Healing the Thyroid with Ayurveda | Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum {Podcast #040}

Thyroid Disease is one of the most common health problems that we face.

The thyroid gland is the only gland whose hormones affect every cell in the body.
In reverse, anything in the body that is not in balance, will affect the thyroid.

There are epidemics of hypothyroidism (low/under-active thyroid). Especially western countries.
15 million people in US alone have hypothyroidism and don’t even know it!
Hashimotos is currently the #1 Auto-Immune disorder.

Rather than giving medications which makes the thyroid gland lazy, we want to address the root causes of the problem.

About Marianne Teitelbaum

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum has been in private practice for over 30 years.

She has studied with several Ayurvedic doctors, including Stuart Rothenberg, M.D., and Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra.

The recipient of the Prana Ayushudi Award in 2013, she lectures and writes extensively about Ayurvedic treatments for all diseases.

She has been using in-depth principles of Ayurveda in her practice with outstanding results with all health problems.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Marianne’s Guru: Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra

Most of the Shakhadwipi Brahmins who settled in India still practice Ayurveda today. Just as Acharya P.V. Sharma, a famous Ayurvedic scholar, is of Shakhadwipi descent, Vaidya R K. Mishra’s ancestors issued from these migrant Shakhadwipi families.

Sastras (Ancient texts) left the texts open for Vaidyas to later add to in the future.

Overmedication of modern westerns causing lots of problems.

The trend of Americans rejecting herbs when taken orally due to a debilitated liver.

  • Similarly, modern Americans were becoming victims of Panchakarma as they couldn’t handle the detox methods.
  • Prepare the channels before detox.
  • Ensure agni is proper.

“Natural” synthetic supplements and “Nutraceuticals”

  • Isolated active ingredients synthetically made in a lab at a much higher dose - this comes riddled with side effects for the liver and kidneys.
  • e.g. Vitamin supplements, zinc supplements, curcumin extracts, herbal extracts etc.
  • These are not bad, but not ideal to take long term.

Bhasmas (Ash of minerals and metals)

Powerful nano-particle medicine that can penetrate well. They can go to certain places that regular herbs cannot.

The Epidemic of HypoThyroid Disease

(Low/Sluggish or Under-active Thyroid)

Hashimotos: The #1 Auto-Immune Disease

Thyroid Medication

  • How taking thyroid medication makes your thyroid gland lazy. It is not addressing the root cause of the problem.
  • How to get off the medication gradually as their thyroid comes back to life and proper function.

The thyroid gland is the only gland whose hormones affect every cell in the body.

In reverse, anything in the body that is off, will affect the thyroid.

The effect of mercury on the thyroid

Mercury goes immediately to the thyroid gland instead of the iodine.

The effect of fluoride on the thyroid

  • Fluoride in tap water - Fluoride an endocrine disruptor in the broad sense of altering normal endocrine function." This altered function can involve your thyroid, parathyroid, and pineal glands, as well as your adrenals, pancreas, and pituitary.

Fluoride has the ability to:

  • Mimic thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • Damage the cells of your thyroid gland
  • Disrupt conversion from the inactive form of the thyroid hormone (T4) to the active form (T3) 

Chlorine is also in the same family as iodine - and can displace iodine in your thyroid gland  (iodine is used to create T4 and convert T4 to T3.

The effect of the contraceptive pill on the thyroid

  • Low prana, non-intelligent hormones mimicking chemicals.
  • Causing lost of breast cancer, not allowing thyroid to work + many other issues.

Coffees effect on the thyroid gland.

Ionised salts effect on the thyroid gland.

Instead of synthetic iodine, eat kelp or seafood.

Are women more effected with hypothyroidism than men?

  • They may have more stress, and fluctuating hormones.
  • Maybe because they attend to their health more? 

Why blood tests may not detect thyroid imbalance but rather report “normal”

  • Pulse diagnosis detects earlier on in the disease process. Ayurveda has Six Stages of Disease.
  • The thyroid panels that doctors are performing are not comprehensive enough.

The effect of Soy on the thyroid gland

Especially unfermented soy is not good for overall health.

The Health Implications of Veganism

  • There’s something missing.
  • You may feel wonderful a couple years… but it has ill implications for health.
  • Our whole body is animal protein.

Over Heated Liver

Constant heating can lead to autoimmune conditions.

The Seven Tissues (Dhatus) and Ojas

Learn more about Ojas.

Ethical Dairy

It may very well be available near you!

Try your local Hare Krsna farm.

Marianne has sources of ethical dairy in USA in her book.

The effect of light on the thyroid gland

The importance of Vitamin D

The Immune System and Auto-Immune Disorders

  • The three components of the immune system.
  • Auto-immune is loss of intelligence.

The best yoghurt culture

  • The reductionist approach of probiotics.
  • The best way to consume yoghurt.

Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)

  • A very enlightened plant.
  • Very easy to grow. Get a cutting of the stem and grow it.
  • Prevents the cytokine storm - fantastic for auto-immune.
  • One of the amrita (immortal) herbs.
  • “The great protector.”

HyperThyrodism

Premature cleansing

The Role Of The Gall Bladder

  • An overlooks organ.
  • Weak thyroid = the gall bladder doesn’t empty properly.
  • So the cholesterol becomes imbalanced.

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Foraging & Eating Seaweed ~ Australian Golden Kelp

Australian Algae Abundance

For us Australians, right on our doorstep floats an incredibly nutritious and regenerative aquatic plant: Seaweed.

The good news is, nearly all of the vast diverse algae available from the salty waters of Australia are not only edible but also delicious and highly nutritious.

As it rolls up in waves and hits us while we swim, or takes up residence on our sandy beaches, we treat it like a nuisance. We get scared or repulsed by it. Local councils bulldoze the plant away. By harvesting from your local beach you are effectively diverting organic matter from the tip that either-wise councils would be dumping.

We need to flow a little more love and value to this non-flowering algae that lacks true roots, leaves and vascular tissue.

Seaweeds are a very sustainable source of food - they don't need any dirt nor freshwater to grow. By introducing seaweeds in your diet, you are contributing towards more sustainable ways to consume food.

