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by Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Kulwant Singh, Dr. David Leffler, and David Shapiro
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7 May 2014
On 7 May 2014 South Sudan Liberty News reported: ''In the past 20 years, 18 African nations have been ravaged by war. It is estimated that up to 100 million Africans have been victims of war, violence, or natural disasters or witnessed horrific acts of terror, and now suffer from post-traumatic stress (PTS).''
In the article, the authors—Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Kulwant Singh, Dr. David Leffler, and David Shapiro*—state, ''Experts acknowledge that PTS has been resistant to the many conventional approaches used to treat psychological disturbance. Particularly in Africa, . . . there is a pressing need for simple, cost-effective and easily sustainable treatments. . . . We suggest that all Africans and in particular all African militaries implement the Transcendental Meditation program because there is a large body of evidence supporting the positive benefits this alternative approach.'' It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of defence.
''TM has vastly outperformed other modalities by dramatically reducing stress, anxiety, depression and a host of PTS symptoms.''
The article references published scientific research studies showing reduced PTS—including two studies, published within the past year in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, that found rapid reduction in PTS symptoms in African refugees from the Congolese War who learned Transcendental Meditation. The most recent, published in February 2014, found significant reductions in PTS within 10 days of learning Transcendental Meditation. In an earlier study published in April 2013, subjects went from ''severe'' to ''non-symptomatic'' levels after 30 days TM practice.
The article also notes that ''over 350 research studies on TM have been published in 160 peer-reviewed academic and medical journals.'' In addition to reducing PTS, ''peer-reviewed scientific papers have confirmed that regular practice produces many other wide-ranging, measurable benefits. These include increased intelligence, creativity; reduced stress and improved health; and more fulfilling and harmonious interpersonal relationships. . . . The American Heart Association, in a Summary Paper, said 'the Transcendental Meditation technique is the only meditation practice that has been shown to lower blood pressure.' . . .
''In 2011, the David Lynch Foundation and African PTSD Relief co-sponsored an initiative to make the Transcendental Meditation program initially available to 10,000 Africans suffering from PTS. We support this initiative. . . .
''The TM evidence-based research tells an objective story pointing to a simple, fast, and cost-effective solution for not only conquering PTS, but to help alleviate many of Africa's other pressing problems. . . . The authors urge African leaders to adopt this evidence-based program.''
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*About the authors:
Major General (Ret.) Kulwant Singh, U.Y.S.M., Ph.D., leads an international group of generals and defense experts that advocates Invincible Defense Technology. He was awarded the Uttam Yudh Sewa Medal, the second highest decoration for senior officers during operations in Sri Lanka as part of IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force).
David Leffler, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS). He served as an Associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College. Dr. Leffler is the author of ''A New Role for the Military: Preventing Enemies from Arising - Reviving an Ancient Approach to Peace''. He is on Twitter.
David Shapiro, M.A., is Founding President of African PTSD Relief (Twitter: AfricaPTSRelief, YouTube video: http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/africa.html#video=goWNosrfFvI), an Iowa, US non-profit, charitable corporation dedicated to reducing PTS across Africa by teaching the Transcendental Meditation program to individuals or groups with PTS or at risk of getting PTS. He is a co-author of the two research studies on TM and PTSD in Uganda. For information on African PTSD Relief or to implement a program, please contact David Shapiro at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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