CORONA virus

Corona virus, the microscpical shape
Corona virus, the wreath shape

They are a group of RNA viruses, and the word corona meaning crown or wreath. Corona viruses mostly cause infection in mammals and birds. When it infects cattle or pigs, the commonest clinical feature is diarrhoea. When it infets human (mostly children), the commonest clinical feature is chest infections similar to those in common cold infections.

Corona viruses were first identified in the early 1960s, and they are the biggest in size of all known RNA viruses. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. To protect themselves, these viruses tend to envelope themselves when they are out of their host targets. In general, they cause mild flu-like illnesses, but there are few virulent small groups such as SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 in 2019, and the latest of these serious infectious viruses is of course Covid 19, and those virulent viruses are known to cause serious respiratory tract infections and death for the vulnerable group of people.

Corona virus, the shield structure

Currently, there are no identified anti-viral agents against corona viruses, nor there are any discovered vaccinations, but the world now is witnessing a collaborative work between scientists to develop effective antiviral agents and specific vaccinations.

COVID-19

Covid 19 is the latest of the corona viruses group to cause the current havoc around the world. The latest statistics of today’s 15 March 2020 showed that a total of 163,332 identified infections in the world; with 6,086 deaths, 5,655 critical and 76,219 fully recovered (cured):-

Top 10 countries in the world of corona virus infections on 15 March 2020

Commonest symptoms:

  • Always starts with a fever, then dry cough.
  • After a week, it can lead to increasing shortness of breath, with about 20% of patients requiring hospital treatment.

It is worth noting that, the COVID-19 infection rarely causes runny nose, sneezing, or sore throat. Those symptoms have been observed only in about 5% of patients. Sore throat, sneezing, and stuffy nose are more suggestive of a common cold, than corona infections.

Disease course so far:

  • Mid, with a flu like symptoms = 80.9%.  
  • Severe, with pneumonia and severe short of breath=  13.8%.
  • Critical, with respiratory failure, septic shock, and multi-organ failure= 4.7%.
  • Death = 2%.
  • Increased risk of death with older age, especially those with other medical problems.
  • Relatively much fewer cases among children.

Protection:

  • Get away from gathering places such as busy markets, cinema/theatres, stadia, very crowded gymnasia, holiday busy resorts, busy restaurants. Also; airports, ferries, trains, and underground travelling at peak times.
  • Keep your distance for at least two metres from anyone coughing.
  • If you cough or sneeze, always at least put your hand or elbow sleeve on your mouth if not able to use something else such as handkerchiefs.
  • Always wash your hands, and rub with alcohol spirits after touching any object especially in public places.
  • Always remember that mouth, nose and eyes are the main sources of entry of the virus to your body. Try to avoid touching them, or wash your hands before doing that.
  • If you think that you may had the virus infection by experiencing raised temperature, dry/productive cough, or sudden shortness of breath/sneezing/new wheezes/or new blocked nose. If you experience any of those symptoms, it is better to isolate yourself away from people or at least keep your distance.
  • Never panic about corona virus. Calm down and drink a lot of fluids, eat healthy food, and remember oranges and other citreous fruits are good sources for vitamin C.
  • Exercise, to enhance your circulation, and that dilutes the viruses inside your body to allow your protective white cells to engulf them.
  • At the end of the day, getting corona virus infection is not the end of the world. Probably, less than 1% from all of those infected may die, and those who die are those who were very old, have underlying medical problems, or were immunocompromised. If you are healthy, you will for sure beat the virus and recover very quickly. Please avoid passing it to anyone else by every possible way. Here, we need to be humane and very sincere to each other.

Treatment & Prevention:

For the time being, there is no anti-virus treatment available, and there is no discovered vaccinations as yet. There will be a vaccination, and there might be an anti-virus in the next few weeks. By that time, I think the virus would have gone away and life would go on as usual.

Just to mention here the recent trials of anti-viral agents:

  1. Health officials from WHO have noted that Gilead’s remdesivir has demonstrated efficacy in treating the corona virus infection.
  2. Favilavir, the first approved corona virus drug in China
  3. HIV and flu anti-virals.
  4. Sarilumab(Kevzara), used for Rheumatoid arthritis.
  5. Chloroquine, used for malaria.
  6. Blood plasma exchanges.

