Protein Pancakes (Gluten Free)

High protein savoury pancakes that is primarily made of Urad (black gram lentil) - is known to be like "meat for a vegetarian.

Medicinal Qualities: 

  • Doshas: This pancakes are good for Kapha & Pitta.
  • Season: Especially great in winter and cold climates.
  • Male Aphrodisiac - Helpful to increase sperm count in men.
  • Can be a little hard to digest. 

Ingredients

  1. Besan (chickpea) flour – 1/4 cup
  2. Urad flour - 3/4 cup
  3. Onion (chopped) - 1
  4. Salt – per taste
  5. Ajwain Seeds - 1 tsp
  6. Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  7. Tumeric – ¼ tsp
  8. Water - 1 to 2 cups
  9. Ghee or oil for cooking
  10. Fresh Coriander for garnishing
  11. Squeeze of lemon juice 🍋

Method

  1. In a large bowl mix flour, onion, salt, ajwain, turmeric & cumin seeds
  2. Add water & mix well to make a batter, ensuring no lumps of flour remain
  3. Heat tawa or non stick pan and drizzle on 1 teaspoon of ghee
  4. Spoon 2-3 tbsp of batter onto pan and spread to make a pancake
  5. Shallow fry for about ½ minute. Press down with spatula

6. Flip over and cook on other side for ½ minute

7. Spoon a little more oil or ghee on the sides of the pancake to make it crisp

8. Flip it one more time for about 10 seconds

9. Serve hot with chutney

10 Garnish: With a squeeze of lemon and fresh coriander. 🍋 🌿


Related Recipe: Sweet Buckwheat Pancakes


Please comment below on how your recipe went!


Sparking a Wellness Pandemic, Heat to Treat Viruses, Enhancing Our Water To Enhance Our Health | Apocaloptimist Dr. Marc Cohen #035

Wellness can be just as contagious as illness and our greatest hope is to spark a wellness pandemic that will help us become positively well and realise worldwide wellness.

One of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine, Professor Marc Cohen, shares how to thrive through radical transformation. How to enhance resilience and create communities, lifestyles and environments that enhance wellbeing.

About Professor Marc Cohen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


In this Episode we Discuss:

The Biological Implications of Fear and Emergency

Fear comprises the immune system

When stress hormones are released in the body, all your energy is sent to the outside of the body, to the peripheral.

All functions not relating to flight or fight are shut down. Thus, basically no energy is there to fight a bacteria or virus.

The blood vessels in the gut squeeze shut and the blood is pushed to the periphery, the arms and legs, to deal with flight or fight.

This is what “butterflies in your stomach” is.

When you fear you shut down growth and maintenance - the visceral functions of maintaining the body - filtering, cleaning, repairing, replacing.

Stress hormones shut down the immune system to conserve energy so it can flight or fight.

Stress response alters pro and anti-inflammatory cytokine balance (small proteins).

At the early stage of stress, the activated hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) axis can up-regulate the levels of stress hormones (glucocorticoid (GCs) and catecholamines) (CAs), respectively, and then they in turn inhibit the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines directly or indirectly while promoting the secretion of anti-inflammatory cytokines.

The other side of the emergency

To emerge and see.

Balancing hyper arousal from sources such as the main stream news.

Our innate immunes system.

Heat to treat viral illness

  • Particularly for envelope viruses like respiratory viruses.
  • Keeping a warm humid environment.
  • Keep humidity in home before 40-60%. - Please ensure humidity does not exceed this amount because then mould will become virulent.
  • Cooking with the lid of pot open.
  • Steam inhalation with Prandhara.
  • Saunas.
  • Sipping hot water and inhaling the steam.

Dr. Marcs Research: Turning up the heat on COVID-19: heat as a therapeutic intervention

Be responsible and careful with heat treatment - stay hydrated and know your body type.

Viruses can’t survive in 55-60 degrees celsius. Viruses don’t have very sophisticated repair mechanism to cope with heat.

The management of humidity inside buildings.

Nasya

The Ayurvedic practice of Nasya to enhance the health of nasal passage.

Why everyone is going to get this virus.

As it migrates into the collective microbiome.

Control of the media. - Positive messages are not able to get out, and oppressive messages are becoming mandated. Disempowerig the population of the world.

Get radical and enjoy yourself during the pandemic.

Make your home a heath resort. And go out in nature and make it a health resort.

Balance the time that you spend in fear with time in bliss.

The psychological benefits sauna.

The importance of good sleep.

Enhancing our water is the most powerful thing we can do to enhance our health

Water filtering and restructuring.

Why it’s more important to bathe in clean water than drink it.

People put organic cosmetics on their skin but bathe in tap water.

We are water - 99% of our molecules are water.

But this changes as we get older - “dying is drying.”

Replacing plastic water bottle - It is estimated we eat a plastic credit card each week in our food chain - due to the prevalence of plastic in our ecosystem, oceans and food chain.

The worlds best water system

 Extreme Wellness Water Filter

Dr. Marc has sourced all the best components for a water system from around the world. One that filters and restructures.

