Health Benefit of Having a Pet Dog (and kissing it) – Microbial Diversity

House dog licking a baby's face
Not only are your* reproductive organs becoming sterile, but your whole physiology as well.
You* are becoming a hyper-sensitive organism that lacks basic resiliency to the ever-changing and developing dynamics of life, which include bacteria, viruses, pathogens, and fungi.
You eat, work, sleep, defecate, and perhaps even exercise in these sterile cubicles, while artificial blue light (screens & lights) aggravates your hormones and mental state.
The only things your bare-feet touch are socks + rubber shoes, chemical floor cleaners and carpets, toxic tap water on your shower tiles cleaned with chlorine or bleach, and your dioxin rich 100% (non-organic) cotton bed sheets.

*By You/Your I exaggeratedly refer to the average of today’s collective. While this is an extreme end of the spectrum, sadly it is the truth for too many people, particularly those living in concrete jungle over-sanitised cities. 

Our microbiome, which makes up most of the human physiology and performs all the vital biological functions, is frailer than ever before.
There are a bunch of ways to enhance microbial diversity and performance, but one way is getting a pet dog!
  • A dog goes outside, gets dirty, and licks everyone.
  • They dump the dirt everywhere in the house.
  • The kids lick the dog.
  • The kid slobbers all over the parents and siblings.
This is a terrific way to get the microbes from outside into you.
Studies overseen by Dr. Brett Finlay were able to identify which families had a dog in the house by detecting (dog) microbes in the children’s feces.
While the contrary may occur (pets bring in infections), we need to drop the “good/bad” microbe/bacteria mentality and enhance our microbial diversity and resilience.
Golden Retriever Dog

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How to Be Vital & Healthy In The Second Half of Your Life | Dr John Douillard #074

Vital Veda Podcast Banner: Dr. John Douillard
The lifespan for today’s era according to Ayurveda should be around 120 years old.
This doesn’t mean living into old age feeling frail and in a state of cognitive decline, it means feeling vital and able to share your wisdom and joy with full cognitive function for all to enjoy.
At 65, Dr. John Douillard is an exemplar of what it means to be healthy in the second half of life.
Dr. John is a globally recognised leader in the field of natural health, Ayurveda and sports medicine and practices what he preaches.
He has personally been a significant inspiration to me (Dylan) and has taught me a lot in my years, along with thousands of other practitioners of Ayurveda.
Dr. John’s specialty is integrating ancient Ayurvedic wisdom with modern science, which he shares generously through Lifespa.com - the leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web.

About our guest: Dr. John Douillard

Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda, and sports medicine. He is the creator of LifeSpa.com, the leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web with over 9 million views on YouTube and over 130 thousand newsletter subscribers. LifeSpa.com is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world, with thousands of articles and videos joining ancient wisdom with modern science.

Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, author of 7 health books including his newest Amazon bestseller Eat Wheat, a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show, and newly released Yoga Journal video course Ayurveda 201 on Ayurvedic Psychology. 

He directs LifeSpa Ayurvedic Clinic, the 2013 Holistic Wellness Center of the Year in Boulder, CO.

Dr. John Douillard

In this Episode we Discuss:

Dr. John’s Journey of Adopting Ayurveda in the Early Days

Studying with the Raju Vaidyas
His own personal journey as a practitioner & how his relationship with Ayurveda evolved to what it is today.

Blending Ancient Wisdom With Modern Science

The fine balance between surrendering to a higher intelligence that appears to be less tangible and more unknown, while striving to intelligibly cognize the How’s and Why’s behind the ancient principles of Ayurveda. 

The Promise of The Second Half of One’s Life

“The Wisdom Years” or the Vata stage of life. It’s a time to apply the wisdom attained during one’s lifetime. 
Approaching life with a more mature and self-aware perspective. Knowing what our purpose is, what serves that purpose and what doesn’t; and acting accordingly. 
Having more time to be fully immersed and devoted to one’s own sadhana, dinacharya and ritucharya.

The True Purpose of Ayurveda

Allowing not only for the physiology to be in optimum condition, but to also achieve a still & fulfilled state of mind that empowers one to engage with life wholeheartedly.
Aligning one’s actions not only with mother nature, but with the essential nature of the Self (atma), so that the inner light that each of us hold comes to the surface for all to enjoy and thrive upon.

Ancient Techniques That Refine Our Capacity to Live Life to The Fullest

Using pranayama, mantra, asana, meditation, nasya and other techniques to cleanse & purify the mind of the different samskaras or impressions that have been imprinted on us during our life, especially our childhood.

The Often Overlooked Benefits of Nasya Therapy & Panchakarma

The Nasya technique was not only intended to heal the sinuses on a physiological level, but rather to cleanse the mind and heal it on a higher vibrational and spiritual level.  
Panchakarma cleanses the body of gross impurities and samskaras, so that it can have more clarity on the subtlest levels of perception - allowing for the letting go of patterns of deep-rooted emotional behaviour.

The Science Behind Pranayama

The relationship between oxygen assimilation and carbon dioxide levels. 
Why it is essential for us to practice intermittent hypoxia. 
To learn more about the science of breath & its therapeutic applications, listen to "Just Breath: Science of Breathing for Optimal Health | The Breathing Diabetic (Nick Heath) #072"
Recommended breathwork techniques:
  • Kumbhaka
  • Pratiloma (a.k.a. Inspiratory Muscle Training). 

