Sunday, June 24, 2018

Star Gazing and Reality

Star Gazing and Reality

Few statements of mine here might blow off the heads of few politicians and monks who reads astrology instead of Dhamma.

Thank our Sun-God, we do not see other stars when it shines.
We see stars only at night and many of us fear to venture into the darkness, let alone see the stars.
We see stars only when we do shopping with a meager budget.

We cannot see any star in its present state.

What we see is the glimmer of light which is older by about four light years.

The light reflected from the surface of the Moon takes only a second to reach Earth. 
The Sun is more than 8 light minutes away and 8 minutes older.
And so, if the light from the nearest star (Alpha Centauri) takes more than 4 years to reach us, we're seeing that star 4 years in the past.
The current distance to our cosmic event horizon is about 5 Gpc (16 billion light years), well within our observable range given by the particle horizon.

The observable universe is a spherical region of the Universe comprising all matter that can be observed from Earth at the present time, because electromagnetic radiation from these objects has had time to reach Earth since the beginning of the cosmological expansion.
There are at least 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe.
Assuming the universe is isotropic, the distance to the edge of the observable universe is roughly the same in each direction. That is, the observable universe is a spherical volume centered on the observer.
Every location in the universe has its own observable universe, which may or may not overlap with the one centered on Earth.
Even so the stars in the galaxies are laid in somewhat of a horizontal plane and they seem to rotate or spin in an axis unique to its own galaxies.
Then again our universe is expanding and we begin to lose sight of it bit by bit (even though we only see the past events).
So how can an astrologer give a prediction on a human being in the present time with a history of fallen or failing star?
We can never see the present state of the universe, how ever much we try.
We always see a past event.
As humans we are only interested in the future of our well being.

Apart from our sun and solar system which gives us the calender (not exact but 364 days and a bit more) and we live only about eighty years of full life span and see 80 years of the past history of the universe, could we ever visualize the present?
We know of our past but our memory is too weak to remember even a fraction of the past, unless we keep a diary.
The dairy has no value if it gives us the past.
With a diary we can plan the future.
In my case, I use to plan only a week at a time and the most a month in advance, when my salary is due on my account.

Now on full retirement I do not need a diary but a cellphone with few telephone numbers worth remembering.

But I cannot ask for a loan from any one of them since every one of them is hooked to a loan of some sort.

Only the bank remembers it and sends you a pdf note instead of a letter.
I demand them a letter of notice and with the postal service on strike, I pity the pensioners who do not have an email or account in the bank and depending on post office for the pension that comes often 14 days late.

Punishing the sick and the old is a crime.
I see very few old people happy and many of them with the sense of unhappiness writing to the English papers asking far an old flame to come into power who has lot in his hands not yet dry.

He believes in astronomy and sooth saying/seeing and Mantra but he lost two years of his time due to a rabid astrologer.
It is sickening feeling.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Making Customized Linux Distributions “On the Go” and “In the Cloud”

The success of cellphone has made the Linux development slow in evolution.

The concept below is to keep it alive and wake up from hibernation from time to time.

Making Customized Linux Distributions “On the Go” and “In the Cloud”

The idea I am proposing is not anything original.
It is something done before on a trial basis.
At least for the record Suse has done it by way of Suse Studio.
My idea is to support the concept but not Suse.
My concept is not bound to one Unix/Linux derivative.
It is the point where all the Linux Utilities could handshake (UBUNTU LOGO).
If one is a commercial Linux Enterprise like Redhat or Suse  they cannot enact what I am going to state.
This is the only way we can give our due respect to Richard Stallman and Linus Torvald.
This is an extension of FOSS philosophy and to save Developers who come from various background to unite in force and specially to save their precious time.
Like O.L.P.S, the commercial enterprises like Oracle who has a head start in database warehousing might try to kill this idea.
As a side effect my blog site may be attacked.
The visitors who were less than 24 per day have gone up suddenly and it looks like some zombie type of attack was engineered by somebody  out there but until now it did not materialize.
There are Cyber-terrorist, I call them, out there.
Concept is simple.
1. Linux Kernel/s are housed in the cloud with on house bug fixing.
2. Live Script is hosted on another cloud with various way to enhance it versatility.
For example language support for particular language.
It should evolve like the Universal GRUB.
3. X-windows are housed as cloud utilities from Fluxbox to LXDE to Unity to New Gnome.
4. All repositories need to take the tags out of their distributions (their tagging can be kept in their own clouds) and host them in clouds of package utilities.
A Universal Package Manager (UPM for short) should evolve
5. Script to reach the above  four (4) on a stepwise manner should be designed.
I call it the plugger.
One can call it the Universal Connector (like the electricity plugs of various countries) and it is virtually wired to the utilities through cloud.
6. Once all the required components are assembled an automated procedure should make a customized CD/DVD for testing on a virtual machine in the cloud.
All stages up to this should be virtualized.
7. Any developer community could then use the product to customize more if necessary and put it out with a Linux Brand name of their choice and maintain it for that community and the customer base.
By this way it won’t kill the community with over 300 active and 300 inactive distributions.

