The results from 2 Medical Studies indicate that Meditation and Exercise can dramatically reduce the incidence, duration and severity of colds and the flu.
Dr. Bruce Barrett, at the UW-Madison headed up the research in the first study. He commented on the results from the study by saying “this could be more powerful than flu shots,“.
The 150 study participants were split into 3 groups. One group received 8 weeks of Mediation training and were asked to continue to Meditate daily. The 2nd group was given Exercise classes and were asked to continue to exercise. The last group received no classes and did not Mediate for Exercise.
The results of that study were:
“People in the meditation group had 33 percent fewer illnesses than the control group. Their illnesses were 43 percent shorter and were 60 percent less severe.
In the exercise group, the incidence, duration and severity of illnesses were reduced by 29 percent, 43 percent and 31 percent, respectively, according to the findings published in this month’s Annals of Family Medicine.
Both groups also missed less work.“
The second study was published Published: June 22, 2018. It also took place in Madison Wisconsin. This study was undertaken by the following Medical Professionals:
- Bruce Barrett ,
- Mary S. Hayney,
- Daniel Muller,
- David Rakel,
- Roger Brown,
- Aleksandra E. Zgierska,
- Shari Barlow,
- Supriya Hayer,
- Jodi H. Barnet,
- Elisa R. Torres,
- Christopher L. Coe
Again the participants were split into 3 groups. One group received 8 weeks of Mindfulness based Stress Reduction (Meditation training). Another group received 8 weeks of training in moderate intensity sustained exercise. The last group (Control Group) did not meditate nor exercise daily.
The results of the study were that in the Meditation group, there were 112 ARI episodes and 1045 days of ARI illness, compared to 120 episodes and 1010 illness days in the group which exercised , compared with 134 episodes with 1210 days of ARI illness for the Control Group which did not Meditate or Exercise daily.
Practicing Mediation daily did significantly benefit the participants in the group which Mediated when compared to the participants in the group which neither Mediated daily nor Exercised.
I agree with the statement made by Dr Barrett that practicing Mediation daily “could be more powerful than flu shots,”. Big Pharma will likely not be overjoyed by the results of these two studies.
Click on this line to visit the Wisconsin State Journal website to read their article titled: ‘UW study: Exercise, meditation can help prevent cold and flu”.
Click on this line to visit the PLOS ONE website to read the published Medical study titled: “Meditation or exercise for preventing acute respiratory infection (MEPARI-2): A randomized controlled trial”.