Seasonally Drinking Cow's Milk

In Spring cows are having their calves, so during the spring & summer their milk should be for them. 
During the fall & winter there is a window for the dairy farmer to step in and take some of that milk to drink, make ghee, etc. 

Food Intolerances & The "Gluten Free" Concept

It is not advised to stop eating gluten. 
The hard-to-digest foods (wheat, dairy, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, nightshades, etc.) are irritants to the intestinal lining, and one of their many benefits is that they significantly stimulate gut immunity, which in turn represents 70% of your immune response. 
If intolerant to some type of food, there’s work to be done so that you can overcome the intolerance and allow your body to properly digest said food. 
  • To stop eating certain foods is never the solution; the underlying imbalance that prevents you from eating them is still going to be there. 
  • To read more about how the Ayurvedic view on food intolerances & how to overcome them click HERE

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Dr. John's Website HERE

Dr. John’s Instagram (@lifespa) HERE 


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Building Your Child’s Wellbeing

By Amelia Donnelly
Illustration of Durga Devi
Protecting the emotional safety and wellbeing of children is a fundamental concern of every parent. 
Currently, we are experiencing challenges in different ways: lockdowns, school closure, remote learning, rising mental health issues and uncertainty to name the most obvious. Navigating situations like extended lockdown can trigger a range of responses and reactions in children and prompt parents to ask questions about how to support the mental health of their children. Now, more than ever, do we need to engage in conversations that uphold and highlight solutions and strategies so we can transition as a community with greater ease, flow and confidence in the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of fostering resilient kids.  

How can parents support their children during these difficult transitions?

It is vital that parents and educators have language and tools to help not only support their own wellbeing, but nurture their child’s, too. With Google and the internet providing a plethora of information and resources to go to, parents can sometimes feel overwhelmed about where to turn and what information or guidance to follow. 
As a Vedic meditator, primary school teacher of twelve years and an author, I approach wellbeing inspired by Ayurvedic wisdom and knowledge: that what you focus your attention on, grows. 
To delve deeper into this knowledge, if ‘like increases like’, then how can we incorporate this wisdom into how we foster resilience and wellbeing in children? 
The solution? It’s quite simple: let’s bring our attention and awareness back to the present moment and anchor our daily routines in habits that nurture and nourish mind, body and soul. 
How does this connect to the ‘why?’ 
Taking the principle of ‘like increases like’, parents can begin daily conversations around: what does love look like? Feel like? Sound like? What does kindness look like? Feel like and sound like? What does respect look like? Feel like and sound like? Children are naturally intuitive and make connections between everything they see, say and do. 
Establishing values that are consistent with this Ayurvedic principle, will ensure that parents are living and role modelling values and virtues aligned to ‘increasing’ more of the same.
Parents with children outdoors
If we want to create more love, let’s focus our attention, language, emotions and thoughts on enlivening love within ourselves, our relationships and then with children.
Conscious parenting by no means ignores or devalues challenge or adversity; rather it accepts the present moment in all its fullness, and seeks to provide expression and meaning to the depth and beauty of human emotion and experience. This approach defines the ‘why’ – the pinnacle of establishing resilience is the ability to accept and acknowledge the present moment; to surrender to the Now and to gravitate towards fostering deeper connection to truth, being and purpose. 
Resilience is an ‘inside’ job. It’s how we feel. It’s how we think. It’s how we behave. It’s the choices we repeatedly make; it’s the way we communicate to each other, and it’s the values and beliefs we foster with children. 
If love is the most robust emotion, then enlivening this with children is paramount to maintaining safe, positive relationships. Children naturally absorb their parents’ approach to life; as such, they are constantly mirroring with the behavior of their parents and learning first hand by what is said and done. When stress and change take place, parents need to come back to ‘what you focus your attention on, grows.’

Establishing and maintaining daily routines for children include 3 M’s: movement, mood and meditation. 

Movement is vital for encouraging children to get outside, learn new skills, to engage in sports and activities. Fresh air, connecting to nature, exploring new places are all incredible ways to increase wellbeing.
Maintaining mood involves daily routines that work in accordance with nature’s rhythms: getting to sleep at the same time and up every morning, eating healthy, nourishing meals and being creative. Learning to express emotions in a meaningful way; singing, dancing, learning an instrument, cooking, writing, reading all help enliven and move emotions through the body.
Meditation is the corner stone of how I maintain my wellbeing and I have also shared mindfulness practices with my students. Children as young as 5, are able to learn how to breathe deep into their belly and learn how to notice the change in breathing as a response to changes in physical reactions and perceived stress. From breath awareness, mantras, chanting, belly breathing and visualisations, there are so many wonderful techniques and teachers out there who help empower children to learn how to meditate. 
Mom and daughter meditating together

The Golden Thread

In 2018, I wrote a picture story book called, The Golden Thread. Inspired by Vedic wisdom that ‘we are all one’, the golden thread is a thread of pure love that connects anyone to someone they miss or are separated from. The book is based on my own personal experience of losing my brother to a hit and run incident when I was 17.
If children are at home separated from their school, teacher and friends, they can use the golden thread as a framework to help visualise them and imagine thread of love connecting them together.
Again, this approach includes ‘like increases like’ and ‘what you focus your attention on, grows’. Ayurvedic knowledge is activated through action, intent and being; now is the time for parents to remember their nature and inspire a cascade of love in their daily routine, interaction and living.
The Golden Thread book by Amelia Donnelly

www.ameliadonnelly.com

Author of: The Golden Thread available at: www.dymocks.com.au

Content creator of: Zen Zoo Mindfulness Range available Australia wide at www.kmart.com.au


Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Depression

Hand reaching for the sky

ANTIDEPRESSANTS may stop us from feeling unhappy, anxious or depressed but that doesn’t mean we then feel happy, radiant and fulfilled.

