The Coherence Effect shows how to create coherence in the brain and body and strengthen the immune system through diet, meditation, and other practices, which will do a great deal more to keep us healthy than any pharmaceuticals. A certain kind of brain wave coherence is associated with reduced anxiety and depression and higher performance on mental tasks, while a marked absence of brain wave coherence is associated with autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is why so many researchers today are studying brain wave coherence.
The book analyzes different meditation programs, provides diet guidance based on your Ayurvedic body type and any disorders you have, offers tips for better digestion and detoxification, and provides exercise and yoga advice also based on your body type. The goal of all these programs is to create coherence in the body, which is the most important thing we can do for our health.
This isn’t a book full of platitudes advocating the value of all “natural” health strategies, or all forms of meditation, or all diet or exercise programs. They don’t all produce coherence in the mind and body, and they don’t all have significant value. The Coherence Effect compares the Transcendental Meditation® technique (TM) to other popular meditation or stress reduction practices, including mindfulness, Zen meditation, and meditations learned from an app. As many of those interviewed in the book state, TM works best. We look at the published evidence on whether the different meditation techniques produce brain wave coherence, as well as all studies of which we are aware that compare the practical benefits of TM with other meditation techniques on various measures, including relaxation, anxiety, PTSD, blood pressure, and mental flexibility. In every one of these studies, the benefits from TM far outpaced the other techniques.
Research shows coherence-generating programs lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and significantly reduce or eliminate anxiety, panic attacks, depression, PTSD, insomnia, arthritis pain, fatigue, addictions, and other disorders.