Copyright 1997, Maharishi University of Management
New Study Shows Health Care Costs
Reduced 90 Percent
BY JOHN ZAMARRA
A newly published study of Blue Cross/Blue Shield archival records over an 11-year period shows that the Maharishi Vedic Approach to HealthSM program reduces medical costs, "over all years, on all outcome measures, in all age groups, and for all disease categories."
Faculty members David Orme-Johnson and Robert Herron analyzed the statistics gathered by a completely impartial observer: the insurance company itself.
The statistics measure the faculty, staff, and dependents of Maharishi University of Management, compared to a control group from other Iowa universities and to all other 600,000 insured people in the state.The findings were published in the American Journal of Managed Care, a periodical that reaches 55,000 physicians and managed care organizations around the country.
The most dramatic results showed that for those over 45, the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health program reduced medical costs an average of 90% over the 11 years.
Overall, the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health group had about 90% fewer patient days. "This is not just how often they go to the hospital," Dr. Herron said. "When they do go, they're in there for less time."
In the area of cardiovascular health, the most expensive area for insurance companies, the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health group had 11.4 times lower hospitalization rates. Similarly, for cancer the reduction was 3.3 times, and seven times lower for mental health and drug abuse.
These findings were consistent with other research on the health benefits of the Transcendental Meditation® technique. However, the new findings show total hospitalization rates 80% lower for those who practice the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health program compared to the control group, and those who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique alone experienced just a 63% reduction. This indicates the importance of all the techniques used in the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health program for total health.
"My greatest desire is to get through to Newt Gingrich and the rest of the government and tell them: if you're really serious about health care, look at this," Dr. Herron said.
BY MARY HOLM
University graduate Marci Shimoff and former Professional Writing instructor Jennifer Hawthorne have recently published a #1 bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul.
Ms. Shimoff is a 1979 graduate of the University, and co-author Ms. Hawthorne taught technical writing in the Professional Writing program for five years.
The Chicken Soup series of books, which collect positive and uplifting stories from people around the world, was originated by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, who are also listed as co-authors. The series has been highly popular, with many titles making the New York Times bestseller list.
The Fairfield authors, who originated the idea of a title focused on women and then gained the approval of Mr. Canfield and Mr. Hansen, have been conducting book signings and nationwide promotional tours. They've also been featured on television and radio shows.
Their book is a collection of 101 inspiring stories for, about, and by women. The purpose of the stories is to open the hearts and rekindle the spirit of women.
Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul remains number one on the New York Times bestseller list and is number three on USA Today's list. It has also been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
"It is deeply gratifying to have a bestselling book, but the greatest joy has been the response to our book from the women who tell us how it has touched their lives," Ms. Hawthorne said.
BY DEBBIE THOMPSON
A historic visit of the Indian Consul General for Chicago, Mr. Jagdish Chandra Sharma, took place on January 12 this year and paves the way for further trade, cultural, and academic ties between the University, Fairfield, and India.
According to Jennine Fellmer, director of Public Affairs, Mr. Sharma's visit was at the invitation of University President Dr. Bevan Morris, and included meetings with faculty. He learned about University programs and the Maharishi Center for Perfect Health and World Peace, and he discussed student exchanges between India and Fairfield.
Mr. Sharma has had a distinguished diplomatic career working in several far eastern countries and was also Consul General for New York. According to Jamie Grant, one of the faculty who hosted him, Mr. Sharma's present responsibilities include facilitating business relations, issuing visas, promoting cultural exchanges, and transferring information and technology be-tween the Midwest and India.
After attending the day's special Dome celebrations, Mr. Sharma was very impressed by what he described as the very high ideals and administrative skills of the University's Founder.
Mr. Sharma plans to return with his wife. "He came just to visit our University and having had a taste, he wants more," Ms. Fellmer said.
BY ELSEBETH WEDERVANG MATHIESEN
In a phone call during the first Full Moon Celebration of 1997 in the Golden Dome, University President Dr. Bevan Morris presented the latest developments and plans from Maharishi Vedic University in Vlodrop for the coming year.
According to Dr. Morris about 150 people from the Fairfield community took part in the Celebration in Vlodrop, including the Board of Trustees and many donors to the University.
"It has been the best week for planning so far in the history of the Movement," he said. "Maharishi was so pleased with people's generosity, demeanor, and maturity. He had several long meetings with the people from the Fairfield Community."
The recurring theme of Dr. Morris's talk was the importance of building homes and offices designed to create perfect health and good fortune through Maharishi Sthapatya VedaSM architecture. He explained how much importance Maharishi now puts on using Sthapatya Veda to transform the way people think and feel.
"Maharishi emphasizes that it's only possible to enlighten the world through the so-called Vastu Vidya, the correct position and proportions of a building," Dr. Morris said. "With the correct Vastu Vidya the mere design will create clear thinking, happiness, harmony, and prosperity for families and businesses."
Dr. Morris also talked about Maharishi's Global Administration through Natural Law in the U.S. The new project is planned to begin with new courses for Governors of the Age of Enlightenment which are being held January 29 to February 12 at five different locations in the U.S.
The goal is to have 870 governors, two for each of the 435 congressional districts in the United States, move to these various districts. They will administer to the health, wealth and wisdom of an average population of 600,000 through all aspects of Maharishi's Vedic Science and Technology of Consciousness.
From February 17, the Governors will take over the responsibilities in their territory with the goal to provide complete packages of total knowledge to the people in their districts. It is expected that the Governors will administer their districts on a full-time basis, with earnings from the promotion of all the programs.