The reason for the inactivity is often due to one developers does the main work and rest follow his or her footsteps and when the chief retires due to domestic reasons there is nobody to step in and succeed.
This is the difference in the Linux customer architecture which become dormant.
Whereas a failing commercial venture like HP, there is somebody to step in till complete bankruptcy is claimed.
Linux do not go bankrupt it goes into hibernation like some animals.
My idea is to wake up these beautiful animals from sleep.
The cloud can be the place for them to hibernate till some metamorphosis of this animal can occur in its sleep mode unlike in real animal world.
This metamorphosis is good for Linux.
There a lot of steps missing in my concept but I firmly believe that it can be done and accomplished if the right steps are taken before commercial clouds invade us an blacken the sky like a rain cloud.
As a beneficiary I would be able to make my customized Linux in the cloud once a year.
My planning are yearly basis to the grave and not for a century.
But the above concept should outlast me by at least a century with cloud computing on the horizon.
I bet USA/Russia/China cannot do this alone.
U.N.O cannot do it.
It even won’t try.
But Linux can do it since Linux Guys/Girls do not have racial or national boundaries.
We are all together.
All will be benefited.
Any commercial company can hijack this concept of mine provided they acknowledge that it is coming from a small country called Ceylon (not Sri-Lanka) which is trying to recover from 30 odd years of war which  the Commonwealth (it is not common anymore than it used to be) is hell-bent to destroy.
They company also should not send the product Free to Ceylon or on IMF Loan to us as long as I am alive and well.
They may try to kill my idea after investing the money but not me.
Even they kill my idea, lot of nice guys/girls are out their with brains and community spirit.
It will be reborn again in some far corner of this planet/globe.
With cloud computing we are going to be truly global.

Ten or More Things Apple Mac won’t tell its customers.

Ten or More Things Apple Mac won’t tell its customers.

Ten or More Things Apple Mac won’t tell its customers.
1. It is a Unix derivative i.e. BSD (Berkeley Systems Distribution) which form the basis for both Mac OS X and the iOS that powers the iPhone.
2. It was hooked to a O.E.M platform (Power PC) till recently.
3. BSD is what Darwin is based on.
4. Darwin is Apple’s Open Source Unix operating system foundation.
Somebody should revive this, now that Steve Job is no more.
The Darwin kernel is equivalent to the Mac OS X kernel plus the BSD libraries and commands essential to the BSD Commands environment.
5  It uses Open Source OpenGL – Standard 3D graphics library
6. jEdit  4.3
7. Perl  5.10  Accessible through Terminal under Utilities
8. Python  2.6.1  Accessible through Terminal under Utilities
9. Python  3.3  Accessible through Terminal under Utilities
10. Ruby  1.8.7  Accessible through Terminal under Utilities
Items 6 to 10  are programming languages (now mostly platform independent) which made the backbone of  Linux.
11. Audacity   is a Linux derivative
12. Thunderbird is a Linux derivative
13. VLC    Media Player is a Linux derivative
14. Geogebra             is a Linux derivative
No operating system is Pure and I have not used OpenOffice or Libre Office since they originated from Sun Solaris system and later became Open Source.

Hackers, Holidays, Homing Folder and Homing In

 Old Piece reproduced and we still do not have Kindle Service.
Hackers, Holidays, Homing Folder and Homing In
Hacker (term), a contentious term used in computing for several types of person
C1. Hacker (computer security) or cracker, who accesses a computer system by circumventing its security system
C2. Hacker (hobbyist), who makes innovative customization's or combinations of retail electronic and computer equipment
C3. Hacker (programmer subculture), who shares an anti-authoritarian approach to software development now associated with the free software movement
Hackers and Holidays
I refer to the category C1 in here since this is the holiday time and all the developers with FOSS mentality are holidaying and enjoying the Christmas, the shady guys become active by default during holidays.
I won’t go into detail of how to manage your security which has to be the responsibility of the individual.
If one leave the back door open, thieves will walk in.
You have two back doors unlike in a house.
1.The biggest of it is YOUR EMAIL with a loose password.
2. Unsuspecting back door is your browser with cookies to spy on your likes and dislikes
3. The deadliest is the combination of the two thieves.
YOU sign in and forget to sign off.
The second thief, the browser keeps a memory of your log in and often the encrypted password.
The best security I advise is not to have an email and not to browse the WEB but take a nice story book of your liking or get  your Amazon’s Kindle or Noble eBook and read during the holidays.
If you cannot resist both of the above vices, I have a few tricks up my sleeve for you, with the hacker’s mentality in me ignited.
Have two browser or may be three with Amazons silk included.
Go for a light weight browser, Midori,  Ice Weasel type your simple activity.
Then have any Gorilla Type of browser with your liking.
Then you have to do your own hacking.
Go to the properties and take all the cookies out or decommission them for good. 
I have tried all the other methods but this the best remedy, I have found for the holidays.
I of course do a full format by the end of December of in January.
With so many Linux distribution is store already downloaded, I have to toss a coin and select the first five.
If you are PARANOID (It is a disease many of us, especially westerners have when they come here on holidays and do not recognize as it is and become non-human) what one has do is to download a live Linux CD with TOR (to RAM) in it and use it at lib.
There are many including Pollipix.
If you are in a country with a dictator running the day to day affairs these are an added security.
Do not PLEASE use the D.O.Ds L.P.S (Light Portable Linux) even by accident an it is only for Russian Secret Service KGB developed by American CIA .
This distribution is worse than your email and the Gorilla browser and it sends all your transactions to a web-eavesdropper without your knowledge. 
This is where all your junk is. 
What you do with your junk is your own pejorative.
Best defense mechanism is to not to have a home or home folder but become a vagrant or a vagabond.
Homing In
Switch off the computer.
Go to the up market.
By some wine, beer, cookies, chocolates, music CD (NO VIDEO PLEASE) and anything else you may think that Santa Claus won’t bring for YOU and 
Home In and enjoy with your dear ones.
Unfortunately the holiday won’t last long, so make best use of it now.
For me because of our industrial action, this is the shortest holiday we have had for a long time, I can 
I made another mistake beginning of this year.
That is to blog a piece a day which I kept till now except one day.
I am glad I missed one in the very beginning so that I got out of the regimented or the religious enthusiasm.
Both are bad for your health and the sense of humour.
I am hoping to dream a lot and I will be back with some dreams (only if I dream some good ones).
Till then Good Bye and special thanks to Linux Guys/Girls who made 20th birthday of Linux in September a happy occasion for me to write few books on Linux too.
in out 21st birthday, the KILLER organization called Cloud Computing will emerge and only UBUNTU is ready with the challenge.
Special thanks to Ubuntu for Ubuntu One and UNITY desktop.
I am waiting to buy a Tablet but this is the only godforsaken (Sri-Lanka–Ceylon) country where they try open private universities but have not allowed (unofficial ban) Amazon wireless service for me to read a Kindle (not even my books in Kindle) Fire this Christmas when I am bored with our Media (both private and government).
Reason for this unofficial ban of Amazon probably is due to the Eduction Department won’t be able to donate the books (20 years outdated-some of them especially IT and Science) they publish with religious vigour to unsuspecting students.

