For last 80-90 years, we treated animals and plants equal, as our slaves. Remember one thing, stressed plants/animals means our food has not only chemical toxins used to raised them but biological markers indicating potential environmental stress which will also make our lives stressed. No wonder why so many youngsters lose their temper so soon, murders, rape, divorce, general apathy, lack of civic sense, rapid aging and suicides everywhere.
In summary: Chemical fertilizers + pesticides + diesel pollution ==> Stressed soil, air, water => Stressed plants => Stress markers with fruits, vegetables, grains => Sick body and sick mind
Do you get why we have so many social issues despite so much investment in religious and spiritual temples/Gurus/ashrams! 😀😀
Issue is our food. Treating plants and animals with respect. Before harvest, we used to worship plants and taking permission from them to perform harvest. How wonderfully sensitive relation we used to have with our food.
Packaged, processed, stressed and dead food. Making us zombies. 🙁We all are zombies of different degrees. Dead-like and robotic. 🙁
Solution for good health lies in destruction of factory farming and related food chain.
Stressed out plants send animal-like signals
University of Adelaide research has shown for the first time that, despite not having a nervous system, plants use signals normally associated with animals when they encounter stress.
“But it was not known whether GABA was a signal in plants. We’ve discovered that plants bind GABA in a similar way to animals, resulting in electrical signals that ultimately regulate plant growth when a plant is exposed to a stressful environment.”
By identifying how plants respond to GABA the researchers are optimistic that they have opened up many new possibilities for modifying how plants respond to stress.
“The major stresses agricultural crops face like pathogens and poor environmental conditions account for most yield losses around the planet – and consequently food shortages,” says co-lead author Professor Stephen Tyerman.
This article suggest 15 harmful effects of TV on children
Is it worth to pursue even information served by channels like Discovery and NetGeo? Costly affair! 🙂
• Obesity. A result of little exercise.
• Disrupted hormones. Light from televisions suppresses production of the key hormone melatonin.
• Lowered immune system. Reduced melatonin may increase the chance of mutations in cell DNA, which causes cancer.
• Premature puberty. Also linked to low levels of melatonin.
• Sleep disorders. Over-stimulating the senses causes sleeplessness.
• Autism. Linked to a lack of social interaction.
• Increased body fat. Altered levels of the hormones leptin and ghrelin produce fat and boost appetite.
• Poor concentration. Development of brain cells governing attention span is impaired.
• Difficulty reading. A result of poor intellectual stimulation while young.
• Type 2 diabetes – From eating high-calorie food while watching TV.
• Changes to skin immune cells. Waves emitted by sets are linked to changes in skin ‘mast’ cells.
• Increased cholesterol. A result of an inactive childhood.
• Slower metabolism. Watching TV may slow the metabolism more than simply doing nothing • Shortsightedness. Staring at a screen can lead to eye damage.
• Alzheimer’s Disease. Heavy viewing linked to increased risk.
Simpletons do more harm to society than ignorant. I often receive shallow arguements from those who are consuming factory made milk or vegan sentimental alternatives.
“Milk is milk! Nutrition cocktail! “
Their arguments are like:
1) We can ferment coconut milk or Almond too then why do we need this milk? For all probiotic needs, we can rely on it.
2) Milk is milk and butter milk is butter milk. Doe snot make any difference whether it is A2 milk or A1 milk or Dairy milk or Raw milk.
3) Fermentation is fermentation. Whether it is done at home or in factory.
This is utter simpleton nonsense. Milk is not just nutrients. Milk varies with species. Milk varies with season. Milk varies based on how good or bad you treat animals. More than nutrients, milk is full of digested Prana (Raw Prana from sunlight digested at least once in organism. Like how plants and trees convert raw prana into digested Prana. Prana is not nutrient! For your imagination, imagine a layer of energy carried by any food item. Processed foods have least! Raw or cooked food have optimum)
They are certainly guided by sentiments and not rational common sense.
Remember few facts:
1) For Probiotic (Healthy bacteria) to survive stomach acids, they need enough food during this digestive track travel. So their medium must be rich in their taste of nutrients.
2) Based on the source, bacteria establish so bacteria in Raw milk will be different than the ones in Almond milk. Even their colony count varies based on the richness of the medium.
