One friend says: “TV teaches me great things. For example, Dicovery channel. Until its arrival, we were not knowing so many great things about the world! It is great help for education and learning!”
I replied: “Do you know, how many plants grow in your neighborhood? ground water level in your area? Number of rain water harvesting facilities in your area? Sources of vegetables and fruits that your eat?
What is the use of hollow global information overload when we are utterly ignorant about facts which directly impact our life?
What should be our priority? 🙂 ”
Life is limited. Use it wisely. 🙂
Summer vacation going on. So many summer camps, projects and information grabbing opportunities for children.
What is worth and what is not worth of your kid’s precious, limited, growth period?
Information or Practical aspects?
What is the use of knowing 10 types of monkeys from Africa’s jungle when a kid is afraid of monkey sitting at rooftop?
HIGH FAT DIET =>> REDUCED GLUCOSE for BRAIN ==> Slow Learning and impaired memory.
How high fat junk diet reduces potential of your brain to support mind? And in turn, shape you as future moron.
A high-fat diet of three days in mice leads to a reduction in the amount of glucose that reaches the brain.
High-fat-content foods throw our bodies out of kilter. Obesity and diseases such as type 2 diabetes can be the result. But what does a high-fat diet actually do to our brain? Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in Cologne have looked into the brains of mice to understand how obesity and diabetes develop.
Myeloid-Cell-Derived VEGF Maintains Brain Glucose Uptake and Limits Cognitive Impairment in Obesity
“A high-fat diet reduces the uptake of blood glucose into the brain in as little as three days. So the brain is starving, even though the mice are consuming a lot of calories daily. Responsible for this is the protein GLUT-1, which is the most important glucose transporter at the blood-brain barrier,” explained Alexander Jais, author of the study. Possible triggers for the reduction of the GLUT-1 transporter are free saturated fatty acids that have a toxic effect on the cells of the blood-brain barrier. The brain lacks glucose in significant areas: the hypothalamus, which controls metabolism, and the cerebral cortex, responsible for learning and memory.
•Acute high-fat feeding suppresses GLUT1 expression at the blood-brain barrier (BBB)
•Macrophages at the BBB increase VEGF expression upon prolonged HFD feeding
•Inducible GLUT1 deletion in brain endothelial cells leads to increased VEGF secretion
•Myeloid-cell-specific disruption of VEGF impairs cognitive function in obesity
High-fat diet (HFD) feeding induces rapid reprogramming of systemic metabolism. Here, we demonstrate that HFD feeding of mice downregulates glucose transporter (GLUT)-1 expression in blood-brain barrier (BBB) vascular endothelial cells (BECs) and reduces brain glucose uptake. Upon prolonged HFD feeding, GLUT1 expression is restored, which is paralleled by increased expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in macrophages at the BBB. In turn, inducible reduction of GLUT1 expression specifically in BECs reduces brain glucose uptake and increases VEGF serum concentrations in lean mice. Conversely, myeloid-cell-specific deletion of VEGF in VEGFΔmyel mice impairs BBB-GLUT1 expression, brain glucose uptake, and memory formation in obese, but not in lean mice. Moreover, obese VEGFΔmyel mice exhibit exaggerated progression of cognitive decline and neuroinflammation on an Alzheimer’s disease background. These experiments reveal that transient, HFD-elicited reduction of brain glucose uptake initiates a compensatory increase of VEGF production and assign obesity-associated macrophage activation a homeostatic role to restore cerebral glucose metabolism, preserve cognitive function, and limit neurodegeneration in obesity.
One of my friends’ daughter has one peculiar habit. She is attracted towards Tulasi like a mad person. As soon as she sniffs Tulasi, she will rush to the plant, pluck few leaves and chew them! This is her daily routine.
This is interesting case. I thought to respond my friend.
First of all – this is not addiction. This is innate urge. Addiction is conscious action. Innate urge is blind natural force driving you! Children below 7 are pure and natural. Their urge is sending important message about body physiology, including Pranamay kosha.
