Mystic Medicine Marvels – and Other News

by DavalosMcCormack on November 19, 2009

Did you hear about the Buddhist who went to the dentist to have a tooth removed. When the dentist offered him Novocain he said no, because he wanted to transcend dental medication.

I love a good pun. Actually, come to think of it I love a bad pun, particularly when it gets me rather neatly into a new study that shows the real benefits of practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) for heart patients.

The study found that patients who have heart disease and practiced the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique had a nearly 50 percent lower risk of a heart attack, stroke or death compared to a similar group of patients who didn’t practice TM.

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Florida.

Now this is not the first time that researchers have found the heart health benefits of TM, but it’s certainly the largest study to date of its kind. In this one researchers followed more than 200 African American men and women over the age of 59 for nine years. All the participants had narrowing of the arteries.

One group were taught how to do Transcendental Meditation – a simple meditative practice you do twice a day for about 15 minutes each time, sitting in a chair or wherever you feel most comfortable – the other group were given education in how to reduce their risk through more traditional methods such as diet and exercise.

The TM group had a 47 percent reduction in death, heart attacks and strokes. They saw their blood pressure drop, and reported feeling less stress.

Because this study lasted almost a decade it’s the first to show that the benefits of TM can extend over the long-term.

And what’s cool, is you don’t need a doctor’s prescription to do it. Just go here and check it out for yourself.

Smokers Say Ban Us, We Deserve It!

It’s not just non-smokers who hate smokers, smokers apparently hate smokers too! Kind of.

Researchers at RTI International and Harris Interactive asked almost 5,000 people in 14 different countries (including South Korea, Italy, Turkey, China and Brazil) what they thought about smoking at work.

A whopping 74 percent of smoking employees and 87 percent of all employees thought that the workplace should be smoke-free. The countries with the biggest support for banning ciggies at work were India (85 percent) and Japan (75). In contrast only 33 percent of Germans wanted a smoke-free workplace.

Mind you if you had to eat German food every day you’d want something to take away the taste as well.

Get A Move On – It Could Save Your Life

Do you ever see those folks out doing what they probably think is power walking but in reality looks more like a casual stroll. It’s kind of silly isn’t it. There they are, bedecked in athletic gear with water bottles strapped to their waist and all the time they’re barely going faster than an old lady with a walker.

Anyway, a new study confirms what you probably thought when you saw them strolling along – they’d get more benefit if they got the lead out of their particular pencils and moved faster.

The study, published in BMJ, measured the walking speed of 3,208 high-functioning French men and women who were 65 and older. They followed them for more than five years by which time 209 of the participants had died, mostly from cancer and heart disease, and the other 2,999 were probably wondering why these scientists kept following them.

After taking all sorts of stuff like age, sex, weight etc into account the researchers found that the slowest walkers were 44 percent more likely to die than the fastest walkers. It’s almost as if death were a lion, hanging around at the back of the pack, waiting to pick off the weakest and slowest.

So, if you want to live longer, walk faster. Particularly if you are French!

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