Talk:Transcendental Meditation

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Time to revisit the "health effects" question[edit]

The last sentence in the lede states "It is not possible to say whether it has any effect on health as the research, as of 2007, is of poor quality." Well, as of now, it's 2018, and things change in 11 years. I've looked through the Talk page archives and there's a bewildering variety of posts about health and health claims, so it seems to me that starting from a blank slate to evaluate all studies post-2007 is reasonable, since the premise is that the studies pre-2007 are unacceptable. Here are a couple of more recent studies from reliable sources:

  • [1] Meditation and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction -- A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association (published 28 Sep., 2017, Journal of the American Heart Association) "Summary: Studies of meditation to date suggest a possible, though not definitively established, benefit of meditation on cardiovascular risk reduction. A 2008 review of >400 trials of meditation and health care rated the methodological quality of clinical trials as poor, but noted that the quality of these trials had significantly improved over time."
  • [2] Stress Reduction in the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Randomized, Controlled Trial of Transcendental Meditation and Health Education in Blacks (published 1 Nov., 2012, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes) "Conclusion: This randomized, controlled trial found that a selected mind–body, stress reduction intervention, the TM program, significantly reduced risk for mortality, MI, and stroke in black men and women with coronary heart disease. These changes in clinical events were associated with lower BP and psychosocial distress. Thus, the TM program may be a clinically useful behavioral intervention in the secondary prevention of CVD in this and perhaps other high-risk populations."

Bricology (talk) 21:57, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

The second is a primary source and not relevant in WP. (See WP:MEDDEF and all of WP:MEDRS). The first is not about TM per se. Jytdog (talk) 22:00, 24 August 2018 (UTC)