Here is a list of the major coronavirus vaccinations those pharmaceutical companies across the world are developing that have the potential to become major coronavirus vaccines to protect against the contagious coronavirus infection:

  1. Altimmune’s intranasal coronavirus vaccine.
  2. INO-4800 by Inovio Pharmaceuticals and Beijing Advaccine Biotechnology.
  3. NP-120(Ifenprodil) by Algernon Pharmaceuticals.
  4. APN01 by University of British Columbia and APEIRON Biologics.
  5. mRNA-1273 vaccine by Moderna and Vaccine Research Center.
  6. Avian Coronavirus Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) vaccine by MIGAL Research Institute.
  7. TNX-1800 by Tonix Pharmaceuticals.
  8. Brilacidin by Innovation Pharmaceuticals.
  9. Recombinant subunit vaccine by Clover Biopharmaceuticals.
  10. Vaxart’s oronavirus vaccine.
  11. CytoDyn-leronlimab. 
  12. Linear DNA Vaccine by Applied DNA Sciences and Takis Biotech.
  13. BXT-25 by BIOXYTRAN to treat late-stage acute respiratory distress syndrome(ARDS).
  14. MERS CoV vaccines for coronavirus.
  15. Inovio Pharma’s INO-4700 .

Many more are currently in progress, and for sure a protective vaccination will be produced in the next few weeks.

Please, be positive, motivated, very well aware, and never panic… wish you all the best.

Finally, just a little reminder to all colleague doctors in hospitals anywhere in the world… you are the best protected people because of your ever activated immune system from previous exposures during your clinical encounters with different patients. Yes, you don’t carry in your blood those antibodies for covid-19 virus, but always remember that your immune system is probably at its best all the time. You definitely need to protect yourselves, and protect your patients and all colleagues; but never run away from your patients. As doctors, you knew very well how to wash your hands, how to use the alcohol wipes, and how to keep your distance. In any suspicious cases, please never try to be a hero. Use your commonsense, and your knowledge, but never run away from your duties.

For all of you readers, please, be positive, motivated, very well aware, and never panic… wish you all a peaceful escape from this yet anther pandemic !!.

Cyrene: Th e birthplace of love sign

Modern Cyrene(Qourina) on the Green Mountain.
The silphium was born in Cyrene, a beautiful Libyan historic city.

Cyrene was established by the Greecs in 531 BC, and the place was chosen because of its fertile land and rich in water supplies.

Silphium is a plant that was heavily growing in the now known Qourina (Cyrene) in the Green mountain area in Eastern Libya.

Silphium coin (one side)

Cyrene was famous with its green land and fertile soils. It was used for agriculture, and silphium was one of the many fennels in the area, but silphium was likely a type of giant fennel, with crunchy stalks and small clumps of yellow flowers. From its stem and roots, it emitted a pungent sap that was described as one of the most precious gifts presented to us by Nature. The valuable product was the plant’s resin which was known as laser, laserpicium, or lasarpicium.

Exports of the plant and its resins made Cyrene the richest city on the continent at that time. It was so valuable, in fact, that Cyrenians began printing it on their money. Silver coins from the 6th century B.C. are imprinted with images of the plant’s stalk—a thick column with flowers on top and leaves sticking out—and its seed pods, which look pretty familiar with its heart shape appearance.

So what was so great about silphium sap?. It was at that time, a kind of cure-all, used to treat everything from chills to fevers to corns. Hippocrates said: it could be used as a poultice, or to soothe the stomach. Cooks also used the plant in their recipes, perhaps the same way we use fennel seeds today.

It may also have been used as a type of birth control. “Anecdotal and medical evidence from classical antiquity tells us that the drug of choice for contraception was silphium,” writes the historian John Riddle in Eve’s Herbs: A History of Contraception and Abortion in the West. He points to the ancient physician Soranus, who suggested taking a dose of silphium “the size of a chick-pea” once a month, both to prevent conception and “destroy any already existing.”