Dr. Marc has spent decades in integrative medicine and when I lecture on detoxification and the Ten Toxic Truths he was frequently asked. . .
"What’s the best water filter?"
Until now his answer has always been "It's complicated!".
So he set out to discover the best water filtration system and when no system met his requirements, his decided to develop my own.
Now Marc (and I) can finally say Extreme Wellness Water Filters are the best quality filters you can buy, and he is now proud to provide clean water solutions to the world.  Learn More

Tulsi (Holy Basil / Ocimum Sanctum)

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

Read more about Tulsi: The Queen Of Herbs, here

Soil bacteria: the biggest repository of biological information on earth.

Proper Hydration

Wellness Trends and Predictions:

  • Going on Retreats more Regularly
  • Heated hammock and Hydro hammock.
  • Steam tent.
  • Ultimate eco tourism.
  • Creating a Retreat at Home

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Why Social Isolation & Distancing Increases Disease

The second law of thermodynamics states:

"The total entropy (chaos) of an isolated system can never decrease over time.”
~ Second law of thermodynamics

This means, when any system: humans, plants, space, nature, animals, - become isolated, chaos manifests.

Chaotic biology, chaotic microbiome, chaotic systems, chaotic mental state, chaotic order in political systems and operations, chaos in the collective consciousness and chaotic health.

Social distancing is silly. You are designed to absorb viruses. That is your job. They are important genetic information for immune health. They are part of you. We just happen to have a novel (new) virus which is currently migrating into our collective. We tend to fear the unknown. But welcome it. Don’t vilify and resist. Promote a harmonious environment so micro-organisms don’t become pathogenic and virulent.

Understand microbiology. Understand immunology. We want a strong immune system and diverse microbiome so any novel virus can migrate harmoniously to a comfortable degree.

Hide in your home and over sterilise and you develop a weak immune system. Then come out and get disease. Don’t try to manipulate nature or adhere to regulations that are attempting to control biology. Control is never progressive. Live in accordance with natural law and radiate.

Unfortunately viruses, to put it very bluntly, will thin the herd. This is the way nature works. It’s brim. It exposes those who eat processed foods, drink and bathe in water impregnated with toxins , hide from the sun, over expose to nnEMF, who have chronic disease and who violate natural law.

This is a harsh lesson from nature. But these events are part of evolution. We would be wise to learn from them.

If you choose to ignore reality, comply to certain regulations, violate natural law and neglect natural health, as my mother would say, “If you do this wrong and you know it, don’t come crying to me afterwards.”

Of course, like any flu, I trust you to be responsible in hygiene and appropriate activity, especially involving those immuno-compromised.


Embracing Change Enthusiastically, Navigating Crisis & Nature’s Play | Gary Gorrow {Podcast #034}

When you embrace change enthusiastically, you have a say and influence in how the change occurs.

Look at this opportunity with great enthusiasm.

An opportunity to challenge the assumptions of everything.
Is the ever repeating known you are indulging in really the most evolutionary thing you can be doing?

A mass awakening is on the brink of dawning. But we need to get radical.
Get radical by radiating absolute bliss amongst the collective, in the streets, in the grocery stores.
Get radical by enthusiastically enjoying your self and having fun!

This is episode part 2 on how to navigate during crisis's and pandemics. View part 1 here.

About Gary Gorrow

Gary has earned a reputation as one of the best in the meditation field and is respected among his peers as a ‘teacher of teachers’.

He has worked with thousands of people from all walks of life and his services are sought after by some of the world’s leading companies.

Gary is passionate about empowering people with techniques that enable them to re-engineer their lives inside and out.

He is a practical and down to earth character who dedicates himself solely to working with people to maximise performance and success in their personal and professional lives.

In This Episode We Discuss

Is There Such a Thing as Right and Wrong

  • Right and wrong are relative terms and, therefore, nothing in existence can be said to be absolutely right the absolutely wrong.
  • Everything in creation is so intimately connected with every other thing that is not possible to completely distinguish existence of one thing from another.
  • In the state of cosmic consciousness, when individual mind gains the status of cosmic mind, they function on the high level of right life and naturally unaffected by the influences of wrong.
  • For those his consciousness is not raised to the level of cosmic consciousness, we must find an adequate criterion for right and wrong.

How to Deal With Frustration about Pandemic

The growing distrust about the narrative run by the mainstream media and its various agencies.

The Vedic View on this Pandemic

Universality and Diversity

The three realms to consider:

  1. Gross, relative, surface of the event.
  2. Subtle - is there a motive behind this? Was this a spontaneous event? Is there a ruling elite that are leveraging on this crisis?
  3. Transcendent.

The interplay of very contrasting forces at times.

Everyone lives and acts according to their level of consciousness.

The mixture of old and new souls on the planet.

Never denounce anything or anyone. That is a violent act.

Feeling more deeply into your own inner wisdom and sensibility.

Ignorant and dark forces are a catalyst for people to gain a greater perspective.

A condition that all humans suffer from: we all seek confirmation bias.

