Hi, Robert. I'm not sure if you're still around but I'm curious to know if you did the meditation practices in spite of your skepticism.
I'm mildly skeptical and would like to see more evidence, as I know that anecdotal evidence has a major impact on how we think and feel about a topic, but isn't a reliable indicator of efficacy. However, there is plenty of well documented, legitimate scientific evidence for the benefits of mindfulness as well as the placebo effect. This is enough for me to put energy toward doing the practice and seeing if it works for me. Even with supposedly valid medical treatments (like antidepressants or pain relievers), placebos are often almost as effective... and I would bet that certain mindfulness practices are MORE effective than pills for a lot of people. (this has been true in my own life as well).
So, in spite of your skepticism, have you continued with the practice? I've just started and I'm committed to seeing it through. Thankfully, I don't have any major health problems. I'm using it more as a way to achieve a higher level of consciousness so that I can access creative ideas and be a happier and more successful person, in general... I'd also like to get into better shape and overcome back pain and joint pain.
I support your questions about more scientific evidence and I also look forward to hearing about how the process of meditation is going for you.