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THE TRUE ORIGIN OF HAPPINESS!

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Happiness is indeed an immaterial experience which every one feels in the most special occasions of life.On one hand, Neuroscientists, nowadays, are very keen to understand the psycho-physiology of happiness and its benefits on health. To cite a relevant example,in a study published in the Journal of Brain Behavior and Immunity 2006, they discovered that 81 graduates after receiving the first two doses of Hepatitis B, the participants who acquired higher scores in the rating of positive emotions were able to produce twice the level of normal antibody response to the vaccine, which simply means Positive emotions enhances immune response at cellular level. (1)
On the other hand Social psychologists are dedicating their precious time to find the paramount factors which help in sustaining happiness. Some of them discovered the following parameters to measure happiness of an individual.
(1) Having control over your life. Working in a superior position rather than working under a boss makes you more happier as you enjoy the freedom and control over your life by adjusting work life balance.
(2) Having good marital relationship and supportive family. Research have discovered unmarried couples tend to be more unhappy than married couples.
(3) Having a best friend. In a study , it was revealed that a best friend was worth $5000 Dollars. Friend is indispensably a factor of happiness.
(4) Having an enjoyable job. Statistics reveal that unemployed men are more unhappier than the employed men. Because having a job ensures one hope and stability in his family life.
( 5) Having the power to influence the political power of a nation. People living in a democratic countries enjoy a national happiness by enjoying the right to choose its own government that the citizens of Dictatorial nations doesn’t have.
Even though these factors apparently influences our happiness, it is not necessary that you can enjoy your life based on the evidences build on the general statistical postulates. It is because it have missed the most fundamental concept that determines your happiness. Lets find out more about that!
Today, the Neuroscience have proven that the 90% of long term happiness is determined by the way how we perceive the external world, not on the external factors (as mentioned above) which gives one pleasure and happiness. Metaphysically, all the external factors indeed gives you happiness and it is a crystal clear experience for everyone. But, when it comes to reality, It is even capable of giving the worst and unimaginable tragedies in ones life when he loose these external pleasures. Besides no one can assure a granted promise that all this pleasures of the external world will be in favor for you. Sometimes its just opposite or even in its extremes.
Concluding, internal happiness is inevitably the pure and everlasting source of happiness which takes birth from the innate nature of human beings at birth as well as the miraculous way in which our brains perceive the external world,which is in turn again governed by our past positive and negative experiences, beliefs and emotions.
Dr. Fahad Basheer
Author “The Science of Emotions”
Reference: (1)http://www.sciencedirect.com/…/article/pii/S088915910500139X

AN ANTI-AGING FORMULA TO STAY YOUNG!

 

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Everybody loves to be young and healthy. But it’s true that one has to age as he passes through time. Our immune systems defense mechanism becomes impaired as we go older. But it is not necessary that everyone has to get aged. Yes! There are some exceptions. Some exceptions make you young. Stress, off course is a leading cause of aging. In a study, it was found that spouse and children who were given constant care and support lived 4-8 years more than rest of the group. The researchers discovered that subjects that lacked care and support had a decreased telomerase activity. Telomerase is an enzyme that is essential to increase the size of telomeres that are present at the tip of our chromosomes. These telomeres contain genetic information for replication and division of our cells. But as time passes, the size of the telomere decreases in size. Telomerase prevents the shortening of telomeres. When we are in stress, the cortisols (stress hormones) released from our adrenal gland inhibit the telomerase enzyme By inhibiting telomerase enzyme, cortisol find its way to age a person fast by decreasing the size of telomere that is essential for the replication and division of our cells.

Today, we have discovered that chronic stress can lead to premature aging of DNA. Stress is off course a tough enemy we have to deal with in our daily life.  According to American Psychological Association, in a stress in America survey they have found that about 48% of Americans have increased their stress level in the past 5 years. Stress can bud from marital, family, social, job and mental frictions. Studies have found that stress can lead to raised blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, peptic ulcer diseases, altered menstrual cycle and loss of libido. We think stress affects our health when we grow old and mature. But that’s not the reality of stress! Our stress begins right from the womb of our mother. It might be strange but it’s scientific and well established. A baby’s intrauterine environment is shaped by a mother’s pre existing physical health. In a study, it has been revealed that higher the prenatal anxiety in a mother, shorter wills the telomeres in the chromosomes of their children. In other study, it was revealed that a maltreatment, abuse, severe neglect and bad parenting could also affect the length of telomere in the chromosomes of our children. You might believe since we can’t change our genes, we won’t be able control our aging. We believe so because we were taught right from our schools that our life and health is determined by our genes. But the new emerging science like epigenetics have discovered that the environment (parenting, social relationships) have a big influence over our genes. A study by Colter Mitchel PhD have discovered that a warm and interactive high quality parenting have could prevent aging by preventing stress and promoting telomerase activity.

Aging is irreversible. But stress is reversible. Aging due to stress can age you age you up to 4-8 years. By extinguishing away our stress we can live about 4-8 years longer than rest of others. So how we will wipe away our stress? Stress takes its birth from our uncontrolled thoughts and emotions. If we ask ourselves, who is controlling our mind, is it us or our thoughts? We would definitely say it’s our thoughts. In order to extinguish away our stress we need to get control over our thoughts and emotions. Studies have discovered that the cortisols (stress hormones) are released in our body the moment we experience a negative thought. So imagine, how much negative thoughts we have to undergo during our daily life due to responsibilities in job, family and society and while encountering tough peoples even in a normal life. Yes!  Stress is a common enemy of a modern man. There are several ways available today to wipe away our stress.  NLP therapeutics, Meta thinking, mindfulness, aerobic exercises are a few of them. If you deeply desire to stay young, then I would suggest you to throw away your stress. In sum, positive thoughts and positive emotions are the secret keys to stay you young and healthy. In other words, it is an anti aging medicine.