We tend to exclude everything that doesn’t confirm what we hold to be true.

In society we all benefit from rich and dynamic exchange of various view points.

Once an idea gets adopted by the collective. It somehow gets embedded into the belief systems.

What’s coming next in the playbook?

Questioning the system has become forbidden.

The truth is now irresponsible.

Almost as if it hangs a sign on the front door saying "free thinkers are not welcome here."

Rebellious nature

Gives a balanced perspective and not blindly accept things.

Honouring our individual nature and the flavour of our personality. Not ignoring it.

Bystanders

They know the truth but are choosing to ignore to some extent and take no action.

Why are gurus and spiritual leaders not speaking up? Only the medical profession.

The various ways and roles spiritual leaders can play and are playing during crisis and pandemic.

The Mental Gunas (Qualities / Mental Doshas)

  1. Sattva (purity)
  2. Rajas (stimulation)
  3. Tamas (inertia)

By increasing purity and lightness of being (sattva), we ultimately reduce the excess stimulation and irritability (rajas) as well as inertia and darkness (tamas). How to increase sattva hence reduce tamas and rajas.

What happened to the celestial beings who existed along side the humans, and then disappeared.

Realising Our Potential

We see only 1-2% of the visual spectrum and hear only 1-2% of the audio spectrum. So there is an enormous amount of information which we don’t perceive in our normal waking conciseness.

Vedic view is that there is a subtler level of creation which is the realm of these angelic divine beings, and also their opposite.

The mass awakening and permeation of divine beings that is near and upon us

(early May 2020).

Time for Radical Action & a Mass Awakening

Civil disobedience has to be this new fashion.

Get radical by radiating absolute bliss amongst the collective, in the streets, in the grocery store.

Get radical by enthusiastically enjoying your self and having fun!


Resources

  • “The masters of war” - song Bob Dylan wrote about the "money machine."
  • Peter Joseph - brilliant mind in regards to these matters of industrial economic systems.


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Transforming Crisis Into Opportunity & Embracing Uncertainty | Gary Gorrow {Podcast #033}

How do you navigate through uncertainty?
How can you thrive whilst going through a time of radical change?

You may have gained a greater understanding and perspective on the medical reality of the germ that is Covid-19, thus do not fear it, however, whilst gaining perspective you may have been exposed to the dark truth and hidden agendas that are involved in this "plannedemic."

How do we interact with these evil and dark forces? How do we support the light, the positive and enlighten the collective?

If you retaliate against evil, you lower yourself to the level of the wrong.
Rather let the wrong be just a drop in the ocean of your virtue.

 And what really is the bigger picture behind all this?

Gary Gorrow is interviewed to share wisdom on the greater perspective view on all this.

About Gary Gorrow

Gary has earned a reputation as one of the best in the meditation field and is respected among his peers as a ‘teacher of teachers’.

He has worked with thousands of people from all walks of life and his services are sought after by some of the world’s leading companies.

Gary is passionate about empowering people with techniques that enable them to re-engineer their lives inside and out.

He is a practical and down to earth character who dedicates himself solely to working with people to maximise performance and success in their personal and professional lives.

In This Episode We Discuss

Biological fear chemistry

The problem with fear is that is shuts down our executive functions, compromises our immunity and ultimately disempowers us.

Questioning the programming of our culture.

Gandhi was powerful because he has the support of many people. A human empowered movement will be able to rewrite an entire system of humanity.

How to we react and relate to this evil or negative force of nature.

If you resist evil you must stoop to that level fo evil, and furthermore you are responsible for the evil influence you produce by retaliating.

If you retaliate you lower yourself to the level of the wrong. Rather let the wrong be just a drop in the ocean of your virtue. Let the impurities of the atmosphere find a refuge in the ocean of purity in your heart, in the unfathomable joy of your inner pure conscience.
~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Science of Being and Art of Living

“Knowledge Eliminates Fear” - Rk Veda.

Knowledge means perspective.

Opposite forces are not opposed, but they are in relationship.

There is a connection between light and dark, good and bad, night and day. There has always been an interplay of opposites.

Heaven and hell, Dharma and Adharma, Health and Disease, Enlightenment and Ignorance.

Darkness is rising up and challenging the increase of consciousness.

The Four Yugas (Eras)

  1. Krita Yuga / Sat Yuga (The Sinless Age of Purity)

  2. Treta Yuga (When evil sprouted in the hearts of the men of the treta yuga).

  3. Dwapara Yuga (An age of conflict and men doubted the very nature of truth).

  4. Kali Yuga (The Age of Ignorance)

Raksas’s (Dark or Negative Forces)

Raksas's get their food and sustenance from manipulation and fears.

Show your love and appreciation for those dark forces. Salute them.

The gift of the dark: it comes to challenge. The darkness rises to prompt people to awaken and dive into action.

Appreciate the play of creation, light and dark, and realise it’s your role to be aware of those forces and love them.

Tactic: Fear Sensationalism

Get people into a state of hyper-arousal, get them to contract, and then you can have them.