Silphium seeds, heart shaped

Silphium seeds looked heart shaped by their understanding at those days, as the heart at that time was not seen or imagined as we know it in our current knowledge. The heart was thought to be formed of three chambers, and that was probably the reason why silphium seeds where linked to the heart shape, then obviously became historically as the first sign of love.

A Cyrenian coin from the 6th century B.C., with a silphium seed imprinted in it.
A Cyrenian coin from the 6th century B.C., with a silphium seed imprinted in it.

In his Poem, Catullus wrote that he wants to share as many kisses with his beloved “as the number of Libyan sands that lie in silphium-bearing Cyrene.” It’s not too hard to imagine that he’s providing two prescriptions at once here: one for getting busy and one for preventing unintended consequences. Riddle also describes another, more explicit Cyrenian coin: “A seated woman has silphium at her feet, while one hand touches the plant and the other points to her reproductive area.”

Not everyone buys Riddle’s theory about silphium’s ancient use. In a 1994 New York Times article, other experts called it an “intriguing hypothesis” but went no further, saying there’s not quite enough evidence to crown the plant as a common form of ancient birth control. And even if we grant it that status, it’s still a bit of a leap from “heart-shaped seed of ancient contraceptive plant” to “enduring symbol of love.” There are also plenty of other theories about where the heart shape came from, ranging from a Catholic saint’s divine hallucinations to a bad organ description by Aristotle.

Talk to your body

You need to learn how to talk to your body. Talking to your body is not the as talking to yourself !.

 Talking to your body is not the same as talking to yourself. Talking to yourself is a form of hallucinations, delirium , or affective disorder; while talking to your body is a form of reconciliation, internal communication, pondering, contemplation or a real desire to understand yourself….. it is in essence a form of “reflecting”.

Easy going, free spirit, and fresh air are your tools to manage your life despite of your chronic illness.

This article was triggered by reviewing my 63 patients out of 2500 who suffer from multiple sclerosis who all are under our care. These 63 patients are all suffering from a mild form of MS or otherwise could be called “benign MS”.

The interesting thing about all of these patients with not a single exception is that they are all happy, positive, motivated, futuristic, engaged in physical activities, none smokers, drink very small amounts of alcohol or not at all. They are  exceptionally very pleasant people and easy to deal with in their follow up clinics. They are followed up once every two years, and with two or three exceptions, they have no real relapses for more than 10 years. Their disability (EDSS) scales remained less than 2.0, and they do have a very small demyelinating loads(plaques), which are affecting brains, but with no cerebellum or spinal cord involvement. They are very rarely taking any medications, and they appear very healthy in every aspect of their lives.

We were created different and none of us is perfect. We do have one thing in common… we all have will, and we all own minds. All what we need in our lives is to search for those and use them.

When anyone of you is suffering from a chronic illness, and you knew very well that; it is a progressive disease, and contrary to what expected, you’ve felt better, happier, and more confident… that is really very nice and very optimistic. I would like to say in this context that, inside your body, you do produce a lot of chemicals which are in essence and in many ways similar to the medications you may take for your MS to keep it under control. Take for example,  β- interferons.. they are used externally for the treatment of MS in the form of disease modifying therapy. Your body produces that chemical with even much better effect than those commercially available with their many side effects. Your own  β- interferons  are more effective with no side effects !!. Your body produces interferons (α, β, and γ) and each one of them has a different function. Some of them causes inflammations , some of them stop inflammations. Some of them beat cancer and reduce damage from some medical conditions. Your body knows exactly what to produce and when to produce it. Your body if given the right conditions can produce the exact amounts needed for the exact purpose. Your body has the ability to produce thousands of chemicals in different compounds and cocktails to  beat cancer, inflammations, infections, and even the degenerative (wear & tear) materials which are responsible for many medical conditions including dementia, osteoarthritis, ageing, and wasting processes. That is the art of creation and that is how we humans can survive bad times and stressful conditions. Many other chemicals produced by your body have their functions changing in amount, concentrations, timing, and locations in your body in response to any unexpected or expected attacks which may affect you. There are the interleukins, tumour necrosis factors, cortisols, immunoglobulins, and other immune supporting factors.  All those body products have different jobs depending on when , where, how much, in which shape, the structure they are produced in, and the conditions they are produced in or against what state.

