Haemorrhoids: An Ayurvedic Approach for Holistic Care

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Haemorrhoids are no doubt uncomfortable.

Also known as piles, haemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum.
They can develop quickly from ordinary lifestyle and diet factors causing pain and severe discomfort.

Haemorrhoids are actually quite common in both men and women.
They affect about 1 in 20 Americans and half of adults older than age 50 have haemorrhoids.
You don't hear about these commonalities since it is typically an embarrassing disease for people to share about.

In Ayurveda, haemorrhoids are known as arśa अर्श, and are actually one of the "eight major diseases" ("Astha Maha Gadas") that have to be be approached with great care.

Due to this, Ayurveda has a lot to say about haemorrhoids, from its various types (beyond just internal and external), as well as extensive knowledge of various ayurvedic remedies for piles.

Two Types of Piles (The Roots)

In Ayurveda, it starts with two types of piles:

1.Hereditary (congenital)

When piles are caused by the vitiation of the "seeds" (sperm and ovum / "bija dośa"), especially the part of the seed responsible for the formation of the anal-sphincter.

Vitiation of the seed is caused by two main factors according to Ayurveda:
- Incompatible diet and regimen of father and mother.
- Performing actions that oppose natural law or "sinful" acts in past lives (karma).(1)

2. Acquired from lifestyle

Piles are manifested after birth due to diet and lifestyle choices.

Pathology (Samprapti) - Features and Stages of Haemorrhoids

Doshas involved:

In general, piles are caused by all three doshas, but especially pitta (fire, heat) and vata dosha (air element, whose site is in the rectum and anal sphincter).

Tissues (Dhatus) involved:

Mostly,piles are characterised by morbid growth in the masma dhatu (muscle tissue).(1)

However, medas (fat), māmsa (muscle) and tvak (skin)– are all adhisthānas (involved morbid tissue elements) for all the types of arśas.(1)

Causes of Haemorrhoids (Rupa)

When someone's agni (digestive fire) is afflicted, mala (waste products, ie. stool) gets accumulated in excess (constipation), leading to piles.

This can occur because of the following:

  1. Intake of sweet and cold foods.
  2. Intake of foods which block channels (abhisyandi), e.g. yoghurt and cheese.
  3. Intake of foods which causes burning sensation (vidāhi), e.g. chilli.
  4. Intake of mutually contradictory foods / ie. incompatible food combinations (viruddha).
  5. Intake of food before the previous meal is digested.
  6. In take of small quantity of food;
  7. Intake of unwholesome food;
  8. Intake of meat in excess.
  9. Intake of urad dahl (black gram / māsa), sugarcane juice, raw and dry vegetables, vinegar, garlic, freshly harvested corns and cereals and tender radish;
  10. Intake of heavy fruits, vegetables and pickles.
  11. Intake of mandaka (immature curds) and wrongly (excessively) fermented wines;
  12. Drinking of polluted and heavy water;
  13. Intake of oil (Sneha) in excess;
  14. Not purifying the body regularly with specific therpaies (non-use of shodana therpaies):
  15. Wrong applications of enemas or bastis;
  16. Lack of exercise;
  17. Lack of sex or excess sex (Avyavāya or adhivyavāya);
  18. Sleeping during the day tine;
  19. Excess sitting;(1)
  20. Pregnancy - very common cause.

Similarly, the following are responsible for the aggravation of apāna vāyu (pelvic floor and recturm area)

  1. Use of rough, irregular and hard seats;
  2. Travelling in vehicles in a "bumpy" rides;
  3. Excessive indulgence in sex;
  4. Improper insertion of enema nozzle and frequent injury in the anal region;
  5. Frequent application of cold water (cold bathing);
  6. Rubbing the anus with rough toilet paper excessively, rags etc.;
  7. By continued excessive strain of trying to "push" to pass a bowel motion;
  8. Forcible attempt for passing flatus, urine and stool;
  9. Suppression of natural manifested urges;
  10. Miscarriage, pressure on the uterus during pregnancy and abnormal delivery (for women).

The apāna vāyu (pelvic floor functions of moving things) aggravated by the above mentioned factors, brings down the accumulated waste products and afflicts the anal sphincters. Because of this, piles are manifested in the sphincters.(1)

Different Shapes of Piles

In general, the characteristic shapes of piles caused by excessive aggravation of vata, pitta and kapha are:(1)

  1. Mustard seed
  2. Masa (black gram lentil)
  3. Mudga (mung lentil),
  4. Yava (barley)
  5. Kalāya (green pea)
  6. Pindi (like a pill)
  7. Tintikera (the fruit of Karira / Capparis decidua)
  8. Gostana (cow’s teet)
  9. (there are more shapes correlated with different substances)

Remove Constipation & Hard Stool

An important consideration is to ensure that the patient is not constipated and they do not have trouble passing bowel motions.

This stool should not be too hard or dry. The patient should not forcefully push to pass bowel motion. This may cause the haemorrhoid to rupture and bleed and not allow it to heal.

Different Types of Piles

Vata Type of Piles (Vātika Arśas)

Hetu (Causative Factors) of Vātika Type of Piles:

  1. Intake of astringent (kshaya), pungent (katu), bitter (tikta), dry (ruksa), cold (sheeta) and light (laghu) food;
  2. Habitual intake of food in extremely small quantities (pramitāśana), intake of less of food, intake of alcoholic drinks and indulgence in sex.
  3. Fasting, residing in cold country and cold season and physical exercise;
  4. Grief and exposure to sun and wind (drying).(1)

Rupa (Symptoms) of Vātika Arśas:

  1. Mass of the piles:
    • the mass of piles is dry, wrinkles, hard, rough, dry and greyish in colour;
    • these masses have sharp tips;
    • these are curved and with cracks on the surface;
    • these are spread irregularly.
  2.  The mass of piles is associated with pain, cramps, piercing pain (toda), itches, numbness and tingling sensation in excess;
  3. Oily (snigdha) and hot (usna) things give relief in this condition;
  4. The patient suffers from dysentery, abdominal distention and stiffness of pudendum, testicles, basti (bladder) region, pelvis and cardiac region; he also suffering from malaise and palpitation in excess;
  5. His flatus, urine and stool are constantly obstructed;
  6. He suffers from pain in thighs, lumbar region, back, trika (shoulder blade junction), pārśva (sides of the chest), kuksi (sides of the abdomen) and in the region of basti (bladder)
  7. He gets heating sensation in the heads;
  8. He suffers from sneezing, eructation, coryza, kasa, udāvarta, āyāma (āyāsa according to C.K Sen edition, which means indolence/laziness), consumption, oedema, fainting, anorexia, distate in mouth, timira (impairment of vision), itching, pain in the nose, ears and temporal region, and impairment of voice;
  9. They experience greyish, reddishness and roughness of nails, eyes, face, skin, urine and stool.(1)

Pitta Type of Piles (Paittika Arśas)

Hetu (Causative Factors) of Paittika Type of Piles:

  1. Intake of katu (pungent), usna (hot) and lavana (salty) food;
  2. Vyayama (excess exercise) and exposure to the heat of fire and sun;
  3. Residing in a place and season which are not cold;
  4. Intake of alcohol;
  5. Feeling envy;
  6. Intake of all types of drinks, food and drugs which are vidāhi (burning), tiksna (sharp).(1)

Rupa (Symptoms) of Paittika Arśas:

  1. Mass of the piles:
    • The mass of piles is soft, flabby, delicate and tender to touch;
    • The mass of piles is red, yellow, blue or black in colour;
    • The mass of piles is associated with excessive sweating and sticky discharge
  2. The discharge from the piles mass is visra (smelling like raw-meat), thin, yellow or red;
  3. There will be discharge of blood from the piles;
  4. The mass of piles is associated with burning sensation, itching, colic pain, pricking pain and suppuration;
  5. There will be relief by resorting to cold things;
  6. The stool of the patient is loose, yellow or green;
  7. The urine and stool are voided in large quantities, and these are yellow in colour and their smell is like that of raw meat;
  8. The individual suffers from morbid thirst, fever, asthma, fainting and disliking for food;
  9. The nails, eyes, skin, urine and stool of the patient are yellow in colour.(1)

