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L'Oreal turns to plant-based hair dye as natural cosmetics thrive
14 December 2017 - L'Oreal is launching its first wholly plant-based hair dye as cosmetics companies look to win over customers who are becoming increasingly wary of chemical ingredients. The French company, the world's biggest maker of skincare and beauty products, said on Wednesday (13 December) the new range based on ingredients such as henna would be aimed at professionals for use in salons across Europe from May 2018. The organic cosmetics boom has been driven by rising numbers of younger consumers rejecting chemical-based products in favor of plant-based ones. (more)

Antibiotics sales for use in U.S. farm animals dropped in 2016: FDA
7 December 2017 - The sale and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals in the United States decreased by 10 percent from 2015 to 2016, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report said on Thursday (7 December). It was the first decline in year-to-year sales since the FDA began collecting the data in 2009, according to food and consumer health groups. (more)

The beauty industry now has its own green 'seal of approval'
30 November 2017 - It may soon be easier for shoppers to find beauty products without toxic chemicals. The Environmental Working Group has launched EWG Verified, a label that will help consumers spot products that meet stringent ingredient and transparency requirements. The Environmental Working Group nonprofit launched a new label this month [November] called EWG Verified, which certifies personal care products as free from chemicals of concern. (more)

Babies learn what words mean before they can use them
20 November 2017 - Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking, and researchers are beginning to understand how they do it. 'I think it's especially intriguing that we find evidence that for infants, even their early words aren't 'islands': even with a very small vocabulary they seem to have a sense that some words and concepts are more 'similar' than others,' Dr. Elika Bergelson from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina told Reuters Health by email. 'While they still have a lot to learn before they show adult-like or even toddler-like levels of comprehension, this gives us a peek into how those early words and concepts are organized.' (more)

US: California bans use of some farming pesticides near schools
8 November 2017 - California has banned farmers from using certain pesticides near schools and day care centers under a new rule announced Tuesday [7 November] that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S. The new regulations take effect January 1 and apply to crop dusters flying over fields, air blasters spraying orchards, and fumigants along with most dust and powder pesticides that could be blown onto school grounds by the wind. Some California counties already require buffer zones between schools and areas where pesticides are sprayed on crops. But the new rule is the first statewide standard of its kind, the department said. (more)

India: Brahmaputra boat clinic goes solar, powering up rural healthcare
30 October 2017 - The solar-powered S. B. Nahor is bringing dentists to the doorstep of those living on flood-prone river islands in Assam. The first of 15 Indian boat clinics to go solar, the S. B. Nahor has for the first time brought a dentist to the doorstep of tens of thousands of people who live on flood-prone river islands in Assam. And by going solar, it has given remote healthcare a much-needed green shot in the arm, boat doctors say. (more)

Finland wants EU to give up daylight saving time
26 October 2017 - Finnish government should actively push the European Union to abolish its directive on daylight savings time, a parliament committee said on Thursday (26 October). The committee said that after hearing several experts, it concluded that people do not adapt smoothly to the changes. It added that turning the clocks caused short-term sleeping disorders, reduced performance at work, and could also lead to serious health problems. (more)

French health regulator withdraws license for Bayer weedkiller
26 October 2017 - French health and environment regulator ANSES said on Thursday (26 October) it had withdrawn the license for Bayer's Basta F1 weedkiller made with glufosinate-ammonium, citing uncertainty over its effect on health following a review. Glufosinate is an alternative to glyphosate ... (more)

Argentina's meatless Mondays
19 October 2017 - The introduction of meatless Mondays to the presidential palace adds Argentina to the list of countries investigating ways to limit meat consumption. Portugal passed a law this year requiring a vegan option at public institutions. Researchers at Oxford University found that pricing food according to its climate impact could prevent more than half a million early deaths every year, largely in Europe, the United States, Australia, and China. And surveys show that measures restricting meat consumption could be accepted by the public if justified in their interest. (more)