This post hopefully inspires you to get more close, personal and tangible with your local seaweeds as you learn foraging, preparation and culinary methods.

Foraging Guidelines & Etiquette

As with any type of foraging, their are rules and etiquette to be mindful of:

  1. Know the area you are foraging from -  Forage from somewhere that’s relatively clean and non-toxic. Does the council or anyone spray pesticides/poison there? Do animals typically eliminate their waste products there? For seaweeds, this means avoiding ocean sewage/pollution outlets and coeans that aren't copping a lot of industrial pollutants.
  2.  Harvest sustainability - On the land, leave some to continue to grow and spread. Leave some for other humans and also the multiple creatures that use these organic substances as a home and food.
  3. Use a sharp knife - For plants, including some seaweeds, that attach strongly to their base. This ensures you don't damage the holdfast so they can re-grow.
  4. Check the Regulations - Where ever you go, they differ. Check out the legalities and ethics in Australia.

Identification

Golden kelp (Ecklonia radiata) is a large brown to golden-brown seaweed up to 1.5 meters long.

The stem (stipe) is rounded and at the base has a holdfast that looks like the rooting part of a tree. This is not technically a root, but and anchoring device for the seaweed to hold steady underwater. You will get to know it very quickly after picking it up on the beach.

Harvesting

Golden kelp can be found all around Australia (see map below).

You will find it in big piles after big seas, mixed up with debris and other seaweeds on the beach.

Timing of Harvest

Just after high tide or after a storm where the sea leaves behind the fresh kelp.
Harvesting is in spring and autumn is more abundant because that's when they grow the most, but you can effectively find golden kelp all year round.

Please note it is best to collect seaweeds when they have naturally dislodged from their place on the seafloor. This is to ensure the least amount of disturbance to the marine ecology. This marine ecology also has significance when the kelp is in big biles on the beach, so even in this case it should be collected in small amounts and from different places on the sand/rocks.

Do not to harvest seaweed from the sea, but rather wait until it floats free.

Drying

Rinse all the sand off in a bucket or sink of cold water.

You can then leave it to dry in the sun on the floor, but ideally suspended on a drying rack or clothes line.

Sun Drying

According to Ole G. Mouritsen in his book Seaweeds: edible, available + sustainable – the UV light helps the polyphenols break down into simple tannins, which makes them taste better and further promote the digestive properties of kelp.

In 2-3 days, our seaweed was crispy dry, and turned from golden-brown to dark green.

Chop

There are a few ways to chop the kelp that I know of:

  1. Dry and then chop - this is much harder on the finger muscles and you'll need strong scissors.
  2. Chop while wet, then dehydrate. This is really only possibly if you have a mesh-like drying rack so they don't fall through, or a dehydrator. Note, you may need to use a dehydrator if the weather is very cold and moist.
  3. Marinate - This is a different way other than drying.
    1. Blanch into a large pot of boiling water for 10-30 seconds, it will turn bright green.
    2. Separate the stem from the fronds (like leaves).
    3. Cut stem into long thin strips like noodles, the stem is firmer than the fronds and should be cooked more.
    4. Cut the fronds into small squares, these parts are softer and go well on soups or stir-fries.

Preserve in a Jar Ready for Use

After chopping up a bit, add into a strong blender and blend into small granules.
It can be kept also in bigger pieces, but I like them as close to powder so I can easily add it into any dish.

Keep in a jar, ready for use.

I add these into any cooking pot (I add towards to end to only cook for a short while). I recommend cooking for a little bit, even just blanching will soften it.

Ayurvedic View on Kelp

Ayurvedic Properties of Golden Kelp

Rasa (Taste): Lavana (Salty) and Tikta (Bitter) (sometimes)

Virya (Potency): Usna (heating)

Doshas: V- PK+

  1. Vata: Seaweeds can be drying (ruksa guna), so better hydrate it (soak in water) or add to cooking with some water to pacify Vata. 
  2. Pitta: The usna virya (heating potency) of salt aggravates Pitta.
  3. Kapha: The liquid quality (dravam guna) that is immediately produced by lavana rasa and the slimy (picheela guna) in seaweed (which helps thicken up a soup) can increase kapha

Grounds the Nervous System

Sinking and heavy = grounding for nervous system. “Salt of the earth.”

The quality of moistness pacifies the vata and nourishes the nervous system.

More Medicinal Qualties

  • Deepana - Enkindles and strengthens the Agni (digestive fire)
  • Pachana - Digests the Ama
  • Chedana - expulsion of the doshas
  • Bhedana (breaking)
  • Vikasi Sroto Sodhaka - (suksma) - Antispasmodic. Loosens the joints. These herbs destroy the tone of the joints by loosening the ligaments. - Can be medicinal or damaging, thus must be used the right way.
  • Sareera mardavakaraSoftening in the body, due to jala mahabhuta.
  • Samshodana - purificatory
  • Dhatu Saithilyakaracause looseness of the dhatu.

~ Karmas of Lavana Rasa that apply to Golden Kelp

  • It strengthens the immune system.
  • Stimulates kidney function.
  • It's tikta rasa can help reduce inflammation.

Seaweed has been shown to protect the body against radiation and environmental pollutants 

Very High in Minerals

Kelp contain minerals, trace elements, vitamins, and amino acids.

Basically no other group of plants contains more minerals and nutrients than seaweed. 

Kelp contains about 30 minerals. Kelp is packed with iodine, calcium, sulfur, silicon, phosphorus, iron, sodium, barium, boron, chromium, lithium, potassium, aluminum, strontium, bismuth, magnesium, copper, chloride, zinc, manganese, nickel, silver, vanadium, chlorine, cobalt, gallium, tin and zirconium. It contains vitamin C, E, D, K and B complex. Thus, it is a wise food for people who have mineral deficiencies.

Iodine found in kelp has been shown to boost metabolism and support the thyroid in cases of hypothyroidism.

The high amounts of calcium and magnesium found in seaweed promotes bone health and the magnesium helps the body to absorb calcium.

High in Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is a pigment that absorbs sunlight (photosynthesis), transforms it along with minerals, water and carbon dioxide to produce food for the plant itself to grow. It also is what gives plants their green colour.

