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Ganesha, The protector of second brain


गणेश चतुर्थी to गणेश चतुर्दशी : Here is your yearly chance to contemplate on ageless doubt “Who am I?” and strengthen self-belief.

Happy Festival!Best wishes for your ultimate joyous conversation with self!

Season’s Rain has done his job.
Seeds for new beginning are already sprouted.
Welcome to lord of beginning in our heart. May we become live example of गणपति.

During monsoon, our digestive power remains very low and so there are high chances that GUT remains polluted. So just when the monsoon is on the verge of end, we worship गणेश for 10 days.

गणपति resides in GUT area . And to worship him, we generally keep fast. Fasting clean the GUT and transforms it from GUTTER into Heaven. So clean GUT means right decisions, right actions and in real sense गणेश acts as विध्नहर्ता.

The part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus is known as GUT. This is reservoir of microbes. Critical digestive processes happen here.


In Ayurveda, this place is considered as मूलाधार चक्र.गणपति resides here. Ayurveda considers body beyond physical body and energy layer is one of such layer, प्राणमय कोष. Energy @ मूलाधार चक्र is responsible for person’s intelligence, valor and many other traits. And Ganapati resides here. He controls all activities.

Now, modern science says, GUT is our second brain. 🙂 🙂 We use this second brain as gutter. We eat anything and everything. Creating highly polluted environment. So second brain hardly works. 🙂 🙂 😉 😛

Moral of the post: Do not make fun of your rituals under the influence of media, TV, Bollywood and some so called rational authors. If you do not understand a bit, still follow your culture. There are ample hidden benefits.

When you meditate on मूलाधार by chanting ganapati atharvashirsha, unique mental and physical state emerge. In modern science language, you actually help your second brain to work well.

Antibiotics disturbs this area most. This is the reason I advocate alternative use of controlling bacterial infection and not antibiotics. As it directly affect our emotions and thinking capacity.

See all photos with post. Think about it. Read more:


Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being

Gut - Second brain
Gut – Second brain

Technically known as the enteric nervous system, the second brain consists of sheaths of neurons embedded in the walls of the long tube of our gut, or alimentary canal, which measures about nine meters end to end from the esophagus to the anus. The second brain contains some 100 million neurons, more than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system, Gershon says.

This multitude of neurons in the enteric nervous system enables us to “feel” the inner world of our gut and its contents. Much of this neural firepower comes to bear in the elaborate daily grind of digestion. Breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and expelling of waste requires chemical processing, mechanical mixing and rhythmic muscle contractions that move everything on down the line.

Thus equipped with its own reflexes and senses, the second brain can control gut behavior independently of the brain, Gershon says. We likely evolved this intricate web of nerves to perform digestion and excretion “on site,” rather than remotely from our brains through the middleman of the spinal cord. “The brain in the head doesn’t need to get its hands dirty with the messy business of digestion, which is delegated to the brain in the gut,” Gershon says. He and other researchers explain, however, that the second brain’s complexity likely cannot be interpreted through this process alone.

“The system is way too complicated to have evolved only to make sure things move out of your colon,” says Emeran Mayer, professor of physiology, psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.). For example, scientists were shocked to learn that about 90 percent of the fibers in the primary visceral nerve, the vagus, carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way around. “Some of that info is decidedly unpleasant,” Gershon says.

The second brain informs our state of mind in other more obscure ways, as well. “A big part of our emotions are probably influenced by the nerves in our gut,” Mayer says. Butterflies in the stomach—signaling in the gut as part of our physiological stress response, Gershon says—is but one example. Although gastrointestinal (GI) turmoil can sour one’s moods, everyday emotional well-being may rely on messages from the brain below to the brain above. For example, electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve—a useful treatment for depression—may mimic these signals, Gershon says.

Given the two brains’ commonalities, other depression treatments that target the mind can unintentionally impact the gut. The enteric nervous system uses more than 30 neurotransmitters, just like the brain, and in fact 95 percent of the body’s serotonin is found in the bowels. Because antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) increase serotonin levels, it’s little wonder that meds meant to cause chemical changes in the mind often provoke GI issues as a side effect. Irritable bowel syndrome—which afflicts more than two million Americans—also arises in part from too much serotonin in our entrails, and could perhaps be regarded as a “mental illness” of the second brain.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Parents and I
Parents and I

Relation between “I” (अर्धनारीश्वर) and physical body is like parent-child relation. Mother nurtures and father protects.

