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Depression: Upakarma vs Vagus Nerve Stimulation

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First Watch Video.

Non-invasive Vagus nerve stimulation
Non-invasive Vagus nerve stimulation

Non-invasive Vagus Nerve stimulation works to treat depression.

Good enough.

Avani Avittam or Upakarma
Avani Avittam or Upakarma
yajnopa-veeta-dharana
yajnopa-veeta-dharana

But performing Upakarma during Shravan (month when chances of suffering from Vata-Prakop is highest! Hence mental disorders!) is unscientific! 🙂

But wearing Janoi behind the ear during urination is unscientific and superstition. 😀

Those who are engaged in intellectually and mentally stressful activities, do need to learn vagus nerve control. And Janoi helps here, physically and mentally.

Not only Brahmins, Dwija need it. Anyone who is involved in intense mental activities need it.

Then why not all?

Rest really don’t need it as they don’t overuse vagus nerve. 🙂

Do you take cancer drugs just for the sake of taking it? 🙂

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New Non-Invasive Form of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Works to Treat Depression

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https://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/research-and-journals/new-non-invasive-form-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-works-to-treat-depression

Researchers of a new study published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry report successful reduction of depressive symptoms in patients using a novel non-invasive method of vagus nerve stimulation, or VNS.

Despite the growing number of medications and neurostimulation approaches available, residual symptoms may be both distressing and disabling. Traditional vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a neurostimulation technique that has been used to alleviate treatment-resistant symptoms of depression. Clinical trials suggested that it produced modest benefit that emerged over long periods of time. However, it was also costly and required risky neurosurgery to implant the vagal nerve stimulators.

In this new study, Drs. Peijing Rong and Jiliang Fang at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, collaborating with Jian Kong’s research team at Harvard Medical School, investigated a new, modified form of VNS called transcutaneous VNS, which instead stimulates the vagus nerve through electrodes clipped onto the ear, similar to how headphones rest inside the ear.

Patients with major depressive disorder who volunteered for the study received either transcutaneous VNS or sham (placebo) VNS and underwent a functional neuroimaging scan both before and after one month of treatment.

Compared to patients who received sham VNS, the patients who received real VNS showed significant improvement of their depressive symptoms. This improvement was associated with increased functional connectivity between the default mode network and precuneus and orbital prefrontal cortex, an important network in the brain known to be altered in depression.

Link between Milk trade and Cow slaughter

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Milk Trade = Cow slaughter
Milk Trade = Cow slaughter
Gau is a mother as per local culture of our land. Culture is not limited to mainland Bharat and is spread across south east Asia and middle east. In Islam, she is considered as mother. In Iran, she is revered as mother.

When you disrobe her status as Mother and commodify her, you kill her divinity and saw roots of slaughtering.

Once it is commodity for you. You treat her as machine.
Is this not killing of her dignity?

You value her by the amount of milk she gives. So, you nurture her in specialized ways (processed food, fish as diet, hormones etc) so that you get good milk yield.
Is this not her exploitation? Symbolic gesture of slaughter, worse than slaughter.

You force her to artificial, non-seasonal pregnancy.
Is this not against mother nature? Again a symbolic gesture of slaughter.

Since male calves cannot give milk and farming is no more based on their helping hands, you send them to slaughter house. Is it not slaughter due to milk trade mindset?

Since cow is milk machine, you send her to slaughter house or abandon her. Is this not worse than slaughter?

Since you want to sell milk, you do not allow calves to milk their mother – is it not worse than slaughter?

For Krishna, even her devaluation from being mother to commodity was shocking so he protested selling milk items.

If you are Krishna follower, how do you tolerate insult of your eternal Hero and God companions i.e. Gau mata?

Her prasad (Gobar, Mutra, Milk – ghee, curd, butter milk) is for those who takes care of her. It is invaluable. It should not be sold to dairy for petty self interests. At max, it is for local community.

Well, we now buy milk in package sold by Amul so what I described above is hard to imagine. Go and visit near by gau shala. You will find ample evidences.

 

Yagnopavit, GUT Microbes, Vagus Nerve

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Gut, Vagus nerve and mind cotnrol
Gut, Vagus nerve and mind cotnrol

We discussed this last week. We are guest and they are host. They control our lives and we facilitate.

How could they send messages -> Using vagus nerve.

How do you control messages? By controlling vagus nerve.

What can help to control vagus nerve so that you are always in good mood? Yagnopavit (जनेऊ). When we encircle ear during urination or passing stool, we control Vagus nerve. And by that we control internal movement of GUT so no excess Apana Vayu is exchanged with environment.

Yagnopavit and Vagus nerve
Yagnopavit and Vagus nerve

“Microbes have the capacity to manipulate behavior and mood through altering the neural signals in the vagus nerve, changing taste receptors, producing toxins to make us feel bad, and releasing chemical rewards to make us feel good,”

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About VAgus nerve

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Gut controlled mind
Gut controlled mind

The vagus nerve supplies motor parasympathetic fibers to all the organs except the suprarenal (adrenal) glands, from the neck down to the second segment of the transverse colon. The vagus also controls a few skeletal muscles, notable ones being:

Cricothyroid muscle
Levator veli palatini muscle
Salpingopharyngeus muscle
Palatoglossus muscle
Palatopharyngeus muscle
Superior, middle and inferior pharyngeal constrictors
Muscles of the larynx (speech).

