>Hidden science and occult science

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The concepts presented in this blog cover the basic issues of neuronal activity, well-established concepts in biology. This is not about philosophical speculations, but cellular routines in the organism’s day to day.

Invariably, the reaction to the above is a surprise:

– It’s the first time I’ve heard this…

or disagreement:

– I’m not convinced …

Pain is a perception

Citizens and professionals are not too interested in knowing how the body builds what we perceive. We perceive it, period. If I perceive pain, then I’ll take a pain “antiperceiver”. If it’s  effective, there are no more questions.

Pain is a perception that the brain builds and projects onto a region of space occupied by the body…

– Leave the brains aside. What’s bothering me is my back…

Professionals and citizens devote their energies to identify the source of pain where it hurts and apply remedies there. Low back pain, please!, is a matter of muscle and skeleton… stop the nonsense!

Pain is a perception that the brain builds and projects onto a region of space occupied by the body that involves an assessment of threat

– I DON’T think … It hurts, period!

The reference to the brain is understood as a reference to the individual. Professionals and citizens share that identification error (the myth of me, myself and I).

Pain is a perception that the brain builds and projects onto a region of space occupied by the body that involves an assessment of threat (which is sometimes wrong)

– You’re the one that’s wrong.

Citizens and professionals don’t give importance to the fallible condition of our brain. The immune system’s fallibility condition is recognized (allergies, autoimmune diseases), but not the neural network’s.

Pain is a perception that the brain builds and projects onto a region of space occupied by the body that involves an assessment of threat (which is sometimes wrong) of necrotic damage

– What is that?

Citizens and professionals equate pain and damage. Any damage, either acute or chronic, degenerative or necrotic, actual or potential … any inconvenience (“it turned out to be a cloudy day”…) is sufficient to justify the pain … Necrosis? You won’t find that term on publications.

Pain is a perception that the brain builds and projects onto a region of space occupied by the body that involves an assessment of threat (which is sometimes wrong) of necrotic damage and that incites the individual

– Pain exists only to annoy me… get it out of me!

Citizens and professionals disregard the role of pain from the perspective of the organism. It’s annoying, it leads to suffering. It has no purpose. The pain is a disease. We must fight it, dissolve it, kill it, cancel its receptors, its paths, its centers … The problem is that there are no receptors, paths and pain centers.

Pain is a perception that the brain builds and projects onto a region of space occupied by the body that involves an assessment of threat (which is sometimes wrong) of necrotic damage and that incites the individual to an avoidance behavior

– I avoid whatever causes me pain and do whatever relieves it.

The aim of perception is to encourage the individual to a previously scheduled action which is considered necessary by the organism. The aim of the itch perception is to encourage the individual to scratch even when there isn’t any parasite or toxic on the skin. The brain doesn’t want to avoid pain, but the risk of harm. If it is instructed to equate pain and threat of injury, any action it considers as protective will tend to soften the intensity of pain (placebo).

Pain is a perception ……………. and incites the individual to avoid harm.

Through pain, the brain tries to force the individual to focus on the painful area, a place rated as vulnerable even when it’s not the case.

The biology of pain is a hidden, silenced science. It doesn’t matter, it disturbs, attacks the interests of citizens and professionals.

Its place is squatted by occult sciences, supported from the “anything goes” (magical molecules, energy meridians, memories of molecules, diet, meditation, massage, bone and tendon relocations …).

– Brain? No, thanks … I’m more into science.

>End of the episode

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An episode is something that starts at a time, place and circumstance, has a particular relevance and then ends. The brain organizes reality in episodes, events framed in time and space and that mean something.

In the organism, there is a complex process routine that is exquisitely controlled. From time to time something unexpected happens. That something may be an adverse event: an infection, a tear, lack of oxygen … There is cell death, necrosis. Alarms go off, defensive resources are mobilized. The area becomes inflamed, painful, hot, swollen, ruddy and out of order. Everything happens quickly. Every second counts. The deployment has mechanisms of positive feedback, of a haddock that bites its tail and grows. The priority is to end the state or agent responsible for necrosis. Necrotic cells are highly toxic and necrotizing. We must end them too. Once the necrotizing danger is controlled, repair comes. We must recover the damaged. It’s not always perfect, but the patches are effective and sufficient.

Pain protects the repair process. Once completed, pain becomes an obstacle. The tissues need activity to recover the normal condition and, in order to do that, the brain must remove the perception of pain, authorize and promote reuse, not penalize it. The danger has passed. Everything should go back to normal. End of the episode.

There are many necrotic episodes that trigger the acute phase reaction (inflammation) normally, but that leave the alarm on. The brain does not grant approval for the repair and continues penalizing the use. The pain is still there indefinitely in the form of a problem. The area is functionally seized with total disability. There isn’t any episode. There was a beginning but no end is granted.

– I have a herniated disc.

There was a time when the disc had been torn and the nucleus herniated, invading the space occupied by a nerve root. The alarms went off. It hurt, the joints were blocked, protector, alternative motor programs were activated,… but within days or weeks the site was reorganized, the necrotic remains were removed, the tear was mended and ready for the movement, necessary to restore function and architecture. Maybe the brain didn’t see it that way. It didn’t regain confidence and continues to deny the end of the episode, the license guarantees.