Red blood cells live for about four months, while white blood cells live on average more than a year. Skin cells live about two or three weeks. Colon cells have it rough: They die off after about four days.

They are part of you, from their birth to death, until excreted.

Do we take care of them like our children? Ideally we should but we don’t. In office gossips, body is deemed as gutter. Torturing body is considered great! Not only my office, this is norm in my generation. Anything and everything is fine as food and drink. All types of metal tortures too. If you treat them like slaves, they too have rights to rebel that results in sickness.

Care your body like a mother cares her children and father protects his children and they (body cells) will take care of you like son Ganesh.

Treat them like slaves and …face the consequences.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! May we behave like a good parents and take care of our body as Ganesh. That will be true Ganesh pooja (worship)

Parenting Blunder – 2 : Teens, TV, Media and Indulgence

TV influence on teens
TV influence on teens

Exposure to sexual content in music, movies, television, and magazines accelerates adolescents’ sexual activity and increases their risk of engaging in early sexual intercourse. Result: Confused teens with matured bodies but toddler’s mind. They become irresponsible citizens in future due to hampered development.

Exposure to virtual world tools (Facebook,Twitter,Whatsapp) decelerates adult mind that behave like a child. The word for such adults is neoteny, the state resulting when juvenile characteristics are retained by the adults of a species. (Isn’t narcissism a predominant juvenile behavior? Click photos. Share. Expect likes. Expect comments. Think about it.)

Both are social diseases. Society/Individual suffering from these diseases, cannot perform their duties towards self, family, society, Nation and mankind.

Unless we fix these two diseases, there is hardly any hope for real change in society. And to begin with, we must correct our habits. Divert your free time from passive entertainment to more engaging and active activities. Take breaks from virtual world. Go spend days and days with Nature. Spend time with mass. Understand them. Participate in constructive activities.

Seasonal Stress and Dengue (or any viral sickness) – Part 1

Don't be Churchil for your body
Don’t be Churchil for your body

As promised, couple of articles on dengue based on my conversation with a doctor who successfully treated dengue recently.

Before we move to the subject, some background information on viral infections

How do you feel when you see pictures from artificial famine of 1940s Bengal?

Disgusting right? Undercurrent of anger pass through entire body, resulted in shivering.

Our body cells go through similar famine trauma when we eat food (fast food, junk food, pesticide food) like morons, when we take unnecessary mental stress, when we indulge in sensual habits like animals. And that too during monsoon!

We are Churchill (who planned artificial famine in Bengal) for our body. On one hand we oppose subjugation by British and on the other hand, we blissfully enjoy same subjugation with own body! Worse breed of hypocrites? Yes, अनार्य, म्लेच्छा.

Roots of dengue or any viral infections are sown way back, on onset of monsoon and departure of summer. Time when we forget to switch food based on season. And we continue doing it without realizing stress upon digestive system and rest of the body.

Restraint is the mantra for monsoon. Mosquito is mere instrumental. Before it takes birth in favorable September temperature and post monsoon humidity, your body prepared well to welcome it!

Don’t be Churchill for your body. Never.

Why do I grow my own wheat?


Reason why I now grow my own wheat and all other staple food.

The chart below is from a December 2013 study published in the Journal Interdisciplinary Toxicology examining glyphosate pathways to modern diseases such as celiac and gluten intolerance. [1][2]

Glyphosate and Celiac
Glyphosate and Celiac
Mindless use of pesticides and herbicides
Mindless use of pesticides and herbicides

Using Roundup on wheat crops throughout the entire growing season and even as a desiccant just prior to harvest may save the farmer money and increase profits, but it is devastating to the health of the consumer who ultimately consumes the glyphosate residue laden wheat kernels.

Pesticides and herbicides are making their ways to our dinner tables since 1980s. Just because Roundup doesn’t kill you immediately doesn’t make it nontoxic. In fact, the active ingredient in Roundup lethally disrupts the all important shikimate pathway found in beneficial gut microbes which is responsible for synthesis of critical amino acids. After 30 years, effectsare on surface. We are now in the dark zone. What follows from here is painful.

And this is not just wheat story. Same model is now replicated in other crops too. 🙁

Better we inspire our farmer brothers to get rid of such moron farming and bring mother (Gau mata) home back. They may experience reduction in profit but nothing better than disengaging from horrible karma of serving poison to all consumers 🙁.

