Low Vitamin B12 and Cognitive Aging



Do you ever get surprised when you see your colleagues and friends abruptly changing behavior once they cross 30s? Their cognitive responses to situations are much more disappointed when you compare them with same situations in their 20s. They take shortcuts. They do not accept challenges easily.

One of the prime reasons is declining ability to digest Vit B12. Low vitamin B-12 status is associated with more rapid cognitive decline.

As a well-wisher and being part of society, what should we do when we encounter rapid cognitive decline in our groups?

1) Inspire them to stop bad habits like smoking and drinking
2) Together, find out food grown organically using desi cow-dung and include it in regular diet [Research suggest that crops grown using cow-dung has more B12 content compare to crops grown using chemical farming]
3) Include ethically obtained desi gau ghee, butter milk and milk in diet


Low vitamin B-12 status and risk of cognitive decline in older adults

Background: Elevated total homocysteine (tHcy) concentrations have been associated with cognitive impairment, but it is unclear whether low vitamin B-12 or folate status is responsible for cognitive decline.

Objective: We examined the associations of cognitive decline with vitamin B-12 and folate status in a longitudinal cohort study performed from 1993 to 2003 in Oxford, United Kingdom.

Design: Cognitive function was assessed with the Mini-Mental State Examination on ≥3 occasions during 10 y and related to serum concentrations of vitamin B-12, holotranscobalamin (holoTC), tHcy, methylmalonic acid (MMA), and folate with the use of linear mixed models in 1648 participants who provided blood in 1995.

Results: Cognitive function declined abruptly at younger ages in some participants but remained intact in others until very old age. In multivariate regression analyses after adjustment for established risk factors, concentrations of holoTC (a marker of reduced vitamin B-12 status), tHcy, and MMA predicted cognitive decline, but folate did not. A doubling in holoTC concentrations (from 50 to 100 pmol/L) was associated with a 30% slower rate of cognitive decline (−0.137 to −0.083), whereas a doubling in tHcy (from 10 to 20 μmol/L) or MMA (from 0.25 to 0.50 μmol/L) was associated with >50% more rapid cognitive decline (−0.090 to −0.169) and (−0.104 to −0.169), respectively. After adjustment for all vitamin markers simultaneously, the associations of cognitive decline with holoTC and MMA remained significant.

Conclusions: Low vitamin B-12 status was associated with more rapid cognitive decline. Randomized trials are required to determine the relevance of vitamin B-12 supplementation for prevention of dementia.


Unstable Mind and Uncontrolled Vak : Parenting Disaster


All your thoughts, feelings and actions influence the unconscious mind of your child. I said, all. Whatever you present before your children, even when they are infants, makes its impression. Younger they are, long lasting impression is! In fact, the child begins to learn even before it is born. All the thoughts that enter the mind of the mother while the child is still growing within her womb, impinge upon the mind of the child.

Thus it is great responsibility for a married couple to bring forth souls, to provide what is needed for their physical and mental well-being, to prepare them for the society, and to encourage their spiritual evolution. These are mandatory duties of marriage parents.

When you understand that nature has given you this tremendous project, and you pursue the project diligently, the rewards are great the joys are intense.

But, can this be possible in a home and family where TV occupies most of evening hours, morning starts with FM radio’s half baked dimwit comments, food is served in haste, outside eating is norm and there is least care about child’s perception management?

Children learn from parents. Unless you set an example, there is no hope.
Sacrifice your bad habits for the future of the nation i.e. your child. Until your kid reaches friendship age i.e. teen, you are no 1 role model. Be a responsible parent.

संस्कृत गोवीथि : : गव्य ४४ (पुराण विशेष) :: गवायुर्वेद



If  we are reading Agni Purana and we don’t cover a chaper on गवायुर्वेद, it will be considered significant miss of learning! 🙂


अग्निपुराणम्/अध्यायः २९२

गोविप्रपालनं कार्य्यं राज्ञा गोशान्तिमावदे ।
गावः पवित्रा माङ्गल्या गोषु लोकाः प्रतिष्ठिताः ।। २९२.२ ।।

शकृन्‌मूत्रं परं तासामलक्षमीनाशनं परं ।
गवां कण्डूयनं वारि श्रृह्गस्याघौघमर्द्दनम् ।। २९२.३ ।।

धन्वन्तरि कहते हैं – सुश्रुत ! राजा को गौओं का पालन करना चाहिये | अब मैं ‘गोशान्ति’ का वर्णन करता हूँ | गौएँ पवित्र एवं मंगलमयी हैं | गौओं में सम्पूर्ण लोक प्रतिष्ठित हैं | गौओं का गोबर और मूत्र अलक्ष्मी (दरिद्रता) – के नाश का सर्वोत्तम साधन है | उनके शरीर को खुजलाना, सींगों को सहलाना और उनको जल पिलाना भी अलक्ष्मी का निवारण करनेवाला हैं |