Internal body products are designed to protect us from many invaders from infectious materials, to foreign bodies, to poisonous substances, to internal body wrong reactions such as auto-immune conditions. The internal body control systems are so much sophisticated, and as much complicated. To the best of our knowledge, we are still far away from understanding their natures, functions, triggers, and switches off or on. I need also to mention those chemical body products which have the medicinal effects similar or even better than the external remedies we – doctors – are prescribing for our patients to help them beat their ordeals. I love always to call the internal products as “the hidden powers”, because they are for real hidden powers those we own and can use when we need them, but we need to learn their secret codes or otherwise “pass words” to  be able to use and adjust them according to our real needs.

The biggest chemical factory in the world is the “bod factory”. Trillions of chemical reactions happen inside this factory.

The human body in essence is nothing more than a “chemical factory” that produces chemicals out of raw materials those we eat, digest, absorb, and then utilise. Each one of us humans has a very sophisticated chemical factory that should be able to produce anything we need in our day to day lives. We can produce chemical materials those are able to prevent cancer or to beat cancer if it does escape all body defensive and protective systems in place. Our natural chemical factories are able to produce everything we need, but we need to learn how to control the productivity through our wills. Some 60 chemical elements are found in the body, but what all of them are doing there is still unknown. Trillions of chemical reactions happen simultaneously in the body. They drive the processes that keeps a human body ‘alive’.

Hundreds of chemical very useful materials are produced inside our bodies. They are produced, regulated, adjusted, and calibrated every minute if not every second to cope with our body functions those we know about(conscious level) and those we don’t feel them (sub-conscious level). These are very simple examples of our own chemical products. They are produced inside us, and we can learn how to control their production inside our bodies if we hardly try:-

Endorphin — the pain-masking chemical.
Encephaline — nociceptive pain control (internal opioids).
Dopamine — the goal-achieving chemical.
Serotonin — the leadership chemical.
Oxytocin — the chemical of love.
It is not just a production issue, but control, balance, and timing of that production. Each factor is as important as the other.The balance of brain chemicals as an example is crucial for healthy mood and behaviours. Any disturbance in brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, nortriptyline, acetylcholine, glutamine, or gaba-amino-butyric acid(GABA) could produce depression, and that can sometimes be very difficult to treat especially if we don’t know how to put chemicals back to their physiological normal balance.

Researchers believe that, lower than normal levels of neurotransmitters can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Feelings of sadness, helplessness, worthlessness, or emptiness.
  • Overeating or loss of appetite.
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much.
  • Feeling of impending doom or danger.
  • Lack of energy.
  • Distancing yourself from others.
  • Feeling numbness or lacking empathy.
  • Extreme mood swings.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or others.
  • Being unable to carry out day-to-day activities.
  • Hearing voices in your head.
  • Alcohol or drug misuse.

I must tell you… all of you, that every one of us has the ability to control their own chemical products if we just learn how to do it. Everything is at your disposal because its your own body, and your body can be so generous with you if you just know how nicely you can talk to your body using the very language that your body understands.

You must try to know yourself. You need to know your powers.

I would like here to remind many of you about what will happen if you talk nicely to your body and if you know how to relax, feel positive, confident and if you genuinely believe in your powers. You need to learn how to trust yourself and believe in your abilities. You no doubt need to conciliate with yourself and with your body, then your body will by your slave and you will be the master of yourself.

Always think before you wink !!.

All what you need to do is very simple and can be very easy. You need to relax, to calm down, to concentrate…. to try and touch your soul. Can you do it?. It can be hard, but never impossible. Try today and you will for sure learn tomorrow but you need to put your foot on the first step, then you will soon find yourself on the top of the ladder. Never look down. Try to look forward, and try to be brave… learn how to become confident.

I want you to always remember that your body needs fuel to do things. Your fuel is carried by your blood, and your blood is pumped by your heart to your organs via your blood vessels, and your organs contain cells those work like small factories producing chemicals those you need so much to execute functions. Also please remember that your heart and your blood vessels are controlled by your autonomic nervous system(sympathetic & parasympathetic), and even though it is an autonomic(self controlled), but you can control it if you manage to learn how !.

Mental concentration, physical tuning, and psychological relaxation… your bridges towards talking to your body..