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL MECHANISM OF DEPRESSION

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 About 14.8 million American adults live with Major Depression according to National institute of Mental health. It is estimated that by 2020, Depression will become the 2nd most common leading disability after ischemic heart disease. Most of the people have a belief that Depression is something that occurs spontaneously and is a disorder that can never be restored. Depression in reality is not a disorder but a gradually developing sadness created due to suppressed anger over a long period of time. In other words anger turned inside. Depression is seen in individuals who suppress their negative emotions. Negative emotions are those emotions that make us feel bad about ourselves, others and at different situations of life. Depression is likely to be seen in individual who don’t have enough self-confidence to respond back to their bullies. When a person continues to suppress anger he stands at risk of moving to a mental state of hatred. The intensity of this hatred towards the people and situations for whom/ which the anger lies within him unexpressed will generally increase with the passage of time. This is because people who suppress their negative emotions generally try to vent their anger through internal criticism. They keep on playing and replaying their reactions in their mind thereby not allowing the mind to forgive and forget. They then move from this stage of hatred to either of the following two stages-
1) They may suddenly be so overwhelmed by this emotion that has been building up within them for some time that they may display a sudden outburst of outrage. This sudden emotional outburst is akin to a chronic abscess that suddenly puffs out. It may lead him to take some drastic step against the subject of his hatred, like murder. This depends on the beliefs and underlying emotions encoded in the sub conscious mind.
2) The second stage is that of extreme sadness on account of failure to accomplish goals dear to him or due to the lack of confidence to face a series of negative criticisms directed at him. Finally when the situation becomes unbearable he moves into a state of depression. Depression is a result of series of unexpressed anger or anger turned inwards. Such individuals are more likely to get into suicide tendencies.
In sum due to lack of confidence in individuals to face their bullies or situations, the unexpressed anger against their bullies or situations settle down deep within the unconscious mind over a period of time getting it converted to stage of hatred against their bullies or situations, this hatred later gets converted to a stage of extreme sadness that he or she is helpless against their bullies and situations, later this extreme sadness later gets in to the stage of depression characterized by extreme sadness and passivity in life.
People generally diagnosed with depression do not show any signs/ symptoms till they move into the state. They generally appear normal till the last minute before falling victim to this state. Any idea how it feels when one is in this stage? Well, it’s like continuing to load a hot and weary camel moving along the red hot desert sand. The poor thing though exhausted is laden further on reaching the next town. The camel has no choice but to continue to pull along for fear of his master who is constantly prodding him to move along often even wielding the stick. Finally when it reaches its destination it is so tired and worked out that it is unable to carry something as light as a leaf. The leaf falls down and so does the camel. Now if someone were to ask a casual onlooker why the camel fell he may say, “When the leaf was placed on it, it fell.” But only one who has been with the camel throughout its journey will know that it buckled down on account of exhaustion. This is exactly what happens when a person suppresses his emotions. He continues to be weighed down by the negative emotions adding others on the way and finally a day arrives when he cannot handle anymore and thus falls into a state of depression. Though others may put down his state to just the last incident known to them, in reality it is the sum total of all that he has experienced and hidden within himself over a passage of time. Once a person reaches a state of depression he/ she find life unbearable and may even wish to embrace death. Some even attempt/ commit suicide. But why? Well, it happens that such people are unable to bear the burden of uncontrolled emotions. The wave of emotions tries to find a vent. But lack of courage to face it head on, prevents them from opening up. Finally they succumb to the easiest way out- suicide. A vast majority of cases of depression go unnoticed/ undiagnosed. Sometimes it is the family of the victim that is the villain. The fear of losing face in society prevents them from providing timely medical aid to the victim.

Reference:

(1) The Science Of Emotions: Dr. Fahad Basheer

WHY OUR BODY IS COMPOSED OF ELECTRO MAGNETIC ENERGY?

