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The Transcendental Meditation® technique Improves health and reduces medical expenses

More than 350 peer-reviewed research studies on the TM® technique have been published in more than 160 scientific journals during the past 40 years. These studies were conducted at more than 200 universities and research centers, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, UCLA Medical School, and Medical College of Georgia. Most commonly cited studies.

  • American Heart Association (AHA)  “TM may be considered in clinical practice”

          In June 2013, the American Heart Association published its Scientific Statement on alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure. The AHA’s statement concluded that among meditation and relaxation techniques, the overall evidence from meta-analyses and randomized trials indicates that Transcendental Meditation lowers BP and may be considered in clinical practice – while “other meditation techniques are not recommended in clinical practice to lower BP (1, 2).

  • 48% Reduction in Hearts, Attack, Strokes and Death.

In November 2012, Robert Schneider, MD, FACC and colleagues published the results of a 10 year NIH-sponsored clinical trial on stress reduction with meditation in coronary heart disease (CHD) patients. The results showed 48% in hard clinical endpoints of death, MI and stroke. Simultaneously, there were reductions in blood pressure and psychological stress (3, 4)

  • 28% reduction in doctors’ bills over five years for persistent high-cost people. The TM Technique – The Biggest Reducer of High Health Care Costs

          The largest and quickest reductions in medical costs could be achieved by providing the TM program to consistent high-cost people with multiple chronic diseases. The Chart 1 shows a 28% reduction in doctors’ bills over five years from baseline for persistent high-cost people who practiced the TM technique (5).

HIGH CO=ST

Chart 1- reduced medical expenses

  • 90% of refugees with PTSD became non-symptomatic within 30 days

          A random/matched study on Congolese refugees with high levels of PTSD showed that 90% of the group that started with high levels of PTSD became non-symptomatic within 30 days of learning TM. The non-TM control group with a similar level of symptoms showed no change during the entire 135 day study (6).

A follow up study showed that refugees with a similar high level of PTSD showed clinically significant reductions even within 10 days of practice

Chart 2- Reductions in PTS SymptomsChart 2 Reductions in PTS Symptoms

  • Successful Vermont TM Projects

Cadets, faculty and staff at Norwich University

Video (5 min) Meditation Improves Performance at Military University

Article Ancient practice of meditation gives busy students a quiet edge

Bennington School

The Permanente Journal Effect of Transcendental Meditation on Employee Stress, Depression, and Burnout: A Randomized Controlled Study

Rutland Community Correctional Center

Vermont Transcendental Meditation Correctional Program, 1983

REFERENCES

1)   (Hypertension.2013;61:00-00.)  AHA Scientific Statement: Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure

2)   Wall Street Journal New American Heart Association Report Informs Doctors that Transcendental Meditation(R) Lowers Blood Pressure

3)   Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes Meditation may reduce death, heart attack and stroke in heart patients

4)   Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2012; 5: 750-758 Stress Reduction in the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

5)  American Journal of Health Promotion 2011; 26(1): 56–60. Changes in Physician Costs Among High-Cost Transcendental Meditation Practitioners Compared With High-Cost Nonpractitioners Over 5 Years

6)   Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 295–298, 2013, Transcendental Meditation Significantly Reduces Posttraumatic Stress in African Refugees,      ScienceNewsline article,

7)   Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 112–115, 2014,  Significant Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Congolese Refugees Within 10 days of Transcendental Meditation Practice,    Press release and videos 2014

 

Why CAM Providers Support House Bill H.12

  • Insurance does not treat licensed CAM and conventional provides equally.
  • Licensed CAM providers generally are paid less for their services and not all services are covered even though some are evidence-based.
  • Other CAM providers are not compensated for their services including their evidence-based ones.
  • Vermont can take a step towards the integration of CAM and conventional medicine by passing Vermont House Bill H.12.
  • H.12 requires insurance to cover evidence-based services that improve health and reduce medical expenses.
  • I believe that H.12 is a no brainier:

Rational

          By starting from where the system is now i.e. in a scientific age, H.12 takes the health care system in the direction we want to go that is improved the health and prosperity of all Vermonters.  This bill will open the door for insurance coverage of all CAM.  If we are persistent in leading from multiple angles, we will overcome the entranced resistance to change.

  • The text of the one sentence short form bill:

Vermont House Bill H.12

AN ACT RELATING TO COVERAGE of

COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES:

Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require health insurance plans, including Medicaid, to provide coverage for all health care services, including complementary and alternative treatments, if at least two studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals find such services to be safe, to be directly related to statistically significant improvements in individuals’ health status, and to reduce associated medical costs.

