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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But it's not all bad news...

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

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

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

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

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

The Problem:

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

The Solution:

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

A New Integration:

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

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

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

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

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Enemas, Bastis & Colonics: Think Twice Before Sticking Anything Up Your Bum

This article to get you thinking twice about enemas and anything you consider sticking up your pelvic floor’s larger orifice, whether it’s water, oil, salt water, coffee or a herbal decoction.

Note, enemas are one of the five most powerful therapies in Ayurveda (Panchakarma), and Ayurveda has significantly extensive knowledge and experience in this medical intervention. 

A few things to be aware of:

1. Unctuousness

In Ayurveda, there are thousands of enemas, (called Bastis) made up of various formulas. Not one of them are without the unctuousness quality, (a “friendly” type “oily” quality, called snigdha in Ayurveda). 

Water irrigation colonics, decoction enemas (including Ayurvedic herbal decoctions) and coffee enemas without any oil and procured without specific preparation processes will have a scarping action (langhana) inside the gut. This can damage the internal tissues and eliminate the healthy tissue (improper catabolism).

2. Honour Your Nervous System

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. This is why Ayurvedic bastis are powerful to nourish, (not detox), the nervous system, emotions, the mind and help in psychiatric disorders, auto-immune disorders, severe genetic conditions and dry nervous disorders like Parkinson’s and dementia.

Most bastis are small amounts of medicated oil (20ml-60ml) to be held in and absorbed into the gut, and not eliminated. They stay there to nourish your rich gut flora and can even penetrate every cell in your body if you use a precious basti oil. Contact Vital Veda to order matra basti oil. Orders via email only.

3. Coffee Enemas

Since your enteric system is the main organism getting flooded with the intra-rectal fluid of your choice, think twice before you pour your morning cappuccino up your bum.

Coffee enemas are definitely not suited to the majority of people and can act as a dehydrating gastro-intestinal irritant. 

4. Not All Oils are Equal

Those who know Ayurveda, know it holds profound knowledge on oils.

There are many methods of preparing the oils, and there is a specific one that is ideal for bastis - which is a “soft preparation method” (“mrdu paka”) to be gentle on the gut. Other oils may have some ama (toxins) as they are not purified properly and this enters into vulnerable organs since bastis bypass the liver.

5. Holistic Treatment Approach

As with all purification procedures, consider pre treatment and post treatment. We can learn from Ayurveda’s premier cleansing therapy called Panchakarma,” in that it has a “Purva Karma” (pre-action) and a “Pasjart Karma” (post-karma) with all cleansing therapies. Also your agni (digestive fire) has to be in a precise state before doing cleansing enemas. For this you need an experienced physician.

Have you had an enema before? What is your experience? Comment below.

Vital Veda Enema (Basti) Oil

We use a precious, fine basti oil and supply the kit and instructions.
This oil is prepared by the Raju family in a complex procedure.
If you would like to try some, it is only available by contacting us.


EMF, 5G & Building Biology | Nicole Bijlsma {Podcast #019}

Building Biology: How the Human Environment Affects Human Health.

We take care of our biology and our human skin.
But what about the skin that we reside in, that we live, work and sleep in!
The skin of a building that most of us spend 20+ hours a day in!

*Note there is a silent audio fault gap between 31:05 and 32:44. Then the podcast continues.*

About Nicole Bijlsma

Healthy Home Expert, Nicole Bijlsma is a building biologist, bestselling author, PhD candidate and CEO of the Australian College of Environmental Studies (RTO 21740) which she established in 1999 to educate people about the health hazards in the built environment. Nicole has published in peer-reviewed journals, has written extensively for Body+Soul newspaper, is regularly consulted by the media to discuss electromagnetic fields and toxic chemicals, and lectures in Australia and internationally at medical conferences about environmental health issues. Nicole and her husband Mark manufacture the Abode® cleaning product range (health food store brand) which was developed for people with skin and chemical sensitivities.


In This Episode We Discuss

Building biology - how the human environment affects human health.

Nicole’s story - 10 miscarriages and insomnia due to sleeping next to a smart meter.

The bedroom as the most important room we address when accessing the biology of a building.

EMF and Blue light suppress melatonin, it tricks you're body thinking its day when its night.

What proper sleep actually means.

The importance of paying attention to home appliances, like a solar panel inverter.

Solar Panels & EMF

Improper set up of solar panels emits very high AC electric field and leaks dirty electricity. 

Safe set up of solar panels - round shielded cabling which includes both active and neutral wire together. Have metal foil within the shielded cabling and earthing it properly. 

4 types of EMF:

  1. AC Electric Fields - created from voltage, electricity under pressure.
  2. AC Magnetic Fields - created from the current. Movement of electrons from building wiring and appliances.
  3. Radio Frequencies - wireless devices.
  4. Dirty electricity - high-frequency spikes.

Metal as an antenna to EMF, e.g. metal titanium in your body, surgical steel wires, metal in the mouth, 

Mass Experiment

We have never exposed humanity from cradle to the grave to this amount of radiation. 