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The normal living cell is composed of a cell membrane, nucleus, DNA and mitochondria. Each organelle of the cell serves a particular major role in the human body. This functioning of each cell is crucial when it comes to sustaining the life of a cell. For example: mitochondrion of a cell is essential for the generation of ATP which is the molecular energy which is essential for the various metabolic reactions in a single cell to occur. The DNA, mRNA and the t RNA is essential for the transcription and the translation of various proteins and peptides that are essential for its daily growth and metabolism. The cell membrane consist of numerous receptors that allows the flux of Na+, K+, Cl-, H+ ions. The blood, plasma Extra cellular fluids and the intra cellular fluids of our body is composed of ions like H+, Na+, K+,Cl-, Ca2+.
At molecular level, each and every metabolic reaction occurs due to the interaction between two or more peptides or proteins. The protein in fact is nothing but a molecular structure made up of atoms like carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen. The reason for any reaction to occur between each molecule is nothing but due to the unpaired electron or electron deficiency in the reacting proteins. When the reaction occurs it is inevitable that electron jumps from one protein to another causing a creation of an electric current. In physics it is inevitable that the electric current cannot co-exist without magnetic field. There are more than trillion cells in our body and there are more than a 100 discovered metabolic reactions taking place at a time. This metabolic reaction is a continuous process until a man’s death. In the meantime a net huge amount of electromagnetic field is been generated within each cell. These electromagnetic fields only accounts for the contents in the cytoplasm of the each cell and the extracellular fluids.
The mitochondrion which is known as the store house of energy is the only source for the human cell which can derive energy for its survival. Without that it is tougher and difficult for the human cell to survive. If there is no mitochondrion we won’t ever get energy for our growth and development. The energy protein known as the ATP is formed in mitochondria as a result of continuous influx and efflux of H+ ions or protons across the mitochondrial membrane that help in the series of oxidation reduction chemical reactions to occur. These protons are nothing but a charge. In the principle of electromagnetism it is solid law that the movement of any charge creates electricity. And it is also evident that the magnetic field cannot co-exist without electricity. Thus it is foolproof that our mitochondria is constantly generating a 3 dimensional electromagnetic field that is constantly present in our when we play, walk, talk, eat, sleep, read etc. This is only about the electromagnetic field that generates from the power house of cell
Now here is the funniest and the coolest reality that makes us more amazed. There is no living cell in our body without a cell membrane. In the fluid mosaic model proposed by singer and Nicolson, we all know that there are millions of protein channels on the cell membrane that allows the flux of water and ions like, Na+, K+, Cl-, H+ and other ions. Yes, there are millions of ions crossing millions of protein channel over the cell membrane at a single time in each and every cells of human body. By the law of electromagnetics, there is influx of millions of ions creating a strong electrical current which in turn generating a powerful magnetic field. Thus a powerful electromagnetic field is created. Yes, every living cells of human body are endured with electromagnetic field that generated within and surrounding them. In truth, the living cells in our body cannot exist without this electromagnetic field. Thus the electromagnetic field of the cells in the human body determines then quality of metabolism and chemical reactions of a cell. Yes, it determines the Life of the cell. The weaker the electromagnetic field, the feeble and sluggish would be the metabolic reactions in the body. The stronger the electromagnetic field, the more excellent will be the metabolic reactions in the body. Each cell in our body has 1.4 volts of energy. And there are about 5 trillion cells in our body. In sum 14 x 5 trillion, approximately 7 trillion volts of energy is been generated in our body.
In sum, our human body is completely immersed in an electromagnetic field. The quality and strength of this electromagnetic field determines the quality of cell proteins, hormones, peptides, neurons and cells of the human body. This bio electromagnetic property is the fundamental principles by which even the MRI we use to scan our body works on. In the MRI machine, we are introducing the patient into the MRI system to visualize the internal organs. To get the image of these internal organs, we create a strong external magnetic field using high watt electro magnets in order for the protons (H+) in the human plasma to align in a single desired direction. There after we introduce a high frequency external energy to excite these protons in the human plasma that aligns in a single direction due to the external electromagnetic field that is created by the powerful electro magnets that we use in MRI. When we stop sending the external energy, these protons start giving back the captured energy. This incoming energy is then absorbed by a detector and is then converted to images using intervening devices in the MRI system. MRI is one of the medical scanning that is not hazardous to a patient.
Concluding our body is made up of constantly flowing ions, charges and electrons that constantly generates electromagnetic fields in the human body. This electromagnetic field beyond its capacity to generate molecular reaction also carries embedded information and set of rules known as “intelligence”. In fact, Electromagnetic field cannot exist without charged particles and at the same time charged particles cannot exist without electromagnetic field. Yes, the “intelligence” in the electromagnetic field determines the health and disease of the cells in our body.

References

(1) Berg, Jeremy; John L. Tymoczko, Lubert Stryer (2007). Biochemistry, 6th Edition. New York, New York: Sara Tenney. pp. 410–411.
(2) The Cell: A molecular approach. 2nd edition Cooper G.M (2000)
(3) Martin, Laura. The Fluid Mosaic Model of the Cell Membrane – The Mosaic. Connexions. 15 Oct. 2007
(4) The Basic Laws of Electromagnetics I E Irodov (2004)
(5) The Basics of MRI : Joseph P. Hornak Ph.D
(6) The Science of Emotions: Dr. Fahad Basheer

WHY AND HOW UNIVERSITY EXAMS CREATE STRESS? THE IMPACT OF EXAM STRESS IN OUR BODY

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Dr. FAHAD BASHEER                    

University exams are the fundamental factor that decides whether you have the eligibility to sit in the next year or whether you are eligible for the post nominal degree. University exams are inevitable when it comes to your undergraduate or postgraduate life. Depending on the status of the degree you take, you will have the bulk of topics and books to be covered and studied. For a higher degree like medical education you will indeed have a vast amount of topics to be covered for the upcoming exams. It’s tough, weary and stress worthy! Indeed no doubt about as everyone who passes through those stages of life normally witness these stress and are often subjected to this stress. Some may even avoid their sleep and some may even avoid their food in order to save the time for studying and covering subjects. Due to its vast topics medical students find it difficult to memorize the topics that they have previously learned. So the only thing that helps to write and pass their exams are nothing but the revision they starts before the day of the exams and luck in which the questions been asked from the topics they have learned for the exam. Because it is 100% impossible to cover up any medical textbooks for the exam due to its large volume of chapters and the vastness of the topics in it. This creates anxiety in not finishing the chapters that are yet to be studied. And creates tension as they tend to forget whatever they studied due to large amount of chapters they study within a short period of time. And while studying any data it is inevitable to use ones conscious mind for analyzing and rationalizing the subjects you learn. The overuse of one’s conscious mind will create the stress patterns in one’s body. As a result the students are subjected to the overuse of conscious mind, tensions and anxiety, whole of which contribute to the well-known term the “stress”. Apart from these other social fears like fear of failure in exams fear of aftereffects of failure contribute to Stress.