But what about if people were able to become fearless. Then none of that would work.

Ignorance ain’t bliss. Ignorance is a disaster.

As people begin to look into that they start to feel so uncomfortable.

Fear is the poison to the soul and it dulls the light of the world.

Collective Relationships and Alliances

When you transcend the fear of wanting happiness only for yourself, and too much stressing on that and too much thinking about that, rather think of others needs and you’ll actually get more happy and more fulfilled.

Questioning the design of our living.

Working or spending the best part of your day in a building or institution.

Is that the best use of my life energy?

Now more than ever, it has never been better for a whole system redesign.

There’s a big correction. We are being asked to reassess.

We need more visionaries to lead humanity.

Collectively embracing radical change. Let’s not go back to how the world was, let’s create something new.

COVID-19 is a spiritual bootcamp everyone has been enlisted to.

Enjoy the show.

The importance of the mind.


Resources

  • “The masters of war” - song Bob Dylan wrote about the "money machine."
  • Peter Joseph - brilliant mind in regards to these matters of industrial economic systems.


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Nasturtium: Medicinal Benefits of this Easy to Grow (& Find) Vegetable

This pungent pepper-like tasting plant (Tropaeolum Majus) is highly relevant and valuable right now in this pandemic time.

Not only because this edible herbaceous annual is in season (probably growing wild on a patch near you), but also nasturtium leaves are a rich source of vitamin C (see below for impressive amounts) and holds anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

Natural Anti-Biotic

The lush leaves have greater anti-biotic activity than the other parts of the plant, particularly helpful in urinary and respiratory tract infections.

Studies show nasturtiums inhibit the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced inflammatory response in primary human cells of the immune system.

Respiratory Health

Nasturtium also supports respiratory health - particularly in upper respiratory infections. The pungent taste (Katu rasa) reduces catarrh formation and expels phlegm.

If you ever feel a sore throat coming, eat a few nasturtium leaves lightly cooked to prevent.

Note: stalks also contain these properties to a lesser degree, and like most veggies, the smaller and younger the leaves, the more medicinal effect.

To Cook With

Chop the leaves and stalk finely and add to the hot dish after you turn the flame off and allow the heat of the food to blanch the nasturtium.

Garnish the beautiful raw flowers on your ready-made dish to brighten it up and add a tinge of pungency.

Generous Flower

What more? - the sweet nectar in the fiery flower attracts bees! (Win for all!)

Vitamin C Amounts

  • Nasturtium leaves: 200 to 465 mg per 100 gm (very rich).(1)
  • Nasturtium Stalks: 100–160 mg per 100 gm, (also a rich source).(1)
  • 1 orange = 100mg.(2)
  • 1.5 cups of kale = 120mg Vitamin C.(2)

Ayurvedic Energetics

  • Rasa - Katu, Tika
  • Virya - Usna
  • Vipaka - Katu
  • Gunas - Sasneha, Tiksna, Laghu, Kara

(Ayurvedic energetics determined by Dylan Smith. If anyone has insights/comments on these, please share below in the comments!)

Have you every used Nasturtium in food? If so how? Do you forage it? If so where? Comment below.


Resources

  1. https://www.nature.com/articles/153683b0
  2. https://www.self.com/gallery/10-foods-that-have-more-vitamin-c-than-an-orange

Prana Enhancing & Anti-Viral Necklace (Garland)

Ayurveda recommends necklaces and garlands (Malas) impregnated with certain herbs for various conditions such as:

  • Respiratory issues such a cough, asthma, hiccup (prana vaha srota imbalances).
  • Emit anti-viral and anti-bacterial effect.
  • Protect from negative forces (bhutas, raksasas, dosha drusti).

This is primarily used for children. It is advised for new borns and their mother (even if health) for protection at this vulnerable time.

Garland Recipe

Crush the following:

  • Garlic - 10 cloves
  • Ajwain seeds - 2 tsp
  • Camphor - 5 tablets (such as those used in puja). - replace camphor or add more camphor every 2 days.
  • 1 drop of Prandhara (optional for greater effect).

Directions:

  • Crush all together
  • Make into 5 knots and keep in cloth.
  • Wear over the t-shirt, only on front side, near the nose.
  • Don't let it touch the skin as this can aggravate some children.

Wear as much as you want throughout the day.

Recipe by Vaidya Padma Nayani Raju


Gut Health for Mental Health + Microbiome Wisdom | Kriben Govender {Podcast #032}

An exciting area of modern science is exploring the connection between the gut and our brain. They are intimately connected.

The bi-directional communication pathway in us has been dubbed the gut-brain axis.

There’s plenty of evidence that stress and violence will negatively affect one’s microbiome, mood, immunity and bodily functions.

According to Ayurveda, 85%-99% of health concerns originate as digestive imbalance - "manda agni"

The collective of micro-organisms that dominate the human body, the microbiome, play a very large role in gut health, mental health, and basically all biological functions.

We are 90% bugs. Most of the cells in our body are microbial.

We need to get more familiar with the microbes that dominate our gut.