  • Helps increase the production of red blood cells.
  • According to a study, chlorophyll contains antioxidant and anti-mutagenic properties that may benefit your health by fighting free radicals throughout your body.
  • Lower your risk of cancer — Helps in inducing apoptosis, according to a research published in Nutrition Research.
  • Manage arthritis — Evidence has shown anti-inflammatory properties to help with chronic inflammation.
  • Fight free radicals — According to the Journal of Food Science, dietary chlorophyll contains antioxidant and antimutagenic properties that may benefit your health by fighting free radicals throughout your body.12
  • Kill pathogenic yeast — Oral thrush, caused by the yeast strain Candida albicans, may be treated by consuming chlorophyll, according to a study.
  • Manage your weight — Studies indicated that the procedure was able to help suppress test subjects' hunger by intensifying signals of satiety.
  • Reduce body odor — It may help eliminate bad fishy odour by reducing the amount of thrimethylamines excreted by your body, a study showed. It even helped ease chronic constipation as a positive side effect.

Horticultural Uses

Seaweeds are excellent fertilisers- you can add straight into the compost or bury into the ground to distribute plenty of minerals to your soil.

Further Information and Resources

Foraging legend in Sydney Diego Bonetto talks about Golden Kelp

Milkwood did a great article about Seaweed in Australia

There are little enterprises like Sea Health Products, who have been collecting golden kelp in the waves at Narooma for decades, have a commercial drying facility in a valley and have based an entire business around this "weed." So when you find it fresh, take some of that goodness home with you.

References

The recommended resources for further learning above.

Do you have a seaweed you forage or a recipe? Comment below.

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The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Vital Veda; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program. 

Menstrual Period Guide for Good Health ~ Ayurveda

Menstruation is an important gift and a blessing for the divine woman.

Every month, women have a unique opportunity to purity their body and cultivate physical and creative energy (shakti), for the month ahead. It is like pulling back the bow to launch into life with vigtality.

In most cases, medicines, whether it be drugs or herbs, are needed for the menstrual cycle. All one needs is awareness of this natural stage in life, and how to live in harmony with it.

Ayurvedic Program for Menstruation

Take time off. REST

During the period of menstruating, activities need to be reduced to the essential so that the body, mind and spirit may flow in accord with the natural rhythms moon and 27 constellations (Naksatras).

  • If one is unable to rest for the whole period, one should take rest for at least the first 2 days.
  • Do not sleep during the day – This promotes sluggishness, poor circulation and blocks the channels. If you are undergoing Banana Purification, it is okay to sleep during the day.
  • Take it easy - Mental activity and psychical activity reduced. Especially 1st day when heavy bleeding is happening, take day off.  Avoid running and excessive exercise, laughing, hearing loud sounds (loud music, crowded places).

Retreating from the normal routine and everyday activities and stressors is necessary so that you may remain mindful of the great transformational experience of shedding the lining of the uterus (endometrium) so that it can be renewed once more.

Be Within Yourself

 Most gifted time to naturally slow down. Attune yourselves more inside. A time to go inward. Be more positive during this period.

This balances the colon, bladder and helps hormonal balance.

Vata Pacifying Regimes

  • Keep yourself warm, happy (chocolate not required for happiness) more oily foods (ghee).
  • Handle cravings comfortably – Some women naturally crave salt or sugar during this period. Try balance salt cravings, and if sugar cravings persist, a glass of hot water or warm milk with spices is an option.

Reduce Bathing

  • No baths, light shower is ideal.
  • Not cold or hot water, just luke warm – cold is good.
  • Shower is best skipped on first day and can be avoided during the whole period.

Why less bathing?

  • Activates lymphatic system (like parishek treatment). Also distributes energy to peripheral tissues (skin), when it should be preserved in apana vayu (pelvic floor) for the purification period.
  • Vata is prevalent during this time. Vata is dark, cold, excessively moves, erratic and ungrounded. The body at this times needs to be kept protected, cared for, grounded and stabilised with the least degree of intrusion so that the necessary discharge can be pulled by its own rhythm and completed without interruption.

No Swimming or Washing Hair During the Menstrual Cycle

  • We need to safeguard the body against the persuasive rhythm of the water element.
  • Water is one of the five powerful elements used to bless, cure, heal, nourish, nature and revive the body, mind and spirit. Water is sacred, powerful and has its own cosmic energy.
  • Water, guided by this cosmic energy, can influence the flow of the menstrual cycle to an exacerbated flow, like the calm, peaceful, smooth flowing body of water can turn into a tsunami, avalanche, hurricane or storm.
  • We want the fire element - the metaboliser and governor of blood, to flow in temp with its own rhythm and tune.

~ Some of these tachings beautiful articulated by Maya Tiwari

Avoid Constipation

Constipation can happen because your body’s elimination focus goes more towards the menstruation. To counter this:

    • Shodana Vati
    • Vata Pacifying regimes.
    • Do not suppress any natural urges, (burps, farts, defecation, urination, yawning, sneezing, etc.)
    • Drink 2-3 cups of hot-warm water in early morning.

No Sexual Activity

This will aggravate colon bladder and hamper normal flow. We the blood to be focused on staying in the pelvic region (apana vayu).

Intercourse during menstruation is considered the most inauspicious act according to Ayurveda. (Source: Caraka S, S.S)

No Self-Massage/Abhyanga

For the same reason as not bathing. Applying some oil as a moisturiser is fine.

Exercise

Nothing more than a 30 minute light walk (at least).

Light walk daily is great.

Hygiene

Tampons block the free passage and clear flow of menstrual flow. It aggravates Apana Vayu (the pelvic floor seat of Vata). Thus are not advised.

Only external organic absorbent pads should be used.
We recommend re-usable organic pads or organic period underpants.

Avoid Combing Hair and Cutting Nails

Grooming hair and nails is for times of extrovert. The vedas says women who cuts nails or hair during her period will promote her future offspring to have bone issues.