– Well, you had an episode of a herniated disc, but it is repaired, finished. You should move without fear. The recovery of the structure and function is not possible without movement. The acute-phase defense programs should be turned off. Your brain must know that losing a point joint between two vertebrae is not the end. Your brain should promote normality. Otherwise the lower back will become an absurd vicious circle.

– Yes, but it hurts, I’m locked, rigid, I can’t do anything.

– You are still in acute phase, as if your disc had just been ripped. It’s already cooled down, repaired. If you don’t go back to activity, purpose, confidence … you will never go back to normal.

The management of defensive processes by the immune and nervous system contains the danger of poor regulation. An acute episode becomes chronic, not necessarily because it left  after-effects but because it hasn’t been considered as finished when it should.

Chronic pain is often a response of warn, triggered reasonably by an acute necrotic event that fear maintains unreasonably active. There is no physical vulnerability, but simply fear to going back to normal. The brain does not trust the repairs. It doesn’t event know they exist.

– You haven’t driven the car again.

I have an accident

– Yes, but that was a few years ago and you brought it to the garage to have it repaired.

Citizens continue to use the present to tell about the real past and the imagined, feared future.

>The right to inflammate

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At my office, I show an image of some firemen extinguishing a fire and ask the patient:

– Which one represents inflammation: the firemen or the fire?

The answer is, invariably: “the fire!”

Inflammation means lighting a fire, producing a flame. An inflamed tissue is hot and red, and sore and swollen. Firemen de-inflammate, they put out the fire. Hence, they are anti-inflammatories … Elemental.

– Well, they aren’t. Firemen represent inflammation. Agents that aim to prevent the spread of the fire.

Words, when not adequate, play tricks. The term inflammation is absolutely inadequate, disruptive, pathological. It should be erased.

Inflammation is a defensive response that protects healthy tissues from something destructive and repairs the damaged.

The idea that inflammation is a destructive fire that must be stopped with anti-inflammatories is widespread.

The compulsive and compelling application of ice exposes the error of considering inflammation something destructive that must be fought.

Certainly, the firemen cause damage in their fighting rage against flames, but no one thinks about calling the police during a fire to report some men that destroy doors and make a mess with water.

There may be a case of an excessive action of the firemen. They can destroy the living room to put out a fire on the corner of a curtain.

It can also happen that firefighters flood the house every time we turn on the fireplace.

There are some firemen that take excessive actions and kill flies with guns or that do not give permission to make good fires. There are excessive and unnecessary inflammations, but firefighters do not set things on fire, they put it out. They are inflammating agents … “Inflammation”, damn word! This way it’s impossible to understand it…!

Pain is part of the inflammatory status: tumor, redness, heat and pain…

Anti-symptom brigades try to avoid swelling, redness, heat and pain. They assume that firefighters are always excessive and unnecessary, even if there’s a fire.

The body needs this inflammatory response (firemen) quickly and decisively to put out any necrotizing, destructive fire and it also needs to measure its response. There is no inflammation without an anti-inflammation. Prescribing inflammatories and anti-inflammatories would make the same sense.

– You’ll have to take these inflammatories so it heals faster. Its temperature will rise, it will swell, it will hurt and it will look like a tomato.

There are some who argue that inflammation was necessary in the old days in the savanna when surviving carried being wounded day-to-day. In the comfortable life we have now, inflammation is excessive, inadequate, and must be contained, like high blood pressure. It can be, but first we have to take the measure of each one’s inflammation to see if it’s excessive.

– They said I have a high inflammation. I’m taking anti-inflammatories…

Tissues of the embryos don’t burn when they break. They regenerate. New cells are produced. With cellular development and maturation, tissues lose their regenerating power and resort to inflammation to repair themselves. It’s not the same, but the repairs are not completely bad: aesthetically poor and with their function somewhat diminished, but they still work.

Until proven otherwise, inflammation is timely and measured. It must be respected. If someone has a pathological inflammation response, the inflammatory rage must be controlled, allergy and hiperergy, using anti-inflammatories.

There is an obsession to discredit the self-management of the body. Everything it does is wrong. Everything is deregulated, it’s too much or falls short… Defensive, neural and immune systems are incompetent and need a professional’s correction that, at a glance or by simple hunch, feels that everything is swollen, wrongly swollen, excessively inflamed.

The sufferers feel swollen. They feel pain, so there is inflammation.

– There are sirens of firefighters, so there are firefighters. There are firefighters, so there is fire. Changes in weather should burn the house, because I can hear the siren…

– Are you saying that firefighters are inflammation, incendiaries?

– Yes, they are. Damn fire, blessed firefighters! Blessed inflammation despite that damn name!

>Pain for everything

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Evolution selects, slowly but surely, by chance and necessity, any biological resource that demonstrates its ability to collaborate in the first and last goal of survival of the individual, the group and the species.

Each perception contains a biological-historical process through which its meaning and purpose is slowly shaped.

