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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Dr. Marty Makary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


In this Episode we Discuss:

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

The Crisis of Medical Appropriateness

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

21% was the average!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revolutionising Medicine through the medical education system.

The problem with medical school are the exams.

Teaching regurgitation.

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

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

Anti-microbial resistance is a public health crisis

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

Stopping Covid-19 corona virus in its tracks.

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

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

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

The medical system taking advantage of the elderly

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

Healthy Skepticism & Trust

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

The true heritage and purpose of hospitals and doctors

Price Gouging Medicinal Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suing Patients

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

Garnishing their pay checks.

Bullying on a scale that is unimaginable.

Doctors Know the Nudges

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

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

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

Doctors have learnt the nudges.

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

Ask your doctor about their individual C-Section Rates

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

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

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

Doctors have learnt the nudges.

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

The importance of vaginal delivery

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

It is not doctors who are responsible for this.

Not one single person or entity is to blame.

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

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

Solutions

How can we possibly fix the healthcare system?

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

Actions patients can take:

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

Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this Episode we Discuss:

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

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

Upaveda: Dhanurveda* (various views)

Why Ayurveda was created before humanity and as old age nature

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

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

Practicing Ayurveda in the West

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

Yukti

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

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

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

Qualities of a Vaidya (Ayurvedic physician)

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

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

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

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

The Art & Science of Vedic Counselling

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

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

Mental health starts at the embryological level.

The Alarming Mental Health Epidemics

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in USA.

Perfection of a Healer

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

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

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

Suchi Chikitsa - the purity of the treatment.

Siddha Mantra & Siddha Vaidya (Divine Capabilities of Physicians)

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

Chita Hasta (Healing power of touch)

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

Business and work life is taking away your happiness.

The impact of circadian rhythms.

“Janapada Dhwamsa” = Epidemics according to Ayurveda.

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

Covid-19 and Nature's Divine Plan

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

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

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

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

Passion that you infuse into your self.

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

Traya Upa Sthambha: 3 Pillar of Health According to Ayurveda

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

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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.

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The Solution:

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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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Pearl (Mukta): Uses & Benefits

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

Pearls Relationship with the Moon

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

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

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

Synonyms

Mauktika, sautika, muktaphala

Indications

Cooling

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

Strength and Nourishment

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

Preparing Pearl Properly

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

Cerebral Tonic and Nervous System Support

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

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

Water Purifier

Pearls purify water.

Ways to Absorb Pearl

Dhatu (Herbal Formula)

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

Wear Pearl Malas

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

Caution: Low Quality "Pearl"

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

A Note on Genuine Natural Pearl by Jay Boyle

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

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

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

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

~ Jay Boyle, gemstone expert and founder of Astrological Gem

References:

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


The Epidemic of Chronic Disease Calls Ayurveda to the Rescue {Podcast #004}

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Epidemics of chronic diseases are exponentially growing alongside our modern lifestyle.
Ayurveda has never been so relevant to humanity than right now. And what the 2017 Nobel Prize for Medicine was won for supports this, because it was won for “Circadian Medicine,” which is basically “Ayurveda 101” (living in tune with nature’s circadian rhythms).

Half of the men reading this will get cancer in their life. 1 in 3 women will get cancer. Diabetes, auto-immune diseases, infertility, premature blindness, autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s and more are all rapidly taking over the bodies of our population

Two big culprits recently on the block are talked about: Excessive exposure to EMF (electro-magnetic fields) and blue light. Dylan shares ways to mitigate the effects of these, from very simple no-brainer adjustments to bigger steps to be more proactive in changing aspects of your life to take control of your health.

Dylan also shares basic principles and concepts of Ayurveda.

This is a recording of a talk Dylan did in February 2018 at Bondi Meditation Centre in Sydney, hosted by Matt Ringrose. It was so well received he had to share it with you...


About Dylan Smith

Founder, Ayurvedic practitioner, holistic health educator and proponent of Vedic wisdom, Dylan Smith, has a holistic passion to teach patients to effortlessly integrate new habits into their daily life. Dylan is devoted to learning, sharing and radiating this ancient knowledge for everyone to utilise and enjoy, to experience total wellness and bliss. Read more about Dylan here.