Some infants intuitively eat soil. Some eat lime chalk. They do it due to lack of wholesomeness. They lack something. Some material nutrients and some emotional. Who drives their under-development senses and intellect and take such intelligent decisions?
As we grow, we lose our प्राण. But we hardly get engaged in प्राण refilling. प्राणायाम was not some exclusive fancy exercise that some Baba advertise and we perform in garden or 5 Star resort (call it Ashram 😉 ). Sometimes, we lose more than our refilling capacity so impact is never observed. Since refilling is not happening, we slowly lose our intuitive intelligence. So our Gut feeling or hunch hardly works 🙂 It gives wrong directions. Wrong decisions. Vicious cycle. Day comes when even we cannot perform simple wound healing. Doctors call it Diabetes.
Got it? It is प्राणमय शरीर that takes care अन्नमय कोश. Pay attention to it!
Refilling should be performed for each शुभ action,daily. For all time and mission critical activities, we seek help from friends and relatives and perform Yajna together so overall local environment’s प्राण refilling happen. For example, वास्तु पूजन or सत्यनारायण कथा etc.
Now lets go back to case of Tulasi eating urge.
I see two reasons behind this obsession. It could be either of it or both.
Past life Karma. Some connection with the plant retained in this life. It may go away as the girl will grow up.
Imbalance in Tridosha, balanced accidentally by eating Tulasi and then body recorded it as shortcut. Forcing body to take same action repeatably. Neuro-associative conditioned reactions.
Kapha Vinashini – balances Kapha dosha, useful to relieve excess sputum production
Krumidosha, Krumihara – Anti microbial. Tulsi plant is one of the best anti viral herbs of Ayurveda.
Ruchikrut – improves taste, relieves anorexia
Agnivardhini, Vahni Deepani – improves digestion strength
Tuvara – astringent
Tikta – bitter
Hrudya – acts as cardiac tonic, congenial for heart, useful to relieve cholesterol deposition in blood vessels.
Dahavardhini – increases burning sensation
Shwasahara – useful in treatment of asthma and chronic respiratory disorders.
Kasahara – useful in cough and cold
Hidhmahara – useful in repeated hiccups
Vamihara – relieves vomiting
Parshvaruk – relieves pain in flanks
Kushta – useful in skin diseases with pain and itchiness
Visha – anti toxic
Kruchra –relieves difficulty in urination
Ashma – useful in kidney and bladder stones
Druk – useful in infectious eye disorders
Bhutahara – useful in psychiatric disorders
As per Bhavaprakasha, both white and black varieties have similar qualities.
Effect on Tridosha – Vatahara, Kaphahara – balances Vata and Kapha Dosha Pittavardhini – increases Pitta dosha
[More detail here : http://easyayurveda.com/2014/11/13/tulsi-ocimum-sanctum-benefits-research-side-effects/]
Connect the dots. Observe the patient. So now my job is easy. As a case study, I will observe the girl child, determine her Prakriti and validate it with seasoned Vaidhya.
Before you scold your child for addictive obsessive actions, learn to decipher root cause. You will be surprised to find root cause!
You? Grand parent? Or Salman, Shahrukh, Amir, Akshay, Kangnana, Karina, Madhuri, Rajdeep, Arnab, Ekta kapoor, Paresh Rawal?
You or your substitute TV?
If it is TV, critical development process is hampered.
Among the advice new parents receive is to read to their babies early and often. The hope is that sharing books together will help children’s language development and eventually, turn them into successful readers. But still, so many parents allow kids spending more time in front of screens(TV, Tablet,Phone). 🙁
Reading story to your kids is critical. Passive reading from tablet, TV and phone won’t help. Your presence is needed most. Your narration is the magic. Connecting your brain with theirs.
Brain areas supporting mental imagery showed particularly strong activation, suggesting that visualization plays a key role in narrative comprehension and reading readiness, allowing children to “see” the story. “This becomes increasingly important as children advance from books with pictures to books without them, where they must imagine what is going on in the text,” Dr. Hutton said.
I will go one step further based on my experience: Enact first. Perform the story. If needed, take help of other objects and persons. But act. Enact stories by verbal tones and acting. Later, repeat same story by reading from books. Wonderful support for growing minds.