Kapha Type of Piles (Kaphaja Arśas)

Hetu (Causative Factors) of Kaphaja Type of Piles:

  1. Madhura (sweet), snigdha (oily), sheeta (cold), lavana (salty), amla (sour) and guru (heavy) food;
  2. Lack of exercise, nitya rupana (day-time sleep) and over-indulgence lying and sitting;
  3. Exposure to easterly wind;
  4. Residing in cold place and during a cold season;
  5. Mental inactivity.(1)

Rupa (Symptoms) of Kaphaja Arśas:

  1. Mass of the piles:
    • The mass of piles is large in size, swollen, smooth, painless to touch, snigdha (oily), pale white, slimy, having stiffness, guru (heavy), rigid, benumbed, having constant oedema and excessive of itching;
  2. The discharge from the piles mass is in large quantity and continuous. This discharge is either reddish, white or red in colour; at times, there is slimy discharge;
  3. Urine and stool are heavy, slimy and white;
  4. The disease gets alleviated by ruksa (dry) and usna (hot) therapies;
  5. The patient has an excessive desire to pass stool with tenesmus (continual inclination to pass bowels);
  6. There is distension in the lower pelvic region;
  7. The patient suffers from sowing pain, nausea, excessive spitting, kasa (cough), arochi (anorexia), cold, heaviness, chardi (vomiting), dysuria, consumption, oedema, anaemia, fever associated with cold, stone and gravels in genito-urinary tract, a feeling as if the heart and sense organs are covered with sticky material, madhura (sweet) taste in the mouth and Prameha (diabetes)
  8. This is a very chronic condition;
  9. Kaphaja Arśas suppresses the power of digestion in excess and cause impotency;
  10. They are associated with acute diseases caused by ama;
  11. The nails, eyes, face, skin, urine and stool are white in colour.(1)

Arśa Caused by Simultaneous Aggravation Doshas

Of course, piles can caused by combination of two or three dosas.

These types of piles manifest from mixed causative factors and create symptoms from each of the doshas.

Piles never occurs without the aggravation of all the three dosas (tribhih).(1)

It is the predominance of one or all the dosas that different type of piles are determined.(1)

Pre-Symptoms (Purva Rupa) of Piles:

  • Vistambha (absence of any movement) of the food,
  • Weakness,
  • Gurgling sound in the lower abdomen,
  • Emaciation,
  • Frequent eructation (belch);
  • Weakness in the thighs,
  • Voiding less of stool,
  • Sprue syndrome,
  • Anaemia,
  • Apprehension of the manifestation of udara roga (obstinate abdominal diseases).(1)

Classification of Piles:

Arśas are broadly classified into two groups according to Ayurveda:

  1. Dry piles / non-bleeding (suska)– caused by aggravated vata and kapha (kaphaja piles has different types of exudation, generally slimy material and no blood exudation).
  2. Exuding or wet piles / bleeding (ardra) – caused by predominance of rakta (blood) and pitta.(1)

Exudation of slimy material takes place even by the combination of causative factors of both dry and wet types of piles.

Ayurveda also acknowledges the two types of piles according to western medicine:

  1. Internal Piles - these are most common. It occurs 2-4cm from the opening of the anus. These are generally painless because there are less pain sensitive nerves in the rectum. These can differ in grades based on how the piles mass "hangs" or bulges from the anus.
  2. External Piles - occurs in the lower part of the anal canal. Painful because there are lots of nerve fibres which are responsible for pain.

One can have both internal and external piles together.

Haemorrhoids Associated with Jyotish (Vedic Astrology)

Here are some considerations in Jyotish (Vedic Astrology):

  • Rahu is vayu (air / vata dosha).
  • Shani (Saturn) is compressed vata. This can cause the piles to be prolonged.
  • Ketu is extreme heat. This increases the sensitivity of Pitta. Mangal (mars) is also similar to this heat.
  • Surya is good but may cause imbalance to pitta.
  • 8th house represents Guda marma (anus) and coccyx. If Shani is there, this can cause Vata problems and lead to Arśas. Mangal there can lead to amazing energy but blood related and pitta related disorders.
  • The naksatra and padas have to also be considered.

Treatments (Cikitsa)

Here is a whole list of the many different ayurvedic remedies for piles.

Ways to Promote Complete and Soft Bowel Motion

  1. Go to sleep before 10pm each night and sleep well.
  2. Take Shodana Vati each night before dinner.
  3. Meditate in the morning (and ideally twice a day). If it is uncomfortable to sit up, you can lie down.
  4. Light dinner with good fibre.
  5. Sip hot water in the morning
  6. Abhyaya Arista - a famous classical Ayurvedic herbal wine to soften stools and help with constipation. General dose. 25ml 2x/day after meals.

Sitz Baths

You can make a herbal decoction, mix with water until the temperature is luke warm and add that into a sitz bath.

Firstly, apply some oil to the pile and rectum area (see below).

Sit in the sitz bath with your rectum in it. You can buy online (ebay etc.) little sitz bath apparatuses that fit in your toilet seat.
Otherwise you get a large bucket and sit inside that.
Adding it to a bath tub is okay, however it will be too diluted since the bath tub takes a lot of liquid.

*Sitz bath should be cleaned properly. This is important to prevent any germs infecting the solution*

Piles Sitz Bath Ingredients:

(You can use any of these ingredients which are available).

  • 10-15 crushed shodana vati tablets per litre of water that you boil.
  • 2tsp Triphala powder if shodana vati is not available.
  • Salt - 1-3tsp. Salt is an excellent antibacterial and healing remedy. If you can use epsom salt (magnesium sulfate, not actually salt), that is best.
  • Neem powder or leaves - 1tsp. *Not to be taken for woman trying to conceive within one year.
  • Turmeric powder - 1tsp. *Not to be taken for woman trying to conceive within one year.
  • Radish leaves - a large handful.
  • Alum powder - 1tsp - Aluminium Potassium Sulphate/ Kalunite or Kalinite. A natural occurring mineral.
  • Moringa seeds - 1 TBSP.

Other herbs that can be utilised but these must be purified a specific way:
*Do not use the herbs below. This is for educational purposes only. Only use these herbs if they have been purified properly. 

  • Touch me not plant / Mimosa pudica / Sensitive plant - harvest a bunch of stems and leaves of this plant if available. Only for internal haemorrhoids.
  • Arka
  • Venu (bamboo)

Oil Application to Piles (Pre-Sitz Bath)

Mostly always in Ayurveda, before we do any form of svedana (sweating treatment), such as Sitz Bath, we need to oileate the area that is going to sweat.

So before going in a sitz bath, it is ideal to apply some oil to that area.
Note, if you don't apply anything topically, it is still beneficial to do the Sitz Bath alone.

Oils to apply piles pre-sitz bath:

  1. Varchas (pictured)

  2. Plain ghee
  3. Butter mixed with tulsi juice.
  4. Vishyandhana tailam
  5. Kasisadi tailam

Diet For Haemorrhoids

It is important to remember that nutrition can also be one of the many effective Ayurvedic remedies for piles. You simply need to understand what are the appropriate dietary choices that you need to make for yourself.
  • Cooling foods - thin lassi, bitter vegetables, coriander, healthy sweet vegetables, ghee.
  • Avoid heating foods - mustard, sesame, chilli, alcohol, coffee, fermented foods.
  • Pitta pacifying diet - to learn about Diet For Doshas, see Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition.
  • Ripe guava fruit - one of the best foods for the rectum in general.
  • Onion - for bleeding piles.
  • Ghee - use as cooking oil and on your food.
  • Vata pacifying diet - to ensure easy flow out the rectum.
  • Pomegranate - a good fruit to include into your diet when in season or if using as medicine, it is indicated to import.

Buttermilk / Thin Lassi: The Best Medicine

"There is no medicine, better than butter-milk, for the cure of piles..."

~ Caraka Samhita, Cikitsa Sthana, ch 14.

Note, the above quote is referring to piles caused by the predominance of aggravated vayu and kapha.

However, for all piles, butter milk is so important.