BY OKACHI KPALUKWU
Faculty and student leaders recently attended a monthly legislative breakfast designed to give the community an opportunity to meet and discuss policy issues with their government representatives.
According to Jennine Fellmer, director of Public Affairs, the monthly meeting at the Country Kitchen is the brain-child of the Fairfield area Chamber of Commerce to help people educate themselves about what is taking place in Des Moines.
The keynote speaker for the meeting was Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Iowa. "Ms. Coleman also has a strong medical and biochemical background," Ms. Fellmer said. "This is why we are pleased to be part of this development. We wanted faculty member Dr. Robert Schneider to have the opportunity to meet with her and with representatives Rebecca Reynolds-Knight and Don Gettings to discuss issues relating to genetic engineering."
During the talk Student Body President Kristina Van Dyke raised a question about the concerns the community has about genetically engineered foods, Ms. Fellmer said. Although the question yielded no immediate result, it aroused the curiosity of Ms. Reynolds-Knight, who scheduled a follow-up meeting regarding the issue.
"We encourage everyone to attend the meeting, especially international students who want to learn how democracy works at the local level," Ms. Fellmer said. Those interested can call 472-1134.
BY CAROL HATFIELD
Eight schools from the district came to Maharishi School in January to participate in the annual Southeast Iowa Super Conference speech competition.
Maharishi School students took first place in the categories of choral reading, readers' theater, one-act play, and ensemble acting, with ninth graders receiving second place in choral reading.
The Super Conference speech competition is an independent event which helps students to prepare for the upcoming district, state, and all-state speech competitions. The students who placed first in this competition went on to the district speech competition. Winners of the district event will advance to state competition at Pella, Iowa, on February 8. The top performers at Pella will proceed to all-state competition in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 22.
The event was well received by parents and teachers from visiting towns. The students have also displayed their talents elsewhere and last year performed for the Lt. Governor in Des Moines.
Works of University women artists have recently been selected by a jury for a show at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.
Faculty Betsy Henry and Anna Bonshek, and graduates Patricia Innis, Anne McArthur, and Julie Preminger will all be represented. Altogether, works by 35 area women have been selected by the Central Iowa Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art.
Against a dazzling backdrop of galactic scenes, and with names like "Ritam Bharya Pragya," the 25 separate works of art from the Fairfield artists lend a cosmic touch to the show. Sizes range from foldout 3-D books to large oil paintings.
The show can be seen from February 1 to March 30. "This show gives many women artists in our area a chance for exposure," said Ms. Henry. "It's sometimes difficult for emerging artists to get their work out and seen by the public."
BY PATRICIA BOLAND
Mathematics professor John Price recently presented a talk on the Sulba Sutras, which are a part of the Vedic Literature which describe geometric constructions and procedures, at an international conference at the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Price said that the Sulba Sutras are contained in Kalpa, one of the 40 aspects of Maharishi Vedic Science, and comprise two parts. "The first part describes the geometrical and arithmetical procedures and the second part applies them to construction of ceremonial platforms," Dr. Price said.
The topics at the Annual Conference of South East Asia Studies can be on any subject related to that area, and Dr. Price selected this aspect of Vedic Literature.
"I examined the Sulba Sutras from the perspective of a mathematician, rather than from the perspective of a Sanskrit scholar. My background with Maharishi's Vedic Science enabled me to show that the Sulba Sutras display a level of unity and efficiency which is not apparent through viewing them as a collection of parts," Dr. Price said.
He also said that the paper he presented describes a wholeness that no earlier commentators had shown. "Maharishi's Vedic Science has opened up a whole new perspective on the significance of what is contained in the Sulba Sutras," Dr. Price said.
Dr. Price's talk will be included as one of the papers in a book on applied geometry being edited by Catherine Gorini, associate chair of the University's Department of Mathematics.
BY OKACHI KPALUKWU
A course for those wishing to engage the managing intelligence of nature has been assigned a month, a day, and an hour to kick off.
The month is May; the day the 20th (through 29th); and the hour is 9:45 a.m. According to Anne-Sylvie Lacroix, the director of Recreation and Outdoor Sports Program, Leadership in Adventure Sports is designed to give students the opportunity to make the bridge between outdoor activity and the experience of transcendence. "Since our desire in life is to live in harmony with nature, the aim of this adventure sport course is to fulfill our need for direct connection with nature," she said.
The course, ESS 325, which includes a field trip that lasts ten days, will commence in Block 9. Destinations include Northern Wisconsin for kayaking; Devil's lake for rock climbing; and, time permitting, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Ms. Lacroix said that the goal of the course is to give future outdoor leaders basic theoretical and practical knowledge of adventure sport trip planning, backcountry living techniques, and basic skills in climbing, hiking, and kayaking. "One of our objectives is to provide students with hands-on experience in leadership skills," Ms. Lacroix said.
Other reasons students might consider taking this course are to understand and apply safety procedures for oneself, for the group, and for the environment; to understand the different aspects involved in preparing and leading an expedition; to know the how and why of proper clothing for the backcountry; to understand food nutrition principles; and to understand basic First-Aid in an outdoor setting.
®Transcendental Meditation is a service mark registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, licensed to Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation and used under sublicense. The following are service marks and trade names of Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation and used under sublicense: Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health, Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, Maharishi Vedic University, Maharishi University of Management, and Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.
Written and produced approximately twice a month during the academic year by the students in the Professional Writing program at Maharishi University of Management. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org