You need to learn how to relax, how to concentrate, and how to control your body functions or at least to be able to subject your body to listen to you. It can be very difficult for some people, but it is never impossible to any one of us. We need to learn how, and we need to learn the art of “self-control”. Concentration and relaxation programmes are available to every one of us such as yoga, meditation, mind fullness, massage, relaxing stretching workouts, spa, life sonic relaxation, etc. All of those tools and programmes are aimed to teach you how to relax;  physical, mental, and psychological relaxation… a kind of full chilling out.

Let me now tell you what could happen inside your body when you fully relax:  When you are happy and deep inside you, you really  feel happy and relaxed; your body organs function much better and more integrated. Your heart beat becomes more regular, stronger and more efficient. Your heart pumping of blood gets stronger, and the amount of blood circulates faster and more efficient around your body and towards your internal organs. In other terms, when you are relaxed, motivated, feel positive and optimistic; your autonomic nervous system works at its best and the harmony between the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems peaks to send the needed blood to the needy organ or cell for them to do their functions at their best. When you are relaxed, your arteries are wider to receive blood from your heart, and your veins are stronger to take blood from tissues and pump it back to your heart. When your heart receives more blood coming back from your organs, it’ll send it to your lungs to filter out carbon dioxide and other gaseous bad products, then loaded it with oxygen and send it back to your heart to pump it away to every cell in your body. Some of it will be sent to your kidneys to filter out bad products such as urea and creatinine, as well as other products such as salts and trace elements to keep the required balance that your body cells need to do their jobs.

When you are relaxed and feel happy, your lungs expand much bigger to let more oxygen in and then squeeze it to your blood. The good expansion of your lungs will ultimately be followed up by a good shrinking(deflation) of your lungs pouring the extracted bad gas out through your breathing pipes to the outside world. When a cleaner blood loaded with oxygen, sugar, protein, and minerals as well as trace elements reaches your organ cells, they function at their best to produce those different chemicals in the form of hormones, neurotransmitters, and other pharmaceutical products those you need to ease pain , to relax muscles, and to secrete liquids such as tears, saliva, sweats, urine, and greasy materials. Those will help to clean your body from toxins, debris, and other waste materials. Your body is a very sophisticated big factory, and you are the one to make that factory function at its best at any time of your life. Talk to your body, and your body will very gently and carefully listen to you and may as well obey your orders including the none-verbal ones !!. Please make your body your first and closest friend, and from their you can build a network of good friends with people you meet and work with every day in your life time. Please have fun, and be happy.

touch of philosophy

Spirit, soul, and the mind. Do we know much about them?. What happens if we happened to know?!.

A human creature is made of four important components: Body, mind, soul, and a spirit. We knew a lot about the body(shape, structure, function, and disposals), but we only knew very little about the other three components. 

I would offer a question here for those who love to think deep, ponder, and work hard to understand the nature of things. The question is: mind, soul, and spirit… are they different or they could be just three names for the same thing?.

If you ask me what I think, I would say: it is hard and can be difficult to distinguish between them as we in reality don’t know much about any of them. We can only guess, imagine, ponder, and wonder about them. We can not subject them to research, and we can not subject them to further analysis…. they are untouchable !.

I always say in my writings and discussions about us(humans), that we are in principle a body and a spirit… but, what is the spirit?. 

Spirit is the unknown secret of our living.

{{They ask thee concerning the Spirit (of inspiration). Say: The Spirit (cometh) by command of my Lord of knowledge it is only a little that is communicated to you (O men!)…}}. From the holy book: we don’t know much about the spirit, and it is God’s affairs as we only – as much as we knew – still knew very little. I think here, we are talking about God’s world… the Universe. Despite of that I can still think and guess about the spirit. 

I do believe that we as humans, were made of a structure(flesh) and function. To make the structure function, you need to find an engine.  Light needs electricity, and electricity needs a generator, and a generator needs fuel, and the fuel needs to be converted into energy…. a bit complicated. I think in a very simple way of pondering, I would rather say the spirit is the means by which our body cells start to function(the igniting spark)… it is the trigger for every thing happens in our bodies to keep things going {{Behold! Thy Lord said to the angels: “I am about to create man, from sounding clay from mud moulded into shape; (28) “When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit }}. I believe that the spirit is a tiny part of the Lord who lent it to us to live the given age, and at the end of the contract, He(The Lord) just fetches back what he gave us and we just cease to function… die {{O (thou) spirit, Come back thou to thy Lord}}… return to your Creator !!.

