food enterprise near Thimphu, the Bhutanese capital. Formerly a police officer, Choedon employs and trains 30 young women in processing and marketing of Bhutan's local food treasures. Choedon is eager to further expand her facilities, products and training to young Bhutanese people. (more)

Even when families have issues, eating together can improve teen diets
23 November 2018 - Teens whose families eat dinner together are more likely to make healthy food choices, even when kids and parents have issues with communicating and connecting emotionally, a new study finds. 'Many, many studies have looked at the benefit of family meals, and over and over they have found that this leads to adolescents eating more fruits and vegetables and less fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages,' said the study's lead author Kathryn Walton, who was a doctoral student at the University of Guelph, Canada, when she did the research. (more)

France: Parisians want more local and organic produce
19 November 2018 - Street interviews, done at the Aligre market in Paris' 12th arrondissement, show that Parisians are certainly concerned about the food they eat. And then there are some numbers on organic products in France: The amount of products of organic origin consumed increased by 17 percent in 2017; 59 percent of French people regularly eat organic fruit and vegetables ... and The Occitanie region in southern France has 8,184 organic farms alone. (more)

A new study strongly suggests eating a diet of organic foods can lower cancer rates
16 November 2018 - A major study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found what many people have long suspected: Eating organic food appears to reduce the risk of cancer. Among some 69,000 people tracked by French scientists over several years, those whose diets contained more organics had about 25 percent fewer cancers overall ... (more)

Therapy through song: Choir helps Hungarian lung patients breathe more easily
16 November 2018 - A Hungarian doctor has prescribed her lung disease patients a new form of physical and spiritual therapy -- singing in public as part of a choir. Its members, many seriously ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and drawn from hospitals across Hungary, say the singing has improved the quality of their lives. (more)

Study shows Transcendental Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder
15 November 2018 - Transcendental Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense. The study was published Thursday (15 November) in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. When researchers accounted for other factors, meditation was better than the classes and equally effective as exposure therapy. The type taught to vets in the study was Transcendental Meditation, or TM, which involves thinking of a mantra or sound to settle the mind. TM was developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (more)

US: California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide
15 November 2018 - California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday (15 November) on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on most crops, and increasing perimeters around where it's applied. (more)

Canada's organic demand going up, marketers say
14 November 2018 - As sales of organic fruits and vegetables continue a steady rise in the U.S., growth may be even more dramatic in Canada, marketers say. 'We definitely continue seeing interest in organics grow, with demand outpacing supply,' said Jill Guerra, research and special projects coordinator with the Ottawa, Ontario-based Canada Organic Trade Association. Organic production has increased with demand across Canada, Guerra said. (more)


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Is being anxious the new you? Transcendental Meditation inoculates against chronic stress and anxiety
15 December 2018 - If you find your anxiety is easily triggered, there are simple steps you can take to make sure anxiety doesn't define you, writes Vanessa Vidal, national director of Transcendental Meditation for Women in the USA. In TM practice both mind and body settle down to a state of deep relaxation, the body and brain become more balanced and damage from stress begins to be eliminated, she explains. Scientific research indicates that the TM programme reduces stress hormone levels and anxiety, and improves blood pressure, insomnia, and drug and alcohol abuse. 'After a woman takes the TM course, she finds that her life improves spontaneously, naturally, and is redefined in terms of happiness instead of anxiety. . . . Transcendental Meditation can play an enormous role in inoculating our society against the many problems that grow out of chronic stress and anxiety.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation helps veterans with PTSD
22 November 2018 - Transcendental Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the US Department of Defence. The study involving 200 veterans was recently published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. Evidence for meditation 'allows us to put more options on the table' with confidence they work, said the study's senior author, a Department of Veterans Affairs psychologist in San Diego. (more)

Transcendental Meditation: A 'timeout' for oneself to reduce emotional stress, increase happiness
12 November 2018 - Neither suppressing emotions nor 'telling someone off' really helps in handling emotional stress - and both create negative effects for oneself and others, says health writer Linda Egenes. She describes a completely different solution: Transcendental Meditation, which 'releases the tensions that may have built up during the day, including the emotional stressors'. Over time 'you can feel your baseline for stress changing - you're just not as reactive as you were before.' Research has shown that TM reduces stress hormones and anxiety, and increases neurochemicals associated with happiness and fulfilment. She quotes Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme: 'Fill the mind with that great happiness which knows no end, let the mind be saturated with absolute bliss, and then the undertaking of any action, whatever it may be, will be performed in all joyfulness.' (more)

India: The Economic Times - 'Invest in rest'
7 November 2018 - 'Keeping the brain well rested and, thus, alive, creative, and capable is imperative to maintain the growing pace of multifaceted progress in human life,' writes Aditi Shrivastava in The Economic Times (India). ' ''The human brain is the best blessing of the Creator,'' Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, once said in a lecture.' Ms Shrivastava goes on to explain, 'There is scientific evidence to prove that the rest that we get in 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation is even deeper than deep sleep. TM is a simple and effective meditation technique to calm the mind by giving it rest, gain mental peace, harmonise brain function and get it ready for more action.' (more)

