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Access to Mother Nature : Vital For Mental Health

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Finest minds grow in forest. In ancient times, Guru would ask his disciple to go to jungle for cow grazing and sustenance everyday.

Finest minds cannot grow in cemented walls. If admission to cemented schools is your compulsion, make sure you provide your kid enough exposure to mother nature. Forest, Jungle, River, Mountain, Rivulet….


Research


Access to Nature May Be Vital For Mental Health, Study Finds

Just 90 minutes were shown to alter neural activity.

With more and more of us living in urban areas, researchers from Stanford University in the US wanted to investigate why urbanisation is associated with greater incidences of mental illness. In a controlled experiment, they looked at whether exposure to nature could influence depression levels and specifically ‘rumination’: repetitive thoughts focused on negative aspects of the self.

The researchers took two groups of participants and led them on 90-minute walks through two very different kinds of environments. One group walked across a grassland area populated with oak trees and shrubs, while the other group walked along the side of a heavily trafficked four-lane highway.

By performing brain scans on the walkers before and after the expedition, the team found that neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain that’s active during rumination – had decreased in the volunteers who explored the natural environment. Their experience was consistent with this finding, with the group reporting that they found themselves ruminating less during the walk.

Those who trekked along the side of the road, on the other hand, demonstrated no changes in their neural activity, or in their self-reporting on rumination, suggesting that nature experiences can have a discernable, positive impact on our brains’ emotional regulation.

“These results suggest that accessible natural areas may be vital for mental health in our rapidly urbanising world,” said Gretchen Daily, a co-author of the study, in a release. “Our findings can help inform the growing movement worldwide to make cities more liveable, and to make nature more accessible to all who live in them.”

http://www.sciencealert.com/access-to-nature-may-be-vital-for-mental-health-study-finds

Child Planning and Season

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Your IQ, your risk of heart disease, and other health problems are influenced by how well your grandmother ate during the third trimester of her pregnancy with your mother. The effects of the prenatal environment can even be multigenerational. If you want data, study generations grown after The Dutch famine of 1944, Bengal famine 1940s.

Basically, there is strong legacy link between atmosphere (and so available food, water) at the time of spring (time of progeny planning) of grandparent generation.

So if you are pregnant this year (or next year) in India, where drought is predicted, you must take care of your food intake. It is not only critical for your placenta supply line economics but for health all upcoming generations.

In ancient India, predicting drought was possible so State/Nation/Kingdom used to store grains for at least 12 years. Grains grown during famine year and year after famine, was not considered as food due to low nutrient value. Instead grains from State storage was utilized.

Present generation is suffering from chronic diseases. Roots were sown when their grandparents were eating first lot of Green revolution in India. Advent of chemical farming is showing results now.

I know, our dumb govt under the influence of their western masters, won’t think in this direction. Better take individual actions. If you can get old grains, use it for pregnant mothers in family. Save future of India.

Cow-Dung(Gomeya) as Bioremediation

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Use and misuse of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and petrochemicals by man is causing havoc with nature. They are hazardous because of potential toxicity, mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, and genotoxicity.

Honest chemists, farmers and doctors know about this but only handful of them dare to go against the trend.

If you know any of such genuine chemist, farmer or doctor, ask them to connect with Gau shala. Only gau mata has power to rejuvenate nature quickly, effectively and long lastingly free of cost.

Gomeya/cow dung is used as an excellent bioremediation method. Thus, utilizing freely available cow dung as slurry or after composting in rural areas, is a cheap and effective measure to bioremediate the harmful pollutants.

Same dung is excellent medicine and can act as harmless, zero side effect anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-blood pressure medicine.

And if you have any contact with present Govt’s policy makers, give them some lights. They are acting like a moron and want Americanization of healthcare. Stop them now or be ready face dire consequences.


Gau, Ganga and Bioremediation of Pharmaceuticals, Pesticides, and Petrochemicals

Bioremediation of Soil Contaminated with Tannery Effluent by Combined Treatment with Cow Dung and Microorganisms Isolated from Tannery Effluent

