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Depression Is Still a Mystery — We Need a New Model

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 3, 2013

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.

Depression-solution-blockThe magazine ScienceNews begins a recent article on depression with a blanket judgment: “A massive effort to uncover genes involved in depression has largely failed.” A general reader would probably not feel the shock waves that spread from thisassessment. Gene research is always going up and down. That doesn’t change the public’s general sense that depression is being handled pretty well. Billion-dollar antidepressants continue to flourish. Somewhere in the future, better ones will improve the situation even more.

Informed opinion on the subject is very different, however, because the model for depression that has been accepted for decades counts it as a brain disorder, and brain disorders are rooted in genetics. The failure to find the genes involved in depression strongly suggest — as more than one prominent researcher now concedes — that the genes of depressed people are not damaged or distorted compared with the genes of people who aren’t depressed. What follows from that is another false assumption. The most popular antidepressants supposedly worked by repairing chemical imbalances in the synapses — the gaps between two nerve endings — where the culprit seemed to be an imbalance of serotonin. But serotonin is directly regulated by genes, and some key research indicates that drugs aimed at fixing the serotonin problem either don’t work that way or that there wasn’t a serotonin problem in the first place.

The ScienceNews report doesn’t leave much wiggle room for a laissez-faire attitude on this point: “By combing through the DNA of 34,549 volunteers, an international team of 86 scientists hoped to uncover genetic influences that affect a person’s vulnerability to depression. But the analysis turned up nothing.” Nothing doesn’t mean something.

If the chain of explanation running from genes to the synapses and finally to the pharmaceutical lab is broken, a host of doubts arises. Is depression a brain disease in the first place, or is it — as psychiatry assumed before the arrival of modern drug treatment — a disorder of the mind? The latest theories haven’t gone back to square one. What we know isn’t black and white. There are many variables in depression, which leads to some fairly good conclusions: Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Do Bad Things Happen? (Part 2)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 10, 2011

By Deepak Chopra

Because suffering is part of human life, everyone asks why it exists, and the answers we give to ourselves make a great deal of difference. Explanations lead to action, for one thing. Billions of people choose religion as a way to accept suffering or to try and escape it. In the first post of this series we began with the opposite of religion, however. The modern tendency, deeply influenced by science, is to explain the bad things in life as random and accidental. This explanation also leads to action. If you accept that random events will bring pain into your existence, with no blame or guilt on your part and no higher being who is punishing you, you won’t behave like a devout Christian or Muslim.

The notion that science has raised us above superstition has become a stick that staunch atheists like Richard Dawkins use to beat religion over the head. Yet the issue is subtler than the war between belief and skepticism. In the world’s wisdom traditions suffering has a cause and therefore a solution — such is the message of every great spiritual guide. The answers that they delivered have shaped civilization. In the first glow of discovery, Darwin and Freud, not to mention Marx, were eager to throw out the worst of religious excess. Yet as we saw in the first post, substituting randomness for God was not a psychological step forward. An accidental universe is almost impossible to live with for creatures like us who shape our existence to be meaningful.

If the good parts of your life are to have meaning, the same must be true of the bad parts. That, too, is a continual message delivered by the world’s wisdom traditions. How, then, are the dark and the light related to each other? There are cosmic answers to this question, and by a kind of trickle down effect, the cosmic answer turns into the answer we accept in normal, everyday existence.

Here are the basic choices for how the two aspects of life, pain and pleasure, came to exist.

1. Two universal forces contend for control of creation, one being good, the other evil. Human beings are caught in this titanic struggle between light and darkness.

2. Creation cannot exist without destruction. These forces are not opposites but two sides of the same eternal process.

3. The only real existence transcends good and evil. All events that we perceive as good or evil, pleasurable or painful, are illusions compared to the “real” reality, which is whole and therefore not divided into opposites. Read the rest of this entry »

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How the Buddha Would Interpret the Law of Attraction

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 18, 2011

Specially people from developed countries are using scientific achievemen­ts abundantly and seem to be spending happy life that could be the dream for most of the people from underdevel­oped countries. Neverthele­ss, on the contrary, evidences suggest that most of the fractions of the population in developed countries are lacking the natural sleep in their early age; facing problemati­c family life in the name of individual freedom due to frequent divorce; suffering comparativ­ely much more dementia problem in old age. Sound sleep like of every baby is vital for normal life. People start to loss sound sleep owing to their stressed life. These aberration­s in the life, undoubtedl­y, could not be corroborat­ive evidences for happy life.

Then what is happy life? Happy life could not be defined merely with the moment of marriage or good new job opportunit­y or enjoying with holidays in the most desired place or procuring a latest model new car or buying most dreamed houses or holding big Internatio­nal business companies etc. etc. Happy life should be defined on the basis of the overall life and more importantl­y present situation and interestin­gly that depends on every day’s real observant mentality.
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Memories and Emotions: All in The Mind or the Brain?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 27, 2011

By Deepak Chopra

Co-authored by Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi

Current brain research is hot on the trail of mysteries that need solving. Current imaging techniques can show, with remarkable precision, what happens in specific parts of the brain when we feel an emotion, for example. Eventually, neuroscientists may be able to pinpoint the exact process that leads to the emotion of love. Indeed they already feel that they are close, since there’s a map for tracing the hormones that make falling in love feel ecstatic, along with the areas of the brain responsible for emotions.