Feeling Good

There are two “insane” articles below with my own opinions.
If you are sane do not read them, line by line.
Pick only the gems among lot of bare bones and stones.
My advice is you read only one.
The benefit of one will be nullified by the other.

Additionally a piece of chocolate will provide you with almost all the “feel good hormones” (300% more) except growth hormone.

Only way to increase growth hormone is to perform appropriateexercise for age” (Do not try to be 18 year old at 70) coupled with mindful meditation.
Second article is how to analyze the deterioration of Buddhist Practice in this country, from Eggo Buddhist to Ego Buddhists.
Bottom line in Buddhism is to nullify the bloated Id, Ego or altered personality cults.
Mind you there are lot of Typos and the content is large and any attempt at summarizing leads to faulty information or “Faked News”.

Relevant comments, for today.

If one is a true Buddhist who practices Dhamma and Avihinsa (higher level Metta), the first violation of the basic precept is eating flesh of any kind.

There are plenty of substitutes now.
Vegetarian diet promotes a happy heart (Somanassa) both for animals and the practitioner.

My Mujja Pama Dharshanaya is proven wrong.

Even one tot causes, fatty change in liver within an hour and it last for at least 8 to 10 hours.
It causes ketosis and we do not have an enzyme in our system to metabolize and the cells or liver use alternate pathways.
Of cause we can now do a molecular biological alteration in cells and introduce the pathway in yeast, so that, instead of drinking pure alcohol, consume as much sugar as possible, expecting it to be converted to alcohol in 24/7 cycle, through this artificially introduced, alternate pathway.
One would get the Nobel Prize for that research.
Additional information is the feel good hormones.
If the liver is dysfunctional (due to alcohol) the feel good factors or hormones (especially growth hormone effect) are not produced by the liver.
Almost every chemical is endogenous product only a few are exogenous and can be supplements with diet.
Normal Liver Function
HGH stimulates the liver into producing IGF-1, which is released into the body to stimulate the production of cells that are responsible for cell proliferation, increased muscle mass and increased energy. An individual would never experience the full benefits HGH has to offer if experiencing poor liver function, cirrhosis, fatty liver and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Feel Good Factors or Hormones

Our body naturally produces the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in the adrenal gland. In turn, DHEA helps produce other hormones, including testosterone and estrogen.
Natural DHEA levels peak in early adulthood and then slowly fall as one ages.
A synthetic version of DHEA is available for oral use, as a tablet, and a topical cream.
Often touted as an anti-aging therapy, DHEA is also claimed to ward off chronic illness and improve physical performance.
2. Serotonin
Serotonin helps regulate your mood naturally.
When your serotonin levels are normal, you feel:
    more focused
    less anxious
    more emotionally stable

What is serotonin?

Serotonin is a chemical nerve cells produce.

It sends signals between your nerve cells. Serotonin is found mostly in the digestive system. It’s also present in blood platelets and throughout the central nervous system.
Serotonin is made from the essential amino acid tryptophan. All essential amino acids must come from one's diet and is commonly found in foods such as nuts, cheese, and red meat.
Tryptophan deficiency can lead to lower serotonin levels.
The deficiency could result in mood disorders, such as anxiety or depression.

What does serotonin do?

Serotonin impacts every part of the body, from the emotions to motor skills. Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer. It’s the chemical that helps with sleeping, eating, and digesting. Serotonin also helps:
    reduce depression
    regulate anxiety
    heal wounds
    stimulate nausea
    maintain bone health

3. What Is GABA?

The Brain-Boosting GABA

What Is GABA?

Gamma-aminobutyric acid, also known as GABA, is a neurotransmitter that helps send messages between the brain and the nervous system. It is produced in the brain from glutamate. This process is catalyzed by the active form of vitamin B6 and the enzyme glutamate decarboxylase (GAD).
Its main function is to reduce the activity of nerve cells in the nervous system. A good amount of emerging research has found that it could play a role in many conditions, including depression, anxiety and stress.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid is thought to have a natural calming effect and is believed to reduce feelings of of anxiety and fear by decreasing neuronal excitability.
It is often used as a natural supplement to promote sleep, improve mood and ease premenstrual symptoms.

GABA Uses and Benefits

  1. Relieves Anxiety
  2. Improves Sleep
  3. Reduces Depression Symptoms
  4. Relieves Symptoms of PMS
  5. Decreases Inflammation
  6. Improves Focus in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  7. Increases Levels of Growth Hormone

4. What Are Endorphins?

They are responsible for the all-encompassing sense of happiness we sometimes feel.
Endorphins are a category of neurotransmitters that the body uses as an internal pain killer. A 1995 study (Harte et al) published in the Biological Psychology Journal tested the neurochemical release of two groups — 11 elite runners and 12 highly trained meditators — after running and meditation, respectively.
What did they find?
Both groups’ endorphin levels were greatly elevated.
Perhaps even more amazing, meditation's "feel-good effect" scored even higher than running!
Joggers have coined the term "runners high" to describe how wonderful the endorphin rush feels after a nice, long run. This happy, zen-like, alert state of bliss can be a powerful and highly pleasurable experience, going a long way to explain why so many runners are addicted to their sport.
Luckily, this wonderful mind-state is readily found through meditation. Maybe it is time for meditators to come up with a cool phrase for how good they feel after meditation?

