Sunday, February 13, 2011
A Shift Away From Hypertension
A staggering fifty million Americans have high blood pressure. Often, people who have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, do not realize it because the disease does not have any warning signs or symptoms, earning it the nickname the ‘silent killer.' Patients who are untreated for a number of years not only quietly damage their internal organs, but also run the risk of serious health problems such as heart attack or stroke -- and stroke is very bad for your brain! In fact, unchecked hypertension can deduct 10 to 20 years from your life.
Transcendental Meditation has been used and studied as natural means of reducing high blood pressure for over four decades. A recent pilot study showed a more than 50% reduction in mortality rate from heart disease over a five-year period in participants practicing TM. More than $5 million in NIH Scientific funding has been awarded to continue study these treatments of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
TM has also been shown to slow the aging process, reduce cholesterol, insomnia, anxiety and depression.
Introduced to the West more than 40 years ago by the Indian Spiritual teacher Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, TM is a meditation technique for reducing stress and developing full mental and physical potential. It is practiced 15-20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably with eyes closed. More than five million people throughout the world have studied transcendental meditation.
Cesar Molina, M.D., a cardiologist in Palo Alto, California, said, "A single hypertensive medication for one year can cost as much as $l,000, and the effects will last no more than one year. The cost of learning TM is much less, and the benefits will last you a lifetime."
Breathe, smile and relax. That's a little shift toward meditation!
Bright light in your winter day,