China's President Xi says will continue years-long war on smog
18 October 2017 - China will keep up its years-long battle against smog to ensure 'blue skies' and promote a 'revolution' in clean energy, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday (18 October) at the opening ceremony of a key Communist Party congress. In the long term, it has also launched a series of measures to curb the use of coal, the nation's favorite fuel, and boost use of renewable power, like wind and solar. (more)

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Diminishing grief and trauma: An interview on Transcendental Meditation and psychotherapy
11 December 2017 - 'Transcendental Meditation centres and calms the nervous system, which is a key player in the trauma response,' says Debbie Augenthaler, a New York City psychotherapist who specializes in trauma, grief, and loss. She highlights several benefits of TM - 'peace, emotional balance, and flexibility - [that] are essential for a calm nervous system,' explaining some of the many ways in which TM helps people heal and move forward in their lives. 'Regular TM practice develops a capacity for increased resilience, faster recovery from stress, and helps to manage and reduce anxiety. TM also reduces insomnia and can help practitioners get more restful and rejuvenating sleep. . . . I consider my TM practice to be the foundation of my self-care.' (more)

Learning to keep calm and carry on with Transcendental Meditation: Austin American-Statesman reports
4 December 2017 - In late 2016, Helen Anders decided to learn Transcendental Meditation (TM). Now, a year later, she writes in the Austin American-Statesman, 'I sleep better, so I'm in a better mood in the morning. I can more easily deal with rambunctious grandchildren and turbulent airplane rides. I'm more likely to observe annoyance without being a rattled participant . . . . I emerge from a meditation (the standard is two 20-minute meditations a day) feeling invigorated and ready for action, yet calm.' She notes research on heart health benefits of TM, and also comments, 'Why did I choose TM? I was impressed by my brother and his wife, who have meditated since their college days and are the calmest, most self-possessed people I know.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation may help reduce impulse spending and promote healthier financial habits and lives
1 December 2017 - Transcendental Meditation is well-known as a stress reliever in the finance industry, and many believe a sound body and mind may lead to healthier financial choices among the general population. Scientific studies have shown a direct relationship between stress and impulsive behaviours like overspending. 'TM does something simple and effective to eliminate stress and to help our mind be more resistant to the negative influences of stress,' says Mario Orsatti, who teaches TM in some of the most stressful situations anywhere - on Wall Street. TM's health benefits include lower blood pressure and reduced stress, anger, and anxiety; as noted on, those who deal with stress in financially unhealthy ways may benefit. (more)

American Heart Association recommends meditation to help prevent and treat heart disease
23 November 2017 - After a broad review of the scientific research, a recent scientific statement by the American Heart Association recommended meditation be considered to help prevent and treat heart disease as an adjunct to conventional care. 'It's the first time in the modern history of health care that an established medical body has recommended meditation in the treatment and prevention of heart disease,' said Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, dean of Maharishi University of Management's College of Integrative Medicine in the USA. The statement reviewed five different approaches to meditation . . . . Dr. Schneider said that, compared to other approaches, the Transcendental Meditation research was the most diverse and deepest, including, for example, studies on improved atherosclerosis, decreased insulin resistance, and reductions in the rate of heart attack, stroke, and death. (more)

Finding connection within: Cell phone use and Transcendental Meditation
8 November 2017 - Author Linda Egenes, writing for Transcendental Meditation for Women, addresses how today's young people are constantly seen 'bent in worship fashion over his or her cell phone.' Answering the question of whether 'they might be having just as much fun as we did', she cites research showing that depression and loneliness are skyrocketing in teen populations. Ms Egenes says, 'I think we have to go beyond good cell phone etiquette to address our society's deeper issues of isolation and loneliness'. Pointing out that practising TM is the most effective way to stay 'connected', she concludes, 'when we are feeling more connected to our inner source of calm and inner happiness, we naturally radiate that to others, contributing to their feelings of well-being and connectedness as well.'  (more)