In this Episode we Discuss:

  • What is Ayurveda: The Science of Life. (05:15)
  • The 2017 Nobel Prize for Medicine was basically “Ayurveda 101.” (06:30)
  • The 5 Element and 3 Dosha Theories of Ayurveda to simplify medicine. (08:42)
  • Why Meditations are deeper and more transcending before sunrise. (11:13)
  • The true definition of “a healthy person” according to Ayurveda. (12:03)
  • Re-establishing fat metabolism for optimum energy levels, mood regulation and more.
  • The epidemic of pre-mature blindness from macular-degeneration and blue light. (22:02)
  • EMF (Electro-magnetic fields): a high biologically active cause of chronic disease. (23:53)
  • Abhyanga” to shield from EMF, energy, and many other benefits, (25:05)
  • Why EMF is the new cigarettes. (35:00)
  • Transcending disease. (38:52)
  • Pesticides and Chemicals (41:25)
  • The importance of pure physiology preconception and during pregnancy.
  • Tongue Scraping.
  • Ghee (Clarified butter) as a superior source of cooking oil. (45:05)
  • Nasya: Lubricating the brain. (45:35)
  • Way to enhance your microbiome: Eat food cooked with love, eat ghee, do self-abhyanga. (46:32)

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Jyotish: Vedic Astrology with Anand Mehrotra {Podcast #003}

Jyotish, a profound mathematical sophisticated form of astrology. It describes how planetary patterns at the time of our birth give valuable clues in helping us understand our life’s journey. Through careful analysis of these cosmic influences, Jyotish can help us realistically evaluate our strengths and weaknesses in order to optimise our full potential.

Join expert visionary master teacher and Jyotishi, Anand Mehrotra, as we dispel dogmas, myths and inaccurate perceptions about Jyotish and other aspects of the veda.

Anand reveals to us a great introduction and general overview about Jyotish - “the light of the self.” He recommends specific regimes for you to do during new moon, full moon and eclipses. Anand beautifully expresses the qualities of the core seven planets by relating them with their signifying chakras and deity expressions.


ABOUT ANAND MEHROTRA

Anand is a visionary master teacher, community and thought leader, conscious entrepreneur and Jyotishi (vedic astrologer). Anand was born, raised and still resides in Rishikesh, a holy town by the Ganga river at the foot hills of the Himlayas in North India.

He is the founder and master teacher of Sattva Yoga, a radically holistic, ever-evolving practice that is currently growing rapidly.
He teaches around the world to give wisdom talks, host gatherings, satsangs, meditations, provides Vedic astrology readings, leads Sattva Yoga journeys, retreats and trainings.

Anand leads two non for profit organisations, The Khushi Charitable Society and Sattva Foundation, and has launched several businesses based on sustainable practices and supporting local communities.


In this Episode we Discuss:

  • The role of Jyotish in expanding holistic, all inclusive knowledge.
  • What is Jyotish - the “eye of the veda.” The light of self.
  • “A physician who doesn’t know astrology should not call himself a physician.” ~ Hippocrates. (5:00)
  • The study of the movement and flow of Jeeva (individuality) in time. How to utilise our journey in this time bound expression in the highest manner possible. (8:05)
  • “The Entry” - time and place of birth is a karmic footprint which will provide the information of ones karma.
  • The difference between Jyotish and Western Astrology. (12:55)
  • Rahu and Ketu - Two shadow planets that cause eclipses and balance kundalini. (15:05)
    • Rahu - north lunar node - dragons head. Mind.
    • Creative, expansive. Psychosis.
    • Higher level - Impact, expansion, self actualisation. External.
    • Further - fearlessness, which gives rise to kundalini (infinite potential). Fear constricts us from our infinite potential. Rahu plays on your fears.
    • Ketu - south lunar node - dragons tail. Body.
    • Withdrawing, depressive, chronic illnesses.
    • Higher level - liberation, inner realisation. Internal.
    • Past.
    • Rahu was a chandala. The god split his head but because of his high state of consciousness he was immortal. So the head become Rahu. Tail became Ketu.
    • Snakes are Karayaka (physical expression of energy) for Rahu and Ketu. (18:48)
  • Multiple levels of dreaming. (19:25)
  • When Rahu and Ketu (Ida and Pingala) merge in a balanced state along the spine the sushumna opens. Associated with Kundaliuni Shakti. Potential to awaken your kundalini, your infinite potential. (19:55)
  • Regimen for Eclipses - Optimal uses of energy. Not a time to start business venture. Not creative energy. More of a meditative energy. (20:55)
  • Regimen for No Moon: inward, meditative (23:09)
  • Regimen for New Moon: initiatives, new beginnings, ventures, treatments.
  • Regimen for Full Moon - healing, self-healing. Gathering, collective gatherings, agni-hotras, kirtan, yagya, rituals, pujas, ceremonies. Be with elements, be in nature, especially water element. (23:55)
  • Freeing your bondage and transcending your personal karmic journey to live with the natural flow of time. (25:42)
  • The 7 Grahas (Planets) and their signifying Chakras and Deity Expressions (30:37)
    1. Shani (Saturn) - Shiva - Muladhara (root) Chakra. - Seat of infinite potential. Fearlessness, exploring the great unknown, inwardness, meditative. Shani is the great teacher.
    2. Guru (Jupiter) - Ganesh - Second Chakra. - Playfulness, indulging in wordy pleasures.
    3. Mangal (Mars) - Hanuman and Kartikaya. - Navel Chakra. - Vitality, strength, warrior, strong agni.
    4. Shukra (Venus) - Laksmi and Krishna - Heart Chakra. - Art, creativity, beauty. The brightest start in the sky.
    5. Buddh (Mercury) - Saraswati and Buddha - Throat Chakra - Intellect, mind, wisdom, conceptual knowledge
    6. Surya (Sun) and Chandra (Moon) - Shiva and Skati - 3rd eye.
  • No planet at Brahamsrara (crown chakra) as you are liberated by the burden of living (Jiva Mukta). You can still live in the human body, but you live in dharma free from bondage to karma.
  • Sattisati: 7.5 year transit of Saturn over the moon (37:30) - Saturn is the great teacher which forces you to evolve, grow and expand. It may seem challenging at the time, but this is a purification. There are some which you can change, and you should fully change those. There is some things which you cannot change, which you must completely accept.
  • Gemstones as a supplement to optimise a particular energy. (43:49)

