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.

THE WORLDS BEST WATER FILTER & RE-STRUCTURING UNIT


Why It’s Far More Important to Filter Bathing Water than Drinking Water

Many people use a filter for their drinking water, yet don’t realise it’s far more important to filter their bathing water.

Here are The 10 top reasons why it’s more important to filter your shower and bath water, than your drinking water:

1) You’re exposed to a much greater volume of water and hence toxic chemical load through bathing than drinking.

2) Bathing in heated water leads to out-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and toxic disinfectant by-products which are inhaled.

3) Hot water opens pores and allows volatile compounds to be absorbed through the large surface area of the skin and lungs.

4) Toxic compounds absorbed through the lungs and skin enter directly into the bloodstream without being processed by the liver.

5) Toxic compounds irritate the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose, mouth, respiratory tract and vagina (if you have one).

6) Toxic compounds reduce the skin's water-holding capacity, aggravate eczema, dandruff and atopic dermatitis, and contribute to dry, itchy skin.

7) Toxic compounds in bathing water disrupt your skin’s microbial balance which makes it harder to keep your skin healthy.

8) Toxins in your bathing water strip the natural oils from your hair and accelerate hair loss while making hair dry, brittle and less manageable.

9) Minerals in hard water prevent soap fully lathering, this leaves soapy film clogging your pores and coating your hair.

10) Toxic compounds released into the air by hot showers and baths spread throughout the house causing damage and erosion.

But it's not all bad news...

Here's 3 things you can do today to avoid more toxicity from your shower and bath.

a) You can try to reduce your toxic exposure by taking shorter or less frequent showers, having colder showers, shutting the water off while soaping up and ensuring you use an exhaust fan and have adequate ventilation during bathing.

b) You can also fill a bath with very hot water and leave it to cool down and then bathe after the toxic gases have evaporated (be sure to use an exhaust fan).

c) The very best way to reduce your toxic exposure from bathing (and drinking) water is to use a whole house filtration system that works with both HOT and cold water.

Here's 3 things you can do today to avoid more toxicity from your shower and bath.

The Problem:

Many water filtration systems on the market are expensive, low quality, unscientific and not all of them work in both hot and cold water.

The Solution:

My friend, Dr Marc has been researching wellness and integrative medicine and for more than 30 years and this has led him to become a world expert on water.

A New Integration:

After many years searching for the world’s best water filter, Dr Marc has integrated the best water filtration technology and equipment to produce the Extreme Wellness Water Filter System.

This system removes all chlorine, pesticides, heavy metals, parasites, bacteria, sediment, viruses, microbes and toxic chemicals. These filters are so powerful they have even been tested to remove radio-active waste!

And best of all, the micro-pore technology allows for extremely rapid flow filters and use with both hot and cold water, meaning you can filter water for your shower, bath, dishwasher and washing machine all at once without any interruption in flow.

Rigorously tested, backed and approved by some of the world’s leading epidemiology, radioactivity labs and toxicology organisations (including the Louis Pasteur Institute) this system has my full approval.

As you know, I only ever endorse the highest quality products for my community and these get my full approval.

If you’re looking to up-level the wellbeing of yourself and your family, I firmly believe a whole house system is the best way to go.  You deserve the best.

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Bee Venom Therapy: Anti-Inflammatory, Immune Boosting Bee Stings

The other week a bee stung my eye lid within one minute after closing my eyes for sleep.

It was a prickly blessing that absolutely shocked the hell out of me as my tired body was excitingly ready to surrender to juicy rest. 

Jumping out of my bed wondering WTF just did WTF to me!? I was wide awake. 

And I wasn’t in the bush, I was in my familiar coastal city bedroom which I had not ever even witnessed flies buzzing inside. 

But after turning the light on and finding a dead bee on my pillow, the shock turned into relief and gratitude for a blessing of intimacy with nature with a prick of medicine.

I was excited to receive my first dose of Bee Venom Therapy (BVT), and it was my eye health that first received the fortune. 

Wide-Spread Tradition

Bee Venom Therapy has been used in folk medical systems across the globe through-out history. It involves holding a live bee against the area to be treated until a sting results.

Anti-Inflammatory

The venom includes around 40 currently identified compounds including it’s primary peptide, Mellitin, an anti-inflammatory agent that is reportedly one hundred times stronger than cortisone.

The venom also stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol, contributing to the anti-inflammatory effect with the body’s innate mechanisms. 

