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Is Meditation the Answer to Trump's Goal to Reduce Veteran Suicides?
by David Shapiro, Robert Herron, Adrianne Phillips
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28 May 2018
On 28 May 2018, Elephant Journal reported: [Earlier this year] President Trump signed an executive order directing the United States government to explore new, more effective prevention measures to reduce the alarming number of veteran suicides—now 20 per day, which is more than 7,000 per year. . . . One major factor behind veteran suicides is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a psychological consequence of chronic stress from overwhelming, traumatic events, such as are encountered in combat. . . . There are a wide range of promising, non-standard strategies to reduce PTSD. . . . According to a new study reported in the journal Military Medicine (in press), Transcendental Meditation (TM) stands out as one such practical, effective option. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the fields of health and defense.
In the study, 80 percent of veterans (46 participants) with PTSD improved to the point that they no longer had PTSD within 30 days of starting daily practice of TM. After 90 days, the number increased to 87 percent.
Transcendental Meditation . . . . is a simple, natural, effortless, standardized procedure practiced for 20 minutes twice daily while sitting comfortably with eyes closed. TM settles the mind down to more peaceful levels, and the brain, as numerous research papers have shown, begins to function in a more relaxed, orderly, and coherent way. The body gains a deep level of rest, allowing the release of accumulated stress, strain, and fatigue. . . .
The results in this [Military Medicine] and previous studies indicate that TM has the potential to reduce PTSD symptoms in a significant percentage of affected individuals. . . . it is time to bring in treatment reinforcements because the traditional methods aren't working well.
That's the least we can do for our veterans.
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About the Authors
David Shapiro, M.A., is an author of two articles published in Journal of Traumatic Stress (April, 2013; February, 2014) on Transcendental Meditation and PTSD; the founding President of PTSD Relief Now and its African PTSD Relief projects and Alliance for PTSD Recovery; author of a third article, in submission, on rapid reductions in PTSD in South African college students; and an author of numerous popular articles on PTSD published throughout the world. Author of ''The Simple Technique that dramatically Reduced PTSD Symptoms in Refugees'' on Elephant Journal.
Robert Herron, Ph.D., M.B.A. is a Marine veteran who fought in Vietnam. He is author of peer reviewed articles on TM, economics, and health. He is the lead author on the new Military Medicine article: ''The Transcendental Meditation Program's Impact on the Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder of Veterans: An Uncontrolled Pilot Study.''
Adrianne Phillips was a U.S. Air Force combat service member and Security Forces Officer, and is now a 100 percent service-disabled veteran. She is the founder of Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) as a reaction to the immense need for support of veterans transitioning to civilian life.
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