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International Yoga Day - Rajasthan records biggest yoga gathering
21 June 2018 - June 21 is being observed as International Yoga Day every year, after the United Nations accepted India's proposal in 2014. This year, the national event [in India] was held at Dehradun's Forest Research Institute with the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ... Rajasthan created a world record bringing over a lakh of people [100,000] together at a yoga session to mark the International Day of Yoga. (more)
Photos: India strikes a pose on International Yoga Day 2018
21 June 2018 - The fourth edition of International Day of Yoga was observed across India with people striking asanas en masse in yoga and meditation sessions. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi led this day at the campus of the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Uttarakhand's Dehradun, sections of the general public from the length and breadth of the country, in parks, at monuments, and even on naval vessels. (more)
This elite police force guards the Himalayas -- and also practices yoga
21 June 2018 - Members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police wear military fatigues, with thick boots and heavy jackets. On the job, they guard the vast border between India and China, where the mountaintop temperature can drop to minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Outside their regular duties, they summit Mount Everest. They also practice yoga. The elite police force -- along with yogis around the globe -- are marking Thursday's fourth annual International Yoga Day, which aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga. (more)
Closing of oil and coal power plants linked to drop in preterm births
8 June 2018 - The shuttering of eight oil- and coal-fueled electric plants in California was associated with a sizeable decrease in preterm births among women living nearby, researchers say. Their study took advantage of a 'natural experiment' when six oil-fueled electricity-generating plants and two coal-powered plants were retired. (more)
US: San Francisco says 'no' to big tobacco, approves flavored tobacco ban
6 June 2018 - San Francisco residents on Tuesday (5 June) voted overwhelmingly to ban flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and vape liquids, in what is seen nationally as a blow to the tobacco industry. Tobacco companies and other opponents of the ban flooded more than $11.5 million into a campaign against the measure ... (more)
US: San Francisco bans sales of flavored tobacco products
6 June 2018 - San Francisco voters approved a proposition that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and flavored vaping liquids on Tuesday (5 June). The battle over the flavored tobacco ban has been an expensive one in the city, with tobacco company R.J. Reynolds contributing nearly $12 million against the measure and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributing more than $3 million in support of it, according to filings with the San Francisco Ethics commission. (more)
US: San Francisco voters uphold ban on flavored vaping products
6 June 2018 - Despite a $12-million dollar ad blizzard by a giant tobacco company, voters in San Francisco resoundingly supported a new ban on the selling of flavored tobacco products, including vaping liquids packaged as candies and juice boxes, and menthol cigarettes. It is said to be the most restrictive in the country. (more)
US: Chicago officials laud 15th consecutive month of declining gun violence
2 June 2018 - Chicago has had 52 fewer murders and 229 fewer shootings through the end of May -- a 21% drop in both categories -- compared to the first five months of 2017, according to the Chicago Police Department. So far this year, Chicago has had 500 fewer shooting victims than the same period in 2016, police said. (more)
Cities go wild with child-friendly design
30 May 2018 - Urban areas are experimenting with ways to foster creativity and a sense of adventure in children, including more natural play spaces. Globally, fast-growing cities are under pressure to protect children from urban pressures including crime, traffic, pollution, cramped living conditions, and social isolation. (more)
One million French smokers quit in a year amid anti-smoking measures
28 May 2018 - France has seen a sharp fall in the number of people smoking daily, with one million fewer lighting up from 2016-2017, a survey suggests. Such a drop has not been seen in a decade, according to Public Health France, which carried out the study. There has also been a decline in smoking among teenagers and those on low incomes. (more)
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Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative: Protecting our policewomen
21 June 2018 - Incorporated in February 2017, the Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative [CWWI] - the women's wing of the Transcendental Meditation organisation in Canada - serves women whose jobs, health, and lives are at risk due to chronic or acutely high levels of stress. Recently CWWI partnered with the Central Saanich Police Service near Victoria, British Columbia, to offer training in Transcendental Meditation to their women officers and other area officers. The programme, with benefits including significant reduction of stress and its symptoms, is bearing results quickly. 'Each sitting of meditation is like having a restorative vacation. I have sustained, fresh energy. I feel far more settled . . . . I wish I'd discovered TM years ago.' - Kathleen Thomson, Constable [retired], Saanich Police Department. (more)
Can Transcendental Meditation cure stress?