What Are Endorphins

Endorphins are the popular term for chemical substances known as “opiate peptides.”
Which neurochemicals qualify as “endorphins,” and what do endorphins do exactly?
Endorphins include enkephalins and dynorphins, substances associated with feelings of pleasure, sexuality/sensually, euphoria and pain relief. Essentially, endorphins promote a sort of “bliss,” providing a sense of well-being.
Low levels of endorphins are associated with the opposite effects: physical and emotional pain (including chronic pain linked to disorders like fibromyalgia), addiction and higher incidence of risk taking behaviors.
When one talks about endorphins, they’re also referring to other neurotransmitters besides opiate peptides, including dopamine and serotonin.
Here’s a quick overview of how endorphins are released?
Medically speaking, we refer to chemical messengers of the mind that cause emotions as neurotransmitters. Endorphins are manufactured by the central nervous system (your brain, spinal cord and nerves that connect to many other parts of your body). Through the production of certain neurotransmitters, the pituitary gland of the brain gets the signal to release particular endorphins depending on the situation, which then bind to neuron receptors. There’s also evidence that the immune system releases certain endorphins based on rising levels of inflammation, which is a mechanism useful for dulling pain.

5. Melatonin
The hormone melatonin plays a role in the natural sleep-wake cycle. Natural levels of melatonin in the blood are highest at night. Some research suggests that melatonin supplements might be helpful in treating sleep disorders, such as delayed sleep phase, and providing some relief from insomnia and jet lag.
Melatonin is generally safe for short-term use. Unlike with many sleep medications, with melatonin one is unlikely to become dependent, have a diminished response after repeated use (habituation), or experience a hangover effect.

What is melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland , a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control the sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. One can buy it as a supplement.

What does natural melatonin do in the body?

The body has its own internal clock that controls the natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. In part, the body clock controls how much melatonin the body makes. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours.
Light affects how much melatonin the body produces. During the shorter days of the winter months, the body may produce melatonin either earlier or later in the day than usual.
This change can lead to symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression.
Natural melatonin levels slowly drop with age.
Some older adults make very small amounts of it or none at all.

Why is melatonin used as a dietary supplement?

Melatonin supplements are sometimes used to treat jet lag or sleep problems (insomnia).
Scientists are also looking at other good uses for melatonin, such as:
    Treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
    Helping to control sleep patterns for people who work night shifts.
    Preventing or reducing problems with sleeping and confusion after surgery.
    Reducing chronic cluster headaches.

6. Human Growth Hormone

Benefits of Human Growth Hormone

Human growth hormone can be injected in larger doses to promote weight loss and increase muscle size while a small doses can be used for general recovery, health and ignite the anti-aging process. Presently, there is a growing list of benefits of HGH treatment in children, adolescents and adults, such as:
1. Increased Muscle Strength
Human growth hormone has been known to improve physical capacity of individuals through stimulating collagen synthesis in the skeletal muscle and tendons, increasing muscle strength and improving exercise performance as a result.
In the International Journal of Endocrinology, a study with 14 healthy men at the ages of 50 to 70 were randomized into two groups. Seven subjects were administered HGH therapy with seven placebo subjects, and they were re-evaluated after six months. After six months, there was a significant increase in the leg press responsiveness muscles in the growth hormone group.
Overall, the study concluded an increased muscle strength in the lower body after human growth hormone was administered in healthy men. In HGH-deficient adults, participants who were administered long-term HGH therapy experienced normalization of muscle strength, increased exercise capacity, and improved thermoregulation and body composition.
2. Better Fracture Healing
Numerous of local growth factors and hormones are responsible for regulating mineral and bone metabolism, along with fracture healing. Administration of human growth hormone has been shown to speed up the regeneration of bone, making it a key part of bone healing. Applying growth factors like IGF-1 is known to stimulate the metabolism of bone.
In a study published in the journal BONE, growth hormone was systemically applied to recombinant species-specific rats by subcutaneous injections and was compared to the placebo group. As a result, the local growth factor application revealed a stronger effect on fracture healing than the systemic human growth hormone injection. These observations suggest that the local application of growth hormone speeds up fracture healing significantly without systemic adverse effects.
Human growth hormone plays a crucial role in the repair of wear and tear and expedites healing. Researchers have reported the beneficial effects of HGH in enhancing the healing of injuries and wounds significantly. A randomized, controlled, double-blinded study for six months of HGH therapy or placebo in 28 healthy older men with low baseline plasma IGF-1 was conducted at the University of California’s Department of Medicine. As a result, healthy older men who were administered growth hormone had enhanced collagen deposition during the wound-healing process, helping the healing process.
3. Enhanced Weight Loss
Obese individuals have limited response to growth hormone stimuli release, and after successful reduction of weight, growth hormone responsiveness can be partial or complete. Growth hormone accelerates lipolysis, the breakdown of lipids and involves hydrolysis of triglycerides into glycerol and free fatty acids, and impaired secretion of human growth hormone leads to loss of lipolytic effect.
Dietary restrictions and growth hormone treatment effects on anabolic and lipolytic actions as well as the changes in growth hormone secretions and insulin were investigated in a study published in Hormone Research. Twenty-four obese participants were on a hypocaloric diet and treated with recombinant human growth hormone or a placebo in a double-blinded, 12-week randomized study. As a result, growth hormone treatment caused a 1.6-fold increase in weight loss, with the greatest loss being visceral fat compared to the placebo.
In the placebo group, lean body mass was lost, whereas lean body mass was gained in the growth hormone group. This study suggests that in obese participants who eat a caloric-restriction diet, growth hormone accelerates the loss of body fat and improves growth hormone secretion. Thus, human growth hormone can serve a therapeutic role to help obese people lose weight.

