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Research: Viruses flourish in healthy gut : Get rid of germ-phobia

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One more evidence to cure our germ-phobia. Viruses and bacteria are everywhere. They are harmless. They are doing their duties. They are helping and participating in the sustenance of the universe.

Problem is with us. Our crimes of not following routine as per changes in age, season and region. Intellectual errors or प्रज्ञाअपराध as known in the world of Ayurveda, is the root cause of our so called bacterial and viral infection.

In case of children, infections are due to normal errors in their growth. As a parent, we must provide them environment where self-healing becomes quick (Fresh Air, boiled water, Rich organic food, stress-free family life, isolation from noisy environment, exposure to mother nature). Lack of such environment leads to critical situations. Be vigil, cure before it becomes critical. Only cure if self-helping.


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Viruses flourish in guts of healthy babies

Bacteria aren’t the only nonhuman invaders to colonize the gut shortly after a baby’s birth. Viruses also set up house there, according to new research atWashington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Bacteria aren’t the only nonhuman invaders to colonize the gut shortly after a baby’s birth. Viruses also set up house there

All together, these invisible residents are thought to play important roles in human health.

The study, published online Sept. 14 in Nature Medicine, reports data from eight healthy infants and is one of the first surveys of viruses that reside in the intestine. The investigators analyzed stool samples to track how the babies’ bacterial gut microbiomes and viromes changed over the first two years of life.

The picture that emerged may be worthy of a wildlife documentary: It includes the discovery of viral strains new to science and suggests a dynamic ecosystem of interacting organisms, including predators and their prey.

“We are just beginning to understand the interplay between all the different types of life within our gut,” said senior author Lori R. Holtz, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics. “They are not stand-alone communities. We also are seeing that the environment of the infant gut is extremely dynamic, which differs from the relative stability that has been shown in adults.”

“We were surprised that right from the beginning quite a diversity of viruses was found in the gut,” said Holtz,

The earliest stool samples were taken at 1-4 days of life, and even at this early time point, Holtz noted, viruses were present.

“We were surprised that right from the beginning quite a diversity of viruses was found in the gut,” said Holtz, also a pediatric gastroenterologist who treats patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “It prompts the question — where do these viruses come from? We don’t know yet whether diet, method of the baby’s delivery or other environmental influences play a role.”

NGO: Outsourcing Sva-dharma

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NGO : Sign of lazy society
NGO : Sign of lazy society

In Bharat, स्वधर्म (duties towards non-self i.e. Family, Society, Nation, Universe) was never outsourced. What is my duty towards self, family, society, village, Nation, Nature, Universe, cannot be outsourced. At the most, it can be exchanged with someone in lieu of other duty. But you cannot escape from your duty. Escaping from duty means you are on the path of अधर्म. Adding lot of bad karma due to error of judgment and intellect.

We started forgetting our स्वधर्म and the consequence is?

Flood of NGOs. Now we have 1 NGO for 400 Indians.

Out of all NGOs, the most ridiculous and unfortunate are Environment NGOs. Why do we want to appoint someone to take care of our mother? What civilization where one cannot even take care mother? That is dying society!

Sva-dharma, Kula-dharma,gram-dharma
Sva-dharma, Kula-dharma,gram-dharma

In India every citizen was required to plant five trees and see them to maturity; take care of them, nurture them, look after them, and worship them. That was the pancavati of India. Those five trees were seen as a contribution every citizen was making as an act of replenishment, an act of yajna. They were for the children and grandchildren and great grandchildren, and for posterity. The earth provides enough essence for the humans, animals and birds to eat, but also enough to return to the earth; the peels, the straw, the pips, the skin, the fruits and vegetables have plenty of good for us to eat and plenty to put back into the compost which goes back into the earth. Thus the earth is replenished. A tree stands out naked, there all winter without leaves; the tree is now replenishing the earth with its leaves; all the leaves have gone back into the earth; they are rotting, making the soil fertile, so that the roots are nourished which in turn gives life to the leaves and to the fruits, a beautiful cycle of replenishment. Nature is our great teacher, and we can learn to replenish and not waste. There is no greater teacher than nature.

The world cannot be saved just by the technocrats, or by the shallow ecologists. In fact, they will never ever save the world. They say, “We can manage the environment, we are clever people”. But everyone knows that environment cannot be managed. We can only revere environment; we can only respect environment; and we can only see environment as part of us and us part of environment. This total unity can come only when you have a spiritual base and not just a utilitarian base.

