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Body with Disturbed Mind has no cure

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If medicines don’t show effect, physical body is not the culprit. Suffering has more deeper roots. Disturbed social relations? Discontent with life? Dissatisfaction? Mood disorder?

Good doctor should also be a good social detective too. For successful recovery, to do root-canal of disease, he/she must learn to cure social/mental issues of his/her patients.

Disturbed mind cannot be cured by physical body solutions. Pain-killer pills will temporary kill the pain however due to disturbed mind, body’s indigestion will continue and all series of life-style diseases.

Long Term Memory and Mind

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Our text books teaches us that the brain is where memories are stored. Brain is where thoughts take birth. Brain is where decisions are taken. Reductionist science. Poor ignorance.

This experiment on Aplysia, a sea slugs shows something else. Brain plays a role of platform to execute the actions, memories, decisions and does not store in brain.

Researchers trained these creatures to respond to certain neurotransmitter signals. They then used chemicals to return the synapses to their pre-trained state, which basically eliminated the memorized reflexes. But even though the researchers had altered the neural connections, they found that the long-term memories for those reflexes still persisted covertly. According to the authors of the paper, “these results challenge the idea that stable synapses store long-term memories.”

This concurs the Ayurvedic idea of Panchkoshiya sharir where above physical body, Prana and Mind play essential role in forming memories and taking actions.


Research


Reinstatement of long-term memory following erasure of its behavioral and synaptic expression in Aplysia

Long-term memory (LTM) is believed to be stored in the brain as changes in synaptic connections. Here, we show that LTM storage and synaptic change can be dissociated. Cocultures of Aplysia sensory and motor neurons were trained with spaced pulses of serotonin, which induces long-term facilitation. Serotonin (5HT) triggered growth of new presynaptic varicosities, a synaptic mechanism of long-term sensitization. Following 5HT training, two antimnemonic treatments—reconsolidation blockade and inhibition of PKM—caused the number of presynaptic varicosities to revert to the original, pretraining value. Surprisingly, the final synaptic structure was not achieved by targeted retraction of the 5HT-induced varicosities but, rather, by an apparently arbitrary retraction of both 5HT-induced and original synapses. In addition, we find evidence that the LTM for sensitization persists covertly after its apparent elimination by the same antimnemonic treatments that erase learning-related synaptic growth. These results challenge the idea that stable synapses store long-term memories.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.03896.001

Screen Entertainment : Real Weapon Of Mass Destruction

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Not all addictions are chemical. But surely, it is all about mental. Any pattern of behavior that leads to a pleasure, will be repeated by human minds. Positive reinforcement. This is technical addiction. Opium and TV act same as addictive agent.

When you watch TV or any passive entertainment medium, brain activity switches from the left brain to the right hemisphere. In fact, as per research, right brain is twice as active as the left. I call this a neurological anomaly.

The crossover of thoughts from left to right brain, releases endorphins, a neurochemical occurring naturally in the brain and having analgesic properties. i.e. Capable of relieving pain.

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So every time you watch Television, or kids watch it, or play video game or surf internet videos, flood of endorphins releases from the neural gates. Endorphins are same chemical that drug addicts consume for artificial pleasure.

All activities that releases endorphins are habit-forming i.e. prone for addiction.

This the reason why Opium addict and TV addict or Smoking addict or alcohol cannot break the habit easily.

So if you really want to develop addiction, daru, cigar or TV are not good habits. They accelerates your right brain chaos and left methodical brain becomes useless. This leads to vicious cycle of lethargy, procrastination, withdrawal symptoms.

Find out activity that uses both right and left brain. There should be balance of chemical communication between two parts of the brain. TV fails this criteria. Cinema too. Video games too. Epic failures.
So what to do?

Play. Go, play with children. Sports. Go play with friends. Any outdoor sport that demands rules following, methods to execute, timely decision, input processing and gut feeling (Both left and right brain usage), 30 minutes a day, is worth. Try it. My fav is kho-kho. Perfect game where one can use both left and right brain together.

And make sure while you are running, cycling, swimming or doing any physical activity in silo, you do not succumb to pleasure. Addiction of anything is not worth. Even if it is physical exercise. 🙂 I know they are better than watching TV which shutdowns all other areas of the brain but still…addiction is addiction 🙂 misuse of brain 😉 (Y)

Media driven society : failing relations, ailing families

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Why relations fail more often in society embracing mass media blindly?

