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June 7 2001   Dear Friends,  

A book entitled "Perfect Blood Pressure - Naturally" and written by Dr. David Lovell-Smith was released yesterday (June 6). The book is published by Penguin (New Zealand).  

The first half of the book is about hypertension and the inadequacies of drug therapy while the second half show the effectiveness of Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health to treat the same health problem.

Dr Lovell-Smith has for thirty years been in the vanguard of an international community of doctors that has discovered the practical wisdom of the Vedic system of health as brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This cadre of health professionals includes members from all sectors of the medical work-force.  

Over the past few years many outstanding studies have shown the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique in reducing elevated blood pressure. In November 1996, The American Heart Foundation chose blood pressure research on the TM technique as amongst the most significant studies for health from all their 10 medical journals. (See American Journal of Cardiology 1996; 77:867-870).  

Another study published in the American Journal of Managed Care in 1996 showed that a 20-year cost comparison, in 1996 US dollars, had found the Transcendental Meditation technique more cost-effective than five standard antihypertensive medications.  

For those who have little time, I have enclosed in the attachment a few excerpts from Dr. Lovell-Smith's website. I invite you to share this information with friends and family, particularly those who experience hypertension problems.  

Dr. Lovell-Smith book can be ordered on-line.     

- Miville Couture, Director of MVC, Saint John.


Perfect Blood Pressure

Every year millions of people world-wide are told to get their blood pressure down or risk the devastation of a stroke, or worse. Standard treatment is usually a prescription for the latest break-through drug and a caution about diet and exercise.  

In his new book Dr David Lovell-Smith argues that perfect blood pressure involves the whole person. It is not enough to artificially create normal blood pressure by chemical means.  

His book Perfect Blood Pressure shows how to protect yourself by creating perfect blood pressure naturally. Using proven techniques to develop a settled mind, and to enjoy the food and life-style suited to you as a unique and special person, you can live life in harmony.  

Perfect blood pressure flows from a happy, balanced life. This book shows you how.

David Lovell-Smith has a medical practice in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has successfully treated hundreds of people with hypertension.  

What is hypertension--the story behind the silent killer.  

Called the 'silent killer' because of its dark association with fatal heart attacks and strokes, high blood pressure, alias hypertension, affects about one out of five people aged between 15 to 65 in industrialised countries. About 43 million people in the United States alone carry the label 'hypertensive'.  

Hypertension is big business. In the United States, the annual cost for medications, visits to the doctor and laboratory tests associated with the detection and treatment of hypertension was reported in 1991 to exceed $10 billion.  

How high is hypertension?  

When we sit an exam, make love, or take part in a 100 metre dash our blood pressure quite naturally rises. This is normal and part of the body's incredibly intelligent response to the changing demands imposed upon it. We all have high blood pressure from time to time. It is only when it is consistently high that we call it hypertension.  

If I don't have consistently high blood pressure, do I need to read this book?  

We are all at risk of developing high blood pressure. It would be a mistake for anyone to believe him or herself immune to the risk of heart attack or stroke. The aim of this book is not only to tell you the story behind the phenomenon of blood pressure, but how you can make simple changes  to your diet and daily routine that will help protect you.  

About Dr David Lovell-Smith , Author of Perfect Blood Pressure-Naturally  

Dr David Lovell-Smith was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1951. Having twice secured a competitive place at Otago Medical School he declined both times, first in favour of completing a Bachelor of Arts in music and philosophy, and the second time to train as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. He now regards these as the best preparation he could have had for the study of medicine. He graduated MBChB in 1978 and since 1982 has run a general medical practice in Christchurch. He is a Senior Clinical lecturer with the Department of General Practice of the Christchurch School of Medicine and is currently completing a Masters Degree in General Practice through Otago University School of Medicine.  

Dr Lovell-Smith is a leading exponent of the Vedic Approach to Health as brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. As President of the Maharishi Medical Association of New Zealand he has fostered this approach in the medical setting throughout New Zealand. He has lectured widely on the subject and has written about it in the New Zealand Medical Journal, New Zealand Family Physician, and New Zealand GP. He has travelled extensively, his studies having taken him to India, Europe and the United States.  

In keeping with his desire to promote whole-person medicine, Dr Lovell-Smith has been vocal in alerting the public to the potential dangers of genetically modified food.  

Preface of the book Perfect Blood Pressure by Dr. Hari Sharma  

Scientific medicine is an international discipline whose borders transcend national boundaries. In 1997 I had the pleasure of conducting a lecture tour of New Zealand during which Dr David Lovell-Smith introduced me to medical leaders and professional groups throughout the country. Dr Lovell-Smith has for thirty years been in the vanguard of an international community of doctors that has discovered the practical wisdom of the Vedic system of health as brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This cadre of health professionals includes members from all sectors of the medical work-force.  