If you are NGO and working in the field of saving environment, don’t ever take outsourced job or escapist’s fund (Donations without involvement). Demand participation. Inject eternal thoughts related to Mother Nature reverence. Make citizenry self-inspired. Dream for a future where your existence is not at all needed! Having NGO to take care of स्वधर्म is not a sign of healthy society. Dream and act so that your very existence as an NGO do not needed in future.

Blind Following and Dangers of Energy Drinks: traumatic brain injury in teens

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One of the worse affected population in Globalization mimicry, is teen age population. They are vulnerable to all possible attractions and waves spread by entertainment mediums.

Teen age is a age when mind seeks role model. And it will adapt the role model blindly.

For modern days, real human role models are difficult to find and toxic influence of mass mediums is so high that teens picks up virtual characters or actors as role model.

One such habit they pick up early is: Gym and Energy drink. Sports and energy drink.

Blind following of fake role models
Blind following of fake role models

 

Energy drink dangers
Energy drink dangers


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Study finds association between energy drinks and traumatic brain injury in teens

Teens who reported a traumatic brain injury in the past year were seven times more likely to have consumed at least five energy drinks in the past week than those without a history of TBI, according to a study published today in PLOS ONE.

Researchers also found that teens who reported sustaining a TBI within the past year were at least twice as likely to have consumed energy drinks mixed with alcohol than teens who reported sustaining a TBI more than a year previously.

“We’ve found a link between increased brain injuries and the consumption of energy drinks or energy drinks mixed with alcohol,” said Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital. “This is significant because energy drinks have previously been associated with general injuries, but not specifically with TBI.”

Dr. Cusimano said energy drink consumption could interfere with recovery efforts for teens who have sustained a TBI.

“Energy drinks, such a Red Bull and Rockstar, contain high levels of caffeine and change the chemical state of the body, which can prevent people from getting back on track after a TBI,” said Dr. Cusimano. “Brain injuries among adolescents are particularly concerning because their brains are still developing.”

At a time when energy drink consumption is rising among teens in Canada and the United States, the study also suggests that the caffeinated drinks are particularly linked with those who play sports.

“I think that energy drinks appeal to teens, especially athletes, because the drinks provide temporary benefits such as increased alertness, improved mood and enhanced mental and physical states,” said Dr. Cusimano. “Advertisements for the drinks also often feature prominent athletes.”

Energy Drinks, Alcohol, Sports and Traumatic Brain Injuries among Adolescents

TBI remains a disabling and common condition among adolescents and the consumption of alcohol, energy drinks, and alcohol mixed with energy drinks further increase the odds of TBI among adolescents. These associations warrant further investigation.

Immunity : Bridge between your health and Mother Nature

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We lose about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells every minute.We “shed” our skin and replace it with a new one every 2-4 weeks! In fact, most of the dust in your house is made of dead skin cells!

Even at wound location, dead cells, which were own-self few minutes back, are treated as non-self and treated like any other microbe/fungi/virus.

The Immunity  War Monger myth
The Immunity War Monger myth

This is vital indication that Human immune system is not so much antimicrobial or antiviral as it is anti–non-self.

So much of brainwashing in last century about Microbes as enemy, virus as enemy, nature as enemy, is hurting our immunity (Self-identity) greatly. We really don’t need any anti-organism agents. Our body is intelligent enough to clean non-self elements. That is real immunity.

Hence, plague of immune system disorders. Various levels of identity crisis.

Potent solution is: Self-realization by Meditation and concentration. This is possible when mind is calm and stable. Calm and stable mind is possible when you spend good amount of time with mother nature.

Experimental suggestions:
1) Spend at least sunrise and sunset time with mother nature.
2) Plan at least 1 trip to mountain, river, jungle for a week period during period of 1 year.
3) Develop interest in gardening, farming, tree plantation.

A whole bunch modern mental and life style disorders can vanish from the screen if we just take little care to go into nature with a son-mother relation.

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Sanskrit word मुनि means anyone who is moved by inward impulses. Someone who is self-inspired. Someone who is performing duties intuitively.

Now let us understand Latin: Latin word Munis (early *moinis, moenis) has as its principal meaning someone who discharges his office/duty, somebody accomplishing a tasks also contained is the connotation present, gift. Related to it are im-munis (with its derivative im-munitas {immunity}, that is, the exemption from charge or duty.

