Real health care = maintaining health
Our health care system is better described as “sick care”. Patients are looked after too late. Despite our very advanced methods for health care, people are often left with a wide range3 of chronic problems. Most of the 600 scientific studies on TM, confirm the effects of transcending on health and really these are just studies confirming our body’s own healing power – see How TM activates our own healing power). The practice of Transcendental Meditation facilitates the activation of this power.
The consequence is that significant improvement is noticeable relatively quickly for a good number of chronic disorders, and, even more importantly, that frequent transcending can actually prevent most problems. That is real health care: Ensuring that people maintain their health.
Scientific research around health
Dozens of studies have confirmed the effect of TM on health, in all kinds of circumstances (from education to industry) and in numerous countries – see the “Research” tab. Here, we provide a few studies that focus on the preventive effect of the experience of transcending.
This long-term study from the US compared health statistics of more than 2,000 TM practitioners, over a period of 5 years, to the averages of 600,000 other Americans. The group of TM practitioners up to the age 40 had 50% less hospitalisations than the average and the group of TM practitioners over 40 had 70% less hospitalisations.
If we look at the details, we can see less hospital admissions in all categories, except for births, for which the number of admissions is higher for the TM group. There are for example 87% less admissions for heart disease, and 60% less for cancer – click to enlarge the graph).Ref.Psychosomatic Medicine 49: 493–507, 1987
Impressive as this study may be, one can still argue that perhaps people started practicing Transcendental Meditation as part of a general healthier lifestyle. So how can we be so sure that it is really the TM technique that causes better health? Another large scale long-term study may offer some insight.
This study compared the health care expenses of 1,418 Canadian TM practitioners over a period of 14 years, 9 prior to their TM practice, and 5 subsequent years. Prior to learning TM, the health care expenses were higher than those of a carefully selected and matched control group. However, once they started their TM practice, their expenses reduced by an average of 14% annually as compared to the control group. After 5 years, their expenses were 50% lower. For the older group (older than 65) the difference was 78%, therefore similar to the US study.Ref.American Journal of Health Promotion 14: 284–291, 2000
50% to 78% reduced health care expenses, as confirmed by two independent large scale studies, and still TM is not reimbursed
A revolution in health care. So why is the cost of learning TM not reimbursed by health insurance companies?
If a pill was discovered reducing health care costs for the elderly by 78%, then everyone would immediately jump on the opportunity to make this accessible for all, as it would be obvious to everyone that health insurance providers (and ultimately Irish tax payers) would save a lot of money. As it turns out, this meditation is an experience that not only improves health but also our relationships, brain capacity and many other aspects of our lives. This experience (transcending) is easily achieved but requires the necessary training and guidance to ensure that it occurs easily. After 48 years of research, this training is still not re-imbursed by health insurance companies, at least not in Ireland. Several other countries have in fact started covering the cost of TM courses.