Dr. Leffler and Dr. Schneider Published in Air Force Times

Posted on October 8th, 2012

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Letter to the Editor published in the “Opening Shots” section of the 15 October 2012 issue of the Air Force Times, page 4:


Neurophysiologist Regina McGlinchey was quoted saying that because of the stress of long and repeated deployments by our military, “We’re looking at people who are going to be having cognitive problems much earlier than they should be having them” [“War might be making young bodies old,” Sept. 24]. Is it possible to help these warriors and to prevent the many stress-related problems that appear to be accelerating the aging process in our highly stressed personnel?

Modern medicine has discovered that the declines commonly seen in cognitive functioning, mental functioning and physical health as people age are not inevitable. Indeed, it is possible to age successfully and to maintain better-than-average functioning. Yet, very few interventions have been shown to slow biological aging and increase the likelihood of successful aging. The most prominent intervention is a mind-body technique, the Transcendental Meditation program, which has been shown to reverse many of the physiological and neurophysiological changes associated with aging.

In a 1982 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, older TM practitioners were compared to controls. The findings revealed that older TM practitioners who had practiced the TM technique for more than five years had biological ages 12 years younger than controls.

Research conducted at Harvard University and published in 1989 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed that elderly individuals who practiced TM lived significantly longer than controls who participated in other interventions. This finding is quite remarkable: It signifies that TM practice profoundly affects the neurophysiological and physiological basis of the aging process, resulting in a slowing and even reversal of the aging process, as well as enhanced longevity.

A study published in Military Medicine shows that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans experienced a 50 percent drop in PTSD symptoms in just four weeks.

Research has also shown that regular TM practice decreases most of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke, including hypertension, anxiety and depression.

Due to the positive results of the extensive scientific research conducted on the TM program, retired Rear Adm. Richard W. Schneider, president of Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military college, implemented the TM technique at Norwich as a preventive measure and to increase the performance of his cadets.

He concludes that “we owe it to them to give them the very best tools to win, and I think this is one of those tools.”

David Leffler, Ph.D.
Center for Advanced Military Science

Dr. Robert Schneider, FACC
Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention
Fairfield, Iowa


Op-Ed about Invincible Defense Technology Published in Iran

Posted on September 29th, 2012

During this dangerous time, hopefully the leaders of Iran will seriously consider deploying Invincible Defense Technology. Salutes to the Iranian for having the courage to print an Op-Ed about Invincible Defense Technology titled:

Weapons Do Not Make Iran Invincible: A surprising method to reduce conflict


News Coverage: Healing the Hidden Wounds of War

Posted on August 2nd, 2012

News Coverage: Healing the Hidden Wounds of War

Saturday, July 28, 2012, 2 pm, Fairfield Arts and Convention Center 

Post-Event Coverage

Ottumwa Courier: Iowa soldier seeks peace of mind through meditation and medication by Mark Newman, Courier staff writer, July 30, 2012

The Fairfield LedgerMilitary veterans speak on need to increase resiliency By Diane Vance, Ledger staff writer, Jul 30, 2012 Full story available on this blog: http://wp.me/pD0BA-5Xt

Military veterans speak on need to increase resiliency: by Diane Vance, Fairfield Ledger

KTVO TV 3: How one soldier regained his life, by Tess Hedrick, posted: July 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Pre-event coverage

WHO TV 13: WARRIOR WELLNESS: Healing Hidden Wounds. See complete WHO YouTube version with concluding anchors comments: Veteran Meditation. Posted on: 4:10 pm, July 27, 2012, by Megan Reuther, Tweeted by Megan: One Iowa Veteran shares his story of healing the hidden wounds of war.

Des Moines Register: Meditation, fellow veteran help Colo reservist heal from PTSD by Daniel P. Finney, 12:31 AM, Jul 26, 2012.

Also posted on DefenseTracker.com: Meditation Helps Reservist Heal and Wounded Times Blogspot, July 26th, 2012

Fairfield Ledger cover article by Diane Vance: Combat stress subject of public forum Saturday By DIANE VANCE, Ledger staff writer | Jul 25, 2012. The entire article is available on this blog: http://wp.me/pD0BA-5Ub.

Ames Patch: Story County Veteran Once Suicidal Finds Relief from PTSD with Transcendental Meditationby Jessica Miller, July 25, 2012

Connie Boyer of Opening Fairfield Doors interviews Jerry Yellin at Fairfield Media Center http://wp.me/pD0BA-5UK, July 23, 2012 by FFMediaCenter.

KTVO TV 3: Veterans speak out on post-traumatic stress, by Kate Allt Posted: July 18, 2012 at 4:44 PM


Quad Cities Online: PTSD forum for veterans planned in Fairfield, Iowa

FACC: Healing the Hidden Wounds of War

Red Star Publishes Invincible Defense Technology Article in English, Russian and Greek

Posted on July 6th, 2012

The article titled A “Smart Defense” for NATO is an “Invincible Defense” coauthored with former German NATO officer Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Gunter Chasse has also been published in Red Star.

The original English version of the article is available at: http://www.redstar.gr/Foto_red/Eng/Innovative_Ideas/SmartDefense.html

A Greek translation titled Για το ΝΑΤΟ μια « Εξυπνη Αμυνα» είναι μια «Ακατανίκητη Αμυνα» is available at: http://www.redstar.gr/Foto_red/Innovative_Ideas/SmartDefense.html

The Russian version of the article titled “Умная оборона” для НАТО – это “Несокрушимая оборона” is available at: http://www.redstar.gr/Foto_red/Ru/Innovative_Ideas/SmartDefense.html

A “Smart Defense” for NATO is an “Invincible Defense”

Posted on May 21st, 2012

A “Smart Defense” for NATO is an “Invincible Defense”

Article coauthored by former NATO officer Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Gunter Chassé and Dr. David R. Leffler published in Analysts For Change, (Greece), Codewit (Finland & Nigeria), News Now (Greece), GeoPolitics & Daily News (Greece), The Oslo Times (Norway), The Liberian Dialogue (Liberia), and The Balkan Chronicle.

The authors argue that “NATO leaders today have the option to consider and adopt a new, surprising, and scientifically-verified method to reduce such stress. It is called Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) and has absolutely nothing to do with bullets, bombs, or killing. In fact, it has the potential to diminish the role of these approaches in the provision of national and international security.”