Pain is not an exception. Its biological and evolutionary insides arise and develop in the heat of the violent events of cell death, necrosis. Try banging your head against a corner, put it in the oven to check on the chicken, get a tourniquet on your arm… Pain will show up to indicate that there has been violent cell death due to your action.

Try not to eat or drink anything for a few days or swallowing handfuls of salt. Thirst will emerge to indicate that your cells need water. Thirst perception is linked to lack of water or salt excess, hunger perception to scarcity of food, feeling cold to low temperature and feeling hot to high temperature. Pain, to cell necrosis.

– I’m thirsty. I’m worried. I have all the water I need. I drink several liters a day but I can’t calm it down. Am I losing water?

– It could be. You may have diabetes.

There are pathological situations (for example, diabetes) in which the body is unable to save something as necessary as water and eliminates it through urine, compromising the life of cells.

Analysis may show a high quantity of glucose in blood and urine.

– You have diabetes. That’s why you are so thirsty. Your organism loses water and forces you to replace it through thirstiness.

– My head hurts.

– You have meningitis, bleeding, sinusitis, a bump…

In the absence of dehydration or excessive salt everyone would understand that they drink water without any biological justification. The brain has created a paradoxical habit of seeking liquids in a world full of taps.

– I’m really thirsty. I need water.

– You have nothing.

– Then, why am I so thirsty? Can’t you give me something to stop this? I don’t want to spend all day walking around with a water bottle.

– We don’t know. It’s a mystery. Stress, hormones, food, wind, pollution, domestic electromagnetic radiation, psychoneuroimmunological alterations, genes (of course) …

Pain, along with hunger, thirst, heat, cold … is a homeostatic perception. It finds its way in maintaining the physical integrity of the body, in avoiding anything that kills cells in a short time.

Culture does not respect the biological sense of words. It misappropriates them and places them wherever it’s appropriate for its speech.

Anything works when justifying pain. Each professional explains it self-fulfillingly from his or her culture.

– It’s your sight. You need glasses.

– It’s the tooth …

– Stress …

– Hormones, feminine ones, of course …

– Yes, yes, it’s the genes …

The first obstacle to overcome in the doctor’s office is to explain the primitive, evolutive biological sense of pain.

– Pain is only justified from biology when a situation of violent death (consummated or imminent) occurs. From the different cultures you can justify it to your liking, namely, your brain’s liking.

Each brain defends its cultural identity of the origin of pain and takes it to the extreme.

– I am not convinced. You can say whatever you want but, in my opinion, what causes me pain is cured cheese … I’m sure of that!

Culture, always culture… Ah, these sapiens…

>Hazardness

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When someone is about to pick up a pot, one of the following can happen…:

1) took the pot and got burned

2) took the pot and moved the hand away quickly to avoid getting burned

3) moved the hand away quickly from the hot pot when the person was about to pick it up and someone said: “be careful, it burns!”

4) did not dare to pick up the pot because sometimes they burn

In situations 1 and 2, thermal harmfulness sensors of vigilant neurons (nociceptors) have identified such harmfulness and created pain and the reflex response of moving away.

In situation 1 the person got burned (necrosis). The pain lasts for a few days while the injury is being repaired. Its function is to protect the repair process.

In situation 2, the pain, the reflex response of moving away and the fact that the temperature of the pot wasn’t high enough have avoided the burn. The pain goes away after a few seconds. The skin is intact.

In situation 3, the information about the temperature of the pot at that moment causes the reflex response of moving away after the warning, avoiding pain and burning.

In situation 4, the pain and the burn have been avoided, but at the cost of not being able to pick up the pot.

In situations 1 and 2, the facts are the ones that count. The here-and-now of the temperature of the pot.

In situations 3 and 4, information is what counts. The temperature of the pot does not have to be high. What produces the action of moving away is what is said about the pot and what the recipient of this information considers as valid.

We must distinguish temperature receptors of the pot from the temperature information receivers of the pot.

The temperature receptor is in the membrane of vigilant neurons. The temperature information receivers are in the ears (“be careful, it burns!”).

The pain does not appear in situations 3 and 4. Instead, fear to picking up pots appears.

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Let’s suppose that Southern Wind causes headaches.

Situation 1) There’s Southern Wind, intense. I was under a tree. The wind broke a branch that hit me in the head. I have a lump. It hurts. Southern wind caused me a headache. Valid conclusion.

Scenario 2) There’s Southern Wind. I was under a tree. The wind broke a branch that hit me in the head. Luckily it was small and not very high. I don’t have a lump. The pain was gone quickly. Southern wind caused me a headache. Valid conclusion.

Situation 3) There’s Southern Wind. I was under a tree and someone warned me that a branch was about to fall on my head. Thanks to that, I was able to dodge and I didn’t get a lump or get hurt. Southern Wind hasn’t given me a headache because I have been informed of the danger. Valid conclusion.

Situation 4) There’s Southern Wind. I have stayed at home. My head hurts. Southern Wind gives me headaches. Conclusion?  

Situation 5 My head hurts. There’s going to be Southern Wind. Indeed, the next day there was Southern Wind. Conclusion?