MRI shows association between reading to young children and brain activity
In the contemporary media landscape, images of highly sexualized little girls and childified images of adult women run together seamlessly. Everywhere we see grown women and little girls in the same fetishized clothing, in the same poses, with the same facial expressions. In fact, bollywood and other local movies also sexualize young girls (by showing vulgar songs in school uniforms. Remember Dj Doll feat Deepal Shaw?). There are fashion shows arranged by schools where little girls do catwalk in adult clothes. Of course, you cannot forget flood of kids reality shows that pops up every evening.
As images of young girls continue to morph into a pornified mold, so too do many of the images and products being sold to young girls in form of teen magazines.Marketing of adult products and teen attitude to younger and younger kids is increasing. Little girls are sold products like costumes, makeup and even bras to help them look more mature.
According to the American Psychological Association, self-objectification is “a key process whereby girls learn to think of and treat their own bodies as objects of others’ desires.” More specifically, a girl must “internalize the male gaze” . . . so the constant question is not just “how do I look?” but “how do I look to him?”
Between 2002 and 2003, the number of girls aged 18 and under getting breast implants tripled, from 3,872 to 11,326.
The pressures start ever earlier. Highly sexualized practices like shaving and waxing pubic hair are now marketed to girls who are barely old enough to have pubic hair.
What are the effects of self-objectification on girls? The evidence is in, and it’s very strong. According to a 2007 report by the American Psychological Association . . .
– lowers self-esteem
– increases risk of depression and eating disorders
– increases vigilance and “body monitoring”
– increases body dissatisfaction (shame, disgust)
– decreases sexual health (condom use, assertiveness)
– impairs mental function and academic performance
If you are angel’s father/mother – save her from this invisible objectification. Don’t become victim of market forces.
PS: . . . it’s not as if boys are being left to themselves. From cartoons and superheroes to video games and gangsta rap, boys almost from birth are being sold a detached, callous, and often violent hypermasculinity . . .
 Washington Post, 10/26/04 (data from American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)
This is so pervasive now (outside entertainment domain) that even educated parents whom I talk to, do not want to understand nature and motive of this slow poison.
I was not aware about world wide scenario but as I read more on this subject, it becomes clear that global model of objectification of females is now being pushed hard in relatively conservative Indian households.
For example, this is BMW ad for used cars – shocking!
We talked many times about virtues of joint family. But unfortunately, our modern life style compulsions/mindsets don’t allow this.
And our compulsions result in children mental development unattended. 🙁
If you cannot live with family due to compulsion, at least have healthy and live social relations with neighbors and their grand-parent generation.
If you have opportunity to live with family but no living due to nuclear mindset – God bless kids. 🙁
In a joint / larger family, there are many members to offer warm nurturing to the infant. That unfortunately, is changing.
/// The researchers found that children who received more attention and nurturing at home tended to have higher IQs. Children who were more cognitively stimulated performed better on language tasks, and those nurtured more warmly did better on memory tasks.
Many years later, when the kids had entered their teens, the researchers took MRI images of their brains and then matched them up with the records of how warmly nurtured the children had been at both four and eight years old.
They found a strong link between nurturing at age four and the size of the hippocampus—a part of the brain associated with memory – but found no correlation between nurturing at age eight and the hippocampus. The results demonstrated just how critically important an emotionally supportive environment is at a very young age. ///
A baby’s brain needs love to develop. What happens in the first year is profound.
The brain begins developing in the womb and achieves dramatic levels of growth during the first few years of life. During this time positive experiences contribute to building a strong brain architectu
Shopping is an adult habit. Especially, modern shopping is very exclusively recently developed (Post 1991 liberalization) habit in society where majority of us surrounded by tsunami of choices and we buy things no required for living in abundance. So basically, it is secondary life habit. One can live without it.
Super markets and modern FMCG companies want to sell things so they use children as Ad actors. And there is no TV restriction at home to children force parents to allow them for shopping.