Hence, I guess, we were lent a generator(engine) to keep us going until the last day of our lives, then the engine is taken back, and the deceased will remain motionless, lifeless, and simply “dead”. That is probably the spirit, but is the spirit same as the soul?.

That is another question which needs an answer. I would think that spirit and soul are not the same. I do believe that spirit is part of God, hence, it is pure, innocent and very powerful. When any one of us dies, simply God takes back its belongings and leaves our flesh to be buried. However, our souls I guess remain with us and will be buried with our corpses … to me that is the soul which is different from the spirit.

My next question is: what is the difference between the soul and the mind?. Is the mind simply the trigger of the brain, and the brain is the master of everything in our lives?. I guess, it is an other  valid question.

Do we know anything about our sols?. Your soul is your core, but what is it?.

I would think in this context that the soul is our body software(the way we think, we behave, we love and hate, we care, we function, we desire, we satisfy, etc), and the mind is the ignite of that software to make it function(work). The mind in us is the will, urge, power, intention…. the conscious choice we make. Your mind is you will and your intentions. Your motivation, your eagerness, your way of thinking.

At the end of the day, our brains are the parliaments where decisions are made, our body structures and organs are the government which through its agents everywhere in the body executes the parliament’s decrees and decisions, and our minds are the supreme courts those govern and control everything for us to function properly when we are healthy. We can order our brains to create a function through our minds, and different parts of our bodies to execute that function according to speciality. 

What is the mind, and how your mind can control your actions?. Your mind is you, the person, but what it is?.

In simple terms, if I wanted to say something, I just think about what to say(mind), create what I wanted to say(brain), and execute what I wanted to say into talk(tongue, hard palate, teeth, and lips).

In conclusion, I wanted to say to everyone who reads this loud thinking: you are in charge of your brain via your mind. Your brain is responsible for every thing you do including love via your sympathetic nervous system, urination via your kidneys, circulation via your heart, breathing via your lungs, etc. 

Finally, you may hate me to say that your love is not in your heart, but your heart is nothing but a mechanical pump that pumps blood into every bit of your body. You can donate or receive a heart, but your love will never go with it, or the new heart you receive will never come with its donor’s love.  Think about it, and let me know your way of thinking by commenting on my thinking. Let us talk and share thought and ideas. You are free here to think loudly.

THE SUMMER TREASURES

Summer days are:Long, shiny, cheerful, and happy…

Some countries in world hate summer, and others dream of its arrival. That is our life, and that is the way how it was designed for us to live in it and to enjoy our lives and dream for the best.

For those countries in the world which experience long, cold, and wet winters always long for few summary days… few days is enough all what they can realistically dream of. Few says of sunshine are better than many days of rain in the middle of the summer !!.

Summer days: Happiness is natural and innocent moments…

See, how much our reaction to things is different?!. How much sometimes we hate things and get angry about things, but the very same things are a source of happiness and joy for others.

Summer days: We need to prepare ourselves…

In the summer of course, our days are longer, but our energy bills are much less !!. In the summer, people from other countries travel to the more sunny places, but those in the sunny places themselves travel away to probably less sunny places. We are humans, and we are diverse. Our reaction to the very same things is different, and our priorities are different.

Summer time: Nature can be so beautiful especially when everything in very much natural !!.

We need to be that way, because we have been created that way. 

We were born with different shapes, heights, sizes, colours, features, and ways of thinking. Our  creation was not random, and our differences were calculated. Every event in our life is designed to be, and every outcome is meant to be. Life is colourful, and we need to see it colourful to enjoy it.

Summer brings to us in Western Europe warmth, hope, and happiness. Summer makes us cheerful, more interactive, and more communicating with each other… we become more sociable in summer, and we wish every year that summer remain with us a bit longer, but it does not listen to us !!.

