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Vernon Barnes, Ph.D.

Vernon Barnes, Ph.D., is a researcher at the Georgia Prevention Institute of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, which received $1.5 million from the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on African American teens at risk for high blood pressure.

Researcher Resume 

Q: Why is the problem of hypertension such a serious health risk? 

Q: What are the possible causes of high blood pressure and heart disease? 

Q: How does the Transcendental Meditation technique lower blood pressure? 

Q: What are the possible mechanisms responsible for the reduction of blood pressure with practice of the Transcendental Meditation program? 

Q: How does the Transcendental Meditation technique help prevent heart disease? 

Q: What has research found about the effect of the Transcendental Meditation technique on the physiology? 

Q: Has there been any research to show the that the Transcendental Meditation technique lowers blood pressure during the practice? 

Q: How long is it necessary to meditate before you can see benefits on blood pressure? 

Q: Does the Transcendental Meditation technique work for everyone? 

Q: Is there a time when the patient can stop with the medication? 

Q: How do you see this treatment developing in the future? 

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