Avoid Gardening, Cooking and Being Near the Preparation of Food During the Menstrual Cycle

  • This is not due to the irrational thinking that menstrual blood is unclean, unhygienic or toxic.
  • Food and plant life is imbued with prana - a rising energy flowing up from the earth towards the sun and sky.
  • In contrast, the menstrual blood is instilled with apana vayu, the downward-flowing, bodily air pulled from the body by the magnetic forces of the earth.
  • These two powerful roles of nature do not harmonise together.
  • Plant-derived food is also Kapha in nature, earth element full of youth-giving energy that nourishes and builds the body (anabolic action).
  • Menstrual blood is dominated by Pitta and Vata, which fosters cleansing of the body and spirit and reduces tissues (catabolic).
  • It is unwise to introduce the rising, energising nature of food into the menstrual blood, or to mix the downward-flowing, cleansing energy of blood into our sustenance - including preparing food or eating heavy foods during the menstrual cycle.

~ Teachings beautiful articulated by Maya Tiwari

Diet

  • Simple warm, cooked and light food. Avoid meat.
  • Mono-diet as much as possible.
  • Milk rice is great, especially for those woman who have uncomfortable and rough periods..
  • No cold foods or drinks.

Further Listening

 Ayurveda for Menstruation, Pre-Conception and Conscious Conception with Dylan Smith and Laura Poole (Part 1) - Podcast Episode 5

Is Your Morning Shower Toxic for Your Health?

Hot water opens the skins pores and allows the volatile toxic compounds that are abundant in tap water to be absorbed through the skin and lungs.

Lungs - there is plenty of space. Thus, it is a common place for ama (toxins and undigested food materials) to deposit and lodge.

The skin - the largest organ of the body with a large surface area where these toxins can directly enter the bloodstream without being processed by the liver.

This is why in Ayurveda, herbs are trans-dermally administered via medicated oils, pastes (lepams) etc. - to bypass the liver and effectively deliver medicine deep into the tissues.

You are now using organic cosmetics, soaps, shampoos etc., Great! but you are still flooding yourself with toxins that absorb into the blood and reap havoc throughout the body.

Chlorine and disinfection by products in your tap water irritate the mucous membranes, disrupt the skins microbial balance, clog the skins pores, strip the natural oils from your hair and create dry, itchy skin.

These volatile toxins also damage the structure of your home, imagine what they can do to your body!

The best way to prevent volatile compounds entering your blood stream during bathing is to install a whole home water filtration system.

Luckily my friend and genius, Dr Marc, has developed one of the best whole home water filtration + re-structuring systems on the planet.

You deserve the best. A whole home system can protect your family from harmful toxins and provide you with the life-force, prana filled water you deserve.

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The Pathways of Sexual, Spiritual & Creative Energies & Supremely Fulfilling Intimacy | John Gray {Podcast #039}

Relationships of love and service and having great loving sex are fantastic innate ways to express and outlet spiritual energy.

This potent energy must be directed appropriately for enlightenment, love, supreme fulfilment and a harmonious society.

Join the #1 bestselling relationship author of all time, plus expert on sex, Dr. John Gray, in this rich podcast episode!

About Dr. John Gray

John Gray is the author of the most well-known and trusted relationship book of all time, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. USA Today listed his book as one of the top 10 most influential books of the last quarter century. In hardcover, it was the #1 bestselling book of the 1990s. Dr. Gray’s books are translated into approximately 45 languages in more than 100 countries and continues to be a bestseller.

Dr. Gray has written over 20 books. His most recent book is Beyond Mars and Venus. His Mars/Venus book series has forever changed the way men and women view their relationships.

John helps men and women better understand and respect their differences in both personal and professional relationships. His approach combines specific communication techniques with healthy, nutritional choices that create the brain and body chemistry for lasting health, happiness and romance.

His many books, blogs and free online workshops at MarsVenus.com provide practical insights to improve relationships at all stages of life and love. An advocate of health and optimal brain function, he also provides natural solutions for overcoming depression, anxiety and stress to support increased energy, libido, hormonal balance and better sleep.

He has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, as well as on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, and others. He has been profiled in Time, Forbes, USA Today, and People. He was also the subject of a three-hour special hosted by Barbara Walters.

John Gray lives in Northern California was happily married for over 30 years from which came three grown daughters and four grandchildren. He is an avid follower of his own health and relationship advice.


In this Episode we Discuss:

The greeting that is “Jai Guru Deva”

How John transitioned from a pure celibate monk to a highly sexual beings, the worlds most successful relationship author and teacher on sex.

Channelling sexual energy up into the higher energy centres of the body.

Love making as a spiritual practice

  • Healthy skepticism - required for the modern healthcare system.
  • We are loosing our trust in doctors and public medicine.
  • Trust is essential. It brings in the ability for the patient to let go. Surrender.
  • Ayurveda is the opposite.
  • The incredible public trust is being threatened - patients tell doctors things they wouldn’t tell their spouse, within seconds of meeting them!
  • Patients are hungry for knowledge.

Having sex with a stranger vs. having sex with someone you love.

  1. Sex with a Stranger/Impersonal sex - Feeling love when having sex with strangers is fake love and not sustainable, one keeps searching. It is an addiction. You “love” something that doesn’t really nourish you. Masturbation is one of them. Off-the-chart dopamine levels.
  2. Sex with someone you love has a more balancing and dynamic chemical cocktail of hormones.

Used to be the "7 year itch." Then it was the 3 year itch. And now sometimes it’s the one night stand itch.

Expressing the Energy You Cultivate

Putting your energy out in the world and then it reciprocates back in. Cycling the love and cycling the energy. This benefits others in the world and in relationships. 

Getting so high also requires you to bring the energy down.

Gurus teaching celibacy but having sex.

Gurus getting vilified for having sex.

There’s nothing wrong with sex! But society condemns sex. Plus the gurus are teaching celibacy!

Penetrating into another person through listening

The dance of connecting and separating for alone time in a relationship.

Leisha Vidya - Faint remains of ignorance.

How to Have the Best Sex with the Same Person

This is the higher teaching.

Stimulating a woman to reach high oestrogen levels are a necessity for the woman’s body.

Rising together in unity in a Monogamous relationship.

How polyamories cannot sustain that passion with one person, due to the absence of skills to sustain polarity.