So in our body, all active cells are Muni(s) or मुनि ((S). They are working as per self-inspiration based on cellular intelligence they carry from birth. Immunity is the process of retiring cells from their duties. Why do we need it?

We need it because their job is over. To maintain the integrity of the body, it is necessary to give them good bye. This process of good bye is a Immune response. This is called Innate immunity. Sometimes, when external conditions are not good, cells die prematurely or their processing is affected severely. So they broadcast messages for help or to alert others in cell community. We call it Viruses. Viruses are dead information. They are not मुनि. They are born to get uprooted once message is conveyed to other cells. We call it viral infection. When severe condition persists for cells, they die prematurely. We call it bacterial infection.
In short, integrity of organism is essential for Muni(s) or Body cell to perform tasks. To help them immune system perform immunity process.

So-called immune system knows which part of the body is self, and what is not-self. A self-marker or a suimarker is endowed to each self-element, an advantage not denied to an alien unit or cell present at the time of thymic maturation.

Philosophically, better the self-image, stable mind, focused actions lead to efficient self-marker system. Increase in auto-immune disorders is nothing but identity crisis. Children are not exposed to mother nature (overuse of antibiotics, cleaning agents, sterile environment, non-exposure to dirt, jungle, river etc) so they miss important synergy with nature and hence…identity crisis -> ASthama, Type 2 diabetes, IBD.
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Who else can nurture the self-markers best than mother?

Do not just hike or trek, go with reverential attitude. Worship mother daily to become stronger and healthy.


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Immune system may be pathway between nature and good health

Research has found evidence that spending time in nature provides protections against a startling range of diseases, including depression, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and many more. How this exposure to green space leads to better health has remained a mystery. After reviewing hundreds of studies examining nature’s effects on health, University of Illinois environment and behavior researcher Ming Kuo believes the answer lies in nature’s ability to enhance the functioning of the body’s immune system.

“I pulled every bit of the research in this area together that I could find, and was surprised to realize I could trace as many as 21 possible pathways between nature and good health—and even more surprised to realize that all but two of the pathways shared a single common denominator,” Kuo said. She said it was remarkable to see how important a role the immune system plays in every one of the diseases that nature protects against.

“The realization that there are so many pathways helps explain not only how nature promotes health, but also why nature has such huge, broad effects on health,” she said. “Nature doesn’t just have one or two active ingredients. It’s more like a multivitamin that provides us with all sorts of the nutrients we need. That’s how nature can protect us from all these different kinds of diseases—cardiovascular, respiratory, mental health, musculoskeletal, etc.–simultaneously.”

One way to understand this relationship between nature, health, and the immune system, Kuo explains, is that exposure to nature switches the body into “rest and digest” mode, which is the opposite of the “fight or flight” mode. When the body is in “fight or flight” mode, it shuts down everything that is immediately nonessential, including the immune system.

“When we feel completely safe, our body devotes resources to long-term investments that lead to good health outcomes—growing, reproducing, and building the immune system,” Kuo said. “When we are in nature in that relaxed state, and our body knows that it’s safe, it invests resources toward the immune system.”

For those who prefer playing a board game or visiting an art gallery to taking a walk in the park, Kuo says some of the same restorative benefits can be obtained. “if you are absorbed and relaxed, chances are your parasympathetic system is happy and your immune system is going to get a boost. That said, these enjoyable indoor activities don’t provide the phytoncides, mycobacterium vaccae, negative air ions, vitamin D-producing sunlight, and other active ingredients found outdoors. So we’d expect a smaller boost than you’d get from being in nature.”

Kuo is the director of the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory at the U of I and has conducted numerous studies of her own linking green space and health.

Kuo hopes her exhaustive compilation of studies will provide a map for what researchers in this field might study next.

“Finding that the immune system is a primary pathway provides an answer to the question of ‘how’ nature and the body work in concert to fight disease,” Kuo said.

“How might contact with nature promote human health? Exploring promising mechanisms and a possible central pathway” is published in Frontiers in Psychology and available online.  Partial funding for this research was provided by the TKF Foundation.