20 June 2018 - The epidemic of modern stress could be the cause of up to 80 per cent of illnesses and disorders, said Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, a non-profit that teaches Transcendental Meditation. And while there's no magic pill, he explained in an interview in Equinox, meditation can be one tool for fighting back, and quieting the mind despite all the worry, fear, and anxiety we're faced with daily. June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month - 'you could look at TM as an effortless exercise to bring the whole brain into peak performance,' Roth said. (more)
Transcendental Meditation brain benefits discussed: Maria Shriver-hosted 'Move for Minds' tour for Women's Alzheimer's Movement
17 June 2018 - Transcendental Meditation (TM) was featured at four live Facebook events this month, during a nationwide tour for 'Move for Minds', hosted by renowned journalist and author Maria Shriver. Move for Minds is an initiative of The Women's Alzheimer's Movement founded by Ms. Shriver, held this year at Equinox locations across the US. In New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, TM expert Bob Roth joined a panel of experts, moderated by Ms. Shriver, 'to discuss evidence-based strategies to prevent the risk factors associated with Alzheimer's disease, particularly among women, who are disproportionately more likely to be afflicted by this devastating epidemic,' Roth said. He spoke about benefits of regular meditation practice, and TM's effects in reducing high blood pressure, heart disease, and cortisol - while improving brain and cognitive functioning. (more)
Reducing hypertension through Transcendental Meditation
16 June 2018 - With more than 70 million Americans suffering from hypertension and another 30 percent of Americans with prehypertension, this dangerous condition caused or complicated by stress is hard to control with just medication. A recent article described the practice of Transcendental Meditation as a valid technique to lower blood pressure. (more)
Transcendental Meditation shown to reduce alcohol addiction
14 June 2018 - An important study on Transcendental Meditation and alcohol prevention was published this spring in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Dr Jan Gryczynski, lead author of the study, stated: 'The overarching purpose of this pilot study was really to determine the feasibility of integrating TM into alcohol use disorder treatment. . . . I see meditation in general, and TM specifically, as having great promise in relapse prevention.' One of the subjects has been sober for six months - she learned Transcendental Meditation five months ago. She said, 'Now when I wake up in the morning, I feel happy; I feel blessed. The one regret I have is that I wish I had started [TM] earlier, just so I could have had that much more of my life back.' (more)
Celebrating 25 years of dedication to health and life: Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre, Bad Ems, Germany
13 June 2018 - The attention of the Ayurveda world turned to Bad Ems, Germany, this year on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre. More than 200 invited guests celebrated the event in the historic Hacker's Grand Hotel. Political leaders and renowned Ayurveda representatives attended, and praised the Health Centre and Ayurveda. Many guests of honour also expressed their desire for greater popularity of Ayurvedic medicine in Germany, including the Indian Consul General Pratibha Parkar, who called for greater support from health insurance companies, so that more people could benefit from Ayurveda. (more)
Premiere Dr. Oz Podcast features Transcendental Meditation 'to conquer anxiety'
10 June 2018 - The recent premiere of Dr. Mehmet Oz's new Podcast featured Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation. Roth has been teaching the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique for 45 years, and is author of the new bestselling book, Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation. His segment of the Podcast was titled 'How to Conquer Anxiety With Meditation'. He talked about the science and benefits of TM, and also discussed with Dr Oz myths and misconceptions of different types of meditation - as they did during Roth's appearance on the cardiologist's popular American TV show, 'The Dr. Oz Show' in April. (more)
Marjorie Sinal on her 240 mile trek at age 91: Transcendental Meditation is 'an effective and portable tool'
8 June 2018 - When Marjorie Sinal decided to trek the Camino Trail last year, 'it raised a few eyebrows within my family'. The resident of Calgary, Alberta, in Canada was 91 at the time, and the trail, Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), is a network of ancient pilgrim routes extending across Europe. 'We only hiked 240 miles (386 km),' she says. The walk lasted '19 wonderful days' and included hiking over the Pyrenees mountains. 'I certainly think Transcendental Meditation was a big factor in preparing me and helping me throughout the journey,' Marj says, '--not just my daily meditation during the Camino walk, but the practice of TM that I had done for the many years before. It's an effective and portable tool. It relieves stress and tiredness and improves resilience and renews you twice daily.' (more)
Transcendental Meditation effective in reducing depression - Elephant Journal
7 June 2018 - An article published today in Elephant Journal, a leading yoga journal, describes Transcendental Meditation as a highly effective, evidence-based approach for reducing depression. Peer-reviewed published scientific studies show that TM produces systematic reduction in depression and even PTSD-related depression. 'The brain chemistry improves and EEG monitoring shows a regular rise in brain coherence. . . . TM acts as a basis for a life shift toward more inner balance and stability,' the authors write. An emergency room doctor who struggled with depression said, ''Since starting TM, I have stopped medication and have never felt better. My mood has improved and stress has lowered . . . . I feel better about myself leading to a more positive outlook on life.' (more)
Meditating Moms 2: Becoming their best selves, no matter what challenges life brings
