Dr. Oz on how you can overcome the build-up of life’s stresses

by Sam Katz on January 11, 2011

dr-mehmet-ozThis week the Huffington Post featured on its homepage an article about Dr. Mehmet Oz and his advice for the new year: Meditate. The article included a video of his recent talk on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation program for reducing stress and promoting heart health.

Dr. Oz is a nationally renowned medical expert—you may have seen him on The Dr. Oz Show or during one of his frequent appearances on Oprah. He is a heart surgeon and medical professor at Columbia University.

Dr. Oz is also a two-year practitioner of the Transcendental Meditation technique and an outspoken supporter of the work of the David Lynch Foundation to bring meditation to at-risk populations. His talk at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art of Art helped the David Lynch Foundation raise funds to bring the TM technique to 10,000 veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

As you will see in the video, Dr. Oz explains the devastating effects of the build-up of stress on heart health, and presents published research showing how the Transcendental Meditation program impacts the three main risk factors of heart disease.

“This impact in the TM control group is stunning—unimaginable. When you talk about these causes of death and you can reduce them by that much, as well as non-fatal strokes and non-fatal heart attacks, these are spectacularly large impacts.” — Dr. Mehmet Oz

Excerpt from this Huffington Post article about Dr. Oz’s talk:

“According to polls, the most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2011 are: lose weight, quit drinking and/or smoking, exercise, manage your debt, reduce stress, get a better job, fall in love and volunteer to help others.

But if Dr. Mehmet Oz is correct, perhaps “learn to meditate” should be added to the top of everyone’s list.

Meditation is emerging as a powerful stress buster. Research shows that it can have health benefits equivalent to or better than some of the leading medications for reducing high blood pressure and high cholesterol.”

dr-mehmet-oz“As a heart surgeon, I see the effects of stress on the heart. . . This meditation, we believe, can help a lot of people. It’s important to understand exactly how TM reduces stress and stress-related disorders.”

To read the entire Huffington Post article about Dr. Oz’s talk click here.


1. Journal of Human Stress 5(4): 24-27, 1979. Cooper M. J., et al. Transcendental Meditation in the management of hypercholesterolemia; Harefuah, Journal of the Israel Medical Association 95(1): 1-2, 1978. Cooper M. J. and Aygen M. M. Effect of Transcendental Meditation on serum cholesterol and blood pressure.

2. Archives of Internal Medicine 2006; 166:1218-1224. Maura Paul-Labrador, MPH; Donna Polk, MD, MPH; James H. Dwyer, PhD†; Ivan Velasquez, MD; Sanford Nidich, PhD; Maxwell Rainforth, PhD; Robert Schneider, MD; C. Noel Bairey Merz, M. D. Effects of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Transcendental Meditation on Components of the Metabolic Syndrome in Subjects With Coronary Heart Disease.

3. American Journal of Hypertension 21 (3): 310-6, 2008. Anderson J.W., et al. Blood pressure response to Transcendental Meditation: a meta-analysis.

4. American Journal of Cardiology 95:1060-1064, 2005. Schneider R.H., et al. Long-term effects of stress reduction on mortality in persons ≥ 55 years of age with systemic hypertension.


Writer: Sam Katz has been teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique for the past 35 years. He and his wife Melody are directors of the TM Center in Westchester, New York.


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  • Karen Lozier

    Can you tell me when and where TM instruction will be offered in the Battle Creek, MI area? Thank you

    • http://www.tm.org Sam Katz

      Hi Karen,
      You can call 888 LearnTM or visit http://www.tm.org/contact-us and they will give you the names of the certified instructors closest to you.
      All the best,

  • Annette DuQuesnay

    We are all Dr. Oz Fans. He is shining his light and it’s shining on TM. He is helping a lot of people with his shows on TV with their health problems and now encouraging them to practice TM. The more people that meditate the healthier, happier and more peaceful the world will be. We are grateful that the Maharishi brought us this great teaching.

  • Donna

    Kudos to Dr. Oz for his articulation of some of the benifits of TM. I’ve practiced for about two years now and I can say as a young person that I feel the benifits in my physical health soar, as well as my mental and emotional health.

  • Michael Kavanaugh

    I think it would be helpful if we could just click on the medical references to access them. I am not sure how to locate them just from the data given. We need to make it easy for people to see the scientific evidence for themselves.

  • Barbara Wise

    Why is TM so expensive? I am 78 and would love to learn but I cannot afford $1500.

    • http://tm.org Richard Hobbs

      “Why is TM so expensive?”
      The organization responsible for teaching the TM Program in the US, Maharishi Foundation’ is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit, so the tuition is set at a level that helps to offset the costs associated with teaching which include the provision of scholarships, etc.

      “I am 78 and would love to learn but I cannot afford $1500″.
      Great to hear that you’d love to learn – I am sure you will enjoy it. There are various scholarship programs, loans, etc. available to help, so anyone who really wants to learn can do so. I suggest you contact your local teacher (go to this page to contact details, if you don’t already have them – http://www.tm.org/contact-us ) and discuss your options.

  • Patricia Horton

    The fee for learning TM is a bit steep for me. Can I learn it on my own or at zero cost?


  • http://tm.org Richard Hobbs

    Have a looks at the response to Barbara (above). I recommend that you talk to your local teacher.

  • walter castillo

    TM is a great choice for improvement in your health and a good source of energy.

  • walter castillo

    I’ve been meditating for more than 30 years. My wife and my son also are meditators. I also have many relatives and friends that meditate including one who is a TM teacher. My life is been blessed for this technique. I thanks God every single day for this practice, it makes so happy.

  • Jaclyn suri

    Can u tell me when the next session and cost is in Newport beach?
    Thanks in advance,

    Jaclyn Suri

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