शब्द सिन्धु

स्थाने (sthaane) = rightly
स्थापय (sthaapaya) = please keep
स्थापयति (sthaapayati) = to put, to keep
स्थापयित्वा (sthaapayitvaa) = placing
स्थालिका (sthaalikaa) = (f) plate, dish
स्थावर (sthaavara) = not moving
स्थावराणां (sthaavaraaNaaM) = of immovable things
स्थास्यति (sthaasyati) = remains
स्थितं (sthitaM) = situated
स्थितः (sthitaH) = situated
स्थितधीः (sthitadhiiH) = one fixed in KRishhNa consciousness
स्थितप्रज्ञः (sthitapraGYaH) = transcendentally situated
स्थितप्रज्ञस्य (sthitapraGYasya) = of one who is situated in fixed KRishhNa consciousness
स्थिताः (sthitaaH) = are situated
स्थितान् (sthitaan.h) = standing
स्थिति (sthiti) = position
स्थितिं (sthitiM) = situation
स्थितिः (sthitiH) = situation
स्थिती (sthitii) = existing
स्थितौ (sthitau) = situated
स्थित्वा (sthitvaa) = being situated
स्थिर (sthira) = fixed
स्थिरराशि (sthiraraashi) = Fixed Signs
स्थिरं (sthiraM) = firm
स्थिरः (sthiraH) = still
स्थिरता (sthirataa) = steadiness
स्थिरबुद्धिः (sthirabuddhiH) = self-intelligent
स्थिरां (sthiraaM) = stable
स्थिराः (sthiraaH) = enduring
स्थिराङ्कः (sthiraa~NkaH) = (m) constant number/variable
स्थिरैः (sthiraiH) = with firm or strong (limbs)
स्थूल (sthuula) = (adj) strong, big
स्थूलः (sthuulaH) = (adj) fat


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अकॄत्यं नैव कर्तव्य प्रााणत्यागेऽपि संस्थिते |
न च कॄत्यं परित्याज्यम् एष धर्म: सनातन: ||

The work which is not to be done (because it is bad) should not be done even if you have to loose your life. And the work which has to be done (because it is your duty) – should be continued to be done even if it costs your own life! This is the sanatana Dharma.

पठन -> मनन -> स्मरण -> आत्मसात


अग्निपुराणम्/अध्यायः २९२

गोविप्रपालनं कार्य्यं राज्ञा गोशान्तिमावदे ।
गावः पवित्रा माङ्गल्या गोषु लोकाः प्रतिष्ठिताः ।। २९२.२ ।।

शकृन्‌मूत्रं परं तासामलक्षमीनाशनं परं ।
गवां कण्डूयनं वारि श्रृह्गस्याघौघमर्द्दनम् ।। २९२.३ ।।

रोचना विषरक्षोघ्नी ग्रासदः स्वर्गगो गवां ।
यद्‌गृहे दुःखिता गावः स याति नरकन्नरः ।। २९२.४ ।।

परगोग्रासदः स्वर्गी गोहितो ब्रह्मलोकभाक् ।
गोदानात्‌कीर्त्तनाद्रक्षां कृत्वा चोद्धरते कुलम् ।। २९२.५ ।।

गवां श्वासात् पवित्रा भूस्पर्शनात्किल्विषक्षयः ।
गोमृत्रं गोमयं क्षीरं दधि सर्पिः कुशोदकम् ।। २९२.६ ।।

एकरात्रोपवासश्च श्वपाकमपि शोधयेत् ।
सर्व्वाशुभविनाशाय पुराचरितमीश्वरैः ।। २९२.७ ।।

प्रत्येकञ्च त्र्यहाभ्यस्तं महासान्तपनं स्मृतं ।
सर्वकामप्रदञ्चैतत् सर्व्वाशुभवीमर्द्दनम् ।। २९२.८ ।।

कृच्छ्रातिकृच्छ्रं पयसा दिवसानेकविंशतिं ।
निर्म्मलाः सर्व्वकामाप्त्या स्युर्गगाः स्युर्न्नरोत्तमाः ।। २९२.९ ।।

त्र्यहमुष्णं पिवेन्मूत्रं त्र्यहमुष्णं घृतं पिवेत् ।
त्र्यहमुष्णं पयः पीत्वाः वायुभक्षः परं त्र्यहम् ।। २९२.१० ।।

तप्तकृच्छ्रव्रतं सर्व्वपापघ्नं ब्रह्मलोकदं ।
शीतैस्तु शीतकृच्छ्रं स्याद्‌ब्रह्मोक्तं ब्रह्मलोकदं ।। २९२.११ ।।

गोमूत्रेणाचरेत्स्नानं वृत्तिं कुर्य्याच्च गोरसैः ।
गोभिर्व्रजेच्च भुक्तासु भुञ्जीताथ च गोव्रती ।। २९२.१२ ।।

मासेनैकेन निष्पापो गोलोकी स्वर्गगो भवेत् ।
विद्याञ्च गोमतीं जप्त्वा गोलोकं परमं व्रजेत् ।। २९२.१३ ।।