But close does you no good if your model has a serious flaw. In this case, the flaw is to assume that the physical mechanisms associated with love are the same as love itself. What if love takes place in the mind rather than the brain?

To many, that’s a distinction without a difference. The mind is invisible, yet everything it thinks or feels requires a physical response in the brain. If you know what the brain is doing, you know what the mind is doing, or so the scientific method, based on materialism, holds to be true. But a huge mystery, known as the mind-body problem, is being begged. As long as we ignore the mind, we may be making profound mistakes about the brain.

The words “I love you” give us a perfect example. Imagine that you are sitting close to someone who has not made clear what he or she feels. The moment is right; the mood is intimate. In your ear you hear the words “I love you.” Stop action. If we ask a neuroscientist what happens next, he will unfold a trail of physical events. Air molecules vibrate when those words are spoken, and in turn they vibrate the ear drum. Tiny bones in the middle ear transmit the signal, which gets turned into electrochemical reactions in the inner ear. As soon as electricity and chemicals are involved, we are in the precinct of the brain, which goes to work rapidly. Various areas light up, involving a complex interaction between those areas that process sound, meaning, memory and emotions. Even if it takes years or decades for neuroscience to trace this pattern exactly, the result is the same: Your heart jumps for joy, you flush and the delight of hearing “I love you” overtakes your body. Read the rest of this entry »

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Science Needs to Ask: ‘What Is Consciousness?’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 20, 2011

By Deepak Chopra

Anyone who equates myth with superstition would claim that we live in a world that has gone beyond mythology. Science is proud of vanquishing superstition, and a certain vocal contingent of atheists use science to bolster their belief that God is pure superstition. However, mythology is harder to vanquish that that. It crops up in new guises, because myths aren’t superstitions. They are mental templates, operating assumptions, the beliefs that bolster a world view and, above all, a way to explain nature. In any infinite universe, the human mind finds ways to tell a story that will bring the infinite within reach, and myths serve that function.

Sometimes myths are so strong that they pen reality in, building a fence around it and forcing every natural event to stay inside the fence. When God or the gods were the cause of earthly events, the fence was tight and inescapable. But the rise of quantum theory a century ago revealed that even stronger fences were hemming in our sense of reality. We explained the universe through matter and energy governed by physical laws. In the pre-quantum world this scheme wasn’t theory; it was reality, pure and simple. Everything inside this fence acted the same way. It operated by cause and effect. It never went faster than the speed of light. It conformed to mathematical formulations. It excluded the mushy emotions and shifting moods of subjectivity. Science claimed to have found a model for nature that was based on reason alone. How strange, then, that reason was actually the seed of a new mythology, and even stranger, that this rock-solid system is crumbling all around us.

In previous posts I’ve given the simplest indications of the cracks in the pre-quantum scientific mythology. It turns out that matter has no real existence but is a pattern of waves entangled in the quantum field. It turns out that events are not localized in time and space but have ramifications that go beyond spacetime and travel faster than the speed of light. And in the end, the entire universe, including space and time, emerged from a state of potentiality that transcends visible creation. None of this is disputable, yet we all lead our lives as if the old boundaries hem us in. In fact, these boundaries were self-created. They are part of our accepted mythology. Read the rest of this entry »

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What The Buddha Might Say To Politicians

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 6, 2011

Politician­s respect Buddha in their lectures and hate in their deeds.
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What’s True, and Not, About Stress

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 3, 2011

Stressed people suffer not only by themselves­, but also troubles others knowingly and unknowingl­y. So stress management is very important and with practice it is possible to minimize it and meditation is the most powerful tools for this.
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What Is It Like After You Die?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 27, 2011

The easiest way to suggest others to know after death is to ask to know themselves­, because after that nothing miracle. And the most difficult task is to know ourselves. That’s why we all are struggling with this kind of question.
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Stress and the Brain

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 24, 2011

Yes, stress and brain capacity inversely proportion­al and stress management is very important to keep the brain powerful and the given points are appreciabl­e.
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‘There is Life After an HIV Diagnosis’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 26, 2011

By Mark Mehler

This is Eduardo Hernandez’s Story:

My first reaction to receiving a diagnosis of HIV was the feeling of having a bucket of ice water dumped on my head. I was well beyond rational thought; all I could experience in that moment was a profound chill and the certainty that I was a dead man walking.

The diagnosis came from a doctor in my native Venezuela in 1998. He tossed off some obscure numbers — a T-cell count of 57, a viral load of 300,000. I didn’t know what those numbers actually meant, but I knew they were bad. The physician prescribed an HIV cocktail of AZT, Lamivudine and Saquinavir, and essentially left me to my own devices.

I was not only anxious and depressed; I was lost and alone. I had no words to tell the people who loved me the most — my mother and the rest of my family. I fumbled around trying to find the right way to tell a woman with whom I was just entering a serious relationship. Whatever I said apparently was not too effective, as she quickly decided to bow out of my life. What do I say to people I love? How do I answer their questions when I can’t answer my own? Read the rest of this entry »

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WHO Predicts Tobacco To Kill 600K Non-Smokers Yearly

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 31, 2011

It could be Great if really be able to achieve the goal
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