We just stop feeling. 

We stop feeling into our natural enthusiasm to have shared experiences with other people and other things (Love).
We stop feeling our desire to fulfil the need of the time and the needs of others (Dharma).
We stop feeling gratitude and even awareness for the beauty that permeates every single corner of life (Appreciation).
It’s no secret that anti-depressants inhibit our sex drive.
Through the alteration in cortisol and other hormones, antidepressants not only inhibit our ability to experience love, happiness and fulfilment but also weaken our immunity, making us more vulnerable to nasty diseases.
Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Depression
On the bright side, antidepressants can be life-saving medications in emergency situations.
They have an ability to provide a window of time and space for a person to put their life back together. Note this is short term, and too many people “stretch” this window of opportunity and become dependent and habituated to them
In recent years, the most prevalent mental illnesses in Australia have become Depression and Anxiety, and during the COVID-19 pandemic cases have risen exponentially worldwide.  Here at Vital Veda we have received many enquiries regarding natural remedies for anxiety and depression hence this article.
At Vital Veda, we never advise anyone to go off any medications if you are already taking any. 
We aim to make you feel better mentally, then only under the guidance of your doctor may you gradually wean off the medications if that is necessary for you.

Natural ways to Treat Anxiety and Depression

According to Ayurveda, there are a variety of natural remedies for anxiety and depression. 

At Vital Veda, we explore a variety of all-natural solutions to assist people in healing anxiety and depression without the need for antidepressants.

Here are just a few things to look at and consider.

Woman Meditating on a dock

Meditate

Meditation will quickly allow for your mind to slow down, de-excite itself and achieve a state of inner calm.
Although there are several meditation techniques, Vedic Meditation is the one we recommend the most, due to its high effectiveness and how easy it is to actually learn it.
You can find a Vedic Meditation teacher close to you by clicking HERE and scrolling down to “Vedic Meditation”.

Self-Abhyanga Massage

A daily Abhyanga practice restores the balance of all biological agents, pacifies the nervous system and enhances well-being & longevity.
Your skin is your largest organ, plus it has more nerve endings than any other part of your body. So when you anoint oil on those nerve endings and massage them, it helps ground and strengthen the nervous system.

Find a full Abhyanga Massage guide HERE & Abhyanga Massage Oils HERE

Sunrise in Nepal

Wake up with the sun and go to sleep before 10pm

Waking up early in the day increases Sattva. This is the factor for purity, lightness of being and radiance in one's life. When Sattva dominates, tamas (inertia) which is the quality which leads to depression, diminishes.
When light shines, the darkness diminishes. Feed the light, and the darkness will starve itself out. 

Optimise your sleep

Many of the chemical imbalances that afflict the brain (which naturally often lead to depression, anxiety and stress) are caused by a lack of optimum sleep. Optimizing your sleep will allow for your brain to be rested and to remain strong. 

The lack of optimum sleep has many other consequences that go beyond these three conditions, but if you are trying to address these three, sleep can not be ignored.

Fresh food cooked with love.

Fresh food is full of Prana (life-force). This helps provide positivity in life (Sattva). Left over food, frozen food or microwaved food is tamas (inertia). It is dull, has a low value of Prana and therefore makes you feel low in life.

Herbs

Samadhi

Samadhi opens the physical channels and enlivens wholeness (unity) in the mind and body. It is particularly useful for those afflicted with mental stress, tension and anxiety.
It is also helpful for restoring calm during any stressful situation, including performance anxiety. It also balances Prana Vata (movement in head, central nervous system and life-force regulator).

Manasolassa Vati

It enhances mind-body coordination and connection. Helps pacify overactive and thinking minds, therefore assisting in cases where lack of sleep and insomnia are present. Helps with depression and is useful to transition off pharmaceutical antidepressants.

Drakshadi Kashayam

This nourishing tonic strengthens and stabilises the mind and body. Helps in nervous system disorders, depression, tiredness, dizziness, anxiety and schizophrenia. It is also helpful in the treatment of alcoholism and hangovers. 

Schedule a consultation

Dylan Smith (the head Ayurvedic practitioner here at Vital Veda) can help rectify the root cause of your ailment and liberate the mind and emotions so you can experience a radiant mind and participate in the richness of life.
Click HERE to schedule an online or in-person consultation. 
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Hemp (Bhañga) in Ayurveda

Dylan Smith surrounded by Cannabis Plants

Cannabis sativa or hemp is commonly referred to Bhañga भङ्ग in Ayurveda, but is also known as Vijaya विजय which means “victorious”, as it is victorious over so many diseases.