गौतैर्न्नृत्येरप्सरोभिविंमाने तत्र मोदते ।
गावः सुरभयो नित्यं गावो गुग्गुलगन्धिकाः ।। २९२.१४ ।।

गावः प्रतिष्ठा भूतानां गावः स्वस्त्ययनं परं ।
अन्नमेव परं गावो देवानां हविरुत्तमम् ।। २९२.१५ ।।

पावनं सर्व्वभूतानां क्षरन्ति च वदन्ति च ।
हविषा मन्त्रपूतेन तर्पयन्त्वमरान्दिवि ।। २९२.१६ ।।

ऋषीणामग्निहोत्रेषु गावो होमेषु योजिताः ।
सर्व्वेषामेव भूतानां गावः शरणमुत्तमं ।। २९२.१७ ।।

गावः पचित्रं परमं गावो माङ्गल्यमुत्तमं ।
गावः स्वर्गस्य सोपानं गावो धन्याः सनातनाः ।। २९२.१८ ।।

नमो गोभ्यः श्रीमतीभ्यः सौरभेयीभ्य एव च ।
नमो ब्रह्मसुताभ्यश्च पवित्राब्यो नमो नमः ।। २९२.१९ ।।

ब्राह्मणाश्चैव गावश्च कुलमेकं द्विधा कृतम् ।
एकत्र मन्त्रास्तिष्ठन्ति हविरेकत्र तिष्ठति ।। २९२.२० ।।

देवब्राह्मणगोसाधुसाध्वीभिः सकलं जगत् ।
धार्य्यते वै सदा सस्मात् सर्व्वे पूज्यतमा मताः ।। २९२.२१ ।।

पिवन्ति यत्र तत्तीर्थं गह्गाद्या गाव एव हि ।
गवां माहात्म्यमुक्तं हि चिकित्साञ्च तथा श्रृणु ।। २९२.२२ ।।

श्रृङ्गामयेषु धेनूनां तैलं दद्यात् ससैन्धवं ।
श्रृङ्गवेरबलामांसकल्कसिद्धं समाक्षिकं ।। २९२.२३ ।।

कर्णशूलेषु सर्वेषु मञ्जिष्ठाहिङ्गुसैन्धवैः ।
सिद्धं तैलं प्रदातव्यं रसोनेनैथ वा पुनः ।। २९२.२४ ।।

विल्वमूलमपामार्गन्धातकी च सपाटला ।
कुटजन्दन्तमूलेषु लेपात्तच्छूलनाशनं ।। २९२.२५ ।।

दन्तशूलहरैर्द्रव्यैर्घृतं राम विपाचितं ।
मुखरोगहरं ज्ञेयं जिह्वारोगेषु सैन्धवं ।। २९२.२६ ।।

श्रृङ्गवेरं हरिद्रे द्वे त्रिफला च गलग्रहे ।
हृच्छूले वस्तिशुले च वातरोगे क्षये तथा ।। २९२.२७ ।।

त्रिफला घृतमिश्रा च गवां पाने प्रशस्यते ।
अतीसारे हरिद्रे द्वे पाठाञ्चैव प्रदापयेत् ।। २९२.२८ ।।

सर्वेषु कोष्ठरोगेषु तथा शाखागदेषु च ।
श्रृङ्गवेरञ्च भार्गीञ्च कासे श्वासे प्रदापयेत् ।। २९२.२९ ।।

दातव्या भग्नसन्धाने प्रियङ्गुर्लवणान्विता ।
तैलं वातहरं पित्ते मधुयष्टीविपाचितं ।। २९२.३० ।।

कफे व्योषञ्च समधु सपुष्टकरजोऽस्रजे ।
तैलाज्यं हरितालञ्च भग्नक्षतिश्रृतन्ददेत् ।। २९२.३१ ।।

माषास्तिलाः सगोधूमाः पशुक्षीरं घृतं तथा ।
एषां पिण्डी सलवणा वत्सानां पुष्टिदा त्वियं ।। २९२.३२ ।।

बलप्रदा विषाणां स्याद् ग्रहनाशाय धूपकः ।
देवदारु वचा मांसी गुग्गुलुहिङ्गुसर्षपाः ।। २९२.३३ ।।

ग्रहादिगदनाशाय एष धुपो गवां हितः ।
घष्टा चैव गवां कार्या धूपेनानेन धूपिता ।। २९२.३४ ।।

अश्वगन्धातिलैः शुक्लं तेन गौः क्षीरिणी भवेत् ।
रसायनञ्च पिन्याकं मत्तो यो धार्य्यते गृहे ।। २९२.३५ ।।

गवां पुरीषे पञ्चम्यां नित्यं शान्त्यै श्रियं यजेत् ।
वासुदेवञ्च गन्धाद्यैरपरा शान्तिरुच्यते ।। २९२.३६ ।।