During stress, the adrenaline released shunts blood flow from forebrain that is essential to use your intelligence to the hind brain which regulates the reflex actions. This makes a person not able to focus on the tasks that he is focusing on. In other words the student won’t be able to focus on what he is studying. According to the American School Board of Journal June 2005 on “Test anxiety” It has been found that high anxiety can disrupt the student’s concentration and will result in low test score. Studies have discovered that when you are emotionally upset, “you can’t just think straight”. At the Heart Math institute, in their research they have found that, when we are stressed out our heart patterns becomes disorganized and non-coherent, the non-coherent heart patterns produces non coherent patterns in the brain. This decreases the brains ability to process information and in recognizing patterns and decreases the brains ability to solve problems and the brains ability to learn. This makes the student to feel that what he tries to learn doesn’t make any sense to him. As a result the student may get stressed up or throw off the book. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that acts as a stimulant and sensitizes brain cells to look for patterns. Strong dopamine levels are reflected in individuals with sharper thinking and focused behavior. Stress can cause imbalance in the normal production of dopamine by either resulting in overproduction leading to anxious, hyper vigilant or perfectionist behavior or by resulting in underproduction leading to inattention and unmotivated behavior. In a research it was discovered that neurons in the brain of a chronically stressed individual may have fewer and shorter dendrites. This deficiency impairs communication with other dendrites reducing brains ability to process information effectively.Stress can severely affect our working memory and long term memory.

The stress that you undergo during your exams not only affects your learning process and memory but also badly affects your physical health. University examinations especially the one in the final lap of a course generally tends to stress out the students. I have been witness to many of my fellow classmates suffering from oral ulcers, fever, headache, skin ailments and constipation. In 2008, researchers led by imminent psychologist Simon Knowles of Swineburne University of Technology, Australia found that the stool samples of students facing an examination had fewer lactobacilli than that found when they had during a relatively stress- free period e.g. during the start of a semester. This lactobacillus is essential for the production of 95% of the mood elevating hormone the serotonin, nutrition of 70% of immune cells and for proper digestion.But the best part is that these are just temporary phenomena and get resolved immediately on completion of the examination. It is also noticed that the healing process of pre-existing wounds and diseases too slows down during this period. Yes, stress can even cause delay in healing by 25% or more. It had been found out from the research that dental students took 40 % or longer to heal a small standardized wound made prior to exams compared to an identical wound made during their summer vacation. Cortisol released during stress inhibits immune cells that produce inflammatory cytokines that are essential for the early part of healing process.

In a research on impact of academic exams on medical students, it was discovered that the medical students who underwent academic examinations had down regulation of NK cell activity which is essential to destroy tumor cells. The levels of NK cells are considered indicative of immune strength. They play the role of first defense in controlling infection in the early stages of the same. Psychological stress reduces the Natural Killer cells and thereby paves the way for infection/ disease. A study involving medical students as its subject has revealed some startling facts. It was noted that stressed medical students tested on the day of their examination showed significantly lowered levels of immune markers including lowered levels of NK cells. It was also noted that lack of social bonding too had an adverse effect on these cell levels. Lonely medical students had lower levels of NK cell activity when compared to their more socially active counterparts. In the same study it was found that these medical students has lower synthesis of gamma interferon by peripheral blood leukocytes after stimulation with concanvalin A, altered expression of interleukin2 receptor and impaired cellular immune system control of the reactivation of certain latent herpes viruses.This clearly shows that the stress that we undergo during our exam is powerful enough to shut down our immune system.

A study conducted at the Ohio State University threw up an interesting fact with the risk of getting hepatitis respect to exam related stress by injecting hepatitis vaccine on the 3rd day of 3 day continuous academic exam on 3rd year medical students. The results revealed that immune response of students who appeared for the final examination (they are the ones prone to higher level of stress) to hepatitis was less when compared to students who were not under stress of any kind. They discovered that seroconversion of hepatitis antibody from Hbs Ag to anti Hbs Ag which represented that shift from infectious hepatitis to inactive hepatitis or acquirement of immunity was decreased in medical students with anxiety during the academic exams. In other words the stressed medical students took more time for seroconversion or antibody production.

Studies have revealed that written examination may or may not increase the cortisol levels, but oral examination (viva) spiked up the cortisol in the body. The instant stress experienced by the medical students was measured using salivary cortisol. In 2007, vaidya and mulaonkar as per their research pointed that the increased academic pressure during the first year as the one of the most responsible cause for increased anxiety and stress in medical examinations.

In sum, our university exam and the curriculum through which we go puts us in a lot of pressure and stress that impacts our mental health, learning process, memory, immune system and body a lot. A crystalline clear action is needed either to create a new curriculum that helps the upcoming students to be friendly with. Or an inevitable need is required in developing the confidence in students through psychological motivation in classrooms and familiarity with the uprising curriculum set up in different universities.

THE SCIENCE OF EMOTIONS: Dr. FAHAD BASHEER

DOES EMOTIONS INFLUENCE OUR GROWTH : BOOST YOUR GROWTH WITH LOVE!

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A half century ago we believed that our genes controlled our growth. Every single people were fed with the concept that the genes control the growth from their schools. But this concept has been dumped out a few years back. With the advent of epigenetics we have finally discovered that our environment controls our genes.   Epigenetics have shown us how genes obey our Emotions!

Yes! Emotions do command our genes! In an experiment conducted by Dr. Bruce Lipton, in his laboratory have shown some of the most stunning discoveries of our cells.  He cultured a group of cells in two medium.  One of the medium had abundant number of nutrients that accelerated the growth of the cell. And the other medium was collected with toxins that inhibited the growth of the cells. He then kept the cells in the first medium that contained nutrients that supported the growth at one end of the dish. He observed that the cells traveled towards the opposite end of the dish where the nutrients was collected and kept. He noted that the cells not only migrated towards nutrients but also accelerated its growth. In the other dish which had toxins, the cells migrated away from the toxins. This was quite amazing! It not only migrated but it retarded its growth.  This proved that the environment can influence our growth at cellular level.