About Kirben Govender

Kriben Govender, is a Food Scientist, Registered Nutritionist and Founder of Nourishme Organics, a company specialising in Gut Health and Mitochondrial health-focused products and Allele Microbiome – a provider of cutting edge Metagenomic Stool Testing and Deuterium Testing. 

With more than 20 years of Food industry experience in the field of Research and Development, Quality Assurance and Procurement, Kriben intimately understands the food supply chain and the interaction between diet and the gut microbiome. He has personally visited more than 100 food processing sites across the world. Kriben is an expert in the art of making fermented foods like Kefir, Kombucha and fermented vegetable etc and was a Judge in the 2019 RASV Australia Food Awards.

He is the host of one of Australia's leading Nutrition Podcasts - The Gut Health Gurus Podcast  where he frequently interviews health experts from around the world.

In This Episode We Discuss

Kriben’s current anxiety and gut issues that are manifesting in the stressful times of COVID-19.

Kriben’s struggle with anxiety and depression

Then corporate work further exacerbating his stress.

Taking a nuclear anti-biotic which changed his mental health overnight.

He was suicidal and ready to end his life, then learnt about the gut-brain axis.

What is the Microbiome

The collective of microbiome - Bacteria, yeast, viruses parasites.

The gut-brain axis is a bi-directional communication pathway.

  • Most of the communication is going from gut to brain via the vegas nerve into the brain.
  • Stress can alter the micro-organisms in the gut.

There is no such thing as a good and bad parasite or virus. It is all about harmony and balance.

 Some when out of balance can create disease.

The Important Purpose of Viruses in Nature

  • They are the only things that can quickly change our genome.
  • COVID-19 in problematic because it is novel - we have never been exposed to it and have not developed herd immunity to it.
  • Viruses are natures
  • Scientists have been using Corona viruses to implement gene therapy protocols for many years.

Mitochondria

  • Ancient microbes
  • Modern mitochondrial insults - nnEMF, chemicals, air pollution, artificial lighting, unclean water, over consumption of sugar.
  • Damaged mitochondria leads to poor immunity.

GABA in the Gut

  • Gamma-Aminobutyric acid - an amino acid produced by the brain.
  • Chief inhibitory neurotransmitter.
  • Reducing neuronal excitability - relaxation, reduces stress, increases calm, balances mood, alleviates pain and helps with sleep. - “The brakes of the brain.”
  • Responsible for the regulation of muscle tone.
  • Food sources - Kefir, yoghurt, whole grain, walnuts, almonds, citrus, berries, spinach, broccoli.

Seratonin

A study showed 95% of serotonin production occurs in the gut.

5-hydroxytryptamine receptors or 5-HT receptors, or serotonin receptors are derived from the gut.

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) inhibits 5-HT re-uptake (reabsorption of the neurotransmitter - important because it allows for recycling of neurotransmitters and how their release lasts).

Dopamine

Responsible for cognitive functions such as decision making, attention, memory, motivation, and reward.

A study showed how Dopamine is produced in the gut by showing a "considerable urinary excretion of dopamine metabolites indicates that large amounts of dopamine are produced in unknown locations of the body."

Microbes affect how people metabolise these compounds, regulating the amount that circulates in the blood and brain.

Enteric Nervous System

  • Second brain. Located in the gut. A nervous system the size of a cats brain. All your nerve plexuses end in your gut.
  • Modulated peristalsis, going to the toilet.
  • Everything starts from umbilicus.

Butyrate / Butyric Acid and Leaky Gut

  • From butyric acid - a health beneficial short chain fatty acid.
  • It got its name from the latin word for butter, butyrum.
  • Your gut bacteria produces butyrate from prebiotic fibres in plant foods. Specifically clostridium butyricum.
  • While is was first discovered in butter, ghee is the highest source of this superfood.
  • Reduces anxiety and depression. Provides neuro-protective effects.
  • Helps digestion by maintaining integrity of the GI mucosa and gut lining.
    • Can plug a leaky gut.
    • Intestinal permeability - in a healthy barrier, tight functions are relaxed allowing water and nutrients to pass through.
    • It is the main energy source for colonocytes, the cells which make up your gut lining. - Unlike other cells in the body which use glucose (sugar) as the main energy source.
    • Colonocytes help provide an oxygen-free environment in which beneficial gut microbes thrive.
  • Inhibits growth of unwanted bacteria in the gut and interfered with the growth of toxic bacteria.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Encourages growth of the beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacterirum.
  • Supports and regulates healthy bowel motions.
  • Supports the health of intestinal mucosa during inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Supports health cholesterol.
  • Increases cellular energy production.
  • Reduction in fatty tissue and hunger levels.

Triggers for leaky gut

Improve tight junctions in the gut lining

Flavanoids (fresh fruits), omega 3 fatty acids, sea-weed, glutamine (fermented veggies, broccoli, bone broth collagen peptides), sulforafan (broccoli and broccoli sprouts), vitamin D (sun), Vitamin A (cod liver oil, sardines), Zinc (oysters), Butyrate, sulforaphane, some probiotics (MegaSporeBiotic), and Kefir.