Immune Boosting

In addition, BVT jump starts the immune system to produce a healing response through the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands, and pricks the production of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer.

Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Viral

The antibacterial and antiviral properties of bee venom make it a unique weapon in fighting bacterial and viral ailments of the nervous system and other bodily channels and tissues.

Nerve Tissue Balancing

Perhaps one of the most remarkable characteristics of bee venom is it’s nerve balancing micro-cocktail

It contains neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine, which along with the peptide apamin, facilitate nerve transmission (vata). 

This quality of bee venom (vyavayi and vikashi gunas) grants it free access to pervade the minute neural pathways of the spine, blood brain barrier and areas of injury to help repair nerve damage and restore mobility. 

Common Conditions Treated

Common conditions treated with Bee Venom Therapy include:

  • arthritis
  • sciatica
  • back pain
  • torn ligaments and tendons
  • chronic fatigue
  • MS
  • numbness.
  • and more...

Caution

Allergic reactions can be fatal.

Use of long-term and/or strong anti-inflammatory steroids may have compromised (suppressed) the adrenal and pituitary function to the point that bee venom therapy is contraindicated.

“The administration of steroids for a period exceeding two weeks runs the risk of suppression of the adrenal cortex....In people who take large doses of corticosteroids, the function of the adrenal glands will become suppressed. This suppression occurs because these large doses prevent the hypothalamus and pituitary glands from producing the hormones that normally stimulate adrenal function.”

Excerpt from: http://www.cop-boop.org.uk/steroid_use_&_effects.htm

The Good News

No need to be afraid of bee stings anymore! Embrace the free medicinal blessings. After my I got stung, I added my medicinally stinging Ayurvedic eye drops into my swollen eye for a couple of night and my eyes were radiating with tejas (precise acuity).

Credits:

Bee Well Therapy
Dr. Jimi Wollumbin, Uki, NSW.


Is CBD Really Worth the Highype?

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

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

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

Whole Hemp May Be Better Than Isolated CBD

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

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

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

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

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

Two Types of Endocannabinoid Receptors

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

Both these receptors are found throughout your body.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Endocannabinoid Levels and Your Health

Endocannabinoid deficiency has been identified in people who have:

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

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

Your Endocannabinoid Systems Role in Your Gut Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hemp as a Herb in Ayurveda

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

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

Medicinal Effects

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

Action: Astringnet, appetiser and narcotic.

Ayurvedic Properties

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

Buy High Quality Hemp

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

Credits:
Carl Germano and Dr. Joe Mercola


Do You Really Think The Sun Causes Skin Cancer?

The dominant belief today is that UV light causes melanoma (associated with skin cancer).

Melanoma incidence has risen 23 times from 1935-2012, but dermatologists can’t put their finger on what is causing the current surge.

The ironic thing is, skin cancer rates are getting higher while people are getting exponentially less sun and using more sunscreen.

Let us find out why the surge in melanoma is occurring and learn from society’s lifestyle habits so that we can take control of our health and avoid falling into the category of chronic disease.

This article aims to break the highly misunderstood belief that the sun is a dangerous carcinogen and expose the TRUTH. It is a big step for those to correct their intellect because the majority have been brainwashed to not be able to think clinically and not question authority.

I invite you to learn for your self. Use logic and explore the science. Radical action is required to break social conditioning and learn the truth with an open mind to supersede a fallacy that is so strongly embedded in the poor brains of the majority. That same majority are getting inflicted with chronic disease (including melanoma). Check out the science and statistics then decide for yourself.

How the Theory that the Sun Causes Cancer Arose

The studies that showed UV (Ultraviolet) radiation causes skin cancer were done on nocturnal animals who lived their lives in a toxic nnEMF (non-native electro-magnetic field) environment, under artificial blue light on artificial grounds.

We are the only species that have taken ourselves away from water and natural materials. Every other species constantly and regularly touches water and/or earth.

So when you take a nocturnal animal, such as a rat, away from nature, keep them in an artificial environment inundated with blue light and nnEMF, all while altering their innate circadian rhythms, what do you think causes cancer here?

Other studies came from a petri dish of naked unprotected cells.

Don’t Compare The Studies on Animal Skin to Human Skin

All plants and animals know how much sunlight they need exactly.

Plants close or turn away their leaves in accordance with their molecular light harvesting zones.

Animals seek the shade when the sun is enough, plus they are protected by fur.