अश्वयुक्‌शुक्लपक्षस्य पञ्चदश्यां यजेद्धरिं ।
हरिरुद्रमजं सूर्य्यं श्रियमग्निं घृतेन च ।। २९२.३७ ।।
दधि सम्प्राश्य गाः पूज्य कार्य्यं वह्निप्रदक्षिणं ।
वृषाणां योजयेद् युद्धं गीतवाद्यरवैर्वहिः ।। २९२.३८ ।।

गवान्तु लवणन्देयं ब्राह्मणानाञ्च दक्षिणा ।
नैमित्तिके माकरादौ यजेद्विष्णुं सह श्रिया ।। २९२.३९ ।।

स्थणअडिलेव्जे मध्यगते कदिक्षु केशरगान् सुरान् ।
सुभद्राजो रविः पूज्यो बहुरूपो बलिर्वहिः ।। २९२.४० ।।

खं विश्वरूपा सिद्धिस्च ऋद्धिः शान्तिश्च रोहिणी ।
दिग्धेनवो हि पूर्वाद्याः कृशरैश्चन्द्र ईश्वरः ।। २९२.४१ ।।

दिक्‌पालाः पद्मपत्रेषु कुम्भेष्वग्नौ च होमयेत् ।
क्षीरवृक्षस्य समिधः सर्षपाक्षततण्डुलान् ।। २९२.४२ ।।

शतं शतं सुवर्णञ्च कांस्यादिकं द्विजे ददेत् ।
गावः पूज्या विमोक्तव्याः शान्त्यै क्षीरादिसंयुताः ।। २९२.४३ ।।

शालिहोत्रः सुश्रुताय हयायुर्वेदमुक्तवान् ।
पालकाप्योऽङ्गराजाय गजायुर्वेदमब्रवीत् ।। २९२.४४ ।।

इत्यादिमहापुराणे आग्नेये शान्त्यायुर्वेदो नाम द्विनवत्यधिकद्विशततमोऽध्यायः ।।

संस्कृत गोवीथि : : गव्य १४ (हनुमान विशेष)


शब्द सिन्धु

अद् (ad.h) = to eat
अददत् (adadat.h) = gave
अदम्भित्वं (adambhitvaM) = pridelessness
अदर्शः (adarshaH) = mirror
अदक्षिणं (adakShiNaM) = with no remunerations to the priests
अदाह्यः (adaahyaH) = unable to be burned
अदिती (aditii) = the mother of the gods
अदृष्ट (adRishhTa) = Unseen, fortune, luck
अदृष्टपूर्वं (adRishhTapuurvaM) = never seen before
अदेश (adesha) = at an unpurified place
अद्भुत (adbhuta) = the sentiment of marvel
अद्भुतं (adbhutaM) = wonderful
अद्भूतं (adbhuutaM) = wonderfull
अद्य (adya) = today
अद्रोहः (adrohaH) = freedom from envy
अद्वासन (advaasana) = the prone posture
अद्वितीयः (advitiiyaH) = the inseparable or the non-dual
अद्वेष्टा (adveshhTaa) = nonenvious
अद्वैत (advaita) = non-duality of the universal spirit
अधः (adhaH) = (indeclinable) below
अधन (adhana) = one without money
अधम (adhama) = inferior
अधमां (adhamaaM) = condemned
अधमाधम (adhamaadhama) = the worst among the inferior
अधर (adhara) = Lip
अधरः (adharaH) = (m) lips
अधरात् (adharaat.h) = from below
अधर्म (adharma) = breach of duty
अधर्मं (adharmaM) = irreligion
अधर्मः (adharmaH) = irreligion
अधर्मचारी (adharmachaarii) = adj. impious
अधर्मस्य (adharmasya) = of irreligion


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Few simple but profound sentences. Learn them by heart. Use them in your daily routine.

  • अर्थमूलौ हि धर्मकामौ ।
  • अर्थस्य पुरुषो दासो दासः त्वर्थो न कस्यचित् ।
  • अर्थार्थी जीवलोकोऽयम् ।
  • अर्थो हि लोके पुरुषस्य बन्धुः ।
  • अर्धो घटो घोषमुपैति नूनम् ।
  • अर्धो वै एष आत्मनो यत्पत्नी ।
  • अलक्ष्मीराविशत्येव शयानमलसं नरम् ।
  • अल्पक्लेशं मरणं दारिद्र्यमनल्पकं दुःखम् ।
  • अल्पविद्या भयङ्करी ।
  • अवश्यमेव भोक्तव्यं कृतं कर्म शुभाशुभम् ।
  • अव्यवस्थितचित्तस्य प्रसादोऽपि भयङ्करः ।
  • अशान्तस्य मनो भारम् ।
  • अश्नुते स हि कल्याणं व्यसने यो न मुह्यति ।
  • अहङ्कारविमूढात्मा कर्ताहमिति मन्यते ।
  • अहिंसा परमो धर्मः।


यस्य त्वेतानि चत्वारि वानरेन्द्र यथा तव || ५-१९८
धृतिर्दृष्टिर्मतिर्दाक्ष्यं स कर्मसु न सीदति |

198. vaanarendra = O best among Vanaras! yasya = whoever; dhR^itiH = ( has) courage; dR^ishhTiH = vision; matiH = intellect; daakshyam = skill; etaani = (all) these; chatvaari = four (virtues); tava yathaa = like you; saH = that (him); na siidati = will not fail; karmasu = in (any) tasks.