How you take butter milk depends on the doshas involved:

  1. From which fat is completely removed; - kapha, mandagni/low digestion, low strength.
  2. From which half of the fat is removed; - good for pitta, moderate power of agni, and if the patient has moderated strength.
  3. From which fat is not at all removed. – vayu, strong agni, patient has enough strength

"Piles in anus, once cured by the administration of takra, do not recur."

~ Caraka Samhita, Cikitsa Sthana, ch 14.

Recipe for Takra (Butter-Milk)

Very simple method:

  • Mix 1-2 tablespoons of plain, natural, regular organic cows yoghurt with 1 cup of water. Mix well with a fork or lightly blend.
  • Now you have plain butter-milk!
  • If you want, you can add extra cooling substances like rose water, fresh mint, fresh coriander. A pinch of salt is also good for piles.

There are other ways to prepare takra which are also valid.

Note, coconut yoghurt does not produce this therapeutic affect.

The Influence of Emotions and the Mind in Haemorrhoids

Emotions are correlated with the pitta dosha 🔥 .

If one with haemorrhoids is emotional or stressed, that will increase the pitta (inflammation) in the rectum.

Thus, it is important to maintain calm and meditate for those with haemorrhoids.

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Herbal Remedies to Help Haemorrhoids

There are several Ayurvedic herbal remedies for piles that will effectively assist your body and enliven its healing:

Pykure

Great herbal formula to help reduce the inflammation in the rectum and help heal and eradicate the haemorrhoids.

Also works to soften the stool for easy passing.

Alternative to surgery for ano-rectal disorders.

Pykure also helps in:

  • Bleeding haemorrhoids (piles).
  • Fissures and Rectal Swelling.
  • Prolapse of rectum (pile mass).
  • Fistula in Ano.

Chiruvilwadi Kashayam

Chiruvilwadi Kashayam is a classical Ayurvedic decoction that helps reduce the inflammation in the rectum and helps heal non-bleeding haemorrhoids.

Helps in constipation.

*Should not be used in bleeding piles.

General dose: 3tsp +10tsp hot water 2x/day before meals. Recommended to take with Pykure for greater effect.*
*Please consult your health care practitioner before taking any herbal remedies.

Panchatikta Ghritam Guggulu

Helpful in kaphaja and paittika arśa.

  • Great anti-inflammatory.
  • Particularly useful for rasa and rakta dhatus (lymph and blood tissues).
  • Good for skin diseases.
  • Good for arthritis.
  • Purifies the blood.

Also help in tumour, fistula-in-Ano, abdominal distension, polyuria, tuberculosis, tastelessness, asthma, cervical lymphadenitis & lymphadenopathy, etc.

Other Ayurvedic Herbs that may be used:

  • Kankayan Vati
  • Pilex (Himalaya brand)
  • DusParsakadi Kashayam
  • Haemostatic Recipes if the piles are full pitta or very hot.

Please consult a quality Ayurvedic practitioner before taking any Ayurvedic medicines.

Ayurvedic Surgery: Thread Treatment (Ksāra Sūtra Karma)

  • A thread is smeared with herbal caustic alkali.
  • The thread is then tied onto the base of the pile mass and the pile falls out on its own (this can take 7 days).
  • The kshara (alkali) will help cut, curette and heal these conditions (also effective in fistula).
  • There is extensive pre-karma (pre-karma) and post karma to deal with this surgery.

Ayurvedic Consultation for Deeper Healing

We recommend you book in for an Ayurvedic consultation to go deeper and receive a treatment plan more specific to you.


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References:

  1. Caraka Samhita, Cikitsta Sthana, ch 14, Arśa.

Cancer: From Diagnosis to Empowerment & Integrative Oncology | Dr. Paul Anderson Podcast #055

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Cancer is now flowing into every single person's family.
1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in their life.

But is the "C-word" sometimes convicted with unnecessary fear and over-exaggeration?

We also need to become more empowered in navigating the overload (and lack) of information that is available on the cancer journey.

We need to create an open discussion of all the possibilities that we can use to treat and prevent cancer.

About Our Guest: Dr. Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson, is an integrative oncologist and highly respected naturopathic physician practicing in Seattle and Arizona. He is a graduate of NCNM, and a full-time core faculty member at Bastyr University, teaching in the clinical science division.

Dr. Anderson is a recognised educator and clinician in integrative and naturopathic medicine with a focus on complex infectious, chronic and oncologic illness.

In addition to three decades clinical experience he also was head of the interventional arm of a US-NIH funded human research trial using IV Vitamin C and other therapies in cancer patients. He founded Advanced Medical Therapies in Seattle, Washington, a clinic focusing on the care of patients with cancer and chronic diseases.

He is co-author of the Hay House book “Outside the Box Cancer Therapies” with Dr. Mark Stengler as well as a co-author with Jack Canfield in the anthology “Success Breakthroughs” and the author of his latest book, Cancer: The Journey from Diagnosis to Empowerment.

He is a frequent CME speaker and writer and has extended his educational outreach through his website. Former positions include professor of Pharmacology and Clinical Medicine at Bastyr University and Chief of IV Services for Bastyr Oncology Research Center.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Navigating Cancer Tests, Screening & Diagnostic Methods

Excess screening vs inadequate (and potentially damaging) screening

Considering your family medical history and demographic vs. not being bound/influenced by your genetics.

But "test anxiety" and fear may promote the development of the cancer you are caring for.

Mammograms

  • If you do regular mammograms, you have an increased risk of cancer. Due to the high amount of radiation.
  • Mammograms say that they miss 20% or more pathology, especially if they have dense breasts.
  • Technology - a low tech image. A really dull instrument. Poor sensitivity.

Safer & Potentially More Effective Diagnostic Methods Screening Woman for Cancer

  • MRI - this does not have ionising radiation.
  • Pap Smear - good.

Prostate Screening for Men

The PSA (prostate specific antigen) marker in your blood is a protein is inadequate to measure prostate cancer.

Genetics and Epigenetics:

People are seriously confused about the true cause of cancer.

They believe it is a genetic disease, but the genetic damage is a downstream side effect from the mitochondria disfunction which is a result of poor diet, nnEMF exposure etc. - those are the causes.

Nature Medicine peer reviewed Journal - came out with an article in 2016 that 90% of cancers are lifestyle and environment - how many doctors ask their patients about their lifestyle and environment ?

  • Paediatric cancers - babies born with cancer.
  • NRCA gene mutation family. - 40% of women who have BRCA mutations never get cancer.

Negative influences for the epigenome.

Test Anxiety

Especially in people who already have cancer.

The Lagging Progress of Cancer

Over one trillion dollars has been invested into cancer and they are getting very little progress.

This is because the main stream research may be down the wrong pathway.

Other Bio-Marker Chemical Tests That Can Help Indicate Cancer

  • High sensitivity CRP (C-reactive protein) - non specific marker for inflammation. Tells something is brewing. On regular blood test. Doesn’t mean cancer. Range: ideally less than one.
  • Haemoglobin A1C - 3 months average of blood sugar. - This can indicate if the environment promotes cancer.
  • PHI - enzyme for hypoxia (low oxygen). Cancer thrives in that environment.

Dealing With Standard Oncologists & Integrative Oncology

  • Dealing with standard oncologists who don’t know about alternative therapies. Potential conflict.
  • What if I want to integrate alternative therapies in addition to standard treatment?
  • How to approach doctors who are closed minded?
  • Poisonous influences.
  • Utilise integrative oncologists.

Chemotherapy and Radiation.

  • Many of the drugs used today for chemotherapy were the same cytotoxic killing therapies used 50-70 years ago. These may be outdated.
  • Maintenance chemotherapy - when is it done?
  • Preventative chemotherapy
  • The rebound effect of chemo and radiation.
  • It is wise to good my immune system during chemotherapy?

    Most modern biological drugs are compatible with immune boosting botanicals.

Circulating tumour cells and stem cells:

  • The vast majority of the reasons why people are dying from cancer, on the pathological level, are due to these circulating stem cells.
  • Surgery, chemo, radio will not remove these cells. They actually irritate them.
  • These cells are the biggest cause of reoccurrence.
  • These are also the eventual cause of death.
  • It doesn't seem that modern chemotherapy or radiation is going to be able to specifically target these stem cells anytime.