Transcendental Meditation included in a new advance in the fight against Alzheimer's
4 November 2017 - Dr Dale Bredesen and his team at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging have been working for years to 'unravel this complex chronic illness,' of Alzheimers, the third leading cause of death in the US. They discovered that Alzheimer's 'is not a mysterious disease,' but has 36 identifiable contributors. The key was determining each person's 10 to 20 'drivers', then designing a personalized treatment plan. In a new collaboration, Dr Bredesen is recommending Transcendental Meditation as an integral part of his protocol. 'There are a number of ways in which TM is actually a part of the overall approach to preventing and reversing cognitive decline,' he said, citing 'repeated, published support' for the TM technique showing improvements in neuroplasticity and global brain wave (EEG) coherence associated with improved cognitive performance, intelligence, and memory, as well as significant reductions in hypertension, stress, and anxiety. . .' Dr Bredesen concluded: 'Let's all work together to make this a rare disease . . . The fact that you have all these wonderful people who are practicing TM, and are thinking about critical health issues - and thinking in much more of a systems approach - this is going to be what conquers this illness.' (more)

Why hospitals should pay for nurses to learn Transcendental Meditation
1 November 2017 - The Transcendental Meditation program is a low-cost intervention that could save nurses the jobs they love, and save hospitals hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. With 30 to 49 per cent of nurses reporting some level of stress and exhaustion, this qualifies as 'high burnout', a potential health crisis among nurses, and results in an increase in absenteeism and turnover. The cost of training nurse replacements is between US $60-100,000 or, for a critical care nurse, as high as $300,000. A 2015 study published in International Archives of Nursing and Health Care showed that TM improves the mental health and physical well-being of caregivers, with decreases in perceived stress, mood disturbance - including anxiety, depression, anger, confusion, and fatigue - and an increase in spiritual well-being. (more)

From 12-Step to Transcendental Meditation: An artist's journey of healing from domestic violence
22 October 2017 - The noted Hudson Valley painter and muralist Leslie Bender achieved success in her career, but experienced a dark emptiness inside, an inability to cope with the effects of an abusive childhood. 'I was experiencing an enormous rage,' she says. This began to change after she learned Transcendental Meditation in 2015. 'I noticed right away that it was easy for me to do it faithfully,' Leslie says. Her self-esteem has been given a huge boost: 'TM votes for you when you're not voting for yourself. It means a lot to someone who's been living this kind of trauma.' She continues, 'I feel splashes of happiness and there's much more clarity. My friends say I'm happier. But I think getting in contact with a bigger Self that's beneath these learned belief systems - that is the real breakthrough for me.' (more)

David Lynch Foundation's Change Begins Within gala benefit: Healing the hidden wounds of war
21 October 2017 - The David Lynch Foundation's recent annual benefit dinner and gala in New York City honoured General (ret.) Stephen Rippe and Ken Falke, founder of Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors. The evening featured musical entertainment from Grammy-award winning violinist, Miri Ben-Ari and a conversation with Tom Hanks and Mary-Louise Parker on the benefits and impact of Transcendental Meditation. The event was held to support veterans suffering from PTSD to learn TM. (more)

How these celebrities are helping veterans in a unique way
17 September 2017 - Veterans who battle post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a tough go of it. Now, some celebrities - Tom Hanks, Mary-Louise Parker, and Kyle MacLachlan - are stepping up and participating in an October event to help our bravest deal with their afflictions. The benefit is being put on by the David Lynch Foundation - which is headed by filmmaker David Lynch, whose television show 'Twin Peaks' recently wrapped airing its third season on Showtime. All three actors will speak about Transcendental Meditation and how vital it's been to their successes, both personally and professionally. The goal of the event: to raise enough money to teach it to 1,000 veterans. (more)

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US: 5 ruffed grouse test positive for West Nile Virus in Michigan
5 December 2017 - State officials say five ruffed grouse have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it marks the first time the disease has been confirmed in the state's ruffed grouse population. West Nile Virus primarily is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. (more)

Murky business: A hunt for answers as children fall sick around Mexico lake
4 December 2017 - Eduardo Baltazar is the youngest person in the tiny Mexican village of Agua Caliente to have a kidney transplant, undergoing the life-saving surgery a month shy of his 13th birthday. The boy is one of many victims of a health crisis in the western state of Jalisco that environmental experts are linking to water and air pollution, despite denials by the government. A University of Guadalajara investigation into the 950 residents of Agua Caliente on the shores of Lake Chapala has confirmed what locals have known for years -- chronic kidney disease has reached epidemic levels and is hitting children hardest. From the smog-coated capital to polluted lakeside villages, agricultural and industrial pollution and poor regulation have sickened communities across Mexico, say campaigners. (more)

