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US: Three change-makers to receive Organic Leadership Awards
21 August 2017 - An organic trade advisor who has worked for decades to open the global world of organic and act as an important organic ambassador both domestically and internationally, an organic grape grower . . . with unwavering commitment to organic advocacy and community, and an unlikely entrepreneur who has built a booming business around sprouting organic flours and grains to start a new trend for the organic industry will each be honored with a 2017 Organic Trade Association Leadership Award. (more)

US: Once homeless, Iraq War veteran moves into unique new home (+ AP video)
18 August 2017 - A homeless Iraq war veteran in California has a unique place to finally call home. Vernon Poling moved into an apartment made of shipping containers. The complex built for homeless veterans is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. 'There's been a couple nights that I've been surprised I've slept so long,' Poling said. 'It's a load off.' (more)

The Associated Press' guide to the best free online workouts
16 August 2017 - It's easy to get discouraged by the boutique fitness craze with $25 per class fees and the weekly chore of sitting by your computer to reserve a spot in that popular spin class that always sells out. It's often tempting to just skip it, so we rounded up our favorite free online workouts that you can do in your living room, at the office, in a park, or on vacation. (more)

Organic food consumption in the Czech Republic increases
11 August 2017 - One-tenth of people in the Czech Republic often buy organic food and 43 percent do so from time to time ... People buy foodstuffs produced by farmers mostly because they do not contain chemicals, four-fifths of the poll's respondents say. According to the data of the Agriculture Ministry, the organic food consumption in the Czech Republic increased by 11.4 percent year-on-year in 2015. People spent 2.25 billion crowns on it, which was 213 crowns per capita on average. This was the highest sum since 2008. (more)

US: Salt Lake elementary school employs goats for gardening work
7 August 2017 - A Salt Lake City elementary school has found a cheap, chemical-free way to clear weeds from a treacherous hillside: A team of hungry goats. For the third year in a row, a herd of goats is being used to landscape the tricky terrain at Washington Elementary School. The district loves to use the goats because it avoids using chemicals around children, and it saves money, said Ricardo Zubiate, assistant director of facility services for the Salt Lake City School District. (more)

US: Food is free for the taking at floating 'forest' in NYC
5 August 2017 - An old construction barge planted with vegetables, apple trees and fragrant herbs is giving apartment-dwelling New Yorkers a chance to pick something and eat it. Part floating garden, part artwork, and part community organizing project, the barge called Swale is currently docked on a river in the South Bronx and will move to Hudson River Park in lower Manhattan from September 15 to November 15. (more)

Study - Volunteering just two hours a week helps loneliness
28 July 2017 - Volunteering at least two hours a week may go a long way toward helping to ease feelings of loneliness and social isolation, a study of recent widows suggests. Loneliness is a serious medical problem for many older adults . . . Because strong marriages, friendships, and social networks can keep loneliness at bay, researchers wanted to see if becoming more involved in the community through volunteer work might make loneliness less common for an especially vulnerable group: recent widows. They found, as expected, that feelings of loneliness were much more intense among recent widows than married people. But the recent widows who started volunteering at least two hours a week developed lower levels of loneliness on par with married people who spend similar amounts of time giving back to their communities. (more)

Sleep may even help memory in very young babies
27 July 2017 - Three-month-old infants have better recall when they get a brief nap after learning something new, according to small experiment that suggests sleep may play a role in solidifying memories very early in life. While previous research has linked frequent naps to better memory in babies as young as 6 months, the current study examined the impact of a single 1.5- to 2-hour nap for infants half that age. The findings offer fresh evidence that sleep is critical to normal development even at a very young age, said Gina Poe, a resarcher in physiology and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn't involved in the study. 'Even if the job that you are tracking is done with a short nap, there may be other brain tasks that the brain is attending to during a longer nap that we don't know about,' Poe added. 'So never wake a sleeping baby.' (more)

Sustainable housing gains ground
25 July 2017 - A huge variety of eco-friendly housing is available for the growing number of people in search of sustainable living, estate agents say. And eco-homes are not just for those in search of an organic, self-sufficient lifestyle -- luxury homebuyers are seeking them too, the agents say. More than 20 percent of emerging luxury consumers -- defined as those with $250,000 to $1 million in investable assets -- in the United States, Britain, the United Arab Emirates, India, and China have their sights set on sustainable or eco-friendly homes, according to research published by Sotheby's International Realty earlier this year. (more)

U.S. Senators seek ban on pesticide chlorpyrifos
25 July 2017 - A group of Democratic Senators hopes to ban a pesticide the U.S. government has greenlighted for use, according to a bill unveiled on Tuesday, 25 July. The bill, introduced by Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, would outlaw chlorpyrifos, an agricultural insect-killer that has been found to cause brain damage in children. The bill is called the Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2017. Seven other senators are co-sponsoring it ... Chlorpyrifos, produced by a variety of manufacturers, including a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, is listed as a neurotoxin by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. (more)