It is not mere coincidence that Punjab is having highest number of cancer cases post green revolution euphoria. Karma. 🙁




The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)

Common wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest 

Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980.  It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT who hasstudied the issue in depth and who I recently saw present on the subject at a nutritional Conference in Indianapolis, desiccating non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate just before harvest came into vogue late in the 1990’s with the result that most of the non-organic wheat in the United States is now contaminated with it.  Seneff explains that when you expose wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate, it actually releases more seeds resulting in a slightly greater yield:   “It ‘goes to seed’ as it dies. At its last gasp, it releases the seed” says Dr. Seneff.

Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance

Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia and depression. It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic. Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria. Characteristics of celiac disease point to impairment in many cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved with detoxifying environmental toxins, activating vitamin D3, catabolizing vitamin A, and maintaining bile acid production and sulfate supplies to the gut. Glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes. Deficiencies in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and other rare metals associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate’s strong ability to chelate these elements. Deficiencies in tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine and selenomethionine associated with celiac disease match glyphosate’s known depletion of these amino acids. Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to the harvest. We argue that the practice of “ripening” sugar cane with glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America. We conclude with a plea to governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods.


Autoimmune epidemic: What urban kids critically miss: Growing at farms


Urban centers are epicenter of immune system dysfunctions. Those who are raised under the love of mother nature, don’t really suffer anything. In fact, like Lord Shiva, they have Nilkanth (can consume poison and still don’t get poisoned). They can stand straight against all environmental odds. 🙂

With changing climate patterns, our future generations will see more severe environmental conditions. To prepare them, it is must for us to expose them to Nature. If living on farm is not possible, visit farms weekly.


  • Prefer visiting untouched jungle tracks with kids during spring
  • Visit only Farms with Gau shala and natural farming
Raising kids at farm Img:
Raising kids at farm


Farm dust and endotoxin protect against allergy through A20 induction in lung epithelial cells

How farming protects against allergies

People who grow up on dairy farms only rarely develop asthma or allergies. This is probably because as children, they breathe air containing bacterial components, which reduce the overall reactivity of the immune system. Schuijs et al. chronically exposed mice to bacterial endotoxin before they received an allergic stimulus. The protocol indeed protected them from developing an allergic response. Protection relied on a particular enzyme: A20. In humans, a variant of A20 correlates with increased susceptibility to asthma and allergy in children growing up on farms.

Growing up on a farm provides protection against asthma and allergies

Researchers at VIB (a leading life sciences institute in Flanders, Belgium) and Ghent University have successfully established a causal relationship between exposure at a young age to so-called farm dust and protection against asthma and allergies. This breakthrough discovery is a major step forward towards the development of an asthma vaccine. The results of the research were published in the leading journal Science.
It is commonly known that growing up on a farm has positive health efects. A 14-member research team, led by professors Bart Lambrecht and Hamida Hammad (both associated with VIB and Ghent University) has now established a solid scientific basis for the protecting effect against asthma and allergies.  

You are what your father ate: Father’s diet before conception


Child Development is a fundamental duty. Do not ignore.

You are what your father ate
You are what your father ate

Most child-seeking couple take care of would-be mothers. No one really talk about father’s role. As if father has nothing to do with the creation process. 😀

And so mother may take care of low hemoglobin, low folic acid, low calcium etc during and before pregnancy based on Gynecologist’s advice but father? He will eat anything and everything! He will smoke and drink! Who cares? 🙂

Ideally, if you are planning a child, both would-be mother-father should have conscious diet plan with healthy living habits.

Of course, above all cares we take (or don’t care at all) , it is all karma.

Old friends may recall that we discussed this in past. To all my young friends, I suggest to regulate diet (that you offer to senses, not limited to physical food you eat) at least 6 months before planning child. At least make sure that you are not Vata heavy on the day of planning.

72 days long spermatogenesis
72 days long spermatogenesis

Would be father’s diet for 72 days nurtures sperms (Development of immature sperm to mature sperm takes 72 days.) until they are sent out on mission. As per Ayurveda, it takes almost a month to convert your food into Shukra (शुक्र) (Google 7 Dhatu process to know more) so Day 1 for immature sperm gets शुक्र emergy from the food digested month back. So 72 + 30 days. For roughly 90 days before planning day, both couple should eat same diet and on same time together joyously. For 90 days, do not do stressful job. For 90 days, sleep well. Pray daily to your pitru(s). Do daily Sandhya. To practice this, at least train your body for another 90 days. So 180 days before actual conception, fix image of child in mind and start preparing for them.

