Lavender: Uses & Benefits

Lavender is one of the most versatile and widely essential oils. Adored for its beauty and prized aromatic quality, the aroma is fresh, sweet, soft, and floral. It's soothing, balancing, antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it a useful tool in the first aid kit.
Lavender will enliven you when your energy is low, and settle you down when life is hectic.

Energetics

Rasa (taste): Katu (pungent)
Virya (energy): Anusha (neither heating or cooling)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Katu (pungent)
Gunas (quality): Ruksha (dry), Laghu (light), Tikshna (penetrating)
Dosha: PK-
Karma (action):Little stimulating.

Indications

Activates Crown Chakra

At the crown of the head is the cerebral cortex, known in the yogic tradition as “Sahawara Chakra.” When this lotus flower at the top of your spine stalk unfolds its petals, the memory of wholeness is restored and integrated into your personality. Keen awareness and alertness is created.
Once this connection to higher self is established and the srotas (channels) are cleansed, karmic blockages that prevent evolutionary progress are removed.

Balances Emotions

Lavender can be universally applied to balance emotions. It helps when patterns of depression and insomnia that manifest due to disconnection from consciousness. Fear and anxiety dissipate because your loose your attachment to specific outcomes and you trust the way the universe unfolds. (Balances Prana Vata and Sadhaka Pitta).
The effects of lavender oil have been studied on human emotional states, on our autonomic nervous system and even on our brain's electrical activity.
It tunes our thalamus to improve alpha brain waves, which becomes destroyed by modern toxins like non-native electromagnetic fields (nnEMF), blue light at night and poor sleep.
Fine Tuning Our Biological Clocks
Lavender supercharges energy metabolic pathways in cells that directly balance your biological clocks. It effectively excites electrons which send frequencies to further fin-tune the thalamus (which digests sensory stimuli and is a prime seat of consciousness).

Things to Know About Using Lavender

  • Make sure you use lavender that is grown outside in the sun, not indoors (hydroponic). The beneficial element of phosphorus in lavender is very active when photosynthesised with sunlight. Know your source.
  • Lavender needs to be mature (over 3 years old.) The best lavender is 8-10 years old, grown in a strong UV geography.

Using Lavender

Put a few drops on your pillow for a restful night (very effective for kids bed tremors), use for aromatherapy or add to a massage oil for self-abhyanga for muscle relief, skin support to calm the nervous system. Its uses are endless and it blends with so many oils.
Lavandula angusifolia is the real lavender. Good for Vata. The hybrid is stimulant for Kapha.

Dylan's Favourite Lavender Sources

Lavender essential oils from Amrita and Rare Earth Oils.

References:

  • Ayurvedic properties have been decided by yukti (intellect) by tasting and feeling the plant as well as discussion with Vaidyas and fellow Ayurvedic scholars

The Power of Your Attention & Flow of Consciousness (Soma) with Thom Knoles {Podcast #017}

Your attention is one of the greatest aspects of your self that you can gift to anyone.
Use the nourishing quality of your attention to attend to, uplift and increase the high-end of anybody who you are interacting with.
Where are you placing your attention?
On the glorious future? or are you in the present now?
Attention has a nourishing quality and someone who is a master of their art is a master of how they do it. In every life activity
What is the state of consciousness of the individual doing the action? Not what is the action. It’s all about how you do it.
It must not only be attention that you give, but intention laden attention. To see and feel and unity in others.
You are creating everything that you experience depending on what you place your attention on.

About Thom Knoles

Thom Knoles is a Maharishi (or pre-eminent master-teacher) of Vedic Meditation (an effortless mental technique that allows one to experience fully-awake restful consciousness and its many physiological benefits). He has tens of thousands of personally-taught students worldwide.
Thom is a thought-leader and celebrated speaker on the cognitive sciences, on the potential of the brain and health of the body, on the relationship between quantum physics and human consciousness, and on the 5,000 year-old body of wisdom known as the Veda (knowledge governing the unity of the laws of nature and human consciousness from which yoga, meditation, and AyurVeda are derived).
In India, he is called “Maharishi Vyasananda.” It means “the great seer who sequentially elaborates knowledge blissfully”.
In the 60s Thom met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who became Thom’s personal mentor and his predominant spiritual and educational influence over the next two decades.
Currently working with a stellar team of visionaries and organizers, Thom looks forward to spreading the joy of meditation to all who have the curiosity and desire to learn…

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Vaca (Acorus Calamus / Sweet Flag) Uses & Benefits

Vaca (sanskrit) literally means “speaking.”

This herb stimulates your voice, the power of your speech, self-expression and your intelligence. 

Although the roots and leaves have a peculiar sweet smell, the taste sure ain’t sweet. It is pungent and bitter (katu and tikta rasa) and I sure am feeling the throat stimulation after eating a small piece of the root - the dry, heating, stimulating sensation in my throat was particularly strong from lunch till sleep and I can still feel it the next day, 24 hours later.

Thus, as the ancient Rishis (seers) and now I have discovered, Vaca is good for the throat, vocal cords and respiratory issues like cough, cold, asthma and sinus conditions.

Nomenclature

English: Sweet Flag or Calamus
Sanskrit: Vaca or Ugragandha
Latin: Acorus Calamus

Energetics

Rasa (taste): Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter)
Virya (energy): Usna (heating)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Katu (pungent)
Gunas (quality): Ruksha (dry), Laghu (light), Tikshna (penetrating)
Dosha: VK- P+

Ayurvedic Action

Ganas (classical groups):

  • Lekhaniya (Scrapes out accumulations) (Vaghbata)
  • Triptighna (That which destroys the abnormal feeling of contentment or lack of desire in anything). (Vaghbata)
  • Arsoghna (Cures Haemorrhoids) (Vaghbata)
  • Sitasamana (Relieves the feeling of cold quickly) (Vaghbata)
  • Samjnada (Restores Consciousness) (Vaghbata)

Indications

Reduces Cravings and Addictions

Chewing the root pre-occupies your throat with this stimulating sensation thus cravings like cigarettes and food diminishes. Here in the village I harvested the roots from, they give a soft soaked root to babies during teething which boosts their immunity (rasayana).

Balance the Mind (Manas)

Vaca is also one of the best herbs for the mind (manas) - its penetrating quality (tikshna guna) effectively purifies the mind and then rejuvenates the brain and nervous system, including the mind’s subtle channels by sharpening the memory, promoting cerebral circulation and increasing sensitivity. It helps cure epilepsy(1), insanity, coma, shock and vata diseases of the head.

Balance Vata

Vaca is excellent for vata, and perhaps one of the best ways to use it is sniff it up your nose with a medicated oil to your brain - directly revitalise your brain with Prana (life-force). Vaca is one of the main ingredients in Vital Vedas and the Raju families Nasika Nasal Oil for Nasya. 

More Benefits:(1)

  • Rasanaya (Longevity and Immunity) - The root is made into bracelets for children to teeth on.
  • Deepaana (Enhances digestive fire)
  • Digestion - relieves constipation, flatulence, pain in the abdomen
  • Helps elimination - cleanses the faeces, and urine
  • cures insanity caused by kapha and bhuta (evil)
  • Cures worms.

Nasika (Nasal & Brain Oil)

Nasya is the Ayurvedic practice of lubricating the nasal passageway and the brain with herb-infused oil. Vaca is one of the main ingredients in Nasika Oil.

Nasika helps:

  • Moisturise the nasal cavity.
  • Prevent sinus congestion.
  • Enhance the intake of prana (life-force)
  • Promote mental clarity
  • Balance hormones
  • Balance the thyroid gland
  • Promote strong and lustrous hair and prevent premature greying and balding of hair.
  • Protect from environmental pollutants such as building sites, polluted cities and unfamiliar countries.
  • Strengthen all the sensory organs.

Nasika, $20/bottle. Shipping worlwdie. Request to purchase Nasika here.

Note that Calamus is banned by the FDA in USA due to toxicity.

Ayurveda says you should only have small amounts of it and must purify it properly (the knowledge of purification of herbs is scare)

Overall, this is one of the most revered herbs in Ayurveda that has been used for thousands of years, and now grows around the world, particualry in wetlands.