In short, kids (Age below 10 or 7) go to shopping with parents.
When I see, so many parents going to supermarket with their kids, I worry for kids as they slowly being poisoned to become consumers of the future.
Children carry fragile minds. They learn from environment quickly. They learn from you at rocket speed. And they keep these habits (Good or bad, you decide) forever as they become primary habits.
Unknowingly, when you bring your kids to store, you train them for an unnecessary shopping habit. Their mind becomes confused seeing all choices. It affects their data processing. It affects their ability to take decision as they have not learnt to decide. So they exhibit uncontrolled refractoriness(दुराग्रह). They want all toys. They want all chocolates.
Bad food habits. Bad behaviour. Faulty development. Uncontrolled teens.
We don’t carry our son (He was just 14 months old when I wrote this note – We see many of his age at shopping) to shopping. When we bring anything at home – he loves it with heart. He adores us (mama,papa,grandpa, grandma) for every new toy or cloth. For him, we are the world explorer and the ones who bring things at home. We take care that his mind is exposed to reality of world step by step as his ability to decipher puzzle develops.
Stop bombarding consumer attitude to developing mind in growing age. Stop them becoming future consumers. Too many choices are not good for adults. Why expose kids to them? Why kill their development?
And if you really want them to learn shopping, take them to local farm or Gau shala and buy things afresh. Take them to local sabji mandi where choices are limited. Super market for kids as anyday bad idea in my humble opinion.
Oh yes, when your kid turns 9 or 10. Do go to shopping with them. It is right time for them to learn लेन-देन/खरीदारी/shopping.
अमरकोश (७.४) पर टीका करते हुए भानु जी दीक्षित ने ‘आश्रम’ शब्द की व्याख्या इस प्रकार की है: आश्राम्यन्त्यत्र। अनेन वा। श्रमु तपसि। घञ््ा। यद्वा आ समंताछ्रमोऽत्र। स्वधर्मसाधनक्लेशात्। अर्थात् जिसमें स्म्यक् प्रकार से श्रम किया जाए वह आश्रम है अथवा आश्रम जीवन की वह स्थिति है जिसमें कर्तव्यपालन के लिए पूर्ण परिश्रम किया जाए। आश्रम का अर्थ ‘अवस्थाविशेष’ ‘विश्राम का स्थान’, ‘ऋषिमुनियों के रहने का पवित्र स्थान’ आदि भी किया गया है।
In student life, it was expected to provide stress. Positive stress. It is this stress that cultivates growing mind and body.
What is happening now in society is exactly opposite!
I recently attended one conference on Sandalwood tree. One esteemed scientist, who spent his entire life researching Sandal, gave important fact:
Sandalwood tree’s valuation happen based on the heartwood quality. If growing sandalwood tree, is not given water stress post monsoon (No water for 3 months), quality of heartwood is compromised.
Heartwood = The core of the tree where oil is stored.
Moral of the fact?
Life flourishes under moderate stress. Struggle is necessary for existence.
What is happening now with growing kids? They get cozy environment. Luxury all the time. Even schools now have AC 😀
On other hand, their parents live life under extreme stress. 😉
The best way to simulate war-like stress is sports. Games. Games with zero material investment but 100% physical and mental involvement.
Not Cricket but Kabbadi, kho-kho. Even Hockey or Footbal would do. Akhada must.
Arrange an environment so that your child is raised under moderate stress. Never ever spoonfeed.
Read below post by Devendra Sharma ji:
When parents strive to give their children the best of everything at an early age, they are sowing seeds for materially insatiable monsters that are prone to sloth, apathy, avarice and fear.
Don’t stand in self- defense as yet. I have proof. As I Sit in my counselor’s chair day after day I encounter an altogether new disorder that I have come to label as- Parent Induced Wastefulness (PIW).
Here are a few examples:
26-year-old Manas does not want to finish his Engineering degree because he does not ‘feel like’ studying. But he harasses his parents every day for his spending money. He tells me that whenever he did not feel like any doing particular activity his parents told him he can quit. They always said they did not want him to get ‘stressed’ like they had when growing up.