It’s bitter taste and heating potency (una virya) mitigates kapha (heaviness, sluggishness) and penetrates sharply to stimulate the digestion. It may be more suitable for those who are more grounded.
On the contrary, what mitigates kapha (earth element, grounded, heavy, oily), aggravates vata (air & space element, ungrounded, light, dry). Vata and Kapha are opposites.
Hence, according to Ayurveda, bhañga / hemp can produce constipation, confusion/delusion, intoxication, low libido, insomnia and make one talk in excess if it’s used in excess or in inappropriate formulas or with lack of wise herbal combinations.
Pitta   types also have to be aware because it is sharp and very heating, especially for those with an inflamed gut (IBS, IBD, Crohn’s etc.).
Ayurveda states that hemp, or Bhañga, is helpful for varieties of inflammation, anti-spasmodic, pain, epilepsy and the results on drop (atonic) seizures that I have seen in my patients are astonishing.
I am increasingly seeing oils being self-prescribed and used inappropriately to treat stress and nervous system disorders, which may weaken the nervous system in the long run.
Related reading - "CBD Oll: Is it really worth the highpe?" click HERE.

Each part of the plant produces various effects

The hemps seeds, more of a food than medicine, are more cooling, have a sweetness to them, and a pretty perfect balance of omega-3, -6 and -9 essential fatty acids. They can help in constipation (vāta anulomana), nutrient deficiency and rejuvenation (rasāyana).
Ayurveda mainly uses the flowering heads (Gañjā गञ्जा) and leaves.
I have been using organic flowers grown rather local to me, cooked into native organic macadamia oil on patients with joint and muscle pains with impressive effects. If you would like a bottle of oil to massage onto your load stricken body, click here.
One last thing to note about cannabis, which my guru commonly says to people who choose to consume it, is only consume it when you are in a happy/positive state of mind, and avoid it when you are depressed, anxious or ungrounded.

Get to know your herbs

I will be teaching about how to come across any plant, food, herb or substance, and be able to determine what it’s properties and qualities are; then be able to utilise that in a therapeutic or nourishing manner to any person or situation in your life.
Acting in the moment with what is available to YOU.
Learning principles for experiential knowledge.
Not needing to memorise theory, but owning the knowledge.
This will be taught in my online course: The Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition”.
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Assimilating Rich Yogic Traditions Relevant For Today | Eddie Stern #053

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

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

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

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

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

About Our Guest: Eddie Stern

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

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

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

Eddie Stern

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

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

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


In this Episode we Discuss:

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

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

Swadaya

The study of the chapters of self, self reflection.

adi / ayana: To move firmly towards.

Swa: Self.

Swa - adyaya: Chapter

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

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

Silhouette of woman doing Yoga during sunrise

Eddie’s journey into India and the Yogic traditions

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

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

Three monks sitting in the entrance of a buddhist temple

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

Some of Eddie's current projects: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eddie Stern giving a Yoga class

Ego Traps & Eddie's favorite Slohka

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

Favorite Slohka: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2, Verse 48

Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Our Guest: Dr. Paul Anderson

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

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

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

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

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


In this Episode we Discuss:

Energy Levels & Fatigue

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

Global energy of depression due to Covid-19

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

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

Having energy “sucked out” of you

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

Energetic Recognition and Protecting Yourself

Where Does Energy Come From:

Energy is generated in the most metabolising cells:

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

Also, abdominal organs are busy all the time.

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

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

Pattern of Energy:

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

Metabolic Health and Energy Levels

Intermittent Fasting

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

What Causes Low Energy and Overall Fatigue

Short term causes:

  • Acute illness.
  • Medications.
  • Depression.

Long term (and acute) causes:

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

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

Subtle energies

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

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

  • We loose self-recognition.

  • Pragnyapradah - Mistake of intellect.

  • Inflammation will invade other organs.

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

Types of Auto-Immune Conditions

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

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

What Causes Auto-Immunity

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

Boosting Your Immune System during Auto-Immune conditions.

Treating Auto-Immune Conditions

Smriti can play a role in restoring the intelligence.

Bio-Films

Wet areas rich in biological systems.

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

Aspects of Immune System

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

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Why Wearing Sunglasses Is NOT Healthy

A kid wearing sunglasses

Does it seem to you that the sun is seemingly getting brighter and you are finding it harder to see outdoors without sunglasses?

This may be an indication of weakness and degeneration of eye and visual health.

One of the reasons for this visual and light sensory susceptibility is our increased exposure to artificial light, which is an unbalanced spectrum of light hitting your retina, typically excessive amounts of blue light.

This is coupled with the rise of burying the sun from our lives, hence a deficiency in sun and day light exposure, both on our skin and eyes.

We Need a Holistic Spectrum of Light Hitting Our Eyes

As soon as we start manipulating the light that hits our eyes, that’s when diseases begin.

We want nature’s full spectrum of light hitting our eyes. This spectrum is extremely intelligent, diverse and comes with so many beneficial frequencies, most of which is modern science has not even fathomed.

But when we alter the spectrum of light hitting our eyes, for example by putting glass in-between our eyes and the sun/daylight, (glasses, contact lenses or windows), we alter the spectrum. These glasses remove the UV and the result is an altered and un-holistic spectrum of light hitting our eyes. This unharmonious and unnatural form of light is what creates disease.