Humans lost their fury skin. So we had to develop a completely new concept of skin. No other creature on this planet has complex skin structure like humans.

You need to be very careful when comparing studies done on animals to human biology. You cannot compare our skin to animals!

Red Sunburn is Not Good But Pink Skin is a Healthy Reaction

I want to make it clear that getting burnt so that you are red and your skin peels is not good and can put your health at risk.
On the dimmer side of the spectrum, skin becoming pink from the sun is a healthy reaction.

The Beneficial Pathology of Sunlight Causing Pink Skin

  • Sunlight gives nitric oxide, which is a vassal dilator.
  • This brings Red Blood Cells (RBCs) to the surface from the skin (“dermal pooling”).
  • These RBCs comprise of haemoglobin and porphyrins that come to the surface to absorb UV spectrum to charge up with energy and enhance movement (healthy vata function), so they can perform their essential tasks of oxygenating the whole body and circulating life-force (prana).
  • Blood is trying to absorb UV light. UV is not the enemy.
  • Blood is a magnetohydrodynamic fluid that links the sun to your mitochondria.
  • This is why your skin becomes pink, in order to capture sunlight for these vital bodily functions.

Real Risk Factors For Skin Cancer

Artificial Blue Light

Melanoma incidence has risen 23 times from 1935-2012

This is in accordance with a gorge on artificial light while burying the sun from our life.

  • In the last 100 years, the USA workforce has shifted from 75% outside to 75% inside.
  • Vitamin D3 rates are at historic lows.
  • Outdoor workers have a lower incidence of melanoma than indoor workers.
  • Melanoma rates are higher in those living away from the equator.

In summary, skin cancer rates are getting higher while people are getting exponentially less sun.

It just doesn’t make sense that the sun is what causing this epidemic of skin cancer.

Let's look more into why swapping fake blue light for natural sunlight is a prevailing cause of skin cancer:

Blue Light Destroys Melatonin

Melatonin is an absolutely essential hormone:

  • Maintains Immunity
  • The Body’s Most Powerful Antioxidant
  • Energy Levels and Mitochondrial Health
  • Maintains Circadian Rhythms
  • Regulates All Other Hormones
  • Better Sleep
  • Cognitive Health and Brain Health
  • Weight Loss
  • Healthy Bones and Joint Health
  • Healthy Microbiome
  • Blood Sugar and Metabolic Health

Read more about Melatonin via my article: Melatonin: Benefits and How to Optimise It.

  • All modern indoor (blue) lighting subtract out UV and Infrared light. This worsens problematic (uneven) modern skin pigmentation.
  • Red light has been shown to lower the risk of melanogenesis (skin pigmentation process). Unfortunately, red light has also been subtracted from modern man-made light, further increasing the blue light hazard for uneven skin pigmentation.

Exposing your skin to artificial light means you are absorbing an altered, unnatural spectrum of light that is unharmonious to the skin's photosynthesis processes. This stresses the cells and causes impaired skin physiology, potentially leading to skin cancer.

Cancer is uncontrolled growth and uncoupled growth of cells. Constant blue light is putting stimuli for grow, grow, grow. Along with this is a lack of stable energy which should have been obtained from the sun.

Different light frequencies effect on the skin:

  • UVA (320–400 nm) can induce IPD (immediate pigment darkening) during the first minutes of exposure, which is a transient form of pigmentation and fades away within a few hours. PPD (persistent pigment darkening) appears within hours of higher doses of UVA exposure and persist up to several days or weeks.
  • Visible light (Blue light) (400–700 nm) lies outside of the spectral range of what photo-biologists define as deleterious (harmful) radiation. VL can have a significant impact on producing “uneven pigmentation in skin” (melasma), which is the main factor for photo-ageing. This becomes worse and more uneven if the skin lacks UV. All modern indoor (blue) lighting subtract out UV and IR light, worsening the problematic (uneven) modern skin pigmentation.
  • Red light has been shown to lower the risk of melanogenesis (imbalanced skin pigmentation process) but this colour light has also been subtracted from modern man-made light further increasing the blue light hazard for skin pigmentation. 

Note that skin pigmentation is an important human phenotypic trait whose regulation, in spite of recent advances, has not yet been fully understood. Traditionally skin pigmentation is believed as the most important photo-protective factor, since melanin, besides functioning as a broadband UV absorbent, has antioxidant and radical scavenging properties. 