34-year-old Raghav is a qualified Engineer and is married for 2 years but his wife is not ready to live with him hence the counseling. He is qualified al right but refuses to stick to any job as it makes his feel stressed! Every two months he runs back home from work and wants his parents to solve his problem like they did every time he refused to go to school.
28 years old Anjali does not want to go back to her one-year-old marriage because it is too much for her to work in the office and then look after the household. She wants her mother to come and live with her and do the household work.
29-year-old Bhavesh showed me his horoscope (Which he carries everywhere). He says that when he was taken to one ‘reading’ since he could not clear some of his papers, the expert had told them that the horoscope showed a lot of negativity in whatever he did. “So” he says “What is the use of working when there would be nothing but negativity?”
There are many but all originating in overzealous parents wanting to protect their children from even the smallest discomfort in childhood. You love them alright, but when you shell them from the adversities of life, what you are doing is bringing them up in a sterile environment. The result- the moment they are exposed to the world their immunity buckles up and they stand threadbare wanting to run away from everything that is anything but comfortable.
They have to live in this very world and away from you. Do you really love them? Or do you love yourself more? If it is them, then you would ensure to make them future ready- let them face, talk to them, provide support, but let them face- housework, studies, bullying and adversities. Tell them money is limited and let them learn to hear a lot of ‘NO’- That’s what makes them- FUTURE READY.
Ideal mother. Check, do you fit in this ideals? If not, improve! This precious time will not return!
Modern mothers are stressful. They spend time in negative environment. They hardly have order in life. Chaos everywhere. All wrong attitudes. They strive to teach kid, how to earn more money. Ideals – they don’t care. Modern mothers are ever busy in unimportant events and activities. Modern mother cannot forget that now she is not college going teen and as a mother, she needs to alter her role in family. Modern mother wants to party all night, want go for a movie when a child is sleeping etc etc.
Ignorance and carelessness.
Subodh Kumar ji shared wonderful compilation. DO read and act.
Mother’s Role in bringing up progenyRV10.153 Child Training by Mother
ऋषि: देवजामयो देवमातरो=देवताओं को जन्म देने वाली जिन की सन्तान में इन्द्र के गुण होते हैं ऐसी माताएं । देवता: इन्द्रो । गायत्री ।
1.ईङ्खयन्तीरपस्युव इन्द्रं जातमुपासते । भेजानस: सुवीर्यम् ।। 10.153.1
आस्तिक विश्वास रखने वाली माताएं क्रियाशील स्वयं सुव्यवस्थित संयमी जीवनशैलि द्वारा ही संतान को संयमी जितेंद्रिय बना पाती हैं.
Mother having faith –positive thinking, proactive living an orderly life only are able to imbibe the right attitudes in the infant child.
2.त्वमिन्द्र बलादधि सहसो जात ओजस: । त्वं वृषन् वृषेदसि ।। 10.153.2
ऐसी माता बालक को जीवन में जितेंद्रिय हो कर बल से, ओज से, उत्साह से शक्ति सम्पन्न बनाती हैं.
Mother instills the attitudes of self confidence, self reliance and action oriented life in the child .
3.त्वमिन्द्रासि वृत्रहा व्य1न्तरिक्षमतिर: । उद् द्यामस्तभ्ना ओजसा ।। 10.153.3
जिस प्रकार आकाश में मेघ को छिन्न भिन्न करके पृथ्वी पर उत्तम जीवन स्थापित होता है उसी प्रकार माता ही बालक के मस्तिष्क को संसार में विघ्नकारी शक्तियों का विध्वंस करके उत्कृष्ट ज्ञान सम्पन्न बना कर समाज में सुख शांति स्थापित करने का व्यक्तित्व स्थापित करती है.
Mother instils the confidence to never accept defeat and develop a mind to take the wider view of in life. Defeat all negative forces to bring welfare and health for society by taking lesson from the elements how the clouds in the sky are smashed to provide life and health on earth.