Bioremediation potential of a combination of cow dung and a microbial consortium (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Penicillium chrysogenum and Aspergillus niger) in soil contaminated with tannery effluent, was investigated in the laboratory. Concentrations of phenol, sulphide and ammonium nitrogen in contaminated soil, were significantly reduced (P=0.000) to permissible levels after treatment with microbial consortium, cow dung or combination of microbial consortium and cow dung. Reduction of these compounds was best with combination of microbial consortium and cow dung. Cr (VI) level (139.2 mg/kg) was significantly reduced (P=0.000-0.050) by 33.2, 96.9 and 99.9% after treatment with microbial consortium, cow dung, and combination of consortium and cow dung, respectively. The treatments elevated soil pH from 5.8 to 6.9-7.2. Growth of maize in soil treated with the combination of microbial consortium and cow dung was not significantly different from growth in uncontaminated soil. Cr (VI) concentrations in the maize tissues were very low (0.002-0.006 mg/g). Thus combination of microbial consortium and cow dung may have potential application in bioremediation of soil polluted by tannery wastes.

https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/bioremediation-of-soil-contaminated-with-tannery-effluent-by-combinedtreatment-with-cow-dung-and-microorganisms-isolated-from-tann-2155-6199-1000354.php?aid=77004

Bread and Circus : Enough to keep citizen engaged

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Bollywood and Cricket (And FIFA too) are bread and circuses of our times. Keep common men engaged in entertainment and they will be least bothered about depleting natural resources, govt corruption, pollution etc.

This is how Roman rulers ruled Rome. Now almost entire world is ruled like a Rome. India no exception.

“Bread and circuses” (or bread and games) is metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace, as an offered “palliative.” . The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the commoner.

Bread and circuses will remain part of society forever. It is upto us, whether to succumb to them or live life with self-respect.

Mid life Crisis vs Nobel Prize

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It should never be too late to follow a new idea. That is what I told myself when, at nearly 30 years old, I abandoned my career as a medical doctor, realizing I would be happier as a scientist.
– Dr Roderick MacKinnon, 1986

17 years later, he won Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his research on potassium ion channels in brain.

** Ion pumps are the unsung heroes of cellular neurophysiology. They work in the background to ensure that the ionic concentration gradients are established and maintained. These proteins may lack the glamour of a gated ion channel, but without ion pumps, the resting membrane potential would not exist. and the brain would not function.

While most of us face mid life crisis in 30s, remember, it is never too late. 

Running Barefoot: Improve Working Memory

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Except urban surfaces like road or blocks, I always run/walk barefoot.

Irony is, Indian youth is now succumbed to fancy, status symbol type sports activities. Branded shoes are must! 😀 lol

Barefoot yields many invisible benefits. For example :eyesight (I discussed here last week)

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UNF Researchers Show Running Barefoot Improves Working Memory

Running barefoot is better than running with shoes for your working memory, according to a new study published by researchers at the University of North Florida.

The experiment, designed by lead researcher Dr. Ross Alloway, undertaken with Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor, both from the Department of Psychology at UNF, and Dr. Peter Magyari, associate professor in the Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences at UNF, is the first to show that running barefoot leads to better cognitive performance than running with shoes.

Working memory, our ability to recall and process information, is used throughout our lifespan. By improving it, we may be able to realize gains in key areas, from school to work to retirement.

“Working memory is increasingly recognized as a crucial cognitive skill, and these findings are great news for people looking for a fun way to boost their working memory,” said Tracy Alloway.

The UNF researchers enlisted 72 participants between the ages of 18 and 44, who ran both barefoot and wore shoes at a comfortable, self-selected pace for approximately 16 minutes. Working memory was measured before and after running.

The results of this research, just published in Perceptual and Motor Skills, found a significant increase—approximately16 percent—in working memory performance in the barefoot-running condition. There was no significant increase in working memory when running with shoes. Additionally, the speed and heart rate of the participants was measured but neither was found to have any impact on working memory performance.

“The little things often have the greatest impact. This research shows us that we can realize our cognitive potential and enjoy ourselves at the same time,” said Ross Alloway. “If we take off our shoes and go for a run, we can finish smarter than when we started.”

When running barefoot, one often has to avoid stepping on potentially hurtful objects by using precise foot placement. As a result, study participants were required to step on flat objects to simulate running barefoot in an outdoors context. Though participants stepped on the flat objects with shoes and barefoot, only the barefoot condition saw improvements in working memory.

http://www.unf.edu/publicrelations/media_relations/press/2016/UNF_Researchers_Show_Running_Barefoot_Improves_Working_Memory.aspx

Team Sports : Essential Life-Recreation’s Ancient Roots

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मनोरंजन – मनको रंजित करनेके प्रक्रिया. मानस एवं रंजन संस्कृत के इन शब्दों से व्युप्तन्न मनोरंजन शब्द का अर्थ है, मन की प्रसन्नता| बौद्धिक तथा शारीरिक श्रम के बाद मनुष्य मन ही मन थक जाता है| उस समय जैसे शारीरिक थकान मिटाने के लिए विश्राम और कुछ खाने की आवश्यकता होता है| वैसे ही मन की थकान मिटाने के लिए मनोरंजन की जरुरत होती है| मनोरंजन वास्तव में मन का ‘टानिक’ और शरीर के लिए संजीवनी सुधा है| सच तो यह है कि यदि मनोरंजन न हो तो मनुष्य और पशु में कोई अन्तर ही न रह जाय|

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A friend was asking: what is best way to turn youth productive? Save them from depression and suicidal mentality?