Inflamed Gut

Inflammation via the gut affects the vagus nerve which opens the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and makes the brain lose control of the immune system. This deactivates the immune system and leads to cancer by increasing ubiquitin markings and turning on the inflammatory cascade and the growth cascades that all lead to cancer.

Studies show a link between Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Skin Cancer.

UV Intoxication

Very heavy ultra-violet exposure and sunburn can cause skin cancer.

Genetic Predisposition Regarding Skin Type

This is approximately less than 5% of the population.

Hormonal Predisposition

Including Hormones Replacement Therapies.

Ingredients of Skin Care Products

In Ayurveda, we administer herbs through the skin (through medicated oils and pastes) to access deep body tissues more efficiently than even administering herbs internally. Modern science calls this "trans-dermal technology." Chemicals of skin care products can also penetrat the skin and deeper tissues. Rule of thumb: “Only put it on your skin if you can eat it.”

Intake of Photosensitising Drugs and Other Medications

(e.g. Viagra, Tetracycline)

Environmental Pollutants

A contributing factor to impaired skin physiology, particularly sei-conductors on the skin.

Electromagnetic Radiation

From wireless devices like phones, cellphone towers, wifi routers, laptops and computers smart TVs etc. (EMF).

  • Calcium efflux (leaking of calcium ions) is a principal membrane reaction to EMF exposure. This lowers sulfate levels in all cells, but especially the skin and surface arterioles where the sun hits us.
  • Calcium efflux in the central nervous system also alters blood chemistry.
  • This chronic effluxing of calcium seriously disturbs calcium levels, Parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels and Vitamin D homeostasis in the skin.
  • Calcium efflux also alters the synthesising function of certain enzymes and other biological functions. For the science geeks: Endothelial NOS (eNOS) sulfate production stimulated by nitric oxide in the presence of UVB and IR light is altered when calcium efflux occurs.

How Sunscreen May Contribute to Skin Cancer

It’s not only the chemicals in sunscreens that produce free radicals that promote skin cancer (see graph below).

Even with some natural sunscreens, when you target to block specific frequencies of the light spectrum and alter wavelengths, the end result is an altered spectrum of light hitting your skin. Not a FULL spectrum holistic light.

You can’t take out one part of the spectrum and think you’re doing it better than nature.

This stresses the cells and causes impaired skin physiology leading to skin cancer.

Note that if you can't help but be in the sun all day unprotected by clothes (best option), sunscreen can provide some protection.

Sunscreens to Use

If you are going to use sunscreen, use one that “shimmers” and doesn’t absorb into the body (causing the free radical damage).

The higher the SPF the higher risk of cancer and reduces vitamin D synthesis.

I recommend applying cold-pressed coconut oil while out in the sun. Coconut oil is sulfur-based which help absorb Vitamin D3 plus it protects. Also doing self-abhyanga will improve your skin physiology to reflect excess sunlight and absorb and transduce beneficial rays for good use.

How to Protect Yourself from Sun Burn

Shade and Clothing

Fundamental innate solution. The best protection

Improve your Skin Physiology and Tolerance to Sun

Strategically allow for sunlight to change the anatomical structure of your skin with gradual sun exposure + self-abhyanga. A thickening of the skin will occur as there is increase in melanocytes and keratinocytes and melanin pigment. This is the build-up of natural sun protection on the epidermis. Like building “Light Calluses” on your skin.

Expose Yourself to Late Afternoon Sun

If you want to build up your tolerance to the sun and expose your skin to the sun in a safer way, choose afternoon/evening sun closer to sunset. This time of sun exposure is safer according to Ayurveda and now modern science (see graph below). This especially applies for hot climates.

Note that the morning sun is also important as it provides specific beneficial rays (UVA-IRA light).

"Exposure to evening sun gives longevity."
~ Ancient Ayurvedic Slohka (saying)

Conclusions

Moderate and diligent sun exposure has positive effects and health benefits for most humans. The sun is crucial for optimal health.

(Maybe) 5%* of the population really shouldn’t expose themselves to sunlight due to their individual risk profile.

If you don’t get adequate access to sunlight you’ll need to go on more holidays or bathe in full-spectrum artificial light.

In regards to skin cancer, it all comes down to proper skin physiology and overall health.

Optimise your skin physiology with proper diet, healthy environment, self-abhyanga and good sunlight.

Optimise your health and immune system through the various practices which I share on my website.

Article coming soon on “Why The Sun is Crucial for Optimal Health”

Bibliography:

*Alexander Wunch
Dr. Jack Kruse

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Melatonin: The Critical Hormone & How to Optimise It

Melatonin is an essential hormone that provides a multitude of benefits throughout the human body.