Sunlight’s Critical Effects on Our Hormones

Natural Light Hitting Your Bare Eyes Critically Effects Hormones

Morning sun exposure, when it includes natural daylight hitting your retina without glass in-between, will activate the pituitary gland in your brain behind your eyes, to secrete crucial hormones(1) such as:

  1. Thyroid-stimulating hormones (TSH) - tells the thyroid gland to produce its hormones.
  2. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) - stimulates the gonads (an endocrine gland) to produce eggs in female and sperm in males.
  3. Luteinising hormone (LH) - stimulates the gonads to produce oestrogen’s in females and testosterone in males.
  4. Prolactin (PRL) - stimulates the mammary glands of the breasts to produce milk.

Other hormones activated by morning light:

  1. Estradiol (E2) - an estrogen steroid hormones and the major female sex hormone. Involved in regulating the mensural cycle, providing a women with her shakti (divine feminine energy).(1) Note that when melatonin is high, this negates the “bad oestrogen” that can contribute to cancer.
  2. Dopamine- Happiness, Bailey to think and recognise trends. The amino acid tyrosine, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for dopamine.
  3. Adrelanin - Major determinant for metabolic health and homeostasis. The amino acid tyrosine, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for adrelain..
  4. Non-Adrelanin - A key neurotransmitter for cardiovascular health and other internal processes. The amino acid tyrosine, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for nonadrelanine.
  5. Serotonin - “Happy hormone.” The amino acid tryptophan, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for serotonin.
  6. Melatonin - A powerful anti-oxidant and anti-cancer hormone. Healthy melatonin levels supports blood sugar, cravings, addictions and stress (cortisol). I like to call it “king of the hormones.” The amino acid tryptophan, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor to melatonin.

Furthermore, studies show how morning light exposure helps regulate reproductive hormones and ovulation by increasing the ovary follicle size(1) and improve the health of the skin pigment melanin.

Sunglasses Promote Mental Health Disorders and Depression (Tamas Guna)

According to Ayurveda, depression is classified under the emotional body type or state known as Tamas Guna.

Tamas Guna can be translated to “quality of inertia.”

When the Tamas quality is dominant in an individual, the following characterises prevail:

  • Inertia - lack of zest for life, lazy, not wanting to go out, work, engage in relationships or move the body.
  • Dullness - life is dull, actions and movements are slow.
  • Resistance - resistant towards tapping into their potential and contributing to the greater good of society. Faithless and ignorant to the Divine aspects of life.
  • Darkness - dark and depressed mental state, ignorant to a lighter state of being, blind delusion, sleeping in the morning or day, sorrow.  Evil distorts their “inner world.” Intentions and actions may be destructive and harmful.

According to Ayurveda’s law, “Like Increases Like”, literal darkness will increase tamas, thus increase mental conditions such as depression.

Forms of Darkness That Increase Tamas (Inertia and Dullness)

  • Sleeping in past sunrise or in the day.
  • Lack of exposure to sunlight/daylight.
  • Wearing black clothing.
  • Engaging in movies, books or research associated with “dark” or evil energies.
  • Wearing sunglasses!

Sattva Guna (Purity)

A comon way to mitigate tamas or depression is too literally “bring in the light.”

“The Light” in Ayurveda is known as Sattva Guna.

This is another one of the three emotional body types or three prime attributes of nature.

We want Sattva to dominate our body, and Tamas to be least dominant.

One way to bring Sattva to dominant your body type is light:

  • Pure foods that are light and easy to digest.
  • Lightness of Being - achieved through meditation.
  • Literal light: get sunlight, see the sunrise, develop a relationship with the sun.
  • Love others to lighten up your heart.

Show your eyes! Others want to see them and connect with you on a deeper level. Instead of hiding behind dark glasses, connect and relate on a more open and pure level. This greater connection allows for more inspiration and a greater experience of love (Sattva).

Sun Exposure Reduces Depression

Exposure to the sun, both on your body and daylight hitting your bare eyes create beta endorphins, which are natural opioids that boost your emotional and mental state.

A deficiency in these beta endorphins leads to drugs and alcohol abuse, as well as other dopamine deficient conditions like depression, anger, excess sugar/sweets/chocolate, lust, excessive marijuana intake and excess social media.

Misuse of the Senses

A common root cause of disease according to Ayurveda is misuse of the senses.

This is known as Asatmya indriyarthaSamyog.

Mis-using the five senses can occur in three ways:

  1. Excessive use (Atiyoga).
  2. Deficient use (Hinayoga/Ayoga
  3. Perverse use / Mis-use (Mithyayoga

Wearing sunglasses when they are not required can be considered misuse. Unless it is really bright like in the snow or desert, then using it may contribute to physical and mental imbalance.

Use Sunglasses If You Need !

If you need to use sunglasses, use them!

Some people have medical conditions who are hyper-sensitive to bright light, which causes conditions like headaches, fatigue, inflammation etc.

Some other people just feel it is too bright for their eyes.

Whatever your situation, don't strain your eyes by trying to align with nature.
Fix the issue of "weak eyes" or your underlying condition, then gradually transition your eyes to be able to expose to natural light.
It may take some people with deeper conditions and hypersensitivity a while to adjust.

Sunglasses May Have Carcinogenic Effects

Sunglasses filter natural light, which may produce possible carcinogenic effects.

When wearing sunglasses, the pineal gland then receives the light in a different, altered colour spectrum. UV is taken out.