Yes! The epigenetics discovered that the environment could control the growth of our cells. The environment decides what the fate our cells should be on one hand.  The environment can be either favorable or not favorable for the growth of cells. The environment includes Toxins, Drugs or even Neuropeptides that carry emotions. Once a Neuropeptide binds with the cell membrane receptor it will generate a reaction cascade that activates DNA in the nucleus of the cell to undergo transcription and translation to produce proteins needed for its growth. These Neuropeptides are often produced from the Limbic system of our brain.

Yes! What would be the fate of our body if each and every cell in our body experiences this epigenetic phenomenon? Can you guess what will be our fate if we are nurtured with positive emotions? And can you guess what would be our fate if we are nurtured with negative emotions? The emotions are available in our body chemically as Neuropeptides. These neuropeptides can determine the nature of growth of our cells in our body.

Yes! In our daily life when we are been imparted with positive emotions like love, care and affection etc. it acts like the nutrients that aid the growth of our cells. But if we are imparted with negative emotions like unhealthy criticisms, stress, frustrations etc. it will act as toxins that would inhibit the growth of our cells. In other words Love promotes growth of the cells and fear regress the growth of the cells. But do you know to how much extent can our emotions affect our growth? Let me put forth an example of interesting clinical phenomena that you would see around you. It’s called the psychosocial dwarfism.

Psychosocial dwarfism is a condition seen in children brought up in an environment lacking positive feelings and those subjected to mental and physical abuse. Here the negative environment impacts the growth hormone negatively. It may be remembered that the Growth hormone is essential for growth of the body. It is vital for bone development, glycogenolysis in the liver, lipolysis in the adipose tissues and for synthesis of new proteins that are essential for the growth of our body. As a result of the poor environment the child’s growth rate suffers and the child does not attain the growth of other normal children of his / her age. But when this child with psychosocial dwarfism is exposed to a loving and caring environment, the growth rate is automatically accelerated without even administering the Growth hormone. This goes to show that negative impact on the mind has a direct impact on the total physiological development of an individual. And it also shows that positive impact on the mind has a direct impact on the total physiological development of an individual. In other words our emotions can control the Functioning of growth hormone that controls the growth of a person.

Studies have recently discovered that a sincere touch of mothers love can accelerate the production of nerve growth factor (NGF) causing a boost in the development of nervous system of child. Life becomes beautiful when love pierces into its skeleton. Love is not only an emotions but a spirit that can bring life into existence. Love is indeed the most expensive and precious gift that a human can achieve in his life. Growth is a process by which our cells proliferate and differentiate to different organs and systems in our body. Growth is the most vital medicine of our body that is essential for each and every child. Growth is aided by the growth hormone and insulin growth factors. Growth factor is influenced by the emotions that govern the activity of the growth hormone. Yes! Our emotions are the one that controls the activity of growth hormones and it production. Creation of positive emotions can create the most powerful and well efficient growth hormones that can bring sprout of growth in our children.

By imparting positive strokes like loving, caring and affection towards our children can boost his growth. Carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals are essential for the growth of a child. But these are only the raw material for the growth. But this cannot promote growth. For growth to occur Growth hormones plays the most vital role in the promotion of growth. And this growth is in turn controlled and influenced by our emotions. By generation of positive emotions we are indeed able to increase our growth. So spend time in activities that create happiness and start being with people who gives you positives and live with people whom you love the most. Share your positive feelings  with others. Live in the harmony of love that brings an amazing wealth of love that pours life into action. So promote your growth by boosting it with the most powerful positive emotions of love that stimulates and accelerates the growth of your body, by promoting skeletal growth, organogenesis through the action of growth hormones on its specified receptors. Boost your growth with the most powerful weapon on earth “Love”.

References:

(1) The Science of Emotions: Dr. FahadBasheer Page: 30, 31 & 20

THE CHEMISTRY OF ROMANCE AND STRESS: A MAGICAL RELATION!

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Romance! Romance is an unlimited passion for your partner. This passion is inevitably vital for nurturing happiness and joy in our relationship. Romance forms a fundamental base of our sexual life. Sex without romance is like body without a soul. Romance arises out of love for your partner. Romance keeps our life beautiful and evergreen. It brings the most valuable moments in to your life. Being in romance make one addicted in the melody of the beauty of life. The Romance is one of the most pleasurable and joyful feelings a man can experience in his life.  The healthier ones romantic life the better he or she will be satisfied in their relationship. This will sprout out the bliss in to their life keeping their family joyful and fulfilling. But there are instances when the romance in our life gets fade. This causes all the happiness and pleasurable moments to dwindle away. One of the most common causes for this is “the stress” that we encounter in our daily life.

Hormones in our body play a vital role in our body in flourishing romance. These hormones are responsible for what we feel while we are in romance. There are two major hormones which plays a vital role in women that creates romance. The Oxytocin in women forces her to bond with her partner. This hormones cause an increase in her commitment for her partner. Oxytocin takes birth when a woman is overcome by a sense of safety and warmth or when she is nurturing her ward Estrogen is the most vital hormone that takes her in to the mood. This hormone generally spikes at the ovulation period. Estrogen is the hormone that evokes lust in women. While in Men, Testosterone is the most striking hormone that evokes lust in men. This testosterone is released when there is a visual stimulation of opposite sex or when there is urgency for sex. Testosterone is released when the Men are overcome by a sense of urgency, sacrifice or is in the problem solving mode.