Mistakenly it has been dubbed the hormone of sleep, but more accurately it is the "hormone of darkness," since it trains our circadian rhythms to the day and night cycles, a critical cycle to be aligned with for optimal health.

Since the 2017 Nobel Prize was won for "Circadian Medicine," volumes of research are now showing melatonin is important for many things other than sleep and jet lag.

Benefits of Melatonin

Maintains Immunity

Low melatonin = weak immune system which makes you susceptible to cancer. Melatonin is the best anti-cancer hormone because it is vital for optimal immune function.

The Body’s Most Potent Antioxidant

As declared by numerous studies. Melatonin scavenges for free radicals, stimulates genes to turn on other antioxidant systems, has access to any and every cell in the body and easily crosses the blood-brain barrier.

The process:

  • During sleep, all your brain cells shrink from 40-60%, creating room in the brain for melatonin to flood in and bind to all the oxidative stress and free radicals.
  • It then sweeps this oxidative stress (that ages us) out through cerebrospinal fluid, down into the circulatory system, for the liver and kidneys to process and eliminate out of the body.
  • Melatonin also floods through the lymphatics and detoxifies different organs throughout the night.

Energy Levels and Mitochondrial Health

Mitochondria are the energy generators for every cell. Melatonin makes life easier and more efficient for these energy generators.

  • When melatonin is removed from your brain, you loose DHA in cell membranes.
  • DHA is the only lipid that can turn sunlight into DC electric current and visa versa.
  • The DC electric circulates through your body to provide you with energy.
  • DC current also counters inflammation (DC current is a negative charge and inflammation is a positive charge).
  • Note that stress also reduces DHA. Studiess here.

Maintains Circadian Rhythms and Regulates All Other Hormones

Since all the hormones are connected like a web. Especially reproductive hormones and hormones related to metabolism an appetite.

Better Sleep, Cognitive Health, Brain Health, Weight Loss

Numerous studies show this (3),(4),(5).

Melatonin is a direct antagonist to cortisol. When melatonin is up, cortisol (stress) goes down.

Healthy Bones and Joint Health

Studies showed melatonin helps in the treatment of bone pathologies such as the osteoporosis and the adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). It aslo may prevent bone degradation and promote bone formation.

Healthy Microbiome

Our gut bacteria are regulated by our circadian clock and are sensitive to melatonin. Melatonin, which is secreted into the gastrointestinal lumen expresses circadian patterns of swarming and motility. Studies suggest the human circadian system may regulate its microbiome through the entrainment of bacterial clocks.

Blood Sugar, Metabolic Health and Cravings

Studies showed that Melatonin regulates insulin secretion and protects against reactive oxygen species which are a threat to pancreatic β-cells (the cells that do the job of storing and releasing insulin).

β-cells are very susceptible to oxidative stress because they possess only low-antioxidative capacity.

Low melatonin levels will cause high insulin levels and high dopamine levels which causes stress (cortisol) along with an increase in cravings, addictions and metabolic disorders.

Strong cravings for carbohydrates in the summer is a natural circadian response to prepare for the famine or lack of food during the darkness of winter. (1)

When we light our homes with artifical blue light for an extra 5-6 hours after sunset, we are sending the “endless summer” message to our cellular biological clocks that it is time to crave carbs in preparation for the famine of winter. This carb craving can last for 365 days a year.(2)

More Than Meets the Eye: Skin Receptors for Melatonin

It is not just your eyes that initiate melatonin production, there are receptors in your skin.

Melatonin is mostly produced after the retinal ganglion cells in our eyes perceive light. Interestingly however, there are also photo-pigments on the skin all over the body can detect different types of light and sync peripheral rhythms with the light and dark cycle.

Neuroxin is a UVA receptor present in our skin and eye that gets stimulated by light. This receptor was only found in 2009.

This is why even blind people can still have a diurnal rhythm in sync with the light/dark cycle.

Artifical Blue Light Disrupting Melatonin

Artifical blue light destroys melatonin.

Not only does it lower melatonin, but when we are watching our computers or TV at night, or checking our emails at or before sunrise, our dirunal clock becomes confused and all the hormones become disturbed (think of our hormal system like a web, all connected).

As we learnt before, it is not only our eyes!

