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Smell is big business but cleanliness and good health are the best aphrodisiac

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By Dr. J.K. Bhutani

Smell is a big business and body odor is the new race. Smell is a growing business the world over, and more so if it is laced and marketed with aphrodisiac capabilities or pheromones like social signalling properties for attracting and mating, in surrogate advertisements. Popular deodorant brand advertisements have successfully portrayed various ways in which such products supposedly helped men attract women. The fragrance and the deodorant you wear, perhaps named after a celebrity or a star, may make you feel sexy, attractive and irresistible, but chances are that the label isn’t telling you everything that’s in it.nature smell

All species are designed in a way that supports easy survival and propagation. The oldest sensation that the olfaction sense is, not only senses smells and aroma, but is closely linked with the survival and propagation instincts of the organisms. The glory and bounty of nature wouldn’t have been the same without the fragrant, beauteous hues of color and aroma of the multitude of flowers, insects, animals, and the homo sapiens. The springs of mirth, joy, and happiness of this variety of nature’s species are bestowed with all this beauty and the fragrance for the instinctive survival and propagation basically. The attraction, the call, the mating and the act of procreation is all self-sustained and the beauty, fragrance, the scent and the aroma is all incidental and natural gift for the same. The natural fragrance of the clean and healthy organism is all which works perfectly.

We humans too have been blessed with a unique aroma of clean eccrine glands of the body and apocrine glands of armpits, nipples, and the groin regions of the body. The pubertal increase in the apocrine glands is probably intended to attract or be a signalling for the mating process. This all is but natural bliss if it is from a clean healthy body. The unpleasant odor, if any, is not of the clean, healthy body but of the grime on it, the dirt we put in, and the anger or hatred within. The cleansing of soma and mind does try to make us the perfect creation of God. It can be said that cleanliness and good health are the best aphrodisiacs in nature.

Why This Obsession Then?

Why this obsession for the deodorants and the fragrance of perfumes knowing well that the common ingredients off the label and on the label may not be all safe for us all?

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Nearly 95% of chemicals used in deodorants and perfumes are synthetic compounds like benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and many other known toxins and sensitizers, capable of causing cancer, nervous system disorders, and allergic reactions. (Neurotoxins: At Home and the Workplace, Report by the Committee on Science & Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, Sept. 16, 1986.)(Report 99-827)

A work place, shopping mall, or a room containing an air freshener or perfumed personnel may have high levels of p-dichlorobenzene, a carcinogen, in it.

More than 30 million Americans suffer from sinusitis (inflammation or infection of sinus passages). And many have asthma and other respiratory problems with increasing deaths in the past 10 years, because of perfume-related odors. Headaches cost billions in lost productivity and medical expenses too. The figures in India may be more as seen in the exponential growth of the use of deodorants and perfumes. More than 80 percent of men and women use deodorants. Many of them start in schools, and things are no different in rural and urban areas. According to industry estimates, the size of the total domestic luxury perfume market is around Rs. 600-700 crore and is growing at a rate of 20-25 percent very year.

The market and business shall earn first by suppressing the natural healthy instinctive aroma and the fragrance of clean healthy body and then rob you from the gifted illness from that.

The suppression of odor, if a must in peculiar situations, can be easily done with natural herbs, condiments, flowers, plants, and the frequent change of indoor air. The bounties and blessings of nature are unending, be it the fragrant rain-soaked earth, the lavishly perfumed jasmine flower of a hot sultry night, or an exquisite rose scent of spring.

And so is the fragrance of the clean, healthy body of a youth!

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Dr J.K. Bhutani MD is a protagonist of preventive and promotive health care based on austere biology and facilitating self-healing powers of human organism.
You can follow him at https://twitter.com/drjkbhutani

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Nature Gives You A Major Boost In Improving Your Mental Health

From previous experimental studies we knew that physical activity in natural environments can reduce stress, improve mood and mental restoration.

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Cycling, walking in nature may improve your mental health. Pixabay

People who commute — walking or cycling — through natural environments are more likely to develop better mental health than those who commute less, according to a new study.

Natural environments included all public and private outdoor spaces that contain ‘green’ and/or ‘blue’ natural elements such as street trees, forests, city parks and natural parks/reserves and all types of water bodies.

“Mental health and physical inactivity are two of the main public health problems associated with the life in urban environments. Urban design could be a powerful tool to confront these challenges and create healthier cities. One way of doing so would be investing in natural commuting routes for cycling and walking,” said Mark Nieuwenhuijsen from the University of Barcelona.

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Cycling can reduce your loneliness, boost mental health. Flickr

For the study, published in the journal, Environment International, the research team examined nearly 3,600 participants who answered a questionnaire about their commuting habits and their mental health.

The findings showed that respondents commuting through natural environments on a daily basis had on average a 2.74 point higher mental health score compared to those who commuted through natural environments less frequently.

This association was even stronger among people who reported active commuting, the team said.

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“From previous experimental studies we knew that physical activity in natural environments can reduce stress, improve mood and mental restoration when compared to the equivalent activity in urban environments,” said first author Wilma Zijlema from the varsity.

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“Although this study is the first of its kind to our knowledge and, therefore, more research will be needed, our data show that commuting through these natural spaces alone may also have a positive effect on mental health.” (IANS)