References:

  • (1) Bhavaprakasha, Haritakyadi varga.
  • Ganas (Ayurvedic action) - ASTANGA SAMGRAHA (OF VAGBHATA), Author: Prof. K R Srikantha Murthy, CHAPTER 15: LARGER COLLECTION OF EFFICACIOUS RECIPES

Fluoride: The Definitive Truth & Your Water Supply | Merilyn Haines {Podcast #015)

FLUORIDE: One of the most pernicious toxins!

But people don’t quite fully understand it and thus are confused which results in people not averting the dangers of fluoride.

Learn the cold hard facts and science and understand the situation occurring in one of your life basics, your water supply!

Fluoride is a sensitive and controversial topic, but it is also confusing for people because they hear so many different things.

That is why we need to get definitive.

And by the end of this episode, I hope you are definitive about your view on fluoride.

We are not going to tell you what to do, what water to use.

We are going to give you the cold hard science and the cold hard facts. You have a right to know about the industrial systems that are providing society.

Then, you can go ahead and make an INFORMED decision on what you, your community, your children, your animals - drink and bathe in.

About Merilyn Haines

Merilyn is a co-founder of Queenslanders for Safe Water, a group which holds concerns about adverse health effects of water fluoridation and the issue that it is unethical mass medication.

Merilyn is now retired, but worked for over 30 years as a medical laboratory scientist in both the government and private sectors.

She first became concerned about water fluoridation many years ago when a close relative health suffered from water fluoridation.

Merilyn has played a major role in removing fluoride in water supplies across the state of Queensland by educating governments on the issue so that they themselves formally reject fluoridation.

Queensland Interventions:

When mandatory fluoridation was being introduced to Queensland in 2008, Queenslanders for Safe Water regularly contacted each Queensland MP and sent them many scientific publications and articles on fluoridation.

When state-mandated fluoridation was overturned end of 2012, Queenslanders for Safe Water then started contacting every Councillor in every Qld Council with information.

Merilyn, along with a medical colleague gave presentations to a number of Qld Councils.

There are now 29 Qld Councils which have formally rejected fluoridation.


In this Episode we Discuss:

What got Merilyn into being an activist

My sister suffered severe and distressing dermatitis when she moved to fluoridated Townsville – then one of the few fluoridated towns in Qld.

Being such a controversial and heated topic, and I thank you for being on the front line here, What Hurdles or friction have you suffered?

Defamation and verbal abuse – mostly from a very senior Qld Health Dentist who is the Qld govt appointed lobbyist for forced fluoridation.

At public meetings I have both inferred I am a liar, or outright called a liar by this dentist. On radio and he has claimed that I make up statistics. In newspaper articles, I and other activists opposed to fluoridation are referred to as nutters, flat earthers, conspiracy theorists, extreme fringe groups and anti-vaxxers.  

Types of Fluoride

It’s not just one chemical. It’s not just a simple yes or no. It’s not B&W.

  1. Calcium Fluoride occurs in nature and naturally found in the body. However, high levels in water cause devastating dental and skeletal fluorosis and other damage in a number of countries.
  2. We do point that the most common fluoride chemicals deliberately added to drinking water do not even occur in nature (Sodium Silicofluoride and Hydrofluorosilicic Acid) but are created from the fluoride waste captured in the smokestacks of phosphate fertiliser plants.
  3. Silicofluorides have never been tested. They don’t clean them up, they have heavy metals in them.
  4. These chemicals have never properly tested for safety: “Fluorosilicates have never been tested for safety in humans.” ~ Dr. Hardy Limeback, BSc, DDS, PhD
  5. Liquid Hydrofluorosilicic Acid used in NSW or Victoria comes from the Incitec Pivot fertiliser plant in Geelong.
  6. In West Australia it comes from the Wesfarmers owned CSBP fertiliser plant. Hydrofluorosilicic Acid is extremely dangerous and extremely corrosive and has to be tankered in special rubber lined tankers. It comes directly from the fertiliser plants to water treatment plants.Videos show it burning through concrete at a concentrated level. And at a diluted level, what do you think it’s doing on a cellular level?
  7. Sodium fluoride is usually added to water in smaller rural towns because it comes in smaller bags. Sodium fluoride was the first chemical to be used to fluoridate water, it was originally from the waste fluoride left over from Aluminium smelting – but then they moved mostly to the Silicofluoridesfrom phosphate fertilisers.
  8. Sulfuryl Fluoride– another kettle of fish that most have never heard of. It is a termite fumigant allowed to be used in America and Australia. In Australia, its use is allowed with certain foods – all whole grains, all whole nuts, all dried fruits. Much higher levels in food allowed than in water, but no follow up testing is done to see how much fluoride is in foods. –
  9. The fluoride added to toothpaste pharmaceutical grade; water fluoridation chemicals are industrial grade and are allowed to contain small amounts of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.

Why was Fluoride Initially Added to Water and Why Does it Continue to Be? – Most countries in the world DO NOT fluoridate!

Fluoridation is an American idea that started in the US in the 1940s when World War 2 was still raging.

In the 1920s in America a dentist was working for an aluminum company called ALCOA in Colorado investigating whether Aluminium in water was causing ugly brown stains on teeth.

At the time aluminum saucepans were suspected of causing cancer. It was discovered that it was actually fluoride in water that caused the bad stains (now known as dental fluorosis).

Some years later there was an association made with higher fluoride levels in water and less tooth decay.

It was not investigated whether higher levels of calcium or other minerals in the water were responsible for less decay.

An executive of ALCO resigned his position and went to work for what became the US Public Health Service, where he successfully lobbied for the introduction of fluoridation.

A ten-year trial was started, after 5 years, even though children born at the beginning of the trial had not even yet received their permanent teeth, the trial has declared a success and fluoridation was rapidly forced on many USA communities.

ALCO had found a market for its waste fluoride by supplying Sodium Fluoride to water treatment plants.

Previous to that Sodium Fluoride was in general use only as an insecticide.

Fluoride was a by-product from the pesticide and aluminum industry and needed to be disposed of as hazardous waste, and it is very expensive to dispose hazardous waste.

By adding fluoride to drinking water, phosphate fertiliser manufactures get paid for their fluoride waste, they don’t have to pay to dispose of what would be toxic waste. It would be very expensive to dispose of fluoride as a toxic waste.

Usually, they add fluorosilicic acid. An acid where sodium fluoride or other mixtures and forms. This is synthetic and plenty of studies show the harm of this.

Australia was an early follower of this USA practice, with Beaconsfield in 1953 being the first town in Australia to fluoridate.

Most countries in the world have never adopted fluoridation, only 5 % or less of the world’s population fluoridate their drinking water, - which means 95 % of the world’s population do not.

Most countries in Europe don’t fluoridate water, however, a few counties allow the sale of fluoridated salt (for personal use only).

Although the WHO advocates fluoridation, a large majority of the countries that are members of the WHO do not fluoridate their drinking water.

Britain fluoridates, but only 10 % of it’s population.

London doesn’t fluoridate, neither does Paris, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam etc, etc.

China does not fluoridate - however, almost all the Sodium Silicofluoride added to Australian water is imported from China.

There are 193 countries that are members of the World Health Organisation (WHO)- 168  of those 193 WHO member countries don’t do water fluoridation!

Israel was a fluoridating country, in 2014 Israel ended fluoridation after nearly 35 years of fluoridating, with Health Minister citing health concerns.

There are more people in the USA drinking fluoridated water than the rest of the world put together.

Mining phosphorus (bones) released a by product of fluoride. Then they dumped it in different locations but the problem is after dumping it caused dead zones - dead water or land.

They say it is for our dental health. To prevent dentist visits and save money.

Cholera Epidemic in the UK

London’s Soho district were falling ill in large numbers in the 1850s. They developed explosive diarrhea which was watery and white and it never stopped. Each patient would produce 20 liters of stools per day which was dumped in the cesspools below their cramped houses in Soho. They all had cholera.

Dr. Snow never was able to culture cholera from the water supply because we did not have the ability to do such things in the 1850’s. His work led to the disabling of the water pump and he went on to chlorinate the Broad Street pump. This is how water sanitation took hold in all of Britain late in the 19th century.  This is where water fluoridation ideas first got its foothold.

Ethics:

Mass medication- treating ALL people - all ages, all body types.

Once they learn this ability and procedure of putting this chemical in the water supply, they may put other waste products into water like - lithium to decrease manic depression or statin drugs to deal with cholesterol.

Once you start something like this, where do you stop?