My own work as clinical practitioner and research pathologist led me to study the Vedic herbal preparations for their anti-oxidant and other important effects. This, and the work of my colleagues around the world, provides strong evidence that Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health is invaluable in addressing the risk factors for heart disease, including hypertension. A glance at the medical literature shows that hypertension is topical. Heart disease is our number one killer, and the medical profession is desperate for answers. The techniques of Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health have been shown to be effective. They cannot be ignored.  

Dr Lovell-Smith's thoughtful analysis of the complex field of hypertension is a major contribution that comes out of his long experience at the coal-face of medicine. As a community doctor he is dealing with people, their feelings, their relationships, their lives. He sees the devastating effects that a stroke or heart attack has on a patient, the patient's family and his community. He sees first-hand the troubling, sometimes dangerous effects of drugs. The marked improvements in health and vitality that can follow use of the techniques from Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health are a daily inspiration for him.  

You may have normal blood pressure, but is it perfect? Are you at risk? We should all read this important, very timely book.  

Hari Sharma,
MD Emeritus Professor of Pathology
The Ohio State University College of Medicine


Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy

June 12, 2002

Recent Research Confirms Value of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Fighting Heart Disease

Dr. Robert Schneider 

The prevention-oriented approach of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is strongly supported by Dr. John Hagelin and his Institute. However, critics of government funding for CAM often charge that this approach has little or no rigorous research support and therefore should not be used along with "evidence-based" medicine. Now, however, prestigious journals are beginning to publish the research results of well-designed CAM clinical trials, and certain CAM approaches are gaining increasing acceptance among doctors.

The April 15th issue of The American Journal of Cardiology featured research showing that the thickening of blood vessel walls known as atherosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries," a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke, was reversed by a multimodality natural medicine approach. The researchers made use of Maharishi Vedic Medicine (MVM), an integrated, holistic approach that includes the use of diet, routine, herbs and the daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique.

"Our study of generally healthy seniors, including a subgroup at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, suggests that the treatment program of Maharishi Vedic Medicine significantly reversed atherosclerosis," says Jeremy Fields, Ph.D., lead author of the study and Research Coordinator for the Center for Healthy Aging at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

"The present research supports targeting multiple risk factors as an effective approach to preventing heart attack and death from coronary heart disease," says Robert Schneider, M.D., coauthor of the study and Director of the Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention, one of 16 centers of specialized research supported by the National Institutes of Health.

"However, unlike other non-drug approaches, the MVM treatment does not require radical changes in lifestyle. This represents a breakthrough in treatment of atherosclerosis because it not only suggests that a traditional, non-drug, natural medicine approach may regress cardiovascular disease, but that this program is one that ordinary people can do," says Schneider.

According to Reuters News Service, the study randomly assigned twenty healthy individuals age 65 and over to the Maharishi Vedic Medicine intervention, fourteen to usual care, and nine to a modern medicine intervention. On average, the thickness of artery walls in the MVM group was reduced by 0.318 mm, compared with a 0.22 mm increase in the usual care subgroup and a 0.082 mm decrease in the modern medicine subgroup.

Reuters quoted Dr. Schneider as saying, "This approach also appears to be more acceptable to patients because its dietary restrictions are not 'radical' and the level of exercise is one with which they can easily comply." Schneider noted that the diet limits fat, but also includes "medicinal foods or health-promoting foods."

The Washington Post reported on April 22nd that James S. Gordon, a psychiatrist, director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, and former chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, had commented that he was impressed that the MVM study tested an "integrated" treatment approach rather than simply looking at meditation or diet or exercise by itself.

The study was funded by the Retirement Research Foundation and the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.


American Journal of Hypertension Reports
The Transcendental Meditation
® Program
Reduces Both High Blood Pressure and
Use of Antihypertensive Medication

NIH-funded research
published January 28, 2005

The American Journal of Hypertension reported in its January 28 issue that a non-drug stress-reduction method reduces both high blood pressure and the use of antihypertensive medication.

The first-of-its-kind, long-term, clinical trial evaluated 150 African American men and women, average age 49, with stage I hypertension (average blood pressure 142/95 mm Hg). Subjects were randomly assigned to one of three groups: the Transcendental Meditation technique, progressive muscle relaxation, and conventional health education classes.

The results of the one-year study showed that the Transcendental Meditation program was distinctively effective. Blood pressure in the Transcendental Meditation group reduced by nearly 6 mm diastolic pressure and 3 mm systolic pressure. In contrast, blood pressure in the progressive muscle relaxation group and conventional health education classes reduced by 3 mm diastolic pressure and no change in systolic pressure.

