I have coined the word ‘Yashoda-care’ for the treatment every child desire in first 5 years of life. And when they miss it, we can’t really predict good adulthood. One or another way, you will see disorder in their life.

Your Child Demands Yashoda Care : Neuroscience of parenting

लालयेत् पंच वर्षाणि दश वर्षाणि ताडयेत्।
प्राप्ते तु षोडशे वर्षे पुत्रे मित्रवदाचरेत्।।

अर्थात- पाँच वर्ष की अवस्था तक पुत्र को लाड़ करना चाहिए, दस वर्ष की अवस्था तक (उसी की भलाई के लिए) उसे ताड़ना देना चाहिए और उसके सोलह वर्ष की अवस्था प्राप्त कर लेने पर उससे मित्रवत व्यवहार करना चाहिए।

Hormones represent पित्त / अग्नि in body. During childhood, body’s nature is of type क़फ. But when the environment is chaotic, more and more raw fire will be consumed (As hormonal transformation is not demanded now!).

Although, what this study says is not strong correlation but it certainly gives potent hint. First 5 years, child must feel like a womb. It is only human childhood where kid takes years to acquire basic living skills. Still in womb, learning. During this time, if the environment is chaotic, impact will be long lasting. It is not just physical environment but also mental environment. All plays role.

At  the same time, it is also important to alter parenting style once child crosses 5 years of age! Not only that, one must focus on gender too! Respect biological differences. Don’t live under false delusion of equality!

When all of this is missed, expect hormonal imbalance. And then we blame random things on the sky for mental and physical abrupt disorders popped up in adult life.

Read this study and it will give you potent hints for certain questions

  1. Why yashoda-care for first 5-7 years?
  2. Why Gurukul (Learning by self-discipline and hardship) after age 8
  3. Why girls and boys should receive different education during their hormonal transformation age (teen age)
  4. Why not engage child in sports/martial art too early in life (ideal after 7-8 years)
  5. Why not engage child in any competition too early in life (like reality shows)

Tame the bodily fire during childhood so that the child emerge as firehouse in adulthood.

Consume the bodily fire during childhood so that child turns out to be a feeble minded weak body!


Men’s testosterone levels largely determined by childhood environment

Men’s testosterone levels are largely determined by their environment during childhood, according to new research.

The Durham University-led study suggests that men who grow up in more challenging conditions where there are lots of infectious diseases, for example, are likely to have lower testosterone levels in later life than those who spend their childhood in healthier environments.

Prostate cancer risk 

The study, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, challenges the theory that testosterone levels are controlled by genetics or race.

As high testosterone levels potentially lead to an increased risk of prostate enlargement and cancer, the researchers suggest that any screening for risk profiles may need to take a man’s childhood environment into account.

The study found that Bangladeshi men who grew up and lived as adults in the UK had significantly higher levels of testosterone compared to relatively well-off men who grew up and lived in Bangladesh as adults. Bangladeshis in Britain also reached puberty at a younger age and were taller than men who lived in Bangladesh throughout their childhood.

Disease exposure

The researchers say the differences are linked to energy investment as it may only be possible to have high testosterone levels if there are not many other demands placed on the body such as fighting off infections. In environments where people are more exposed to disease or poor nutrition, developing males direct energy towards survival at the cost of testosterone.

The researchers collected data from 359 men on height, weight, age of puberty and other health information along with saliva samples to examine their testosterone levels. They compared the following groups: men born and still resident in Bangladesh; Bangladeshi men who moved to the UK (London) as children; Bangladeshi men who moved to the UK as adults; second-generation, UK-born men whose parents were Bangladeshi migrants; and UK-born ethnic Europeans.

Childhood environment

Lead author of the study, Dr Kesson Magid from Durham University’s Department of Anthropology (UK), said: “A man’s absolute levels of testosterone are unlikely to relate to their ethnicity or where they live as adults but instead reflect their surroundings when they were children.”

Men with higher levels of testosterone are at greater risk of potentially adverse effects of this hormone on health and ageing. Very high levels can mean increased muscle mass, increased risk of prostate diseases and have been linked to higher aggression. Very low testosterone levels in men can include lack of energy, loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. The testosterone levels of the men in the study were, however, all in a range that would unlikely have an impact on their fertility.

Health implications

Co-author Professor Gillian Bentley from Durham University, commented: “Very high and very low testosterone levels can have implications for men’s health and it could be important to know more about men’s childhood circumstances to build a fuller picture of their risk factors for certain conditions or diseases.”

Aspects of male reproductive function remain changeable into adolescence, up to the age of 19 and are more flexible in early rather than late childhood, according to the research. However, the study suggests that, in adulthood, men’s testosterone levels are no longer heavily influenced by their surroundings.