If you are doing root cause analysis of growing number of cancer/diabetes and other diseases, you must go back to era of Green revolution. Because seeds were sown then by replacing traditional farming by chemical farming. What your grand-father ate, you represent now! Same will go on with your future generations.


Low paternal dietary folate alters the mouse sperm epigenome and is associated with negative pregnancy outcomes

Epidemiological studies suggest that a father’s diet can influence offspring health. A proposed mechanism for paternal transmission of environmental information is via the sperm epigenome. The epigenome includes heritable information such as DNA methylation. We hypothesize that the dietary supply of methyl donors will alter epigenetic reprogramming in sperm. Here we feed male mice either a folate-deficient or folate-sufficient diet throughout life. Paternal folate deficiency is associated with increased birth defects in the offspring, which include craniofacial and musculoskeletal malformations. Genome-wide DNA methylation analysis and the subsequent functional analysis identify differential methylation in sperm of genes implicated in development, chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, autism and schizophrenia. While >300 genes are differentially expressed in offspring placenta, only two correspond to genes with differential methylation in sperm. This model suggests epigenetic transmission may involve sperm histone H3 methylation or DNA methylation and that adequate paternal dietary folate is essential for offspring health.

You are what your father eats

Mothers get all the attention. But a study led by McGill researcher Sarah Kimmins suggests that the father’s diet before conception may play an equally important role in the health of their offspring. It also raises concerns about the long-term effects of current Western diets and of food insecurity.

The research focused on vitamin B9, alsocalled folate, which is found in a range of green leafy vegetables, cereals, fruit and meats. It is well known that in order to prevent miscarriages and birth defects mothers need to get adequate amounts of folate in their diet. But the way that a father’s diet can influence the health and development of their offspring has received almost no attention. Now research from the Kimmins group shows for the first time that the father’s folate levels may be just as important to the development and health of their offspring as are those of the mother.Indeed, the study suggests that fathers should pay as much attention to their lifestyle and diet before they set out to conceive a child as mothers do.

“Despite the fact that folic acid is now added to a variety of foods, fathers who are eating high-fat, fast food diets or who are obese may not be able to use or  metabolize folate in the same way as those with adequate levels of the vitamin,” says Kimmins. “People who live in the Canadian North or in other parts of the world where there is food insecurity may also be particularly at risk for folate deficiency. And we now know that this information will be passed on from the father to the embryo with consequences that may be quite serious.”

The researchers arrived at this conclusion by working with mice, and comparing the offspring of fathers with insufficient folate in their diets with the offspring of fathers whose diets contained sufficient levels of the vitamin. They found that paternal folate deficiency was associated with an increase in birth defects of various kinds in the offspring, compared to the offspring of mice whose fathers were fed a diet with sufficient folate.

Research: Crop Rotation is the way forward


While this is ‘the first study of its kind’ study by this university (lol 😀 ), this is ancient wisdom for my land, my culture.

Unfortunately, Britishers injected Cotton greed in forefarmers. Same greed based farming continued. Cash-crops and monocropping sucked land for last 70 years.

Unless soil is rich by microbes, (which is not possible in land treated by chemicals), nutrients in our food will deplete year by year. We already see consequences. From iron to calcium to B12.

Crop rotation is a time tested agricultural strategy that has been in use for centuries. Once can find its reference in many ancient scriptures.During the Green Revolution, this traditional practice of crop rotation was replaced by the practice of monoculture or single crop cultivation where in chemical inputs are provided to the soil for supplementing the nutrient loss. However the drawbacks of monoculture farming have become apparent today, notably from the perspective of sustainable agriculture and the risk of catastrophic crop failure.



Crop rotation boosts soil microbes, benefits plant growth

Researchers tested five combinations of three – soy, wheat, and corn – and two cover crops – red clover and rye. They also planted a crop of only corn, while minimizing the effects of other management practices such as variable fertilizer and pesticide inputs that interfere with the crop rotation effect. Researchers observed a 33 percent increase in soil carbon by increasing rotational diversity. An indication of soil organic matter, the carbon content of soil is a major factor in its overall health and improves the physical properties of soil. Researchers also found that as crop diversity increased, so did total nitrogen concentrations, a sign of soil fertility.