The importance of polarity to have a relationship of supreme love.

Burn outs in marriage due to loss of sex drive.

When kings had multiple wives

Meditation as a way to find what your mission is here on earth.

Semen Retention - To Open the Heart (but caution ⚠️ )

  • This is a highly advanced practice.
  • Suppressing the natural urges as an influential cause of disease.
  • John used to get prostate infections when practicing semen retention in the 80s. Any chronic inflection can later turn to cancer or swelling of the prostate gland.

John's (brief) approach to semen retention

  • Exercise certain muscle groups
  • Practice restraint - stop before the urge comes and connect with feeling of love and connection.
  • The objective is to ramp up the sexual energy till your heart opens up and you feel more love. When that love comes, let it relax and feel the love.
  • The role of woman - be in harmony with the man’s energy. Letting go of the attachment to orgasm.
  • To experience orgasmic energy happening to you, within other aspects of life, rather than you grabbing onto it and controlling it.

The Challenge of Women Masturbating

De-sensitising the clitoris and creating a release which causes an addiction to it which creates a “fantasy oestrogen.” Where connecting with a man creates more authentic oestrogen.

Gender Fluidity

  • Honouring our gender that our human body was blessed with (for those that were born with a definitive gender).
  • With the rise of consciousness and people becoming more spiritual aware, they are able to access both their feminine and masculine.
  • Gender confusion as a potential cause for divorce.
  • The trend of todays culture of women going more towards their masculine and men going more towards their feminine and what that means.

How men should talk about and express their emotions and feelings

Recommendations for those searching for their soul mate

Johns Favourite Books

Resources


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PadmaNabha (Vishnu) Floating on Ekarnarva (Dissolution of the World for Fresh Creation)

The Story, The Mythology

Brahma (the creator or the creation operator in nature) is born in the lotus that sprouts from Vishnu’s navel. (Vishnu is the maintenance operator in nature).(1)

Narayana (another name for Vishnu) rests upon his serpent Ananta, who lies upon the ocean Ekarnava: the infinite sea.(1)

Ekanarva (The Infinite Sea) during Pralaya (Dissolution)

  1. At the end of a kalpa, a thousand cycles of yugas (eras), the pralaya does not stop. The Pralaya is (in this case) severe flooding of rain part of a cyclic model of the universe where the cosmos is in it's transition phase of appearing and disappearing within the Absolute.
  2. It rains on, endlessly, torrents pouring down by night and day; until the worlds dissolve in those tidal waters and the seven suns are extinguished in the sky.
  3. Still those rains do not stop; they pour on for a hundred years without pause.
  4. At last, the precious waters have swollen into the realm of the Sapta rishi (highly evolved subtle realms beyond earth) and the ocean covers everything.

5. It is upon this infinite sea that a vata leaf (2) (Banyan tree / Ficus benghalensis leaf) floats, and the Lord of the kalpa, the Blue Infant who sucks on his toe, who is called Narayana, lies on that singular, resplendent leaf.

Narayana sucks his toe to show how sweet his lotus like feet are and their capacity to protect his devotees. He is hinting to others to surrender themselves to the Visnu aspect of consciousness.(5)

6. From his mouth, issue great winds blow away the clouds of the pralaya. For 100 years, these winds blow before the clouds are all scattered.

Krishna/Narayana may also be sucking his toe to keep a "plug" on his extremely powerful mouth. Or even to charge up it's power with his lotus feet, as both his feet and mouth are like lotuses - potential for infinite dynamism.

7. Then, Hari is Narayana, lying upon his eternal serpent-bed, Anantasayanam, as both Vishnu and Brahma who lies in the golden lotus that sprouts from Vishnu’s navel. Both sleep forms long as Brahma’s night lasts, out on that ocean of hardly a ripple. At the end of a thousand chaturyugas, Brahma stores again. Once more, he pours forth Creation.(3)

Naimittaka Prayala: Occasional Dissolution

The phenomena of Naimittika Pralaya occurs as part of a cyclic model of the universe.(4)

It occurs at the intervals of Brahma's days (at Brahma's night time), when the creator operator in nature (Brahma) sleeps (stops creating)

This involves the destruction of creatures, though not of the substance of the world, occurring during his night.

A Note on Vedic time and Brahma:

A Note on Vedic time and Brahma:

  • A chaturyuga, a cycle of four ages, is 12, 000 divine years, or 365x 12,000 human years long (4,480 000).
  • 71 chaturyugas make a manvantara;
  • 14 manvantaras, a kalpa.
  • A kalpa of a thousand chaturyugas, 12 million divine years, is one day of Brahma, the Creator.

From what primal source has this infinite sea come?

The infinite sea with creation itself (Brahma) floating on it, is essentially still manifested -

So what created that? What created this being floating on a leaf on the sea.
Where has the primal source of the infinite sea (Ekarnava) come from?

The answer is the source. The Mother of all things: "Devi.”

Devi is the mother diviner aspect of consciousness. The primordial sound that allows manifestation to occur. Without mother, there is no-thing on earth. No heaven on earth. Devi is a candidate for supreme Being (Istha Devata) and is Supreme Being (Ishwara) for those who resonate with the supreme Devi aspect of consciousness.

Significance of Padmanahba floating on a Vata Leaf

Why a Vata (Banyan tree / Ficus benghalensis) leaf?

Let us look deeper into the subtle teachings of these stories and symbolism behind them.

The seeds of a Vata tree is incredibly small. But can grow to the biggest tree on earth. A single Banyan tree can grow to the size of acres!

This demonstrates the ability for Visnu state of consciousness - the unity of knowledge, devotion and action coming from the heart - to interact at the micro level while simultaneously having the capacity to effortlessly conquer the whole universe with easy breath from his lips.


This article  intends to explore the deeper and more subtler meanings behind these vedic mythology and events.

I would love to hear if you have any insights and comments you may have.

Jai Visnu

Dylan

References

  1. Devi Bhagavatam
  2. Vaidya AV Raju and Sastras - although Ramesh Menon describes the leaf as Peepal leaf, mostly all art depicting this and sastras say it is a wata leaf (leaf on Banyan tree/ ficus benghalensis)
  3. Mahabharata, translated by Ramesh Menon
  4. Vishnu purana
  5. Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 12 Ch 9.

