The Health Benefits of Copper & Ayurvedic Uses

Copper, known as Tamra in Ayurveda, has a multitude of medicinal benefits and is utilised in a diverse range of ways.

Benefits of Copper

Anti-septic, Anti-microbial, Anti-fungal and Anti-viral.

In 2008, copper was recognised by the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) as the first metallic antimicrobial agent.

A 2013 study published in the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology looked at 650 UCU patients and the hospital rooms they were staying in.

Half the rooms has copper-surface objects and the other half did not. 

The research found that the rooms with copper-surfaced objects had half the incidences of infection compared to the rooms without copper. Especially MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph infections). 

Another study published in 2012 in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology found that copper alloy surfaces reduced the “microbial burden” - the bacteria counts (colony forming units) found of surfaces by 83%.

Copper not only is toxic to bad bacteria, it also provides important enzymes that are needed for the healthy microbes in though to survive.

Controls Dehydration

So you do not loose essential elements. Copper has a protective quality protects. It helps prevent wrinkles and support supple skin.

Drinking water from a copper bottle or cup is the best way to get copper this way.

Unblocks Blockages

Copper has a quality of unblocking vitiated channels in the body. It particular is useful in diseases of the ears, dizziness, and ENT disorders.

In these cases, copper bhasama (see below) in combination with other herbs taken internally is the way to use copper.

Anti-Poison

In Ayurveda, copper in combination with other herbs for internal helps deal with poisoning.

In the same way copper also strengthens the heart. 

Tamra Bhasma (Copper Calcified Ash)

As with all bhasmas (minerals that are purified and calcified in a very specific process into ash), the therapeutic use of copper bhasma radically changes depending on what other herbs it is mixed with.

Uses of Tamra Bhasma

Laxative, heals ulcers, easy for digestion, scarificant, effective in anaemia, enlargement of the abdomen, piles, fever, leprosy, cough, dyspnoea, consumption, hyperacidity, dropsy, parasites and colic.

Ayurvedic Properties of Tamra Bhasma

(When properly prepared)

Rasa: Kashaya (astringent), madhura (sweet), slightly tikta (bitter) (vaghbata) and amla (sour) (bhavaprakash)
Virya: sheeta (cooling)
Vipaka: Katu (pungent)
Doshas: PK-

Qualities of Good Copper

  • Unctuous
  • Soft
  • Withstands hard beating
  • Free from iron and lead
  • Ideal for converting into bhasma.

Qualities of Bad Copper

That which is black, dry, rough, very hard, white, not withstanding hard beating, mixed with iron and lead (impurities) is considered bad.

Ways to Utilise Copper

Store Water in Copper

Leave water in a copper cup overnight and drink it the next morning.

Keep water in a copper water bottle and drink it throughout the day.

We recommend Valka Yoga for pure and quality copper.
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Scrape Your Tongue with a Copper Tongue Scraper

Invigorate your mouth with essential minerals while removing bad bacteria with one of the most anti-bacterial metals during Tongue Scraping.

Make to sure to use a Pure Copper Tongue Scarper.

Copper Furnishing

Implement copper furnishings around your house, especially in bacteria rich environments like bathrooms.

Copper In Ayurvedic Herbal Formulas

This is where copper truely shines. A complex procedure of purification and calcification to make copper ash (bhasma) is then added into various formulas of herbs. Only seek a quality Ayurvedic practitioner who has experience with Bhasmas.

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Synonyms of Tamra

Audumbara, sully, udumbara, rauipriya, mlecchamukha and surya paraya namaka - all synonyms of Surya.

Copper Origin According to the Veda

The semen of Kartikeya which fell on the ground became converted to Tamra.

References:

Bhavaprakash and Sarngadhara Samhita for action of copper.


Kriśhna Consciousness: Perceiving the Absolute in the Relative of Life

I am going to tell you about an astonishing individual, named Krśna, aka Lord Krishna, who interacted with incredibly fascinating and significant events in history.

Krśna was a transcendent Being. A 100% pure (realised) avatar.

Rightly so that his body was made up of the Absolute. He is the Absolute.

This is why his skin colour is indigo (as close to black as blue can get), because the elemental make up of his human body is predominately space (akasha), secondarily air (vayu), tertiary fire (tejas), quaternary water (apa) and only has a little amount of earth element (prthvi) in his physiology - the direct opposite elemental make up to basically all humans on planet earth.

Imagine the unmanifest presenting itself inside the relative, and doing so in the shape of a human.

When you look at it, it was a moving sculpture, unmanifest.

As it moved through the relative world, it would unmanifest everything in its path, back to the Absolute in the shape of a body. His hand would not move through space, it would be space unmanifesting in the form of a hand.

When you look into Krśna, you were looking into a black hole.

Powerful mass and powerful gravitation. Massive consciousness attraction capability.  

REMEMBER, before you become overwhelmed and feel “mythology” is irrelevant and unrealistic, in this case for example, “Krśna” is a representation of a state of consciousness that is within everyone.

Krishna consciousness is when your consciousness is able to perceive the absolute Being in the relative of life.


Living the High Value of Life with Abundance & Affluence (Laksmi) + Guru Relationships | Yashoda Devi Ma {Podcast #020}

About Yashoda Devi Ma

Yashoda Devi Ma is the founder of 'The Subtle Mind' meditation + co-creative studio in Boulder, Co.  Her primary focus is mind health through the vedic meditation technique, healing, vedic astrology + activating the subtle mind/body with the yogic technologies of sattva yoga.  Her deepest passion is to create an empowered, peaceful mind, awaken one's heart and transform individuals in full value living elegantly. Yashoda teaches worldwide public + private retreats, yoga festivals, conferences, corporate speaking engagements, courses and workshops.


