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Dr. Oz’s Staff Say Transcendental Meditation Quells Stress, Boosts Creativity

September 3, 2013

A year after learning the TM technique, Dr. Oz’s employees report long-lasting benefits–on the job and at home.

NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Last year, Mehmet Oz, M.D., host of the Emmy Award-winning The Dr. Oz Show, decided to help his staff cope with on-the-job stress by offering them the chance to learn the Transcendental Meditation(®) technique. A year later, Dr. Oz and his team say the stress-management tool is delivering long-lasting benefits.

“The first thing I noticed was a change in the tone and the texture of the dialogue–away from dwelling on problems towards a much more thoughtful, insightful, clever way of solving problems,” says Dr. Oz, who is the vice chairman of the department of surgery at Columbia University, and the founder of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. “Instead of highlighting the issues that were separating us, my team was deriving bliss and joy from finding solutions.”

Numerous Studies on the TM Technique’s Benefits

Dr. Oz credits these improvements with the well-documented reduction of stress associated with TM(®) practice. Numerous studies have been conducted on the beneficial effects of the TM program in reducing stress and improving overall health at a wide range of universities and research institutions around the world, including Harvard, Yale, and UCLA Medical School.

“Speaking as a scientist,” says Dr. Oz, “the amazing thing about Transcendental Meditation is the very well established research showing that the technique impacts things that we didn’t think were changeable. You can actually reduce your blood pressure significantly with just using Transcendental Meditation. You can also reduce cholesterol, atherosclerosis, obesity, risk of stroke–even reduce death rates due to cardiovascular disease.”

American Heart Association Says TM Lowers Blood Pressure

A recent report by the American Heart Association (AHA) stated that the Transcendental Meditation technique is the only meditation practice with sufficient research to suggest that it can lower blood pressure. Moreover, the National Institutes of Health has granted over $25 million over the two decades to study the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on the prevention and treatment of heart disease, hypertension, and stroke.

For Dr. Oz’s staff, the benefits simply come down to personal experience.

“I noticed I was much calmer and I was able to get to sleep a lot earlier; that’s just paid off through the day. I can concentrate, I can get more done. I’m just easier to get along with I think,” said Walter Kenny, Field Coordinator for The Dr. Oz Show.

“I think that it’s made us here really connect as a group, and I think when you feel connected to your coworkers, you work harder. And when you work harder and more efficiently, I think everybody’s happy,” said Michelle Wasserman, the show’s Supervising Producer of Post.

A Wide Range of Businesses Now Offering TM to Employees

An increasing number of business owners across the US and around the world are now offering the TM technique as a self-actualization tool for employees. Oprah Winfrey recently made the program available to her staff at the OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) offices, as did Oliver’s Real Food CEO Jason Gunn. Well-known media personalities such as CNN’s Candy Crowley and ABC News‘ George Stephanopoulos use the TM technique to provide respite from their hectic schedules.

“It’s such a profoundly powerful tool to turbo charge the people in your organization that it would unwise not to not at least try it,” said Dr. Oz. “And I think if you want your organization, your people, your family, you, if you want to do things smarter, not harder, whatever the mission you have, transcendental meditation is your path. And the fact that it’s accessible and available to every one of your employees on their own time – it makes it one of those gifts that keeps on giving.”

About the Transcendental Meditation technique

The TM technique is an effortless meditation technique practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with one’s eyes closed. Published studies [link to have found that TM reduces stress and anxiety, improves learning ability, and promotes wellness for mind and body.

The TM technique is available in the USA through Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally recognized nonprofit educational organization. Through partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and foundations such as the David Lynch Foundation, full TM scholarships have been given to over 250,000 at-risk children, veterans suffering from PTSD, homeless people, and others.

To view this video on YouTube, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCE1KmOKRsQ

Media Contact: Christian Hoffmann, Maharishi Foundation USA, 360-447-8108, christianh@tm.org

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