For more background see:

How to pay for single-payer? —With savings from prevention–Vermont House Bill H.12

Taking Action to improve the health and prosperity of all Vermonters

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Complementary and Alternative
Medical Association
of Vermont
www.CAMaVT.org
A grassroots organization promoting heath and prosperity

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“We all know there’s huge savings in preventative care”
“Vermont is too small to fail”

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

The grassroots Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Vermont (www.CAMaVT.org) invites you and all interested to join us working together to achieve our mutual goals.  Together we can turn our failed health care system right side up by keeping Vermonters healthy through wellness and healing, preventing the birth of disease and the integration of Alternative and Conventional health care service.

CAMaVT is growing rapidly over the last two months.  There are two dozen who have offered their support and/or expressed their desire to attend our meetings.  They include conventional and alternative health practitioners representing a dozen healing modalities.  About half have been able to attend our Seeking Common Ground meetings.

We decided at the April 1 meeting that we will now focus on action items and meet on 2nd and 4th Mondays.  See minutes of the meeting.  You can see a list of possibilities in the ambitious proposed agenda for the April 1 .

  CAMaVT Action Meeting
Monday April 22,  7 PM to 8:30 PM

 Vizuri Health Center
205 Cornerstone Drive
Williston, VT 05495

 vizurihealth.com/
Click here for driving directions.

802-999-1651

 RSVP or Register to connect by phone ThomasHall@CAMaVT.org

  We invite you to submit your suggestions to be included in the next meeting’s agenda. For example I suggest that we approach the House Health Care Committee and the Green Mountain Care Board to:

1) Offer our assistance and support in achieving the goal of Act 48 to improve the health and prosperity of all Vermonters

2) Suggest solutions to our future health care system

3) Give testimony on health insurance coverage of evidence-based prevention utilizing the most appropriate conventional and complementary therapies and services. 

The approaches we will present are projected to lower costs by keeping Vermonters healthy through wellness and prevention programs and the integration of Complementary, Alternative and Conventional health care services.

Unfortunately due to technical difficulties I was unable to connect the April 4th meeting to the conference call until 7:10 PM  and was unable to record the meeting.  I think the bugs have been worked out for the next meeting.

To RSVP, submit your suggestions or obtain instructions on connecting to the meeting by conference call and how to access archived meetings contact ThomasHall@CAMaVT.org or 802-999-1651.

In Health
Thomas

CAMaVT MINUTES APRIL 1, 2013

CAMaVT MEETING MINUTES
Seeking Common Ground
APRIL 1, 2013

Attendees:
Thomas Hall, Martha Loving, Bill Schenck, Megan Waite and Sallie Mack

Thomas Hall  moderated and presented a proposed  agenda.

 Introductions and background of attendees:

Martha Loving; Art Therapist
Megan Waite; PT and health coach
Bill Schenck: Chiropractor
Sallie Mack; Homeopath, Lyme and tick borne illness specialist
Thomas Hall; MS Nutrition and Biochemistry, Co-founder of CAMaVT and Mountain Care Board Advisory Committee Member.

 The meeting was casual and conversations were varied

  • Lyme Bill and other health care issues facing us. 
  • Dr. Schenck shared with us the difficulty his practice had with BCBS of VT as he built a multidisciplinary practice.
  • Had a brief update on Act 48 that created the GMCB and the road map to Vermont’s single payer system.
  • What and who constitutes the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB). The Board consists of:  Anya Rader Wallack, Al Gobeille, Con Hogan, Allen Ramsey MD, Karen Hein MD.
  • GMCB Wellness and Primary Prevention Group

 It became obvious that there are many issues to tackle and we need a strategy to accomplish our goals.  Thomas suggested that as an “action item”, we contact his contact the GMCB and the House and Senate Health Care committees to set up meetings to offer our assistance in achieving the goals of Act 48 and to discuss our proposed solutions and the bills that we support.

 Next meeting, TBA, will focus on “action items”.

Respectfully submitted,
Sallie Mack

CAMaVT April 1, 2013 Proposed Agenda

 Seeking Common Ground
April 1, 2013
Proposed Agenda

1) Adopt the revise agenda

2) Volunteer for taking notes and/or minutes

3) Decide if meeting will be recorded and archived.  If so for public playback or password protected.

4) Short self-introductions.