The Price We Pay: What Broke Healthcare & How to Fix It | Dr. Marty Makary {Podcast #038}

We need health care literacy to navigate in today’s society.

It is important for individuals to get an insight into the health care system to understand, at least the general components of it, to receive safe and appropriate medical treatment.

Dr. Marty Makary, one of the nation's leading health care experts, shows how much of health care spending goes to things that have nothing to do with health and what you can do about it.

Dr. Makary challenges the medical establishment to remember medicine's noble heritage of caring for people when they are vulnerable.

Drawing from on-the-ground stories, his research, and his own experience, we explore price-gouging, middlemen, and a series of elusive money games in need of a serious shake-up.

Dr. Makary's work, including his book The Price We Pay, offers a roadmap for everyday civilians and business leader to get a better deal on their health care, and profiles the disruptors who are innovating medical care.

The movement to restore medicine to its mission is alive and well - a mission that can rebuild the public trust and save countries from the crushing cost of health care.

About Dr. Marty Makary

Dr. Makary is a New York Times bestselling author, Johns Hopkins surgeon and Professor of Health Policy.

His book The Price We Pay takes on the high cost of health care and reveals how individuals and businesses can get a better deal on their health care.

Described by Steve Forbes as “a must-read for every American” and a “deep dive into the real issues driving up the cost of health care” by Dr. Don Berwick, The Price We Pay is the “The Big Short” of American Medicine.

Makary is a frequent medical guest on NBC and FOX News and a leading voice for physicians, writing for the Wall Street Journal and USA today

Dr. Makary is a gastrointestinal surgeon and serves jointly as on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

He is an advocate for the re-design of medical care and studies innovations that improve health, reduce waste, and address the root causes of illness.

He currently serves as executive director of Improving Wisely, a national physician collaboration to reduce unnecessary medical care and is the founder of Restoring Medicine, an advocacy effort to help people who can’t afford their medical bills.

Dr. Makary has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and named one of America’s 20 most influential people in health care by Health Leaders magazine.


In this Episode we Discuss:

The increase in medical complexities and sophistication and the increase of hyper-specialisations and sub-specialisations.

The Crisis of Medical Appropriateness

The prestigious John Hopkins Hospital conducted a study investigating what percentage of medical care is unnecessary.

21% was the average!

They asked a random group of physicians who broke it down in medications, diagnostic tests, surgeries and procedures.

When you have people in the industry saying that one fifth of all the services are unnecessary, that is a crisis!

The opioid crisis is one manifestation of the crisis of appropriateness.

10 years ago physicians in the US prescribed 2.4 billion prescriptions.
Last year (2018) it hit 5 billion.
Did disease double in the last 10 years? No, we have a crisis of appropriateness and inappropriate care.

Prescriptions opioids, which is one form of the medical error of over prescribing, was the number one cause of death in the United States in people under age 50.

We have the most medicalised generation in human history. At the same time we have the most sick

The most obese, the most hospitalised, the most medicated, the most procedurelised, the most diagnosed, the most disabled generation in the history of the world.

Revolutionising Medicine through the medical education system.

The problem with medical school are the exams.

Teaching regurgitation.

Medical error, if it were a disease, would rank as the third leading cause of disease in the United States

This study was published by Marty Makary and Michael Daniel from John Hopkins University.

Anti-microbial resistance is a public health crisis

This is a manufactured health care crisis. From over prescribing, huge antibiotics in our food chain, in the air (glyphosate) and of course anti-biotics.

Stopping Covid-19 corona virus in its tracks.

Why “Stay At Home” is a ridiculous recommendation for corona virus Covid-19.

Covid-19 may just be the fifth seasonal corona virus (in addition two the other 4 corona viruses.

How has COVID-19 been as is going to be a catalyst for positive changes to this broken healthcare system.

The medical system taking advantage of the elderly

  • Part of it is the loss of the family unit.
  • A loved one joining a senior and helping to become a partner in medical care.
  • Connecting patients with loved ones is a key too much better outcomes.

Healthy Skepticism & Trust

  • Healthy skepticism - required for the modern healthcare system.
  • We are loosing our trust in doctors and public medicine.
  • Trust is essential. It brings in the ability for the patient to let go. Surrender.
  • Ayurveda is the opposite.
  • The incredible public trust is being threatened - patients tell doctors things they wouldn’t tell their spouse, within seconds of meeting them!
  • Patients are hungry for knowledge.

The true heritage and purpose of hospitals and doctors

Price Gouging Medicinal Services

Quarter million dollars to half a million dollars - for an air ambulance.

Air ambulances do save lives, but when they break their leg on a ski mountain with a quarter million dollar bill.

Keep in mind Uber and Lift and ground transportation can be sufficient if it is not emergency.
Plus! they will be at your home quicker than an ambulance.

There was one accident scene where one victim was there, and 7 air helicopters showed up on the scene to get the business.

Where do you think all this money is going that we pay for in health insurance premiums? It is essentially coming from you and all those that pay health insurance.

Price fluidity is proof of how price gouging is occurring. - Negotiating.

How can anyone accept a service without knowing the price first?

Airlines could argue they can't give us a price [in advance] because they don't know if there's going to be a delay or a cancellation, or you might consume a beverage. But airlines have built in the predicted risk into their prices.

Suing Patients

For unpaid bills. Predatory billing. Not happening in Australia.

Garnishing their pay checks.

Bullying on a scale that is unimaginable.

Doctors Know the Nudges

If you tell a woman in labour anywhere in a world that “a C-section might be safer for the baby,” 100% of women are going to say do the C-section.

If you tell a person anywhere in the word that you have bone on bone in your knee joint, 100% of people will say just replace it.

If you tell somebody that minimally invasive surgery to remove a cancer could spread the cancer because the gas can spread the cancer cells (which is a total myth) - guess what? 100% of people are going to say “don’t do it that way, cut me wide open.”

Doctors have learnt the nudges.

Most doctors do the right thing, but people need to be aware of the mass variations in the way things are done. And they need to know about the other lifestyle and alternative treatment options.