“A large part of the problem is the glorification of false love through the media, which hold out insubstantial but glamorous relations as a never ending lure…The relationships portrayed by the media are a symbol of status rather than of emotional health or personal well-being. “

– Katz and Liu (1988, p. 329)

It’s important to gain the knowledge and skills to resist the power of mass media portrayals that promote unrealistic expectations of sex, love, and romance. If we fail, price is costly. Toll of civilization. Death of culture. Barbaric society. Animals in human form.

Access to Mother Nature : Vital For Mental Health

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Finest minds grow in forest. In ancient times, Guru would ask his disciple to go to jungle for cow grazing and sustenance everyday.

Finest minds cannot grow in cemented walls. If admission to cemented schools is your compulsion, make sure you provide your kid enough exposure to mother nature. Forest, Jungle, River, Mountain, Rivulet….


Research


Access to Nature May Be Vital For Mental Health, Study Finds

Just 90 minutes were shown to alter neural activity.

With more and more of us living in urban areas, researchers from Stanford University in the US wanted to investigate why urbanisation is associated with greater incidences of mental illness. In a controlled experiment, they looked at whether exposure to nature could influence depression levels and specifically ‘rumination’: repetitive thoughts focused on negative aspects of the self.

The researchers took two groups of participants and led them on 90-minute walks through two very different kinds of environments. One group walked across a grassland area populated with oak trees and shrubs, while the other group walked along the side of a heavily trafficked four-lane highway.

By performing brain scans on the walkers before and after the expedition, the team found that neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain that’s active during rumination – had decreased in the volunteers who explored the natural environment. Their experience was consistent with this finding, with the group reporting that they found themselves ruminating less during the walk.

Those who trekked along the side of the road, on the other hand, demonstrated no changes in their neural activity, or in their self-reporting on rumination, suggesting that nature experiences can have a discernable, positive impact on our brains’ emotional regulation.

“These results suggest that accessible natural areas may be vital for mental health in our rapidly urbanising world,” said Gretchen Daily, a co-author of the study, in a release. “Our findings can help inform the growing movement worldwide to make cities more liveable, and to make nature more accessible to all who live in them.”

http://www.sciencealert.com/access-to-nature-may-be-vital-for-mental-health-study-finds

Desi Cow Ghee, Omega 3, Smoking Addiction, Bipolar Disorder

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It is vicious cycle. You abandon mother and her prasad and the vacuum will be filled by vices.

Smoking leads to mental disorders.

Omega-3 intake reduces smoking addiction.

We also notes on this forum that Omega-3 intake also reduces Bipolar disorder symptoms.

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गौ माता cures smoking addiction
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Omega 3 = Desi Cow Ghee is full of it.
Lack of Omega-3 = Striving for addictions?

“it was found that taking omega-3 capsules significantly reduces nicotine craving and the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day”


Research


A New Study Conducted at the University of Haifa Has Found Omega-3 Reduces Smoking

http://www.newswise.com/articles/a-new-study-conducted-at-the-university-of-haifa-has-found-omega-3-reduces-smoking

In a study performed by Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz Shenkar, head of the school of criminology department’s addiction program, it was found that taking omega-3 capsules significantly reduces nicotine craving and the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day

Taking omega-3 supplements reduces craving for nicotine and even reduces the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day, according to a new study conducted at the University of Haifa. “The substances and medications used currently to help people reduce and quit smoking are not very effective and cause adverse effects that are not easy to cope with. The findings of this study indicated that omega-3, an inexpensive and easily available dietary supplement with almost no side effects, reduces smoking significantly,” said Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz Shenkar, head of the addictions program at the University of Haifa’s school of criminology department and of the psychopharmacology laboratory at Bar-Ilan, who conducted this study.

Chronic exposure to smoke-derived toxicants is the primary cause of progressive pulmonary and immune dysfunctions, as well as carcinogenesis Cigarette smoking is connected not only to cardiovascular dysfunction, immune system dysfunction and cancer, it also reduces the levels of essential fatty acids in the brain, especially that of omega-3. A deficiency in omega-3 damages the cellular structure of nerve cells and interrupts neurotransmission in areas of the brain involved with feeling pleasure and satisfaction. These areas are essential in reward and decision-making, and are very important in the process of the development, maintenance and relapseof the addiction and to the inability to stop smoking. In simpler terms, omega-3 deficiency makes it harder for the smoker’s body to deal with its craving for another cigarette. “Earlier studies have proven that an imbalance in omega-3 is also related to mental health, depression and the ability to cope with pressure and stress. Pressure and stress, in turn, are associated with the urge to smoke. It is also known that stress and tension levels rise among people who quit smoking. Despite all this, the connection between all these factors had not been studied until now,” Dr. Rabinovitz Shenkar said.