Success of Maharishi's Programmes
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'If I had been doing TM all along, I would have been more calm and grounded'
20 August 2017 - 'Success is a journey, not a destination. I wish I had realized that sooner,' writes Michelle Henghold. 'More success usually equals more responsibility and when you don't have the tools to hit the reset button, toxic stress can take over your life.' As CEO of her husband's rapidly expanding surgical reconstruction practice, she watched as it 'sucked the life out of us. . . . I knew I needed to go inward more.' From her very first time practising Transcendental Meditation, she says, 'I went to a place that I had not been in many years. And there it was, waiting for me: peace.' She added, 'It's as natural and necessary as breathing and eating, and I will never not do it. . . . I believe that if I had been doing TM all along, I would have been more calm and grounded. I would have been able to fit in my family life and accomplish everything I wanted to do in a much more balanced way.' (more)

Seven amazing benefits of Transcendental Meditation: Self Thrive reports
14 August 2017 - Transcendental Meditation, often referred to as simply TM, or the TM technique, is practised by millions of people throughout the world, reports the publication Self Thrive. Derived from the ancient Indian Vedic tradition, the technique was brought to the USA in the 1960s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Noting that over 380 peer-reviewed studies on the technique have been published in over 160 scientific journals, the article outlines some of the many benefits practising TM can bring to the individual, including stress relief, improved cardiovascular health, increased work productivity, and better quality of life. 'It seems that there's little doubt that Transcendental Meditation really can have a positive impact on our lives.' (more)

The best summer vacation, twice a day
31 July 2017 - 'Women everywhere are finding huge relief, just by taking two 20-minute vacations a day, right on their porch, their couch, their beach chair, or anywhere they happen to be,' says Janet Hoffman, executive director of TM for Women Professionals in the USA. She explains how Transcendental Meditation promotes deep relaxation and relieves stress, anxiety, and depression, and she outlines scientifically validated effects that 'will improve your health, energy, and stamina'. She adds, 'providing yourself with deep physical, mental, and emotional rest is a springboard for a more dynamic active successful life. So, our summer is a good time to re-boot for the return to work and school.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation, exercise, and therapy hold major depression at bay
26 July 2017 - Gayathri Ramprasad, founder and president of the nonprofit foundation ASHA International, is a dynamic mental health activist who owes her own recovery from depression to Transcendental Meditation, regular exercise, and therapy. She works tirelessly to help others on their journey out of depression. 'I started struggling with depression when I was 18,' says Ms Ramprasad, who was born in India and settled in Oregon. Originally unfamiliar with the term depression, she began learning as much as she could about her possible recovery. 'I have practised Transcendental Meditation for 25 years now, every morning of my life,' she says. 'It has completely transformed me. Slowly, I discovered that combining meditation with cognitive behavioral therapy and exercise, especially yoga, is effective in fighting my depression.' (more)

Canada: Find a deeper state of happiness through meditation, not medication - TM and recovery from addiction
24 July 2017 - These days comedian Russell Brand is one of many celebrities finding a natural high without drugs and alcohol. 'I'm quite a neurotic thinker, quite an adrenalized person. But after meditation, I feel this beautiful serenity and selfless connection,' he says. A recent article explains that TM provides the 'basic human need to experience one's true nature - a transcendent, non-changing, absolute state of one's own awareness. When we have that connection, we are no longer dependent on outside stimuli, like drugs and alcohol, to effect a euphoria of well-being. We become naturally content - self-satisfied, self-sufficient, and self-motivated from within ourselves.' BeYouPromise.org has partnered with the Victoria, British Columbia, Transcendental Meditation Centre to offer TM to people in recovery. (more)

Why I practise Transcendental Meditation: Five professional women speak out
19 July 2017 - Linda Egenes has had the opportunity over the years to interview dozens of 'truly inspiring women' who have found that the Transcendental Meditation technique helps their careers, their families and their health. Some are new to TM, others have practised the technique for many years. 'What they have in common,' says Linda, 'is their enthusiasm to tell others about the great things that are happening in their lives since they started to practise TM.' She shares thoughts from five professionals on how the TM technique has become an integral part of a happy, healthy, and successful life. (more)

TM is 'a win-win-win-win for employees, their families, the company, and our customers' - Entrepreneur
18 July 2017 - After suffering from mental burnout, Kevin Barnicle, founder and CEO of Controle in Illinois, USA, discovered Transcendental Meditation (TM). Because he personally benefited from the programme, Barnicle began offering to pay half of the cost for employees who wanted to learn TM. He has since noticed employees have better focus, less stress and, in turn, more creative thinking. 'Those three components will not only spill into their personal life, but also their professional life,' said Barnicle. 'So it is a win-win-win-win for them personally, their families and loved ones, the company and our customers.' Mr Barnicle's experience was featured in a recent article in Entrepreneur exploring what eight different companies are doing to support mental health in the workplace. (more)

Rx against trauma: Transcendental Meditation heals PTSD, builds up 'inner immune system' to stress
16 July 2017 - 'We live in traumatic times,' writes William Hathaway in OpEdNews. For victims of war and terror and their families this can be life shattering. Many suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a debilitating condition that can last for decades unless properly treated. Soldiers are highly affected - over half a million US troops deployed since 2001 suffer from PTSD. Fortunately, effective treatments are now available. Ten studies published in professional journals have shown that Transcendental Meditation (TM) rapidly heals PTSD, both in military veterans and civilians. Research also indicates that TM can increase resilience, and 'build up an inner immune system that keeps the stress from devastating us'. (more)

