Ask the Doctors, Specialists answer your questions about the Transcendental Meditation program and health
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Gary P. Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D.

Gary P. Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., is a neurologist and associate professor of clinical neurology at Hofstra University School of Medicine. He is also a recipient of the Albert H. Douglas Award from the Medical Society of the State of New York for outstanding achievements as a clinical teacher interested in promoting and improving the medical education of physicians.

César Molina, M.D., F.A.C.C.

César Molina, M.D., F.A.C.C., is Medical Director of the South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. He is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Molina has recently appeared in the international edition of CNN discussing the benefits of diet and exercise in the treatment and prevention of coronary heart disease.

Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R.

Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R., has been awarded more than $20 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his pioneering research on natural approaches to heart disease. Dr. Schneider is the author of Total Heart Health and 100 medical research articles, and he has been featured in more than 1,000 media reports, including CNN Headline News, The New York Times, and Time magazine.

James Krag, M.D.

James Krag, M.D., is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, president of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia, and former president of the Virginia Association of Community Psychiatrists for four years. He is currently Medical Director of Liberty Point, a residential treatment program for adolescents with psychiatric problems.

Here Drs. Kaplan, Molina, Schneider and Krag
answer questions on cardiovascular disease.

Q: Since the result of high blood pressure over many years is usually hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), leading to complications of stroke and heart attack, is there evidence that the Transcendental Meditation technique can reduce atherosclerosis? 

Q: How can the Transcendental Meditation technique affect the physical risk factors for atherosclerosis, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance? 

Q: I thought that hardening of the arteries was due primarily to genetic factors and diet. How is it that practice of TM can reduce atherosclerosis? 

Q: Don’t I have to change my diet to get any improvement? 

Q: Do you recommend the Transcendental Meditation technique to help reduce the risk factors for heart attack and stroke? 

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