Summer loves to show for short time, then just goes away before we even had enough of it. It’ll remain lovable, and we remain in love with summer all of our lives.

Summer days: Time to feel happy !!.

Let us enjoy summer days and celebrate summer nights. Let us talk to each other, become good friends with one another. Let us share the season happiness and make life happier for those who were not lucky, or were not gifted in this life. Let us try to be nice to each other, and feel the suffering of others… let us become more empathetic, and more sympathetic. Let us share happiness, welfare, and share the burden of those who  for whatever reason found themselves ill, poor, in conflict zones, or  born disabled. Let us see the blue sky as a mirror our actions reflected on its surface, and see our deeds expressed in its silent but expressive language. Let us be nice to one another, and always remind ourselves that we are all humans, and we do all feel the pain and resent suffering.    

THE HIDDEN POWERS

The human body is formed of flesh and spirit. We can easily recognise the flesh(structure) and realise its functions via many means including laboratory recognition. Anything that is recognisable via feasible means, we can easily learn about it and we can recognise the normal and the abnormal about it, hence, we know when it is outstanding.

The hidden powers inside us are immense. We only need to know how to reach them.

My problem is with functions those I know they do happen, but I can not measure their values. I am talking here about the hidden powers in each one of us… those are, the non-recognisable ones.

Here, I am talking about the will-power, motivation, realisation, concentration, practicality, and pondering.

We only use around 17% of our innate powers at best. What will happen if we manage to use an extra 1%?!.

Humans are the most highly evolved of all living beings, and thus have the unique intellectual capacity to resolve the problems and overcome the difficulties that confront them within their environment and their destiny. 

I believe that in every one of us there are hidden powers. I also believe that every one of us can reach those hidden powers and can use them. The legible question in this context is “how”…. how can any one of us digs deep inside his/her  hidden powers and put them in their disposal?.

I am here talking about Endorphins, Enkephalins, Dynorphins, and Orexin. These are four famous endogenous neurotransmitters those help us to feel better, happier, and more relaxed. 

Endorphins:  Are endogenous morphines those produced in the nervous system to inhibit the transmission of pain signals; they may also produce a feeling of euphoria(happiness) very similar to that produced by other opioids.

Enkephalins: Are endogenous peptides those bind to the body’s opioid receptors, and they are involved in regulating nociception(somatic pain) in the body.

Dynorphins: Are endogenous opioid peptides those involved very strongly in modulation of pain response in different parts of the brain and spinal cord.

Orexin(hypocretins): The orexines are recently described hypothalamic neuropeptides thought to have an important role in the regulation of sleep and arousal states. They are produced by the hypothalamus, and have specific receptors mainly in the amygdala and locus coreoleus. It has receptors in few other locations in the limbic system and to a lesser extent in the basal ganglia. The orexines are thought to be excitatory  in relation to noradrenergic innervation, including vigilance, attention, learning, and memory. Their actions on serotonin, histamine, acetylcholine and dopamine neurotransmission is also thought to be excitatory and a facilitatory role on gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate-mediated neurotransmission is suggested.

Therefor, we can notice from above that, these endogenous morphine like products are naturally produced by our brains to control pain, improve our well-being, and make us feel happier and more relaxed. They could make us vigilant with better attention and more ability for learning and improve memory.

What is important for me to say that, these internally produced (self-produced) morphine like products are our own morphines, but without the fear of addiction or dependence. These self-produced chemicals are very important for our pain tolerance, happiness, and relaxation. These chemicals are better produced when we are at our best of mind and relaxation. They are produced in larger amounts when we are celebrating, camping, performing pleasurable exercises, partying, and when we are on a holiday and enjoying ourselves. We can also produce more internal opioids when we are meditating, playing yoga, listening to or playing music, or practicing other relaxation programs. 

We can learn how to produce more of these chemical substances to beat pain, migraine, stress, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, IBS, and beat bad habits such as smoking. We can also improve our concentration and memory functions via producing larger amounts of these internal opioids, but we need to learn how we can do it. We need to learn how to control our tempers, how to sit down and think, how to be able to talk to ourselves, how to reflect, and how to ponder about every thing around us as we are part of our environment.

An attempt to understand around us via pondering inside us