Dr. Robert Schneider gives keynote address at Harvard Medical School
6 July 2017 - The unique approach of Maharishi AyurVeda health care, which encompasses theory, research, and clinical application, is drawing increasing national and international attention, including presentations by Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, at events at Harvard University, the European Society of Hypertension in Milan, and the Second International Ayurveda Congress in London. Dr. Schneider, Dean of Maharishi University of Management's College of Integrative Medicine, was invited to give an opening keynote address at Harvard alongside India's Minister of Ayurveda and Yoga at a recent conference on integrating Yoga and Ayurveda into mainstream medicine. (more)

UK: Could Ayurveda be the cure for ailing National Health System?
1 July 2017 - As the UK's National Health Service (NHS) shoulders a growing financial burden, the ancient Indian tradition of Ayurveda is being promoted as a way to take the pressure off doctors while helping people keep good health. At the recent Second International Ayurveda Congress in London, Dr Rainer Picha, chairman of the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation in the Netherlands (one of three organizations that hosted the Congress), said: 'Modern medicine has become hugely expensive to support. Rather, we should be focused on the prevention of disease, which is much cheaper than curing diseases.' (more)


Flops
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Vietnam battles dengue outbreaks with 42 percent more cases
20 August 2017 - Vietnam has been battling raging dengue fever outbreaks with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past week stretching its medical system. The number of admitted patients represents a 42-percent increase over the same period last year . . . The ministry attributed the rise of dengue outbreaks to higher temperature, more rains, and rapid urbanization that promote the breeding of virus-carrying mosquitoes. (more)

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline
16 August 2017 - After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows. The drop in teen deaths had been a rare bright spot in the opioid epidemic that has seen adult overdose deaths surge year after year . . . It's not clear why teen overdose deaths increased in 2015 or whether the trend will continue, said lead researcher Sally Curtin of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more)

Rare fungus found in 200 patients in 55 UK hospitals
15 August 2017 - A rare fungus that can cause drug-resistant infections has been found in around 200 patients in more than 55 hospitals across Britain, health officials said on Tuesday, 15 August. The fungus, also known as C. auris and first identified in Japan eight years ago, is rare and low-risk, but has a propensity to spread between hospital patients. C. auris has since been linked with bloodstream and wound infections, and with ear infections known as otitis, in at least eight other countries including South Africa, Kuwait, India, and Venezuela. (more)

Some jobs tied to higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis
15 August 2017 - Workers exposed to airborne toxins may have an elevated risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, an immune system disorder that causes debilitating swelling and pain in the joints, a Swedish study suggests. Among men, bricklayers, concrete workers and electricians had at least twice the risk of rheumatoid arthritis they would have in certain other occupations, the study found. For women, jobs in nursing carried a 30 percent higher risk than other careers. (more)

US: Flimsy evidence behind many FDA approvals
15 August 2017 - Many drugs granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lack clear evidence of safety and effectiveness, and the same is true for most high-risk medical devices, according to two new reports in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (more)

Austria finds some egg products contaminated with insecticide
14 August 2017 - Tests show that some imported egg products in Austria have been contaminated with a potentially harmful insecticide, Austria's food safety agency said on Monday (14 August) adding to the list of countries affected by an international health scare. Millions of chicken eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result of the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil, and hundreds of thousands of hens may be culled in the Netherlands. ... fipronil is considered moderately toxic and can cause organ damage in humans. Germany received at least 28 million possibly contaminated eggs, nearly three times the number previously reported . . . (more)

Yemen records 500,000 cholera cases, nearly 2,000 deaths: WHO
14 August 2017 - More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, 14 August. Each day there are more than 5,000 new cases of the waterborne disease, which causes acute diarrhoea and dehydration, in the country where the health system has collapsed after more than two years of war, it said. (more)

Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
9 August 2017 - People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday (9 August). The risk grows with every year of use, they said. 'Support for liberal marijuana use is partly due to claims that it is beneficial and possibly not harmful to health,' said Barbara Yankey, who co-led the research at the school of public health at Georgia State University in the United States. 'Despite the widely held view that cannabis is benign, this research adds to previous work suggesting otherwise,' said Ian Hamilton, a lecturer in mental health at Britain's York University. (more)

Risky drinking habits on the rise among U.S. adults: study
9 August 2017 - High-risk drinking among U.S. adults increased about 30 percent between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, according to a new study that called the proportion Americans developing alcohol dependence a 'public health crisis.' U.S. adults with an alcohol use disorder, defined as a dependence on alcohol, also increased nearly 50 percent during the period studied, researchers found. Increases in drinking were greatest among women, older adults, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with low education and income levels, the study found. (more)

Short sleep linked to body mass, waist size
3 August 2017 - Getting one extra hour of sleep each night might shave a third of an inch off your waist and a couple of pounds off the number on the bathroom scale, a recent study suggests. Longer sleepers also had slightly higher levels of HDL 'good' cholesterol. (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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