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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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Ojas: Invigorate Your Vitality

According to Ayurveda, there is a special substance in the body that governs ageing, immunity, vigour, reproduction, mood, sleep, radiant skin, digestion, spirituality and physical strength. This substance is called ojas (OH-jas).

Ojas is a bio-celestial liquid substance that predominantly dwells in the heart and also circulates everywhere throughout the body to maintain life activities.

It is soft and pure, the colour of ghee (initially) and tastes like honey.

It is the first essential element of the embryo, the most refined by-product of digestion, and the physiological expression of pure consciousness. Hence, ojas is strongly linked to spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

It is the chief fluid material of the body on which life depends.

If ojas is destroyed, the human being will also perish. If ojas is healthy the human is kept happy and healthy.

The 10 Qualities of Ojas

  1. Madhura (Sweet)
  2. Sheeta (Cold) - A pleasant cold like the full moon. Oja Soma Atmakam.”
  3. Mridu (Soft)
  4. Snigdha (Unctuousness)
  5. Sandra (Density)
  6. Shalakshna (Smoothness)
  7. Picheel (Slimy)
  8. Guru (Heavy)
  9. Sthira (Stable)
  10. Prasanna (Clarity) - freedom of all defects.

Interestingly, milk is comprised of the same 10 qualities. Thus, milk is an excellent elixir and ojas enhancer.

Two Types of Ojas

1. Superior Ojas (Para Ojas)

  • Eight drops[1] in quantity. Fixed volume. Any diminution in the volume would amount to instantaneous death.
  • Site: Dwells in the heart.

2. Ordinary Ojas (Apara Ojas)

  • Half an anjali (ardhanjali) in quantity. (One anjali represents the volume equal to that of two hands joined in the form of a cup).
  • Site: The vessels attached to the heart and circulates all over the body along with plasma and blood to provide physical strength and immunity to resist disease.
  • The substance is similar to that of Kapha (Sarira 7:15).
  • Diminution is possible, as in cause of diabetes mellitus.

Activities That Increase Ojas

  • Loving others.
  • Laughing.
  • Performing activities that you are passionate about.
  • Giving and serving others unconditionally.
  • Yoga and breathing (pranayama).
  • Meditation
  • Being in nature.
  • Proper sleep (bed before 9.30/10pm, up with the sun. Sleeping amongst minimal EMF exposure).
  • Eating fresh whole-foods in a relaxed manner.

Eat Ojas Increasing Foods

“The root of living being, strength, complexion and ojas is diet.”
Susruta Samhita, Sutrasthana

Building Ojas is an art. Perhaps one of the best ways to consistently build Ojas is to eat a diet of fresh unprocessed, seasonal whole foods, and have a balanced agni to support the process. A handful of special foods even metabolise to nourish and build Ojas directly, fast-tracking the tissue metabolism process.

Activities that Reduce Ojas

  • Anger
  • Hunger - can include fasting for over one day.
  • Worry and stress.
  • Grief
  • Physical exertion - Includes over-exercising. Not taking days to rebuild. Excessive mouth breathing during exercise.
  • Masturbation.
  • Excessive sex both in sperm and ovum (daily for extended periods of time and considering the season and age).