In the last three decades, we have significantly increased our exposure to man-made EMF one trillion times higher than when our grandparents were children. And that’s before 5G network has been turned on. What is about to happen has never been seen before.
Nicole Bijlsma

5G

  • Nicole believes may not work because to many trees will have to be cut down since trees block the short-wave signals.
  • Instantly kills insects.
  • Not about public health, it’s about dividends for shareholders of the telecommunication industry. 
  • 5th Generation for the fourth industrial revolution to support artificial intelligence.

Biological Effects of EMF

  • In 2011, the WHO classified radio frequencies from all wireless devices (induing cellphones) as group 2B carcinogen (potentially can cause cancer).
  • In 2002 the WHO classified magnetic fields from anything that draws current as group 2B carcinogen.
  • Sweat ducts in your skin act as an antenna to EMF and impacts the nervous system.
  • Fatigue, waking up tired.
  • Headaches.
  • Increased risk of fibromyalgia. 
  • Increases dyslexia, missing words.

These signals (EMF) communicate with our mitochondria and cause mitochondria dysfunction. It is a mitochondrial poison.

EMF Pathology

EMF starts calcium influx which activates the sympathetic nervous system (“Flight or Fight”) and destroys mitochondria function. Studies show even low-level EMF causes this. You don’t need to have an argument with your family to get stressed, EMF will do it to you!

EMF causes calcium e-flux which causes mitochondrial swelling.

Adrenal stress index is thrashed.

Cell phones 12 feet away activates the sympathetic nervous system.

Near exposure - 52cm from a 2.4 Ghz source.

Calcium Influx

  • EMFs activate voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) - in the outer membrane that surround all our cells.
  • When they are activated they open up, allow excess calcium to flow into the cell.
  • There are hundreds of studies that show when you expose cells to EMFs there is increased intra-cellular calcium and increased calcium signalling.
  • This causes molecular biological trauma.
  • When there's excess calcium in the cell, it increases levels of both nitric oxide (NO) and superoxide. While NO has many beneficial health effects, massively excessive amounts of it reacts with superoxide, forming peroxynitrite, which is an extremely potent oxidant stressor.
  • Peroxynitrites, in turn, break down to form excessive reactive free radicals, which does damage.

EMF radiation activates the VGCCs in the outer cell membrane, triggering a chain reaction of devastating events that, ultimately:

  • Decimates your mitochondrial function (causes them to swell), cell membranes and cellular proteins.
  • Causes severe cellular damage.
  • Results in DNA breaks.
  • Dramatically accelerates your ageing process. Ageing = oxidative stresses and inflammation.
  • Puts you at higher risk for chronic disease. Chronic diseases = stresses and inflammation.

VGCCs Highest Concentrated in the Body

Nervous System and Brain

  • VGCCs - highest density is located in the nervous system.
  • A study showed the nervous system and brain was the #1 organ most sensitive to EMF. Massive changes in the structure of the neurons, dysfunction of synapses.
  • Consequences: anxiety and depression, alzheimer’s and autism.

Heart:

  • The heart is also sensitive. The pacemaker cells
  • Consequences: Tachycardia, heart palpitations (PAC or PVC), cardiac arrhythmia, arterial fibrillation.

Reproduction:

  • They have important locations in reproduction - in both testicles (studies a lot) and ovaries.
  • Evidence showed male and female infertility. 
  • Reduce sperm count 2x more in western countries than eastern.
  • Phone in pockets, laptops on laps are zapping genitals.

Suppress Melatonin

EMF and blue light suppress melatonin -  the most anti-cancer neurotransmitter and powerful anti-oxidant you have! 

Enhances Permeability of the BBB and Tight Junctions

BBB (Blood Brain Barrier)
Tight Junction (barrier in the cell junction).

Using a cellphone close to your head for at least 30mins / day for 10 years increases your incidence for brain tumor by 270%.

Takes 15-20 years to develop! Accumulative effect.

Our exposure to mould, chemicals, prevalent and inevitable toxins are increased as we become more vulnerable.

This is why EMF sensitivity is identical to chemical sensitivity and mould illnesses.

Add in the fact that we are “pre-polluted” - biotoxins and chemicals are granted free entry into the CNS.

In 2004, researches found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord from babies born in US hospitals. ~ WWF 2005, Canada.

What was meant to be cord-blood rich in immune-boosting stem cells, contained pesticides, consumer product ingredients and waste from burning coal, gasoline and garbage.

Alzheimers (Neuro-degenerative disease)

Alley Yohansen - key editor of the journal of patho-phyioslogy. Kawolonksher institute.

A Swedish study in 2005 looked at different villages in parts of Sweden where they looked at homes which have high radiation and looked at homes with low radiation.

Matched a map of these with a map of Alzheimers disease and found an absolute direct correlation.

Half of the population alive right now will die with Alzheimers disease.

Alhoansen said in 2006 if we don’t change our environment there will be an epidemic of brain-related disorders. And they have. It is only going to increase dramatically if people don’t protect themselves. 

ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)

Motor neurone disease.
ALS patients die within 2 years of diagnose. Now on par with MS.