Season Driven Life: Sharad : Kadali Vratam

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Sharad:Season of Banana
Sharad:Season of Banana
Sharad:Season of Banana
Sharad:Season of Banana
Sharad ऋतु
Sharad ऋतु

कदली is a sanskrit word for Banana tree. भादो शुक्ल चतुर्दशी is a day when Banana-belt (where Banana is local fruit food) celebrates कदली व्रत. We worship and plant Banana trees. It is also season to harvest last year’s plantation. (The time between planting a banana plant and the harvest of the banana bunch is from 9 to 12 months. The flower appears in the sixth or seventh month.)

Why कदली व्रत in शरदऋतू?

This is the season of Pitta Prakop. From Malaria to Dengue to Viral infections, all are outcomes of Pitta Prakop followed by life routine negligence.

Best way to tackle Pitta Prakop is to eat sweet fruits. Banana tops the list.

Sanatana Dharma never ever believe in selfish consumption. That which takes care, is a mother. Without worshiping Banana, how can we complete the cycle? So कदली व्रत. While physical Banana may take care of PanchMahabhut, spending time with Banana tree takes care प्राणमय शरीर and chanting with it takes care of मनोमयशरीर.

In short, perfect set up to see 100 शरद cycles

Sharad Ritu and Pitru Paksha: Ancient Viral Invaders in Our DNA Help Fight Today’s Infections

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Ever wondered why श्राद्ध पक्ष fall in to शरद ऋतू?

Ever wondered how remembering and paying homage to our ancestors help us?

There are several reasons why we remember and worship our ancestors during this time of the year but I would like to focus on very gross reason.

Pitru Paksha
Pitru Paksha

Remember one thing: You and your body, is gift from last several generations. Your genetic imprints carry entire history of at least 7 generations. It has recording of environmental changes happened during 7 generations (from mother and father side). It also had instructions to tackle future.

Under the toxic influence of mass mediums like movies, newspapers and TV news, we now really don’t remember and respect our ancestors.

श्राद्ध & पितृ तर्पण (tarapana) – We do it every year and get invisible help from ancestors legacy. This season (Sharad) is season of epidemics. It is also season when our immunity is all time low for the year due to vata prakop of monsoon. It is also now known fact that our mind drives and shapes body. So remembering 7 generations also activates memories (yeah, gross living won’t give that sensitivity but do perform pitru tarpana with faith!)

“Roughly eight percent of our DNA comes from viruses that infected our ancestors millions of years ago. New research by geneticists shows that more than an oddity, the viral DNA switches on genes responsible for initiating an immune response. When removed, the innate immune system — a first-responder to infection by pathogens including viruses — does not function properly. The study shows that viral DNA functions in our body by helping us fight infections.”

To activate or deactivate these genes is really a mental task. And a weak mind cannot receive help from the past. Nor the future can help.


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Ancient Viral Invaders in Our DNA Help Fight Today’s Infections

Ancestors in DNA IMAGE SOURCE: http://healthcare.utah.edu/publicaffairs/news/2016/03/DNA%20Invaders.v6.jpg
Ancestors in DNA
IMAGE SOURCE: http://healthcare.utah.edu/publicaffairs/news/2016/03/DNA%20Invaders.v6.jpg

The human innate immune system’s ability to defeat foreign invaders depends on a well-coordinated response. Upon infection, cells dispatch a silent alarm by releasing interferons, a molecular signal that triggers nearby cells to activate an arsenal of hundreds of genes that fight off intruders. By analyzing publicly available genomic datasets from human cells, the authors discovered thousands of endogenous retroviruses that appeared to be activated by interferons. However, because these retroviruses crash-landed into our genomes many millions of years ago, they have long lost the ability to produce infectious particles. One clue to a potential modern-day function of some of these interferon-inducible elements came from their location in the genome. Instead of being distributed randomly, they were enriched near genes with known functions in immunity.

“These were the first signs to us that some of these elements may be truly involved in switching on immunity genes,” says Feschotte who collaborated on the project with assistant professor of human genetics and co-senior author Nels Elde, Ph.D., and lead author Edward Chuong, Ph.D., a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellow.

To test whether the pieces of viral DNA were indeed important for immunity, the scientists used the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 in cell culture to remove one by one several of these viral sequences, each located near known immune genes.  In mutant cells lacking the foreign code the adjacent immune genes could not turn on properly in response to interferon, demonstrating that they act as virus-derived switches. Further, when cells lacking the viral DNA element near the AIM2 immune defense gene were infected with virus, their ability to execute an effective immune response was greatly reduced. Taken together, the results indicate that ancient viral DNA has become important for mounting a proper defense against today’s viral infections.