The skin receptors also get stimulated by artifical blue light. Surface photo-chemistry influences the tissues underneath. These spectrums can penetrate all the way to the fat tissue layer and cause free radicals, energy problems, and more.

Your thyroid only sits about half a cm under you skin. So the blue light is penetrating to the thyroid. People with hashimotos beware. Perhaps the most important remedy for low thyroid is nasya + watch the sunrise + get sunshine on your neck and protect your neck from fake blue light.

Ways to Optimise Melatonin

Get Sunshine

Watch the sunrise and the sunset without sunglasses, glasses or contact lenses (as these alter a holistic light spectrum by blocking specific frequencies).

Sunbathe with as much bare skin as possible. Soak up the sun in moderation. Slowly build your skin tolerance to the sun.

Proper Sleep

Melatonin is the hormone of darkness. It will build while you are asleep. Be in bed before 10 pm, and wake up with the sun.

The latest Nobel Prize proved ancient wisdom by showing maximum melatonin production is between 10pm - 2am, which Ayurveda has been saying for thousands of years is the "Pitta time," where your body metabolises food, nutrients and hormones.

The catch is you need to be asleep for the production!

No Artificial Light at Night

Artificial light at night, even if it is ambient blocks the production of melatonin needed to get to sleep and stay asleep. Use candles or revolutionize back to incandescent light bulbs for night time.

Begin reducing blue and artificial light exposure starting at sunset, or 2-3 hours before bed. Make sure there are no lights on at night while you sleep. If necessary, use blackout curtains or an eye mask to block ambient light. Ensure you still get up at sunrise.

Go camping for a couple or few days without artifical light of electronic devices. That will do wonders.

Reduce LED Lights and Screens at Night

Don't look at your phone first thing when you wake up. Do your morning routine before touching that thing.

Reduce TV and computers at night time and 2 hours before bed. We are not biologically wired at all to be exposed to such high light temperatures while the sun is not up.

Use filters on your computer, make your phone screen "most warm" 24/7 and use blue light blocking glasses.

Nasya (Nasal Drops)

Nasya is the practice of sniffing herbal oil up your nose to your pineal gland to detox the pineal gland and activate it's functions of jobs like initiating melatonin secretion.

Learn more about Nasya here.

Melatonin Rich Foods

  • Goji berries (very high source).
  • Cherries, espeically tart cherries. Tart cherry juice has been studied to help sleep.
  • Walnuts and almonds.
  • Flaxseeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Fenugreek and mustard seeds
  • Raspberries
  • Bed Time Milk Elixir - Whether its milk from mother, cow or goat, studies show it boost melatonin.

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Reduce Coffee - Logic will tell you that caffeine as a stimulant will inhibit melatonin production—and it does.  Studies suggest that at night the caffeine will block melatonin production. This supersedes the constituents in coffee that actually help boost melatonin levels.

Always eat in season since all food absorbs light and you will consume the appropriate dose of electrons and meltatonin.

Supplements

I recommend you only consider supplementation after you have tried all the natural interventions above.

Those who work night shifts or very long hours, people who fly frequently and people who still struggle with sleep should consider this.

Assess whether you need a time-release or immeditate melatonin. Get quality supplements here.

Although you can get melatonin from foods and man-made pills, sunlight is the most dominant synchroniser of melatonin production. Get more sun.

References

  1. T.S Wiley. Lights Out, Sleep, Sugar and Survival. Atria Books, New York. 2000
  2. https://nutritionfacts.org/2014/04/03/foods-with-natural-melatonin/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4352910/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3001215/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3742260/https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12640-012-9337-4

Credits:

  1. Dr. John Douillard, Lifespa.com
  2. 1cm^3 contains by Alexander Wunsch
  3. Melatonin Graph: Sandhills Neurologists
  4. Old-Clock photo - Fabrizio Verrecchia
  5. City Lights - Mike Wilson
  6. City Lights Disney - Denys Nevozhai

True Exercise and Real Modern Yoga with Simon Borg-Olivier {Podcast #002}

What are the true purpose and aims of exercise?

What does exercise actually mean?

How do you most effectively reap the benefits of exercise without potentially damaging your physiology?

Is the exercise activity or yoga class that you are attending to actually benefiting your health or is it doing more damage than good?

In this podcast, we investigate the mechanisms of “Hatha Yoga” - the physical aspect of yoga, including the asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath work) as well as exercise and movement in general

Simon reveals basic misunderstanding and misconceptions people have about modern Yoga and exercise based science. He shares correlations between types of movement with the state of your nervous system.