Latency Periods and Accumulative Effect of Toxins 

Chemical and EMF sensitivity as a biomarker, warning and blessing to move away from that poison before it causes chronic disease.

Exposing to EMF for more than 2 hours a day for 5-10 years causes the biological effects.

The latest mobile nation report in Australia 2019 showed the average Australian spends 3 hours a day on electronic devices. 

The chemical abstract service - the worlds largest data base. 

Over 145 million chemicals are registered for use, 90% have never been tested for human health.

Near Fields of EMF:

4 wavelengths away form the source. Thus depends on the source.

50cm away from a 2.4GhZ router. 

Double your distance away form the source and you reduce your exposure from 70%. 

How to Reduce EMF

  • Don’t put your cellphone next to your head, “keep it away from your person” as the telecommunication industries specify in their product instructions.
  • Use an air tube headpiece. 
  • Use loudspeaker.
  • Text instead of talking.
  • Only use in a good reception and when bars are full.
  • Turn Bluetooth and data OFF when you are not using it.
  • Use aeroplane mode more often.
  • Get rid of any wireless, bluetooth earphones like Apple AirPods.
  • Revolutionise and switch your wifi for ethernet (cable plug in).
  • Power down your wifi router.
  • Switch off your wifi router at the power at night when you are not using it.
  • Abhyanga to create a shield of armour. 

The microwave oven effect in our living bedrooms - The dangers of incorrect shielding of rooms or homes.

Voltage Strength Comparisons

The Natural Voltage in the Atmosphere (Schulman Resonance) - 7.83 Hz - 100Hz per second.
The Voltage of 3G and Current Wifi - 2.45 GHz (2.45 billion hertz).
The Voltage of 5G - 10 - 80 GHz.

Countries Taking Action Against 5G

  • Austria was progressive.
  • France limited wireless use in schools.
  • Brussels, Belgium became the first major city in the world to halt 5G development on the basis that its “citizens were not to be used as guinea pigs.” 
  • The Netherlands switches their 5G structure on in one suburb and birds died instantly, so they stopped their 5G rollout.
  • Florence, Italy banned it.

If you want to take action against 5G, Join your local STOP 5G groups - search that on facebook and find the groups.

EMF Meters - How to read EMF and experiment yourself.

PEMF (pulsated electromagnetic fields) devices, stickers on phones. - Do they really mitigate harmful non-native EMF? Nicole thinks they are bullshit because she cannot measure differences with them and has not seen sufficient evidence.

Other Considerations in Building Biology

Seperate your garage from the rest of your house

Obnoxious gasses and traffic pollutants seep from the car into the house. Even after the car is switched off.

Lipstick

  • Lead is found in most lipsticks, even organic ones because the pigments are mined from the ground.
  • Pregnant women and women in reproductive age should not wear coloured lipsticks.

Tampons

  • Cotton - the dirtiest crop out there.
  • Over 95% of conventional cotton has glyphosate. 
  • Into the permeable vagina monthly.
  • Polyester - derived from petroleum. Can potentially have heavy metals.
  • “Fragrances” - can be a thousand different chemicals. 
  • Dioxin - a toxic by-product. Next to glyphosate one of the most dangerous chemicals in existence. 
  • Biological effects - endometriosis, infertility, immune disruptions, pelvic inflammatory disease, diabetes, birth defects, breast cancer, reproductive cancer.
  • Glyphosate - hormone disrupting, disrupts your nerves, inflammatory. Found in 85% of tampons (Argentina study). 

The Menstrual Cycle - An Important Detoxification Process
It should be honoured with warm and iron-rich foods. 

Bone Broths - know your bones - Bones can hold onto lead.

Mould

The new asbestos. Pandemic across the world.

Cause of mould - moisture.

  • Micro-organisms require food and moisture to thrive.
  • Up to 50% of indoor environments in Australia are affected by dampness, which is the prime condition for mould growth. 
  • Once moisture sits on a surface for more than 48 hours, the microbes on the surface will attempt to take over the space by producing endotoxins, mycotoxins (toxic substance produced by a fungus) and microbial Volatile (easily evaporated) Organic Compounds (by-products) which can dramatically impact the indoor air quality and affect the health of the occupants. 

Food for mould - Pre-digested particle board and cheap timbers has become the perfect fast food for mould rather than natural building materials like hardwood timbers that naturally contain resins that are resistant to fungal attack.

Mould can multiply itself in the presence of EMF.

24% of the population cannot create antibodies to mould; so every time they go into a water-damaged building, it results in inflammation in their brain and their body which can be misdiagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or even worse, a mental illness

Mould is a detoxification issue.

Some biological effects of mould exposure:

  • Reoccurring colds
  • Developing pneumonia in a healthy person.

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Healthy Cookware, Optimising Nutrient Absorption, Metals & Chemicals vs. Pure Clay | Miriam Kattumuri {Podcast #018}

The COOKWARE you use is a highly underestimated and integral part of your food and nutrition.

Find out why most cookware is toxic and vulgarising the quality of your food and get an insight into the healthiest cookware on the planet and how to optimise your nutritional intake.