Lack of UV hitting the eyes means the pineal gland doesn’t produce as much melanin, which protects the skin from skin disorders and skin cancers.

Altered spectrum of light hitting the retina reduces melatonin production, which is a powerful anti-cancer hormone.

Nurses that work night shift have approximately 2x the rates of breast cancer compared to day shift workers due to their disrupted melatonin patterns, amongst other serious issues with night-shifts.

When Dr. Albert Schweitzer started working in a hospital on the west coast of Africa, there was no cancer at all.

But later it became a problem. However, their simple surroundings had not changed or modernised.

The only thing different was that mostly all natives were wearing sunglasses as a status symbol of the civilised world. They could always be found wearing them “even when paddling their dugout canoes wearing no more than a loincloth.”

Sunglasses were so prized that these new adornments carried a higher barter value than beads or other trinkets.

Every cell communicates with every other cell through light. This is why the esoteric “aura” theory is not so esoteric anymore, because it has been proved my modern science.

Biological electro-magenetic fields manifests ones aura. These fields can be seen and measured with certain technology.

What You Can Do: Recommendations for Balance

Get Outside and Look Up

Get at least 50 minutes a day of sunlight (or daylight if the sun is not out) on your skin* and eyes.

Expose as much skin as possible and don’t use glasses. Look at the sky or out into the open. Do not look directly at the sun.

Exposure in the early morning or near sunset it ideal, but eventually, you will be able to exposure for hours in a day.

*If the sun is too strong for you and your skin is not used to it, use protection like clothing, hats and shade and gradually increase your time limit until your skin can tolerate the sun with grace.

Applying oil on your skin helps improve and protect your skin physiology. You don’t want red (burnt) skin. Light pink is good as it means your blood circulation is activating to absorb UV energy into the bloodstream.

Note, some people with certain diseases like neurological disorders cannot tolerate the bright light and should consult a quality health practitioner before trying any of these recommendations.

Also note, when in a very bright environment such as the snow or desert, it is advisable to wear sunglasses/goggle. If you need sunglasses at your average beach on a sunny day, this is a sign of weak vision so it is wise to start to train your eyes again to cope with brighter light.

Choose Glasses Over Contact Lenses When Possible

For those who need glasses for their vision, firstly reduce using when you don’t need them.

Choose glasses over contacts since this will allow more oxygen to reach into the eye and allow some natural light frequencies to shine through the side openings of the glasses.

Wear Blue-Light Blocking Glasses After Sunset

Block the artificial blue-light which disrupts your hormones, circadian signalling and degrades eye health.

Blue-light blocking glasses are one of the most crucial appliances for the 21st century.

RA Optics are my favourite blue light blocking glasses since they effectively block the harmful frequencies of light. (Discount code: VITALVEDA)

Herbal Eye Nourishment

It is wise to strengthen your eyes with herbal wisdom by taking herbs internally as well as external eye drops.

I highly recommend Netra Amrit Eye Drops to mitigate dry, degenerating and fatigued eyes and to most importantly prevent eye disorders.

Internally, I recommend taking Shodana Vati daily for optimal eye health.

The classical Ayurvedic formula, Sapta Amrita Loha, can help for deeper eye issues, but for that herb you should consult a quality Ayurvedic practitioner.

Sniffing Ayurvedic medicated oil up the nose, a practice called Nasya that is considered a daily routine in Ayurveda, is also wise to strengthen all your sensory organs and prevent them from degenerating. I recommend to only allow high quality medicated oils like Nasika to enter the sensitive tissue inside your nose.

References:

  • (1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1851732/
  • Presentation images by Alexander Wunsch
  • Dr. Jack Kruse for this knowledge

Air Pods & Bluetooth Wearables – The New Death Sticks

Move over cigarettes, AirPods and other Bluetooth wearables are the new death sticks. Man, if they're inserting into your brain, they may even be worse than fags.

The health ramifications of non-native electro-magnetic fields (nnEMF), including radio-frequencies (RF), are highly underestimated and snubbed although they are currently classified in Group 2B possible carcinogen to humans, with research beginning to shift them towards a 2A or Group 1 carcinogen.

Ignoring this prevails due to the fact you can’t see or feel these frequencies (unless you are hyper-sensitive). But the reality is cold in the science, nnEMFs are absolutely biologically active.

Many of you know this (although may remain ignorant to it), but let’s talk bluetooth specifically.

The problem with bluetooth is it emits very specific pulse radio frequency signals.

These have extremely short wavelengths (short = penetrating and damaging) which transmits with an extremely rapid rise and fall in times and distance (pulsation).

It turns out, the rate of change of these fields during the pulsation is what causes the most biological damage. Rather than the complete total energy that they deliver.

Pulsed radio frequency signals have been very well-studied (see the work of Dr. Robert O. Becker).

One of the implications of keeping nnEMF near your body is that it makes your blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeable. This allows toxins free entrance into the brain.
Furthermore, we know how important the gut-brain axis is.
When your BBB is open, anything that happens in your gut is going to directly alter your water chemistry and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). 

So you think it's just in your ear?

Understand that all the blood vessels in your body and in your brain then become electric wires that can send all this flickering information to places all over your body. Furthermore, your blood plasma is 93% water and has salt in it. This biological fluid of yours is a great conductor for all of these devices.

Add some metal implants from surgery or tattoos (heavy metal leeching) in the mix and your conducting these treacherous devices at greater rates.