Circadian Medicine

  • Light signalling.
  • Reduce artificial blue light, especially after sunset, since that increases cortisol and reduces melatonin.
  • Use blue light blocking glasses. Both Kriben and I recommend RA optics (discount code: VITALVEDA)
  • Download iris tech to shield your computer screen from blue light.
  • Your digest fire (agni) is resulted by the sun. Have a good lunch and light dinner.
  • The light hitting your skin while you eat has an effect on digestion. - Beware of the light your are eating under - eat under natural light, and not under artificial light. This particularly effect blood glucose.

General Principles for Eating:

  • Whole foods, avoid packaged foods.
  • Fresh foods. Avoid left overs.
  • Eat local foods. Foods that are grown and sourced locally.
  • Relax and eat.

Kefir

  • Countless health benefits.
  • Two types: Milk Kefir and Water Kefit (vegan).
  • How to Make: Simply add 1tsp of kefir grains into a glass of 250ml milk, leave for 24 hours and strain. Then pass the yoghurt through a sieve, and keep the kefir grains for next time.
  • What are Kefir grains - symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Scientists can’t replicate the grains in labs. People replicate and share the grain amongst each other.
  • They replicate. Kriben hypothesises they found the the kefir grains in a stomach (biofilm) of a goat. Water kefir grains come from a type of cactus.
  • Around 15 strains of bacteria in water kefir.

Microbes are sensitive to Sattva (pure state of mind and consciousness)

  • There’s plenty of evidence that stress and violence will negatively affect one’s microbiome, mood, immunity and bodily functions.
  • Sattvic bugs. - sattvic lifestyle.
  • Spiritual people.
  • We are 90% bugs. Our consciousness impacts that.

Rhythmicity

  • Very emerging science, funnily enough, a key Ayurvedic recommendation for health and to balance vata.
  • Consistent and regular waking times, sleeping times, light exposure, eating times, bowel motions.

Resources

Nourish Me Organics - Shop, podcast, blog and more Discount code on kits: VITALVEDA

Blue Light Blocking Glasses by RA Optics - discount code: VITALVEDA

Iris - Computer software for Eye protection


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The Vedic View on Mediums & Spirit Communicators

I respect “The Medical Medium (Anthony Williams),” I think his story is interesting and amazing, and I validate that the information he shares with the public is coming from “Spirit.”

I also support what he is sharing because it is helping the collective heal naturally.

However, I have always found the medical advice, particularly the treatment recommendations, rather ineffective and weak, (and of course non-individualised).

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s view on mediums explains why…

“There are some who try to use the supernatural power of creation by contacting the spirits world through a medium or by invoking spirits.

This represents a very limited level of strength because no spirit is in possession of the total power of nature.

There may be spirits more powerful than man, but invoking these spirits or acting as a medium for them is not a practice to be encouraged. There are two reasons for this:

  1. The power gained through these spirits is an insignificant, infinitesimal fraction of the poor of almighty nature;

  2. To receive this fraction of the power of nature one must give oneself completely to that spirit’s influence (for the spirit to co-operate).

Instead of giving oneself completely to a spirit and only gaining a small amount of power, one should give oneself completely to the divine Being (such as through meditation) and gain the unlimited, almighty power of nature.”

~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Thus, I have always valued more and found way more powerful the medical protocols provided by my Gurus, who are Ayurvedic doctors that are particularly well established in Being (at high levels of consciousness), thus have access to the unlimited, almighty power of nature which they implement in their Ayurvedic medicine.


Mould: The Hidden Stealth Fungi You Need To Know About | Dr. Jill Crista {Podcast #030}

Mould. A hidden and pernicious stealth fungi that most people are not paying enough attention to.

Not only the mould itself and it’s spores, but the mycotoxins! - which are the gas excretions of mould!, and it is this biotoxin, amongst other things, that has the potential to chronically impact our health.

About Dr. Jill Crista

Dr. Jill Crista is a naturopathic doctor, best-selling author, and nationally recognised health educator on mold and mold-related illness.

Her passion is to improve health through education, bridging gaps between medical research and clinical practice.

She writes books and offers online courses for those wanting to gain actionable steps to conquer health challenges related to exposure too toxic mold.

In This Episode We Discuss

What Exactly is Mould

  • Mould is not all bad we need mould - Purpose on the planet: to recycle and decompose.
  • But it is useful outside, not inside. We don’t want it inside.
  • One of the oldest living creatures on the planet, mould is an adept survivor.
  • It is a fungi.
  • It has a tendency to come back again and again.

Mycotoxins - most dangerous

  • “Gas bombs” / “mould farts” / “exhaust of mould.”
  • Only made when mould feels threatened. When competition arises in the field of micro-organisms. Mycotoxins manifest only when other species are trying to get rid of it or compete with it.
  • They are used in weapons by militarises around the world.
  • Mycotoxins have no detectable order. They have no scent.
  • They drive deeper into the body compared to spores and spore fragments. Mycotoxins soak into body systems - further down into respiratory passages.
  • 50x smaller than an average spore.
  • Our skin has poor defence against mycotoxins.
  • Can be ingested in the foods we eat - they wear down our intestinal lining and organs.
  • Can be contributor to rain allergies.