4. Stronger Bones
The pituitary gland stimulates the release of growth hormone and is essential for regulating bone growth, especially during puberty. Growth hormone stimulates the production of IGF-1, which is produced in the liver and released in the blood. With age, human growth hormone decreases and may be the cause of older individuals not being able to form or replace bone rapidly. The IGF-1/growth hormone duo stimulates bone-forming and bone-resorbing cells, leading to increased bone mass.

5. Reduced Cardiovascular Disease Risk
Adults who are growth hormone-deficient have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, leading to decreased life expectancy. In Sweden, 104 patients who are growth hormone-deficient were studied for cardiovascular disease risk. These patients had higher body mass and triglyceride concentrations compared to controls. These results suggest lipoprotein metabolism is altered by growth hormone deficiency, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease.

6. Improvement in Erectile Dysfunction
It’s been suggested in recent studies that human growth hormone is responsible for male reproductive function and sexual maturation while deficiency is associated with loss of sexual erection and desire. Thirty-five healthy adult men and 45 participants with erectile dysfunction were exposed to tactile and visual stimuli in order to elicit penile tumescence in a German study. The increase in growth hormone was greater than 90 percent as determined during developing penile tumescence, followed by a transient decrease afterward. This study suggests that penile erection may be induced by growth hormone through its stimulating activity on human corpus cavernosum smooth muscle, making it a potential natural remedy for impotence.
7. Decreased Obesity
Insulin resistance and visceral/abdominal obesity are common in adults with hormone growth deficiency. Abdominal obesity is prevalent in individuals who show low growth hormone and insulin-like growth hormone serum concentrations as well. Human growth hormone treatment has demonstrated positive results in adults who are growth hormone-deficient in treating obesity naturally.
Thirty men ages 48–66 with abdominal/visceral obesity were treated with recombinant human growth hormone in a nine-month, randomized, double-blind study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Abdominal and visceral adipose tissue decreased along with diastolic blood pressure, and improved insulin sensitivity was one of the favorable benefits of human growth hormone found.

8. Better Mood and Cognitive Function
Quality of life and psychological well-being are restored when growth hormone therapy in growth hormone-deficient adults is administered. A Lithuanian study investigated the changes in cognitive function, mood and concentration from baseline after six months of treatment with human recombinant growth hormone. Eighteen adult patients with HGH deficiency participated in the study, and growth hormone was administered in 12 IU per week.
As a result, cognitive function and mood significantly increased after six months of therapy, according to mood scales. This study suggests that administering growth hormone can be a possible treatment option to improve cognitive function and mood in adults who are growth hormone-deficient.

9. Better Sleep
The majority of the growth hormone pulsatile secretion happens just after the onset of sleep and continues to rise when the first hours of sleep are reached. Individuals who are going through sleep deprivation, such as people who work the night shift or late studiers, can be affected negatively throughout the day. Lack of sleep alters pituitary and hypothalamus function, further altering growth hormone release time.
When sleep was deprived for 24 to 36 hours in a study conducted by the University of Chicago’s Department of Medicine, human growth hormone release was drastically decreased and noticeably decreased in growth hormone peak values at night. The 24-hour diurnal pulse of growth hormone release became random and more frequent throughout these waking hours. This study suggests that sleep deprivation can reduce growth hormone release the morning after and can severely disturb and alter the sleep-wake cycle.

Human Growth Hormone Deficiency

Signs and symptoms of growth hormone deficiency vary with age, and children can have different symptoms than an adult. Children being significantly shorter than children their age and grow less than two inches per year are common symptoms of growth hormone deficiency. Children with normal levels grow about 2.5 inches a year from age 1 until they hit puberty, when they can grow up to four inches a year. However, a decline in human growth hormone does not have any impact on a child’s intelligence.

Other symptoms of growth hormone deficiency in children include:
    Facial features may appear younger than children who are the same age
    Delayed puberty, sometimes will not go through puberty
    Increased fat around the stomach and face
    Prominent forehead
    Slow hair growth
Adults may experience a combination of symptoms from human growth hormone deficiency, including:
    Hair loss
    Sexual dysfunction
    Decreased muscle strength and mass
    Memory loss
    Lack of concentration
    Dry skin
    Increased triglycerides
    Cardiovascular disease risk
    Increase LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
    Insulin resistance
    Reduced bone density
    Temperature sensitivity
    Increased weight, especially around the waist

Best Ways to Increase HGH Naturally

1. High-Intensity Exercise
It’s well-documented in various studies that exercise-induced growth hormone response increases HGH secretion. Research suggests that the exercise-induced growth hormone plus endurance exercise associated with load, intensity, duration and frequency are the determining factors in the regulation of HGH secretion.
An exercise intensity above lactate threshold and for a minimum of 10 minutes elicits the greatest stimulus to the secretion of HGH. HIIT workouts are effective in promoting beneficial well-being, health and positive training outcomes, while stimulating HGH.

2. L-glutamine
Supplementing with L-glutamine is known for enhancing exercise performance, maintaining acid-base balance and increasing the storage of glycogen in muscle. In an Iranian study, 30 healthy non-athlete males were randomly divided into placebo and glutamine supplementation groups and put through an eight-week resistance training program. Both groups performed the same weight training program three days a week for eight weeks. Both groups increased in performance, but the glutamine groups showed greater increases in lower- and upper-body strength, explosive muscle power, blood testosterone, IGF-1, and HGH compared to the placebo group.
3. L-arginine
Most studies have shown when administering oral L-arginine to participants, arginine alone increases the resting growth hormone levels at least 100 percent, while exercise can increase growth hormone levels by 300 percent to 500 percent.
4. A-GPC
According to a study in the 2008 issue of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine (A-GPC) might increase human growth hormone levels. Participants who consumed 600 milligrams of A-GPC two hours before resistance exercise had increased HGH levels post-exercise compared to those given a placebo.