Now let’s look at bluetooth headpieces specifically.

AirPods have been found to produce an average nnEMF significantly higher than other bluetooth/wired headphones and are constantly transmitting at these levels, even when they are not in use.

When you are wearing two AirPods this makes matters a whole lot worse. They cross communicate - the signal goes from your phone to one of the AirPods, then it sends the signal to the other one, straight through your 🧠 , brain.

So when good intentioned folk like yourself are getting these really weird diseases and doctors don’t know why it happens, it’s because they fundamentally don't understand how pulsed microwaves interact.

When you do go to the doctor and the doctor can't figure out why all of a sudden under your Apple Watch, Fitbit, AirPods or bluetooth headphones you have got this allergic reaction, underachieve thyroid, leaky gut, cancer or an auto-immune condition, it’s because docs aren’t taught this stuff in medical school. This is the domain of physics. That's why it's important to cross-pollinate physics and biology.

This is why 250+ scientists made an international appeal to the UN and WHO warning about the dangers of AirPods and other wireless devices.

I know, Bluetooth and mobile technology can make us more productive. There are positives to this technology and I enjoy them. The problem is we're not being told how it's destroying the cell architecture and how it can affect our medical problems.

45mw is like an Antenna Inserted Into Your Brain

IEEE (the world’s largest technical professional organisation) standards recommend the safe peak exposure rate of a human should be less than 0.08 W/kg.(1)

This is based on the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). SAR is the power of absorbed RF wave per unit mass of tissue. Ie. how much electric fields polarise the molecules in human body when human tissue near a nnEMF device absorbs the power of the RF signal.

This level of 45mW sure ain’t helpful for your temporal lobe. It’s like having antennas in your brain.

Solution

Ditch the Suicidal Pods (slow suicide), don’t even gift them to someone, and get yourself Air Tubes.

Air Tubes are copper infused wired headphones with hollow air tubes that turn electric signal into EMF-free acoustic signal with high stereo sound quality.

Other Ways to Protect from nnEMF

Related Listening

More Studies on the Health Impacts of nnEMF:

References:

  1. P. Bernardi et al., "Specific Absorption Rate and Temperature Increases," IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory and Techniques, 48, 7, (2000).
  2. 2. Post Inspired by Dr. Jack Kruse and seeing too many people walking around with death stick in their ears.
  3. Cell Phone Radiation: Harmful or Not?, Di Lu, June 9, 2012, Stanford University.


Alzheimer’s: Prevent the Tsunami That Dries Out Brains

Experts are warning that “tsunamis of Alzheimer’s” are approaching the shores of human blood-brain-barriers.

Alzheimer’s is predicted to bankrupt the American Medicare system by 2033.(1)
It has now become the third leading cause of death in USA.(1)

And unfortunately, people blame these neuro-degenerative conditions on old age and think it is “normal.” They think it is “normal” for their parents or grandparents to go into an old age home with these conditions.

While this may be becoming the “norm,” it is NOT natural.

"Type 3 Diabetes.”

Alzheimer’s is becoming known what clinicians call “Type 3 Diabetes.”

This is because one of the main pathologies of Alzheimer’s is insulin resistance in the brain.

This means your brain is starving of energy. It cannot metabolise glucose (energy from food) in order to drive it into your brain for fuel.

This is why improving insulin sensitivity is an important component to PREVET and reverse cognitive decline, such as in the case Alzheimer’s.

Prevention Has Never Been So Important

I emphasise the word Prevent because:

1. All around the world we are facing epidemics of diabetes and insulin resistance. The crazy part is that a lot of these people are undiagnosed - a significant % of certain populations are pre-diabetic and do not even know it! (e.g. one third of Americans are pre-diabetic, and 90% of them do not know it!).

2. Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia and other neuro-degenerative disorders are becoming epidemics (as mentioned above).

Ayurveda emphasises that we should have the same cognitive performance at 85 years old then we did at 30 years old. Maybe you have met elderly in their 80s, 90s, or even hundreds who are fully alert and cognitively able.

This is natural health. This is your birth right.

In addition to insulin sensitivity, there is another factor important factor for Alzheimer’s. This, in simple language, is “dry brain.”

"Dry Brain"

Ayurveda knew about Alzheimer’s and dementia thousands of years ago. They called it Vata in the brain.

This encompasses dryness in the brain, which creates a rough and insufficient connection network, resulting in synapses failing to connect brain cells with each other.

These brain cell communication mechanisms interacts with chemicals and function as neurotransmitters. This again is the vata bio-energy. Vata governs all movements in the body.

Vata also causes catabolism, or reduction of tissue. This is seen in Alzheimer’s where the outer layer of the brain (cortex) is shrinking caused by the

Beta Amyloid Plaque Deposits (Mental Ama) + Defence Response

Another component of Alzheimer’s is that plaques and neurofibrillary tangles deposit in the brain and impair synapses.

This is partly ama (undigested toxic material) that deposits and further hampers vata (communication) which is responsible for performing functions like memory, judgement, speech, enthusiasm, social skills and movement.

But we need to acknowledge why Beta amyloid plaque is there in the first place.

Beta amyloid plaque is actually part of your defence response.

Beta amyloid plaque is actually an antimicrobial peptide (AMP). It is important for host immunity and to tackle bacteria and binds to toxins like heavy metals.