Why Everybody Has Cancer Stem Cells

If everyone have cancer cells...

What determines whether one has their cancer stem cells switched on or off?

Secondary Prevention (Preventing cancer from coming back)

For current or past cancer patients. Considering the whole body and mind.

When and Where Does Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy Have Their Place?

Surgery's impact on circulating cancer stem cells

Any invasive therapy - you till have to clean the system up around it and promote healing.

What you can do to enhance the effect of the surgery and heal from it.

Fasting in association with surgery.

Biopsies can spread tumours.

Focusing on the health and the parts of the body that do not have cancer.

TREATMENT APPROACH TO CANCER

Fasting

Fasting as the number one intervention of choice for cancer.

IV treatments for cancer:

Why doesn’t my hospital offer this?

Vitamin C and it’s relationship with cancer:

  • Orchestration of the immune system.
  • External influences that settle somewhere in the body, and the immune system goes to do it’s job to clean up the cells, and inevitably creates the problem.
  • Viruses invading certain areas.
  • Environmental sources.
  • Toxicity.
  • Diet - diet is a significant way in for toxic material.
  • Glycemic load.
  • Medical interventions - Such as modern biological drugs used to treat cancer. Modern medical interventions and drugs confuse the immune system and don’t allow it to regenerate.

Vitamin C

  • Unlike animals, humans cannot make their own vitamin C, so you have to take it from outside sources.
  • Low dose vs. High dose.
  • Low dose vitamin C - eat from foods and take in supplements.
  • Food over supplements for vitamin c intake?
  • Foods high in vitamin C.
  • Anand Sid Yog herbal formula contain Amalaki (indian gooseberry) as its main ingredient which is  high in vitamin C.
  • Anti-oxidant action and pro-immune system - especially in the “normal” (healthy) cells and trigger beneficial immune signalling.
  • Increases hydrogen peroxide which causes potent oxidative stress to these cancer cells, which is especially effective when fasting.
  • Intravenous Vitamin C
  • High dose Vit C - average higher dose start around 25,000mg, average for cancer is 50,000 - 100,000mg. Creates immune response around areas of inflammation.
  • GCPD deficiency and fragile blood cells (sickle cell disease) cannot tolerate these high doses.
  • Liposomal Vit C - It is in a fat envelope (liposome) there is a fat transport that doesn’t use the same pathways. They bypass check points in the digestive tract. Most of the liposomal activity is in the digestive tract, but these sneak through the cells are put into the lymphatic system - they go around the liver and miss the liver and get dumped into the blood. If your liver needs vitamin C it will get it eventually.
  • 1-3K mg a day of any form of Vit C.
  • Low dose - prevention. Supplements, hundreds to a few thousands mg. Plenty if you are healthy.
  • When sick, take 20,000 mg orally.
  • Using vitamin C therapy in association with other cancer therapies.
  • Contra-indications for high dose Vitamin C? - Those withG6PD enzyme deficiency, fragile blood cells (sickle cell disease) and similar genetic diseases have to be careful for high does.
  • How to give IV Vit C safely according to the individual person - considering how much to dilute it, how fast to give it, adding other minerals.

Turmeric

Turmeric should be used daily in cooking.

Thermo Therapies

  • Been used for a long time. Some of the most basic and oldest approaches to medicine.
  • Helps regular oncology therapies work better.

Cryotherapy (freezing)

Good tool for freezing and reducing tumours and leaving it to the immune system to clean up.

Hyperthermia (heat therapy)

Whole body or just heating up a certain organ where the cancer is.

Dylan Smith bathing in cold water

The word CANCER

  • How do you interact with that word?
  • Is it being over exaggerated?
  • Is cancer actually a death sentence?
  • How much power do you give to the cancer?

Terminal Cancer Cases

Resources


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Pass the Saltbush – Salt Grown on Land & In Gardens (Australian Bush Tucker)

Dylan Smith next to a Saltbush Plant

Instead of importing salt from overseas or even from other states (salt from the Murray River or great lakes of Western Australia), Ayurveda advises to get your salt (and any other food item) from your local habitat (“desa”).

Last week, while spending time with a local indigenous family, one of the knowledgable fellas convinced me to stop buying salt, and rather, replace it with very salty wild leaves harvested from land.

This highly resonated with me and aligns with the principles Ayurvedic nutrition.

Even though Ayurveda says “the best salt is rock salt,” (usually Himalayan rock salt), the priority is to get salt from your local area (“desa”), since nature’s local harvest is providing the antidote to the biological influences you incur from your local habitat and climate.

Right on the low coastal rocky cliffs near where we were camping, scrambling among other shrubs, I found a “ Sea Berry Saltbush Plant ” also known as (Chenopodium candolleanum).

There are many other varieties of the saltbush plant, and I was shown others and tasted them, (such as Ruby Saltbush / Enchylaena tomentosa, pictured right).

But it was the semi-succulent glossy leaves of Sea Berry Salt Bush that won my taste buds. Very salty leaves (hence a potential replacement for salt) but also herby in flavour. The slimy texture (picheela guna) is one component that I love. Plus, it has bunches of edible bright red berries.

Note, in Ayurveda it is recommended to use a variety of salts in your diet (rock, sea, lake, mineral, black, earth, alchemised etc.), even if you import some, that is beneficial (spice-trade routes), but I recommend your primary salt of choice should be as local as possible.

If you want to learn how to forage for food, attend a local workshop. In Sydney I recommend Diego Bonetto.

If you want to buy Salt Bush, you can get dried (not as juicy as fresh) from my favourite spice company (by far) Herbies.

Image credit for Ruby Salt Bush: Paten Park Native Nursery


Rock Salt: The Best Among Salts (Saindhava Lavana)

Himalayan Rock Salt

Amongst the fives types of salt (rock, sea, black, earth, alchemised), rock salt (Saindhava) is "the best" according to Ayurveda due to it's healing properties.

Rock Salt:

  1. Promotes agni (digestion)
  2. is aphrodisiac
  3. conducive for eye sight
  4. good for the heart
  5. alleviates all three doshas (bio-energies).(1)

Rock Salt is Uniquely NOT Heating

All varieties of salt are heating (usna virya), but rock salt is unique as it's not heating and doesn't cause burning sensation. Additionally, this type of salt carries a slightly sweet taste.

This is why rock salt does not aggravate pitta or the eyes.

More Benefits of Salt:

Like all salts, rock salt has several healing properties:

  • produces more moisture inside the body,
  • improves taste,
  • helps digestion,
  • can enter through minute pores (suksma), penetrates deep
  • promotes elimination of wastes.
  • Salt is helpful for vata.(1)

The Unsustainable Truth About Rock Salt

HOWEVER, if you live outside of Asia, I recommend you only use rock salt in small amounts.

Sure this trendy condiment looks good in pink on your kitchen table, but...

Eating Himalayan Rock Salt far from the Himalayas just doesn't make environmental sense, especially when there's locally produced mineral salts you can consume in its place.

Himalayan rock salt is a finite resource that is mined. This means once salt reserves are depleted, they will be gone. For good. Himalayan Rock Salt also has huge! food miles.

Eat Local Salts

In Australia, we have a wonderful range of mineral salts like the Murray River (you can get your flakes in pink to) and lake salt from Western Australia.

From Europe and USA you have lovely local sea salt available (although sea salt should be had in little quantities).

Diversify Your Salt Intake

Overall, consuming all gives types of salt (pancha lavana) is the best to ensure optimum mineral levels and maintain good health.

It is also wise to implement other salt vegetables like seaweed/kelp and saltbush.

Related Reading: Pass the Saltbush – Salt Grown on Land & In Gardens (Australian Bush Tucker)

Dylan Smith foraging seaweed

What is your favourite type of salt? Comment below👇


References:

  1. Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, Sutra Sthana

Pushya Nakshatra Dates & Times for Sydney 2021

In Pushya Nakshatra the soul flourishes like this lotus flower

Pusya / Pushyami / Pushya Nakshatra (Nakṣatra in Sanskrit) is one of the most auspicious constellations according to Vedic Astrology (jyotish).