This form of Mass Medication violates two principles of medical ethics:

  1. The principle of controlled dose -can’t control how much water people drink
  2. The principle of informed consent to medication

Since when does the government care about our health and want to medicate us? – Specifically our dental health.

How to truly address dental health as a collective nation.

Techniques and education.

Chemicals cocktails are synergistic

Exposure to a mixture of chemicals is far more harmful than exposure to individual chemicals.

It significantly increases all sorts of biological effects.

Ayurveda says the same with bhasmas: Metallic preparations as medicine in Ayurveda. Synergising different bhasmas changes the therapeutic action.

Fluoride + aluminum becomes an endocrine disruptor – that means it disrupts hormonal signals.

Aluminofluoride complexes- With the appearance of acid rain and the use of aluminium in industry, there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of uncomplexed aluminium in ecosystems.

  • The cause of dialysis encephalopathy / dialysis dementiaor dementia in renal failure patients. (Alfrey et al. 1976; Meiri et al. 1991). Speech disorders precede dementia and convulsions. The mode of death has been reported as sudden cardiac arrest usually associated with acute pulmonary oedema (Elliot et al. 1978).

Lead + fluoride = neuro-toxic effect.

Chlorine

Use of chlorine in tap water. Use it to disinfect, it takes away a lot of pathologies. That makes sense.

But don’t drink the chlorine.

Fluoride, on the other hand, doesn’t have a place in water.

Chlorine reacts with metals and causes a carcinogenic by-product.

Fluoride related harm and health implications

Fluoridated water brushes past teeth for a few seconds when drinking, water is swallowed and the fluoride is absorbed from stomach and intestine. Then the health complications occur.

Dental fluorosis, skeletal fluorosis

First stages can mimic arthritis symptoms, people who have kidney dysfunction will accumulate more fluoride in their bodies (bones, tendons).

Pathology of Dental Fluorosis and Skeletal Fluorosis:

 Dental fluorosis in your teeth and bones. You see it in your teeth. White patches on the teeth = toxic levels of fluoride.

  • Fluoride bonds to the phosphorus in the appetite of the bones as readily as calcium does, since fluoride, like calcium, is a double bond electrical charge.
  • Your body kind of thinks it’s calcium and deposits it in the bones and teeth.
  • When it gets in the teeth it’s kind of like calcium.
  • Dental industry thinks this is good because it’s like a hard shield on your teeth, it’s harder than calcium. But a shield can chip and break easily. You want a more flexible and dynamic shield.
  • This idea was sold to dentists. Teeth can chip and break.

WHO dental health data over the last 50 years shows that child tooth decay has decreased just the same in non-fluoridated as in the few heavily fluoridated countries (Australia is heavily fluoridated).

One quarter of 11– 12-year-olds in NSW fluoridated areas have Dental Fluorosis
* 2007 NSW Child Dental Health Survey

 Dental Fluorosis

  • 58% of adolescent adults have dental fluorosis (most recent, 2017). This is not just a cosmetic blemish (as proponents tend to think), it is a signal and a bio-marker that something metabolically is going on with fluoride. We are getting too much fluoride.
  • When fluoridation was started, only 10 - 15% of the public would get dental fluorosis, and it would be hardly noticeable, not significant at all.
  • 41% of adolescent adults had dental fluorosis (a few years ago).
  • 20% have moderate fluorosis. - Way too much.
  • 2 % have severe fluorosis in the US. This is not fair for that 2 %!

Does Fluoride Prevent Dental Decay?

There are studies that show topical fluoride helps reduce dental cavities. However, this treatment of topical fluoride is indicated in two kind of people:

  1. People who developed cavities from radiation - Those who have had a lot of X-ray to your head or cancer, using fluoride toothpaste will be beneficial.
  2. Rampant dental cavities - When you are eating to much junk food, sugar and not cleaning your teeth. A bit of toxic chemical fluoride on the surface on your teeth will reduce the cavity a little, but it’s not going to fix it. Better change your diet (the root cause). And brush your teeth.

Abnormality of the mouth microbiome (product of gut microbiome).

Some cultures like Korea, 98% don’t have a cavity. They have not disrupted their microbiome.

Drinking fluoride for dental health is like eating sunblock to protect your skin for the sun.

Hypersensitivity

Allergic type symptoms such as dermatitis, skin rashes, migraines, GI pain. 

Osteosarcoma in young men

Neuro-Toxin

It clearly has a role in mental effects and is a known neuro-toxin.

Currently, the National Toxicology Program in USA is underway to demonstrate evidence that will possibly legally classify fluoride as a neuro-toxin.

Fluoride is used in anti-depressants like Prozac – which has 30% fluoride.

The world is facing a “silent pandemic” of “chemical brain drain” with increasing rates of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention- deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments

Fluoride is a known neurodevelopmental toxin .

Children

More than 50 studies on human link fluoride lower IQ. Reduction in children’s IQ.

  • There is a large body of work showing fluoride exposure can impair cognitive function in animals.
  • There is recent research linking fluoride ingestion by pregnant mothers to lowered IQ in their offspring.
  • The US government halved the fluoride recommendation in 2015 after seeing the research related to IQ.
  • Infants are getting a dose that is 10 - 100x more than they should have even by the conservative EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) of USA recommendations.
  • 80% of children up to the age of 3-4 are getting significantly more fluoride than they should.
  • Was 0.06 mg/day - but the EPA raised the norm because it was so prevalent in our lives.

Children compared to adults kids have:

  • Higher food, fluid and air intake /kg
  • Higher absorption and metabolic rate
  • Immature immune and detox systems
  • More exposure to the ground
  • More hand to mouth behaviour
  • Longer latency period to develop diseases

Very dangerous during pregnancy.

  • 5mg of fluoride tablets are contraindicated during pregnancy. This is the equivalent to 500ml of water.
  • Because Fluoride is a Teratogen - it is a chemical that destroys life as it is forming during the embryo stage. 

According to the largest ever study on Fluoride:
If a pregnant woman exposes her unborn baby to fluoride, there is a significant decline in IQ later in life.
(Bashash, Thomas, Hu et al, 2017, Environmental Health Perspectives)

 Bottle fed babies get a much larger dose than breastfed babies –

Breast milk has only a minuscule 0.004 ppm fluoride*
*Source for amount fluoride in breast milk - 2006 National Research Council ( NRC )  “Fluoride in Drinking Water”

If you add NSW fluoridated water 1.0 ppm  ( = 1.0 mg/l) to powdered infant formula, the water you are adding contains 250 times more fluoride than what babies would ever get from breast milk  (1.0 ppm divided by 0.004 ppm = 250 times).

This at a time when their brains and the blood-brain barrier is still forming

Did nature make a mistake not having 1mg /L fluoride in breast milk?

De-calcifies the pineal gland

Pineal gland – deep in the center of a brain is a gland the size of a grain of rice.
Essential role on how we sleep, make decisions, perceive reality, light meditator – hormone secretor and related with circadian rhythms.

  • Fluoride accumulates there
  • Results in reduces the gland’s synthesis of melatonin.

As of June 2018, a total of 60 studies have investigated the relationship between fluoride and human intelligence, and over 40 studies have investigated the relationship fluoride and learning/memory in animals.

It was used in Nazi Germany to put into the water because it calcifies the pineal gland - which governs your individuality, free will, intuition and sovereignty.

In 1950 major George Jordan of the US Airforce testified it was used in the water supply in concentration camps.

Hypo-Thyroidsm

  • May reduce thyroid.
  • People with Hypothyroidism - should absolutely stop fluoride water.
  • Early 20thCentury - Sodium Fluoride used by European & South American doctors to reduce thyroid activity in patients with overactive thyroid ( Merck Index 1968 )

Energy levels

  • Fluoride is a dielectric blocker (well known).
  • It impairs and inhibits your body’s ability to take the energy from the sun and convert it into energy for your mitochondria to use to produce ATP.
  • Decreases light energy in the water that you can use to make a battery, and generate a charge in you.
  • You are shutting down your body ability to make energy.
  • Tired, fatigue.
  • Every sub-cellular component, particularly mitochondrial action is destroyed.

Hardly any health professional studies molecular biology. They are unaware of how mitochondria work.

Fluoride is a metabolic mitochondrial poison, thus it contributes to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease like alzheimers (and we have an epidemic of alzheimers coming).