Ways mycotoxins affect living beings:

  • Mitochondrial damage
  • Crosses into the brain and weakens the BBB.
  • Crosses the placenta and becomes active inside the uterus (bio-activate in-utero).
  • Detectable in breast milk.
  • Their goal: to destroy other life. Thus, they are toxic to skin, eyes, biofilms, respiratory system, liver, kidneys, myelin sheath (nervous system insulator).
  • Deplete DHA (body’s protective fat).
  • More!

Mycotoxins are Fat Soluble

Particularly dangerous to the heart and arteries and the thyroid.

The good news, Ayurveda has effective therapies to detox fat soluble toxins.

Healthy fats - Eating copious, clean, correct fats.

Step 1: AVOIDANCE

Categories of Avoidance:

  1. Habitat
  2. Air Quality - air filters that traps spores AND cleans mycotoxins.
  3. Foods to Avoid
  4. Beverages To Avoid
  5. Supplements and Medication Caution
  6. Hobbies and Habits

Biofilms (Slimy glue like protective sheaths).

Locations & Ayurvedic Treatment:

Sinuses - Nasya

Mouth - Gandusha (Oil Pulling)

Lungs - Nasya, Steam Inhalation, Panchakarma

Intestines (Gut flora) - Basti (Enema), Panchakarma

Vagina - Yoni Pichu, Panchakarma

Eyes - Netra Tarpana

Skin - Abhyanga

anywhere there is microbiome.

Biofilms are naturally occurring bacterial colonies, both in the human body and in the environment.

Mould creates a biofilm in your body. You bring the problem with you where you go.

Mould creates toxic breath

Water damaged building exposure is the key that turns normal sinus fungus into bad guy fungus.

This is how mould can be spread from partner to partner.

Mud Baths

to detox the skin and balance the biofilm. Dr. Jill recommends high pro-biotic and enzymatic Moor mud for detox by Torf Spa.

How oversasntisiation contributes to mould by crating an imbalanced micro-biome

How oversasntisiation contributes to mould by crating an imbalanced micro-biome.

Can we become immune to mould?

and other environmental toxins like EMF, pesticides, heavy metals etc. - It depends on your immune system, and how much you want to fill up your cup with these toxins.

Mould written about in the bible

Seen as a body and a spiritual illness.

Mould mentioned in Ayurveda, under the category of “Krimi.”

Mould in the livestock food chain, killing animals

Mould causes cravings

  • The simpler the carbs, the better. But mould would really prefer you go straight for the sugar.
  • People on long-term steroid medication, mold in the gut becomes a dense biofilm.
  • This biofilm hosts the gut fungus candida - which steals the nutrients for itself, leaving our intestine deprived.
  • Mold sufferers are craving these carbs and sugars because the candida is stealing it!
  • Ayurveda and Candia = agnimandya.
    • Ama accumulates in apana vata in the lower digestive tract.
    • It ferments and putrefies and inhibits beneficial flora from proliferating.
    • Under these conditions, yeast can spread freely.
    • Then is the intestinal aborsorbtion of ama into the blood and liver. Then into the 7 dhatus.
    • Treatments: 1. Restore agni. 2. Build immunity and remove ama.

Permutability

Mould weakens the gut brain barrier and weak blood brain barrier (BBB), which can make someone hypersensitive to foods with sulphur, grains, sulphur, environmental toxins.

Mold sickness is hard to identify. So here are some tips:

  • an allergy could actually be mould at the core. If a normally healthy person has either moved or taken a new job, and the next season develops a new allergy.
  • If symptoms are worse on rainy days, after snow melt, barometric pressure changes and after eating carbs.

Mould increases sensitivity to EMF

It creates mitochondrial dysfunction and depletes glutathione.

Native EMF, such as exercise and movement, can trigger symptoms with someone with mould!

When we move our body (exercise) it triggers good EMF which activates symptoms to those sensitive. Thus, people become lazy. They get toxic from exercise.

Dr. Jill sees that most of those who are sensitive to EMF have nature deficient disorder.

Caucasian woman using cell phone in bed

Ways to Prevent Mould From Growing in Your House

Mould can grow on a surface when moisture is there for 24-48 hours. To prevent that from manifesting:

  • Do not leave wet towels or swimmers on a wooden surface like a wooden chair, wooden tablet, window sill etc.
  • Clean up right after a spill on wood.
  • Use the kitchen fan on.
  • When having a hot (steamy) shower, use the exhaust fan.
  • Use a dehumidifier on the lower levels of your house and monitor your humidity.
  • Don’t have cupboard boxes on the floor in store rooms.
  • Don’t store your possession under your bed. Let there be a free flow underneath.
  • When building storage units, put it on stilts so there is space underneath.
  • Build with bricks, not sticks (wood).
  • Get an air filter. Or use your lungs. However, one you can change, and the other you can’t. Change the filter regularly.
  • “Dust with gusto” - dust your house.