It is an auspicious time of the month to give certain Ayurvedic herbal immunisations for babies, such as Pusya Drops and Swarna Prasa.

Suggested Use of Pusya Drops:

For babies up to 1 year old - 2 drops 2x/day anytime, once a month on Pushya Nakshatra.
For children over 1 years old - 10 drops once a day . For 7 consecutive days starting on Pushya Nakshatra.

The time below are to be given are for Sydney, Australia. We recommend searching the time for your city using the Drik Panchang app (the phone app is easier than the website).

We recommended leaving a good gap before/after the time given to be well in the muhurta (time period).

March 23,  after 4:16am.

April 20/April 21 - after 11:23am on April 20 and before 12:29pm on April 21.

May 18 - before 7:25pm

June 14 - any time

July 11 - any time

August 8 - before 01:49pm

September 4 - before 10:15pm

October 1 - after 06:03am

October 28 - after 03:11pm

November 24 - after 09:59pm

December 22 - anytime

Jan 19. 2022 - before 12:13pm

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Assimilating Rich Yogic Traditions Relevant For Today | Eddie Stern #053

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“Yoga does not ask you to be more than you are, But yoga does ask you to be all that you are” ~ Eddie Stern

Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices originally developed in ancient India that nowadays has undergone a complete resurgence, particularly in the west. 

Many yogic practitioners define the benefits of the daily practice of Yoga as boundless, and still many, although interested, find it hard to include practices such as this in their daily lives.

Some do not find the correct introductory stimulus and for others it is their surrounding environment that doesn't propeciate the learning. 

In this day and age, there are several Yogic teachers trying to approach the average consumer with these traditional life-enhancing techniques and other watered-down versions of them. Today’s guest is one of the most popular and well-established people to do so in the United States...

About Our Guest: Eddie Stern

Eddie Stern is a Yoga teacher, author, and lecturer from New York City.

He has been practicing Yoga since 1987, and ran his school in SoHo from 1993-2019.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s the school became a focal point for Ashtanga Yoga in New York with an eclectic mix of downtown artists and spiritual seekers practicing and meditating next to well-known personalities such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike D, and Lou Reed, in what was also Manhattan’s first consecrated Ganesh Temple.

Eddie Stern

Eddie has a passion for seeking out diversity in all aspects of his work and uses a multidisciplinary approach of combining technology, scientific research, and collaboration to help further understanding, education, and access to yoga.

He continues to study philosophy, Sanskrit, ritual, science, and religion, as well as maintain a passion for the daily practice Yoga.

Eddie learned Ashtanga yoga under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois, of Mysore, India.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Eddie's and Dylan's morning routine (dinacharya).

Eddie is reading 60 verses per day, every day, for 1 year of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavatam Purana)

Swadaya

The study of the chapters of self, self reflection.

adi / ayana: To move firmly towards.

Swa: Self.

Swa - adyaya: Chapter

Yoga allowing us to get in touch with the higher/deeper narrative of our beingGoing beyond the 'little stories' we tell ourselves about what our life has been like or what has happened to us, until the only story left is our true being, pure existence.

How to mentally approach the Puranas and hindi epics to take advantage of their teachings.  

Silhouette of woman doing Yoga during sunrise

Eddie’s journey into India and the Yogic traditions

The journey of the previous generation’s most notorious spiritual seekers (e.g. Ram Dass and Radanath Swami) and what the context was like when they travelled to India.

The alleged difference between first experiencing Yoga, India and the Vedic Traditions in the late 20th century vs. what a new seeker/student experiences today.  

Three monks sitting in the entrance of a buddhist temple

Integrating religious beliefs such as Judaism with Vedic and Hindu practices. 

Some of Eddie's current projects: 

“The Breathing App” for free in app stores: provides guided paced breathing to deal with stress

Yoga 365: one minute Yoga practice every day for a year, for beginners who don't have time to put into practice a 20 minute or one hour classes any day of the week. For every one purchase, a Yoga 365 is gifted to a healthcare worker working with covid patients.   

The Urban Yogis, alongside Deepak Chopra and Erica Ford: teaching young adults coming from high-gun-violence-areas to be Yoga and Meditation teachers and also help them find steady jobs.

Breathing and rehabilitation practices for people suffering and recovering from Covid-19. In early stages of the project.  

Every-day global Yoga classes online for free or by donation.

Scroll down to "Resources" to find out more about these projects and many others. 

Eddie Stern giving a Yoga class

Ego Traps & Eddie's favorite Slohka

Going against the fallacy that because of doing a spiritual practice periodically you are better off than those who don’t.

Favorite Slohka: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2, Verse 48

Resources

Eddie’s daily online yoga classes. - eddiestern.com

Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, Eddie is a newly appointed advisory board member to the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance.

Author of One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life, a bestselling book that examines from both a Western scientific perspective and an Eastern philosophical perspective the underlying mechanisms that make yoga an amazingly effective practice for health, wellbeing, and spiritual development.

The Breathing App, a free app which guides the user in a paced breathing exercise that balances the nervous system, helping to improve sleep, and reduce stress and anxiety. Created with his wife, Jocelyne Stern, and app programmer and collaborator Sergey Varichev.

International Yoga and Science Conferences, an ongoing forum for presenting rigorous scientific evidence on yoga and meditation which is accessible, inspiring, and actionable; created with Dr. Marshall Hagins.

Namarupa, Categories of Indian Thought, a Hindu philosophy and art journal, and a boutique book publishing house, with partner Robert Moses.

Engineering Health, a free, online yoga and physiology program with the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, created with Alexandra Seidenstein and Dr. Erich Anderer.

Urban Yogis, a yoga and meditation program for community transformation led by Juquille Johnston, Jaytaun MacMillan, Raheem Lewis, and Pastor NaRon Tillman, in South Jamaica, Queens.

LIFE Camp is a gun violence reduction program in South Jamaica, Queens, started and run by Erica Ford. The program uses a multi-modality intervention model to interrupt violence before it can occur. It is a city-funded program and the instigator of the NYC Crisis Management System which has reduced shootings by 40% in NYC. Eddie is the current co-Chairperson of LIFE Camp.

Set/Reset (previously Breathe, Move, Rest) Eddie was the co-founder of this health and wellness educational non-profit that has trained school teachers in 120 schools in the US in health and wellness practices based on yoga and meditation (reaching approximately 70,000 school kids, K-12.) He was a founding board member of Bent On Learning, nonprofit organization committed to teaching yoga to New York City public school children. As well, he led curriculum writing teams for Pure Edge, and other yoga/health and wellness in schools non-profits.

Inner Peace Network, a new platform devoted to supporting the teachers and teachings of the great wisdom traditions, and the cultures that they have emerged from.

Bhāgavatam Purana (the story of Lord Krishna) by Krishna Dvaipāyana a.k.a. Vyasa 

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Final Image taken from Helsingin's Astanga Joogakoulu - Astanga Special Workshop 2022

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Dehydration: A Main Cause of Excess Weight

Are those extra kilos just-not-shedding? Perhaps it is because you are chronically dehydrated.

Although majority of the population is dehydrated but not overweight, if you are overweight, drinking “tap liquid” or using water filters as an excuse to drink dead water ain’t going to help your metabolism burn fat.
You can even increase your metabolic rate 30% by drinking half a litre of water. (1)
The link between overweight and dehydration is partially because we tend to associate hunger and thirst as the same sensation.
In other words, increased hydration = reduced feeding.

But there’s a second part to it…

The first step to reach lipolysis (burning fat) is hydrolysis, which is when water molecules interact with triglycerides (fats) and an enzyme called lipase.

Lipase and water mediate the whole process of breaking down fat.

Plus, drinking more water = less water retention (laksmi/abundance consciousness = no hoarding).

Further more, when this hydrolysis reacts well, you produce fatty acids and glycerol.

The fatty acids can then be broken down directly to get energy, or can be used to make glucose (gluconeogenesis),

BIG TAKEAWAY:

Basically, water is key in the chemical equation of weight loss, and lack of water and dehydration (drinking more  “water” alone doesn’t solve it!) is a primary cause of weight gain.
AND Hydration gives you energy - The osmotic flow of water through cell membranes generates “hydroelectric“ energy, voltage that is converted and stored in the mitochondria in form of ATP and GTP.

