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The Role of Sensitivity: The smooth interaction of psychological and physical functioning is dependent on affection

I hope you have come to understand my previous discussions on the role of education and training in the development of the fetus and the newborn. In today's message, I would like to explain to you, the element that facilitates the smooth functioning of these programs.

During World War II, many countries were helplessly transformed into battlefields. Germany, for example, a country that was quite devastated after the war, suffered many consequences, but today I would like to focus on one, the orphans of war. The victims of any war are the women and children. However, the victorious United States, extended a helping hand and helped to set up many orphanages. At the time, they were only able to give the children a fixed amount of food, but gave these children a safe place to reside.

In one English occupied territory, there were two orphanages, which I shall call "A", and "B". Dr. Widowson, a lady nutritional scientist, realized that, although the amount of food given to the children in orphanage A and orphanage B were exactly the same, the children in orphanage A were gaining more weight than those in orphanage B.

Dr. Widowson was suddenly inspired and believed there was a key to this difference in weight gain. She began to examine the conditions of the orphans in both places with careful observations. She came to realize that the nanny in orphanage A was young and affectionate, while the nanny in orphanage B was elderly and very strict. In addition, the nannies in orphanage B had eight "favorite orphans", and those orphans showed weight increases which were in between the other orphans in B and those in A.

During her observations, the "affectionate nanny" in orphanage A retired and the strict nanny from orphanage B brought the eight favorite orphans to orphanage A together and took over. On the other hand, they hired a new nanny for orphanage B and consciously chose an affectionate nanny to take the place of the strict one. Furthermore, they decided to try to keep the amount of food given to the orphans in B as before (who were now under the care of the affectionate nanny), and to increase the amount of food given to the orphans in A (who had originally gained more weight than those in B, but were now under the care of the strict nanny).

Imagine what happened to the weight measurement curve! The orphans in orphanage B (cared by the affectionate nanny) steadily gained weight, and those in orphanage A, whose weight had been increasing prior to the change in nanny care and who now were given more food than those in B, failed to show any better weight gain. After six months, the weight curve for both orphanages became reversed respectively. The eight "favorite orphans" now outweighed the orphans in both situations.

I would like to now go back to the explanation of programming and explain this phenomenon. Affectionate care facilitated the smooth functioning of the orphans' psychological and physical programming. These children were observed as having "joie de vivre", and displayed a liveliness which was not seen in the other orphans. This, in turn, fine-tuned the development program and the vicious cycle of development kicked in.

Thus, the "affection" factor helped the children's development, and the observations revealed that these children had bright eyes and seemed very happy. Consequently, the children vocalized their joy, played happily and therefore, their various systems (digestive, circulatory) and their metabolism, circadian rhythm and growth hormone secretion functioned smoothly facilitating their development.

The basic element of children's "development program" is the growth hormone. This hormone is not a hormone that is constantly being secreted, but is highly related to the sleep cycle. The moment the child begins to sleep, the hormone is secreted in a pulsating manner. Thus, the heart of the emotional program in the brain sends a message to the hypothalamus and routes it to the pituitary gland. The growth hormone is then secreted from its anterior lobe and is carried by the circulatory system and other body tissues, helping the child grow.

Hence, in order for the psychological and physical program to function smoothly, "affection" seems to be a critical element. I mentioned before, that information is an important factor in running the various bodily programs, and in this case, we can say that it is an emotional type of information, or the sensitive information, rather than the logical type of information.

As explained above, the element of affection helping children's development is a scientifically based notion. It is even observable from the perspective of "new" medicine, such as neuro-psycho-endocrinology.