Regulatory evolution of innate immunity through co-option of endogenous retroviruses

Regulatory use of endogenous retroviruses

Mammalian genomes contain many endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), which have a range of evolutionary ages. The propagation and maintenance of these genetic elements have been attributed to their ability to contribute to gene regulation. Chuong et al.demonstrate that some ERV families are enriched in regulatory elements, so that they act as independently evolved enhancers for immune genes in both humans and mice (see the Perspective by Lynch). The analysis revealed a primate-specific element that orchestrates the transcriptional response to interferons. Selection can therefore act on selfish genetic elements to generate novel gene networks.

Abstract

Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) are abundant in mammalian genomes and contain sequences modulating transcription. The impact of ERV propagation on the evolution of gene regulation remains poorly understood. We found that ERVs have shaped the evolution of a transcriptional network underlying the interferon (IFN) response, a major branch of innate immunity, and that lineage-specific ERVs have dispersed numerous IFN-inducible enhancers independently in diverse mammalian genomes. CRISPR-Cas9 deletion of a subset of these ERV elements in the human genome impaired expression of adjacent IFN-induced genes and revealed their involvement in the regulation of essential immune functions, including activation of the AIM2 inflammasome. Although these regulatory sequences likely arose in ancient viruses, they now constitute a dynamic reservoir of IFN-inducible enhancers fueling genetic innovation in mammalian immune defenses.

 

Pathogens shape your Behaviour: Immunity and Being Social

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They shape out social behaviour
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General understanding about immunity is very naive based on the memes spread by modern science custodians in last 100 years. So far, it used to be function preventing us from unforeseen illnesses. Protecting us from pathogens. That is it, right?

It is high time we understand the roots of immunity.

Sanskrit word मुनि means anyone who is moved by inward impulses. Someone who is self-inspired. Someone who is performing duties intuitively.

Now let us understand Latin: Latin word Munis (early *moinis, moenis) has as its principal meaning someone who discharges his office/duty, somebody accomplishing a tasks also contained is the connotation present, gift. Related to it are im-munis (with its derivative im-munitas {immunity}, that is, the exemption from charge or duty.

So in our body, all active cells are Muni(s) or मुनि ((S). They are working as per self-inspiration based on cellular intelligence they carry from birth. Immunity is the process of retiring cells from their duties. Why do we need it?

We need it because their job is over. To maintain the integrity of the body, it is necessary to give them good bye. This process of good bye is a Immune response. This is called Innate immunity. Sometimes, when external conditions are not good, cells die prematurely or their processing is affected severely. So they broadcast messages for help or to alert others in cell community. We call it Viruses. Viruses are dead information. They are not मुनि. They are born to get uprooted once message is conveyed to other cells. We call it viral infection. When severe condition persists for cells, they die prematurely. We call it bacterial infection.

In short, integrity of organism is essential for Muni(s) or Body cell to perform tasks. To help them immune system perform immunity process.

So-called immune system knows which part of the body is self, and what is not-self. A self-marker or a suimarker is endowed to each self-element, an advantage not denied to an alien unit or cell present at the time of thymic maturation.

So when immunity is compromised (मुनि characteristic of us), it is trauma and stress for each individual cell/bacteria/देव/पितर participating in our existence! Summation of it, emerges as anti-social behaviour! And that is what this paper talks about!

At the same time, it is our social interactions as a child, that shapes our immunity (our sense of identifying self from rest).  And as immunity is strengthen, we become and remain social.

SHOCKING NEW ROLE FOUND FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: CONTROLLING SOCIAL INTERACTIONS

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“The brain and the adaptive immune system were thought to be isolated from each other, and any immune activity in the brain was perceived as sign of a pathology. And now, not only are we showing that they are closely interacting, but some of our behavior traits might have evolved because of our immune response to pathogens,” explained Jonathan Kipnis, chair of UVA’s Department of Neuroscience. “It’s crazy, but maybe we are just multicellular battlefields for two ancient forces: pathogens and the immune system. Part of our personality may actually be dictated by the immune system.”

The UVA researchers have shown that a specific immune molecule, interferon gamma, seems to be critical for social behavior and that a variety of creatures, such as flies, zebrafish, mice and rats, activate interferon gamma responses when they are social. Normally, this molecule is produced by the immune system in response to bacteria, viruses or parasites. Blocking the molecule in mice using genetic modification made regions of the brain hyperactive, causing the mice to become less social. Restoring the molecule restored the brain connectivity and behavior to normal. In a paper outlining their findings, the researchers note the immune molecule plays a “profound role in maintaining proper social function.”