Bioaccumulation over the lifespan –chronic disease.

It is very hard to remove Fluoride from the body  

We only get rid of 50% of fluoride over a 24 hour period.

It is hard for the kidneys to detoxify the fluoride.

The PEW leaked document

A petroleum fracking company that delivers advice to people on marketing toxic waste for fluoridation.

“Opponents are likely to win if the dialogue is trapped inside this message wheel.”

Ingesting Fluoride

The big problem is swallowing it.

Although you can get fluoride for free from your water, fluoride is a prescription drug. FDA wouldn’t even approve it due to no efficacy. 

Steam Rooms / Hot Showers

  • Turning volatile compounds into a gas (vapour).
  • You are inhaling that and it goes into the blood and brain.
  • Pores are opened up.
  • Chloroform gas in a sealed room.
  • Trans-dermal penetration.
  • Reduce times in the bath tubs when pores open up more.

Get a filter or BE the filter

“People would rather laugh at the fable of the water they are not drinking than honestly face the sobering reality of the water they are drinking.”
Seth Leaf Pruzansky.

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Is CBD Really Worth the Highype?

CBD (Cannabidiol), one of the phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant (cannabis sativa), is all the rage right now.

An increasing number of people are shouting and sharing health results on their Facebook and I am getting emails from companies I have never heard of, offering me to be an affiliate for a high commission. The CBD market is expected to grow by 700% come 2020 according to Forbes, but I predict this trend won’t last…

Phytocannabinoids are plant-based cannabinoid compounds which support the Endocannabinoid system (ECS): an important biological system expressed throughout the nervous system that orchestrates communication between other bodily systems, such as your respiratory, digestive, immune and cardiovascular systems. The ECS does this via receptors found in every organ, including your skin. The ECS has been neglected by most medical schools and professionals and partially only been discovered in the 1990s.

Whole Hemp May Be Better Than Isolated CBD

But note, the hemp plant contains over 100 different phytocannabinoids, of which CBD is only ONE!

Once again, your superfood biohacking organic GMO-free supplement companies that make products infused with crystals are isolating a single compound from a plant and stripping it away from the rest of its family.

Those of us in botanical medicine understand that the sum of all the parts of the plant is greater than any one single ingredient. Natural products that escape laboratory confinement are WHOLE HERBS, not extracts. What you have is natures intelligence effortlessly organising a complex design of constituents which completes a substance with a foundational microbiome and effective holistic action that is welcomed and absorbed by the body.

“The Entourage Effect” (termed by Dr. Ethan Russo) means having ALL the phytocannabinoids and terpenes (hydrocarbonic compounds in the essential oils of plants and flowers) present to give rise to full clinical and meaningful benefits.

While CBD may be the most dominant phytocannabinoid in hemp, the other phytocannabinoids are essential to nourish and support the ECS in the body.

Two Types of Endocannabinoid Receptors

  1. cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1)
  2. cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2).

Both these receptors are found throughout your body.

One cannabinoid your body produces is called anandamide — a nod to the word "ananda," the Sanskrit word for "bliss," as it attaches to the same CB1 receptors that THC attaches to.

Basically, through meditation and other bliss promoting practices, you can make your own endogenous anandamide, rather than relying on an unsustainable source like weed.

Sure CBD helps the CB1 receptor, but what about the CB2 receptor? CBD does not touch CB2.

The CB2 receptor controls inflammatory cycling, pain signaling, insulin sensitivity and bone building. Clearly essential biological functions of which CBD does NOTHING for.
Better get more holistic.

We need a CB2 agonist. Luckily, if we include the whole family of phytocannabinoids, a full spectrum hemp oil contains these other phytocannabinoids that compliment towards what CBD cannot do alone.

We must get off this single magic bullet bandwagon. We must appreciate the full role of all these phytocannabinoid as a whole and that they compliment each other.

CBD is not the answer to support the endocannabinoid system as a whole.

The story is much bigger than just CBD - clinically, scientifically and legally (Big Pharma has patented isolated CBD so others cannot sell it at a dietary supplement).

Endocannabinoid Levels and Your Health

Endocannabinoid deficiency has been identified in people who have:

  • migraines
  • fibromyalgia
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • pain and inflammation
  • neurological conditions
  • Stress, anxiety and insomnia
  • ocular health
  • bone health
  • neurological conditions
  • a variety of treatment-resistant conditions.

They've also discovered there's an intimate relationship between your ECS and your omega-3 : omega-6 ratio status.

Your Endocannabinoid Systems Role in Your Gut Health

Your ECS is interlinked with the brain-gut-immune system pathway. Communication occurs between your endocannabinoid system and your gut microbiome (the bacteria in your gut).

According to Carl Germano, researchers have also discovered the ECS controls:

  • Motility in the gut
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gut permeability
  • Tolerance to antigens

The ECS also reduces the activity of the stress pathways, including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) pathways. Anandamide, specifically, participates in the immunological response in the gut.

Finally, Hemp is legal in the USA. Donald Trump signed a farm bill at the end of 2018. Australia will probably follow this year.

Now academic and medical institutions can study it. Now consumers have access to an important medicinal plant.

Hemp oil with full-spectrum phytocannabinoids benefits health when used in the right situations and the right way. Always remain natural and holistic.

Hemp as a Herb in Ayurveda

Hemp (Cannabis sativa), known as "Bhanga" in sanskrit, is used in three principal forms:

  1. Ganja - The flowering heads, branches or shoots of the female plant are pressed into compact masses and mainly used for smoking (more recreationally).
  2. Bhanga - Dried leaves and female flower heads is ground up and used as a therapeutic herb. This is added to ayurvedic formulas or mixed with water or milk to consume a syrupy drink.
  3. Caras - Resin that oozes out from the leaves of the plant and rolled into pills. Like hashish, this has no taste and is chiefly used for smoking.

Medicinal Effects

  • In small doses and taken in the right preparation, the plant is antispasmodic, analgesic, stomachic,  sedative.
  • In moderate doses it is a good sedative.
  • It is habit forming and in large doses, it produces mental exhaustion, intoxication, double consciousness, delusion, depression (lowers dopamine),  loss of memory, emaciation and impotence.

Action: Astringnet, appetiser and narcotic.

Ayurvedic Properties

  • Rasa (taste): Katu (pungent)
  • Gunas (quaities): Laghu (light) and tikshna (sharp and penetrating).
  • Virya (Potency): Usna (hot)
  • Vipaka (Post digestive effect): Madhura (sweet)
  • Doshas: pacifies Kapha but aggravate Pitta.

Buy High Quality Hemp

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Pesticide and herbicide free
  • Full-spectrum phytocannabinoids
  • Grown from certified seeds and not hybrids with marijuana.
  • Support companies that don't mention CBD on the front panel or quantify it in the Supplement Fact box.

Credits:
Carl Germano and Dr. Joe Mercola


Water: The Basis Of Life, Therapeutic Bathing, Cold Water Immersion & Extreme Wellness | Professor Marc Cohen {Podcast #14}

Water: One of the Foundational Elements of the Universe and The Basis of All Life

What ways can we utilise it to optimise our individual health and the collective wellness of humans on earth and deal with the world water crisis.

About Professor Marc Cohen

Professor Marc Cohen is one of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine and has made significant impacts on education, research, clinical practice and policy. He is a registered medical practitioner with degrees in western medicine, physiology and psychological medicine along with PhDs in Chinese medicine and biomedical engineering.

Dr. Marc with his beloved Tulsi plants

In 2002 he became Australia’s first Professor of Complementary Medicine and Head of the Department of Complementary Medicine at RMIT University, which was by far the largest such department in the country with around 100 staff and 1000 students. He currently leads wellness research within the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University and serves as Program Leader for postgraduate wellness programs along with teaching undergraduate courses on Medical Diagnosis and Medical Examination.

He is a Board Member of the Global Wellness Summit, Past-President (from 2000-2007) of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA), a member of the RACGP-AIMA Joint Working party and sits on the Editorial Board of five international journals. Prof Cohen has previously held positions as Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education at Monash University, Expert Advisor to the TGA Complementary Medicine Evaluation Committee, Member of the NHMRC Grant Review panel on Primary Healthcare, Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Complementary Medicine and multiple ministerial appointments on various Registration and Accreditation Panels. He previously held the position as Director of the Centre for Complementary Medicine at the Monash Institute for Health Services Research.