DISCOUNT CODE for listeners of the Vital Veda Podcast for Miriams Earthern Cookware:

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About Miriam Kattumuri

From a very young age, Miriam believed that in order to enjoy a healthy life one must maintain a positive interaction with the environment.

Her love for people and environment was the motivation in creating a unique line of cookware made from the purity of nature.  One that is timeless and yet as new as tomorrow – All-Natural clay cookware!

About 8 years ago, her own personal encounter with diabetes and the realization that the world around only seems to be getting sicker every day, set her off on a journey traveling the world looking for healing in the most fundamental of place – our food.  Her research led her to know the damage to food because of cooking in the wrong pots and pans, and so her search continued, now with more direction, to find the way to cook food without damaging it’s worth.  After testing cookware made from every kind of material, from the most expensive to the least, she discovered that All-Natural clay – nature’s own gift – has been from time unknown and still was, the safest and healthiest!  She then returned home to create her own line of pots and pans made from this material without any additives and no compromises to purity and strength. Miriams Earthen Cookware was born from this labor of love.

Today Miriam can be seen working on creating machine jigs and tools to efficiently create new products for her line, and on expanding marketing, but her hand is still in the clay, spinning utility and beauty from this wonderful gift of nature.  She will also be the first to let you know that her vision and mission is a reality today greatly because of her team of hard-working and skillful individuals and her supportive family, to whom she is always grateful.  Miriam is a graduate of Psychology from Women’s Christian College, Chennai India.  And the mother of 4 beautiful children.


In This Episode We Discuss

Food (ahara) is one of the three pillars of health (Traya UpaSthambha) according to Ayurveda. Food nourishes your tissues and sustains life!

You NEED to include the cook ware you are cooking in.

The healthiest (clay) cookware on the planet!

How Miriam Got into Cookware
She was part of the diabetes pandemic and cured that along with other health issues with healthy cookware!

Miriam's story

“After the birth of my son, when he was about 8-9 months old, I started getting clear dreams between 3-4 am of making cooking pots from clay, pure clay and just clay without any chemical additives.  The ideas flooded in, images, descriptions… I had to wake up and take notes.”

Miriam's extensive search for the purest and healthiest cookware in the world.

Miriam's work attracted religious leaders and experts from all fields. 

The Epidemic of Diabetes in the World, Especially India and USA

  • About 50% of the world population of diabetes is in India.
  • One million people die a year from diabetes in India.
  • 85% of Americans are pre-diabetic. 

Different Types of Materials of Cookware

Teflon - containing toxins like Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) that can kill birds just from the fumes from heat.

Non-stick coatings -  Toxins like Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, Feldspar, Petalite (an ore of lithium) from the non-stick coating.

Our minds are not meant to remember these chemical names.

Aluminium - A known neurotoxin. Aluminium foil does not cause this so much but heat, makes this pseudo-nutrients leech out a lot more. Also acidic foods bring the metals out. e.g. tomato sauce.

The Metal Ions/Chemicals Biological Reaction:

  • In the presence of heat, they get bound to the food and enter into our digestive systems.
  • From their they are booked down along with the food and are absorbed by the tissues of the body.
  • Foreign elements activate the immune system to fight and eliminate it. It is an unsustainable and a recipe for immune-dysfunction for the immune system to be working every meal 3-4 meals a day, everyday!

Pure Clay Pots contains all the five elements (PanchaMaha bhutas) and are living entities.

Stainless Steel

  • This alloy (a mixture of different metals) is available in different grades, the popular ones (general purpose) are 304 and 316.
  • The 304-grade stainless steel contains elements like Chromium, Nickel, Carbon, Manganese, and Silicon.
  • 316 also has high levels of Nickel and Molybdenum.
  • What is the core - aluminium? When it gets scratched the core comes out.
  • All these elements are highly reactive and break down as ions when food is cooked in Stainless steel cookware.
  • These combine with nutrients in food and form toxic compounds that are dangerous in the body.
  • For instance, a very small amount of concentration of nickel can cause kidney dysfunction, low blood pressure, muscle tremors, oral cancer, skin problems etc.

Cast iron and iron

  • Good method to get iron in the body but beware those with excess iron.
  • Better not cook food with water in iron.
  • High near-infrared heat from the metal  = damages delicate nutrients in food.

Copper (Tamra)

  • Great to leave water in a copper cup overnight.
  • Beware sour and high-level pH.
  • It is reactive metal - reacts with other chemicals to create an undesirable end product.
  • High near-infrared heat from the metal = damages delicate nutrients in food.
  • You lose a lot of steam, which is essentially water-soluble nutrients depleting the food.

Ceramics

  • Man-made material made to replicate clay.
  • Contains 0-9% a refined form of natural clay (usually secondary clay). - Same with Porcelain and Stoneware.
  • They contain many toxic elements.
  • Lead in an integral part of the ceramics.

Pots finished with Colourless or Transparent Glazes

  • Where you can see the colour of the clay but it's still glazed and treated with chemicals, oxides and metals.