5) General discussion of topics of interest

6) Action items some suggestions:

a) Growing our group

b) Initiatives

i) Networking/developing friendly relationships

1) Administration

2) Green Mountain Car Board

3) Legislature

4) Individuals

5) Organizations and associations

ii) Support Legislative Bills

1) H.0487     An act relating to chiropractic coverage in Medicaid

2) S.209 An act relating to naturopathic physicians

3) H.12, Insurance cover evidence-based prevention

4) See attached list of health related bills

5) GMO labeling

6) Ones we would like to introduce.

iii) Public support

iv) Press/media

7) Future Meetings

a) Frequency

b) Best day of the week, time and day of the month

c)Next one

Your Discussion Topics for “Seeking Common Ground” CAMaVT meeting April 1

 

Together we can turn our failed health care system right side up.

A conference call has been set up for those who cannot make the April 1 meeting in person. E-mail me for instructions for connecting to the conference call. If agreed upon the conference call could be recorded for call-in replay for those who have the access code.

Please send me the topic you would like to discuss at our April 1 meeting “Seeking Common Ground“. I will summarize them for the agenda.

Seeking Common Ground
Monday, April 1, 7 PM to 8:30 PM
South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset Street
RSVP requested but not required.

Health Care Professionals and Citizens Unite to Prevent the Birth of Disease- March 4, 2013 meeting report (more)

          How to pay for single-payer? -With savings from prevention.   Vermont House bill H.12 requires insurance coverage of evidence-based prevention services. Cut Healthy costs in half by keeping people health. (more)

See you there- bring a friend.

Thomas Hall
802-999-1651
ThomasHall@CAMaVT.org

www.CAMaVT.org

Health Care Professionals and Citizens Unite to Prevent the Birth of Disease

 Health Care Professionals and Citizens
Unite to Prevent the Birth of Disease

We ask all to join us in reducing medical costs
by keeping people healthy.

          People in the health care and healing communities are working to improve the health and prosperity of all Vermonters via prevention and integration of conventional, complementary and alternative medicine. 

Seven were able to attend our March 4, 2013 meeting out of the thirteen who responded to the notice: Opportunities to testify about Prevention before the House Health Care Committee and the Green Mountain Care Board. (www.camavt.org/?p=300). 

           We are striving to have representation from all approaches to health which so far includes:

           1) Chiropractic, 2) Acupuncture, 3) Massage Therapy, 4) Naturopathic medicine, 5) Allopathic Medicine, 4) Homeopathy, 5) Ayurveda, 6) Yoga, 7) Meditation, 8) Nutrition, 9) Social Work, 10) Nursing, 11) Public Health, with citizens, professionals, organizations, associations and nonprofits involved.

 Seeking Common Ground
Monday, April 1, 7 PM to 8:30 PM
South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset Street
RSVP requested but not required.
Love to see you there.

           A conference call has been set up for those who cannot make the meeting in person.  E-mail me for instructions.

          Meetings are being scheduled around the state.  Please help us organize one in your area.

           To RSVP, for more information or become a member please contact Thomas Hall, 802-999-1651, ThomasHall@CAMaVT.org, www.CAMaVT.org

           How to pay for single-payer? -With savings from prevention.   Vermont House bill H.12 requires insurance coverage of evidence-based prevention services. Cut Healthy costs in half by keeping people health. (more)

           Please forward to all who might be interested.

A Silly Young Farmer- learned to water the root and enjoy the fruit


A wellness and primary prevention parable
by Thomas Hall

“Water the root and enjoy the fruit”

Maharishi Maharshi Yogi

image001A Silly Young Farmer loved one plant more than the rest. One day his little tree was wilting and had some brown leaves. He tried watering the dry leaves. Nothing happened. He was so sad. He thought “I fixed my tractor; I will work hard and fix my little friend no matter how much money it takes.”

image002He hired a Brown Leaf Specialist. The specialist rubbed the brown leaves with expensive green medicated lotion. The leaves looked better at first but then they shriveled. Our Silly Young Farmer now needed a Shriveling Leaf Expert to stretch them back into shape with little frames. The heavy frames made the branches bend down to the ground. A Branch Support Consultant came with boards and ropes to hold up the drooping branches.

Everyone was sweating to keep up with the browning leaves. A Tree Surgeon brought flowers from another plant, which had been run over by the tractor. He cut off the diseased flowers from the sickly plant and put the borrowed flowers in their place. Fallen Fruit Stitchers came to sew the ill fruit back on.

His most beloved little friend grew steadily worse, and could no longer keep the bugs away. A bug man brought spray to kill the bugs, but the spray also poisoned his weakened plant. Nothing worked. He had spent all of his money. He was tired from the hard effort. He did not know what to do.

A Wise Old Farmer came by and said. “Living things are born knowing how to grow and keep healthy. They are not machines. We cannot repair them. They know best how to mend themselves. But we can help them prevent disease before it starts.

Our little famer now knew why his hard labor and money had not helped his little friend. He asked, “How can I help it?”