3) Bacterial society’s variety depends upon the local environment. Bacteria competent with our body are in good numbers at our home.
4) Method of fermentation matters. Manual churning or machine-churning or fat-separation etc. Best is manual churning. Churning or Manthan has great significance in probiotic preparation. It demands your involvement. Machines won’t help much.
This research paper reads:
“Our findings indicate that the manner in which a probiotic is delivered—whether in food or supplement form—could influence how effective that probiotic is in delivering the desired health benefits,”
The mice that ingested the probiotic in milk had reduced symptoms compared to those that were fed milk without the probiotic, and the ones that received the probiotic within a nonfood supplement.
Probiotic food in your local culture is proven and certified by infinite generations. I prefer to trust them over researches and sentiments. So if milk is part of your traditional medium to transport bacteria to Gut, use it. If there is anything else, use it. Do not homogenize good habits by sentiments.
While this research suggest use of dairy for probiotic effectiveness, I go one step further and suggest home-based manually churned fermentation of ethically procured raw A2 desi cow milk.
Remember, medium is the message for the GUT. Which medium you use to transport probiotic is important.
Recently, I was having conversation with young educated friend. He was not able to follow instructions I gave. Even after repeating the same twice, efforts were futile.
Adolescence has always been characterized by emotional intensity, impulsivity and risk-taking, the bid for autonomy, the quest for identity, and the desire for intimacy, sexual and otherwise.
When this impulsivity is channelized, society is gifted by wonderful talents like Olympic representatives, Footballers, scientists etc.
Unfortunately, modern teens do not get much help for this. Instead, majority of them are driven to distractions by their addiction to screen culture (TV,Mobile,Internet).
Tech offers a round-the-clock stage for teen drama. Like an app for emotionality, tech connects and quickens, heightens and amplifies all things. Even silence. Texting, video chat, sexting, and social media have created a streaming soap opera for teens, a scintillating reality-show subculture in which everyone gets to play both celebrity and paparazzi.
What is lost here? Focus. Concentration. Skill building. Talent nurturing. Passion for work.
Result? Mediocre next generation.
Do you want proof? Go and check any job mela where freshers are applying. (As per latest survey, out of 4 lakh or so engineers passing from Indian colleges every year, only 4% are worth with industry-readiness.)
Seeds of this tech obsession are sown in childhood when parents escape from their quality time kids and replaces real humans with gadgets.
Teens have officially joined the mobile Data Tsunami, more than tripling mobile data consumption in the past year while maintaining their stronghold as the leading message senders. Using recent data from monthly cell phone bills of 65,000+ mobile subscribers who volunteered to participate in the research, Nielsen analyzed mobile usage trends among teens in the United States. In the third quarter of 2011, teens age 13-17 used an average of 320 MB of data per month on their phones, increasing 256 percent over last year and growing at a rate faster than any other age group. Much of this activity is driven by teen males, who took in 382 MB per month while females used 266 MB.
In last post, I talked about importance of bacteria in controlling our mood/mental state.
This interesting article supports the hypothesis I presented about eating ONLY home-made dahi/butter milk/yogurt (to avoid alien bacteria of alien environment i.e. shop/factory where dahi is prepared in mass). It also suggests another hypothesis of having Panchmrit prepared from all unrefined, unprocessed raw milk, jaggery, sugar and honey.
More processed food you eat, more alien food you eat (Food prepared in alien environment i.e. restaurants), frequent travelling you do (so eating outside food frequently) and more acidity you suffer from.
The researchers found that scavengers, or species that eat food at high risk of microbial contamination, have more acidic stomachs. This acidity allows the stomach to act as a filter, effectively controlling which microbes can pass through the stomach to the gut.
Passing stomach acidity is very essential for probiotic food. Most probiotic food available in market fail here. It only helps in increasing acidity of the stomach.
An analysis of data on stomach acidity and diet in birds and mammals suggests that high levels of stomach acidity developed not to help animals break down food, but to defend animals against food poisoning. The work raises interesting questions about the evolution of stomach acidity in humans, and how modern life may be affecting both our stomach acidity and the microbial communities that live in our guts.
Antacids is not a solution. It is actually counter-health solution. Right solution is to avoid eating at unknown food-joints, at unknown places. Avoid highly processed food full of chemicals.