Bring them to sports ground!~ Real मनोरंजन is replaced by toxic life-consuming मनोरंजन ! Introduce them to sports! Team sports!

Recreation is important for all. If there is any मनोरंजन activity which is open and accessible to all, irrespective of age, gender and race, it is sports. Esp. team sports.

Roots of प्राणवर्धक team sports is very old. When we claim origin or existence of Hockey during Krishna’s time, self-hating Indians suffering from inferiority complex , will mock it.

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Sports: Bhagwad Gita perspective

Take any Indian native sports, it is all about team and prana movements. All body parts are used. Unlike modern games where either hand or leg are focused.
How wonderful that in me, the infinite ocean of consciousness, waves of jivas (individual souls) rise, sport for a while and disappear according to their nature.
~ Yoga Vasistha Sara VI.8
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क्रीडा – कोई भी कार्य जिनमें नियमों की संरचना हो और जिसको आनन्द प्राप्ति के लिये या कभी-कभी शिक्षा प्रदान करने के लिये किया जाता है, क्रीडा या खेल (game) कहलाता है।

Life is a wonderful game! Play it boisterously!

And you realize ‘Life is a game’ only when you play real sports on ground! 🙂

That is how Krishna made army out of Gokul youth! By playing hockey!

For them, here is the research talking ancient roots of team sports.


Research


Team sports have ancient roots

Competitive team games in which men test their mettle against others are universal across the world, and may have deep roots in our evolutionary past. Among hunter-gatherers, these games enable men to hone their physical skills and stamina, assess the commitment of their team members, and see how each performs under pressure. All these activities suggest motivation to practice skills involved in lethal raiding, says Michelle Scalise Sugiyama of the University of Oregon in the US, lead author of a study in Springer’s journal Human Nature.

Play behavior in humans and other animals is thought to have evolved as a way to develop, rehearse, and refine skills that are critical for survival or reproduction. Chase games, for instance, build stamina and speed, which is helpful for evading predators. Similarly, play fighting is believed to develop skills used in actual fighting. Although many animals play fight, only people do so in teams. The study’s findings suggest that team play fighting is not a recent invention of agricultural societies.

For the purposes of this study, Scalise Sugiyama and her colleagues researched how widespread indigenous forms of coalitional play fighting were among hunter-gatherer societies, and whether these games rehearse motor skills used in lethal raiding. This type of play involves the use of coordinated action and non-lethal physical force by two opposing teams, each of which attempts to attain a predetermined physical objective, such as scoring a goal, while preventing their opponents from doing the same.

Scalise Sugiyama and her colleagues analyzed the early ethnographic records of societies described as hunter-gatherers in Murdock’s Ethnographic Atlas. Although play (or its absence) was not commonly or extensively documented by early ethnographers, Scalise Sugiyama and her colleagues found information about hunter-gatherer team contact games for 46 of the 100 culture regions in the atlas that contain hunter-gatherer societies.

Activities using sticks to hit objects (and sometimes people) were the most common game type, followed by games involving kicking and games similar to rugby. The researchers also found many instances of activities involving running, grappling, parrying and throwing. These physical skills mirror those used by hunter-gatherers when raiding other groups. Scalise Sugiyama says that coalitional play fighting may have served as a practice ground for learning how to coordinate striking, blocking, kicking, dodging and projectile-throwing maneuvers amongst coalition members, all in an effort to increase the chances of success and reduce the chances of injury during potentially lethal raids.

“Interestingly, mock warfare was found in 39 per cent of culture clusters and boys’ mock warfare in 26 per cent. This suggests that motivation to engage in coalitional play fighting emerges in childhood,” says Scalise Sugiyama.

The safe confines of a game did not only have physical benefits but provided an opportunity to work as a team. Men learned to anticipate, monitor and strategically respond to the actions of their opponents, and continuously assess situations as both sides tired or lost combatants.

