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March 12, 2011

Can meditation curb heart attacks? | @NYTimes

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– @jerrycallistejr According to Tara Parker-Pope 2009, “When Julia Banks was almost 70, she took up transcendental meditation. She had clogged arteries, high blood pressure and too much weight around the middle, and she enrolled in a clinical trial testing the benefits of meditation.

Now Mrs. Banks, 79, of Milwaukee, meditates twice a day, every day, for 20 minutes each time, setting aside what she calls “a little time for myself.”

“You never think you’ve got that time to spare, but you take that time for yourself and you get the relaxation you need,” said Mrs. Banks, who survived a major heart attack and a lengthy hospitalization after coronary artery bypass surgery six years ago.” Read more > http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/20/can-meditation-curb-heart-attacks/