1) If you start cooking for self, you will never need acidity regulators!acidity regulators are against the innate nature of stomach! Never take them! They worsen the stomach working.
2) Take good care of selecting and preparing probiotic food.
3) Avoid outside food and travelling as much as possible
4) Avoid non-veg diet if you are living in terrain where plant based diet is available.
Take care. Never seek easy short-sighted solutions.
The Evolutionary Link Between Diet and Stomach Acidity
Gastric acidity is likely a key factor shaping the diversity and composition of microbial communities found in the vertebrate gut. We conducted a systematic review to test the hypothesis that a key role of the vertebrate stomach is to maintain the gut microbial community by filtering out novel microbial taxa before they pass into the intestines. We propose that species feeding either on carrion or on organisms that are close phylogenetic relatives should require the most restrictive filter (measured as high stomach acidity) as protection from foreign microbes. Conversely, species feeding on a lower trophic level or on food that is distantly related to them (e.g. herbivores) should require the least restrictive filter, as the risk of pathogen exposure is lower. Comparisons of stomach acidity across trophic groups in mammal and bird taxa show that scavengers and carnivores have significantly higher stomach acidities compared to herbivores or carnivores feeding on phylogenetically distant prey such as insects or fish. In addition, we find when stomach acidity varies within species either naturally (with age) or in treatments such as bariatric surgery, the effects on gut bacterial pathogens and communities are in line with our hypothesis that the stomach acts as an ecological filter. Together these results highlight the importance of including measurements of gastric pH when investigating gut microbial dynamics within and across species
No ritual of this land ends without Prasad. No Prasad without Panchamrita (पञ्चामृत). It is a mixture of five foods used in Hindu worship and puja, usually honey, sugar, milk, yogurt, and ghee. I remember, how my mother used to stop me every time I start from home for exam. She would feed a spoon full of misti dahi (dahi and/or jaggery/sugar) as a शुकन token and my success in exams. In marriage ritual, पञ्चामृत is used profusely as it is major emotional event for both families. Mighty God Krishna is never seen without probiotic food.
Amazing science behind it! As I shared in last post about connection of CAT and अपशुकन in last post, here is the connection of पञ्चामृत and शुकन (Well-being or well-execution of future immediate actions). All thanks to tiny little microbes whom we are ready to kill everyday using anti-microbes weapons. 🙂
Lactobacilli bacteria in dahi reduces anxiety, chronic fatigue and depression. That is the magic of just one type of bacteria. Generally when dahi is fermented at home, it can have all beneficial bacteria. In पञ्चामृत, ghee and honey are potent probiotic food, increasing potency of altering our mood.
There is another bacteria in probiotic food: Bifidobacterium infantis. Probiotic treatment with B. infantis in a rat maternal separation model of depression resulted in a normal immune response, normal behavior, and normal levels of stress hormone in the brainstem compared to untreated rats. (As I’ve stated many times here, gut function affects all body parts, including the brain.)
So your mother or grandmother was more scientific than you and me who were laughing on them for blind rituals.
Things to take care for availing full benefits of probiotic Dahi
1) Fermentation must happen at home. Factory made Dahi will have bacteria from factory environment (other than Lactobacilli). Our home is full of bacteria suited for our body. So prepare dahi at home.
2) For probiotics to survive beyond acidic stomach pathway and establish themselves in GUT, milk, honey, jiggery used should be full of nutrition which bacteria can use for survival in harsh stomach conditions. Find Raw Desi Gay milk for it. Find chemical-free unprocessed honey and jiggery. Find unrefined non-white sugar.
3) Consume fresh Dahi. Do not refrigerate.
4) Prepare Panchamrit. Not exclusive dahi. Take in small quantity. For large quantity, prepare butter milk.
5) Avoid during monsoon due to unstable environment crowded so many different pathogens.
You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
—The Borg, Star Trek: The Next Generation
For entire last century and till now, we were groomed with a high human EGO. We are educated to see illusion of our body separate from the world. This delusion did not just went against our health but also developed destructive ideas which are right now creating havoc on earth.
What is the way ahead?
Break the illusion and develop new insight about our existence i.e. Human as a super-organism complex.
