Thursday, July 02, 2009

Transcendental Meditation Offering CME Credit to Health Professionals

I received an email on a Maharishi Ayur-Veda Training course in July targeted at physicians and other health professionals. (Many thanks to the anonymous tipster!)

According to the flyer, "Participants will develop practical skills for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease that can immediately be applied in practice."

I wonder what scientifically trained health professionals will make of diagnosing critical health conditions by merely "reading" a wrist pulse -- and treating them with herbal preparations that have been found in the past to be contaminated with insect and fecal matter?

The course looks like an intensive "large group awareness training," similar to courses taught by est, LandMark, or Scientology. Course participants will spend 3-days at a time isolated at Maharishi University of Management.

I wonder if the TM Org is taking a page from Scientology's playbook, focusing on recruiting "medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, chiropractic physicians, naturopathic physicians, nurse practioners, physician assistants, and other allied health professionals."

While we do not endorse this or any program offered by TM, and urge caution when considering taking part in such courses, interested readers can read more about the course here.

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