An excellent scientific explanation on how the stress steals romance from marital life. Let me give you a short synopsis of my article. Cortisols is a group of deleterious hormones that are produced from the cortex of the adrenal gland when we are at Stress. Testosterone in males and estrogen in females are the most vital hormone that produced from the Leydig cells of testes and granulosa cells of ovary respectively, when couples are in romance.Pregenelone is the mother hormone in the adrenal gland from which, the building blocks of Cortisols, testosterone and estrogen are formed.So what happens when we are at stress? Cortisols are produced in greater amount, so a lions share of Progenelone will be utilized for producing cortisols every second. As a result, only a less amount of Pregenelone will be available for production of testosterone and estrogen which gives the physical manifestation of romance. This is the reason why, couples experiencing psycho-social stress budding from economic, family, and personal obstacles; find themselves lack of interest and romance in their marital life. But if people trains themselves to find more time for delightful moments of family life indulged in romance and positive parenting, much of the Pregenelone will be fluxed for the production testosterone and estrogen creating psycho-physiological coherence. As a result, very less adrenaline is produced even though the person are exposed to stressful situations. This is the reason why, people with happy family life, enjoy their job and surroundings.Yes! These hormones are inevitable in blooming romance in both sexes. Both estrogen and testosterone takes birth from a mother hormone known as DHEA

The male body requires 30 times more testosterone than the female oxytocin to be able to cope with a similar stress level. This is the reason why men loose romance faster than women.

So by increasing romance we will be able to wipe out stress away from our life. Let us have a look at the top 5 strategies and use them to increase our romance.

(1) Be sincere, open and frank, this opens up ones heart causing oxytocin to release to create bonding with the partner.

(2) Avoid unnecessary works that steals away the time to spare with you family and spend your time with your partner. This creates a sense of commitment in her causing to release more oxytocin. This creates more commitment.

(3) Have some trips and create some of the most memorable events in your life with your partner. This will cause to release more dopamine and serotonin. These events will later motivate you to spare more time with her.

(4) Practice mindfulness, it calms our mind and reduce our stress. This will shunt more of the DHEA to produce the romantic hormones.

(5)Be in romance, this will cut down the production of adrenaline!

Live your life in romance!

THE CHEMISTRY OF KISS: 10 AMAZING BENEFITS OF KISS

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The kiss is a measure of a person’s feelings, his or her love or attraction to the other. A truly meaningful kiss can act as a booster. It can instill a sense of confidence, a sense of self-esteem in another. The strength of a kiss lies in the power it has to cause the release of serotonin and oxytocin peptides in our body.

The following are the wonderful and amazing physical benefits of Kissing.

  • Relieves Physical Pain: Kissing cause to raise the threshold for activation of pain receptors in our body, by doing so we feel less or no physical pain at all while we are in a kiss. Kissing cause release of endorphins (pain relieving hormones) from our brain causing pain relief by inhibiting the pain pathway. Kissing benefits a lot for person who suffers from chronic pain due to autoimmune disorders (Rheumatoid arthritis etc.) and malignant cancers. Regular kissing can make you stay away from morphine injections!
  • Lowers Blood Pressure: Kissing lowers blood pressure by dilating blood vessels in our body. Thus kissing can cause a decrease in blood pressure even in people with hypertension by giving a big physical relief and by decreasing their stress. Thus regular kissing can make you stay away from antihypertensive drugs!
  • Improves the Health of our Heart: kissing can cause decrease in the sympathetic tone over heart, by doing so it reduces the stress which the heart undergoes in daily life due to our mental stress. Studies reveal that men who made love regularly were 45% less likely to develop heart disease than who made love once in a month. Regular Kissing can make you stay away from cardiac drugs and loading dose of Aspirin and clopidogrel!
  • Boost immune system and reduce Allergy: Kissing can cause boosting of activity of immune cells in our body to fight outside germs by producing IgA antibodies against it. Kissing can decrease IgE antibodies causing decreased release of histamine from mast cell which cause allergic reaction. Regular Kissing can make you stay away from antibiotics and Antihistamine!
  • Improves oral hygiene: Kissing increases salivation causing increase release of enzymes which cleans up the plaques in tooth and there by prevent tooth decay. These enzymes fight bacteria in oral cavity.
  • Improves mood and decrease stress: Kissing causes you to release mood elevating hormones like dopamine and serotonin to elate your mood. Kissing can cause the release of oxytocin from a female’s brain to cause strong bonding with her partner. Kissing can cause release of endorphins that calms the mind and body. Kissing can cause decrease in the stress hormone “the adrenaline” by decreasing it production from body by decreasing the sympathetic stimulation to adrenal gland. In one study it was found that men who received a passionate kiss before they left for work earned more money. Thus this passionate kiss boost one’s self esteem and reflects it in his workplace and business creating an awesome customer interaction.
  • Relieves menstrual cramp: Kissing can cause dilatation of blood vessels, and release of endorphins to put away the menstrual cramps. This can put you away from the mefanamic acid and dicyclomine tablets.
  • Relieve Headache and migraine: Kissing can cause dilatation of blood vessels, and release of dopamine, serotonin and endorphins to put away the tension headaches and migraine. This can make you stay away from analgesics and sumatriptans!
  • Improves the Tone of facial muscles: Kissing involves the harmonious group work of 34 facial muscles and 112 postural muscles. Regular kissing increases the tone of facial muscles. This helps in conveying the right facial expressions to people around you in bringing an effective communication. This also helps in relieving facial palsy and muscular dystonia. Regular kissing help to shape your neck by persistent workout.
  • Burns calories and live longer: A study by Dr.Alexander DeWees showed that a passionate kiss lasting for 20 seconds could burn up 2-3 calories per minute. Studies find that people who kiss live 5 years longer than others

Reference:

(1) The Science of Emotions: Dr.Fahad Basheer

(2)8 health benefits of kissing: Dr.Mercola

THE CHEMISTRY OF HUG: 10 MIRACULOUS BENEFITS OF HUGGING!