The Amazing Health and Culinary Benefits of Pure Clay

Pure Clay Breathes

  • Exhale - It pulls toxins from the food and pushes it out of the walls of the pot to the outside walls of the pot.
  • Inhale - It breathes in oxygen to fortify the food with prana (life-force).
  • Like soil self-cleansing and regulating.

Pure Clay Better for Blood Sugar, Diabetes and Insulin Management

  • Damaging heat in conventional cookware destroys the complex (and delicate) carbs and leaves an overload of simple carbs.
  • If the pot burns your fingers it burns the delicate complex carbs!
  • We need a balanced diet of both simple and complex carbs for optimal insulin management.
  • Excess simple carbs require high insulin to break down these carbs into energy which leads to shorts bursts of energy which is a poor way to utilise the insulin hormone.
  • Plus there are a low amount of complex-carbs which is low GI and helps the pancreas to produce insulin.
  • This miss-management of insulin + low amount of complex carbs causes the body to not produce enough insulin to transport, store & utilise glucose (carbs when digested become glucose), resulting in a condition with excessive glucose in the blood — diabetes!

The food-friendly heat of pure clay pots gently cooks the nutrients keeping intact both the simple and complex carbs, and the essential vitamins and minerals.

Complex carbs are more sustained energy, so energy levels are optimised. 

Losing Weight from Cooking in Pure Clay

Keeping the Food’s Nutrients Intact - Unique Gentle Heating Mechanism

  • Not just that - the heat from these (earthen) pots is different -- they cook without destroying even the most delicate nutrients!
  • In my experience, the food isn’t so “extracted,” it is kept intact, the nutrients are concealed into one nourishing an delicious dish.
  • Harsh, near-infrared heat from the walls of metals and man-made materials like ceramic/enameled/glazed pots destroy a lot of these nutrients. 
  • Touch a metal/ceramic pot 5-10 minutes into cooking and it can burn your hand, food is also tissue matter and is prone to damage with that kind of heat.
  • On the other hand, the gentle far-infrared heat from MEC's walls penetrates deeply without destroying these important nutrients, all of it taking less heat and about the same amount of time or less (on a gas stove)! - You touch it and it doesn’t burn!
  • Study on nutrient retention: 28-30% of the nutrients remain in toor dhal in a pressure cooker vs. 98-100% of the nutrients remain in a pure clay pot.

The Purity of Clay Pots

  • The clay is pure and the pots made without any additives. MEC go to great lengths to fully test our clay before harvesting.
  • They are made by hand on a high spinning pottery wheel, so the clay remains pure and no additives are needed.
  • The clay we use is of the highest quality natural clay called primary clay or MEC's pure clay™ (rich in nutrients!). It has no metals, oxides, chemicals, toxins.
  • Even though we know that primary clay does not have toxins, we test for soil contaminants, the history of the land is evaluated going back 200 years and the clay is verified to be of the highest quality. 
  • It is harvested from 20-25 feet below the surface.

Steam Condensing: No Loss of Water-Soluble Nutrients

  • Most of the steam generated in food is water-soluble nutrients.
  • Out of the 13 essential vitamins and minerals, 9 are water-soluble, which means they dissolve in water, is quickly used in the body and needs to be replenished every day.
  • Steam leaves the pot also makes the food lighter.

Invigorate with Prana: Cook in the Presence of Oxygen

  • As the temperature goes up inside the pot, the higher pressure draws in air through the semi-porous walls, fortifying food with much-needed oxygen.
  • This is a stark contrast to food cooked in an airless/lifeless environment in regular cookware.
  • Another reason why you shouldn’t glaze the pots.

Miriams Earthen Cookware (MEC): A Green and Sustainable Company:

  • Low Cost!
  • Green and sustainable.
  • Innovating and testing methods of clay preparation, processing, making, finishing, firing, to yield a product untouched by chemicals, additives or contaminants typically used in almost all making methods of cookware. 
  • Takes less energy - heat and time, to cook the foods.
  • Pulp (eggs) - sustainable packing material.
  • Carbon neutral.

Holy clay

Under temples, under churches. High vibratory geographical location. Angels were taught to make clay pots in the Bible.

Clay in Veda

Kati, Gaurakhatika = clay

Mrutthika - mud.

Mrunmauya - pot with clay.

Ghatam - clay pot.

How to Fry in Clay (cooking tip)

Other Food Vessels to Use for Food - silver, bronze, gold, quartz.

Other Uses of Clay in Ayurveda:

Krsna Mritikka (Black Mud)

Cures ulcers, burning sensation, diseases of blood, menorrhagia, mitigates K and P.

Gairika: Red ochre (ore of clay and ferric oxide)

Synonyms: rakta dhatu, gaireya, firija, svarana gairika (more red in colour).

Both kinds:
Rasa (taste) - Madhura (sweet), Kshaya (astringent)
Virya (energy) - Sheeta (cooling)
Gunas (qualities) - Snigdha (unctuous)
Good for: eyes/vision, cures burning sensation, bleeding disease, diseases of kapha origin, hiccup, poison.