 

“It’s extremely critical for an organism to be social for the survival of the species. It’s important for foraging, sexual reproduction, gathering, hunting,” said Anthony J. Filiano, Hartwell postdoctoral fellow in the Kipnis lab and lead author of the study. “So the hypothesis is that when organisms come together, you have a higher propensity to spread infection. So you need to be social, but [in doing so] you have a higher chance of spreading pathogens. The idea is that interferon gamma, in evolution, has been used as a more efficient way to both boost social behavior while boosting an anti-pathogen response.”

Now, we see viruses, bacteria and mosquitos as our enemies. Think about it. Are they our enemies? Or they are mother nature’s faithful workers shaping our immunity! (self-realization! Moksha! What not! It starts with the physical self!)

 

 

Preserving Eye sight – Part 1

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If all senses are fine, entire body is in perfect shape but there is not eyes/vision, life is useless. There will always be some missing part.

In this series of articles, I will try to understand eyes and its vision with Ayurveda perspective.

Importance of Eyes Reference pending
Importance of Eyes
Reference pending
Weak eyesight : accepted norm
Weak eyesight : accepted norm

Number of students with spectacles have increased significantly in last 20 years.
Cunning film makers and ad makers market this weakness as coolness/fashion for their profit. Above photo is from Govt. of India’s school manual.
Why do we accept weakness so easily?
Schools serve fast food.
Parents promote fast food.
Healthy and pure food is in scarcity.

Mobile,Video game and other gadgets have joined evil army of TV. And parents have no issue with children’s indulgence with them.

Failed parents and schools are first symptoms of ailing Nation.

Here is the paper discussing how children playing more in mother nature’s natural setups, avoids Nearsightedness.

Additional Time Spent Outdoors by Children Results in Decreased Rate of Developing Nearsightedness

The addition of a daily outdoor activity class at school for three years for children in Guangzhou, China, resulted in a reduction in the rate of myopia (nearsightedness, the ability to see close objects more clearly than distant objects), according to a study in the September 15 issue of JAMA.

Myopia has reached epidemic levels in young adults in some urban areas of East and Southeast Asia. In these areas, 80 percent to 90 percent of high school graduates now have myopia. Myopia also appears to be increasing, more slowly, in populations of European and Middle Eastern origin. Currently, there is no effective intervention for preventing onset. Recent studies have suggested that time spent outdoors may prevent the development of myopia, according to background information in the article.

Mingguang He, M.D., Ph.D., of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, and colleagues conducted a study in which children in grade 1 from 12 primary schools in Guangzhou, China (six intervention schools [n = 952 students]; six control schools [n = 951 students], were assigned to 1 additional 40-minute class of outdoor activities, added to each school day, and parents were encouraged to engage their children in outdoor activities after school hours, especially during weekends and holidays (intervention schools); or children and parents continued their usual pattern of activity (control schools). The average age of the children was 6.6 years.

The 3-year cumulative incidence rate of myopia was 30.4 percent (259 cases among 853 eligible participants) in the intervention group and 39.5 percent (287 cases among 726 eligible participants) in the control group. Cumulative change in spherical equivalent refraction (myopic shift) after 3 years was significantly less in the intervention group than in the control group.

Prevention of Myopia in Children

Myopia, commonly known as near-sightedness, is the inability to obtain proper focus of distant objects without use of corrective eyewear or refractive surgery and is among the most common problems encountered in ophthalmic practice. Both genetic and environmental factors have been associated with the development of myopia.1 Prevalence estimates for myopia vary widely depending on the population and age group studied. According to National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data for the 2003-2008 survey years, 30.7% of the US population is affected with myopia.2 Among preschool children in the United States, less than 6% have myopia, although the prevalence increases with age, especially during school years.3,4

My personal experience suggests taking care of following things in daily routine:

 

