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In 2011, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health claimed to find that Transcendental Meditation could reduce risk of death, heart attack, and stroke in African-Americans with heart disease, according to a press release. The study had a lovely pedigree: It was funded by the National Institutes of Health...

In 2011, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health claimed to find that Transcendental Meditation could reduce risk of death, heart attack, and stroke in African-Americans with heart disease, according to a press release. The study had a lovely pedigree: It was funded by the National Institutes of Health, and a version of it had been presented at the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association.

But there was one thing: The study came not from a traditional university, but from the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa.

Twelve minutes before the study was scheduled to be published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, it was suddenly withdrawn. The explanation was that the authors had presented the journal with new data that would have to be reviewed before the study could...

Last year, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health claimed to find that Transcendental Meditation could reduce risk of death, heart attack, and stroke, and was associated with reduced blood pressure and stress in African-Americans with heart disease, according to...

Last year, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health claimed to find that Transcendental Meditation could reduce risk of death, heart attack, and stroke, and was associated with reduced blood pressure and stress in African-Americans with heart disease, according to a press release.

The study had the proper pedigree, with one important exception. It had been presented at the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association. It was set for publication in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal published by the American Medical Association. And it had the NIH funding. The exception? The study came not from a traditional university, but from the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa. 

The paper was scheduled to be published online on June 27, 2011, but...

tmAccording to a study presented Monday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting, "heart disease patients who practice TM [Transcendental Meditation...

tmAccording to a study presented Monday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting, "heart disease patients who practice TM [Transcendental Meditation] have almost 50% lower rates of heart attacks, stroke and deaths compared to similar patients who don't practice meditation." That's from Shari Roan on the Los Angeles Times blog, Booster Shots.

I bet you can guess where I'm going with this. That 50 percent drop represents what--100 heart attacks in the control group and 50 in the meditators? Or two in the control group, and one in the meditators? Roan doesn't say.

I wasn't at the heart association meeting this year, so I went to...