In This Episode We Discuss

Yashoda’s Story

Having many “births” in this lifetime.

Being adopted, searching for birth parents and reuniting with her birth mother.

Depression, suicide.

The paradox of people looking like they got it all - good looks, money, famous, brought up in a good family, but feeling miserable on the inside. 

Ture Fulfilment

Your life can change in any moment.

Yashoda’s spontaneous introduction into Vedic Meditation (VM).

Rapid healing from insomnia, depression and ADHD from VM.

Guru / Shishya (Student) Relationship

Fluctuating between various gurus and practices vs. maintaining a common thread and uniting all aspects of Yoga.

Generally it is advised to only have one guru since it is better to stay on one path to get to a destination (enlightenment) rather then moving between various paths (since all the paths lead to the same outcome).

Not mixing two different lineages, like a “fish milkshake,” but layering them.

Yashoda having two lineages and two gurus, which is unusual.

Yashoda’s 2 Main Gurus in her life:

  1. Maharishi Thom Knoles - Like the sun, feeds you knowledge, corrects through knowledge.
  2. Anand Mehrotra -  Sharp like a sword that’s cutting through you, calls your out, corrects your intellect, slaps in your face.

Living with a Guru as a quantum leap in evolution. 

Vedic parenting.

Observing Guru, nature and states of consciousness for evolution.

Swami Brahmananda Saraswati (Guru Deva)

Laksmi / Abundance & Affluence

Living full value in life without “lack mentality”.

  • Laksmi sister is Saraswati (knowledge). You can’t have wealth and abundance without knowledge. 
  • Choosing the higher value of behaviour over the lower value of behaviour. 
  • Punya - our spiritual bank account.
  • Having every resource at the tip of your fingers. Because they align to the value of which nature is desiring for you and the universe.
Drops you into the highest value of being a human: universal compassion, universal friendliness, unshakable universal happiness and a grace and a power that we are able to move through life no matter what anybody is doing, we are still in our grace. That is Laksmi...In that, then the resources come.
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Fundamental of Nature: What You Give you Will Receive
Experiment and play with the laws of nature.

“You Deserve the best…” You are worthy. 

“You are worthy. It s our natural-born heritage to be abundant. If mother nature is abundant, then we are.”

Saying yes and not closing ourselves off.

Everything is energy. Whatever we give value to will have value. 

Embody fearlessness. Laksmi is a non-stop moving river.

Sattva Yoga - Himalayan Tantra

Radical aliveness. Using the whole body to come alive in this pranic level. 


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Optimal Intake of Prana (Life-Force) ~ Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology

The movement of air element Prana Vayu [life-force] located near the Nahbi (umbillicus), moves upward to the hrdaya (heart) and comes out of the throat to drink the VishnuPadAmrta ("nectar of the atmosphere” / oxygen), and haven partaken it moves quickly inside to enliven the entire body and kindle the Agni (digestive fire). 
Sarngadhara Samhita, Ch 5, (47-51)

As fundamental as this physiological phenomena of intaking prana (life-force/oxygen) may seem, not everyone is doing it right. Everyone alive is certainly doing it (breathing), and doing so involuntarily, but a lot of people are not intaking a sufficient amount of quality Prana. This is due to blockages and “ama” (thick undigested materials) throughout the body.

Low and poor quality Prana can be a contributing factor to:

  • Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Eye diseases
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • "Mental tamas” (inertia)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Neuro-degenerative diseases
  • Cognitive decline
  • ADHD
  • Infertility

Just to name a fair few. 

But as the above shlohka (hymn/quote) from the famous ancient Ayurvedic treatise “Sarngadhara Samhita” says, it starts with “Nahbi”: Your Navel, the home of all connections which encompasses all the channels and current layout of your body. The home of the Enteric Nervous System (the largest nerve plexus) and your Svadhisthana (Sacral) Chakra.

As fundamental as this physiological phenomena of intaking prana (life-force/oxygen) may seem, not everyone is doing it right. Everyone alive is certainly doing it (breathing), and doing so involuntarily, but a lot of people are not intaking a sufficient amount of quality Prana. This is due to blockages and “ama” (thick undigested materials) throughout the body.

Here are a few ways to optimise Prana

Nasya

Inhale oil up the nose followed by alternate nostril breathing technique (Nadi Shodana Pranayama) for 5-10mins, 1-3x/day. 

Healthy Digestion

Healthy digestion = clear alimentary tract for Prana to sufficiently nourish. Contact me to arrange a phone consultation to optimise your digestion.

Bush Walk

Supersede the pandemic of Nature-Deficit Disorder and get Prana at the same time.

Herbs

Certain herbal rasayanas (elixirs) invigorate you with Prana + clear and re-activate bodily channels for Prana intake.

Chakra Basti Treatment

Hot medicated oil is kept over the navel, home to the Enteric Nervous System (the largest nerve plexus in the body) and your Svadhisthana (Sacral) or Nabhi Chakra.

Chakra Basti:

  • Balances the nervous system.
  • Increases immunity.
  • Nourishes and rebuilds your energy center.

EMF, 5G & Building Biology | Nicole Bijlsma {Podcast #019}

Building Biology: How the Human Environment Affects Human Health.