Simon and reveals tips to revolutionise your exercise and yoga practice for maximum vitality, energy and prana (life-force to every cell in your body).


ABOUT SIMON BORG-OLIVIER

Simon Borg-Olivier MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) APAM C-IAYT has been practicing yoga for 50 years and teaching for 35 years. He has also been a registered physiotherapist for 20 years. Simon is co-director of YogaSynergy, a research scientist and a University lecturer. He has been regularly invited to teach lifestyle, posture, movement and breathing at conferences and festivals internationally since 1990.


In this Episode we Discuss:

  • Simon’s background, teachers and gurus. (3:55)
  • Yoga: The art of learning how not to breathe. (4:46)
  • Basic misunderstanding and misconceptions people have about modern Yoga and exercise based science (10:05)
  • The myth of “No Pain No Gain” (13:48)
  • Excessive exercise preventing weight loss due to excessive sympathetic nervous system activation. (14:05)
  • Nasal breathing vs. mouth breathing. (14:35)
  • Excessive sympathetic nervous system (Flight or Fight) activation. (16:28)
  • Hyperventilation: Wim Hof method, Shamanic healings, Sound healings. (18:13)
  • The Wim Hof Method - an advanced yogic technique that people are missing the essence of.
  • Why Simon had to apologise to those he taught Yoga to 20-30 years ago. (27:53)
  • Health risks of high impact sport and intense cardio (30:41)
  • The real meaning of “cardio” - Good cardiovascular work - improving function of blood vessels, rather than the heart taking all the strain. (31:30)
  • The general global purpose of yoga and physiological purpose of yoga. (33:21)
  • Adapting traditional yoga teachings for the modern western body. (36:21)
  • The danger of headstands for westerners, but natural for traditional Asians. (38:30).
  • Simons current guru: Master Zhen Hua Yang - Shaolin monk, martial arts expert and energy master. (39:37)
  • Simple practices to revolutionise your body to become more “natural” during practice: (42:07)
  • Simple practices to incorporate in your day-to-day life: (48:47)
    1. Active movement.
    2. Move from your core.
    3. Breath naturally.
    4. Move in a fluid way with 3D space.
  • Simon’s philosophy of life: (52:05)
  1. Enjoy life - it’s a choice.
  2. Look after our bodies.
  3. Help other people enjoy life.

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Why are Vitamin D Levels Still Low in Sun Bathers?

The positive and negative semi-conductors of the human body have become altered for some reason. Reasons for this alteration can vary…
Trans-fats and rancid oils in gluten-free organic bars, man-made foods like soybean, canola, and vegetable oils and fluoride in the water.

Being inundated with stress is another big one as our sympathetic nervous system (Flight or Fight) is now turned on more constantly than ever before. This effects our “Third Brain” (the skin), the home of trillions of nerve conductors, microbial colonies and epidermal keratinocytes (sensory and signaling pathways) that are highly receptive to the environment.

EMF (Electro-magnetic fields) is another a serious cause because these frequencies act as dielectric blockers in biologic semiconductors. Dielectric blockers cause a collapse of energy transduction.

There are many more causes for this skin physiology deficiency.

Solution: Self Abhyanga (Oil Massage)

Method: Anoint your body with oil (superiorly choose medicated oil, other-wise sesame in winter / coconut in summer), then give yourself a massage.

This will improve the physiology of your skin so that you can successfully absorb vitamin D as well as other essential frequencies emitted by the generous sun such as red light, near infrared and far infrared. These frequencies boost ATP (energy) production.

Vitamin D is actually a hormone that is crucial for longevity and preventing diseases, particularly cancer, type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s and so much more.

Up to 85 percent of people have insufficient levels of Vitamin D and are unaware of it.

Self+Abhyanga + Sun Exposure will also improve calcium absorption and musculoskeletal issues.
Plus the many more benefits you’ll obtain from self-abhyanga - pacify the nervous system, feed the skin's microbiome, stimulate lymphatic drainage, enhance blood circulation and much more.

Ps. You can’t get this from a pill.

When you swallow a pill, you are faking your body out. You only receive the chemical signal of the photo-electric effect that occurs on your skin.
You just have the chemical signal, but you are not getting photonic power (where the power lies).

Are you are getting some benefits from Vitamin D supplements? Certainly some metabolic benefits, but lack of sunlight will deprive your body of essentials that may very well sabotage your health as you are not getting Vitamin D the way nature designed you to.

