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Meditate or Medicate

Majid Ali, M.D.

Time wounds all heels. True, sometimes it also heals all wounds. Still, I ask: Was  there ever a time when people never faced the choice between meditation and medication? Probably not. If it were, it was a long time ago and that time is past now.

I don’t have the time. I often hear this from people who neglect a healthy spicy breakfast. If I don’t have a little time for health, I certainly will need much time for being sick. I remind myself of this enduring truth.

So do I meditate or medicate? Medication is not always a matter of popping pills in the mouth. Unless we are careful, we run the risk of medicating ourselves with toxic thoughts.

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The Stress Related Male-Distribution Hair in Females – Majid Ali, M.D.

In 1958, in King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan, I first learned that stress causes hair loss in both genders. More than twenty years would pass before my female patients would teach me stress also contributes to male-distribution hair in females (hirsutism) with increasing frequency. Why the shift? I address this central question in this third article looking at the stress-adrenal-hirsuitism connection – male-distribution hair in females being the core abnormality in hirsutisms.

Oxygen is the king of human biology, insulin its minister of energy and metabolism. So in my model of integrative medicine, I look at all chronic disorders through the prisms of oxygen homeostasis and insulin regulation. In two previous articles on the subject in this journal, I considered the matter of male-distribution hair in females (hirsutism) in the broader contexts of The Oxygen Model of Disease and The Insulin-Toxicity of Disease. In this third article, I briefly explore the next level of study of hair health: the stress-hair connection.

The very mention of unwanted hair (hirsuitism) brings up the matter of excess male hormones (hyperandrogenism) of ovarian or adrenal origin. This view completely ignores toxicities of foods, environmental, and thoughts that form the basis of hirsuitism, except in uncommon caes of in-born errors of metabolism, such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The spreading epidemic of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common visible feature is facial and chest hair in girls and young women, reinforces this view. PCOS, however, is not rooted in ovaries and cysts are usually absent in the early and intermediate stages of the disorder.

Stress, Hirsutism, and Electrologists

What is stress? Be-Aware-Living is my term for a life lived in a way of one’s own choosing. I introduced the term Beware-Living for a life lived with a script written by others. In Be-Aware-Living is breathing one’s own air, observing one’s surrounding by one’s own senses, and heeding one’s own inner voices—in harmony and equilibrium with one’s own core of an enlightened life. Beware-Living is living is a life of recycles past and feared future miseries. In this perspective of Be-Aware and Beware-Living, I consider chronic stress as the state of dominance of the Beware mode. For reader interested in an in-depth treatment of this view of chronic stress, I offer seminars 3 and 4 of Dr. Ali’s Course on Stress (downloadable from http://www.aliacademy.org.)

The Stress-Hair Connection

In deliberations of the biochemical pathways which underpin the pathoegensis of hirsuitism, following are the main issues:

1. Excess production of androgens in adrenal response to chronic stress
2. Changes in the production of steroid hormone binding globulin (SHBG) which increases the levels of free testosterone and related androgens.
3. Stress-caused disturbances of the adrenal-pituitary-hypothalamus axis
4. Increased 5-reductase enzyme activity in peripheral issues as appears to be the case in the so-called idiopathic hirsutism.

As Roots Are to Roses, The Bowel to the Hair

The above subtitle is the simple truth about hair health which my patients taught me. Local hair appplications of castor oil, amla oil, and coconut oil can be very helpful. Short-term use of dandruff shampoo are useful as well. However, the real health, texture, and robustness of hair depends on the integrity of the bowel ecology. For furtrher reading I suggest my free Adrenal Health Course and free Bowel Health Course available at http://www.drali.org.

Anxiety, Love, Biology, and Psychology

 

Majid Ali, M.D

 

 

A young woman takes a look at her first newborn and experiences intense bonding. Is that a matter of biology or an issue of psychology? Does this bonding arise from months of shared biology or created by some elements of psychology? For an answer, we need to consider what psychology is. Here is what, according to Wikipedia, psychology is: “Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors. ” So, is the instant mother-baby bonding (and love) the result of shared biology or application of some mental functions and behavior by either of the two?

What Is Love?

Love is a tedious subject. It is best to resist the temptation to write about it. Still many of us cannot do so. Here are some words on the subject taken from my book “Drone Democracy” (available as a download from http://www.aliacademy.org):

Love

Love is to celebrate,
A crystal without creed,
A dew drop without color,
A raven without race,
A river without religion

Love is to be,
A Muslim on Fridays,
A Jew on Saturdays,
A Christian on Sundays,
A Hindu on Mondays,
A Buddhist on Tuesdays,
An agnostic on Wednesdays,
A nobody on Thursdays.

What day,
Makes my day?
Might it be a Thursday?
A day to be a nobody.
 

Thursday,
A day for,
The language of silence,
The commerce of compassion.
A day to live,
A day to love,
A day to be true,
Giddy on life,
A day to be a nobody.

Thursday,
A day for,
For trancing in every shrine,
Far, far,
From the mind of the malign,
Softly, sublimating,
Into the heart of the Divine.
A day for love,
A love,
That only soul can refine.
On the way to be a nobody.

