VIDEO: Medical Doctors speak out for Transcendental Meditation


The effects of Transcendental Meditation have been studied over and over, confirming that the health benefits of the twice-a-day practice range from stress relief to longer life. Moti Shefi has made an excellent video compilation featuring medical doctors of different fields summing up all the important findings.

In this video, the renowned specialists of different fields of medicine speak of the impact of Transcendental Meditation on alleviating high blood pressure, heart disease, stress, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and childhood psychological problems while sharing success stories of both their patients and themselves.

Here’s the impressive list of the doctors and information on their background who about the benefits of meditation in this video:

Norman Rosenthal, M.D.

The discoverer of the seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and a distinguished former long-term National Institute of Mental Health researcher, author of over 200 scholarly publications and many popular books including one on Transcendental Meditation called Transcendence.  Dr. Rosenthal has been awarded the Anna Monika Award, an international prize for research in depression and he is the medical director of Capital Clinical Research Associates (CCRA). He also has a private practice in suburban Maryland and has been listed among The Best Doctors in America and in the Guide to America’s Top Psychiatrists.

Robert H. Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C.

A physician, scientist, educator. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on scientific, natural approaches for heart disease, high blood pressure, stress and other cardiovascular risk factors and has published more than 100 articles in medical journals. A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Schneider has been a consultant to numerous government agencies, including to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Presidential Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the U.S. Congress’ Prevention Coalition. Currently, Dr. Schneider is the director of the NIH-funded Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention and professor of physiology and health at Maharishi University of Management.

Nancy Lonsdorf

A popular speaker, author, teacher and one of the most prominent Ayurvedic doctors in the United States. She has a private practice in Integrative, Holistic Medicine and Ayurveda in Fairfield, IA and teaches Maharishi Ayurveda to medical doctors and health practitioners at The Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolln, CA and at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Londsdorf  received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her residency training in psychiatry at Stanford University.

Suzanne Steinbaum

A cardiologist and director of Women’s Heart Health at the Heart and Vascular Institute, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She is the author of Dr.Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a National Spokesperson for the Go Red for Women campaign and chairperson of Go Red for Women in New York City. As a leading consultant in the field of women and heart disease and preventive cardiology Dr Steinbaum has been featured on ABC, NBC and CBS, CNN, WPIX, FOX, U.S. News and World Report, Healthday and WebMDas,  Self, Glamour, More, Fitness, The Wall Street Journal and Family Circle. Dr. Steinbaum also regularly contributes to The Huffington Post, Dr. Oz, Bottomline Health, and Sharecare.

Dr. Gary Kaplan

A neurologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Hofstra University School of Medicine and a nationally recognized expert on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on stress-related illnesses. He was formerly Director of Neurophysiology at North Shore University Hospital and is now in private practice in clinical neurology in New Hyde Park. Dr. Kaplan received the Albert H. Douglas Award from the Medical Society of the State of New York for outstanding achievements as a clinical teacher interested in promoting and improving the medical education of physicians. Dr. Kaplan appears regularly on CNN, NBC and CNBC and other national television programs speaking about the latest research on Transcendental Meditation and its effects on health.

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

An internationally recognized expert, physician, scientist and a bestselling author in the fields of nutrition, stress, fitness and public health. Dr. Peeke is WebMD’s lifestyle expert for their 90 million members, where she presents her multimedia lifestyle program Everyday Fitness with Dr. Pam Peeke. She serves as chief medical correspondent for nutrition and fitness at Discovery Health TV and is featured on the award-winning National Body Challenge series and is the host of the Could You Survive? series, based upon her national bestselling book Fit to Live. Dr. Peeke has conducted groundbreaking research at the National Institutes of Health on food addiction. Dr. Peeke serves as spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine global initiative. Together with the US Surgeon General, Dr. Peeke created the Surgeon General Walks for a Healthy and Fit Nation. She has been recognized by the National Library of Medicine as one of America’s leading physicians. She holds the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, is board certified in internal medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

James Krag, M.D.

A Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, president of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia, and former president of the Virginia Association of Community. Dr. Krag is currently Medical Director of Liberty Point, a residential treatment program for adolescents with psychiatric problems.

William R. Stixrud, Ph.D.

A clinical neuropsychologist, a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center, and  a faculty member as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington School of Medicine. He has previously held an appointment at the Georgetown University Medical School, and he has served as a consultant to the Division of Neuropsychology at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Stixrud is the author of a book, Plain Talk About Early Education and Development, and he has authored book chapters and/or articles on children with epilepsy, adolescent brain development, self-esteem, homework, and the effects of Transcendental Meditation on students with ADHD. He has been quoted often in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Barron’s and Vogue. Dr. Stixrud holds a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He did his pre-doctoral internship in Pediatric and Clinical Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Boston, as a fellow of the Harvard Medical School, and he received his post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Tufts New England Medical Center. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Stixrud worked as a staff neuropsychologist at the Children’s National Medical Center and the Georgetown University Medical School.

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