As a medical practitioner and researcher Prof Cohen has pioneered the introduction of complementary, holistic and integrative medicine into mainstream settings. He has been involved in two landmark surveys of Australian General Practitioners and their attitudes towards, and use of, complementary medicines, which were instrumental in the development of the AMA policy on complementary medicine and the establishment of the RACGP-AIMA Joint Working Party on Integrative Medicine. He has also been involved in establishing acupuncture as a form of standard care in emergency department settings and developing hospital policy on practitioner accreditation as well as co-authoring many high level reports including a report for the World Health Organisation on quality assurance in CM education, a report for the National Asthma Council on CM in Asthma, and a report for the Victorian Department of Human Services on the risks and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine, which was used to inform policy development for the regulation of natural medicine practitioners.

Prof Cohen has published more than 90 peer–reviewed articles, authored more than 20 book chapters and edited 8 books on holistic health as well as co-authoring the landmark text; “Herbs and Natural Supplements an Evidenced Based Guide”, with the first two editions being short-listed for an Australian Publishing Award in the scholarly reference section. He is also co-editor with Oxford University’s Prof Gerry Bodeker of the landmark text ‘Understanding the Global Spa Industry’ which is the first academic book documenting the global spa and wellness industry. He writes a regular monthly column for Prevention Magazine and is regularly requested to examine PhD thesis from many local and international universities and peer-review articles for numerous international scientific journals.

Prof Cohen has extensive experience in running clinical trials and other multidisciplinary projects. He has been involved in running more than 10 industry-funded randomized controlled trials as well as being CIA on two NHMRC funded trials on the use of yoga for geriatric insomnia and the use of acupuncture for analgesia in Emergency Departments. Prof Cohen is currently involved in research into various aspects of holistic health including the use of organic foods in reducing pesticide exposure, the use of yoga and meditation for insomnia and stress, and the use of various therapies and lifestyle interventions for detoxification from environmental chemicals.

Prof Cohen is one of the most active people in Australia when it comes to organising conferences on holistic and integrative medicine. He has organised more than 10 International Holistic Health Conferences and in 2003 he chaired the Organising Committee for the First World Congress on Chinese Medicine. He also organised the Complementary Medicine Symposium at the XIIIth World Congress on Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics as well as organising the RMIT School of Health Sciences Research Conferences from 2005-2007. He sat on the Scientific Committees for the Third International Conference on Complementary Medicine Research and National Prescribing Service Scientific Conference and currently sits on the Board of the Global Wellness Summit. In this last role he has been involved in commissioning and conducting landmark econometric research into the global wellness economy and been instrumental in the development and implementation of the free online evidence based portal wellnessevidence.com

As well as organising conferences, Prof Cohen is a sought after presenter and has been an invited speaker at more than 100 conferences including more than 40 international and 40 national conferences in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, Turkey, Switzerland, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, The Philippines, New Zealand, The United States and Hong Kong. Prof Cohen’s impact on the field is recognised by the media and he has received four consecutive RMIT Media Star Awards as well as the inaugural award for leadership and collaboration from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine.


In this Episode we Discuss:

An overview of water on earth:

  • Just a ping pong ball (water) in a basketball (earth).

but 97.5% of the water is ocean (saline) water.

  • Fresh Water: size of a marble in the basketball.

But most the fresh water is in the ground or in icecaps.

  • Liquid fresh water: the size of a small mustard seed in a basketball. - in lakes, streams, rivers and the water in every microorganism in earth. 

We are 99% water including the molecules in our body.

Water as the Matrix of Life and the Most Important Thing for Life on Earth

The Distribution of Water in the World

  • 1 in 7 people on earth does not have clean drinking water - a survival issue.
  • 4.2 million people (mainly children) die every year from water born illness.
  • 1 in 3 people on earth (2.4 billion people) do not have access the clean water to bathe.

The Dignity, Comfort and Spirituality of Water

Feeling good, not stinking, feeling wealthy and abundant when having access to clean water and bathing.

WELLthy - water is part of what we desire.

Bathe The World

Marc and his business partner and friend Charle Davidson’s initiative: everyone on earth deserves one 10L bucket of water a day to drink and clean with.

We have the technology and resources to provide clean bathing water to everyone on earth but we are more focused on doing thing like going to Mars.

World Bathing Day - June 22.

Global Bathe the World Event

  • June 22, 2022.
  • Marc and Charles’s initiative to get one person from every nation of the world to bathe in the biggest natural hot spring on earth.
  • This happens to be in the center of Australia.

Alternating Between Hot and Cold Bathing as Therapy.

Using the thermal properties of water to change your own physiology and mental state.

Marc as personal the scientist of Wim Hoff (known as The Ice Man).

The Cold Water Hokey Pokey: At Home Therapeutic Bathing Technique 

Benefits of Cold Showers/Bathing:

  • Vascular workout - Vassal dilating your blood vessels (we have about 100,000km of blood vessels in our body which are not normally under our voluntary control). Open blood vessels with hot water and close with cold water.
  • Taking control over your breath = mastery over your body. Psychology. Remaining comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. But for those who cannot be comfortable, it is not good.
  • Immune system boost - High adrenaline response suppresses the immune system. Psycho-neuro-immunology: the link between our mind, nervous system, immune system and our brain.
  • Invigorating 
  • Communicates with and up-regulates mitochondria.
  • Induces brown fat production (around big blood vessels, heart and lungs) fat is brown because it is so dense with mitochondria. These mitochondria produce thermal heat (thermogenesis) rather than ATP. They encourage white-fat metabolism.
  • Turns up metabolism and activates the thyroid gland.
  • Cold suppresses the mTOR pathway, a molecular signaling pathway that is responsible for either growth or repair, depending on whether it is stimulated or inhibited. To up-regulate maintenance and repair, boost longevity, and reduce your risk for cancer, you need to suppress the mTOR pathway, and the most efficient way to do this is to limit your protein intake.
  • Helps sleep.
  • Cells become more efficient - Hypoxia forces your body to clean up the house and become more efficient in how they handle oxygen. When the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues is deficient, the cells freak out, their life is on the line. So any free oxygen radicals get mopped up, any proteins that have malformed get auto-phaged, any cells that are pre-cancerous, aging, not working well, abhorrent get apoptosed (cell death). 
  • Promotes cell stem circulation to regenerate tissues - since stem cells live in hypoxic environments and 

The Risks of Cold Shock

Panic in cold water = sympathetic overload = arterial fibrillation = heart attack. This is rare and hardly seen in voluntary cold exposure (more seen when a "man goes over deck").

The Importance of Easing Gradually and Gently into Cold Water Immersion and How to Do It

  • You want to be comfortable and not shocking.
  • Do so your body is at the point just before shivering. You should not shiver.
  • You should feel pleasant. Do not push yourself.
  • Ideal temperature.

Anything below 12-14 degrees celsius is considered really cold water immersion.

How Cold Showers Trained James Bond to Remain Cool and Calm in Hectic Situations

How Water Came to Earth

How the hottest water in the solar system met the coldest water in the solar system - the topic of Marcs third children’s book.

72 Scientific Anomalies of Water

The Fourth Phase of Water: The gel phase substance beyond solid, liquid and vapour.

  • H3O2.
  • Exclusion Zone (EZ) water - it is pure water that excludes solutes like salt to create an electrical potential difference and forms this gel phase / structured water.
  • This is millions of atoms thick (a lot more than we predicted).
  • Light increases the size of the exclusion zone - infrared radiation adds energy to water, purifies it and structures it.
  • Happens at 4 degrees. This is why the arctic ice is less salty than the ocean.

Extreme Wellness Practices

Explore both edges of your comfort zone, but don't exceed it, through basic physiological processes to find your homeostatic point of balance and thus experience extreme comfort.

e.g. Hot and cold showers, Feasting and fasting, hyperventilation and hypoventilation.

Professor Marcs 5 Factors for Life:

  1. Temperature
  2. Glucose
  3. Water
  4. Carbon Dioxide
  5. Oxygen

Breathing Exercises (Pranayama)

The Importance of Coupling Hypoventilation with Hyperventilation when doing breathing exercises or the Wim Hoff method.

Alkalising the body and reducing lactic acid in the body (what causes muscles to burn) with breath.