“Periodic participation in such games during childhood, adolescence, and early to middle adulthood provides individuals with opportunities to viscerally assess the aggressive formidability and commitment of their own and—when played with neighboring groups—other coalitions as their composition and skills change through time,” explains Scalise Sugiyama. “The widespread evidence for such games among hunter-gather societies suggests that the motivation to engage in them is a universal feature of human psychology, generating behavior that develops, rehearses, and refines the coalitional combat skills used in lethal raiding.”

Reference: Scalise Sugiyama, M. et al (2018). Coalitional Play Fighting and the Evolution of Coalitional Intergroup Aggression, Human Nature DOI: 10.1007/s12110-018-9319-1

https://www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/research-news/all-english-research-news/team-sports-have-ancient-roots/15886748

Air Pollution, Prana-Sinks and Diabetes

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There are two ways, we can invite rapid aging to the body. In both ways, it is prana that is consumed. One ways is : Our habits. Habits like excessive indulgence in sensual gratification. Other way is: Excessive prana consuming environment i.e. Air and water pollution.

Diabetes or मधुप्रमेह as described in Ayurveda is not what modern doctors are diagnosing in bulk and modern pharma by fear mongering.

As per Ayurveda, मधुप्रमेह , when diagnosed and not administered, can kill patient in less than 6 months. Main reason behind it is excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures. It was common among riches of the society, esp Kings, for their lavish life.

Diabetes like symptoms are possible due to irregular life and irregular unhealthy food. It can be corrected by altering life. Before your Diabetes become deadly मधुप्रमेह , take care.

And as this research says, it is also due to prana-sink type local environment. Full of polluted air and water.


Research


Air pollution contributes significantly to diabetes globally

To evaluate outdoor air pollution, the researchers looked at particulate matter, airborne microscopic pieces of dust, dirt, smoke, soot and liquid droplets. Previous studies have found that such particles can enter the lungs and invade the bloodstream, contributing to major health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and kidney disease. In diabetes, pollution is thought to reduce insulin production and trigger inflammation, preventing the body from converting blood glucose into energy that the body needs to maintain health.

Overall, the researchers estimated that pollution contributed to 3.2 million new diabetes cases globally in 2016, which represents about 14 percent of all new diabetes cases globally that year. They also estimated that 8.2 million years of healthy life were lost in 2016 due to pollution-linked diabetes, representing about 14 percent of all years of healthy life lost due to diabetes from any cause. (The measure of how many years of healthy life are lost is often referred to as “disability-adjusted life years.”)

In the United States, the study attributed 150,000 new cases of diabetes per year to air pollution and 350,000 years of healthy life lost annually.

medicine.wustl.edu/news/air-pollution-contributes-significantly-to-diabetes-globally/

Choose Role Model Carefully: Misleading youth

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Look at this ad : काटेगी क्या? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmUi-xR178I
 
And then don’t complain if a teen in neighborhood ogle at middle age female of family. This is what we present to our kids in name of entertainment and rolemodels!
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Bollywood actors have no sublime inclination for anything. When this idiot sold MNC product in name of Ayurveda, many of my friends forwarded it to me. Look, he is saying same what you are saying!
 
It was biggest insult I felt in life. How dare you compare paid actor with me? We don’t need paid actor to help us understand Ayurveda!!
 
Never consider reel life actors as role model or else you will fall in the trap. Trap where you will start liking vices too! Esp teens. They still don’t understand right vs wrong. They follow role model.
 
Now this so called Nationalist is selling pervertness and women obsjectification. Take that!
 
Instead of inspiring youth to work on internal bodily fire which when not working, body stinks, this demon is selling deo!
 
One segment of FMCG products is flourishing. Fragrance segment. To hide foul body smell.
 
If our agni is robust and healthy it brings fragrance to life. When agni is imbalanced, the opposite occurs.When a person has a foul smell or bad breath, that indicates impaired agni. Such a person may use perfume, but there is a perfume in your body, a fragrance of the body, which is agni.
 
Solution is to improve bodily fire. Stabilize it. Avoid events that can destabilize bodily fire.

Modern Medicine: Karma haunts , mercilessly.

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Karma

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I see many of my family members, colleagues and relatives casually taking medicines.

Do we consider this subtler aspect of modern medicine? I know, over-rational educated mind will laugh on it and ignore. Don’t worry. Whether we believe or not, won’t change the consequences of our karma/actions. 🙂

Taking allopathic medicine(or modern lab tested ayurvedic medicines) means adding curse of experimental slaughter of innocent animals on an astronomical scale, to your karma account.

Karma haunts , mercilessly. Avoid, as much you can.

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