At the beginning of this year there came an announcement regarding the further ‘institutionalisation’ of the Transcendental Meditation programme by the medical establishment. The January 2016 issue of Chicago Medicine presented the news that the first-ever TM elective course is being offered at a major medical school in the United States. The course, “Physician Wellness through Transcendental Meditation”, is now available at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago.
The article noted that the participating students are giving new meaning to the adage “Physician, Heal Thyself” as they learn about the science and methodology behind Transcendental Meditation as well as experiencing the benefits of the technique for themselves. According to the magazine; “Attending physicians and students reported that TM added balance to their lives. Having TM as a tool means our students can recommend something that they know will help, based upon their own experience and upon substantial evidence. They can avoid burnout and maintain their enthusiasm for practicing medicine. They can also become the role models (as doctors) we all aspire to be.”
It is interesting to note in light of this development that it is 45….read more
As each year draws to a close many people reflect not only on the 12 months that have just passed but wonder about what point they have reached in their entire lifetime. Despite biblical legends of certain people living for up to 900 years the average person will expect that all going well their own lifespan will encompass anything between seven and nine decades. The examples of people living beyond the tenth decade are rare enough for them to earn a congratulatory message from the Queen as a 100th birthday accolade if they reside in a British Commonwealth country such as New Zealand.
One pleasing aspect of my work as a Transcendental Meditation instructor over the past 40 years has been the experience of seeing clients looking younger and fresher, even fairly soon after learning the technique. Appearance is one thing, but what about the actuality of realising a lifespan somewhat longer than what is now taken as normal? For this we turn to the medical researchers who looked at this very question in the early 1980s. It was a logical step in view of the extraordinary range of mind-body benefits that had been found so far as a result of TM practice.
In order to see how an individual is coping with the passage of time there are a number of…read more
There have been concerns aired through the news media recently that currently not enough people are being trained for general medical practice, bringing predictions that New Zealand will face a major shortage of GPs in the future. One factor associated with this is that more trainees are being attracted to specialist medicine where more money is to be made. While I agree that it would not be good to experience the unavailability of a doctor when you needed one, there are some interesting factors that need examination.
The most obvious question is how do we know exactly how many people are going to be unwell in the future? Well the obvious answer is that the estimate is based on the degree of ill-health in our society right now and the mindset that nothing is going to change in the way that the public health system deals with illness. In general, modern medicine is disease-oriented which means it comes into your life when you have already begun showing symptoms of some malady. Modern medicine also tends to direct itself toward removal of those symptoms rather than addressing the underlying causes. With a disease-oriented rather than prevention-oriented health system, officials can quite rightly predict that future levels of ill-health will be at least the same in the future as they are now.
This is where we need to look at…read more
Sport is on the mind of many Kiwis at present with the beginning of the international rugby schedule culminating in the world cup tournament in England later this year. The publicity in the lead-up to this and similar events generally emphasises striving for success, so it is refreshing to learn that achievement on the sports field or any area of life does not have to be a grim, uncomfortable experience. It is natural to want to achieve more in life whether it is better health, more wealth (and happiness too) … and these days a means of ‘lifting your game’ is available in the form of a simple, natural technique of self-development called Transcendental Meditation, or TM for short.
Essentially this technique is all about results, and there are plenty of them, enough to inspire more than 40,000 New Zealanders, including some top sports people, to take up the practice since it was introduced here in the 70s. The benefits are related by word of mouth and also validated by hundreds of…read more
If you are fixing up your deck, like I was recently, and you bring the hammer down on your thumb instead of the nail (like I did), it is very clear where the sudden burst of pain has come from, what damage has been done, how to heal it and how to make sure it does not happen again.
Less fortunate are those who suffer from mysterious condition called Fibromyalgia, literally meaning muscle and connective tissue pain. It includes widespread painful response to pressure, sleep disturbance, numbness and tingling as well as cognitive dysfunction. It is also frequently associated with psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety. The exact cause is unknown but believed to involve psychological, genetic, neurobiological and environmental factors. It is found in about 5 percent of any population and also affects many more women than it does men with a ratio of something like 8 to 1…..read more