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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.

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Q: Can the TM technique help control both blood sugar and cholesterol? What about weight? 

Q: Is there evidence that the Transcendental Meditation program by itself can lower high blood pressure? 

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: Can someone with an already weakened heart who is suffering from congestive heart failure benefit from the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique? 

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