Ask your doctor about their individual C-Section Rates

If you tell a woman in labour anywhere in a world that “a C-section might be safer for the baby,” 100% of women are going to say do the C-section.

If you tell a person anywhere in the word that you have bone on bone in your knee joint, 100% of people will say just replace it.

If you tell somebody that minimally invasive surgery to remove a cancer could spread the cancer because the gas can spread the cancer cells (which is a total myth) - guess what? 100% of people are going to say “don’t do it that way, cut me wide open.”

Doctors have learnt the nudges.

Most doctors do the right thing, but people need to be aware of the mass variations in the way things are done. And they need to know about the other lifestyle and alternative treatment options.

The importance of vaginal delivery

  • Squeezes their lungs so they sponge the fluid better.
  • IT colonises their GIT with bacteria from the vaginal canal which establishes their microbiome composition for life
  • Reduces the amount of scarring and distortion associated with C-sections.

It is not doctors who are responsible for this.

Not one single person or entity is to blame.

Disrupting the healthcare industry with private healthcare facilities with market demanded transparency.

Who is actually paying for all these outrageous costs.
“O, my insurance company pays for it, all good!.”

Solutions

How can we possibly fix the healthcare system?

  • Disrupting the market place of the medical system to help create honesty in health care.
  • Silver linings of Covid-19 to help redesign processes in the medical system.
  • Clinics that are being transparent with prices.
  • Innovators and disruptors.

Actions patients can take:

  • Ask about prices before going ahead with a prescription or procedure.
  • Use GoodRx to check what prices of medication should actually be!
  • MDSave - estimated national average for procedures. Shop around for medical services. https://www.mdsave.com

Resources

  • restoringmedicine.org
  • GoodRx
  • MD save
  • Did your hospital sign up?
  • Medpage today
  • texas free market and associations.
  • solvethecrisis.org - Opioid crisis.
  • sesamecare.com - online market place with fixed prices for medical services.
  • Sentinel air air ambulance brokers. -protection from unexpected air medical transport costs

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Corona Virus Covid-19 in Ancient Ayurveda

Fever in Ayurveda

There are MANY types of fever, known as Jvara in Ayurveda. It is such a dynamic disease and all the types of jvara are unique. Some are mild and easy to cure, some are incurable and potentially fatal.

Abhisangaja Jvara (Type of Fever)

Abhisangaja jvara is an Āgnatu type of jvara.

Āgnatu = fever caused by extraneous factors.

This type of fever is said to be caused by the affliction of grief, fear, anger, bhutas (evil sprits) and germs.

In fact, germs themselves, mostly (and in this case) are considered "evil spirits," or dark forces of nature that promote ignorance and suppress enlightenment.

Corona Virus C-19 is a germ manifesting virulently in the physical body of many, especially in the weak, immuno-compromised and the elderly.

But perhaps more alarmingly is C-19's ability to spread dis-ease in the minds of huge majorities of populations.

The powerful mental ramifications on individuals has been terrible. This type of jvara has been able to create some of the most profound shifts in the collective consciousness we have seen in modern times.

Anyone who has experienced expanded states of awareness, who has vedic knowledge and experience or who is in-tune with natural law, probably has a greater perception on "the bigger picture" at play here.

It's more than a viral severe acute respiratory syndrome. Especially when you look into the science and realise this virus has been hugely exaggerated. You realise there's way more to it all…

That being said, I am not dismissing C-19's damage to the physical body. But overall, I believe the fear, social, economic and mental ramifications associated with the C-19 pandemic is of greater danger than the little germ.

Do you think there’s something greater involved than the virus pathogen itself? Comment your thoughts below

References:  Caraka Samhita, Cikitsa sthana, Ch3, 114-128.

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

Sri Tulsi
They say you are the Queen of herbs,
and no doubt thou shall see, that therapeutically.

My dear Holy Basil, you are far more than a queen. You are mother divine whose pungent and bitter leaves shine.

Your shakti (power) provides infinite adaptability. In times of stress, your ability to balance hormones marks my nervous system tremendously impressed.

O what a nourishing caress I feel in my chest when I sip tea invigorated with your potent Prana packed leaves. It’s those powerful volatile oils that spoils toxins that attempt to coil in the soil of my respiratory tract.
My lungs smile when we make eye contact.

Dear Ocinum sanctum, you bring glory to each and every one of my atoms.
For your speciality is to avert, any bacteria or virus that becomes a virulent jerk.
You even purify water. In times when clean structured water is repelled, you help intra-cellularly hydrate our dry thirsty cells.

You reduce inflammation, gift my taste buds with delicious sensations, provide mental alertness for optimum concentration, counter harmful electro-magnetic radiations and boost my immune system’s core foundation.

My dear Sri Tulsi.
It is now winter time and now more than ever I want you to be mine. I will surrender to you and honour you. Then offer you to my cup of hot water, and then into my agni 🔥 .

Sri Tulsi Devi, considered by the Vedas as the most holy plant of earth, I hope every one else gets to experience your supreme medicinal worth.


Where to Get Tulsi

Grow Your Own Tusli

  • Reach out on The Vital Veda Facebook Community to see if anyone near you has a cutting they can share.
  • Try your local Indian grocery store for a tulsi seedling.
  • Try gumtree or ebay.
  • In Australia, Beautanicals may have tusli seedlings.

Organic India

Organic India is a wonderful brand that not only produces high quality organic tulsi, but they also regenerate Ayurvedic agriculture, village communities and protect endangered herbs.

Discount code: VITALVEDA

Amplified Healing Capabilities & Ayurvedic Counselling | Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar {Podcast #037}

Purify and divinely develop yourself by doing the inner work. This cultivates inner healing capabilities.
Then use that energy (shakti / siddhi) to profoundly influence and heal others.

This episode of The Vital Veda Podcast explores encyclopaedic Vedic wisdom that is the seed of Ayurvedic medicine" "The Science of Healing & Higher Consciousness."

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayu. India)

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician and a gold medalist from prestigious Pune University.