We take care of our biology and our human skin.
But what about the skin that we reside in, that we live, work and sleep in!
The skin of a building that most of us spend 20+ hours a day in!

*Note there is a silent audio fault gap between 31:05 and 32:44. Then the podcast continues.*

About Nicole Bijlsma

Healthy Home Expert, Nicole Bijlsma is a building biologist, bestselling author, PhD candidate and CEO of the Australian College of Environmental Studies (RTO 21740) which she established in 1999 to educate people about the health hazards in the built environment. Nicole has published in peer-reviewed journals, has written extensively for Body+Soul newspaper, is regularly consulted by the media to discuss electromagnetic fields and toxic chemicals, and lectures in Australia and internationally at medical conferences about environmental health issues. Nicole and her husband Mark manufacture the Abode® cleaning product range (health food store brand) which was developed for people with skin and chemical sensitivities.


In This Episode We Discuss

Building biology - how the human environment affects human health.

Nicole’s story - 10 miscarriages and insomnia due to sleeping next to a smart meter.

The bedroom as the most important room we address when accessing the biology of a building.

EMF and Blue light suppress melatonin, it tricks you're body thinking its day when its night.

What proper sleep actually means.

The importance of paying attention to home appliances, like a solar panel inverter.

Solar Panels & EMF

Improper set up of solar panels emits very high AC electric field and leaks dirty electricity. 

Safe set up of solar panels - round shielded cabling which includes both active and neutral wire together. Have metal foil within the shielded cabling and earthing it properly. 

4 types of EMF:

  1. AC Electric Fields - created from voltage, electricity under pressure.
  2. AC Magnetic Fields - created from the current. Movement of electrons from building wiring and appliances.
  3. Radio Frequencies - wireless devices.
  4. Dirty electricity - high-frequency spikes.

Metal as an antenna to EMF, e.g. metal titanium in your body, surgical steel wires, metal in the mouth, 

Mass Experiment

We have never exposed humanity from cradle to the grave to this amount of radiation. 

In the last three decades, we have significantly increased our exposure to man-made EMF one trillion times higher than when our grandparents were children. And that’s before 5G network has been turned on. What is about to happen has never been seen before.
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5G

  • Nicole believes may not work because to many trees will have to be cut down since trees block the short-wave signals.
  • Instantly kills insects.
  • Not about public health, it’s about dividends for shareholders of the telecommunication industry. 
  • 5th Generation for the fourth industrial revolution to support artificial intelligence.

Biological Effects of EMF

  • In 2011, the WHO classified radio frequencies from all wireless devices (induing cellphones) as group 2B carcinogen (potentially can cause cancer).
  • In 2002 the WHO classified magnetic fields from anything that draws current as group 2B carcinogen.
  • Sweat ducts in your skin act as an antenna to EMF and impacts the nervous system.
  • Fatigue, waking up tired.
  • Headaches.
  • Increased risk of fibromyalgia. 
  • Increases dyslexia, missing words.

These signals (EMF) communicate with our mitochondria and cause mitochondria dysfunction. It is a mitochondrial poison.

EMF Pathology

EMF starts calcium influx which activates the sympathetic nervous system (“Flight or Fight”) and destroys mitochondria function. Studies show even low-level EMF causes this. You don’t need to have an argument with your family to get stressed, EMF will do it to you!

EMF causes calcium e-flux which causes mitochondrial swelling.

Adrenal stress index is thrashed.

Cell phones 12 feet away activates the sympathetic nervous system.

Near exposure - 52cm from a 2.4 Ghz source.

Calcium Influx

  • EMFs activate voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) - in the outer membrane that surround all our cells.
  • When they are activated they open up, allow excess calcium to flow into the cell.
  • There are hundreds of studies that show when you expose cells to EMFs there is increased intra-cellular calcium and increased calcium signalling.
  • This causes molecular biological trauma.
  • When there's excess calcium in the cell, it increases levels of both nitric oxide (NO) and superoxide. While NO has many beneficial health effects, massively excessive amounts of it reacts with superoxide, forming peroxynitrite, which is an extremely potent oxidant stressor.
  • Peroxynitrites, in turn, break down to form excessive reactive free radicals, which does damage.

EMF radiation activates the VGCCs in the outer cell membrane, triggering a chain reaction of devastating events that, ultimately:

  • Decimates your mitochondrial function (causes them to swell), cell membranes and cellular proteins.
  • Causes severe cellular damage.
  • Results in DNA breaks.
  • Dramatically accelerates your ageing process. Ageing = oxidative stresses and inflammation.
  • Puts you at higher risk for chronic disease. Chronic diseases = stresses and inflammation.

VGCCs Highest Concentrated in the Body

Nervous System and Brain

  • VGCCs - highest density is located in the nervous system.
  • A study showed the nervous system and brain was the #1 organ most sensitive to EMF. Massive changes in the structure of the neurons, dysfunction of synapses.
  • Consequences: anxiety and depression, alzheimer’s and autism.

Heart:

  • The heart is also sensitive. The pacemaker cells
  • Consequences: Tachycardia, heart palpitations (PAC or PVC), cardiac arrhythmia, arterial fibrillation.

Reproduction:

  • They have important locations in reproduction - in both testicles (studies a lot) and ovaries.
  • Evidence showed male and female infertility. 
  • Reduce sperm count 2x more in western countries than eastern.
  • Phone in pockets, laptops on laps are zapping genitals.