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Hugging! We often hug each other when we are happy or when we see the person we love most. We often feel joy and happiness when hugging another person, and a hug can convey a lot about how we’re feeling and how we feel about each other. Each time we sincerely hug someone, we are actually conveying our love and joy for that person in a way that can never be explained through our words alone. We feel all our burdens ease away while we are in a hug, and those worries are replaced by increased feelings of happiness and trust.

Do you know why this happens while we hug each other?

Have you ever wondered what happens within you while you are hugging someone?

Let us examine some of the most amazing physiological miracles that happen in our bodies thanks to hugs.

1. Increases Bonding

Hugging can cause a release of oxytocin from the brain, causing us to bond with our partner. The release of this hormone causes a rise in feelings of commitment and intimacy as we share feelings for each other through hugging (1) Try hugging with your partner to feel your bond strengthen!

2. Relaxes The Body

Hugging causes our muscles to relax, releasing tension in the body. (2) Hug someone to wash away the cares of the day!

3. Relieves Pain

Hugging releases endorphins, which relieve pain by blocking pain pathways and soothe aches by increasing circulation to soft tissues. This removes pain-stimulating peptides like bradykinins. (1,2) When you are in pain, reach out for a hug!

4. Increases Empathy & Understanding

A passionate hug allows for the exchange of feelings across the bioenergetics field generated by the heart, causing us to empathize with the other person. This builds trust between people in a way that words simply cannot. (1) Hug someone when you want to open your heart to them!

5. Relieves Depression & Neurodegenerative Disorders

Hugging can increase the production of dopamine in your brain, studies reveal that there is an increased production in dopamine in PET scans of the brain after hugging. Dopamine levels are low in people with conditions like Parkinsonism and mood disorders like Depression. (2,3) So if you see someone depressed, give him a hug, and bring a little joy to their life.

6. Elevates Mood

Hugging can increase the production of serotonin from your brain, which improves your mood and can boost your self-esteem. A person experiences depression and loneliness when their serotonin levels are low. Hugging causes the brain to release serotonin and endorphin to blood vessels to create pleasure and negate sadness. Hugging also results in improved performance at work and at school. (1,3) Hug your partner if they are feeling blue!

7. Balances Nervous System

Hugging balances the nervous system. The skin contains a network of tiny-egg shaped pressure sensors called the pacnician corpuscles which are in contact with the brain through the Vagus nerve. They can sense touch. The galvanic response measured from someone who receives a hug shows a marked change in skin conductance. The effect of moisture and electricity over the skin during hugging shows a balanced state of nervous system parasympathetic which is achieved by psychophysiological coherence created by passionate hugging. (2,3) Keep hugging and balance your nervous system!

8. Alleviates Stress

Hugging alleviates stress by reducing the levels of circulating cortisol (the stress hormones) in the blood. This causes the mind to calm down. This helps in decreasing cortisol-induced hyperglycemia and diabetes mellitus. Studies show that well-hugged babies are less stressed than less-hugged adults. The research at Emory University discovered an amazing link between touch and relieving stress. (1,2) When your partner comes home after work, just give them a warm hug!

9. Improves Heart Health, Decreases Heart Rate

Hugging can decrease heart rate. In a study conducted by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, participants who did not have any contact with their partners developed a quickened heart rate of 10 beats per minute compared to 5 beats per minute among those who got to hug their partners during the experiment. Decreasing heart rates will help in decreasing blood pressure and cardiac illness. (2)

10. Boosts Immune System

Dr. Shelden Cohen conducted a study of over 400 healthy adults who were interviewed about their perceived social support. They participated in night phone interviews for two weeks. They were asked about the frequency that they engaged in personal conflict and received hugs that day. The researchers exposed the participants to the common cold virus and monitored to assess symptoms and signs of infection. They found that the people who perceived themselves as having good social support and received frequent hugs had less or no number of symptoms and signs of infection. The people who went through interpersonal conflict and the people who received less or no hugs, however, exhibited different symptoms and signs of infection. Hugging can decrease the stress hormone which inhibits the immune system and increase the hormones and peptides that regulate the functioning of immune cells. (1,2) Give your children hugs and keep them healthy and immune!

11. Reduce Worry of Mortality

A study published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that hugging and touching reduce worry of mortality. The study also discovered that even hugging an inanimate object like a teddy bear was enough to soothe individual’s existential fears. Moreover, simply imagining hugging a person you love the most can cause your brain to release serotonin, dopamine, and endorphin, triggering feelings of happiness and joy. This will also negate the worries of mortality by decreasing the levels of stress hormone, by altering the perception of the brain, and by evoking positive emotions. (2) Don’t worry, hug and live long!

To conclude, a hug can make us confident and amiable. It can help in strengthening our bonds and can open up the gates to the depths of our minds. It can help in establishing a sense of trust between people and can make us open our hearts each other. The hug can cause a great change within us; it triggers a massive release of nueurohormones in the body which can calm our minds. These neurohormones will bring joy and happiness in us and will alleviate our sadness, tensions, and anxieties. Hugging alleviates pain and brings ecstasy. (1)

Keep hugging!

SOURCES

(1) The Science of emotions: Dr. Fahad Basheer page 23

(2) The physiological benefits of hugging: Josh Richardson

(3) Benefits of hugging: The Times of India

THE CHEMISTRY OF STRESS: HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH

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During my general practice, I often encounter many cases that stem from stress. Gastritis is one of the common clinical presentations that come in O.P. A thorough evaluation of the patient’s day will clearly explain why he developed gastritis (stress), and most patients have no problem admitting that they had a stressful day. And so, quite often, I am treating a psychological problem which was manifested as a physical one.

