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Meditation can half risk of heart attack

By T.K. Randall
June 30, 2011 · Comment icon 14 comments

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Researchers have found that transcendental meditation can provide significant health benefits.
The meditation technique was made popular by the Beatles in the 1960s and involves repeating a mantra to help relax. It was used as part of a trial at the Medical College of Wisconsin and produced very encouraging results. "The effect is as large or larger than major categories of drug treatment for cardiovascular disease," said Professor Theodore Kotchen.
The researchers did further analysis of two subgroups, those participants who had high compliance with the meditation program, and a high stress group, and found even greater reductions in death, infarction and stroke in those groups. The high compliance subgroup showed a 66 per cent reduction, while the high stress subgroup showed a 64 per cent reduction.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (14)




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Comment icon #5 Posted by Mr. Miyagi 13 years ago
WOW you know more about this than I... way to go doc Thanks Geri, Maybe about meditation, but that's kind of a personal experience. Ya gotta find what works for you. My undertanding is, admitedly, Buddhist in nature. My Pov on it comes from Samma-Samadhi in particular. As far as actual physical medical benifits, that's news to me as well.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Beckys_Mom 13 years ago
Thanks Geri, Maybe about meditation, but that's kind of a personal experience. Ya gotta find what works for you. My undertanding is, admitedly, Buddhist in nature. My Pov on it comes from Samma-Samadhi in particular. As far as actual physical medical benifits, that's news to me as well. For me to take up meditation...I would need to be guaranteed peace for at least 30 mins per day....but I wouldn't know how to begin to be honest
Comment icon #7 Posted by Device 13 years ago
Also, over time, meditation can simply make you a much calmer person - even when you are not meditating. Thus, situations that used to stress you out are experienced as less stressful and easier to manage. This places less strain on the heart.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 13 years ago
Yeah...new reports saying that pro-longed used of mild amphetamines can be beneficial for your heart, and cut arteriosclerosis rates as well, if you're not an active type of person by nature. Not advocating that though. If you think about it, it makes sense, your heart and bloodvessels would get a little more exercise.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Taut 13 years ago
We are generally starting to recognize and apply what we've been being told for a couple of thousand years by spiritual teachers. Now, it is being confirmed by our "religion" of science. We've long known the negative effects of stress on the body. The mind/body connection is not new age mumbo jumbo, you just have to sort out the junk. Back in the cretaceous period when I worked open heart, the thoracic surgeons could tell before they ever started on someone whether they would do well or not, based on belief and attitude. If there was time, they would send people with a particular mind set to c... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Finity 13 years ago
I used to be able to meditate when I was younger and completely clear my head of all thoughts. But seem to have lost the ability
Comment icon #11 Posted by norwood1026 13 years ago
I think it was The Learning Channel but a while back they talked about how drumming could put people into a trance like state. I have to say I believe it. I started drumming about a year ago & I have felt myself fall into a trance like state when drumming.
Comment icon #12 Posted by undertheflow 13 years ago
This isn't that surprising...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Mieuwie 13 years ago
in Hindu Religion, tht was already proved
Comment icon #14 Posted by libstaK 13 years ago
I started meditation as a last resort against migraines. It's incredible the journey that has taken me on since then - 8 years ago, phew. Yes it reduced my migraines and the causes of many of my migraines - the stresses of life I was not coping with at the time. This was after exhausting specialists with their nasal sprays, injections and various commercial drugs and natural therapies - some of which at both ends of the spectrum created other problems and inbalances. I love meditation and particularly mantralisation. I spent most of my life not excercising my vocal cords for anything besides c... [More]


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