The human brain and its orderly functioning fascinated Dr Nader. It was at MIT that Dr Nader received his advanced training as a scientist, conducting research and discovering treatments that would reveal more scientifically the connectedness between the individual, the environment, and nature. One of the most ancient systems of health-care, called Ayurveda, bases its treatments on precisely the relationships that Dr Nader was investigating.
Among the neuroscientists who inspired Dr Nader was the Nobel Laureate, poet, and preeminent investigator of the integrative function of the central nervous system Sir Charles Sherrington. Pupils of Sherrington included the pioneer neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield and four Nobel Prize winners. Dr Nader was very lucky to have his first apprenticeship in science under a student of Sir John Eccles, himself a Nobel Laureate pupil of Sherrington. While still a medical student, Dr Nader had thus spent the little spare time he had investigating in the lab the cellular, synaptic, and molecular transmission of sensory information.
It was at MIT that Dr Nader had his advanced training as a scientist under the supervision of a researcher trained by Julius Axelrod, a Nobel Laureate who had studied the release and reuptake of neurotransmitters by neurons. Dr Nader’s main research was on how some food elements can influence the release of neurotransmitters and thus the transmission of messages between neurons. He discovered a treatment that can help reduce spasticity in the muscles of people suffering from paralysis.
He further researched dietary strategies to reduce cognitive deficits in old age and the effects of dietary neurotransmitter precursors on aging. He conducted studies to discover how nutrient and calorie intakes differ between elderly and young subjects even when measured under identical conditions.
At MIT Dr Nader had the opportunity to participate in studies showing how our diet, daily routines, and the amount of light we are exposed to can change the secretion of hormones, influencing our mood and behavior, and how certain chemicals can suppress appetite or relieve depression. He started to see more scientifically the connectedness between the individual, the environment, and nature, and how day and night rhythms and seasonal changes influence us.
One of the most ancient systems of health care, called Ayurveda, bases its treatments on precisely the relationships that Dr Nader was investigating. With Maharishi’s inspiration and guidance, he started researching Ayurvedic therapies including foods and herbal preparations. Some of his colleagues were investigating the effects of various animal models of diet-induced tissue damage, surgically-induced brain lesions, and chemically-induced cancer lesions. He requested to add an Ayurvedic preparation called a Rasayana to the diets of some of these animals and discovered that the Rasayana protected against the induced damages. In search for possible mechanisms leading to such results he discovered that the Rasayana called Maharishi Amrit Kalash, for example, scavenges free radicals, which are oxidizing, tissue-damaging, and cancer-producing chemicals.
Together with the TM technique’s effectiveness, these findings encouraged Dr Nader to look more closely into the ancient Vedic knowledge and prompted him to further research in this field. Having studied how matter and the environment can influence the mind and behaviour, he was keen to understand how consciousness itself can influence the human physiology, behaviour, and society. As a true scientist, he wanted proven results — but wanted also not to be intimidated by prejudice, knowing that exceptional discoveries often come from the most unexpected places. That is what propelled him to the study of consciousness and the relationship of consciousness to the human physiology and the physical universe.
Under Maharishi’s guidance he compared the structure and function of the ancient Vedic texts with the structure and function of the human physiology and found a one-to-one correspondence, concluding that matter is intelligence, physiology is consciousness. The significance and application of this discovery bridged the gap between mind and matter, consciousness and physiology, subjective and the objective realities.
Many scientific studies completed by Dr Nader, his colleagues, and independent scientists have shown without doubt the influence of consciousness on mind, body, and environment as well as on alleviation of disease and suffering, and - extending to society - resolution of conflicts.
To offer a unified and complete explanation of the relationship between the abstract and the concrete, between the changing and non-changing, Dr Nader wrote a seminal paper in the International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness titled: “Consciousness Is All There Is: A Mathematical Approach with Applications”. To further expound on this subject and explain what consciousness is and its importance for daily living, he wrote a new book, now in the process of being published.