This means that the vagus nerve is responsible for such varied tasks as heart rate, gastrointestinal peristalsis, sweating, and quite a few muscle movements in the mouth, including speech (via the recurrent laryngeal nerve). It also has some afferent fibers that innervate the inner (canal) portion of the outer ear (via the auricular branch, also known as Alderman’s nerve) and part of the meninges. This explains why a person may cough when tickled on the ear, such as when trying to remove ear wax with a cotton swab.

Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds?

http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/08/116526/do-gut-bacteria-rule-our-minds

In an Ecosystem Within Us, Microbes Evolved to Sway Food Choices

A Power Struggle Inside the Gut

Bacterial species vary in the nutrients they need. Some prefer fat, and others sugar, for instance. But they not only vie with each other for food and to retain a niche within their ecosystem – our digestive tracts – they also often have different aims than we do when it comes to our own actions, according to senior author Athena Aktipis, PhD, co-founder of the Center for Evolution and Cancer with the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF.

 

Love for plastic and Depression

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In our race to hug western way of living, we are unknowingly inviting doomed future for our next generation.

As per below research, exposure to chemical BPA used in plastics may be more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety and depression at age 10-12.

Plastic love and BPA exposure
Plastic love and BPA exposure
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Prenatal BPA Exposure Linked to Anxiety and Depression in Boys

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935116303152

https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/prenatal-bpa-exposure-linked-anxiety-and-depression-boys

BPA is a component of some plastics and is found in food containers, plastic water bottles, dental sealants, and thermal receipt paper. In the body, BPA is a synthetic estrogen, one of the class of chemicals known as “endocrine disruptors.” The Columbia researchers, led byFrederica Perera, PhD, DrPH, director of CCCEH, previously reported that prenatal exposure to BPA was associated with emotionally reactive and aggressive behavior, and more symptoms of anxiety and depression in boys at age 7-9.

Perera and her co-investigators followed 241 nonsmoking pregnant women and their children, a subset of CCCEH’s longstanding urban birth cohort study in New York City, from pregnancy through childhood. To measure the amount of BPA that had been absorbed in the body, researchers collected a urine sample from the mothers during the third trimester of their pregnancy, and from the children at age 3 and age 5. At ages 10-12, children completed an interview with a trained researcher about their symptoms of depression and completed a self-assessment that measures anxiety.

Abstract

Significant positive associations between prenatal BPA and symptoms of depression and anxiety were observed among boys. Postnatal BPA exposure was not significantly associated with outcomes. There was substantial co-occurrence of anxiety and depressive symptoms in this sample.

 

UCSB scholar says Mayans made a major discovery in math, astronomy

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Aldana’s paper, “Discovering Discovery: Chich’en Itza, the Dresden Codex Venus Table and 10th Century Mayan Astronomical Innovation,” in the Journal of Astronomy in Culture, blends the study of Mayan hieroglyphics (epigraphy), archaeology and astronomy to present a new interpretation of the Venus Table, which tracks the observable phases of the second planet from the Sun. Using this multidisciplinary approach, he said, a new reading of the table demonstrates that the mathematical correction of their “Venus calendar” — a sophisticated innovation — was likely developed at the city of Chich’en Itza during the Terminal Classic period (AD 800-1000). What’s more, the calculations may have been done under the patronage of K’ak’ U Pakal K’awiil, one of the city’s most prominent historical figures.

“This is the part that I find to be most rewarding, that when we get in here, we’re looking at the work of an individual Mayan, and we could call him or her a scientist, an astronomer,” Aldana said. “This person, who’s witnessing events at this one city during this very specific period of time, created, through their own creativity, this mathematical innovation.”

Read more: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2016/017062/mayan-moment

Virtuous life vs Fate

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Life - Virtues vs vices
Life – Virtues vs vices

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There is often a question mark on fate-estimating science i.e. Jyotish that why everything for everyone is never turned reality?

आचार्य शुश्रुत gives precise answer => Sadachar सदाचार – leading a virtuous life : This is the key.

ततो ग्रहांस्तानुवाच भगवान् भगनेत्रहृत्।
तिय्यग्योनिं मानुषञ्च दैवञ्च त्रितयं जगत्॥

Those families where noone performs यज्ञ for Devata and Pitru, where Brahmans, Saints , Guru and Atithi(s) are not welcomed, where charity does not happen, where virtuous living is not demonstrated, all 9 Grahas can afflict the children.