To understand better, consider beehive as super-organism. Anthill as super-organism. They do share their social decisions. They do work like one entity.
Unbeknownst to many people, our emotions, cognition, behavior, and mental health are influenced by a large number of entities that reside in our bodies while pursuing their own interests, which need not coincide with ours. Such entities include microbes, viruses, foreign human cells, and imprinted genes regulated by virus like elements. This article provides a broad overview, aimed at a wide readership, of the consequences of our coexistence with these entities. Its aim is to show that we are not unitary individuals in control of ourselves but rather “holobionts” or superorganisms—meant here as collections of human and nonhuman elements that are to varying degrees integrated and, in an incessant struggle, jointly define who we are.
Read this research paper and learn to self with different outlook. I bet, if you alter your outlook towards self and others, we will have far better life than what we have right now. Take care.
If I take opportunity to connect the dots, as per Ayurveda, this body is nothing but infinite rhythms (नाड़ी) working together based on Pranic Intelligence (प्राणमय शरीर). Many of such rhythms form cells-complex and organs and many remain as separate organisms like microbes, viruses etc. Ultimately, it is प्राण that is controlling the physical body.
In computer engineering, I learned bottom up approach. Just like that, we emerge as 1 single universe. 1 Mind divided into many…and that goes on to the infinity level. 🙂
Our body is just one state in between. 🙂(Y)
So you and me, we all, are related. Are actually one super-organism like how trillions+ microbes and worms are part of each one of us.
And when some of the microbes forget their duty towards super-organism i.e. our body, we get sickness, same way, when some of us forget duties towards the universe,yet another state of super-organism, we get pollution, wars, weapons etc.
Toxoplasma gondii is a microbe. Toxoplasma starts its life cycle as an egg inside the intestines of a cat (or another feline); rats and mice habitually feed on the cat’s excrements and may ingest the eggs. Mammals, birds, and fish that consume infected animals or ingest contaminated water get infected too. Eating their meat undercooked is by far the most typical, though not the only (for a review, see Tenteret al., 2000), way of contracting the parasite for us.
Close proximity with Cat or mice may increase chances of getting this infection. It is common infection in 50% of developed nations and less common in vegetarian nations like India.
This microbes from Cat infects our brain. It results into workplace and traffic accidents (possibly because it renders one less careful and slows down reaction time), depression, suicides,changes in personality, and various mental and neurological diseases, including bipolar and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
In particular, Toxoplasma infection raises the probability of developing schizophrenia 2.7 times, and is thereby the largest known single risk factor of the disorder—larger than any of the currently known genetic and environmental ones (for a meta-analysis, see Torrey,Bartko, Lun, & Yolken, 2007)
Now visit the old कहावत : “काली बिल्ली रास्ता काटे तो अपशकुन होता है।” What is अपशकुन ? Failure in desired mental/physical actions.
Was this instruction given to save us from possible Toxoplasma gondii infection so that we do not suffer from mental disorders which can hamper success of our duties? 🙂
Sayings are not always blind beliefs. They are societal conclusions based on several generations observations. Not a worth to reject straight away with our shallow educated rational minds. 😉
PS: This does not mean we start hating cats. It is just that, we must take care of washing hands and legs when the local area is full of stray dogs and cats. (Nowadays, we don’t have such setup. Our bathrooms and washrooms are way behind the curtains of bedroom! 😀 . In ideal home setup, entrance must have wash-area )
The parasite, which is excreted by cats in their feces, is called Toxoplasma gondii(T. gondii or Toxo for short) and is the microbe that causes toxoplasmosis—the reason pregnant women are told to avoid cats’ litter boxes. Since the 1920s, doctors have recognized that a woman who becomes infected during pregnancy can transmit the disease to the fetus, in some cases resulting in severe brain damage or death. T. gondii is also a major threat to people with weakened immunity: in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, before good antiretroviral drugs were developed, it was to blame for the dementia that afflicted many patients at the disease’s end stage. Healthy children and adults, however, usually experience nothing worse than brief flu-like symptoms before quickly fighting off the protozoan, which thereafter lies dormant inside brain cells—or at least that’s the standard medical wisdom.