Dust - one of the easiest ways to feed mold.

Add high indoor humidity and you’ve just fed and watered mold spores.

Humidity Control

If you have a dusty humid environment, you are a successful mould farmer. Get a dehumidifier! It is worth the cost.

Cooking food - turn the vent on. Taking a shower ? Turn the vent on. High outdoor humidity? Close up and turn on the AC and use a dehumidifier. All basements need dehumidifiers.

Prevention

Mold’s weaknesses:

  • dryness
  • sunlight
  • air movement - don’t use under your bed as storage.
  • dust-free spaces
  • lack of clutter
  • mould-killing essential oils

The importance and power of sunlight to prevent and treat mould illness - in buildings and humans.

Mould in wine

Grapes are very prone to mould.

Drink wine that are independently testing for mycotoxins.

Mould in Food

Also look out for mould in foods, and pet food.

Testing for Mould

  • Dr. Jill Cristas questionar.
  • Urine test for mycotoxins. Mycotoxins that leave the body. But not for all as some people have impaired detox symptoms they can’t get these toxins transported to the urine.  - Reduces foods high in mycotoxins before doing this test.
    • such as the Great Plains MycoTOX profile and Vibrant Wellness both use good technology.
    • Since sick patients may have their mycotoxins sitting in their cells and not being eliminated, do not take glutathione or binders for 48 hours before the test, so the test shows true levels.
    • Blood tests - including Immune globulin reaction to candida albicans for candida overgrowth.
  • Shoe maker eye test.
  • Stool - can check for fungal overgrowth in the gut, which means fungus burdening all over the body. Don’t take probiotics before this test.
  • organic acid - Great Plains -
  • Natural Killer Cell function test - how active they are. below 7 = deeply affected.
  • MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staph) and the sample should be sent to Microbiology DX in Massachusetts. - For CIRS. Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.

Treatment

Glutathione

  • Liver anti-oxidant.
  • Particularly good for ischemic liver or ischemic hepatitis (Insufficient blood flow using liver injury).
  • Rids the body of toxins, chemicals, environmental pollutants and more.

Herbs and Foods

  • Neem boosts natural glutathione production, necessary to clean unwanted biofilms out of the small intestine. It cleans the intestinal villi. It supports proliferation of good intestinal bacteria without supports growth of bad intestinal bacteria.
  • Triphala - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5567597/
  • Anand Sid Yog
  • Guduchi - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3644751/
  • Amalaki - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2994578/
  • Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
  • Kutki - one of Ayurveda’s primary liver tonics.
  • Manjistha
  • Shilajit
  • Turmeric boosts detox enzymes like glutathione and superoxide dismutase.
  • Beetroot - boost liver enzymes, superoxide dismutase (an enzyme with anti-oxidant activity) and glutathione.

Alapha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

  • An naturally occurring fatty acid.
  • Anti-oxidant - protects you from the violent process of your cells (in your entire body) getting hit, thus damaged by free-radicals thousands of times a day.
  • Enhances insulin sensitivity
  • Good for auto-immune disease - restores T-cell function. Good for Lupus, RA.
  • Gluthathione rejuvenator - good for when you have used up glutathione.
  • Foods - spinach, broccoli, kidneys, liver, heart.
  • Supplment.

Other treatments

Honey, Propolis, colloidal silver, Prandhara.

The importance of not jumping the gun, and first getting the mould under control before trying to fight, kill or eliminate it. 

If you begin killing mould (in your body) without any preparation, you will get sicker.

Dr. Jill’s Treatment Approach

Avoid - get out of the mould environment. Especially if you have become habituated to that environment.

Protect

Repair

Fight

Herxheimer Reactions

Occurs after a major mold die-off when the killed critters spill their toxic, inflammatory guts all over the place. You get sicker because the body tries to clean up the mess, but it can’t keep up.

Herx isn’t always necessary. More frictionless healing. No pain no gain is a myth - same with healing. Don’t push yourself. Honour rest - that will promote healing.

Healing is Messy

A deeper issue and more damaging issue might be getting although a more acute and superficial imbalance has manifested or re-manifested from the past.

If basic bodily functions are improving, (energy, sleep, digestion, mental state), you’re on the right path.

Buildings

  • Hire a building biologist or certified mould inspector.
  • Get a qualified remediator to remove the mould. Then test again independently.

People who need to Stay Out of Mould

  • pregnant women
  • women who are breastfeeding
  • young children
  • people with respiratory conditions
  • peoples with liver disease
  • people with kidney disease
  • people with immune deficiency
  • people with cancer
  • genetically mould sensitive (canaries in the coal mine)

Prevalence in Mould in Society & Buildings:

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) in USA estimates that 1 out of 4 buildings had enough water damage to grow toxic mould, that negatively affect human health.
  • Australia - 50% or more have water damage.
  • Waterproofing starts to fail in 7-10 years - Nicole Bhiljsma.

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