It’s fine to remove amyloid, but first remove the ongoing insults which caused the plaque to increase!

Alzheimer’s is absolutely heart breaking. You don’t see it because it is behind close doors. Those who see it are those living with someone who has Alzheimer’s or those who experience it themselves.

They can’t tie their shoes, they can’t get dressed and they can’t perform activities they have loved doing ritualistically for decades.

The disease may eventually lead to complete dependence and finally pre-mature death, usually associated with another illness.

At present there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease in western medicine. Further more, drug development for Alzheimer’s has so far been a dismal failure, with 300 failed trials to date. This is because the drugs were intended to remove beta-amyloid plaque from the brain, but beta-amyloid is a symptom of Alzheimer’s — not the cause.

How to Help Prevent and Heal Alzheimer's

Lubricate The Brain

Ayurveda simply uses the opposite quality to bring balance to a certain quality.

So in this case of dry brain, lubricate the brain.

Here are some ways to lubricate the brain:

1. Nasya (Sniffing Oil Up The Nose)

Nose is the gateway to the skull. So it is via this pathway that we can access the brain.

Nasya is a practice of sniffing medicated oil up the nose. It is advised to do multiple times a day as part of one’s daily routine.

This will help optimise brain function and strengthen the sensory organs.

For those who are practicing Nasya as a preventative and cognitive enhancement tool, you can use Nasika medicated oil.

For those with pre-symptoms or symptoms of a neuro-degenerative condition, we recommend you use a stronger oil like Special Nasika.

2. Massage Oil Into The Head

Regularly lubricating your scalp with oil and massaging it in will also balance the vata in the brain.

For those experiencing onset of neuronal conditions, or who want to further enhance their brain health, use an Ayurvedic medicated oil formulated specifically for brain health.

Ayurvedic Oils For Brain Health

  • Brahmi Ghritam - This is a classical medicated ghee with the main ingredient brahmi (bacopa monnieri). This generally enhances overall brain health, mental state and memory.
  • MahaGandha Bala Oil - This oil strengthens the head and it particularly helpful to counter catabolic brain (such as shrinking). This overall provides a boost to optimal brain and central nervous system function.
  • HT002 Oil - This precious oil is particularly helpful in balancing the excess vata in the head. It helps in headaches, migraines, anxiety, insomnia and an overactive stressful mind.
  • General Abhyanga (medicated massage) oils - Medicated oils used for self-ayurvedic oil massage will help provide lubrication to the head.
  • Coconut or Sesame Oil - These two oils are what Ayurveda generally recommends as they can penetrate the seven layers of skin as well as go deep into the tissues such as the bone-marrow. Most of the medicated oils in Ayurveda uses sesame, coconut or ghee as a base oil.

3. Eat High Quality Fats

Ghee in very important for mostly everyone to regularly include in their diets. Due to it's ideal ratio of omega six and three this animal fat satisfies various neurological requirements from DHA (brain fuel) to support to refold or proteolyze misfolded proteins (these are typically misfolded in Alzeimer's).

Ghee and MCT oils goes directly into the cell. Or they produce ketones in the blood which can travel directly into the brain. This bypasses all that pathology and fills that energetic gap of insulin resistance and energy starvation in the brain.(2)

Most fatty acids won't cross the Blood- Brain-Barrier. These fats just may.

Furthermore, this is why cyclical ketosis can be beneficial, and why it is helpful to be metabolically flexible.

4. Shirodhara (Ayurvedic Brain & Mind Treatment)

Shirodhara is an ancient treatment where warm medicated  oil is poured over the head in a rhythmic mater. This stabilises the mind and everything going on inside it. During this treatment, usually you'll lie in deep, blissful rest, (that is if you haven't transcended).

In the case of neurological disorders, Shirodhara helps improve synapse connection, strengthens the bone marrow in the skull and regulates the hypothalamus, pituitary  and pineal glands.

We recommend a series of shirodhara treatments over consecutive days for more powerful effects.

Note, there is also an Ayurvedic treatment called Shirobasti which is similar but perhaps more powerful for neurological health.

5. Matra Basti (Small Nourishing Oil Enema)

Matra basti is a small nourishing oil enema to be administered yourself before sleep 1-3x/week or as prescribed.

Enemas are not only for the gut! As a matter of fact, the primary use of enemas are for your nervous system! Your navel is home to the Enteric Nervous System (the largest nerve plexus in the body) where all your nerve plexuses end in. Furthermore, this herbal administration method bypasses the liver. This is why Ayurvedic bastis are powerful to nourish, (not detox) the brain and central nervous system.

*Note: Oils to Use:
The oil must be processed a specific way  (“mrdu paka”) for matra basti since other oils may contain ama (toxins) and may have a "rough" effect on vulnerable organs. MGB oil is helpful for types of dementia and Parkinson's.

Learn more about Bastis here

Herbal Formulations

Taking herbs internally  can play a great role in supporting neurological health.

Herbal formulas like Smriti, Zandopa, Samadhi, Swarna Dhatu, Dhatu, Karna Poorna Ear Drops may be useful in these conditions.


References

(1) Dr. Dale Bredesen,

(2) Travis Christofferson, “Ketones, The Fourth Fuel: Warburg to Krebs to Veech, the 250 Year Journey to Find the Fountain of Youth."


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