So, How to get intra-cellularly hydrated and Loose Weight?

For more, check my posts and podcasts and stay tuned for my upcoming course on Ayurvedic Nutrition where hydration and nutritional water is foundational.


References:

  1. Isabel Friend, Water is Life
  2. Increased Hydration Can Be Associated with Weight Loss

Ultimate Freedom ~ Poem Inspired by Śankara

Adi Shankaracharya

Civil liberties and freedom are a hot topic now due to the oppressive actions by authorities and the technocracy that are increasingly exposing itself.

Since these “dark and destructive forces” are anxiously stirring up the hearts of many individuals, I thought I would share a poem on Ultimate Freedom…

Ultimate Freedom ~ Poem adapted by Dylan Smith from Adi Shankaracharya

Though he possesses a finite body, he remains unified with the Infinite.
His heart knows no anxiety.
That is how you may know the man who is free.

Good and evil appear to exist in the world.
Persons and objects seem to be distant and distinct from each-other.
Nevertheless, he regards everything from the standpoint of equality, for he sees Brahman [Absolute Totality] in all.
That is how you may know the man who is free.

Good or evil fortune may come.
He regards them both with indifference, and remains unaffected by either.
That is how you may know the man who is free.

Because his mind is continually engaged in tasting bliss of Brahman, internal and external experiences are undifferentiated.
That is how you may know the man who is free.

Life flows by: he watches it like an un-attached spectator.
That is how you may know the man who is free.

Through his transcendental vision he has realised that there is no difference between man and Brahman - for he sees Brahman in every man.
That is how you may know the man who is free.

Holy men may honour him, evil men may insult him - his feelings are the same.
That is how you may know the man who is free.

River flows into the ocean, but the ocean is not disturbed.
He lives in the consciousness of the one Reality.
He is free indeed.


I have adapted this poem based on illuminating teachings by Adi Shankaracharya (शङ्कराचार्य), from his Viveka-Chūdamani (विवेक चूडामणि / Crest Jewel of Discrimination).

Related reading: Poem to Tulsi (Holy Basil) – The Holiest of Herbs


The Great Cholesterol Myth | Dietary Fat Overview | Dr. Jonny Bowden Podcast #052

Despite the science, the dogma remains pervasive. Thinking that cholesterol or fat causes heart diseases is dangerously falling into The Biggest myth in medical history.

Armed with hundreds of scientific references, Dr Bowden shows why the medical establishment’s embarrassing, and outdated theory that fat and cholesterol causes heart disease is completely wrong.
You’ll learn the real promoters of heart disease and what you can do about them

This podcast is intended for anyone who is cautiously refraining from eating dietary fats because of belief or instructions from their doctor that fats causes heart disease and that cholesterol is bad.

This podcast episode reveals the cold hard science and cuts through the crap to show you the definitive truth all about cholesterol, dietary fats and heart disease.

Share this episode with your friend, relative, client or medical practitioner who is hesitating, even slightly, to consume dietary fats due to a dogmatic belief.

About Our Guest: Dr. Jonny Bowden

Jonny Bowden, PHD, CNS, is a board-certified nutritionist, the author of 15 books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Living Low Carb, and the recently revised and expanded, The Great Cholesterol Myth. He is the creator of the best-selling internet weight loss program, Metabolic Factor and also appeared in the documentary, Fat Fiction, (narrated by Dr. Mark Hyman).

His no-nonsense, myth-busting approach has made him a popular guest on television, and a sought after speaker all over the world.


In this Episode we Discuss:

How Vitamin C was Discovered

The Biggest Myth in Medical History

Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease = Non-Scientific

The low-fat teaching is based on the medical establishment’s embarrassing, outdated theory that saturated fat causes heart disease.

A landmark 2016 article in the Journal of the Americas Medical Association found that the true science was actually being suppressed by the food industry.

People seem to be blind to the new science of nutrition and deaf to its leaders, like Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition - the leading nutrition school in USA. He recently wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association,

“We really need sing it from the rooftops that the low-fat diet concept is dead, there are no health benefits to it.”

The low-fat bandwagon has damaged public health. It was driven by an unscientific agenda advanced by the American Heart Association and the food industry, which sponsored the misleading food pyramid.

The 40-year trend of promoting high-carbohydrate processed foods perfectly parallels the obesity epidemic in USA.

Despite the science, the dogma remains pervasive.

Despite science showing that natural fats pose no increased risk of heart disease, hospitals still hand every patient a pamphlet recommending the “low-fat diet” when they’re discharged from the cardiac surgery unit, just as they have been doing for nearly a half century.

The evidence suggesting cholesterol causes heart disease is poor and non-existence.

It was based on flawed science.

While many studies have linked the intake of saturated fats to increased cholesterol, very few, if any, have actually linked saturated fats directly to heart disease.

This dogma has literally killed hundreds of millions of people pre-maturely.

Saturated fats, like those in butter, ghee, meat, cheese, eggs and coconut oil do not actually contribute to any increased danger for cardiovascular risk.

Sugar Industry Conspiracy

In a powerful exposè published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researches from the University of California dug up old sugar industry documents that revealed payments from the sugar industry to scientists to minimise the role sugar had in disease.(1)

In 1967, the Sugar Research Foundation (known today as the Sugar Association) paid Harvard scientists the equivalent of $50,000 to publish a manipulated review of the research of sugar, fat and their connection to heart disease.

The review was published in the prestigious New Englands Journal of Medicine, where studies cherry-picked by the sugar industry to downplay the role of sugar in heart disease…while blaming saturated fat.

For over 5 decades the public was misled to fear cholesterol and embrace sugar as harmless empty calories.

The low-fat, high-sugar, refined carb diets are now linked to both heart disease and obesity.(6)

These flawed studies continue…

Coca-Cola provided millions of dollars in funding to researches to play down the link between sugar and obesity and blamed lack of exercise.(7)

The Actual Studies

One meta-analysis by Harvard researcher Dr. Frank Hu, reviewed 21 studies that included more than 347,747 subjects which measured the associated between saturated fats and cardiovascular issues.

The people who consumed the highest amount of saturated fat had the exact same incidence of any cardiovascular issues as those who consumed the least amount of saturated fat.

The result: saturated fat was not a cardiovascular risk.

And there are plenty more studies…

A meta-analysis review, more than 150,000 people were evaluated for over 5 years.

They found that risk of dying from any cause was significantly greater in the group with the lowest levels of cholesterol (below 160mg/dL).

The group with borderline high levels had a significant decreased risk of dying from any cause, but it was the group with the highest cholesterol (above 240mg/dL) that had the most decreased risk of dying from any cause.

Saturated Fat Was Taken Off the Nutrient Concern List, Yet the Dogma Remains Pervasive

In 2016, cholesterol was officially taken off the nutrient concern list, but after almost 60 years of brainwashing, most westerns and doctors alike still consider cholesterol bad.

Saturated fat warnings still are invading the FDA’s guidelines, even though they took it off the nutrient concern list.

Precaution is still being advised by the American Heart Association.

Testing: Cholesterol and Heart Health

You can now ignore the cholesterol numbers on your standard blood test.

HDLs can be good or bad. LDLs can be good or bad. Those numbers don’t matter, it is actually about the size of the cholesterol particle.

  1. If it is big and fluffy, it is safe and cannot do damage. (LDL Pattern A).
  2. If it is small, dense and hard it can penetrate the arterial wall and cause inflammation and damage. (LDL Pattern B).
  3. HDL-2 are beneficial particles.
  4. HDL-3 are the undesirable ones - they are atherogenic (promoting build-up of fatty plaque in the arteries) and inflammatory.

Testing size of cholesterol particles

  1. VAP (Vertical Auto Profile) - size of the cholesterol particle.
  2. VPA (Particle analysis) shows the size of the cholesterol particles.
  3. NMR Lipo-Profile Test
  4. Lipoprotein Test
  5. Berkeley Lipid Particle Test
  6. LPP (Lipoprotein Particle Profile)

Now you can get these tests from the two biggest commercial labs in USA.