6 June 2018 - Whether these moms have been meditating a few years or for decades, they carve out time to nourish themselves and grow through their Transcendental Meditation practice. Krista found ways to fit her TM practice into the lives of her five children. 'TM has helped me to be a more calm, relaxed, and fun mom. I am able to handle the stresses of their squabbles and demands much more easily. I also feel that they are calmer after I meditate,' she says. 'TM has been the greatest gift in my life!' When Vanessa reflects on the impact of her TM practice, she notes its stress-relieving effects and how it enables greater 'flow' in everyday activity. 'The main thing I've noticed from the beginning is that when I meditate daily, things just seem to flow naturally and fall into place without causing stress,' she says. (more)
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Severe obesity rates surging in rural America
19 June 2018 - Severe obesity rates have been on the rise nationwide since the turn of the century, disproportionately affecting children and adults in rural communities, two U.S. studies suggest. In rural communities, severe obesity rates more than tripled for men and more than doubled for women during the study period [from 2001 to 2016], while climbing 29 percent among young people. Obesity rates in rural areas, meanwhile, rose about 9 percent among children and teens and about 36 percent for adults. (more)
Stress disorders tied to increased risk of autoimmune diseases
19 June 2018 - People who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related psychiatric issues may be more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than individuals who don't, a Swedish study suggests. During the study, individuals with PTSD were 46 percent more likely to develop an autoimmune disorder, and more than twice as likely to develop at least three autoimmune disorders, compared to adults without stress disorders. (more)
Vigorous exercise may not keep dementia from worsening
14 June 2018 - People with dementia who exercise regularly are just as likely to experience cognitive decline as those who don't work out, a UK study suggests. 'High-intensity exercise is unlikely to cure or reduce the symptoms of dementia,' said lead study author Sarah Lamb of the University of Oxford. ... 'Although the current study didn't show benefits to cognition, physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle is still likely to reduce the risk of other chronic diseases which can also negatively impact a dementia patients' quality of life,' Joe Northey of the University of Canberra in Australia, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. (more)
Diabetes, smoking linked to deposits in brain region tied to memory
12 June 2018 - People who smoke or have diabetes may be more likely to have calcium deposits in brain regions crucial for memory, a Dutch study suggests. ... Researchers examined cognitive test results and brain scans for 1,991 patients visiting a memory clinic at a Dutch hospital from 2009 to 2015. Overall, 380 patients, or about 19 percent, had calcification, or abnormal buildup of calcium, in the hippocampus, the region of the brain important for short-term and long-term memory. brain than other participants in the study, the researchers note in Radiology. The hippocampus is typically damaged in people who develop dementia and Alzheimer's disease. (more)
Gene editing tool may raise cancer risk in cells, scientists warn
11 June 2018 - A gene-editing technology that is being explored by scientists worldwide as a way of removing and replacing gene defects might inadvertently increase cancer risk in cells, scientists warned on Monday (11 June). Researchers from the Britain's Cambridge University and Sweden's Karolinska Institute said more research needs to be done to assess whether using CRISPR-Cas9 -- a type of molecular 'scissors' that make gene editing a possibility -- might lead to the development of treatments that have added cancer risk. (more)
US: Suicide rates are up 30 percent since 1999, CDC says
8 June 2018 - Suicide rates are up by 30 percent across the nation since 1999, federal health officials reported Thursday (7 June). While many cases of mental illness may have been diagnosed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also noted that relationship stress, financial troubles, and substance abuse were contributing to the trends. (more)
CDC finds rise in suicide rates across the U.S.
7 June 2018 - Suicide death rates have risen significantly in most states since the late 1990s, with 25 states recording increases of more than 30%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. (more)
Disrupted sleep cycles linked with mood disorders
7 June 2018 - People who have disrupted sleep cycles or less variation in their activity levels around the clock may be more likely to have depression, bipolar disorders, and other mental health issues, a UK study suggests. ...'That includes having a regular sleep schedule (sleeping and waking at about the same times), keeping active and exercising (which helps to regulate rhythms), avoiding late night light exposure (such as from mobile devices), and avoiding or addressing the circadian disruptions from shift work,' [said Dr. Raymond Lam, a psychiatry researcher at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, who wasn't involved in the study]. (more)
Teen drinking and drug use risk higher on Native American reservations
7 June 2018 - Teens on Native American reservations continue to be more likely to report using alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit drugs than peers elsewhere in the U.S. and to start using at younger ages, a recent study suggests. ... the disparity between Native and other youths was greatest in the eighth grade. Native American eighth graders were more than four times as likely to use alcohol and more than twice as likely to use marijuana or other illicit drugs in the previous month. Native American eighth graders also had more than triple the risk of binge drinking and more than quadruple the risk of smoking cigarettes. (more)
US: Kansas suicide rate up 45 percent since 1999, among the largest increases nationwide
7 June 2018 - Suicides in Kansas rose 45 percent over the past 17 years, far outpacing the nation as a whole, according to a new federal report that said Kansas had one of the largest increases. The suicide rate in Kansas increased 45 percent between 1999 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The overall U.S. rate increased 25.4 percent over that same time. (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,
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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