“O best among Vanaras! Whoever has the four qualities of courage, vision, intellect and fitness, all these four virtues like you, such a person will not fail in any task.”


॥ श्रीहनुमत्ताण्डवस्तोत्रम् ॥

वन्दे सिन्दूरवर्णाभं लोहिताम्बरभूषितम् ।
रक्ताङ्गरागशोभाढ्यं शोणापुच्छं कपीश्वरम्॥

भजे समीरनन्दनं, सुभक्तचित्तरञ्जनं, दिनेशरूपभक्षकं, समस्तभक्तरक्षकम् ।
सुकण्ठकार्यसाधकं, विपक्षपक्षबाधकं, समुद्रपारगामिनं, नमामि सिद्धकामिनम् ॥ १॥

सुशङ्कितं सुकण्ठभुक्तवान् हि यो हितं वचस्त्वमाशु धैर्य्यमाश्रयात्र वो भयं कदापि न ।
इति प्लवङ्गनाथभाषितं निशम्य वानराऽधिनाथ आप शं तदा, स रामदूत आश्रयः ॥ २॥

सुदीर्घबाहुलोचनेन, पुच्छगुच्छशोभिना, भुजद्वयेन सोदरीं निजांसयुग्ममास्थितौ ।
कृतौ हि कोसलाधिपौ, कपीशराजसन्निधौ, विदहजेशलक्ष्मणौ, स मे शिवं करोत्वरम् ॥ ३॥

सुशब्दशास्त्रपारगं, विलोक्य रामचन्द्रमाः, कपीश नाथसेवकं, समस्तनीतिमार्गगम् ।
प्रशस्य लक्ष्मणं प्रति, प्रलम्बबाहुभूषितः कपीन्द्रसख्यमाकरोत्, स्वकार्यसाधकः प्रभुः ॥ ४॥

प्रचण्डवेगधारिणं, नगेन्द्रगर्वहारिणं, फणीशमातृगर्वहृद्दृशास्यवासनाशकृत् ।
विभीषणेन सख्यकृद्विदेह जातितापहृत्, सुकण्ठकार्यसाधकं, नमामि यातुधतकम् ॥ ५॥

नमामि पुष्पमौलिनं, सुवर्णवर्णधारिणं गदायुधेन भूषितं, किरीटकुण्डलान्वितम् ।
सुपुच्छगुच्छतुच्छलंकदाहकं सुनायकं विपक्षपक्षराक्षसेन्द्र-सर्ववंशनाशकम् ॥ ६॥

रघूत्तमस्य सेवकं नमामि लक्ष्मणप्रियं दिनेशवंशभूषणस्य मुद्रीकाप्रदर्शकम् ।
विदेहजातिशोकतापहारिणम् प्रहारिणम् सुसूक्ष्मरूपधारिणं नमामि दीर्घरूपिणम् ॥ ७॥

नभस्वदात्मजेन भास्वता त्वया कृता महासहा यता यया द्वयोर्हितं ह्यभूत्स्वकृत्यतः ।
सुकण्ठ आप तारकां रघूत्तमो विदेहजां निपात्य वालिनं प्रभुस्ततो दशाननं खलम् ॥ ८॥

इमं स्तवं कुजेऽह्नि यः पठेत्सुचेतसा नरः
कपीशनाथसेवको भुनक्तिसर्वसम्पदः ।
न शत्रुतो भयं भवेत्कदापि तस्य नुस्त्विह ॥ ९॥

नेत्राङ्गनन्दधरणीवत्सरेऽनङ्गवासरे ।
लोकेश्वराख्यभट्टेन हनुमत्ताण्डवं कृतम् ॥ १०॥

इति श्री हनुमत्ताण्डव स्तोत्रम्॥


Encoded and proofread by Madhavi U mupadrasta at gmail.com

Season Driven Pregnancy Planning

This is very critical note.

Image: http://www.sutrajournal.com/the-six-seasons-part-three-by-freedom-cole http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/sites/sbs.com.au.topics/files/gettyimages-154948162_small.jpg

In sane dharma driven society, all activities are planned based on ऋत| All stages of life , all stages of year – they were respected while planning any new step in life.

मुहूर्त for Marriage is not mere some auspicious day but a perfect date to plan गृहस्थी! Based on innate nature of the male and female planning to marry, which is being reflected in their Kundali(s), perfect date is planned. A date that respects stages of would-be पति-पत्नी. A date that respects season of the year. A date that can help them to planned best progeny. Now this date is only used for Honeymoon planning! And sadly, most births happen by accident, without मुहूर्त, without desire to invite soul in best physical body!