Test You Can Do Yourself with Your Old Blood Tests

To measure your tendency to have oxidised cholesterol:

Take your Triglyceride number and divide it by HDL.

If that is less than 2 than you are safe, and at little to no risk of insulin resistance (associated with blood sugar).

This has to do with diet, particularly sugar and high insulin. This raises triglycerides, increases blood sugar and damages cholesterol particles.

Other Blood Tests that screen for Cardiovascular Health:

  • C-Reactive Protein (CRP) - an inflammatory marker and predictor of heart disease.
  • Homocysteine - an inflammatory marker and direct risk for cardiovascular health.
  • HbA1c - 3 month average of blood sugar that measures glycation levels.

Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs)

  • Excess sugar in the blood will also glycate - the sugar and proteins in the bloodstream will stick together and clump.
  • These clumpy protein-sugar compounds are really bad, as damaging as free radicals.
  • They damage LDL and HDL cholesterol; get stuck in small arteries; and are directly linked to heart, brain, joint and circulatory issues.(5)

Another Test To Analyse if Cholesterol Particles are Oxidised or Damaged

Blood test: OxLDL - available to measure

  1. Oxidised LDL
  2. Myeloperoxidase (MPO) the enzyme released by WBCs which oxidises LDL.

Are Doctors Adopting Effective Diagnostic Methods Actually Based on Science?

Thankfully, it is increasing.

What Is Cholesterol

  • Primarily manufactured in the liver.
  • 80% of cholesterol is converted into cholic acid, which forms bile. Bile is the Pac-Man that gobbles up toxic fats in the liver and intestines, while helping break down and deliver good fats into the blood and lymph.
  • Healthy diet with whole food and high fibre will support bile to escort toxins to the toilet, but if the diet is low in fibre and loaded with processed fats, up to 94% of bliss (with toxins in tow) can be reabsorbed by the liver.(2)
  • The reaming cholesterol (20%) is used to form the more famous cholesterol lipoprotein particles known as HDL and LDL. These lipoproteins escort fats to and from the cells throughout the body.

Triglycerides are fats that are made from any extra calories you don’t use as energy right away.

Cholesterol Essential for Life

  • Cholesterol is the organic molecule that is most common in your brain (by weight) and a major component in nerve tissue.
  • It is the precursor for many hormones.
  • It is the primary component of all your hormones.
  • It helps your skin repel water.
  • It helps the skin on the inside and outside of the body ward off toxic chemicals as well as hold precious water and moisture in.
  • In fact it is so important that every single cell in the body makes it - it is in every single cell wall.

To think you can radically pull this out of the body (through statins for example) and not have consequences is ridiculous and is such bad science.

The Importance of Fat (Medo Dhatu)

The importance of fat:

  • Your brain is composed primarily of fat. One third of the dry weight of your brain if pure DHA. Low DHA in the brain and CNS = baby brain and post natal anxiety for mums.
  • You need fats for energy production and hormones production.
  • Your skin needs a cushion of fat so you look good.
  • In fact, every cell in our body is lined by a double layer of fat, which supports the cell’s membranes.
  • Fat is vital for life.

The way the authorities responded to this: “thus, the MRFIT study failed to provide an adequate test of the hypothesis because of poor adherence.” - But it doesn’t mean the hypothesis is that dietary fat causes heart disease.

A major study done by a Harvard Researcher, conducted by Dr. Frank Hue, took over 350,000 people and evaluated in over 21 studies and found that:

  • Whether you have the highest or lowest cholesterol, your cardiovascular incidents are exactly the same. Cholesterol numbers don’t matter!
  • People with higher cholesterol live longer - greater cognitive function, greater intelligence and greater memory as they age. People would die sooner with lower cholesterol numbers.

A study at the prestigious journal of the Lancet measured people on a high cholesterol mediterranean diet vs. a supervised low cholesterol diet and found that people on the mediterranean had a 77% reduction in deaths and a 76% reduction in cardiovascular death.

Butter Is Back

Relationship Between the Cholesterol You Eat and In Your Body

The cholesterol you eat does not have a big influence on the cholesterol in your blood.

Statins

One of the most widely prescribed drugs in the history of medicine.

Statins work by disabling a critical step early in the formation of cholesterol.

There’s a pathway that produces cholesterol in the body, along with a bunch of other essentials.

It is like a tree, the pathways feeds different biological functions in their individual branches.

We have decided that one of the branches is bad, that being cholesterol.

So we have decided the best way to get rid of that branch is to cut the tree at the root.

Statins inhibit the HMG CoA Reductase enzyme, which is also required for essential molecules like CO Enzyme Q10 (essential for optimal heart muscle and brain function).

Anti cholesterol drugs disturbs medas dhatu which creates asthi dusya.

To think you can radically pull cholesterol out of the body (through statins for example) and not have consequences is ridiculous and is such bad science.

Giving a child a statin is medical malpractice.

Measures to Potentially to Wean Off Statins & Medications

How to wean off medications such as statins?

Work on overall health, including insulin resistance.

Work with a quality health practitioner and then go back to the doctor who prescribe the medication and under their supervision, reassess your medications.

Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Disease - More important imbalances that require our attention.

Insulin resistance is highly influential on cardiovascular disease and CV-19.

Testing and Measuring Insulin Resistance

An at home, free method you can do to test if you are insulin resistance. (approx. 95% accuracy rate)

What Oils and Fats to Eat and Use in Diet

Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are those that are basically solid at room temperature.

  • They are solid because they are more stable - no weak double-bonds that you find in mono-saturated (one double-bond) and poly-unsaturated fats (many double-bonds).
  • As a result, these fats can stand up to cooking at high heat much better than unsaturated fats, because there are no weak double-bonds to break.
  • Once the bonds break, the oil has a greater risk of going rancid and becoming the toxic substance known as free radicals.
  • Saturated fats don’t break down in your body like other fats may.

Cheap polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)

  1. PUFAs are made from pressing oil out of seeds, grains and beans like sunflower, safflower, corn, or soybeans, which is only possible with extremely high pressure, heat and a multimillion dollar seed oil press.
  2. The oil in these seeds, grains and beans are very volatile. They quickly and easily turn rancid from sunlight or heat.
  3. These bottles of cooking oil have been heated to high temperatures, degummed, refined, bleached, boiled and deodorised (because they smell so bad after processing), leaving them indigestive with no nutritional value.
  4. RBD is a term (refined, bleached, deodorised) which leaves the oil colourless, odourless and tasteless.
  5. In addition, valuable beneficial ingredients (antioxidants, phytosterols, chlorophyll, lecithin) are removed during processing. The oil is now dead.
  6. Light sensitive - Now they can be sold 24/7 in clear plastic bottles in fully lit grocery stores, where they should be cold-pressed in dark warehouses and delivered in dark brown bottles in the early hours of the morning, just like they used to, and just like milkmen do.
  7. Liquid regardless of the temperature and much more susceptible to damage due to their weak bonds.
  • These vegetable oils are so highly processed and stable, they use them to preserve food and extend shelf life.
  • You will find them in your organic gluten free bars, cereals, corn chips, corn thins, gluten free organic bread (it can stay soft for weeks).
  • Linoleic acids are so fully oxidised that not only are they toxic and damaging to the arterial wall, but intestinal microbes that typically feed on essential fatty acids and fibber won’t even touch them.

Corn Thins may seem healthy, but they contain rancid and toxic sunflower oil.

Fats and Oils in India

These PUFAs have replaced traditional use of ghee in India and contributed to a rise in cardiovascular disease (CAD).

A couple generations ago, India was known for having low levels of CAD-related concerns.(4)

Today, Indians use a highly processed vegetable ghee called vanaspati, which is 40 trans fats, well known fo the increase risk of CAD.(4) This is fully or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

Processed Sugar vs Rancid Oils

Processed sugars will stay in your body for a few hours, cause an insulin spike.

Rancid fats and oils can stay lodged in places like your liver and fat cells for years!

If you have belly fat, fat in your hips or cellulite, you got to avoid these vegetable oils if you want to loose that, not to mention the risks of arterial health issues!

