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April 23, 2017 • ISSUE 383

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A rapidly rising trend in the drug-related fatality rate during the baseline period leveled out significantly when the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi group exceeded 1,725 participants beginning in January 2007 (vertical line).
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With the onset of the intervention period in January 2007 (vertical line), the infant mortality rate significantly shifted from a flat to a declining trend.
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Kenneth Cavanaugh, PhD

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Michael Dillbeck, PhD

Four-Year Study Finds Reduced Drug-Related Deaths in General Population

A new study by Michael Dillbeck and Kenneth Cavanaugh at MUM’s Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy found that the rate of U.S. drug-related deaths and infant mortality declined from 2007 to 2010 as a result of the coherence-creating effect of the Invincible America Assembly.

Published in the social science journal SAGE Open, the study found that during the four-year period 2007 through 2010 drug-related fatality rate was reduced by 30.4 percent relative to the 2002–2006 baseline average.

During 2007–2010, the size of the TM-Sidhi® group on campus and in Maharishi Vedic City was above or near 1,725 participants, the size predicted to have a positive influence on the U.S. quality of life. This predicted threshold represents the square root of one percent of the U.S. population.

This research tests the hypothesis that practice of the Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi programs by a group of sufficient size will result in reduced stress and increased alertness in the individuals in society, thus contributing to reduced trends of these two stress-related public health indicators.

“Chronic stress contributes to increased likelihood of illness as well as to the use and abuse of illicit and prescribed drugs,” Dr. Dillbeck said. “Stress can reduce the degree of conscious alertness and vigilance necessary to avoid drug misuse, especially highly potent and potentially addictive narcotic painkillers.”

This study of stress-related public health indicators also found that during the same period the rate of infant mortality was reduced by 12.5 percent.

This article was the third in a series evaluating the impact of the group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs on U.S. quality of life and public health. The first study, published in 2016 in SAGE Open, reported a highly significant 21.2 percent reduction in U.S. homicide rates during the same 2007–2010 period.

The second article in the series, published in the January/February 2017 issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies, found a highly significant reduction of 20.6 percent in the rate of U.S. motor vehicle fatalities and 13.5 percent in the rate of all other accidental fatalities during the same experimental period.

A total of eighteen peer-reviewed articles have now been published validating the prediction by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that a TM-Sidhi group of this size would lead to reduced societal stress, as reflected in reduced crime, violence, accidents, illness, and increased positive trends in society.

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