Marcs 5 Phases of Breathing for Health

Pranayama to increase the number and sensitivity of endorphin receptors - more blissful comfort and more euphoria.

Our Sensitivity to Light Spectrums

Our Cells Emit Light - Bio-photons get emitted with cellular metabolism.

Hot Water as a Therapeutic Technique

  • Lithian, sulphur, iron, magnesium springs.
  • Immersion in water is more relaxing than immersing in air.
  • Compresses your limbs and pulls blood to your core.
  • Bathing increases the efficiency of heart pumping, while your heart is more relaxed and not creating extra waste products (e.g. producing of carbon dioxide and muscle breakdown products).
  • Detox and relaxation at the same time - Flushing lymphatics and blood.
  • Improves sleep - due to cardiovascular workout, metabolic effects and mineral effects that improve sleep.
  • Helps with pain and inflammation.

The Importance of Magnesium and Why Most People are Deficient In It

Transdermally absorbing magnesium as an effective way to get magnesium - Epson salt bath or float tanks.

Thermohaline Circulation: Interactions occurring at the Deep Depths of the Ocean which Provides us with Oxygen

  • When solutes get excluded from Exclusion Zone Water because they are so heavy and mineral dense it drops down to the bottom of oceans. You get dense salty waterfalls occurring under arctic ocean surfaces that are 500,000 times Niagra falls.
  • It can take one to two thousand years to circulate around the bottom of the earths oceans.
  • This helps to stabilise the whole global temperature.
  • That cold oxygenated salty water hits the hot springs at the bottom of the ocean.
  • You get chemistry which started life on earth and semi-organic molecules form.
  • They travel up till they hit the continental shelf and rise up to form fertiliser for phytoplankton.
  • That phytoplankton photosynthesises and supplies us with oxygen today.
  • The oxygen we breath is because of the interaction that occurred at the depths of the ocean.

What Was the Turning Point for Marc to Go Deeper into Cold Immersion

When Marc got 320 Litres of 8-degree ice water poured on his head in 5 seconds.

This huge adrenaline response made his cells vibrate and enhanced his sensory experiences for the next 2-3 hours.

Our Drinking Water

  • Chlorine as a powerful poison.
  • Moving water, not stagnant, restructures water,
  • Mount Donna Buang, Victoria - 1.5 hours from Melbourne as a source of spring water.
  • Boiling water to reduce chlorine and other toxins.

Conscious Relationship with Water

  • Consciously drinking water to change the structure of water you drink and the water in you.
  • Drinking water in gratitude.
  • Even holding water changes the structure of water, which can be seen through looking at water drops with your eye, no need for a microscope.

Tulsi (Holy Basil / Ocimum Sanctum)

  • Purifies water - Wells in India are contaminated with fluoride. Tulsi absorbs heavy metals and toxic elements from the water.
  • Purifies air - when the Taj Mahal planted thousands of Tulsi plants around the Taj Mahal when it was getting bombarded with polluted air.
  • Cognitive awareness.
  • Blood sugar, diabetes, metabolic syndrome.
  • Relaxation without depression of alcohol.
  • Mouth wash, anti-bacterial, disinfectant.
  • Travel companion - boosts the immune system.
  • Every hotel, room, aeroplane you can get sugar and caffeine drinks.
  • Replace sugar, alcohol, caffeine drinks with tulsi and you start to transform consciousness globally.
  • You can consume it all year around.
  • Every part of the plant is medicinal.
  • Even the soil is healthy - the bacteria around the roots and fungi that grow are medicinal.

Read more about Tulsi: The Queen Of Herbs, here

Building Biology: The Health of Our Homes

Water damaged buildings and moulds and the relationship with toxic illnesses.

Balancing Scientific Validation with Intuitive Feeling and Traditional Wisdom

Marcs Ventures in Life.


Resources

The Fourth Phase of Water: Dr. Gerald Pollack at TEDxGuelphU

Earth From Space - Thermohaline Circulation

Peninsula Hot Springs near Melbourne: Best Hot Springs in the World for three years in a row. They are implementing extreme wellness.

Maruia Hot Springs - Marc's hot spring business in New Zealand which holds Extreme Wellness retreats.

The World In a Drop by a Prof. Dr. Ing. Bernd-Helmut Kroeplin from Stuttgart University.

Herbs and Natural Supplements an Evidenced Based Guide: Now in the fourth edition. 1600 pages. The chapter on Tulsi is 10,000 words and contains around 300 references. 


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Your Guide to Birth Control Methods, The Contraceptive Pill & Hormones | Wendy Dumaresq {Podcast #013}

Contraception: Become aware of the various methods out there and become educated about what each contraceptive method is actually doing to the body of yourself, your partner, your family member or friend.

Check out the associated article for a more comprehensive birth control guide.

About Wendy Dumaresq

Wendy Dumaresq is a herbalist and Natural Medicine Women’s Health provider, two times published author, event leader, speaker and Teacher/Healer with nearly three decades of combined study and clinical practice. 

Her mission is to share natural and safe, inspiring and empowering solutions for women of all ages.  She Knows that when you have the support, information and appropriate tools you can hugely improve your vitality, energy and enjoyment of life.

Wendy also incorporates Ayurveda into her work and is an expert in accessing the cyclical charts of females.


In this Episode we Discuss:

 What exactly is “The Pill” and how it works.
Once you learn this, you may alter your choice of it.

“The only pharmaceutical used on people without a health problem.”

Other Hormonal Pharmaceutical Contraceptive Methods 

The history and the current trend of constantly changing the composition of the pill due to associated risks and incidents. 

The highly common trend of an inability to conceive after taking the pill.

Potential side effects and diseases that are associated with The Pill.

The pill as the first line of treatment for teenagers with hormonal symptoms like irregular cycles, period pain and acne.
Even though there are so many effective natural options.

The oral contraceptive pill as masking symptoms and not getting to the root of the issue.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) - A very exacerbated version of PMS.

Taking the pill continuously vs. taking breaks.

The importance of non-hormonal barrier methods of contraception.

The importance of raising contraceptive options with your GP, if you want to be well.

The importance of men being aware in this so they can respect their partner's health.

Natural Birth Control Methods 

Natural Fertility Management
For couples to learn about the lunar cycle and when is safe to have unprotected sex and not.

Why the menstrual cycle is the greatest gift to a woman.

How every period influences, builds and paves the way for the future offspring.

*A couple corrections to the podcast:

The diaphragm is not placed over 'vagina', it is placed over the cervix.

*Special Offer* for Vital Veda listeners who sign up to one of Wendy's courses will be bonus resources such as the "Happy Hormones E-Journal." Must mention Vital Veda for this speial offer.


Resources

Article: Birth Control Guide: Become Educated & Aware of Your Options + The Birth Control Pill by Dylan Smith

Article: Are we overprescribing the oral contraceptive pill to teenage girls? Daily Telegraph - Aug 30, 2017.  by Wendy Dumaresq.

Radiant Woman Book - chart your temp. familiarise yourself more with your hormone cycle.

Free eBook: Get Your Midlife Mojo Back - 8 common Signs of menopause and what to do about it. 

Natural Woman Network

Courses including “Thrive Through Menopause” and “Happy Hormones, Peaceful Period.”

Facebook live with Wendy Dumaresq - Every Monday 12pm, 5-8 mins - “Thrive through Menopause” Facebook page.


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Birth Control Guide: Become Educated & Aware of Your Options + The Birth Control Pill

Many women turn to birth control pills and other methods because they are not aware of the dangers of them and they are not aware that there are safer options available.

We will explore a range of birth control methods, from conventional, chemical and dangerous methods to natural safe methods.

Become educated and well versed in a variety of natural contraceptive methods, to expand the happiness and fulfilment of your sex life with minimal interruptions.

This article is also important for any MAN who cares about the health and sex life of his partner, daughter, sister, family member, friend or fellow neighbour.

Synthetic Birth Control Methods

IUDs (Intrauterine device): Hormonal (Mirena) & Copper Coil (Natural)

How The IUD Works on the Body

The IUD is an internally planted device in the uterus.

Hormonal IUD (Mirena) artificially manipulates your hormones as it contains the steroid drug levonorgestrel into the uterine cavity.