• Reduce spicy pickles, papad or acid-inducing food from diet and gradually shun forever.
• Include desi gau milk in diet
• Cultivate habit of evening walk (best if, morning run is also included in routine) in nearby green areas. Walk for at least half an hour and then close your eyes and try to visualize Mother Nature with close eyes.
• From Shukla Paksha Ashtami to Purnima, observe moon in the night. Sleep in moon light for half an hour and observe moon. Repeat it every month.
• Take care of stool. It should be regular, devoid of constipation. Avoid all food and other habits that can lead to constipation. Eyes have direct connection with intestine and gut. Bad digestion will have first symptom on eyes.
• Avoid reading in artificial light. Avoid late night movies. In fact, avoid all artificial lights after sunset (TV, Mobile, Gadgets)
• Prepare Thrifala churan at home. Consume it in such a way that it shouldn’t become habit (This is true for all medicines. Your body should not get addicted to any medicine)

No sight gladdened the eye of the vedic Bharatiya more than the cow returning from the pasture, and licking her calf; no sound was more musical to his ear than the lowing of milch kine.

इमा या गाव: स जनास इन्द्र। “ये गाएं ही इन्द्र हैं|”

गौ (Physical plane – Gau mata) can nurture गौ (Daivik plane – human senses)

If you can avail Ghrita prepared by manual churning method, following all procedures and taking utmost care of Gau mata, use this Ghrita as nasal drops every night before sleep.

Gau mutra/Ghrita for Netra
Gau mutra/Ghrita for Netra

Pre-school: toddler’s old-age home.

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Many early experiences that guide brain development occur in the warm and secure relationship between a young child and her/his parents. The emotional security that young children get from their parents encourages them to explore their environment with confidence. Parents provide a sense of security by helping children manage their emotions (when they become upset) and by limiting their exposure to situations that are too much for their coping skills. This sense of security supports growth of slowly developing structures in the brain that control self-regulation and self-control.

Can a paid caregiver of 21st century replace this warm and secure relationship? Can artificial school environment provide this? No. Not all. Paid-teachers without selfless and pure heart cannot provide such security.

Then why so many parents rush to put children below age 6/7 to school? Why compromise with natural development for imparting some bread-churning skills like learning foreign language alphabets?

Why such carelessness? Why escapism from responsibilities? If at all you want your children to join pre-schools, get yourselves involved in all activities.

Honey-bee lives in truly democratic community

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If I have authority to decide next birth of deceased souls, I would give birth to all non-democratic, pseudo-democratic, pseudo-secular, pro-reservations, religion fanatics to the honeybee colony. Honeybees are excellent at implementing democracy. These poor souls must revise lessons in democracy from Honeybee embodiment.

There is one common misunderstanding about the inner operations of a honeybee colony that I must dispel at the outset, namely that a colony is governed by a benevolent dictator, Her majesty the Queen. The belief that a colony’s coherence derives from an omniscient queen (or king) telling the workers what to do is centuries old, tracing back to aristotle and persisting until modern times. but it is false.What is true is that a colony’s queen lies at the heart of the whole operation, for a honeybee colony is an immense family consisting of the mother queen and her thousands of progeny. It is also true that the many thousands of attentive daughters (the workers) of the mother queen are, ultimately, all striving to promote her survival and reproduction. nevertheless, a colony’s queen is not the royal Decider

All their decisions ranging from finding food sources, new homes, queen rearing are democratic decisions!

honey-bees democracy! IMAGE SRC: http://bridgeport.hanewsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2016/07/honey-bees.jpg
honey-bees democracy!
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Honeybees make decisions collectively–and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley’s pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees.

In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together–as a swirling cloud of bees–to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader’s influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution.

An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them.

More in this book: https://www.amazon.com/Honeybee-Democracy-Thomas-D-Seeley/dp/0691147213

Author Seeley in this book, beautifully compares honeybee colony with neurons in brain. -> Our brain, our body also works in democratic manner!

In the Harivamnsa Purana Sri Krishna says:

nechChAmyanashitaM draShTuM kR^ishaM malinameva cha |
dehIti chaiva yAchantaM nagaryAM nirdhanaM naram ||2-58-63||

“I do not want to see anyone in the city-state emaciated and pale without food, –
A pauper, who keeps on uttering, Please give.”

कृष्ण’s aim of life, was Greatest happiness of greatest number (wellness of all) or holistic utilitarianism.

Being a कृष्ण believer/follower/Bhakt, what is your aim in life? Do you work like your ideal or just blabber here and there?

PS:कृष्ण dreams of a society that prospers with the utilitarian goals. The utilitarianism of Sri कृष्ण, however, does not concern material ends only. He wants to build a system where the ethics of justice is in wide practice, firmly based on the spiritual state of harmony and equilibrium.

 

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