Suppress Melatonin

EMF and blue light suppress melatonin -  the most anti-cancer neurotransmitter and powerful anti-oxidant you have! 

Enhances Permeability of the BBB and Tight Junctions

BBB (Blood Brain Barrier)
Tight Junction (barrier in the cell junction).

Using a cellphone close to your head for at least 30mins / day for 10 years increases your incidence for brain tumor by 270%.

Takes 15-20 years to develop! Accumulative effect.

Our exposure to mould, chemicals, prevalent and inevitable toxins are increased as we become more vulnerable.

This is why EMF sensitivity is identical to chemical sensitivity and mould illnesses.

Add in the fact that we are “pre-polluted” - biotoxins and chemicals are granted free entry into the CNS.

In 2004, researches found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord from babies born in US hospitals. ~ WWF 2005, Canada.

What was meant to be cord-blood rich in immune-boosting stem cells, contained pesticides, consumer product ingredients and waste from burning coal, gasoline and garbage.

Alzheimers (Neuro-degenerative disease)

Alley Yohansen - key editor of the journal of patho-phyioslogy. Kawolonksher institute.

A Swedish study in 2005 looked at different villages in parts of Sweden where they looked at homes which have high radiation and looked at homes with low radiation.

Matched a map of these with a map of Alzheimers disease and found an absolute direct correlation.

Half of the population alive right now will die with Alzheimers disease.

Alhoansen said in 2006 if we don’t change our environment there will be an epidemic of brain-related disorders. And they have. It is only going to increase dramatically if people don’t protect themselves. 

ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)

Motor neurone disease.
ALS patients die within 2 years of diagnose. Now on par with MS.

Latency Periods and Accumulative Effect of Toxins 

Chemical and EMF sensitivity as a biomarker, warning and blessing to move away from that poison before it causes chronic disease.

Exposing to EMF for more than 2 hours a day for 5-10 years causes the biological effects.

The latest mobile nation report in Australia 2019 showed the average Australian spends 3 hours a day on electronic devices. 

The chemical abstract service - the worlds largest data base. 

Over 145 million chemicals are registered for use, 90% have never been tested for human health.

Near Fields of EMF:

4 wavelengths away form the source. Thus depends on the source.

50cm away from a 2.4GhZ router. 

Double your distance away form the source and you reduce your exposure from 70%. 

How to Reduce EMF

  • Don’t put your cellphone next to your head, “keep it away from your person” as the telecommunication industries specify in their product instructions.
  • Use an air tube headpiece. 
  • Use loudspeaker.
  • Text instead of talking.
  • Only use in a good reception and when bars are full.
  • Turn Bluetooth and data OFF when you are not using it.
  • Use aeroplane mode more often.
  • Get rid of any wireless, bluetooth earphones like Apple AirPods.
  • Revolutionise and switch your wifi for ethernet (cable plug in).
  • Power down your wifi router.
  • Switch off your wifi router at the power at night when you are not using it.
  • Abhyanga to create a shield of armour. 

The microwave oven effect in our living bedrooms - The dangers of incorrect shielding of rooms or homes.

Voltage Strength Comparisons

The Natural Voltage in the Atmosphere (Schulman Resonance) - 7.83 Hz - 100Hz per second.
The Voltage of 3G and Current Wifi - 2.45 GHz (2.45 billion hertz).
The Voltage of 5G - 10 - 80 GHz.

Countries Taking Action Against 5G

  • Austria was progressive.
  • France limited wireless use in schools.
  • Brussels, Belgium became the first major city in the world to halt 5G development on the basis that its “citizens were not to be used as guinea pigs.” 
  • The Netherlands switches their 5G structure on in one suburb and birds died instantly, so they stopped their 5G rollout.
  • Florence, Italy banned it.

If you want to take action against 5G, Join your local STOP 5G groups - search that on facebook and find the groups.

EMF Meters - How to read EMF and experiment yourself.

PEMF (pulsated electromagnetic fields) devices, stickers on phones. - Do they really mitigate harmful non-native EMF? Nicole thinks they are bullshit because she cannot measure differences with them and has not seen sufficient evidence.

Other Considerations in Building Biology

Seperate your garage from the rest of your house

Obnoxious gasses and traffic pollutants seep from the car into the house. Even after the car is switched off.

Lipstick

  • Lead is found in most lipsticks, even organic ones because the pigments are mined from the ground.
  • Pregnant women and women in reproductive age should not wear coloured lipsticks.

Tampons

  • Cotton - the dirtiest crop out there.
  • Over 95% of conventional cotton has glyphosate. 
  • Into the permeable vagina monthly.
  • Polyester - derived from petroleum. Can potentially have heavy metals.
  • “Fragrances” - can be a thousand different chemicals. 
  • Dioxin - a toxic by-product. Next to glyphosate one of the most dangerous chemicals in existence. 
  • Biological effects - endometriosis, infertility, immune disruptions, pelvic inflammatory disease, diabetes, birth defects, breast cancer, reproductive cancer.
  • Glyphosate - hormone disrupting, disrupts your nerves, inflammatory. Found in 85% of tampons (Argentina study). 

The Menstrual Cycle - An Important Detoxification Process
It should be honoured with warm and iron-rich foods. 

Bone Broths - know your bones - Bones can hold onto lead.

Mould

The new asbestos. Pandemic across the world.

Cause of mould - moisture.