Results of Decreased Ojas

  • Increase of fear, particularly related to loss of life (all fear essentially is the fear of death. Even little fears of unfulfilled desires, “my body only lasts a certain time, and my checklist is not getting ticketed before the big deadline”).
  • Debility.
  • Unstable mind and mental disturbances including excess worry and anxiety.
  • Discomfort in the sense organs including pain.
  • Bad complexion.
  • Dryness, roughness and emaciation of the body. 

How the Body Makes Ojas

Kedarikulyanyaya: The Law of Transmission 

According to Ayurveda, the entire digestive process takes 30 days[2] to complete. Nutrients from food (known as aharasa) are used to build the 7 major tissues (dhatus) of the body. The culmination of this transmutative process is the production of ojas. However, as mentioned, many factors exist that can compromise or block its production.

Here is how it is made, step-by-step:

Step 1: Healthy, wholesome, unprocessed food is ingested. The coordinated efforts of the stomach, pancreas, and liver/gallbladder (jathara agni) prepare the food to be assimilated. Nutrients are drawn out of the food to produce the first product of digestion, a nutrient fluid called rasa.

Rasa is the first of the seven major tissues of the body. It can be likened to plasma/lymph. A small amount of ordinary ojas is released into rasa, while the gradual process of building supreme ojas begins. 

Step 2: The rasa or first product of digestion is converted by enzymes (agni) —into blood, which in Ayurveda, is called rakta. Here, another small amount of ordinary ojas is released into the blood. This process of transmission can take 5 -7 days.[2][3]

Step 3: The rakta or blood converts into muscle or mamsa with the help of blood-based enzymes. A small amount of ordinary ojas is released into the muscles.

Step 4: The mamsa converts into fat or medha with the help of muscle enzymes, and releases a small amount of ordinary ojas into the fat.

Step 5: The medha or fat  converts to bone or asthi, and releases a small amount of ordinary ojas into the bone.

Step 6: The asthi or bone converts to nerve tissue or majja, and releases a small amount of ordinary ojas into the nervous system/bone marrow.

Step 7: The majja or nerve tissue converts into the reproductive fluid, where a small amount of ojas is released into the sperm or ovum. Remember, supreme ojas has been building with the production of each tissue, making the reproductive fluid the bodily tissue with the most accumulated ojas.

Step 8: The final product, supreme ojas, is released and stored in the heart. From there, it nourishes the subtle energy in the body which, in turn, feeds the body’s vigour, vitality, and immunity.

How the Seven Body Tissues Can Deplete Ojas 

When one of the tissues are vitiated, it will disrupt the transmissive process, depriving the body of ojas.

Rasa (lymph) - Stress releases stress-fighting hormones that have acidic waste products. Excess acidity causes lymphatic congestion.
De-stress and improve lymphatic drainage with self-abhyanbga.

Rakta (blood) - Inflamed and toxic blood carries damaging, inflammatory and degenerative chemicals throughout the body.
Liberate toxic blood with Raktamokshana.

Mamsa (muscle) - excessive exercise and exhaustion can deplete ojas.
Restore muscle tissue with abhyanga.

Medha (fat) - excess stress can hamper adipose circulation, leaving no nutrient for ojas. Most toxic chemicals are fat-soluble, hence are stored in the fat in times of stress.
Increase fat metabolism with the Vital Short Home Cleanse.

Asthi (bone) - Chronic issues such as osteopenia and osteoporosis can deplete ojas. These conditions can be caused by stress, lack of vitamin D and sunlight, poor ability to absorb vitamins, minerals and light frequencies.
Enhance your ability to absorb Vitamin D by improving your skin physiology with self-abhyanga.

Majja (bone marrow and the nervous system) - Stress and excessive activities stimulates the release of degenerative hormones which accelerate ageing, invite chronic disease, fatigue, sleep issues, and much more.
De-stress with Vedic Meditation.

Shukra (reproductive fluid) -  Excessive and untimely sex and masturbation will deplete this precious substance.
Rebuild with nourishing rasayanas and golden milk elixir.

Golden Milk Elixir

Just like grandma used to cook up for you with love and foresight. This anabolic tonic holds great wisdom, incorporating ojas building foods with the intelligence of natures herbs and spices. You’ll sleep like a baby and super charge your reserves of ojas.

Recipe here.

References:
(1) Caraka; A.S.V. ch. 19, 29-34
(2) Susruta: Sutra 14:14.
(3) Caraka Samhita, Sutra Stahan, Ch. 28

Credits:
Dr. John Douillard’s Lifespa.