Toxoplasma Gondii, Parasite In Cat Feces, Linked To Schizophrenia And Other Mental Illness
Cats — especially stray or outdoor ones — may carry a parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) in their feces. This parasite is able to infect any warm-blooded animal, including humans; the CDC estimates that some 60 million Americans have it. Most people don’t show any symptoms of the infection, but people with a weaker immune system could get sick with toxoplasmosis, which has been linked to miscarriage, fetal developmental disorders, blindness, and flu-like symptoms.
अन्नस्य भूमा पुरुषस्य भूमा भूमा पशूनां त इह श्रयन्ताम ||
इस त्रिगुणात्मक जगत् में तीन पुष्टियाँ बनी रर्हें – (1) अन्न की बहुतायत (2) पुरुषों की बहुलता तथा (3) पशुओं की बहुतायत | ये इस संसार में बनी रहें, पशुपति दूध-घी से भरपूर रहें | दूध-घी कहाँ से आये ? पशुओं से | पशुओं मे गौ का घी-दूध सबकी अपेक्षा उत्कृष्ट माना गया है | अतएव वेद में गौ की महिमा बहुत है | यथा – गावो भगो गाव इन्द्रो मे | (अथर्ववेद 4|21|5) = गौएँ ही भाग्य और गौएँ ही मेरा ऐश्वर्य हैं |
सन्तान सहित गौएँ उत्तम चारे के कारण पुष्ट हों, उत्तम जलपान के स्थान में शुद्ध जल का पान करें |
आज गोभक्त आर्य इस उपदेश को भूल सा गया है | अब न अच्छा चारा देते हैं और न गौओं को शुद्ध जल पिलाने की व्यवस्था की जाती है | यह तभी हो सकता है जब स्व आ दमे सुदुधा यस्य धेनुः – अपने घर में ही उत्तम दूध देने वाली गौ हो |
वेद के कथनानुसार जिसके दूध के पीने से दुर्बल भी हृष्ट पुष्ट हो जाते हैं और श्रीहीन सुश्रीक = सुन्दर शोभामान् हो जाते हैं, उससे पूरा लाभ उठाने के लिए उसे घर में पालना अच्छा होता है | इसका दूध पीने से गोपति जल में विद्युत् के समान चमकता है ||
– स्वामी वेदानन्द तीर्थ सरस्वती
I feel little ashamed for our ignorance, when we Indians call ‘Jersey’ ,breed of wild European animal Aurochs as ‘गाय’, worship it and drink her milk as if we are drinking गाय दूध. And more dangerous ignorance is to be ashamed when we don’t know that Aurochs breed’s(As if Jersey) milk has CASOMORPHINE, whose accumulation in body leads to a peptide poisoning. This is particularly often reported in patients with ADHD, autism and schizophrenia.
Why Food chain correction is most critical problem?
Apart from external environmental factors affecting mind space, it is our polluted food and water sources, that play major role in weakening our psyche and slip ourselves in the mode societal corruption.
When people talk about neurological disorders, they consider only those disorders which exhibit visible symptoms (Autism, Phobias etc). For me, lack of integrity or moral perversion is also a neurological disorder, albeit silent one. It is getting diagnosed, only during harvesting time of past deeds of individual. And in most cases, it is never diagnosed during life time.
Corruption in society is resultant of polluted food origins. While working on correcting political system, it is equally important to see that majority of us, get nutritional food, both physical and mental.
Mental food by disinfecting Education system, physical food by disinfecting agriculture.
If you think you are sane citizen, contribute, in your capacity possible, for politics, education and agriculture.
With corrupted and weak psyche and body of majority in us, it is difficult to penetrate sane reformative ideas in our minds.
You go and explain, ideal democracy but if the other person is devoid of pure food and water, it is difficult for him being receptive and understand sane ideas necessary to change the Nation’s destiny from current shoddy state. Even if he/she understands, he/she won’t do much in action due to weak body and mind. For survival, compromises happen and saga of personal involvement in corruption continues.
Food -> Education -> Political awareness -> Critical Mass for change -> Revolution
Any upheaval, out of reaction, would remain temporary since roots are corrupt and in hibernation. With favorable environment to flourish, weakness will sprout again and reforms will topple again towards nadir.
If roots are replaces by food and education, it is difficult for any external force to break strong National fabric.
Political awareness minus Food and Education -> Revolution minus prolonged stability.