In the News (from ScienceDaily): “Vaginal birth triggers the expression of a protein in the brains of newborns that improves brain development and function in adulthood, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers, who also found that this protein expression is impaired in the brains of offspring delivered by caesarean section (C-sections).
“The team studied the effect of natural and surgical deliveries on mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) in mice. UCP2 is important for the proper development of hippocampal neurons and circuits. This area of the brain is responsible for short- and long-term memory. UCP2 is involved in cellular metabolism of fat, which is a key component of breast milk, suggesting that induction of UCP2 by natural birth may aid the transition to breast feeding.
“The researchers found that natural birth triggered UCP2 expression in the neurons located in the hippocampal region of the brain. This was diminished in the brains of mice born via C-section. Knocking out the UCP2 gene or chemically inhibiting UCP2 function interfered with the differentiation of hippocampal neurons and circuits, and impaired adult behaviors related to hippocampal functions.
“’These results reveal a potentially critical role of UCP2 in the proper development of brain circuits and related behaviors,’ said Tamas Horvath. ‘The increasing prevalence of C-sections driven by convenience rather than medical necessity may have a previously unsuspected lasting effect on brain development and function in humans as well.’”
My Comment: The whole problem of humanity is that our egoism puts us above the world, as its conquerors, rather than partners. This leads to the destruction of nature, creation of genetically mutilated food, creation of unnatural social relations and so forth. The crisis will set us free from the egoistic attitude and lead to harmony with the environment through suffering or awareness. Just by following the natural rules, we will never make a mistake!