In an interesting study conducted in prisoners of the World War II, it was found that the risk of developing peptic ulcer was twice higher than that of the controls. There are several other issues, like stress induced hypertension, diabetes, bronchial asthma, infections, etc., which come to an O.P. This might make one wonder why stress can cause so many clinical disorders. I will explain why this happens in this article.

In our daily life we often undergo stressful situations. There is no avoiding them. The stress that one experiences is nothing but the response of the body to its outer environment and the mind to its inner fears. These inner fears may be the result of anything, from an examination, one’s family, a job or responsibility, or an encounter with a person or situation one dislikes, etc. (1)

Do you know what exactly happens to the body when we are stressed?

Imagine that you have met with an accident. What happens next? The adrenal gland, which is located just above the kidneys, responds to the accident by releasing an emergency hormone known as adrenaline into the bloodstream. This hormone helps in combating daily life stress by changing the body physiology. The adrenaline decreases the flow of blood to the gut and shunts the blood to the body muscles to tackle the tough situation the body is faced with. This gives your muscles more energy to combat the accident. The adrenaline produced at that time shuts down the functioning of the immune system and gut by decreasing their blood supply. This is known as the flight or fight response. This natural response is one of the greatest gifts the human body has for combating external threats that we often encounter in our daily life. This response gives us more power and energy to survive any external threats (like accidents, being chased by wild animals, etc.). (1)

This was also the case for our ancient ancestors. One flight-fight response would save their life from wild animals. This response is present in every animal to combat their enemies and to save their life from predators. Once the external threat vanishes, the flight-fight response subsides and the body restores its normal functioning. (1)

But this begs the question, why does modern man face this much stress in the absence of predators?

Normally, when an external threat is removed, adrenaline production halts and the body will restore its normal functioning. But when we are stressed and the threat is internal (negative thoughts and negative emotions), the production of adrenaline is constant. This will cause deleterious and harmful effects to the body unless the internal threat — “the stress” — is managed. In this situation, “stress” the hormone causes more harm than good. (1)

Do you know why and how exactly negative thoughts impact the body?

The latest research reveals that this adrenaline is not only produced while combating an accident, threat, or disaster, but also when we are stressed more generally. Stress is indeed the disease of modern man. It follows him wherever he goes, and research shows that “the adrenaline is even produced in the body when a person undergoes a negative thought in his mind, or even when he feels negative emotions” and “the adrenaline is produced the same moment he experience negative thoughts and negative emotion.” The fact is that “there is no time lag between production of adrenaline and negative thoughts that pass through his mind or the negative emotions he feels within.” (1)

So how badly will this Adrenaline affect our body? Adrenaline causes the following:

(1) Increased blood sugar: Adrenaline increases glucose production from liver to blood and decreases the production of insulin, thereby raising blood sugar. This predisposes someone to diabetes mellitus. (1)

(2) Increased blood pressure: Adrenaline increases blood pressure by constricting arterioles and veins, thereby raising blood pressure. This predisposes someone to hypertension. (1)

(3) Increased risk of cardiac diseases: Adrenaline increases the rate, force, and contraction of heart muscles and causes arrhythmias. Concurrent stimulation of the heart due to stress can place an increased workload on the heart, leading to increased chances of getting a heart attack. Women have a premenopausal estrogen that protects them from stress related heart disease. (1)

(4) Obesity: Adrenaline can move fat from storage depots and relocate it to fat cell deposits in the abdomen. This causes an increase in body mass index and generates obesity. Obesity is one of the risk factors for developing diabetes and coronary artery disease. (1)

(5) Indigestion and chronic constipation: Adrenaline decreases blood supply to the gut, decreases peristalsis of the bowel, and increases sphincter tone by acting on its receptors. This leads to indigestion and chronic constipation. (1)

(6) Increases susceptibility to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections: Adrenaline suppresses the functioning of immune cells required to combat infectious diseases and thereby increases a person’s susceptibility to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. Higher stress levels increase our susceptibility to H.pylori infections in the stomach and common gastritis. Chronic stress can increase the chances for Urinary tract infections in females. (1,2)

(7) Increases muscle tension: Adrenaline increases blood flow to muscles and causes increased muscle tension. This leads to tension headaches that we often experience at the end of our working days. The tight muscles can cause headache, shoulder pain, backache, and body pain. Chronic stress induced muscle tension can later predispose us to fibromyalgia, etc. (2)

(8) Decreased interest in sex: Adrenaline decreases the testosterone produced in men and estrogen in women, both needed for sexual arousal. Chronic stress can cause decreased sperm production and erectile dysfunction or impotence. (2)

(9) Altered menstrual cycle: Chronic stress can cause irregular or no menstruation. Sometimes it can cause heavy or painful bleeding. (2)

(10) Creates psychic disorders: Chronic stress is one of the fundamental causes for conditions like overeating, under-eating, and alcohol and drug abuse. (1,2)

So what exactly is the solution for attaining health?

The answer is simple, but tough to achieve. Wipe away our daily life stress!

You might be wondering how we can avoid something which seems so ingrained into modern life. The first step is to bring uncontrolled thoughts and emotions into our control.

To do that, we can use a variety of techniques. NLP psychotherapeutics, mindfulness, and meditation are all wonderful tools we can use to achieve mastery over our thoughts and emotions.

SOURCES

(1) The Science of Emotions: Dr. Fahad Basheer

(2) The Effect of Stress On The Body: Ann Pietrangelo