  • Micro-organisms require food and moisture to thrive.
  • Up to 50% of indoor environments in Australia are affected by dampness, which is the prime condition for mould growth. 
  • Once moisture sits on a surface for more than 48 hours, the microbes on the surface will attempt to take over the space by producing endotoxins, mycotoxins (toxic substance produced by a fungus) and microbial Volatile (easily evaporated) Organic Compounds (by-products) which can dramatically impact the indoor air quality and affect the health of the occupants. 

Food for mould - Pre-digested particle board and cheap timbers has become the perfect fast food for mould rather than natural building materials like hardwood timbers that naturally contain resins that are resistant to fungal attack.

Mould can multiply itself in the presence of EMF.

24% of the population cannot create antibodies to mould; so every time they go into a water-damaged building, it results in inflammation in their brain and their body which can be misdiagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or even worse, a mental illness

Mould is a detoxification issue.

Some biological effects of mould exposure:

  • Reoccurring colds
  • Developing pneumonia in a healthy person.

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Healthy Cookware, Optimising Nutrient Absorption, Metals & Chemicals vs. Pure Clay | Miriam Kattumuri {Podcast #018}

The COOKWARE you use is a highly underestimated and integral part of your food and nutrition.

Find out why most cookware is toxic and vulgarising the quality of your food and get an insight into the healthiest cookware on the planet and how to optimise your nutritional intake.

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About Miriam Kattumuri

From a very young age, Miriam believed that in order to enjoy a healthy life one must maintain a positive interaction with the environment.

Her love for people and environment was the motivation in creating a unique line of cookware made from the purity of nature.  One that is timeless and yet as new as tomorrow – All-Natural clay cookware!

About 8 years ago, her own personal encounter with diabetes and the realization that the world around only seems to be getting sicker every day, set her off on a journey traveling the world looking for healing in the most fundamental of place – our food.  Her research led her to know the damage to food because of cooking in the wrong pots and pans, and so her search continued, now with more direction, to find the way to cook food without damaging it’s worth.  After testing cookware made from every kind of material, from the most expensive to the least, she discovered that All-Natural clay – nature’s own gift – has been from time unknown and still was, the safest and healthiest!  She then returned home to create her own line of pots and pans made from this material without any additives and no compromises to purity and strength. Miriams Earthen Cookware was born from this labor of love.

Today Miriam can be seen working on creating machine jigs and tools to efficiently create new products for her line, and on expanding marketing, but her hand is still in the clay, spinning utility and beauty from this wonderful gift of nature.  She will also be the first to let you know that her vision and mission is a reality today greatly because of her team of hard-working and skillful individuals and her supportive family, to whom she is always grateful.  Miriam is a graduate of Psychology from Women’s Christian College, Chennai India.  And the mother of 4 beautiful children.


In This Episode We Discuss

Food (ahara) is one of the three pillars of health (Traya UpaSthambha) according to Ayurveda. Food nourishes your tissues and sustains life!

You NEED to include the cook ware you are cooking in.

The healthiest (clay) cookware on the planet!

How Miriam Got into Cookware
She was part of the diabetes pandemic and cured that along with other health issues with healthy cookware!

Miriam's story

“After the birth of my son, when he was about 8-9 months old, I started getting clear dreams between 3-4 am of making cooking pots from clay, pure clay and just clay without any chemical additives.  The ideas flooded in, images, descriptions… I had to wake up and take notes.”

Miriam's extensive search for the purest and healthiest cookware in the world.

Miriam's work attracted religious leaders and experts from all fields. 

The Epidemic of Diabetes in the World, Especially India and USA

  • About 50% of the world population of diabetes is in India.
  • One million people die a year from diabetes in India.
  • 85% of Americans are pre-diabetic. 

Different Types of Materials of Cookware

Teflon - containing toxins like Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) that can kill birds just from the fumes from heat.

Non-stick coatings -  Toxins like Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, Feldspar, Petalite (an ore of lithium) from the non-stick coating.

Our minds are not meant to remember these chemical names.

Aluminium - A known neurotoxin. Aluminium foil does not cause this so much but heat, makes this pseudo-nutrients leech out a lot more. Also acidic foods bring the metals out. e.g. tomato sauce.

The Metal Ions/Chemicals Biological Reaction:

  • In the presence of heat, they get bound to the food and enter into our digestive systems.
  • From their they are booked down along with the food and are absorbed by the tissues of the body.
  • Foreign elements activate the immune system to fight and eliminate it. It is an unsustainable and a recipe for immune-dysfunction for the immune system to be working every meal 3-4 meals a day, everyday!

Pure Clay Pots contains all the five elements (PanchaMaha bhutas) and are living entities.

Stainless Steel

  • This alloy (a mixture of different metals) is available in different grades, the popular ones (general purpose) are 304 and 316.
  • The 304-grade stainless steel contains elements like Chromium, Nickel, Carbon, Manganese, and Silicon.
  • 316 also has high levels of Nickel and Molybdenum.
  • What is the core - aluminium? When it gets scratched the core comes out.
  • All these elements are highly reactive and break down as ions when food is cooked in Stainless steel cookware.
  • These combine with nutrients in food and form toxic compounds that are dangerous in the body.
  • For instance, a very small amount of concentration of nickel can cause kidney dysfunction, low blood pressure, muscle tremors, oral cancer, skin problems etc.

Cast iron and iron

  • Good method to get iron in the body but beware those with excess iron.
  • Better not cook food with water in iron.
  • High near-infrared heat from the metal  = damages delicate nutrients in food.

