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SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 • ISSUE 223

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Dr. Robert Schneider, director of the INMP

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Dr. Carolyn King

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Dr. Sanford Nidich

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Dr. Maxwell Rainforth

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Dr. John Salerno

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Dr. Charles Alexander

American Heart Association Recommends TM for High Blood Pressure

A report from the American Heart Association(AHA) published in April 2013 concluded that the Transcendental Meditation® technique lowers blood pressure and recommends that the TM® technique may be considered in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of hypertension.

“This is a breakthrough in the evolution of medical practice, since it is the first time that the Transcendental Meditation technique has been recognized and recommended for consideration by a national medical organization that provides professional practice guidelines to physicians, health care payers, and policymakers,” said Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention (INMP), who has been the principal investigator for several research studies on the Transcendental Meditation technique and cardiovascular disease.

After considering meta-analyses and the latest clinical trials on different types of meditation, the report stated that while the Transcendental Meditation technique is recommended to lower blood pressure, there is not enough scientific evidence to recommend other meditation or relaxation techniques.

The Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at MUM has conducted a series of randomized controlled trials and inspired similar studies elsewhere which led to the AHA recommendation. Over the past 30 years, the INMP received over $20 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health for research on the effects of the TM technique on cardiovascular health.

“We have the privilege of running one of the largest research centers in the U.S. in the area of natural medicine for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Schneider.

The INMP has collaborated with such prestigious institutions as the University of Iowa, University of Pennsylvania, Medical College of Wisconsin, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, American University, and Howard University. Results of the Institute's studies have been published in top medical publications such as those of the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association.

“We are gratified that our research demonstrating the efficacy of TM on blood pressure is being recognized and hope that this consensus will result in its wider use in clinical practice,” said C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA, professor of medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, who collaborated with the MUM team.

MUM faculty members who participated in the research over several decades include Drs. Carolyn King, Sanford Nidich, Maxwell Rainforth, John Salerno, and Charles Alexander.

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