Why Transcendental Meditation is better than a power nap
28 October 2018 - 'What do you do to re-charge during the day? Many women have asked if the TM technique is any different than taking time out for a nap,' writes Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. 'Transcendental Meditation, unique among meditation programmes for its simplicity, effortlessness, and scientifically validated benefits, increases brain orderliness, enhances brain functioning, and increases intelligence, focus and creativity - all this while providing exceptionally deep rest to the body that reduces stress and fatigue. . . . Though the body gets rest in a nap, the mind can't enjoy the experience - in Transcendental Meditation, though profoundly resting, the mind enjoys awareness of inner calm, collectedness, clarity and charm.' (more)

Medical students learn meditation to counter stress, promote physician wellness: Catholic Health World reports
24 October 2018 - The Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago, USA, is believed to be the first major medical school in the country to offer Transcendental Meditation, or TM, as an elective course. Since 2014, the class has been offered to help medical students manage stress. Dr Gregory Gruener, vice dean for education and a neurology professor at Stritch, counts the TM training as a success. 'A significant chunk of the students, about a third of each class, sign up for it, and almost 300 have enrolled since it started. . . . You have to embrace wellness and you have to find the time to take control of your own life,' Dr Gruener said. 'Once you begin TM, that gets easier.' (more)

Italy: Wellness leaders look to evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique at Global Wellness Summit
20 October 2018 - Bob Roth, David Lynch Foundation CEO, best-selling author, and veteran teacher of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, was a keynote speaker at the recent 2018 Global Wellness Summit (GWS) in Italy, the world's leading conference on this topic. Citing the 'dangerously escalating crisis of stress-related disorders' including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, he said, 'We desperately need to include into everyone's tool box more practical, evidence-based approaches' such as TM, that improve mental wellness and behaviour. Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO, said, 'There's so much momentum for TM right now because of the rising need for what this tangible skill can accomplish: stress reduction, mental focus, and greater resilience. . . . it's the quickest way to reduce stress that I've ever experienced.' (more)

Why am I so anxious? Dr Norman Rosenthal talks about anxiety in women and how TM helps prevent it
16 October 2018 - World-renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and best-selling author Norman E Rosenthal discusses many factors that contribute to increased anxiety in women. Describing his experience treating anxiety in his own practice, he cites research on the Transcendental Meditation technique showing reduced blood pressure and improvement on other physiological measures demonstrating TM's role in 'buffering your response to stress'. He recommends TM to his patients, including many women who have noted its benefits in promoting 'more clear-headedness . . . . things go easier, they don't hassle as much, and they're not upset as easily or anxious as readily.' (more)

How Transcendental Meditation gives me mental clarity like nothing else
9 October 2018 - After Tara Gardner moved from London to Chicago - 'forging a new career as a freelance editor with a bazillion deadlines', and seeking 'a break from the cranial quicksand of daily life' - she tried diets and various meditation techniques, and finally discovered a video of filmmaker David Lynch talking about Transcendental Meditation. After learning TM, she found 'the fog lifting, the clarity coming through, and my thoughts becoming more ordered. The daily juggling act began to feel smoother and more efficient.' (more)

Watch Live, 4 October: 'Silence the Violence' Town Hall - TM to reduce stress, heal trauma, build community
3 October 2018 - You are invited to view 'Silence the Violence', a compelling Town Hall meeting to be webcast live - Thursday, 4 October, 10:00 am-12 noon US EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) from Washington, D.C. Leading doctors, researchers, educators and community leaders will discuss the impact of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique for preventing and curbing the rise of violence in America today. The event will be livestreamed from the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) Theater in Southeast Washington. The David Lynch Foundation is a resident partner on THEARC's campus and operates The Meditation Center @ THEARC. (more)


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Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder
15 December 2018 - Facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that its talc caused cancer, J&J insists on the safety and purity of its iconic product. But internal documents examined by Reuters show that the company's powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J kept that information from regulators and the public. (more)

More U.S. pregnant women using opioids and methamphetamines
4 December 2018 - A growing number of American pregnant women are using opioids and methamphetamines, and drug use is rising fastest among mothers in rural communities, a U.S. study suggests. By the end of the study period, the highest proportion of babies exposed to methamphetamines was in the rural West . . . [and] the highest proportion of babies exposed to opioids was in the rural Northeast . . . (more)

Night shifts plus unhealthy lifestyle may be recipe for diabetes
3 December 2018 - Women who work rotating night shifts and also have unhealthy lifestyle habits may be much more likely to develop diabetes than peers with only one of these risk factors, a large U.S. study suggests. (more)

US: Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down life expectancy
29 November 2018 - Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday (29 November). It was the most deaths in a single year since the government began counting more than a century ago. (more)

Drought drives desperate Afghans to marry off children for money - U.N.
27 November 2018 - Afghanistan's worst drought in decades has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes and is pushing families to marry off their children in exchange for dowries in order to survive, the United Nations said on Tuesday (27 November). (more)

