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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minutes before the study was scheduled to be published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, it was suddenly withdrawn.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...

For reasons that defy explanation, The New York Times has had a troubled relationship with yoga. I've noted the Times obsession and confusion in these pages, as well as...

For reasons that defy explanation, The New York Times has had a troubled relationship with yoga. I've noted the Times obsession and confusion in these pages, as well as the spectacle of five separate yoga stories appearing in one week during July, 2010.

The Times seemed confused about whether yoga was a fashion, a kind of exercise, a form of meditation, or a trend. Last Sunday, the Times, through sheer determination, I suppose, finally overcame its yoga confusion.

Writing in the Sunday Review in last weekend's Times, William J. Broad, a science writer, does a straight news story on why men are more likely to be injured while...

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...

I've written here before about the curious case of yoga and The New York Times. The Times...

I've written here before about the curious case of yoga and The New York Times. The Times often seems both obsessed and confused about yoga, as I wrote in 2010 when the Times published five stories on yoga in one week.

Now the Times weighs in, in this week's upcoming Sunday magazine, with a piece by veteran Times science writer William J. Broad entitled, "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body." If you suspect that this story might not...

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...