Friday, 22 May 2015

Meditation more dangerous than cannabis

On the day that the British regional press has been full of stories about five first year students at Lancaster University becoming 'agitated and confused' and being rushed to hospital because they "overdosed" on Spice, another, little reported story has come to light.

Psychological studies in the US and UK have revealed that those people who practice meditation, mindfulness - and even Buddhism - maybe putting themselves at risk of experiencing serious mental illness.

One in 14 of them suffered ‘profoundly adverse effects’, according to Miguel Farias, head of the brain, belief and behaviour research group at Coventry University and Catherine Wikholm, a researcher in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey.

The shortage of rigorous statistical studies into the negative effects of meditation was a ‘scandal’, Dr Farias told The Times.

‘We need to be aware that reports of benefits are often inflated ... whereas studies that do not discover significant benefits rarely pick up media interest, and negative effects are seldom talked about.’

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