Lasith (lasith) wrote,

Est ce ce que Je fais quand Je ne Dors pas

I was tossing and turning tonight so I thought that I should write down what I was thinking.

Do you ever have a fear that some religious figure was suffering from a psychosis?  I'm sure it's just me.

I was actually having a further analysis of the Pineal Gland and it's relationship with Abnormal Psychology especially such conditions as Bi-Polar, Schizophrenia, and psychosis in general. 

I wrote in an earlier entry about the Pineal Gland and some of the hormones and chemicals it produces.  I've done some more reading on the topic.  But I also am interested in the idea of the effects of these glandular secretions and psychosis.  It may also answer some interesting questions such as why do we sleep?  And why is it easier to sleep in the dark?  And what happens when we don't sleep during the night?

These questions intrigue me and my initial hypothesis involves the secretions of the Pineal gland as well as some interesting facts regarding it.  One of which is that it is photo-sensitive, it is a an ancestor to our vision system, it is therefore sometimes referred to as our "third eye".  The fact that this gland's secretions are produced in the dark is interesting.  By closing our eyes in the dark we are assisting in the production of two chemicals DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) also known as Pinoline as well as Melatonin.  DMT is equivalent to LSD in it's effects and when produced can cause the some of the adverse effects experienced in psychosis.  The psychosis and the production of the pineal chemicals in the dark while not sleeping may agrivate and accelerate the deterioration of the mental disorder. 

Melatonin which is a variation of the essential amino acid Tryptophan is similar to it in that it produces drowsiness and regulates sleep.  Tryptophan has also remains on the market as a prescription drug (Tryptan), which some psychiatrists continue to prescribe, particularly as an augmenting agent for people who are unresponsive to antidepressant drugs.  Below is some other information I gathered in regards to this topic.  Is the Pineal gland the gateway to our soul or a higher power?  It may be possible, there are many questions to be asked about it's calcification and it's effect on our "lost youth".  I seem to believe that the chemicals produced do heighten our senses in some ways.  Are they simply psychotropic drugs that make us see hallucinations rather than holy visions?  The line between faith and science can always be a blurry line at best.

Until roughly age 8, we can’t really distinguish between fantasy and reality, due to our own natural hallucinogen, DMT, (dimethyltryptamine). DMT molecules are similar to serotonin and target the same receptors. Meditation has been suggested as a means of preserving youthful appearance and mental flexibility. Dr. Rick Strassman and others claim this spiritual technology encourages production and release of natural DMT (Soma Pinoline) in the mindbody throughout the lifespan.

DMT is implicated in the wild imaginings of our nightly dreams, near-death phenomena (NDEs), alien abduction experiences, and dream yoga. It is also a source of visionary phenomena in therapy, such as unusual psychophysical states attained in waking dreams, shamanic or psychotherapeutic journeys. Synthetic and botanical DMT crosses the blood-brain barrier and bonds to the same synaptic sites as serotonin. Psychedelic chemist, Sasha Shulgin claims, “DMT is everywhere.”

Each night in dreams we experience an essentially psychedelic state. The principal difference between dreams and hallucinations is the way the stages of wakefulness are organized, with the suppression of REM sleep and the intrusion of PGO waves in the arousal (waking) stage and in NREM (or slow) sleep.

The stages include: waking (arousal) stage, stage of PGO waves, hallucination stage, sleep stage and hallucinatory manifestations. The waking dream eliminates “residues” stirred up by the PGO wave pattern in the absence of REM sleep. These visions resemble those at the approach of death, or what are called near death experiences (NDEs). In another context, they are perceived as visions. They include the characteristics of two phases of NDEs (Sabom, 1982)

The pineal isn't an actual gland; it's a neuroendocrine transducer: meaning it converts incoming nerve impulses into outgoing hormones. Most glands are triggered by changes in the body or hormones secreted by other glands. The pineal gland releases hormones in response to bioelectrical messages from the outside environment received through the eyes. The optic nerve sends information to the visual portion of the brain through nerve fibers. The impulses from the brain are carried to the superior cervical ganglia (a cluster of nerve cells) in the upper part of the neck by smaller nerve fibers. From there the autonomic nervous system relays the information to the pineal.

Unlike much of the rest of the mammalian brain, the pineal gland is not isolated from the body by the
blood-brain barrier system;[10] indeed it has profuse blood flow, second only to the kidney.[6]

Fossils seldom preserve soft anatomy. The brain of the Russian Melovatka bird, about 90 million years old, is an exception, and it shows a larger-than-expected parietal eye and pineal gland.[11]

In humans and other mammals, the light signals necessary to set circadian rhythms are sent from the eye through the retinohypothalamic system to the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) and the pineal.

Sleep Deprivation Effects on the Brain

A 2001 study at Chicago Medical Institute suggested that sleep deprivation may be linked to more serious diseases, such as heart disease and mental illnesses including psychosis and bipolar disorder.[14] The link between sleep deprivation and psychosis (psychiatric disorders) was further documented in 2007 through a study at Harvard Medical School and the University of California at Berkeley. The study revealed, using MRI scans, that lack of sleep causes the brain to become incapable of putting an emotional event into the proper perspective and incapable of making a controlled, suitable response to the event.

A 2002 University of California animal study indicated that REM sleep was necessary for turning off neurotransmitters and allowing their receptors to "rest" and regain sensitivity which allows monoamines (norepinephrine, serotonin and histamine) to be effective at naturally produced levels. This leads to improved regulation of mood and increased learning ability. The study also found that REM sleep deprivation may alleviate clinical depression because it mimics selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).

This is because the natural decrease in monoamines during REM is not allowed to occur, which causes the concentration of neurotransmitters in the brain, that are depleted in clinically depressed persons, to increase. Sleep outside of the REM phase may allow enzymes to repair brain cell damage caused by free radicals. High metabolic activity while awake damages the enzymes themselves preventing efficient repair. This study observed the first evidence of brain damage in rats as a direct result of sleep deprivation.[15]

Animal studies suggest that sleep deprivation increases stress hormones, which may reduce new cell production in adult brains.

Coldplay Glass Of Water Lyrics

Scared of losing all the time
He wrote it in a letter
He was a friend of mine
He heard you could see your future
Inside a glass of water
The ripples and the rhymes
He asked Will I see heaven in mine?

That is just the way it was
Nothing could be better
And nothing ever was
Oh they say you could see your future,
Inside a glass of water
With riddles and the rhymes
Will I see heaven in mine?
Oh Oh Oh

Ah Son, dont ask,
Neither how full nor empty
is your glass
Cling to the mast
Spend your whole life living in the past
Going nowhere fast

So he wrote it on the wall
The hollowest of halos
Is no halo at all
Televisions said and past
In figurines and leaders
saying nothing at all
And he chimed stars in heaven aligned
Oh Oh Oh

Ah Son, dont ask,
Neither how full nor empty is your glass
Cling to the mast
Spend your whole life living in the past
Going nowhere fast


What are we drinking when were done?
Glasses of water...

Tags: bi=polar, pineal gland

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