Lost lives, lost billions: the cost of child marriage in Africa
21 November 2018 - Child marriage is costing African countries at least $60 billion in lost lifetime earnings, more than what the world gives the continent in aid each year, the World Bank said on Wednesday (21 November). Be it high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, or poor health outcomes, the cost of child marriage is far from just monetary, the Bank said in its report. Gender experts say early marriage not only stifles a girl's progress in education, health, and employment, but also hampers the development of her children -- creating a vicious cycle of malnutrition, poor health, and ignorance. (more)

Suicide rate rising among U.S. workers
21 November 2018 - Suicide rates are rising among U.S. workers, and the risk may depend partly on the types of jobs people do, government researchers suggest. The highest suicide rate among men was for workers in construction and mining jobs ... the analysis found. The highest suicide rate among women was for workers in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media ... For women, the biggest increase in suicide rates was in the food service industry. (more)

Tens of thousands 'left to starve' as Mali conflict escalates
21 November 2018 - The West African country has been a battleground of Islamist militants, ethnic militias, and international troops since a rebel uprising was hijacked by jihadists in 2012. Tens of thousands of people who have fled fighting in Mali since September are going hungry because funding has run out as the conflict has escalated, aid agencies said on Wednesday, 21 November. (more)

US: People without caregivers end up stranded in hospitals
17 November 2018 - Within the bustle and organized chaos of Denver's massive airport, an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease named Jerry Ellingsen was found wandering alone after traveling with his small dog from Fort Myers, Florida. Jerry didn't know where he was or why he was in Denver. Police tried contacting his daughter and wife, neither of whom would pick him up, so officers were forced to call an ambulance that took him to a nearby hospital. A three-month long 9Wants to Know (Denver) investigation is uncovering a growing health care epidemic where hundreds of people like Jerry are abandoned every year at metro-area hospitals. The epidemic is costing hospitals and in some cases, taxpayers, millions of dollars a year. (more)

Number of hungry children in Africa's Sahel hits 10-year high - U.N.
16 November 2018 - The number of hungry children in West Africa's Sahel region reached a 10-year high in 2018 due to poor rains, conflict, and high food prices, the United Nations said on Friday (16 November). More than 1.3 million children under the age of five suffered from severe malnutrition this year in the six worst hit countries in the semi-arid belt below the Sahara -- a 50 percent increase on 2017, said the U.N. children's agency UNICEF. ... This year the problem was particularly acute across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal, it added. (more)


Global Good News reviews the impact of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation on health

Raising health standards is a global challenge which transcends national, racial, and gender boundaries. With rising health costs threatening the economies of even the wealthiest nations, medical news repeatedly demonstrates the urgent need for a prevention-oriented approach which looks beyond specific treatments for disease to promoting good health in a holistic way.

Current health news also illustrates the inextricable relationship between individual health and the collective health of society.

Global Good News presents health news for today that looks beyond the current fragmentary and incomplete approach to health care, highlighting positive health news based on approaches that incorporate holistic knowledge of Natural Law.

Global Good News focuses on positive health news in the fields of both individual and collective health, including health news articles relating to the programmes of the Global Country of World Peace. These scientifically-validated technologies derived from the world's most ancient and complete system of natural health care, have been revived in recent decades as Maharishi's Vedic Total Knowledge Based Approach to Health. These technologies include approaches to promoting good health for the mind, body, behaviour, and environment.

Recent health news on this comprehensive system centres on its unique technologies of consciousness—Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme. Scientific research on these techniques comprises more than 600 studies conducted at over 250 independent universities and research institutions in 33 countries. These studies demonstrate a wide range of benefits for individual and collective health, and have appeared in many leading, peer-reviewed journals.

For example, in recent years, a multi-centre medical research team in America has attracted grants totalling over $24 million, principally from the US National Institutes of Health, for research on Transcendental Meditation and prevention of cardiovascular disease. These investigations have been published in prestigious medical journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Stroke, and Hypertension. Results show that Transcendental Meditation leads to sustained reductions in high blood pressure comparable to those commonly found with medication, but without adverse side-effects.

These and other well-controlled studies further demonstrate that Transcendental Meditation reduces atherosclerosis ('hardening of the arteries'), improves cardiac functioning and well-being in people with heart disease, reduces mortality from cardiovascular disease and all causes, decreases hospital admissions and health care costs, reduces smoking and alcohol consumption, and improves psychological health and well-being in both children and adults, including elderly people.

A growing number of physicians worldwide recommend Transcendental Meditation to their patients. The website: www.doctorsontm.org sponsored by The American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program', provides an opportunity to ask questions of leading doctors who utilize Transcendental Meditation in their clinical practice.

In offering these Vedic technologies to the world, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, has revolutionized our understanding of health and established development of higher states of consciousness as fundamental to the creation of perfect health.

In reporting on health news, Global Good News is pleased to note indications of growing interest in the applications of TM and the TM-Sidhi Programme among major health-care providers and policy makers.

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