Side Effects from IUDs

IUDs have been shown to cause serious side effects such as:

  • Pelvic infection - especially if you have a pre-existing infection with gonorrhoea or chlamydia. That’s why your doctor should screen for those common conditions before inserting an IUD.
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine perforation (surrounding blood vessels or viscera become injured) which can lead to surgery.
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Yeast infection
  • Weight gain

Even if your IUD is not hormonal (Copper IUD/ Coil) and fitted well, it comes with problems:

  • Irregular bleeding and spotting. Prolonged spotting can lead to iron deficiency.
  • Blocks the channels, causing vata imbalance in apana vata (pelvic floor) which can cause problems down the track like fibroids.
  • Can be a painful installation process that may require painkiller drugs.
  • Can increase period pain and cramps within the one year of insertion.
  • It’s bad for the vaginal microbiome and doubles the risk of bacterial vaginosis, which causes a fishy-smelling vaginal discharge.
  • It might come out. Studies show there is a risk of expulsion which you don’t realise, then you could become pregnant.
  • Pelvic infection
  • Uterine perforation

Pros about IUDs:

  • The IUD, however, has been shown to be more a successful contraceptive method than the oral contraceptive pill (OCP).
  • The hormonal IUD (Mirena) uses about one-tenth of synthetic levonorgestrel hormone compared to the OCP (but still at dangerous levels).
  • It does not completely shut down ovulation, which is important to produce hormones thus feel good!

Conclusion about IUDs:

IUDs are not wise for health.

As a birth control method, it's not as biologically harmonious as fertility awareness method (FAM), condoms, or cervical cap

For hormonal issues like heavy periods, adenomyosis, or debilitating endometriosis pain, the hormonal IUD is a better option than surgery or other types of hormonal birth control, however, there are much better alternatives which one can implement and learn about in a consultation with me.

Patches

Patches are so risky is that you absorb up to 60% more synthetic oestrogen than if you were taking an oral contraceptive. Fortunately, demand for the patch has seriously declined as the warnings have escalated.

Injectable Birth Control

Depo-Provera, or depo-medroxyprogesterone (DMPA), is a progestin that interferes with hormone signalling to prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs. A far stronger synthetic chemical that mimics the progesterone your body makes which carries with it a huge number of negative side effects, esepcially reducing bone density.

Spermicides

Spermicides are essentially chemicals that kill sperm by dissolving their outer membrane.

However, they also kill beneficial bacteria and skin cells. Disrupting the bacterial balance in your vagina can leave you more susceptible to yeast infections and urinary tract infections. And it has been proven they add no additional protection to condoms.

The Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP)

Artificially manipulating your hormones with potent synthetic hormones, whose adverse health effects have been well documented for nearly four decades.

Clinicians know it. Women themselves know it because they feel better off the Pill.

16 million American women use birth control pills.
50–80% of Australian women use it at some stage during their reproductive lives.

Sure it is great that The Pill can be medicine for debilitating conditions such as severe endometriosis and very heavy periods, but its widespread prescription to “balance hormones” is illogical. 

What The Pill Does To Your Body

The pill induces a chemical menopause which shuts down ovulation, an essential hormonal production process for mood and overall health.

This works by releasing oestrogen and progestin into your body, preventing your ovaries from releasing eggs. The pill also thickens cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to enter the uterus.

Hormonal Birth Control Does Not Balance Hormones

Prescribing birth control to “balance hormones” is illogical. Birth control does not balance hormones; it shuts them down.

Birth control shuts down ovulation, hence shuts down estrogen and progesterone. It then "replaces" back contraceptive drugs, known as “hormone replacement."

Problem is, this "replacement" is not adequate at all. In fact, the contraceptive drugs are not even hormones and are damaging to the body.

Real hormones are estradiol and progesterone. Contraceptive drugs are molecules like ethinylestradiol, levonorgestrel, and drospirenone.

Contraceptive drugs do not have the same molecular structure as real hormones and do not replace their vital role.

"The Pills" benefit of convenience is largely outweighed by the very serious health risks associated.

Health Risks Associated with Birth Control Pills

They are linked to numerous health risks:

  • Cancer - increases the risk of cervical and breast cancers.
  • Fatal blood clots - double your risk of fatal blood clots and others may increase your risk of heart disease.
  • Thinner bones - lower bone mineral density (BMD).
  • Oral contraceptives can increase your blood pressure.
  • Sexual dysfunction - The pill may damage your libido - permanently - interferes with a protein that keeps testosterone unavailable for women's physiological needs.

Side Effects

Many women also report awful side effects from the pill, which are undoubtedly due to the artificial drugs acting like "hormones" running through your body. These include:

  • Migraines, headaches and nausea
  • Weight gain and mood changes
  • Irregular bleeding or spotting
  • Bleeding of the gums
  • Breast tenderness
  • Yeast overgrowth and infection
  • Thrush (quite common).
  • Birth control pills deplete your body of important nutrients, including Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc.
  • Severe depression, anxiety and mood changes
  • Feeling of congestion in the pelvic area and lower abdomen.
  • Oral contraceptives can also make your baby more vulnerable to allergies when you take OCs for up to a year before becoming pregnant, according to a Finnish study.

A Recipe for Future Infertility

Want to have babies in the future? I recommend stopping using the Pill and other hormonal contraception.

While on hormonal contraception methods, your body loses the ability to secrete its own natural hormones.

So when the time comes and you want to conceive, your body struggles. This is why hormonal contraception is a key cause of  the infertility epidemic.

I see this a lot in the clinic, and it is quite sad to see, as all these couples to want to do it have a baby. Note male infertility is also a big contributor to this epidemic that is under appreciated.

Your Romantic Life Dictated by a Pill

The contraceptive pill may disrupt women's natural ability to choose a partner genetically dissimilar to themselves. A research team analysed how the contraceptive pill affects odour preferences and found that the preferences of women who began using the contraceptive pill shifted towards men with genetically similar odours.

A genetic similarity in couples can lead to fertility problems and ultimately lead to the breakdown of relationships when women stop using the pill, as odour perception plays a significant role in maintaining attraction to partners, researchers said.

Similar to the findings of the study above, researchers found that you are more likely to be attracted to people whose scent is dissimilar to your own. 

And on a much deeper level, it’s alarming that these pills are altering, on a very subtle level, chemical signals in your body.

Using The Pill to Treat Symptoms

If you're using birth control pills for reasons other than birth control, such as to regulate your menstrual cycle or treat irregular bleeding, cysts, endometriosis, acne or skin diseases you are not treating your underlying problem.

You are simply masking it with a potentially dangerous drug.

In these situations, it is essential to balance your adrenal glands, as cortisol levels modulate and control the female hormones - especially progesterone. Book a consultation to balance your adrenal glands, energy, stress and hormones.

In 2007 the FDA approved the first birth control pill to completely eliminate menstruation.

Not only was this pill inadequately tested prior to approval, but the synthetic hormones it contains are also another prescription for disaster for women's health.

But there is an additional concern - long-term suppression of your periods will minimise your blood loss and could contribute to iron overload syndromes that is an overlooked dangerous situation. Elevated iron stores are one of the primary risk factors for cancer and heart disease.

Contributes to Oestrogen Pollution

Synthetic estrogens excreted by women end up in the drinking water supply. This adds to the oestrogens increasingly present all around us, from plastics to canned food and drinks, food additives, household cleaning products, heavy metals, and pesticides, as well as in our waterways as a result of the runoff from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Quench your thirst with synthetic hromnes?

Safe Alternatives for contraception that women can use

Natural Methods

There are two natural methods:

  1. Barrier Methods
  2. Natural Family Planning or Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM), Conscious Sex - a little more complex but definitely achievable, rewarding and empowering. Been around for thousands of years.

Barrier Methods

Copper Coil IUD

See above.
Although better than hormonal options, this still comes with associated risks and side effects, even if fitted well by a doctor.

Male Condoms

Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used correctly. A water-based lubricant will increase the effectiveness; do not use an oil-based lubricant, however, as they break the latex.

Female Condoms

These thin, soft polyurethane pouches fitted inside your vagina before intercourse are 95 percent effective. Female condoms are less likely to tear than male condoms.

Diaphragm

Diaphragms, which must be fitted by a doctor, act as a barrier to sperm. When used correctly with spermicidal jellies, they are 92 to 98 effective.

Cervical Cap

This heavy rubber cap fits tightly against your cervix and can be left in place for 48 hours. Like the diaphragm, a doctor must fit the cap. Proper fitting enhances the effectiveness above 91%.

Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) - Natural Fertility

Not only do these methods assist contracpetion, but they empower you to learn more about your or your partners cycle! This attunes you more to the circadian cycles of you and nature.

The Temperature Method

This is a way to pinpoint the day of your ovulation so that intercourse can be avoided for a few days before and after. It involves taking your basal body temperature (your temperature upon first waking) each morning with an accurate "basal" thermometer, and noting the rise in temperature that occurs after ovulation.

The Mucus Method

This involves tracking changes in the amount and texture of your vaginal discharge, which reflect rising levels of oestrogen in your body. For the first few days after your period, there is often no discharge, but there will be a cloudy, tacky mucus as oestrogen starts to rise.

When your discharge starts to increase in volume and becomes clear and stringy, ovulation is near. A return to tacky, cloudy mucus or no discharge means that ovulation has passed.

There are various devices which help track your cycle and prove to be effective with high accuracy rates.

Withdrawal Method

Not successful enough because even before ejaculation, the penis releases small amounts of semen that can contain sperm.

Tantric Sex or "Conscious Sex"

Not successful enough due to similar reasons as the withdrawal method. Further more, practices like the retaining ejaculation is advanced and more relevant for people who have been doing practices like this since childhood (such as celibate yogis). Although these methods can be learnt and praciticed, caution needs to be taken they can create phyiscal implications on the males prostate and fertility.

Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)

 Some experts claim that breastfeeding protects a woman from pregnancy by curbing hormones that trigger ovulation. However, every woman's body responds differently to the hormonal influences of breastfeeding, so this method is unreliable.

Explore your options.
Become educated about what implications these contraceptive methods have on the body.
Become aware of the associated history and experience in society.
Then empowered with awareness, decide for yourself.

Bibliography
Dr. Joespeh Mercolas content rich website.
Lara Briden - The Period Revolutionary.

Image Credits:

  • feature image - Simone Van Der Koelen
  • cucumber - Charles Deluvio
  • female condom - nig.gov

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Kakamachi (Solanum Nigrum / Black Nightshade) Uses + Jam Recipe

Botanical name: Solanum nigrum
Sanskrit name: Kakamachi
English name: Black nightshade.

Plant Description: This nightshade grows abundantly along the eastern fringe of Australia. It grows like a weed. It also grows in India, Americas and South Africa. It is native to Eurasia.

Pant Identification: The berries grow in clusters. If a plant has only single berries, it may be the poisonous Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade), which rarely is found in Australia so don't worry

Parts Used

Berries - The berries are ripe thus safe to eat when they are dark purple/black colour. As with most nightshades, when the fruit is not ripe (in this case, green colour), it can be poisonous.

Leaves - According to Ayurveda, the leaves of Kakamachi is one of the best leafy green vegetables one can eat for health. Fry in ghee to purify

Whole plant - Root, ripe berries, seeds, leaves and stem are used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Health Benefit of Kakamachi

Skin Health - The whole plant is great for the skin(1) although it is slightly heating (usna virya). 

Liver Health - Whole plant is useful for the liver.

Lungs - Lung and respiratory health are one of Kakamachis main uses. The seeds are most useful for lung health.

Voice - Good for voice (singers eat those ripe tucker berries). Check out other methods to improve your voice.

Balances All 3 Doshas - Kakamachi alleviates all three doshas when vitiated(1) and is essential for kapha.

Aphrodisiac and Rejuvenator - The sweet taste (madhura rasa) supports this.(1)

Digestion - Causes easy movement of faeces and other waste products. 

Anti-Oxidant Rich - A group of phytochemicals known as anthocyanins are responsible for the dark blue colour as well as the flavonoids is what makes dark purple coloured fruits and berries high anti-oxidant thus prevent cell damage.

Caution: Only use fresh.

“[Kakamachi] when used fresh is a rejuvenator but used after some days it is poison.”
~ Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, (ch. 7, 243)

This means when you cook the leaves or berries, eat that fresh, don't keep it overtime and eat is later.

Kakamachi Jam Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 500g of fresh ripe kakamachi berries
  2. 400g of quality raw sugar
  3. 1 tbsp of lemon juice

Ideally, harvest your own kakamachi from a bush area that you know is organic and spray free.

Ensure the berries are fully ripe (dark purple/black colour). Don't harvest unripe (green or light purple colour) as that is poisonous.

It is rare to buy the berries commercially. Solanum nigrum is prohibited for trade as a food in Australiaby the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Plus it is more fun and rewarding when you input "more completely" in your creation process.

Method

  1. Remove the berries from the stems with your hands or isolate the berries while you forage them. Remove any bits of leaf and stalk.
  2. Gently wash the berries with fresh water. Careful because these berries are porous.
  3. Place the berries in a heavy-based pan and gently crush with a potato masher or squeeze with your hand, just enough to release some of the juices. Turn the pan on.
  4. Add the sugar and lemon juice to the pan and leave to simmer on low heat. Allow for 5 minutes of bubbles. Keep stirring to prevent the jam sticking to the bottom of the pan.

4.  Cook down for around 20 minutes. Allow about 5 minutes of bubbles to come while simmering

5.  Put the jam into clean jars. The jam will keep in a cool dark place for 1 year. Once opened keep in the fridge.

References:

(1) Caraka Samhita, Sutra sthana, chapter 27.


Grapes (Draksa) – The Best Among Fruits

Grapes are the best among all the fruits and the most wholesome according to Ayurveda.*

Health Benefits

The sweet taste (rasa) and post-digestive effect (vipaka) nourish the physiology with strength - whether it be building tissues and energy for the emaciated and depleted, a juicy aphrodisiac or providing mental strength to brush off negativity and mistaken intellect and rise above anxiety or depression.

I like to use Draksadi Kashayam formula - a decoction with grapes + other herbs to boost mental strength in clients.

Grapes are like white plasma (rasa). Thus, according to Ayurveda’s principle of “like increases like,” grapes tonify and nourish rasa dhatu (plasma, extracellular fluid and lymph + more tissue substances that can't be translated into western medical terms).

Grapes cool you down, thus great for pitta, heated conditions, fever, jaundice, eye health (eyes are a site of metabolism/Pitta), bleeding diseases, burning sensations and is fantastic to quench thirst.

Anti-oxidant - The rich phytochemical anthocyanin gives (especially red) grapes the ability to eradicate harmful free radicals from cells that can cause oxidative stress, leading to all kinds of chronic illnesses.

This makes it a great blood cleanser and blood builder (balances rakta dhatu).

The antioxidant polyphenolic generates anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-cancer activities.

Anti-inflammatory - Messaging molecules (such as interleukin) and pro-inflammatory enzymes (like cyclo-oxygenase) that advance inflammation can be defused by grape intake.

Harvest from Vital Vedas family farm in Northern Rivers region of NSW

It’s unctuousness (snigdha) and liquidity (dravam) helps the elimination of urine and faeces and has a laxative action.

Being tantalisingly sweet and unctuous, it also pacifies vata but not necessarily in the alimentary tract, as it can put out the agni (digestive fire) and is a little hard to digest being so sweet (heaviest taste) and cooling.

It’s secondary taste being bitter also helps respiratory issues like dyspnoea, hoarse voice, chest injury, tuberculosis and can help mitigate the effects from intoxication and delusion (coma). 

Unripe fruits are sour so become harder to digest and actually aggravate pitta and rakta (the blood).

Seedless grapes (Abija draksa) or grapes with very small seeds are harder to digest and possibly are genetically modified, however they mitigate kapha.

Dried grapes (raisins, sultanas) have a similar effect, are easier to digest but have a higher sugar level so caution with people with high blood sugar. They contain a concentrated source of iron and is an important fruit for anaemic people along with figs, dates, papaya, kiwi and pomegranate.

Additional Health Profile & Benefits

  • Grapes are rich in micronutrient minerals like copper and manganese, an essential co-factor of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.
  • Grapes contain the essential hormone and antioxidant melatonin.
  • Grapes contains about 191 mg of the electrolyte potassium per 100 grams.
  • Grapes actually have a low glycemic index and help balance blood sugar.

Grape Juice

For you pitta people, consider fasting on FRESH grape OR pomegranate juice, one day a week, fortnight or month regularly (on the same day cyclically).

Organic grape juice pressed and strained by Vital Veda

References:
* Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbhata and Bhavaprakasa
Dr. Mercola