5. Laughter
Researchers Stanley Tan and Lee Berk at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., observed that two hormones, human growth hormone and endorphins, were increased by 27 percent and 87 percent, respectively, when participants anticipated watching a humorous video.

6. Normal Liver Function
HGH stimulates the liver into producing IGF-1, which is released into the body to stimulate the production of cells that are responsible for cell proliferation, increased muscle mass and increased energy. An individual would never experience the full benefits HGH has to offer if experiencing poor liver function, cirrhosis, fatty liver and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

7. Vitamin C
Studies have observed the correlation of reduced vitamin C concentration in decreased growth hormone secretion, obese patients, increased waist-hip ratio and increased heart disease risk, which is why consuming more vitamin C foods may help increase HGH.

Dopamine vs. Serotonin:

Their Effects & Key Differences
The endocrine (hormonal) system functions at a slower pace than the nervous system, but the two must work together to maintain internal balance and happiness. There are actually hundreds of different chemicals in the brain we call neurotransmitters or endorphins.
These cause positive feelings, but the two that are probably the most well-known are dopamine and serotonin.
The combination of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and opiate endorphins are often called “the quartet.” Together, they’re responsible for most of our perception of “happiness”.
Let’s take a look at how these chemicals function and play off one another:

Serotonin is often called the “happy hormone” because it improves your mood and helps beat depression. We need healthy levels of serotonin for mood stabilization, getting good sleep, dreaming and visualization. It also influences many physiological functions one probably wouldn’t expect, such as blood pressure levels, digestion and regulation of body temperature. Adequate levels of serotonin provide emotional and social stability, while low levels of serotonin are associated with various mental disturbances including: depression, anxiety, PMS, sugar/carbohydrate cravings, trouble sleeping, obsessive thinking and addiction to alcohol or drugs.

(It’s closely related to the hormone noradrenalin, also called norepinephrine).
Dopamine is considered one of the strongest “feel-good hormones” (neurotransmitters) that makes you feel energized, motivated and in control. Both dopamine and noradrenaline are associated with pleasure, motivation, alertness, concentration and euphoria. They are raised by sources of stress, but this doesn’t always mean “bad stress.” Noradrenaline levels tend to be higher in “positive stress” states like sex, being in love, during exercise or doing other fun things like dancing, laughing and listening to music. Low levels of dopamine/norepinephrine is associated with: depression, lack of concentration (brain fog), poor motivation and difficulty initiating and/or completing tasks.

There are other important neurochemicals to familiarize with, that include:
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid): relaxing and calming after experiencing stress, since it has a dampening effect on the central nervous system
Catecholamines: energizers or natural stimulants
Adrenaline (also called epinephrine): strong motivator, stimulating you to deal with and overcome stress
Acetylcholine: improves memory and mental alertness
Tryptamines: help with forming bonds and connection
Melatonin: helps to keep you in tune with the cycles of nature and day/night
DMT (dimethyltryptamine): useful for staying optimistic and seeing “the big picture” when stressed

7 Benefits of Endorphins

1. May Help You Overcome Addictions
The release of endorphins can be helpful for allowing you to escape addictions, including some that you may not even realize you have — such as overeating/binge-eating or other “normal” sources of over consumption (like dependence on social media). When endorphins or other neurochemical levels drop, you’re more likely to look for unhealthy sources of comfort or reward, including drugs and alcohol. This is why healthy habits like exercise can be powerful for dealing with addiction, depression and boosting recovery.

2. Offer Relief from Stress, Depression or Anxiety
As you’ve learned, serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins all have powerful mood-boosting abilities. Several popular antidepressant drugs (such as Prozac or Zoloft) are called “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors,” or SSRIs. They work to decrease symptoms of depression by blocking neurons’ reuptake of serotonin, leaving more available and circulating in the bloodstream. This helps elevate your mood, although artificially. The same serotonin and endorphin perks, although usually to a lesser degree, can be felt from increasing levels naturally through things like your diet, hobbies and sleep (see below).

3. Protect the Heart
Something that might surprise you about the “cuddle hormone” oxytocin is that it seems to improve immune function and even protects your heart from stress.
Consider this another reason to get a massage or hug someone for your health.

4. Make one Feels Sleepy, but Also Fights Fatigue
Endorphins, and especially serotonin, affect the overall moods, level of sleepiness and pain tolerance —all important parts of regulating the internal “clock” called the circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm helps one to intuitively know the cycles of day/wake versus night/sleep. This helps to wake up refreshed but feel drowsy before bed and during the night.

Melatonin, dopamine and other chemicals, such as adrenaline, also affect the sleep cycle and send the brain a signal when it’s either time to wind down or rise and shine.

5. Keep the Brain Sharp
Certain endorphins are highly beneficial for cognition, as well as fueling creativity and inspiration. We can thank the release of endorphins and neurochemicals like dopamine for allowing us to stay motivated and intrigued enough to produce great works of art, music and writing, to create scientific formulations and even to experience spiritual breakthroughs.

6. Help to Deal with Pain
Beta-endorphins are a type of neuropeptides involved in pain management, possessing morphine-like effects, according to a report published in Hawaii Medical Journal.
The neuron receptors that endorphins bind to help decrease the perception of pain just like some prescriptions. In fact, certain pain-killing drugs act on the same binding sites that endorphins do. In low doses, the opiates morphine and codeine are actually found in normal cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. However when their levels are dramatically increased, they cause strong pain-killing effects. In normal circumstances without opiates circulating in your system, endorphins take on the role of controlling pain enough to help one carrys on when injured or ill.