Moon, Mind and Life

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Moon, Mind and Life – disordered thoughts
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No of days in a year: 360
No of bones in a newborn : 360
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Full Moon Gazing https://goo.gl/Iod8Gk
Full Moon Gazing

https://goo.gl/Iod8Gk


चन्द्रमा मनसो जातश्चक्षोः सूर्यो अजायत ।

Moon represents universal mind (and Sun universal eye). As soon as the child is born from the womb, it is the moon that makes the child breathe as per moon’s position in janma-nakshtra. As long as we are alive, it is moon governed chandra nadi that keeps the life’s time cycle in motion in Muladhara chakra.

Just as the moon keeps the time-cycle of our universe in motion, it is the moon that keeps time-cycle of the human body in motion.

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Macrocosm = Microcosm
Universe within = Universe outside.

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Think about it. Good night.

Solutions for Monotony stress

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Most modern sicknesses have roots in stress. Physical and more of a mental one. Monotony is also a stress.

It is very natural for a biological system with nervous system to go motor-mode; it is job of a supervisor to provide timely overhauls.

Do research in new subject.
Do concentration.
Play sports.
Meet people of different walks of life. Understand them. Learn from them. Share your learnings with them.
Sit with nature. Talk with trees. Observe the universe at night.

In short, don’t die as a rat.

 

 

Need of the Hour : Indianization of psychiatry utilizing Indian mental concepts

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Mind is an outcome localization. Local culture, local habits, local food, local air, local water, local societal interactions.

Yes, even after so called globalization, things remain local as long as mind and its disorders are concerned.

Then, why do we have one global stick to interpret and treat it?

I will go one step further – why not to have holistic dharma-based treatment for mind (which humbly considers all localizations)? After all, it is all mental! 🙂

PS: Dharma is not religion or sect! So don’t read/ignore this with biased mind! 😉

Read this old bookmarked item I had.
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Indianization of psychiatry utilizing Indian mental concepts

Refer: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705672/

Most of the psychiatry practice in India is guided by the western concepts of mental health and illness, which have largely ignored the role of religion, family, eastern philosophy, and medicine in understanding and managing the psychiatric disorders. India comprises of diverse cultures, languages, ethnicities, and religious affiliations. However, besides these diversities, there are certain commonalities, which include Hinduism as a religion which is spread across the country, the traditional family system, ancient Indian system of medicine and emphasis on use of traditional methods like Yoga and Meditation for controlling mind.

GUT, Second brain : Enabler of कवित्व

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I repeat certain facts more often. This hammering helps. At least, it helps me.
 
गणेश = आदि कवि
He lives in Muladhara
He is ईश for गण
मरुतगण
कवि needs developed intellect.
Developed intellect can articulate self using senses.
Senses communicates using neurotransmitters.
Mualadhara changes with organism. For us, it is GUT. For bees, stomach (honey 🙂 ). For trees, roots. So in reality, all with muladhara perfection, can become कवि.
 
GUT = Second brain = enabler of कवित्व
 
Now, read this research paper abstract.
 
Share it with those who ask “Why Ganesh Puja? Why Ganesh worship to start any important task of life?”
 
Even नास्तिक needs to focus on GUT if they want to use their senses, brain and intellect :). Any living state without Ganesh worship is mere gift and not your full potential!! 🙂
 
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The microbiome-gut-brain axis in health and disease

 
“Gut microbes are capable of producing most neurotransmitters found in the human brain. While these neurotransmitters primarily act locally in the gut, modulating the enteric nervous system, evidence is now accumulating to support the view that gut microbes through multiple mechanisms can influence central neurochemistry and behavior. This has been described as a fundamental paradigm shift in neuroscience. Bifidobacteria for example can produce and increase plasma levels of the serotonin precursor tryptophan, which is fundamental in regulating mood, appetite and gastrointestinal function. Certain Lactobacilli have been shown to produce gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and to alter brain GABA receptor expression and behavior. IBS is regarded as the prototypic disorder of the brain-gut-microbiota axis which can be responsive to probiotic therapy. Recently, the concept of a psychobiotic has been introduced in the literature. A psychobiotic is a bacteria which when ingested in adequate amounts can have a positive mental health benefit. Translational studies indicate that certain bacteria may impact upon stress responses and cognitive functioning. Manipulating the gut microbiota with psychobiotics, prebiotics or even antibiotics offers a novel approach to altering brain function and treating gut-brain axis disorders such as depression and autism.”
 
https://cora.ucc.ie/handle/10468/3544?show=full

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