“You can help if you know about things hidden deep inside your plant. You do not see the colorless sap on the outside, even though it is everywhere inside.”

“Tell me about colorless sap”

“Colorless sap makes the green leaves, brown stems and yellow petals that you see. Sap starts from the water, soil, and roots hidden under the ground

image003The Young Farmer now understood the old saying “Water the root and enjoy the fruit”. Health comes from understanding, nourishing and satisfying fundamental needs. He was no longer silly. He took his bucket and joyfully watered the roots of his thirsty tree. It recovered, grew and became healthy and happy. His friend thanked him by giving delicious fruit.

image004He never wasted money and hard work again trying to patch up ailing plants. He now gives them what they need before they get sick. Nourishing also worked to keep the farmer, his family and his friends healthy.

The Young Farmer grew up to be a healthy, wealthy and Wise Old Farmer.

 

 

Opportunities to testify about Prevention before the House Health Care Committee and the Green Mountain Care Board

Please join us in improving the
Health and Prosperity of All Vermonters

 The grassroots Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Vermont (www.CAMaVT.org) invites you and all interested to come together to explore our common ground and plan how we can work together to achieve our mutual goals.  We would like to hear your ideas and suggestions. 

Seeking our Common Ground
Monday, March 4, 7 PM to 8:30 PM
South Burlington Community Library
540 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403
Click here for Directions
RSVP requested but not required

So far we have created two opportunities:

  1. We have been asked to suggest members of the CAM community to present their modality to the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB).  Board members Con Hogan and Karen Hein MD are especially interested in Wellness and Primary Prevention. (http://gmcboard.vermont.gov/)
  2. We are recruiting CAM representatives to testify before the Vermont House Health Care Committee about the health promoting and disease preventing aspects of their modality including.

 House Bill H.12 is a step towards the total integration of complementary, conventional and alternative medicine where the best combination of coordinated services is customized for each individual.  This bill requires health insurance plans to provide coverage for all evidence-based health care services that improve health and reduce medical expenses (www.tinyurl.com/PreventionSavings2).

 To RSVP, for more information or to discuss the possibility of testifying please contact email or call Thomas Hall- ThomasHall@CAMaVT.org,   802-999-1651

 Please share this invitation with your friends and colleagues.  We are looking forward to seeing you.

Wellness and Primary Prevention- The Vermont Green Mountain Care Board solicits concrete suggestions

To improve the health and prosperity of Vermonters

We have a real opportunity to improve the health of Vermonters. Two Green Mountain Care Board (2) (GMCB) members are informally collecting suggestions on wellness, primary prevention and health care processes and interventions that often extend beyond the existing health care system.  I will forward your suggestions to them.

I volunteer with the grassroots Complementary and Alternate Medical Association of Vermont (1) (CAMaVT) to improve the health and prosperity of Vermonters by bringing together parties with solutions and those who could possibly implement them. I have been videotaping (3) and making public comments at GMCB meetings, introducing the board to the CAM community (1) and been appointed to the GMCB General Advisory Committee (2).

Vermont is leading the nation in comprehensive health care reform.  Act 48 created the independent five member GMCB appointed by the Governor to design and oversee Vermont’s evidence-based and prevention-oriented heath care system. Its goals are to 1) moderate costs and 2) improve health.

Please send me your written suggestions and/or share this with others that you think might be interested. They request a description in no more than a total of 2 pages including answers to the four questions below below to the extent that you are able. It would be best if you could respond by June 25 but later would still be useful.

  1. 1. What are your reasons (and upon what data or evidence is it based) for suggesting that your approach can improve the health of Vermonters?
  2. 2. How could your approach be integrated into a more coordinated system?  How would it work?
  3. 3. Can you estimate the annual cost of your program per person? Where would the savings from your program be realized?
  4. 4. How would you coordinate with traditional primary care providers and specialists?

I welcome your interest.  Please contact me for more information or to discuss your suggestions.

1) Thomas Hall, Cofounder and President
Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Vermont,
A grassroots organization

161 Austin Dr. 38, Burlington VT 05401
802-999-1651
ThomasHall@CAMaVT.org
www.CAMaVT.org
2) Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) Advisory Committee. http://gmcboard.vermont.gov/advisory_groups
3) CAMaVT-TV, View GMCB meeting videos: http://gmcboard.vermont.gov/meetings/video
4) Vermont Integrated Health Care Committee (VIHCC),
A grassroots group assisting the GMCB improve the health and prosperity of all

5) Vermont Vedic Health – Thomas’ Blog www.VermontVedicHealth.org
6) House bill H.64, Cut Health costs in half by keeping people healthy (http://tinyurl.com/PreventionSavings)