7. Help You Feel Connected to Others
Considering humans are a highly-social species, it’s not surprising we feel a natural “high”— thanks to the release of neurochemicals like oxytocin — when we experience a sense of unity with those around us, a deep connection with community or family and a shared sense of life’s purpose. Oxytocin is released during highly emotional moments like childbirth, when you’re in love and also during orgasms. It helps increase fidelity and monogamy in relationships, motivates us to strengthen personal connections, helps us stay honest and facilitates compassion/empathy towards others.

Natural Ways to Increase Endorphins & Feel-Good Chemicals

The amazing thing about the human brain and body is that we are all capable of producing our own “natural highs,” without even taking illegal or prescription substances for help. Positive moods also thankfully work in a cyclical pattern: when we release endorphins following behaviors like exercise or time spent with others, we are motivated to repeat these behaviors again in the future. When we ask ourselves, “What are endorphins,” it’s important to also understand how to naturally boost endorphin levels.
1. Exercise Regularly
A large body of research shows that people who exercise regularly have added protection against depression, tend to deal with anxiety better and also get better sleep. Exercise is one of the most endorphin-boosting things one can do, offering numerous benefits for both our bodies and minds (hence the name “runner’s high”). Studies show exercise even works similarly to meditation to increase well-being. Some of the ways that exercise releases endorphins and therefore improves your mood include:
    Increasing self-esteem; we feel good about taking care of our own health
    Giving a sense of accomplishment and mastery as one progresses (due to dopamine)
    Increasing energy levels and helping to sleep more soundly (thanks to adrenaline and serotonin)
    Keeping one motivated to keep trying and improving in the future (due to dopamine)
    Leaving one with a more optimistic, positive and energized outlook on life
2. Eat A Healthy Diet
Because your diet is key for creating neurotransmitters, you can view certain healthy foods as near-perfect “brain foods.” Nutrient-dense foods can improve how one feels and thinks, plus balance the blood sugar, which acts as brain and body fuel. Stabilizing the mood with a healthy diet can also allow one to break one's dependency on processed food substances that interfere with normal brain chemistry and deplete the energy over time.
Here’s how to increase the release of endorphins such as serotonin through your dietary choices:
    Consume enough protein.
    Serotonin is made primarily through intake of tryptophan-rich foods, such as turkey or milk. Almost all protein sources will help release serotonin, including meat, fish, chicken, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs, which are complete proteins.
    Don’t skip plant foods.
    You can also combine a number of different plant foods, such as beans with sprouted grains, to get the same effects. In general, whole foods like seeds, nuts, beans, lentils, peas, corn or the germ of grains, such as buckwheat and oats, are all good plant sources of amino acids that help increase serotonin.
    Even some veggies, such as broccoli, spinach or cauliflower, are relatively rich in protein.
    Consume more antioxidant foods.
    Free radicals are the major cause of the aging process and also contribute to mental illness, since they attack brain cells and contribute to inflammation. Increase your intake of antioxidant foods by eating colorful plants like leafy greens, sweet potato, squash, citrus, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, broccoli and alfalfa sprouts.
    Eat healthy fats.
    Fats comprise 60 percent of the brain. Essential fatty acids produce hormones called eicosanoids, which are necessary for many chemical processes within the body. They stimulate the immune system, fight inflammation and support the activity of neurotransmitters, including serotonin. Get healthy fats from coconut or olive oil, wild-caught fish like Alaskan salmon, nuts, seeds and avocado.
    Avoid high consumption of alcohol and caffeine.
    Using and abusing these substances can lead the body to compensate by building a tolerance due to down-regulation. This makes it harder to quit, requires one to increase one's intake to feel the same mood-boost, and causes side effects of “withdrawal” in some cases.
3. Laugh More!
Laughter is basically a quick-fix for feeling almost instantly better, thanks to the release of endorphins. Studies have even linked laughter with an elevated pain threshold. Try regularly doing something to keep your sense of humor, such as playing with children, watching something funny, recalling a funny moment, sharing jokes, or attending live comedy events.

4. Connect with Others (This Includes Touch, Volunteering & Finding Purpose)
Connection — through means like being touched when receiving a massage or a hug, volunteering to help others or just having a deep conversation with someone you trust — all releases oxytocin and other chemicals that help one to feel calm and comforted. Acupuncture and other hands-on treatments also seem to have similar effects according to some studies. Make time to foster healthy relationships, reach out to others in need, find a sense of purpose and notice how good you feel when you do something nice for someone else.

5. Learn Something New
Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter involved in stimulus-reward-learning, so it can help us learn positive behaviors and stay motivated when used to our advantage. Of course, the opposite is also true: a dopamine release is also triggered when we engage in a harmful habit (such as overeating junk food). This steers us in the direction of wanting to repeat these behaviors again.
Use dopamine's reinforcing ability to one's benefit by learning something new, experiencing something novel, such as new location when traveling or making progress in a hobby or at work. These can all release feel good neurochemicals, making one to want to repeat them. Challenge yourself regularly by finding new sources of engagement, and don’t shy away from taking on difficult tasks that can wind up be rewarding long-term.

6. Incorporate Soothing Tastes, Smells & Essential Oils
Aromatherapy, or simply smelling something that reminds you of comforting times (such as fresh baked cookies) has been linked to the release of endorphins. Essential oil scents such as vanilla, chamomile, rose and lavender can help one actually feel calmer almost instantly. And similarly, consumption of “guilty pleasures” like dark chocolate can bring on a feeling of comfort, thanks to the release of chemicals such as theobromine.
Wondering if the giggly, mellow feeling you might get from alcohol is related to endorphins?
According to recent studies, drinking alcohol may release a small amount of feel-good hormones (especially when you’re having a drink while bonding with friends), but too much will actually cause the opposite effects.

7. Spend Time in Nature & in the Sun
Exposing yourself to nature and the sun for about 20 minutes daily helps your skin absorb UV rays and produce vitamin D, which is important for your mood. Sunshine and nature also seem to help regulate the release of neurochemicals like serotonin and melatonin.

What Are Endorphins?