Copper (Tamra)

  • Great to leave water in a copper cup overnight.
  • Beware sour and high-level pH.
  • It is reactive metal - reacts with other chemicals to create an undesirable end product.
  • High near-infrared heat from the metal = damages delicate nutrients in food.
  • You lose a lot of steam, which is essentially water-soluble nutrients depleting the food.

Ceramics

  • Man-made material made to replicate clay.
  • Contains 0-9% a refined form of natural clay (usually secondary clay). - Same with Porcelain and Stoneware.
  • They contain many toxic elements.
  • Lead in an integral part of the ceramics.

Pots finished with Colourless or Transparent Glazes

  • Where you can see the colour of the clay but it's still glazed and treated with chemicals, oxides and metals.

The Amazing Health and Culinary Benefits of Pure Clay

Pure Clay Breathes

  • Exhale - It pulls toxins from the food and pushes it out of the walls of the pot to the outside walls of the pot.
  • Inhale - It breathes in oxygen to fortify the food with prana (life-force).
  • Like soil self-cleansing and regulating.

Pure Clay Better for Blood Sugar, Diabetes and Insulin Management

  • Damaging heat in conventional cookware destroys the complex (and delicate) carbs and leaves an overload of simple carbs.
  • If the pot burns your fingers it burns the delicate complex carbs!
  • We need a balanced diet of both simple and complex carbs for optimal insulin management.
  • Excess simple carbs require high insulin to break down these carbs into energy which leads to shorts bursts of energy which is a poor way to utilise the insulin hormone.
  • Plus there are a low amount of complex-carbs which is low GI and helps the pancreas to produce insulin.
  • This miss-management of insulin + low amount of complex carbs causes the body to not produce enough insulin to transport, store & utilise glucose (carbs when digested become glucose), resulting in a condition with excessive glucose in the blood — diabetes!

The food-friendly heat of pure clay pots gently cooks the nutrients keeping intact both the simple and complex carbs, and the essential vitamins and minerals.

Complex carbs are more sustained energy, so energy levels are optimised. 

Losing Weight from Cooking in Pure Clay

Keeping the Food’s Nutrients Intact - Unique Gentle Heating Mechanism

  • Not just that - the heat from these (earthen) pots is different -- they cook without destroying even the most delicate nutrients!
  • In my experience, the food isn’t so “extracted,” it is kept intact, the nutrients are concealed into one nourishing an delicious dish.
  • Harsh, near-infrared heat from the walls of metals and man-made materials like ceramic/enameled/glazed pots destroy a lot of these nutrients. 
  • Touch a metal/ceramic pot 5-10 minutes into cooking and it can burn your hand, food is also tissue matter and is prone to damage with that kind of heat.
  • On the other hand, the gentle far-infrared heat from MEC's walls penetrates deeply without destroying these important nutrients, all of it taking less heat and about the same amount of time or less (on a gas stove)! - You touch it and it doesn’t burn!
  • Study on nutrient retention: 28-30% of the nutrients remain in toor dhal in a pressure cooker vs. 98-100% of the nutrients remain in a pure clay pot.

The Purity of Clay Pots

  • The clay is pure and the pots made without any additives. MEC go to great lengths to fully test our clay before harvesting.
  • They are made by hand on a high spinning pottery wheel, so the clay remains pure and no additives are needed.
  • The clay we use is of the highest quality natural clay called primary clay or MEC's pure clay™ (rich in nutrients!). It has no metals, oxides, chemicals, toxins.
  • Even though we know that primary clay does not have toxins, we test for soil contaminants, the history of the land is evaluated going back 200 years and the clay is verified to be of the highest quality. 
  • It is harvested from 20-25 feet below the surface.

Steam Condensing: No Loss of Water-Soluble Nutrients

  • Most of the steam generated in food is water-soluble nutrients.
  • Out of the 13 essential vitamins and minerals, 9 are water-soluble, which means they dissolve in water, is quickly used in the body and needs to be replenished every day.
  • Steam leaves the pot also makes the food lighter.

Invigorate with Prana: Cook in the Presence of Oxygen

  • As the temperature goes up inside the pot, the higher pressure draws in air through the semi-porous walls, fortifying food with much-needed oxygen.
  • This is a stark contrast to food cooked in an airless/lifeless environment in regular cookware.
  • Another reason why you shouldn’t glaze the pots.

Miriams Earthen Cookware (MEC): A Green and Sustainable Company:

  • Low Cost!
  • Green and sustainable.
  • Innovating and testing methods of clay preparation, processing, making, finishing, firing, to yield a product untouched by chemicals, additives or contaminants typically used in almost all making methods of cookware. 
  • Takes less energy - heat and time, to cook the foods.
  • Pulp (eggs) - sustainable packing material.
  • Carbon neutral.

Holy clay

Under temples, under churches. High vibratory geographical location. Angels were taught to make clay pots in the Bible.

Clay in Veda

Kati, Gaurakhatika = clay

Mrutthika - mud.

Mrunmauya - pot with clay.

Ghatam - clay pot.

How to Fry in Clay (cooking tip)

Other Food Vessels to Use for Food - silver, bronze, gold, quartz.

Other Uses of Clay in Ayurveda:

Krsna Mritikka (Black Mud)

Cures ulcers, burning sensation, diseases of blood, menorrhagia, mitigates K and P.

Gairika: Red ochre (ore of clay and ferric oxide)

Synonyms: rakta dhatu, gaireya, firija, svarana gairika (more red in colour).