4.त्वमिन्द्र सजोषसमर्कं बिभर्षि बाह्वो: । वज्रं शिशान ओजसा ।।RV 10.153.4
माता ही संतान में शारीरिक शक्ति , स्वास्थ्य और मानसिक आत्मबल की नींव डालती है.
Mother has to cultivate in the child Physical strength to provide him with an aura of strong proactive and sharp personality.
5.त्वमिन्द्राभिभूरसि विश्वा जातान्योजसा । स विश्वा भुव आभव: ।।
अपने ओज से समस्त शत्रुओं को पराभूत करता है.
He grows to achieve an incandescent aura
overcome all the negative forces by his efforts , on
earth and space.
Autism is mere one aspect of learning anomalies and it is spreading dangerously across all countries embracing western life style.
There are several reasons for high lipid level in blood. Two prime reasons I see behind them are – careless young couples’ apathy towards child planning and development.
Stress can cause high lipid levels. Many career aspirant married females in west and now in Indian society, takes too much stress during their most fertile years of the life. This lead to continuous high lipid level in blood.
Another reason is fat-heavy food + lack of exercise in life routine.
Unfortunately, this high lipid level causes learning disabilities in future generations.
Why curse future generation for our foolish rat-race?
Take a break. Plan your baby at ease. Earn little less but gift a best future citizen to Nation. Please, take care. Career can wait, nation cannot. Nation demands best progeny from you.
Lipid levels during prenatal brain development impact autism: York U study
In a groundbreaking York University study, researchers have found that abnormal levels of lipid molecules in the brain can affect the interaction between two key neural pathways in early prenatal brain development, which can trigger autism. In addition, environmental causes such as exposure to chemicals in some cosmetics and common over-the-counter medication can affect the levels of these lipids.
“We have found that the abnormal level of a lipid molecule called Prostaglandin E2 in the brain can affect the function of Wnt proteins. It is important because this can change the course of early embryonic development,” explains Professor Dorota Crawford, Faculty of Health, who is a member of the York Autism Alliance Research Group.
This is the first time research shows evidence for cross-talk between PGE2 and Wnt signalling in neuronal stem cells, according to the peer reviewed study published in Cell Communication and Signaling.
Lead researcher and York U doctoral student Christine Wong adds, “Using real-time imaging microscopy, we determined that higher levels of PGE2 can change Wnt-dependent behaviour of neural stem cells by increasing cell migration or proliferation. As a result, this could affect how the brain is organized and wired. Moreover, we found that an elevated level of PGE2 can increase expression of Wnt-regulated genes – Ctnnb1, Ptgs2, Ccnd1, and Mmp9. Interestingly, all these genes have been previously implicated in various autism studies.”
Autism is considered to be the primary disorder of brain development, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe, including repetitive behaviour, deficits in social interaction, and impaired language. It is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls, and the incidence continues to rise. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data from 2010 estimates that 1 in 68 children now have autism.
“The statistics are alarming,” says Crawford. “It’s 30 per cent higher than the previous estimate of 1 in 88 children, up from only two years earlier. Perhaps we can no longer attribute this rise in autism incidence to better diagnostic tools or awareness of autism.
“It’s even more apparent from the recent literature that the environment might have a greater impact on vulnerable genes, particularly in pregnancy. Our study provides some molecular evidence that the environment likely disrupts certain events occurring in early brain development and contributes to autism.”
Elevated lipid levels in vietnam veterans with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder
Background: Elevated cholesterol levels have been reported in panic disorder and anger attacks, but not major depression. No data have been reported in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Methods: Seventy-three male Vietnam veterans with chronic (PTSD) had serum lipid screening upon entry to a 90-day inpatient program.
Results: Elevated cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, triglycerides, and reduced high-density lipoprotein, were frequent in Vietnam veterans with chronic PTSD and are significant risk factors for coronary artery disease.
Conclusions: Routine lipid screening may be warranted in this at-risk population. Altered lipid levels may result from activation of the noradrenergic system.
सौराष्ट्र(Gokul to Dwarika)- probably first ever democratic republic established under the guidance of krishna.
सुराष्ट्र is impossible without cows and krishna's blessings.
In Gujarat, there...