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“Learning how to relax is important for people who have diabetes, because daily stresss can cause a rise in the hormones that work against insulin and so, cause a rise in blood sugar. In some cases, extreme stress can lead to poor diabetes control and even, though rerely, to diabetic coma.

“How does one leran to relax? There are various ways ---- biofeedback, Zen, Yoga, Transcendental Meditation,” and then the author described a simple techique that works for amy.

“Reducing stress through relaxation can also help to lower blood-sugar levels and reduce the author said. “RELAXATION IS A HEALTH NECESSITY FOR ANYONE’S MIND AND BODY, but people who have diabetes live in exersive stress, which means that taking time to telax each day is especially important. Whather you set aside five minutes or 50 minutes each day, doing relaxation exercises may be just what you need to give your day a lift. You might even improve your control.”

THE SCIENTIFIC MONGRAPHS Biofeedback and Self-Control (Aldine Publishing Company), an annual on the regulation of bodily processes and consciousness also has numerous reports on the beneficial effects of biofeedback, relaxation and meditation n hypertension, abnormal heart rate, headaches, chronic pain, asthma, insomnia, epileptic seizures, stroke patients, eating disorders and peripheral blood circulation. This annual is of a highly technical nature, consisting entirely of scientific papers. The Reports will bring you excerpts in layman languge in future volumes.

Finally, the Transcendental Meditation organisation has published a monograph called ----- Scientific Research on the Transcendental Meditation Program, Collected Papers, Volume I, edited by David Orme-Johnson Ph.D. and John Farrow Ph.D.. This book contains the most comprehensive collection of scientific papers on meditation you can find today. However, it is commpiled for the scientific community and kind of diffeicult to read for the lay public. The papers are classified under 3 big headings -------- the PHYSIOLOGICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL and SOCIIOLOGICAL effects of Transcendental Meditation. The papers under Physiology practically confirms all the aspects quoted above. In short, pateints with hyperthension, angina pectoris, bronchial asthma, inflammation, insomnia, and overweight problems were helped by T-M as borne by scientific studies.

As future scientific studies and clinical reports are published in the “Conventional” scientific and medical journals, The Reports will bring them to your attention in easy-to-undetrstand layman language in future inssues of The reports. We shall keep you well-informed!

THE PLACE OF MEDITATION IN MEDICAL CARE Going over all the scientific papers and books written by the medical doctors and Ph.D.s on meditatin, relaxation, biofeedback, stress management and related therapies, on can safely conclude that meditation and relaxation has a place in maintaining the physical and mental helth of selected patients. Meditation and relaxation does not work on specfic diseases. It works by enhancing the general health of the patient. When the general health is improved, conventional medications and surgery works better and heals the disease faster and more effectively. The quality of life of many chronically sick patients can be improved also.

MEDITATION IS A HEALTH ADJUNCT Readers are remained that meditation and relaxatin is only a health adjunct (or more correctly, a health necessity). It is not a therapy as yet. DO NOT TREAT YOURSELF. Your symptom is often only the tip of an iceberg. You should work closely with your privaate physician to unravel the mystery of the whole iceberg while treating the symptoms. For example, a couple of aspirin can stop the chest pain of a heart attack, but while the pain is

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