Final Thoughts

    Endorphins are neurotransmitters, or natural opiate-peptide chemicals, that pass along signals from one neuron to the next, causing feelings or emotions.
    The release of endorphins is associated with feelings of pleasure, sexuality/sensually, motivation, euphoria, social connection and pain relief. Low levels of endorphins are associated with pain, addiction, sadness or depression, sleep trouble, brain fog and higher incidence of risk-taking behaviors.
    Natural ways to release endorphins include exercise, eating a healthy diet, laughing, working on fun hobbies, learning something new and connecting with others.

Cock Screw Violation and Cork Screw Solution Popping Out

Posted on May 7, 2011
Cock Screw Violation and Cork Screw Solution Popping Out
This is the Month of Wesak where universal brotherhood is talked about.
This universal friendship should be extended to animals too but I find when I classify according to current philosophical tenets there is some discrepancy and discrimination of animals especially the birds we love to be consumed on a Christmas eve.
There is a perception that Buddhists are classified according to Mahayana and Hinayana.
I believe that this was a very ancient classification and is out of touch with modernity and we need a proper and investigative classification for the modern century when some prophecies are claiming that the end of the world is near by year 2012.
If I do not do this before this May (before end of the World) I feel I am doing some injustice to Sri-Lankan history in record.
My period of investigation is little over 50 years and I was a little brat barely able to understand the logic’s of modern Buddhism.
According to my classification there are about 10 to 20 varieties of Buddhists in this country.
I will list the first 10 that come to my mind and a good reader may add the last 10.
1. Eggo (eggs and not ego-there is no ego in true Buddhism) Buddhists
This is something as a little brat not even going to nursery school I have heard and seen at first hand.
There was an intense debate over eating eggs before and during 1956 and the
Eggo Buddhists won the day.
Their argument was that we Buddhists can eat eggs as long as we eat the eggs
not fertilized by a cock.
This is where cock’s right to sex is violated; not any cock but the bird’s variety.
We are cock sure that every egg we eat is not fertilized before our consumption and we can see it through the shell
with some meditative instint.
This is where cocks rights are violated by default and cocks are not allowed to screw since if they do that we Buddhists won’t be able eat eggs.
This is the cork screw solution we extend to non-Buddhist rearing animals (for our consumption and if we Buddhist are not there to consume the products they lose a livelihood) and birds for food.
The logic pops out like a cork screw of a campaign bottle.
With this point of confirmation we Buddhist over the next 50 years evolved the modern Buddhism to even kill fellow beings in the name of a Nation and National build up.
2. Then came the Mujja Pama Dharshanaya which culminated during the period of Mrs. Kumaranatunge where the highest amount of alcohol was on sale and produced except wine.
This is coming out of the 5 precepts where one takes intoxicating beverages and depends on one’s liver’s powerful enough mechanism to detoxify them and as long as one does not show signs of intoxication it is not a bad thing. (little bit is OK, philosophy)
The rationale here is one must train the liver to identify alcohol early enough ideally during pregnancy and then when the big match (cricket the national game) comes one must train the teenagers to indulge on it. If the training is done early one can consume alcohol even on the Dalada Perehara (except elephants on 4 legs) and specially on May Day Perehara.

3. The third one is the most powerful economic wise. Arogyasala Lottery or the Hospital Lottery and this has now progressed into Lotto Game and extend even up to World Cup and I.P.L Cricket and bidding of players.
4. Then come the Casino Buddhists.
The owner can be a Buddhist as long as the players are not Buddhists.
All the above are for the powerful Buddhist in the Colombo 7 and around.
5. Sri-Lankan Ego Buddhists with copyright to Thera-Vada.
Now that the sole authority (copyright) on Buddhism is on Sinhalayas and there is a category of Buddhists who protect the copyright of Buddhism
(without practicing precepts and principles) of Theravada, come what it may and promote practices exclusively mentioned below and resistant to spread of Buddhism to other nations and countries and monopolizes Theravada (spreading Vada or argument for this monopoly for commercial consumption).
The rest of the five are for the followers.
6. Bodhi Puja Variety and is the most popular one.
This is the category who get round the Bodhi or the sacred pipal tree (not papal or pupal or phallus) chanting and pouring milk on it roots (which leads to rotting of the aeriel roots and the tree prefers dry or arid soil with roots growing very deep in search of underground water).
This chanting done without understanding the difference of water and milk to a living tree.

7. The Chicken Buddhists
The next variety is the most common. If you ask them do you eat meat. They say no, no and not for beef but if you prompt and what about fish and chicken, They come out with
the circular theory and logic that broilers live for 42 days and if it was killed on the 41st day and we actually contribute to its welling and it’s misery terminated and helps them to evolve into better life next lime by making a hungry human being happy at meal time.
This was the best philosophical tenet that evolved from Eggo-Buddhists to modern tech and computer Buddhists.
The answer for fish is fodder for another fish in the food chain and Man is the last in that chain because we are terrestrial and the fish on a muddy pool is saved from cranes and they have no business to be on our soil or terrestrial footing anyway.
8. The next is the Confused Buddhist like me where part of me is ancient Buddhist thinking and the other part is modern but with age catching up with my intellectual interpretation I am becoming more and more of an ancient Buddhist good for an ornamented coffin, in few years time.
The last two if I try to explain fully I will be expelled from this blessed country like the Buddhist monk who wrote poems instead of Gatha in ancient times, the Vidhagama Rahula Thera who ended up as saint in Mumbai.
9. Political Buddhists in the Parliament
10. National Buddhists in the Army
11. International Buddhists
12. and above are the emerging Buddhists from ashes (of ruined practices) of Phoenix, some of whom are already in Parliament and devising various means to make Buddhism more and more difficult to understand and is good only for foreigners (international Buddhism but not for simple practice-for practicing Buddhists) with various cults.