Smoke Point - Crucial Consideration

  • When the oil is heated and begins to oxidise and release toxic compounds.
  • A smoke point chart can be misleading because the more refined and processed the oil, the higher the smoke point.
  • Using the oil with the highest smoke point like almond, sunflower or avocado does not take into consideration how highly refined these oils may be.
  • Unsaturated fats or vegetables oils will generally have a higher smoke or flash point because they are the most refined compared to the more stable saturated fats.
  • Ghee has the highest smoke point of all oils, thus is a very stable oil.

Bad Fats: Processed vegetable oils that are toxic

  • canola
  • soybean oil - introduced heavily in the early 1900s
  • cotton seed
  • sunflower oil
  • peanut oil
  • corn
  • grapeseed
  • safflower
  • rice bran
  • fake butter spreads like margarine.

Good Fats:

  • Ghee.
  • coconut oil.
  • Malaysian palm oil.
  • palm kernel oil.
  • cacao oil.
  • shea nut oil.
  • butter.
  • avocado oil.
  • macadamia nut oil.

These are the most heat tolerant oils.

  • Ghee - 47.8 saturated fat.
  • Good fats lower triglyceride levels.
  • Plant-based omega-3 fatty acids - chia, flax and walnuts.

Omega 6 : Omega 3 Ratio

Today, the average American has an omega-6-to-omega-3 ratio of 20:1.

This increased ratio has been linked to a host of chronic health concerns, including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular issues.

We cannot just increase out omega 3s, ie. it’s not just about the ratio, we need to reduce our omega 6s.

How Much Fats / Oils Can I Eat?

What If I Don't Have Gallbladder?

Optimal Diet

  • Macro nutrient ratios - transcend them, stop focusing too much on amounts.
  • Cyclical ketosis.
  • Simplify diet: eat real food (whole foods), seasonal food, etc.
  • See Vital Veda's online course on Ayurvedic Nutrition for a holistic, simple and effective nutrition protocol.

References:

(1) http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2548255

2. Guyton and Hall. Textbook of Medical Physiology. 12th edition. Saudners Press. 2011. p Ch 64 p785

(3) Hamazaki et al. Blood Cholesterol: A good Market for Health in Japan. Wolrd Review on Nutrition and Dietics 100. 2009: 63-70.

(4)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3215354/

(5) https://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/54/7/2198.full

(6) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2869506/

(7) http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/09/coca-cola-funds-scientists-who-shift-blame-for-obesity-away-from-bad-diets/

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Energy, Fatigue & Auto-Immunity | Dr. Paul Anderson Podcast #051

Your energy levels are foundational to any health condition or state.

We’re not only talking physical energy levels and fatigue, but also cellular energy - having the energy to perform all the crucial biological functions.

Optimal energy for efficient cellular repair, replacement and anti-aging effort through preventing disease.

Auto-Immunity is on the rise as our intelligence becomes more "mistaken" and we loose self-recognition of our own bodies.

Luckily, there's a lot to be done to restore our bodily intelligence and harmony amongst our biological system.

About Our Guest: Dr. Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson, ND is a naturopathic physician practicing in Seattle, Wash., and Tempe, Ariz. He is a graduate of NCNM, and a full-time core faculty member at Bastyr University, teaching in the clinical science division.

Dr. Anderson is a recognised educator and clinician in integrative and naturopathic medicine with a focus on complex infectious, chronic and oncologic illness.

In addition to three decades clinical experience he also was head of the interventional arm of a US-NIH funded human research trial using IV Vitamin C and other therapies in cancer patients. He founded Advanced Medical Therapies in Seattle, Washington, a clinic focusing on the care of patients with cancer and chronic diseases.

He is co-author of the Hay House book “Outside the Box Cancer Therapies” with Dr. Mark Stengler as well as a co-author with Jack Canfield in the anthology “Success Breakthroughs” and the author of his latest book, Cancer: The Journey from Diagnosis to Empowerment.

He is a frequent CME speaker and writer and has extended his educational outreach through his website. Former positions include professor of Pharmacology and Clinical Medicine at Bastyr University and Chief of IV Services for Bastyr Oncology Research Center.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Energy Levels & Fatigue

A morning practice to change your brain circuits to influence your energy levels for the day.

Global energy of depression due to Covid-19

Similar to chronic ill patients and later stages of cancer patients.

People who get energetically affected by what’s going on around them.

Having energy “sucked out” of you

Practitioners and doctors having energy “sucked out” of them and how to get yourself in a centred place so you can interact with a lot of strong energies without being affected by them.

Energetic Recognition and Protecting Yourself

Where Does Energy Come From:

Energy is generated in the most metabolising cells:

  1. Heart - the heart has so many mitochondria so it puts out this huge energy signature. 5000 mitochondria per cell, even if you don’t work out a lot. Your heart never gets a break, it pumps till the body dies. You can measure your heart electricity from 12 feet away.
  2. Brain - you can measure the energy output of the brain.
  3. Muscles - Muscle cell have 200-500 mitochondria in each cell. If you work out a lot, maybe 400-500.

Also, abdominal organs are busy all the time.

What part of the cell makes energy - Mitchondria makes ATP (the energy molecule) then converts to energy.

Hrdaya - The heart as the energy centre of the body.

Pattern of Energy:

  1. Did your energy gradually reduce?
  2. or did it drop suddenly (such as cancer or auto-immunity)?

Metabolic Health and Energy Levels

Intermittent Fasting

  • Mostly a mental game in the beginning.
  • Powerful intervention for metabolic health.

What Causes Low Energy and Overall Fatigue

Short term causes:

  • Acute illness.
  • Medications.
  • Depression.

Long term (and acute) causes:

  • The people and media you are associating with.
  • Environment - mould, air quality, environmental toxins.
  • Digestion and absorption - not absorbing the nutrients and energy from food.
  • Balance of minerals / vitamins - taking a high concentration of one constituent may put another out of balance.
  • Hormonal levels
  • Thyroid levels
  • Stress

How to Keep Your Energy In Instead of Letting it Bleed Out

Subtle energies

  • Absorbing patients disease energetically. Being drained.
  • Doctors, OTs, therapists, practitioners etc.
  • Optometrists get eye diseases, cardiologists get heart diseases etc.

Auto-Immunity: Why Does my Body Want to Attack Me?

  • We loose self-recognition.

  • Pragnyapradah - Mistake of intellect.

  • Inflammation will invade other organs.

  • Immune system enters a hyperactive state after being exposed to toxic influences over time and acquiring an accumulate affect.

Types of Auto-Immune Conditions

  • Hashimotos thyroiditis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes type 1
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Lupus - inflammation at various aspects of the body.
    • Tired.
    • Joint pain. Multiple joints.
    • High temperature.
    • Ulcerations or sores in nose and mouth, sometimes.
    • Sensitivity to sun.
    • Inflammations in the blood - excess or deficient levels of various aspects of the blood.
    • Rashes.
  • Scleroderma

A lot of people with low-thyroid have auto-immune (hashimotos) causing that, and don’t even know it.

What Causes Auto-Immunity

  • Orchestration of the immune system.
  • External influences that settle somewhere in the body, and the immune system goes to do it’s job to clean up the cells, and inevitably creates the problem.
  • Viruses invading certain areas.
  • Environmental sources.
  • Toxicity.
  • Diet - diet is a significant way in for toxic material.
  • Glycemic load.
  • Medical interventions - Such as modern biological drugs used to treat cancer. Modern medical interventions and drugs confuse the immune system and don’t allow it to regenerate.

Boosting Your Immune System during Auto-Immune conditions.

Treating Auto-Immune Conditions

Smriti can play a role in restoring the intelligence.

Bio-Films

Wet areas rich in biological systems.

They can get hijacked with pathogens, e.g. mould.

Aspects of Immune System

  • Skin - external layer of our immune system.
  • Respiratory tract - internal mucous membrane immune system.
  • Digestive tract - internal mucous membrane immune system.
  • Surveillance - Surveillance molecules (e.g. Killer T Cells) that look for anything that does not have our marker on it. Recognition molecules that say “you are mine.”
  • Specific immune system - Immune globulin, immune proteins, specially built to look for a specific cancer cell or virus etc. Humoral (anti-body) immunity - specific proteins against specific bad guys.

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