The best way to reduce a child’s chances of developing asthma might be making sure Mom had enough vitamin D during the second trimester, a new study from the University of Kansas shows.

Solution? Go back to roots. Respect seasons. Identify वसंत’s love from वर्षा’s lust.

In this research, it is shown how sunlight exposure in specific trimester affects immunity of the child.

This is very easy to observe. Most pregnant mothers in higher middle class and elite class, spend their time in controlled AC home/office during pregnancy with MINIMAL exposure to the sun. In slums, it is forced non-exposure to the sun.

Auto-immune disorders are inevitable in such situations. 🙁

In short, The Sun, our प्राण-powerhouse, our father, is taking care of Mother Earth’s womb. And we must get exposure to it, to replenish our daily प्राण requirements. For pregnant mothers, it becomes critical because they are shaping one more universe in their womb.


If you don’t have asthma, maybe it’s because Mom experienced a sunny second trimester, health economist finds


The best way to reduce a child’s chances of developing asthma might be making sure Mom had enough vitamin D during the second trimester, a new study from the University of Kansas shows.

The most cost-effective way to get Mom more vitamin D could be as simple as health recommendations that consider the benefits of soaking up a little more sun, a practical and cost-effective way to get a dose of D.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 12 of us in the U.S. suffers from asthma.

“Our health system spends billions and billions treating asthma, and there’s lots and lots of opportunity costs,” said David Slusky, assistant professor of economics. “Pain and suffering, loss of productivity and premature death — asthma has all of those.”

When resources are being used inefficiently, that’s when Slusky and his fellow economists like to step in.

They knew about a recent medical hypothesis by Scott Weiss and Augusto Litonjua, both of whom are physicians with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and professors at Harvard Medical School. Weiss and Litonjua hypothesize that vitamin D levels in the second trimester of pregnancy influence the probability that a fetus will develop asthma later in life.

Slusky and colleagues Nils Wernerfelt of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Richard Zeckhauser of Harvard’s Kennedy School put the medical hypothesis to the test using an economist’s tools, such as survey and health data.

“This is the golden age in the way that data about hospital discharges, insurance claims, birth certificates and death certificates are more and more available and more and more set up for researchers,” Slusky said. “And that allows economists to get really large sample sizes with not a lot of cost.”

Using data from hospital discharges in two states and from a national survey, Slusky and his colleagues looked at where and when asthmatics were born.

Then the economists looked at the measurements of sunlight in the birth locations when the asthmatics’ mothers would have been in their second trimesters.  Sunlight is where Americans get more than 90 percent of our vitamin D.

गव्य सिध्धि : Ability to understand eternal cycles

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Gavya is a Sanskrit word. It has multiple meanings. It is actually a bridge between different forms of Gau.
Gau means Cow. Gau means senses. Gau means mother Earth. Gavya is their prasad. One produces and another consumes. Cycle goes on forever.
Panchgavya is elixir from Gau, for Gau (Human senses and Mother Earth). Result again is Gavya (Seva from Humans and produce from Mother earth) from gau, for Gau (Cow).
Method of preparation
Panchagavya, an organic product has the potential to play the role of promoting growth and providing immunity in plant system. Panchagavya consists of nine products viz. cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd, jaggery, ghee, banana, Tender coconut and water. When suitably mixed and used, these have miraculous effects.
Cow dung – 7 kg
Cow ghee – 1 kg
Mix the above two ingredients thoroughly both in morning and evening hours and keep it for 3 days
Cow Urine – 10 liters
Water – 10 liters
After 3 days mix cow urine and water and keep it for 15 days with regular mixing both in morning and evening hours. After 15 days mix the following and panchagavya will be ready after 30 days.
Cow milk – 3 liters
Cow curd – 2 liters
Tender coconut water – 3 liters
Jaggery – 3 kg
Well ripened poovan banana – 12 nos.
Read more: http://agritech.tnau.ac.in/org_farm/orgfarm_panchakavya.html
We all have Vishnu seated in us. We must perform duties in his form. Being Gopati.

Role of latency in health : Why Viral Infections?


Incubation period is the time elapsed between triggering event time, and when symptoms and signs are first apparent.


Kuru is an incurable degenerative neurological disorder endemic to tribal regions of Papua New Guinea. Incubation period is around 14 years! Cancer cases also exhibit long latency / Incubation time – 1 year to 11 years.

So if someone tests new drug or farm chemicals for 2-3 months or couple of years and conclude safety, it is nothing but utter neglect of nature’s law i.e. Latency or incubation.

That is where common sense helps.



There is a type of virus called latent virus – A nonactive virus which is in a dormant state within a cell. Herpes virus is latent in cells of the nervous system.