Further, he adds:

“कुलेषु येषु नेज्यन्ते देवाः पितर एव च।
ब्राह्मणाः साधवो वापि गुरवोऽतिथयस्तथा॥
निवृत्तशौचाचारेषु तथा कुत्सितवर्त्तिषु।
निवृत्तभिक्षावलिषु भग्नकांस्यगृहेषु च॥
गृहेषु तेषु बालांस्तान् ग्रहा हिंसन्त्यशङ्किताः।
तत्र वो विपुला वृत्तिः पूजा चैव भविष्यति॥
एवं ग्रहाः समुत्पन्ना बालान् हिंसन्ति चाप्यथ।
ग्रहोपसृष्टा बालाः स्थुर्दुश्चिकित्स्यतमास्ततः॥”

Those who don’t clean body by water after meal/urination/passing stool, those who left duties prescribed by scriptures and Kula(s), Graha(s) can take them over and can cause even death.

In summary, those who are leading life by the yardstick of dharma, fate is easy to overcome.

 

Beyond Chanakya Cliches

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Chanakya
Chanakya

It is now fashionable to quote Chanakya’s wit in board rooms, meeting rooms, debate rooms, to exhibit borrowed information and show off intellect with the help of legacy. Nothing wrong in it as far as it is followed by speaker in his life. If it is not followed, words won’t create impact and the wit-verse becomes mere pastime.

If you say, you don’t just quote Chanakya but also follow his advice in life then you must follow his advices in totality.

Here is one of his advice for seeker, learner and leader.

“The underground water is pure. A wife loyal to her husband is chaste. A king dedicated to religion is always just and merciful; above all a celibate’s life is sacred forever.”

Selective reading, selective learning won’t help. Learn in totality.

Three habits and Vata Balance

Three tasks if you prefer to perform daily, you will be able to keep you and family’s old age preserved for long. In fact, you may die young as Vata remains stable. (Deranged Vata is sign of old age)

Grinding, churning, milling.

Natural exercise + Fresh raw material

Grain Flour, spices and Makkhan (and ghee, butter milk) – these three should be consumed fresh.

milling
milling
Churning
Churning
Grinding
Grinding

Vayu Devata , Brahmcharya and disorders

Silent Aging
Silent Aging
Vayu Devata riding deer
Vayu Devata riding deer
Understand Prana
Understand Prana

Generally I do not discuss this topic but I think it is important to discuss as many columnists lately wrote in support of disgusting personal habit. (Chetan Bhagat ilk).

As per Ayurveda, our body is maintained by Kapha, Pitta and Vayu. Vayu takes care of input/output functions. All our mental abilities depend upon stable Vayu in body. Elimination of waste is also important and it depends upon the force of the vayu.

Balloon takes shape based on air filled. Asthi or bones take shape as per vata’s seat in it. With growing age, this vata deranges and body deforms. No cream can hide aging deformity. You can only slowdown aging by positive life norms. Sadly, more and more Indians are now under vata prakop irrespective of season.

Orgasm demands high contribution of vata. With excess sex(even thinking about it), you loose vata in bones and elsewhere. Further accelerating aging. Youth under the media and cinema is under toxic indulgence state. So like all other addictions, this addiction is contributing in rapid aging of youth.

Food is contaminated with chemicals so more Apana Vayu is wasted in purging them out. Overtime working for it!

Stress is of highest level in modern society so body’s compromised functioning generates more toxins. Again too much work for Apana Vayu.

Celebrate your porn-rights with weak, timid and aging generations.

In all youth gathering I attend or observe from distance, I see waste of demographic dividend. 🙁

Some armchair intellectuals compare Indians with other western countries and defend excessive indulgence by saying that if this is so destructive, why western countries are successful?

These guys forget major role played by weather. Weather here (tropical) consumes faster than the cold weather. So change in habit gives different output here and elsewhere. Apply common sense.

{Vayu devta rides on deer. Those who have vayu in control, can control its deer-like swiftness and timidness.}

Toddler and Punishment : धर्मं & प्रायश्चित्त

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Punishment and children
Punishment and children

No other species punishes its offspring. They encourage innovations and mistakes as these are the stepping steps on the natural growth process.

Discipline in our culture was never to mold children as a obedient worker of the system but for the self-realization of fellow human being in our child. What is happening now is, in name of discipline, we are making children slaves of the system.

If discipline (यम,नियम and other tenets of Yoga) are introduced at right age, no punishment is needed. Each child is special and has different mental growth. Each one of them become ready for अष्टांग योग (१) यम, २) नियम, ३) आसन, ४) प्राणायाम, ५) प्रत्याहार, ६) धारणा ७) ध्यान ८) समाधि), the ultimate self-discipline. Some children are ready at age 5, some at 7, some at 9 and very few at age 11 (popularly known as YAgnopavit Sanskar). Till then parents and teachers must not interfere with their learning. We can only protect them from self-harm.

Even after demonstrating them self-discipline during student life, if they do not follow it as an adult, punishment comes at the last resort. Before punishment, several rounds of प्रायश्चित्त.

Punishment or दण्ड is really a last resort for adult. Never for innocent and growing children.

Take care.

Punishment doesn’t
solve the problem;
it intensifies it.

PS: Punishment led Childhood : Reason why so many of us demand harsh punishments for rape and other crimes. 🙂 No one wants to prevent the crimes. 🙂

Original post by Jagannath Chatterjee ji

http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/lr_knost.html

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