A Rig Vedic Bramhin by tradition and an accomplished clinician, he adds tremendous value to his clients and students. He is an insightful Medical Astrologer and Vedic Counsellor.

He worked with His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for over 10 years.

During these years he and his wife Dr. Manisha, traveled extensively all around the world, teaching Ayurvedic Medicine, Jyotish, designing courses & curriculums, directing Ayurvedic Clinics and helping design new Ayurvedic formulations.

He was the Chairman for Maharishi College of Vedic Medicine, a Professor at Maharishi University of Management and the Medical Director, at the Raj Pancha-Karma center in Fairfield IA.

He is a motivational speaker, presenting Ayurvedic Wisdom and sharing stage with Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Dr. Oz and many other leaders in the field.

He currently leads an Ayurvedic Clinic offering PanchaKarma, Diet & Lifestyle consults, Vedic Astrology, Vedic Counselling, Medical dietology & herbal medicine. He currently teaches the “Ayurvedic Wellness Counsellor” & “Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner” programs to over 200 students, at different locations in United States.

  • One of the most academically accomplished Ayurvedic Physicians in the United States.
  • A clinician who has treated more than 15000 clients successfully
  • Lead faculty at several Ayurvedic institutions, worldwide
  • Lead Formulator of Zrii & NutriiVeda
  • Ayurvedic Consultant, Faculty: Chopra Center for Well being
  • Research Consultant for numerous Ayurvedic Nutraceuticals
  • One of the only Ayurvedic Physician’s practicing Medical Astrology in USA
  • Featured presenter at NAMA, ACVA and several other organisations

In this Episode we Discuss:

The Rk Vedic Bramhin Tradition: The Seed of all the other Vedas

  • Body of vedic knowledge that is encyclopaedic.
  • The source/seed of all the vedic tradition and knowledge vedas. The oldest veda.
  • It beholds the totality of all vedas. Holistic (dynamic/silence)
  • Human physiology expressing the Veda: Rk Veda constitutes the holistic aspect of Natural Law. It therefore covers all aspects of the physiology.
  • Mantra purusha value: the vibrational primordial sound of mantra functions perfectly and orderly.
  • The most subjective of all the Vedas. The other Vedas get more and more objective.

Upaveda: Dhanurveda* (various views)

Why Ayurveda was created before humanity and as old age nature

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar’s time with his holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

  • He gathered and cultivated a large movement of Vaidyas and spread Ayurveda, Jyotish, meditation, and other aspects of the Veda to the west. Re-enlivened it.
  • He brought the vedic tradition in to modern science laboratories.
  • Through enlivening Veda in the west with modern science, he re-inspired Vedic knowledge in India.

Practicing Ayurveda in the West

  • Not having an “arsenal” of Ayurvedic resources when consulting outside of India.
  • The importance of diet and lifestyle and kitchen spices.

Yukti

Using what you have available to you, increase your flexibility to be able to treat others.

Combing psycho emotional response and stress and Vedic Astrology (Jyotish).

Being aware of the cosmic weather (jyotishi) everyday and how that may influence the clients you see.

Qualities of a Vaidya (Ayurvedic physician)

  1. Daksha - Able, eligible, disciplened.
  2. Shastras - all shastras needs to be learned. Having detailed knowledge about diseases and treatments.
  3. Drsta Karma - practical experience of treatments. Practically seeing (drsta) the action.
  4. Suchi - cleanliness. actually means purity - kaya (physical cleanliness), vacha (pure speech - have to feel the patient as your child. Have to see the God in the patient),

2/3 of Ayurvedic Cikitsa (treatment) is related to the union of Veda and human mind

  1. Hand of Destiny, grand scheme of things.
  2. Sattva - boost ones moral stand, will power and discipline.
  3. Yukti - herbs, diet, lifestyles, panchakarma.
“Health is a biproduct of enlightenment…The purpose of any Ayurvedic session is to enlighten them [the patient] to the best of their ability and put them onto a spiritual evolutionary path.”
~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

There we can manage the mind, the indriya (sensory organs), motor organs.

The Art & Science of Vedic Counselling

A guiding role that has taken many forms such as the guru, pundit (priest), acharya (sage), or vaidya, or those with such a role.

Such as could be found in each village or community, who provide guidance in all aspects of life, including recommending healing practices, rituals, Yoga, mantra and meditation to help us overcome our difficulties in life and to promote overall well-being.

Mental health starts at the embryological level.

The Alarming Mental Health Epidemics

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in USA.

Perfection of a Healer

  • The patients make you capable of you helping them.
  • The importance of Sadhana (rituals and routine) for counselling. - To charge you up and make you vital.

The importance of Suchi (purity) of a physician or counsellor.

How it provides the physician with power and divine capabilities to heal (siddhis) and take the medicine to a complete different level.

Suchi Chikitsa - the purity of the treatment.

Siddha Mantra & Siddha Vaidya (Divine Capabilities of Physicians)

Siddha Vaidya is like a mantrica (mantra) - you may say the same thing, but the way you say it would register in the person so deeply that it works as a mantra.

Chita Hasta (Healing power of touch)

Whatever you touch has the ability to heal. Whether it is in the form of pulse, treatments, or preparing medicines.
~ From Rk Veda.

Business and work life is taking away your happiness.

The impact of circadian rhythms.

“Janapada Dhwamsa” = Epidemics according to Ayurveda.

“If you don’t have time for anything else you will find time to get sick.”
Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar

Covid-19 and Nature's Divine Plan

  • A way of nature trying to slow us down.
  • Manifested due to adharma.
  • Extreme weather patterns is the first way nature changes.
  • The relationship with jyotishi (vedic astrology).

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar believes the collective consciousness related to pandemics were exacerbated since the introduction of smart phones.

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar’s time with the Raju family

“For a fast acting relief, try slowing down.”
Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar

Passion that you infuse into your self.

  1. Dharma (your evolutionary role in things),
  2. Kama (pleasure),
  3. Artha (wealth),
  4. Moksa (enlightenment)

Traya Upa Sthambha: 3 Pillar of Health According to Ayurveda

  1. Ahara (Food)
  2. Nidra (Sleep)
  3. BrahmaCarya (Regimen of Creation)

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