Slowing Down the Aging Process with Robert H Schneider
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Find out if you can slow down the aging process through, diet, herbal supplements and transcendental meditation.
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Mature_Years_Mod Today's guest is Dr. Robert Schneider, Professor of Physiology ad Maharishi Ayur-Veda and Director of the Center for Health and Aging Studies. Today we're discussing slowing down the aging process. Welcome Dr. Schneider thanks for joining us today. Could you start by telling us a little bit about your background and how you became interested in studying aging?
Speaker_Schneider Thank you. Well, my background is in the area of preventive medicine and public health, with training in cardiovascular disease, the most common disease for older people. I first became interested in aging because I realized that the aging segment of our population is the most rapidly growing segment, and health problems such as cardiovascular disease, etc., rapidly increase in advancing years. So prevention of aging associated health declines in many respects, most important health needs of our time.
Mature_Years_Mod What is the College of Maharishi Vedic Medicine?
Speaker_Schneider It is part of the university called Maharish Univ of Management, an accredited university through out the PhD level. Our focus that makes ours different from others is twofold. First, we focus on prevention which is unique because most modern medicine is not focused on prevention, but disease care rather than healthcare. Ours is on creating health. The knowledge and technologies were interested in for this are natural medicine, because of the lower rates of adverse side effects found in traditional medicine and greater cost effectiveness or the ability of some natural approaches to prevent and treat disorders with aging that are not able to be adequately addressed with conventional modern medicine. Along those lines -- our students, etc are interested in the most scientifically validated approaches of natural medicine and the most comprehensive approaches, and we find those in this most ancient system of natural medicine which is from the vedic tradition. -- the specialty of our program. And particularly unique and valuable perspective from this is that aging as we know it is not necessary. ... and this is consistent with some modern gerontology which often distinguishes between usual aging and successful aging, and this vedic approach specializes in promoting what gerontologists call successful aging.
Mature_Years_Mod How does TM (Transcendental Meditation) work to cause the effects on health? Where does it come from?
Speaker_Schneider The TM program is the approach of stress reduction and self development that is development of the mind/body connection from the system of Maharish Vedic It is a very ancient technique which ahs been validated by hundreds of research studies for effects on slowing or even reversing many of the declines in function commonly seen with aging. In a sense, it is even though ancient, a modern medical discovery made available for widespread use by a teacher of the vedic tradition, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The effects beside more than 500 published studies on TM program, the NIH has recently sponsored a center at our university which is one of 9 in the country, on complimentary and alternative medicine, and we are continuing to investigate the usefulness of the TM program and other modalities from this system of natural medicine for their usefulness in preventing disease and promoting health in older people.
Mature_Years_Mod Today's guest is Dr. Robert Schneider, Professor of Physiology ad Maharishi Ayur-Veda and Director of the Center for Health and Aging Studies. Today we're discussing slowing down the aging process. If you would like to submit a question please type in /ask skip a space and then enter your question followed by hitting the return key
Mature_Years_Mod Can the aging process be slowed or even reversed?
Speaker_Schneider Yes. There is some ample evidence from many specialists in age and research that shows that some naturally age more slowly than others. ... and this is again the point of usual or average aging which most people show with declines in mental and physical health. A minority of the population shows greater mental functioning and emotional well being and physical health in later years, and these have been called successful agers, because their different in many ways. This shows the potential for greater well being, greater efficiency and greater health as the years go on, but until now there ahs been a lack of systematic approach to developing successful aging. ... although some spontaneously show it. What is very exciting from the latest research is that several modalities of natural medicine we've discussed, example stress reduction, etc., has shown that older people can improve cognitive functioning.
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