“The data we present are the first to support the hypothesis that increasing rotational diversity fundamentally changes microbial community structure and activity, with positive effects on aggregate formation and soil organic matter accrual,” Tiemann said. “These findings provide further support for the use of rotational diversity as a viable management practice for promoting agroecosystem sustainability.”

A byproduct of increased pressure on soils due to agricultural intensification is a negative impact on and function. This is a problem worldwide and can lessen soil’s ability to perform important ecosystem functions. Results may include threats to long-term food security, increases in greenhouse gas emission, and a reduction in water quality.

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Human life: Kala chakra and 100 years of decay

Human life is of 100 years. With every decade progressing, you start losing something. It is inevitable. It is part of the design. You can only slow it down. But it will go on. Decay is natural. Unfortunately, in our age, instead of natural decay or slowed down, it is accelerated.
“बाल्य, वृद्धि, छवि, मेधा, त्वक्, दृष्टि: शुक्र, विक्रमी, बुध्धि: कर्मेन्द्रिय” – शांग्रधरसंहिता
By the end of
– first decade, childhood will perish
– second decade, growth of body will see pinnacle
– third decade, luster of body will achieve best state and starts reducing
– 4th, मेधा or intellect reached possible perfection in this body and starts decaying
– 5th, skin observes wrinkles
-6th – vision becomes blur
-7th – shukra reduces (not sperm! Shukra is something different and more than re-productivity!). It is more related to immunity.
– 8th decade – strength and risk taking ability is gone
-9th – buddhi or analytical power is vanishing
– 10th – senses give up (वाक्, हाथ, पैर, गुदा और लिंग)
That is when complete 100 years are lived.


Life cycle
Life cycle
Sadly, we invite old age earlier. Not only our habits but our environment. Acceleration of decay. Skin, vision, shukra and strength – all goes together by mid-30s. 🙁
If any of these symptoms are surfaced prematurely, there should be solution in Ayurveda. This is the area of research where more focus and attention is needed.
Contemplate. Introspect. Where do we stand? Take action. Slow down.
It is my humble view : We all deserve 100 years+.
गणेश साधना helps. How and why – cannot answer. Do and experience.
PS: I find मेधा and बुध्धि non-translatable words.

Neuroscience: Meals and Forgotten touch


Having meal used to consider sacred activity in local culture. It used to be considered critical so people used to eat by sitting on the floor and enjoying food fully.

So when someone is eating, there used to be helping hands to serve them. At special days like marriage, family members take care of all guests (Atithi(s)) and serve them food with love. They feel pride in contributing sacred meals of near and dear ones.


Now we arrange buffet and guests have to arrange queue like criminals do in jail. No respect for guests. It is different thing that guests also have no respect for host in most cases 😀

Guests eat standing and get engaged in talks. Eating happens as background process as neglected task. No self-respect.

Side effects
• Due to lack of attention to food, enough secretion of stomach acids and enzymes does not occur -> lead to indigestion -> sickness in near future
• Due to standing position, Apana Vayu (The downward force described in Ayurveda) is deranged. -> lead to indigestion-> sickness in near future

• Always be seated while eating.
• Give complete focus to food. Talks can wait. Gossips can wait. Cell phone can wait. Food cannot wait.

Eat by hands
Eat by hands

Here is a supporting material. Neurons in our skins can do advance calculations.

“our touch experiences are already processed by neurons in the skin before they reach the brain for further processing”

Research hint: Our body has त्रिकाल ज्ञान (ability to know all states past, present, future) at cellular level and take operational decisions accordingly.

So when you eat by hands, you help your digestive system to prepare environment and avoid indigestion related sickness.


Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations

A fundamental characteristic of neurons that extend into the skin and record touch, so-called first-order neurons in the tactile system, is that they branch in the skin so that each neuron reports touch from many highly-sensitive zones on the skin.

According to researchers at the Department of Integrative Medical Biology, IMB, Umeå University, this branching allows first-order tactile neurons not only to send signals to the brain that something has touched the skin, but also process geometric data about the object touching the skin.

– Our work has shown that two types of first-order tactile neurons that supply the sensitive skin at our fingertips not only signal information about when and how intensely an object is touched, but also information about the touched object’s shape, says Andrew Pruszynski, who is one of the researchers behind the study.


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