Researchers also found a statistically significant reduction in the use of antihypertensive medication in the TM group compared to the other two groups. Nearly two-thirds of the subjects were taking antihypertensive medication at the beginning of the study. At the conclusion of the study, there was a 23% relative reduction of antihypertensive medication use between the TM and two control groups.

"The results of the study indicate that with many patients with high blood pressure, it may be practical and feasible to lower blood pressure using the TM technique and thereby reduce or eliminate the use of antihypertensive drugs and their side effects," said Robert Schneider, M.D., principal author of the study and Director of the Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa. "The prevention of hypertension and the reduction in the use of antihypertensive drugs would be expected to result in major health care cost savings and the prevention of adverse side effects associated with blood pressure drugs."

According to prior published research, such reductions in blood pressure over the long term could result in 35% to 45% less stroke and 20% to 25% less coronary heart disease.

The study was funded by grants from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and the NIH-National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

The Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention was established by an $8 million grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health, to serve as a Specialized Center for Research and to study natural medicine in relation to cardiovascular disease in minority populations.

Facts on Hypertension
From the American Heart Association


The rate of hypertension is increasing in the United States. Despite advances in modern medical knowledge and therapy, an estimated 65 million Americans have hypertension-or 29% of the U.S. population.

The prevalence of hypertension is highest in African Americans at 34%.

More than 65% of individuals over the age of 60 years old suffer from hypertension.

Individuals with normal blood pressure at age 55 have a 90% risk for developing hypertension over the course of their lifetime.


Most patients with hypertension will require two or more drugs to achieve goal blood pressure (less than 140/90 mm Hg).


Drug treatment for hypertension may result in tiredness, nausea, sexual dysfunction, increase in risk factors for heart disease, kidney damage, or death.


Non-drug lifestyle modifications are recommended for all individuals with high blood pressure by the Joint National Committee in order to reduce the need for BP medication. (The 7th Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure-published by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health.)

Even "prehypertensives"-individuals with blood pressure in the range of 120/139 mm Hg systolic or 80/89 mm Hg diastolic-are recommended non-drug lifestyle modifications to prevent the consequences of their high blood pressure and progression to frank hypertension. (These individuals have twice the risk of developing hypertension as the normal population.)


Hypertension control rates in the U.S. are low. About 69% of individuals in the U.S. are aware of their high blood pressure; 58% of those with hypertension were under treatment but only about half of those under treatment were controlled. Nearly 75% of all patients with diabetes and hypertension do not have their hypertension controlled.

BIOSKETCH -- Robert H. Schneider, M.D.

Robert H. Schneider, M.D., is a physician, scientist, educator, and internationally renowned leader in the field of natural medicine. He completed his fellowship in hypertension at the University of Michigan Medical School, did his residency training in internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and received his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey Medical School.

Currently, he is Director of the Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, one of sixteen Specialized Centers of Research in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Over the past ten years, Dr. Schneider has been the Principal Investigator of grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations totaling approximately $20 million to conduct research and demonstration projects on the Transcendental Meditation program for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, aging and cancer. This includes the most recent award of $8 million by the NIH-National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to establish the first research center specializing in natural preventive medicine for minorities in the United States. The medical research program he directs is one of the largest systematic evaluations of prevention-oriented, natural medicine supported by the federal government.

Dr. Schneider is board-certified in public health and general preventive medicine and is a certified specialist in clinical hypertension. He has authored or co-authored 100 scientific papers on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, which have been published in medical textbooks and leading medical journals such as the American Heart Association's Hypertension and Stroke, Psychosomatic Medicine, American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Managed Care, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Journal of the National Medical Association, and International Journal of Neuroscience. In addition, he has been invited to lecture on natural medicine for disease prevention and health promotion at medical schools and professional conferences throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. Dr. Schneider has served as a consultant to the U.S. Congress' Prevention Coalition and members of the British Parliament's House of Lords.

Dr. Schneider's work has been featured on numerous television and radio news broadcasts, including ABC's 20/20, ABC's Dateline, CNN Headline News, CNN Health Special, ABC National Radio Network, UPI National Radio Voice of America, and Health Watch (for all English speaking nations). Dr. Schneider and colleagues' research has also been featured in over 1, 000 magazine and newspaper articles including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist, American Health, Self, Let's Live, Insight, Health, Longevity, American Medical News, Medical Tribune, London Daily Telegraph, Paris Match, Jerusalem Post, Indian Express, Associated Press, Reuters, and French News Agency.

®Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi University of Management are registered or common law trademarks licensed to Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation and used under sublicense or with permission.





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