Argentina permits new enetically modified soybean seed as EU debates weed-killer glyphosate
24 November 2017 - Argentina authorized on Friday (24 November) the use of genetically modified soybean seeds resistant to herbicides other than glyphosate, as the European Union (EU) debates whether to extend the license of weed-killers containing the ingredient. The EU debate comes amid concerns the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's popular weed-killer Roundup causes cancer. That has caused concern in the South American country, the No. 1 exporter of soybean meal and soybean oil and No. 3 raw soybean exporter, that its exports to the EU could be in jeopardy. (more)

Stressed out parents less likely to cook homemade meals
24 November 2017 - On days when parents feel stressed or depressed, children are less likely to get homemade food for dinner, a U.S. study suggests. 'One potential explanation for these findings is that parents who have a stressful day at work, school, or home or who feel depressed throughout the day may be overwhelmed and not feel like making a family meal, and so they opt for pre-prepared foods and make less homemade foods,' said lead study author Jerica Berge of the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. (more)

Nearly half of US cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior
21 November 2017 - A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet, and other unhealthy behaviors. That's less than commonly-cited estimates from more than 35 years ago, a result of new research methods and changes in American society. Smoking rates have plummeted, for example, while obesity rates have risen dramatically. (more)

Smog chokes Indian capital as emergency measures fail to bring relief
13 November 2017 - A thick cloud of toxic smog 10 times the recommended limit enveloped India's capital, New Delhi, on Monday, as government officials struggled to tackle a public health crisis that is well into its second week. A U.S. embassy measure showed levels of poisonous airborne particles, known as PM 2.5, had reached 498 on Monday afternoon, compared with the upper limit of 'good' quality air at 50. (more)

South Asia smog disrupts travel, sickens thousands in Pakistan
10 November 2017 - Two weeks of thick toxic smog has disrupted normal life in parts of Pakistan, with flights canceled, road accidents surging and nearly 15,000 people being hospitalized in and around Lahore, officials said on Friday (10 November). The Pakistani crisis is part of a wider smog emergency that has hit neighboring India, forcing authorities in New Delhi on Friday to plan to spray water over the city. (more)

Severe pollution hits India's capital, causing health worries
7 November 2017 - A thick gray haze enveloped India's capital on Tuesday [7 November] as air pollution hit hazardous levels, prompting local officials to ask that schools shut down and a half marathon scheduled for later in November be called off. As winter approaches, a thick, soupy smog routinely envelops most parts of northern India, caused by dust, the burning of crops, emissions from factories, and the burning of coal and piles of garbage as the poor try to keep warm. Over the past two years, New Delhi has earned the dubious distinction of being one of the world's most polluted cities. (more)

Red Cross: $6 million for Ebola fight stolen through fraud
4 November 2017 - Fraud by Red Cross workers and others wasted more than $6 million meant to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the organization confirmed Saturday [4 November]. The revelations follow an internal investigation of how money was handled during the 2014-2016 epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. As much as $2 million disappeared as the result of 'likely collusion between Red Cross staff and employees at a Sierra Leonean bank, the investigation found. In Liberia, investigators found 'evidence of fraud related to inflated prices of relief items, payroll, and payment of volunteer incentives.' IFRC (International Federation of the Red Cross) estimated the loss at $2.7 million. And in Guinea, at least $1 million disappeared because of fraudulent billing practices by a customs clearance service provider. Two other investigations there are pending, IFRC said. (more)

US rate for gun deaths is up for the second straight year
3 November 2017 - The U.S. rate for gun deaths has increased for the second straight year, following 15 years of no real change, a government report shows. Roughly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides and those have been increasing for about 10 years. Until recently, that has been offset by a decline in people shot dead by others. But there's been a recent upswing in those gun-related homicides, too, some experts said. (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: 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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