Both kinds:
Rasa (taste) - Madhura (sweet), Kshaya (astringent)
Virya (energy) - Sheeta (cooling)
Gunas (qualities) - Snigdha (unctuous)
Good for: eyes/vision, cures burning sensation, bleeding disease, diseases of kapha origin, hiccup, poison.

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Resources

Discount code on Miriam's Earthen Cookware: mec10vitalveda


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Cancer Biopsy Can Potentially Spread the Cancer: Alleviate the Aggressive Attitude

This is important for all you to understand because most of us, whether it is yourself, a friend or family member, is going to get cancer, and biopsies are an important part of the cancer journey.

A biopsy is to tell if the tumour is benign or malignant, the stage of it, or whether it is aggressive or not.

The issue with this is, you are taking a needle and you are going to stab this group of cells in their micro environment to remove some parts of the tissue for analysis.

This creates a wound in that micro environment that triggers “invasion” and the macrophages and other cells of the immune system become compromised. 

You can take a potentially benign situation and make it malignant. 

On the other hand, if there is some degree of malignancy and then you stab this micro-environment with a needle, you then run the risk of making a bad situation even worse.

So what is the value of doing a biopsy in the first place?

Well, we take biopsies of breast tissue to get a genomic readout of the different kinds of mutations that might be in the cells.

BUT if cancer is NOT a genetic disease, and the mutations are largely irrelevant! (another article to come on this: that Cancer is NOT a Gene-Drive Disease), then it makes no sense to do that in the first place.

If the tumour is benign, why would you want to stab it?

If the tumour is malignant, why would you ever! want to stab it?

There is plenty of medical literature showing how needle biopsies have lead to the dissemination of these cancer cells, putting these people at risk for metastatic cancer and death.

We don’t want to put anybody at risk for spreading their disease using any kind of procedure. 

Going ahead with quick to act surgery while being ignorant about the biology of the disease + lack of consideration and education on alternative approaches can create a similar reaction. Non-strategical surgical is inconsiderate to the poor little cancer cells that have been neglected and isolated amongst their micro-environment (thus they proliferate instead of their natural function of cell suicide/apoptosis/Shiva/destruction function of nature).

Surgery can also disturb the micro-environment. These cells that are marginally aggressive become highly aggressive, leading to the demise of the patient.

Secondary glioblastoma (an aggressive form of cancer) for example, regularly arises from a therapeutic attempt to manage a low-grade tumour.

It is vital to understand that more people die from cancer treatment than cancer itself.

An approach to consider:

Don’t touch the beast, just let it sit there. Don’t disturb the micro-environment. Use metabolic therapy + advanced Ayurvedic herbs (bhasmas) and treatments to shrink the cancer big time.

If it goes away, wonderful work and thanks to your bodily intelligence for performing (smriti).

If it is still there shriveled, you can do a complete surgical debulking.

References:

Dr. Thomas Seyfried


Food Addictions, Quick Highs & Compulsive Behaviours with Myra Lewin {Podcast #017}

About Myra Lewin

Myra embraced the power of Ayurveda and Yoga when her career as a corporate executive had previously made it difficult to manage her health. This prognosis pushed her to seek out a holistic lifestyle that would allow her body and mind to find balance.

She undertook trainings in Ayurveda and Yoga in India and around the world and as she healed her own body and mind through these ancient sciences, they became the foundation for her life.

Myra founded Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga in 1999 as a place for those on a journey towards greater health and genuine contentment.

Myra is the author of two books, Freedom in Your Relationship with Food and Simple Ayurvedic Recipes, a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Yoga Alliance, and has more than 50,000 hours of Yoga teaching experience spanning 20 years. She has studied with some of the world’s most prominent practitioners of Ayurveda and Yoga, including Sunil Joshi, David Frawley, Robert Svoboda, Maya Tiwari, Sarasvati Buhrman, Vasant Lad, Sandra Kozak, Pattabhi Jois, Ramanand Patel, and Richard Freeman, among others. She has spoken at several conferences around the world.

Myra leads Yoga teacher trainings and Ayurvedic trainings and immersions in New Zealand and all over the world. She offers Ayurvedic health consultations, panchakarma, and dosha balancing treatments both in-person and by video conference. Among many of her clients, she is known as the "baby whisperer" because of amazing success stories helping couples use Ayurveda to overcome infertility issues.

When Myra is not helping others find balance in their lives, you’ll find her knee-deep in the dirt pulling weeds, making date pecan muffins in the kitchen, surfing, swimming, hiking or playing with her pups, Sukha and Nika.


In This Episode We Discuss

How Myra got into Ayurveda and Yoga

Ghee significantly helping Myra and being a catalyst in begining her jouney in Ayurveda. 

What is was like to study with David Frawley.

Significant teachers on Mryas path.

The importance of being present in our own practices for our self and to help others.

Establishing your self in Being and doing the work yourself before treating others and also before learning intellectually.

Aspects in today’s society that need to be addressed by healers.

Myras two biggest ways to make a difference in peoples lives.

Give them a little opening, a little snippet, don’t give them to much. Give them more light (sattva) and reduce tamasic activities (lower vibration activities).

Attachments.

Quick highs and additions - alcohol, exercise. 

Addiction to excitement, adrenaline, crating negative drama.

Sattva, Rajas and Tamas - the three mental gunas (qualities).

Ways to increase Sattva (Purity)

Reduce and eliminate the addiction.

