Real healthcare = maintaining health
Our health-care system is better described as “sick care”. Patients are treated after they fall ill, and despite our very advanced methods of medical care, people are often left with a number 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 produces a physiological state to activate this power.
The consequence is that significant improvement in health and well-being is noticeable relatively early for a good number of chronic disorders and, even more importantly, the regular experience of transcending through TM can actually prevent many problems. That is real healthcare: insuring that people maintain their health.
Scientific research on TM and health
Dozens of studies have confirmed the effect of TM on health, in all kinds of circumstances (from education to industry), in numerous countries. Here are a few impressive studies that confirm the preventive effect of the practice of TM.
This long-term study compared health statistics of more than 2,000 TM practitioners over a period of 5 years to the averages of 600,000 people not practising TM. The group of TM practitioners—up to the age of 40—had 50% fewer hospitalizations than the average, and the group of TM practitioners over 40 had 70% fewer hospitalizations.
If we look at the details, we can notice fewer admissions in all categories for hospital admissions, except for births. There are, for example, 87% fewer admissions for heart disease and 60% fewer admissions for cancer. Ref. Psychosomatic Medicine 49: 493–507, 1987.
Impressive as this study may be, one can still argue that perhaps people started practising Transcendental Meditation as part of a healthier lifestyle routine. 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 group older than 65, the difference was 78%, therefore similar to the US study above. 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. Shouldn’t TM be reimbursed by our heath-care system?
A revolution in healthcare. Then why is the cost of learning TM not reimbursed by our national health insurance plan?
If a pill was discovered that could reduce Canadian 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 our national health insurance plan (and ultimately Canadian taxpayers) would save a lot of money. As it turns out, TM is a programme that not only improves health, but also our relationships, brain capacity, and many other aspects of our life. The experience of transcending is easily achieved, but requires the necessary training and guidance to insure that. After 48 years of research, this training is still not reimbursed by Canada’s national health insurance plan. Several other countries have, in fact, started covering the cost of TM courses.