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Cancer Biopsy Can Potentially Spread the Cancer: Alleviate the Aggressive Attitude

This is important for all you to understand because most of us, whether it is yourself, a friend or family member, is going to get cancer, and biopsies are an important part of the cancer journey.

A biopsy is to tell if the tumour is benign or malignant, the stage of it, or whether it is aggressive or not.

The issue with this is, you are taking a needle and you are going to stab this group of cells in their micro environment to remove some parts of the tissue for analysis.

This creates a wound in that micro environment that triggers “invasion” and the macrophages and other cells of the immune system become compromised. 

You can take a potentially benign situation and make it malignant. 

On the other hand, if there is some degree of malignancy and then you stab this micro-environment with a needle, you then run the risk of making a bad situation even worse.

So what is the value of doing a biopsy in the first place?

Well, we take biopsies of breast tissue to get a genomic readout of the different kinds of mutations that might be in the cells.

BUT if cancer is NOT a genetic disease, and the mutations are largely irrelevant! (another article to come on this: that Cancer is NOT a Gene-Drive Disease), then it makes no sense to do that in the first place.

If the tumour is benign, why would you want to stab it?

If the tumour is malignant, why would you ever! want to stab it?

There is plenty of medical literature showing how needle biopsies have lead to the dissemination of these cancer cells, putting these people at risk for metastatic cancer and death.

We don’t want to put anybody at risk for spreading their disease using any kind of procedure. 

Going ahead with quick to act surgery while being ignorant about the biology of the disease + lack of consideration and education on alternative approaches can create a similar reaction. Non-strategical surgical is inconsiderate to the poor little cancer cells that have been neglected and isolated amongst their micro-environment (thus they proliferate instead of their natural function of cell suicide/apoptosis/Shiva/destruction function of nature).

Surgery can also disturb the micro-environment. These cells that are marginally aggressive become highly aggressive, leading to the demise of the patient.

Secondary glioblastoma (an aggressive form of cancer) for example, regularly arises from a therapeutic attempt to manage a low-grade tumour.

It is vital to understand that more people die from cancer treatment than cancer itself.

An approach to consider:

Don’t touch the beast, just let it sit there. Don’t disturb the micro-environment. Use metabolic therapy + advanced Ayurvedic herbs (bhasmas) and treatments to shrink the cancer big time.

If it goes away, wonderful work and thanks to your bodily intelligence for performing (smriti).

If it is still there shriveled, you can do a complete surgical debulking.

References:

Dr. Thomas Seyfried


Alchemising the Essence of Traditional Medicine with Dr. Jimi Wollumbin {Podcast #007}

Lets not only explore some of the gems, techniques and knowledge from a range of traditional medicine but let's cultivate capabilities to relate with the essence of these ancient lineages in order to heal using a more direct, holistic and powerful approach.

Set at the feet of Mt Wollumbin (Mt Warning) in the Northern Rivers of NSW at Jimi’s healing sanctuary, this interview explores traditional healing gems and techniques derived from a diverse catalogue of ancient lineages.

That is what Dr. Jimi has uniquely cultivated. An ability to cross-pollinate medical traditions then apply that in his clinic and teachings while maintaining professional sovereignty.

Jimi sheds insight into the root causes of disease by exploring deep and subtle primary wounds.

His approach is understanding and communing with the essence of a herb, a medical device, a body system, disease or a patient, in order to heal holistically. This is what makes a physician at the top of their game.

This interview is basically me picking Jimi’s brain on all cool things traditional medicine while he shares his philosophical views and approach. I also enquire about his journey of moving from tradition to tradition to cultivate his own flavour of healing while maintaining respect and authentic identity.


About Dr. Jimi Wollumbin

Whether he is presenting at the UN or at a village health co-operative in rural India, Jimi is always a highly engaging speaker, writer and educator. With 19 years clinical experience and almost as much in community development, Jimi combines his deep knowledge of holistic medicine with a passion for social causes and world health. As the social entrepreneur that founded One Health Organisation in 2005, he has since steered it to become the largest holistic and integrative healthcare NGO in the world - having distributed roughly 9 metric tonnes of medicine to hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged communities across the globe. Jimi’s private clients value his obvious passion for traditional medical practices and the way in which he combines aspects of the traditions of India, China, Tibet and Persia that continue to inspire him.


In this Episode we Discuss:

  • How Jimi got the name Wollumbin - the indigenous name of the mountain where Jimi lives.
  • Mt Wollumbin as the “Ajna” (third eye) of Australia. (6:10)
  • Cross-pollinating medical modalities and reviving living traditions. (8:30)
  • Jimi’s personal journey and experience with medicine. (13:30)
  • Jimi’s journey with Ayurveda.
  • The common grammar that underlies Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. (16:30)
  • Ayurveda and herbal medicine is a labour of love. (22:34)
  • Jimi’s platform of practice - alternative to the alternatives. (23:10)
  • Accessing deep and subtle primary wounds as root causes of disease. “What really needs to be healed here?” (24:30)
  • Pulse diagnosis: deep intimacy of sentients touching sentients. (35:35)
  • Starting to learn Pulse Diagnosis. How to approach it. “Feel” the pulse. (39:35)
  • Leech Therapy: Raktamokshana (Blood liberation). (44:05)
    • Used in 30 hospitals alone in NSW.
    • Why in the European tradition they used to call physicians “leeches.” (47:50)
  • Pan-Indo European Culture: Root culture of Europe encompassing 450 languages. (48:18)
  • Understanding the essence of a medical instrument or herb. Understanding the basic gestalt of the pattern, principle, idea, notion or spirit of a herb or medical device (such as a leech) in order to know how to apply that to the basic gestalt, pattern and principle of a disease. (50:23)
  • The qualities and nature of a leech: dark, night, yin, cool, feminine, water, flowing. (52:25)
  • Uses of leech therapy:
    • Use for something that is hot and not flowing.
    • The most potent anticoagulant known to man (hirudin).
    • All conditions of the blood and excess heat.
    • “Just as the swan drinks only the milk from a diluted milk, similarly the leeches drink only the bad blood first from the pool of (vitiated) blood.” ~ Vaghbata.
  • Other body treatments Jimi utilises: Svedana, Bastis, Shirodhara. (59:46)
  • Healing response of Kati Basti: Warm oil penetrates drives deep down into the tissues and doshas which allows vata (the primary vital force and subtle winds of the body) to flow and for blood to move.
  • 3 Modes of Ayurvedic Blood Letting and Cupping: (01:01:43)
    • Historically used to suck the disease-causing spirits out of the body.
    • Now used to suck the wind out.
    • Move stagnant blood without opening the vein (a mild form of venesection).
    • Toning through taking blood out.
    • Taking a little blood out of a weak person to stimulate the marrow for strength.
    • Treat “hot” infections.
  • Why anaemic people can die from getting fed iron supplements.
  • Disease is a spiritual phenomenon. Ayurveda is old as nature actually. (01:03:14)
  • Disease manifesting due to violation of natural law.
  • Excess iron causing immunological problems, liver strain and cardiac risk. Especially in men who don’t have a chance to shed iron need iron clearance. (01:08:15)
  • Causes of excessive iron: (01:09:40)
  • Iron age. To much arien arterial energy and not enough venus like yin energy.
  • We have stopped blood letting.
  • Earth pollution and heavy metals interacting with iron.
  • Jimi’s favourite herbs: (01:12:28)
  • Angelica:
    • Finland’s sacred and most revered herb.
    • Shamans would use in a range of shamanic practices.
    • Gained its fame during the plague. It was revered by angels and it was an angel that told suffering humanity that angelica would assist in fighting off the plague.
    • Pungent taste (Katu rasa) helps with phlegmatic, kapha, leukkoria, phlegm on lungs - bronchial infection. Low agni and invisible phlegm.
    • Useful for phlegmatic psychologically and physiologically issues (similar to Kapha).
    • Immune booster.
    • Gentle enough for children to use.
  • Adrenal boosters that are stimulants in disguise vs. adaptogens. (01:15:18) - Ginseng, rhodiola, cordyceps - high doses makes them stimulates, exhausting and healing. In low doses they won’t be.
  • Adaptogens have deep tonic properties are Qi tonics and kidney tonics that form ojas faster.
  • Ashwagandha - an adaptogen whose root literally smells like a horse. Balances vata and the nervous system. The “sleepy nightshade.” (01:18:50)
  • Today’s most common health issues Jimi sees in practice: Endocrine disharmony and hormonal problems that have adrenal fatigue at their root due to flight or fight constantly turned on. (01:21:32)
  • Parasympathetic nervous system: “Rest and digest.” “Feed and breed.”
  • Digestive disorders of vata blowing out agni due to nervous system imbalance.
  • Hypothyroidism - approaching the endocrine system as a web rather than separate glands.
  • Reductionism as a problematic approach to medicine.

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Amalaki (Embilica Officinalis) Uses & Benefits

Amalaki (Embilica officinalis) is not only considered by many to be Ayurveda's most potent fruit, but Amalaki is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda that is used extensively in formulations. 

Nomenclature

English: Indian Gooseberry
Sanskrit: Amalaki, aka Amla (vernacular).
Latin: Embilica officinalis or Pjullantus embilica (less common)

Synonyms:

  • Dhatri ("Mother" or "Nurse") - Amalaki is the ultimate carer and healer.
  • Amrta ("Immortality") - There are only a few herbs which have the Amrta quality. Amalaki is like nectar that promotes immortality.

Energetics

Rasa (taste): Sour (predominately), sweet, bitter, astringent, pungent
Virya (energy): Cooling
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
Gunas (quality): Dry, light.
Dosha: VPK-

Tridoshic Fruit

One of the marvels of Amalaki is that it contains all 6 tastes except salt. Thus this fruit mitigates:

  • vata by its sour taste
  • pitta by its sweet taste and cold virya (energy) and
  • kapha by the dry quality and astringent taste.

Usually sour herbs aggravate pitta. Amalaki is an exception, and is one of the very few sour herbs that actually reduce pitta.