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Does anybody ever become a true nobody?

Anxiety Is a Matter of Biology, Not of Psychology – From Desires to Demands to Demons

 

Majid Ali, M.D.

 

Anxiety begins as a desire for something without knowing what is desired. It usually starts in early life. Not understanding what is desired creates a negative sense. A child bullied at home or school senses that something is not quite right but often is unable to describe what the negative sense might be. Simple stated, anxiety at this level is separation from self. To cite one specific example, for an Asperger’s child, this separation would be lack of structure in life.

Anxiety deepens as episodes of separation from self recur with increasing frequency or takes different shapes. Deepening anxiety then unmasks itself by its physical attributes, such as undue tiredness, rapid heart rate, cold hands, irritability, sleep difficulties, visible and unexplained sadness, and others. Coexisting issues of sugar and antibiotic abuse, undetected and untreated food and mold allergy, and issues of gut fermentation add to the biologic burdens. I consider this state of being as increased but unrecognized evolutionary demands on various body organs.

From desires to demands. It is a condition in which 50 billion or so cells in the brain hold as hostage 50 trillion or so cells in the rest of the body. The more body cells cry out for escape, the tighter the clutch of the brain cells. The “Head-cells” thrive on recycling past misery. When that is not enough they precycle feared future misery. The “Body-cells” desire to be free—breathe their own air, so to speak—but do not quite know what they desire or where the escape hatches might be.

Evolutionary Demons

More time brings more recycling of past misery and precycling of feared future misery. There are more episodes of desiring what remains unrecognized. The cells find it hard to breathe their own air. The overdriven adrenal and thyroid glands struggle to cope with incremental demands from the pituitary and hypothalamus. Cellular abuse spreads throughout the body. Driven to despair by evolutionary demons, some people are rushed to hospitals where they are given the diagnostic label of panic attack.

Evolution is a hard taskmaster. It has its own order of energy economy of the body. It is morality-neutral and is intolerant of silly notions of clever-thinking to salvage exhausted and and msickened cells. Evolutionary demons once unleashed follow their own destructive impulses.

A Tale of Two Twins

I tell the tale of two seven-year-old twins to illustrate how desires progress to demands and later demands morph into demons in the development of deeply entrenched anxiety. One sister is a perceptive, sensitive, and considerate. The other is brash and devil-may-care type. Both see parental discord but are affected differently. The first twin senses the desire for calm at home but quite does not know what she can do about it. The second is oblivious to the home situation. At school, the twins also react differently when a teacher is impatient with a challenged in the classroom or when some older child bully younger ones. The things-being-not-quite- right senses of the first twin deepen. The second twin simply shrugs at such things.

Both twins have mold and food allergy. They suffer frequent colds and are given antibiotics. The first twin begins to suffer headache. The second does not. At the onset of menses, both twins develop abdominal cramps with periods. Only the first twin becomes moody and undue cold sensitivity. Her mother wonders whether she should take her to a therapist.

Two years later, the second twin notices dryness of facial skin followed by acne lesions. She gets upset and becomes rude at home and at school. She receives antibiotics which initially reduce facial inflammation. She became angry when her wight increased, and angrier with each additional pound. Months later she freaked out when hair appeared on her face, then on her breast and thighs. He pediatrian diagnosed polycystic overy syndrome and prescribed metformin, a diabetes drug. She did not order tests for blood neither for insulin nor for testosterone. Her menstruation becomes irregular and she has episodes of heart palpitations. Her rudeness at home and school tuns into shouting obscenities at minor provocations. Her parents consider sending her to psychiatrists to control her temper tantrums.

During the following fifteen years later, both twins were extensively psychoanalyzed, given prolonged behavior modification therapy, were taking anti-anxiety and sleep drugs. The second twin was on antidepressants. Both were seeking in-vitro fertilization. They had no time for spiritual healing.

None of their many specialists found it necessary to test either for impaired mitochondrial ATP generation, abnormal insulin signaling, adrenal dysfunction, blocked liver detox pathways, and functional nutritional deficiencies. They never studied fermentation in the gut and so did not have any reason to test for that either. Neither received any oxygen therapies.

Their anxiety demons were in full swing for both.

Anxiety Demons Are Demons of Addiction

Cocaine addicts are not interested in taking about cigarette addiction, nor or alcohol addicts interested in Benzo addiction (Benzo drugs include Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, and related drugs in thee benzodiazepam family). It is the same way with anxiety addiction.

Anxiety demons keep the person in the clutches of recycling and precycling what causes them anxiety. In another article in my anxiety library of articles, I explain why I strongly urge paeople with addictions to attend Al Anon meetings (Google for Al Anon groups in your area).

The faces of global  hunger, anger, injustice, corruption, and cruelty are far too intertwined to allow simple-minded rating of what is more important and what is less so. I devote my poetry book entitled “Drone Democracy”  and “What Do Lions Know About Stress” (both available at http://www.aliacademy.org) to a humanistic study of these problems.