“Latency” means that the virus, once burrowing into some cells of yours, goes into hibernation for a while, just lurking near your own cellular DNA, but not yet replicating itself. At some later point, something triggers the dormant virus out of latency and it reactivates. After going through a couple of rounds of replication the by now larger number of viral particles burrow in and go latent again.

This is classic example that Virus is impotent to cause illness. It is internal environment of the cell and external environmental conditions that triggers prolific replication of specific message i.e. Virus.

Such events (benign viral infections triggered naturally and not due to stress) in children are necessary. They indicate their development. Only when environment is sterile or controlled or artificial, such event lapses and later in adult life, they become autoimmune disorders. If kids are not afflicted by Herpes Zoster in age below 10, next reactivation in adult life is severe and may lead to death in some cases.

So it is important for growing kids to play in the laps of mother nature. Living life in natural environment triggers all developmental milestones on time. Artificial urban environment, over-use of chemicals to clean the homes mar the development.

Holi, Dhol and Seasonal Flu Remedy


Note written in Feb, 2015

Holi Dhol

Gujarat and Rajasthan are worse affected Swine Flu area in 2015. This is same region where traditions are rapidly vanishing. During my visit to Jodhpur in 2010 (Yet another Flu hype year in India. Remember H1N1 😀 so I naturally asked locals about their reactions), I was told by one local Guide that…”साहबजी…हमारे राजस्थानमें महामारी नहीं होतीथी..पता है क्यूँ? होली & ढोल…जब से रंगोका स्थान केमिकलने लिया और ढोल का स्थान कर्कश मुज़िकने…तबसे महामारी शुरू…”
होली is the time when we play with colors. We create colorful perception using different herb colors. While we rejuvenate self with colors and prepare for dry summer with the colorful memories of होली, herbs spread in environment. Almost quantum way as you understand in modern physics. Random, chaotic and localized. We also coat ढोल with herbal लेप so when we play the dhol, particles of herbs spread in environment with sound vibrations.
अब बोलो…महामारी ? नहीं…not possible :).
Festivity keeps the society alive, fit and healthy. Find your roots and stick to them. They nurtures all your ancestors with eternal motherly love.


Decolonize Your Diet, Alleviate modern ills


“The rise of the industrial model of agriculture has contributed greatly to people being disconnected from the food on their plates,”

Nutritionists say many traditional and non-processed foods consumed by rural communities, such as millet and caribou, are nutrient-dense and offer healthy fatty acids, micronutrients, and cleansing properties widely lacking in diets popular in high- and middle-income countries.
There are two ways to realize common sense.
Trust your left brain.
Do surveys. Do stat analysis. Do lab research and come to conclusion

Trust your intuition. Observe Nature. Learn from peer species.

Both approaches are good based on different conditions.

As far as living is concerned, it is highly dependent on environment. So it is straight intuitive common sense. For food, shelter and clothes – always trust local sources.

Go away from local food -> loss of vital nutrients (abundant in local food) -> Unprecedented levels of chronic non-communicable diseases

Go back to roots. Correct your tomfoolery in the interest of upcoming generations.



Analysis: Turning to ancient diets to alleviate modern ills

Indigenous diets worldwide – from forest foods such as roots and tubers in regions of eastern India, to cold-water fish, caribou, and seals in northern Canada – are varied, suited to local environments, and can counter malnutrition and disease, according to experts.

“For many tribal and indigenous peoples, their food systems are complex, self-sufficient, and deliver a very broad-based, nutritionally diverse diet,” said Jo Woodman, a senior researcher and campaigner with Survival International, a UK-based indigenous advocacy organization.

But the disruption of traditional lifestyles due to environmental degradation, and the introduction of processed foods, refined fats and oils, and simple carbohydrates, contributes to worsening health in indigenous populations, and a decline in the production of nutrient-rich foodstuffs that could benefit all communities.

“Traditional food systems need to be documented so that policymakers know what is at stake by ruining an ecosystem, not only for the indigenous peoples living there, but for everyone,” Harriet Kuhnlein, the founding director of the Centre of Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE) at McGill University, Canada, told IRIN from Montreal.

Decolonizing Diet Project Blog



Ayurveda and Heavy Metal Blame – Part 1 (Mercury)



In December 2004, Dr Robert B. Saper and his team analyzed US and India made Ayurvedic medicines for heavy metal content. His paper [1] concludes that :

“Lead, mercury, and arsenic have been detected in a substantial proportion of Indian-manufactured traditional Ayurvedic medicines. Metals may be present due to the practice of rasa shastra (combining herbs with metals, minerals, and gems).”

As soon as this hit the news stand, there was negative Ayurveda marketing started.

Now doubt, many modern pharma companies producing Ayurvedic drugs are not following standard procedures. And medicines produced by such manufacturers may come with toxic state of heavy metals but that does not mean heavy metal usage is to blamed.

In this series of articles, we will understand heavy metal usage in Ayurveda, both by modern science perspective and Ayurvedic perspective.

Let us explore most famous metal and most effective drug. Rasasindura made by Mercury.