Substitute actions for addictions:
Chant a manta, go for a walk, stop and take 12 deep breaths and smile to myself, talk to a friend.

Provide comfort in a different way.

Food addictions.

Metabolic issues of eating to often and snacking.

Becoming attached to particular effects that particular foods bring.

Not chewing foods.

Vata imbalance twisting the mind to become delusional about their situation. 

The biological effect of drinking a glass or two of wine regularly.

The Ayurvedic prescription on wine as medicine. 

Spiritual people regularly putting stimulates like coffee in them. 

Pranayama (breathing techniques) to gain and boost energy.

Myras four forms of pranayama to purify the body.

Nadi Shodana (Alternate nostril breathing) as one of the best forms of pranayama.

Nadi Shodana (alternate nostril breathing)

Self-administering herbs in a manipulative way.

Actions to take to prevent food cravings and addictions:

  • Chew your food properly
  • Don’t eat (snack) in between meals
  • Include the six tastes in a balanced way.
  • Make eating like a ritual.
  • Good fats like ghee.
  • Proper intake of drinking water.
  • Reduce salads. 

Yagya - an offering or surrendering of preferences in order to trigger certain laws of nature.

Agni Hotra - a yagya and fire ceremony done during sunrise and sunset. It cultivates the transcendental energy that is dominant during sunrise and sunset.

The new plans for Myras Ayurvedic institute, “Hale Pule” as it moves to New Zealand. 


Resources

Hale Pule - The Ayurveda and Yoga institute that Myra founded.

Agni Hotra - short fire ceremony to be done at sunrise and sunset.


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Pearl (Mukta): Uses & Benefits

Pearls, known as Mukta, can be used medicinally, for healing and to promote spiritual growth on many levels.

Pearls Relationship with the Moon

The elemental and mineral composition of pearls correlate and resonate with the elemental and mineral composition of our moon (Chandra). Both pearls and the moon have an affinity for the water element and they reciprocate energy to each other via their unique vibratory astral plane.

Thus, wearing pearl malas (necklaces), a pearl ring on the ring finger (the hypothenar region of the hand, below the ring finger, corresponds with moon) and left hand ring finger, and ingesting quality pearl herbal preparations strengthens the moons power and flow of consciousness (soma) it provides to you.

Precious gemstones, with their specific colour frequencies, resonate on the same wavelengths as the celestial bodies in our solar system.

Synonyms

Mauktika, sautika, muktaphala

Indications

Cooling

Like the moon, pearls are cooling (sheeta virya). They can cool down an erratic and fiery mind, reduce inflammation in the body and are good for the eyes and vision (eyes are a seat of pitta fire).

Strength and Nourishment

Pearl is aphrodisiac, bestows strength and nourishment and is good for the bones (asthi dhatu).

Preparing Pearl Properly

Pearls can be prepared in various ways for internal ingestion. As with other bhasmas (minerals that are purified and calcified in a very specific process into ash), the therapeutic use of pearl bhasma radically changes depending on what other herbs it’s mixed with.

Cerebral Tonic and Nervous System Support

Pearl powder (mukta pisti) and bhasma alone are a very strong stimulants thus helpful as a cerebral tonic in nervous diseases like chronic headache, epilepsy, other convulsive attacks, panic attacks, anxiety attacks and heart attacks. 

In case of emergency in the above conditions, put one pinch of Mukta pisti under the tongue, and it can immediately help activate and balance the nervous system. Clinically, I have seen good results with this when patients apply this during panic/anxiety attacks, intense heart palpitates and even to wake someone up from an unconscious state.

Water Purifier

Pearls purify water.

Ways to Absorb Pearl

Dhatu (Herbal Formula)

Restores and regenerates nerves, bones and tissues, because it nourishes and strengthens all seven layers of the dhatus (tissues) in the body. It is also good for improving calcium absorption. A Raju family formula.

Wear Pearl Malas

This is a necklace. Ideally, the pearls are infused with mantras (primordial sounds) and holy substances during a ceremony like Abhishekam (see feature photo).
Please buy quality pearls from a reputable source like Astrological Gem and do not get ripped off.

Caution: Low Quality "Pearl"

Note that “pearl powder” is becoming popular on the natural health market. Pearl powder from me costs $25 for 3 grams. Keep that price in mind when seeing people market their pearl powder, it is probably cheap crap from China. Not only is the raw material who-knows-what, but once again, as with a lot of herbal preparations - the purification process is not applied due to lack of knowledge in this area.

A Note on Genuine Natural Pearl by Jay Boyle

"True, genuine Natural Pearls are nearly impossible to find today.  They were available up until the early 20th century, but through over-fishing and pollution, they have become extinct. Generally, the only supply of natural pearls is the estate market for natural pearl strands.  Unfortunately, these are previously worn and are drilled so they are not suitable for Jyotish purposes.

Very, very rarely I come upon a Certified Natural freshwater pearl.  Usually, the size range is from 1-2 carats and occasionally up to around 4 carats.  Because of their rarity, these natural pearls are quite expensive.

Natural Pearls are virtually extinct, however, we are very pleased to be able to offer some rare, exceptional, smaller sized Natural Pearls.

If you are looking for an affordable alternative to Certified Natural Pearls, we offer Chinese Tissue-Nucleated Pearls (a form of cultured pearl that is natural material and of top quality)."

~ Jay Boyle, gemstone expert and founder of Astrological Gem

References:

Bhavaprakash and Sarngadhara Samhita for action of pearls.
Image: AstrologicalGem, USA.


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