If you live in a place where there is hardly sunlight you will probably have to swallow something and bathe in artificial light. Or go on more holidays.

photo: The boys back in 1993, Coogee. Peter Elliston, Art Gallery of NSW.

Sweet Lassi

Ingredients

1 tsp – 1 TBSP fresh plain yoghurt
1-1.5 cup water.
1 tsp rose water
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp quality sugar (optional)
1/4 tsp fresh cream

Method

Blend ingredients well and drink fresh.

Benefits of Lassi

  • Improves digestion and a fantastic pro-biotic.
  • Lassi is the best alkaliser.
  • As Lassi improves digestion and absorption it ultimately supports calcium absorption and bone health.
  • Balances heat (pitta) and clear the physical channels.
  • It is the best remedy (with a pinch of salt) for haemorrhoids and anal fissures.
  • A great food to introduce dairy to a lactose intolerant person after they have corrected their agni.
  • Lassi is very hydrating, and a great drink to have with lunch.

 

About Rakta Mokshana: Blood Liberation

A unique treatment to eliminate toxins from the blood.
One of the five most powerful treatments in Ayurveda.

In Ayurveda, there are five prime treatments to eliminate toxins from the body known as Panchakarma.

Pancha = “Five.”
Karma = “Action.”

The “five actions” are:

  1. Vamana (Therapeutic vomiting)
  2. Virechena (Purgation)
  3. Basti (Enema)
  4. Nasya (Nasal and brain cleanse)
  5. Rakta Mokshana (Blood liberation)

The way ayurvedic medicine “liberates” blood is through the unique blood letting method of leech therapy.

Leech Therapy is indicated for:

  • Skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis - according to Ayurveda, toxins that manifest as skin diseases are mostly stored in the blood.
  • Blood diseases
  • Necrosis: failure of blood supply
  • Varicose veins, spider veins and obstructed veins
  • Arthritis and joint issues
  • Blood clotting - (leeches contain the most powerful anti-coagulant known to man, Hirudin).
  • Excess pitta, or heat and acidity
  • Gangrene
  • Gout
  • Diabetes
  • Improving nerve activity and blood flow.

Western Hospitals Can’t Resist Using Leeches Today

Today in the Australian state of New South Wales alone, over 20 hospitals use leeches in their medical practice. In Europe they use leeches even more. They are mainly used post-surgery to bring back blood quickly to heal the site. There is just no other anti-coagulant that is more powerful to increase blood circulation for healing than that which the leech secretes (hirudin),

The Process of Leech Treatment:

  • Preparation treatments such as abhyanga massage and sweating treatments are performed for a few days to loosen up, move and pull deep seated toxins to be collected in the peripheral blood tissue.
  • Then the purified and hospital grade leeches are placed onto the skin om the target area until they naturally latch on and gently start sucking.
  • Sucking can last for 15 minutes and go up to three hours. Everyone is different. The leeches are left on until they have had enough to drink and naturally fall off.
  • Leech therapy does not hurt. It is like a teeny tiny pinch.
  • After the leeches are off, a herbal anti-bacterial and wound healing paste is applied along with a bandage over the small prick.

The Leech Also Gives Back Fluid

The leech inserts a special nectar from their saliva back into the humans blood that makes the bodily intelligence to send back the bad blood only. What more is that this fluid it inserts into our body, known as Hirudin, is the most potent anti-coagulant known to man.

Unique Method of Blood Letting

A unique feature about leech therapy is that leeches are bias - they only suck toxic blood and not the pure blood.

 

“Just as the swan drinks only the milk from diluted milk, similarly the leeches drink only the bad blood first from the pool of (vitiated) blood.”
Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, ch 35, 4.

A Divine Tool of Ayurveda

Lord Dhanvantari, the lord of Ayurveda and the health aspect of consciouses, brought four vital instruments to the world in each of his four hands:

  1. Amrit Kalash – A pot of nectar.
  2. The sound/knowledge of Ayurveda.
  3. Lord Vishnu’s Chakra (wheel used as a weapon).
  4. A LEECH!

The Importance of Blood

Some Ayurvedic Sages even say that Rakta (blood) is a 4th Dosha.
That’s right, consider Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Rakta!
This is because blood is the only tissue in the body that can be vitiated by itself, all other tissues are vitiated by the doshas.

Find Out More about Leech Treatment - 0451 534 884 / dylan@vitalveda.com.au

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