What is Rasasindura?


  • This medicine should only be taken under strict medical supervision.
  • Self medication with this medicine may prove to be dangerous.
  • It is to be avoided in children and pregnant and lactating mothers.
  • Over-dosage may cause many poisonous side effects.
  • Take this medicine in precise dose and for limited period of time, as advised by doctor.
  • Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in a dry cool place.

Ras Sindoor is an Ayurvedic medicine, with herbal and mineral ingredients, in powder / tablet form.  It is used in Ayurvedic treatment to improve immunity, strength etc. This medicine should only be taken strictly under medical supervision.

Rasasindura (RS) sublimated mercurial preparation often used in diseases like Madhumeha (Diabetus mellitus), Rajayaksma (Tuberculosis), Pandu (Anaemia), Sthoulya (Obesity),Mandagni (Impaired digestive fire) etc.
So, is it Toxic?
Let us explore couple of papers.
Study 1
In Pharmacological study test drugs were subjected for the chronic toxicity study in 40 days duration, in Charles Foster albino rats, administering the dose of 22.5 mg/kg body weight. Also the 4 test drug samples Samaguna RS, Shadguna RS, Vasa Bhavita Samaguna RS  and Vasa Bhavita Shadguna RS  were assessed for their bronchodilating effect in the isolated guinea pig tracheal spirals.  The study concludes that both Samaguna and Sadaguna Balijarita RShave little or no toxic effects.  The tissue responses to drug and its modifying effect on the histamine induced contractile response in guinea pig were  studied.  Shadguna RS  and Samaguna RS  samples without Vasa Bhavana did not affect histamine induced contraction whereas Vasa Bhavita Samaguna RS and Vasa Bhavita Shadguna RS  showed mild and moderate anti-spasmodic effect.  Study concluded that, Shadaguna Balijarita RSdifficult to prepare pharmaceutically and as its qualities are nearly similar to Samaguna Balijarita RS  in terms of efficacy and safety. [2]
Study 2

Researchers have employed state-of-the-art analytical tools and elegant computational methods in a truly multidisciplinary project to prove that Rasasindura, the mercury-containing Ayurvedic drug, is not toxic. Mercury is one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern. (WHO Worksheet No 363, Sept 2013). Metallic mercury is highly mobile, soluble in water depending on its chemical form and oxidises relatively easily. Bacteria convert environmental mercury in to methyl mercury. Mercury interacts with human body and turns it into methyl mercury. Methyl mercury is more toxic. As per conventional wisdom, Rasasindura will be toxic. Ayurvedic physicians claim that they have been using this drug for ages without any harm. The study carried out in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology tries to solve the riddle.“…Our work not only helps to understand the non-toxicity of Rasasindura but also establishes the Ayurvedic synthesis method for a well controlled end-product,” Dr. Debdutta Lahiri and her colleagues wrote in the latest issue of Journal of Synchrotron Radiation.

In this study, researchers used virgin samples of Rasasindura prepared as per Ayurvedic protocols. “Bhasmikaran” (making into powder), is simple in theory; it involves repeated, controlled and prolonged heating of metals with suitable ingredients to make metal powders and to remove residual metals and toxic organic molecules. The results obtained by the scientists apply only to the sample they used and not to any commercially available sample of Rasasindura. Regrettably, Ayurvedic formulations do not have any applicable standards.


Scientists used five analytical tools and procedures with Rasasindura and nanoparticles of lab-based red á-HgS to prove that the structure of Rasasindura is indeed the very stable, á-HgS. Surface organic groups or organic groups were absent in both .The drug has thus the following attributes: because of the special affinity of Hg to Sulphur, Hg-S bonds are very strong. Other workers have shown that accumulation of á-HgS in the human body is very low. Absorption of á-HgS by the gastro-intestinal tract is only 0.2 per cent; the fraction reaching the kidney is much lower at only 0.02 per cent. HgS is 10,000 times less toxic than methyl mercury.

The researchers showed that complete oxidation occurred in Rasasindura and free mercury or organic mercury was absent in it. They used synchrotron-based X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) method to prove 100 per cent HgS formation in Rasasindura.

They found that that Rasasindura contains nanocrystals of about 20 nm size. Particle distribution is better controlled in Rasasindura than in á-HgS, made in laboratories. The paper proves that toxicity cannot be decided by elemental analysis alone. [3][4]



[1] Lead, Mercury, and Arsenic in US- and Indian-Manufactured Ayurvedic Medicines Sold via the Internet

[2] A Comparative Pharmaceutico-Chemical Study on Samaguna and Shadguna Balijarita Rasasindura With Special Reference to its Toxicity and Bronchodilating effect.

(MD Dissertation) I.P.G.T. & R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University; 2002

[3] Why Rasasindura is not toxic?


[4] Investigating structural aspects to understand the putative/claimed non-toxicity of the Hg-based Ayurvedic drug Rasasindura using XAFS

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