Monday, September 10, 2007

Transcendental M & Ms

TM Mortalities and Morbidities

In the medical world, we have monthly M&M meetings, to discuss cases of 'negative outcomes.' These M&M meetings help us identify ways in which we can improve our medical management. This is standard practice, regardless of the deemed cause of injury or death.

Those who spent years deeply involved with the TM Movement know individuals, or heard stories of those, who experienced severe problems. Most of us did not have severe problems, other than adapting to normal society after the Movement experience.

In the interest of discussing risks and extent of cult-related problems, we were recently asked, “Does anyone know how many TM-related deaths there are?” Of course, an official tally does not exist.

Many of us know folks who passed away due to medical neglect because they chose intensive AyurVed treatments while avoiding efficacious medical treatments until too late, others committed suicide, while some confused youth passed away due to drug overdose; some experienced psychotic breaks on various prolonged rounding courses.
Naturally, the causes were always attributed to individual weakness.

In the interest of having some kind of data, Sudarsha offered to keep a list. This list will NOT be made public, but at least there could be an answer to the question about number of documented TM-related mortalities.
Sudarsha requested that we also list those who went psychotic or had other chronic apparently-TM-related disability.

We are not arranging this for legal action, only to have an idea of numbers.
Again, this list would remain confidential in Sudarsha’s possession.

If you know of anyone directly (not just rumor) who passed away due to a TMO-related reason, or went psychotic while on prolonged TM program, or other chronic medical problems (neglected medical care in favor of AyurVed), please jot a quick email to Sudarsha.

The list has begun.

We will repost this request on a monthly basis.

Please provide Sudarsha with:

* Name *year of death or psychotic break *adult or child/youth (if minor, then age) *city *official cause of death

You could send this to Sudarsha at:

Thank you for kindly sharing your knowledge of these tragic histories.

In memory of loved ones lost or damaged.

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