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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., is a specialist in hypertension and preventive medicine who has been awarded more than $20 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his pioneering research on natural approaches to prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Schneider is the principal author of Total Heart Health (Basic Health Publications, 2006) and author or co-author of more than 100 medical research articles. He and his work have been featured in more than 1,000 media reports, including CNN Headline News, The New York Times, Newsweek, the Discovery Channel and Time magazine.

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Q: How can the Transcendental Meditation technique affect the physical risk factors for atherosclerosis (commonly known as hardening of the arteries), such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance? 

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

Q: I have high cholesterol and I’ve been on statin drugs for several years. Could I get off them with the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique? 

Q: Can heart disease be averted? For instance, is it possible to change the course of a serious condition such as congestive heart failure? 

Q: Does the Transcendental Meditation program also help relieve depression in heart patients? 

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