18 October 2009

Breast cancer patients meditate away stress

Public release date: 13-Oct-2009
Contact: Susan E. White
Saint Joseph Hospital

Transcendental meditation reduces stress, improves mental health among women with breast cancer

Chicago, Ill. (October 13, 2009) – Women with breast cancer reduced stress and improved their mental health and emotional well being through the Transcendental Meditation technique, according to a new study published in the current issue of the peer-reviewed Integrative Cancer Therapies (Vol. 8, No. 3: September 2009).

"A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effects of Transcendental Meditation on Quality of Life in Older Breast Cancer Patients" was a collaboration between the Center for Healthy Aging at Saint Joseph Hospital; the Institute for Health Services, Research and Policy Studies at Northwestern University; the Department of Psychology at Indiana State University; and the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management.

"It is wonderful that physicians now have a range of interventions to use, including Transcendental Meditation, to benefit their patients with cancer," said Rhoda Pomerantz, M.D., study co-author and chief of gerontology, Saint Joseph Hospital. "I believe this approach should be appreciated and utilized more widely."

One hundred thirty women with breast cancer, 55 years and older, participated in the two-year study at Saint Joseph Hospital. The women were randomly assigned to either the Transcendental Meditation technique or to a usual care control group. Patients were administered quality of life measures, including the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast (FACT-B), every six months for two years. The average intervention period was 18 months.

Stress contributes to the onset and progression of breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women—striking about 13% of women. Women over the age of 50 have four times the incidence of breast cancer compared to women below 50. Breast cancer remains a leading cause of death among women, according to the National Cancer Institute.

"Emotional and psychosocial stress contribute to the onset and progression of breast cancer and cancer mortality," said Sanford Nidich, lead author of the study and senior researcher at the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management.

"The Transcendental Meditation technique reduces stress and improves emotional well-being and mental health in older breast cancer patients. The women in the study found their meditation practice easy to do at home and reported significant benefits in their overall quality of life," Dr. Nidich said.

"Decades of research have shown that stress contributes to the cause and complications of cancer," said Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., co-author and director of Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management. "The data from this well-designed clinical trial and related studies suggest that effective stress reduction with the Transcendental Meditation program may be useful in the prevention and treatment and of breast cancer and its deleterious consequences."


Maharishi University of Management

The study was supported by grants from the Retirement Research Foundation of Chicago and the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Facts on Breast Cancer

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women—and remains a leading cause of death.
  • Breast cancer incidence in the United States is 1 in 8 (about 13%).
  • In 2008, an estimated 250,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in women in the U.S.
  • Women above the age of 50 have nearly four times the incidence compared to women under 50
  • Newly diagnosed and long-term survivors are affected by impairment in quality of life (QOL), including emotional, physical, functional, social, and spiritual domains.
  • Psychosocial stress contributes to the onset, progression, and mortality from this disease.
  • Clinical diagnosis of breast cancer increases psychological distress, with sustained distress occurring during cancer treatment and continuing long-term.
  • There have been an increasing number of women using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for female-specific cancers. In terms of breast cancer, recent studies indicate that CAM use among women may be as high as 90 percent.

About Saint Joseph Hospital:

Founded in 1868, Saint Joseph Hospital has a long tradition of providing care to the community. The 335-bed full-service hospital on Chicago's north side specializes in a full array of services, including cardiology, cancer, orthopedics, family medicine, diabetes and behavioral care. The hospital has more than 550 physicians on staff, representing more than 35 specialties. As a community-based teaching facility, Saint Joseph has six residency programs. Saint Joseph Hospital is a part of Resurrection Health Care.

In 2009, the hospital received for the sixth year in a row the Stroke Care HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award, ranking it among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for stroke care. The hospital is also a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care® and is five-star rated in six clinical areas, including cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung disease), heart failure, hip fracture repair, pneumonia and treatment of stroke. The Center for Cancer Care of Saint Joseph Hospital was recently designated the first accredited breast center in Chicago by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), one of only three in Illinois. For information, visit sjh.reshealth.org/proven.

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17 October 2009

Sustainability improves quality of life

Professor Jimmy Sinton from Maharishi University of Management talks about improving the quality of life by being sustainable.

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14 October 2009

Overcoming Depression in a Recession Webcast | Center for Leadership Performance

Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Neurologist to Bring Transcendental Meditation to Wall Street and Main Street

Center for Leadership Performance, New York

The economic downturn has decreased job security on Wall Street and Main Street. Layoffs mean that surviving employees must take on added responsibilities and a larger share of the workload. The result? Escalating workplace stress, depression, and anxiety, which undermine productivity, work quality, and long-term employee retention. Now a leading psychologist and psychiatrist are teaming up to bring the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique to professionals in New York City—and throughout the country.

On October 9, 2009, Psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, psychotherapist Nancy Liebler, and neurologist Gary Kaplan spoke on "Overcoming Depression in a Recession" at the Center for Leadership Performance, 70 Broad Street, in Manhattan. Research has shown that the Transcendental Meditation technique has a stabilizing effect on the physiology, reducing anxiety and depression, and promoting greater calm and increased energy. Meditating employees are healthier, more effective problem solvers, and think in more creative ways.

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Feeling stressed? Take control and revitalize yourself with these helpful tips.

Ayurveda Lancaster

For many people, mounting stress and the increasing pressures of responsibility are a daily reality. Unfortunately, the fast pace of modern life also tires us more quickly, lowering our immunity and making us vulnerable to illness and disease. Fatigue and a weakened immune system create a fertile ground for many chronic diseases to develop such as, gastro-intestinal disorders, hypertension and cardiovascular illness.

Most of us either do not have the opportunity to withdraw and revitalize ourselves, or we do not properly utilize the opportunities that we have.

Maharishi Ayurveda is a natural approach to calm the physiology, restore inner balance, and master the challenges of daily life. Try it for yourself by applying some of our easy tips to help regain health and fitness:

  • Go to bed early; ideally before 10 PM.
  • If your schedule allows, don't use an alarm clock for one week. Allow your body to naturally sleep for as long as it needs.
  • After your morning shower, practice Yoga or some easy exercises.
  • Wait for 1½ hours after waking up before you have breakfast.
  • Don't eat between meals unless your stomach really starts growling.
  • Make lunch the main meal of the day. Eat a lighter meal in the evening.
  • End your meal when there's still room to spare, before you feel completely full.
  • Once a day, leave the car parked and go for a 30-minute walk in the fresh air.
  • Avoid eating late at night. Try to have dinner between 5 and 7 PM.
  • Favor a lighter diet and avoid foods which are heavy and difficult to digest, like meat, fish, cheese, and fried foods.
  • For better sleep, let the day end in quietness. Instead of watching TV, read some pleasant literature or listen to relaxing music.

The Power of Silence

Maharishi Ayurveda incorporates a variety of methods to enhance our general health and wellbeing. To relieve stress, we recommend the regular practice of a relaxation technique, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM)®. Numerous research studies demonstrate the manifold benefits of TM for improved health and efficiency.

In fact, the National Institutes of Health recently awarded a grant of $500,000 per year, for two years, for research on the Transcendental Meditation® technique in the treatment of coronary heart disease in African Americans.

About 21,000 applications were submitted to NIH for these specific funds, with just 3% receiving grants--indicating that the benefits of the TM program are indeed well known and respected.

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