Ayurvedic Action

Ganas (classical groups):

  • Vayasthapana (Anti-Aging) - Caraka (The famous sage) quoted Amlaki as the best among the Vayasthapana herbs.
  • Jvarghna (Treats Fever) (Caraka)
  • Kasaghna (Treats Cough) (Caraka)
  • Virecanopaga (Purgative) (Caraka)
  • Kusthaghna (Treats Skin Diseases) (Caraka)

Indications

Rasayana - Longevity and Immunity

Rejuvenator that promotes longevity. Thus is included in the classical group of Vayasthapana. "Rasa" (the essence of properly digested food) is being spread ("ayana") to nourish all the rasavaha srotas: 10 dhaminis (arteries) and heart, as well as the udakava srotas: Talu (soft pallet) and kloma (pancreas/thyroid).

This potent anti-oxidant fruit is fantastic immunomodulator, aphrodisiac and rejuvenator. (Bhavaprakasa).

Digestion

Assists bowels and reduces inflammation in the GIT as it supports healthy intestinal skin. Especially helpful in ulcers, hyperacidity (Amlapitta), colitis, hepatitis, haemorrhoids and intestinal bleeding conditions. Great laxative and liver cleansing action. Healthy intestinal "inner" skin accordingly improves health and lustre of the "outer" skin.

Diabetes and Metabolism

Its Ojas and immune boosting action helps cope with diabetes and urinary disorders (Prameha), (Bhavaprakasa).

Home Remedy: 2.5ml Amalaki juice + 2.5ml Turmeric juice + bit ot Honey (Astanga Hrdayam U.).

More Benefits:

  • Respiratory System - Amalaki's immune boosting action strengthens the lungs and helps in cough.
  • Sattva (Pure Consciousness) - Amalaki’s prabhava (special effect) is having a sattvic effect that raises the quality of consciousness and the overall wellbeing of the body.
  • Raktapitta (Bleeding diseases) (Bhavaprakasa).
  • Caksusya karma (Benefits the Eyes) - Reduces excess pitta in the eyes. Triphala is one of the best formulations for eye diseases (Netra roga). (A.P.I.)
  • Soma Roga
  • Kesha (Hair Tonic) - increases hair strength, reduces premature baldness greying since it pacifying the pitta burning the roots of the hair. A main ingredient in the Vital Veda + the Raju family's Bringraj Amalaka 11 Oil and Rajus Kesha Oil.

Vitamin C Powerhouse

According to the studies, the average Amla fruit (22.5gm) contains 121mg of vitamin C.
The average orange (130 grams) has about 70mg of vitamin C.

So one little Amla berry is packed with more vitamin C than the orange, which a 5.8 times bigger fruit!

Amalaki has 10 TIMES the amount of vitamin C than an orange when we measure equal weights of both fruits.

Research suggests this all-natural vitamin C content contributes to the potent antioxidant capabilities of Amalaki.

This is far from mega doses of vitamin C that people are taking. But what is compelling is the ability of Amalaki to take a small amount of vitamin C and use it to activate an entire matrix of chemicals that deliver a multitude of health benefits.

More about Amalaki herb coming soon.

Important Formulations

Triphala

One of the most popular formulations in Ayurveda and rightly so because mostly everyone can use it and benefit from triphala's actions.

Triphala helps in diabetes and skin diseases. It is fantastic for the eyes (external and internal application) and helps in fever. It helps in digestion and natural, regular elimination (laxative action), thus is an essential supplement to take today when we (even health individuals) are inevitably exposes to environmental toxins. 

Note Triphala is contraindicated for those with loose motions, diarrhoea, bleeding disorders of the GIT. 

"Tri" = Three
"Phala" = Fruits

The three fruits (in equal quantity) that make up triphala are:

  1. Amalaki (Embilica officinalis)
  2. Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica)
  3. Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

Shodana Vati - 3-Dosha Balancing and Purification

Shodana Vati's main ingredient in Triphala plus a whole lot more other herbs. If one takes Shodana Vati (superior option) people do not need to take Triphala.

This is a Raju family formula made with love and mantras that is the best free radical scavenger and anti-oxidant; immune modulator and blood purifier. It's good for gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, tooth and oral problems, female problems, high cholesterol, chronic cough, eye disorders, addictions, helps clear the skin and more. Available at Vital Veda.

Chyavanaprasha

Chyavanaprasha is a honey based jam (leham) procured with many herbs. Eating this regularly maintains optimum energy and immunity levels, especially during seasonal and life changes. Chyavanaprasha reduces kapha, colds, and promotes inner strength.

Unfortunately most herbal manufactures are not making proper Chyavanaprasha. The only company that makes it properly to my knowledge is Maharishi Ayurveda, although Maharishi Amrit Kalash is superior.

Anand Sidhi Yog - Nutritious Immune Boosting Bliss

An easy to digest rasayana that strengthens and repairs all the dhatus (tissues). It provides supreme nourishment for rapid healing and feeds the most re ned levels of the physiology, the mind and only the healthy body, not the disease.
It strengthens the lungs, helps in chronic cough and is a great anti-oxidant. "ASY" restores physical vitality, immunity, good digestion and eternal bliss. Amalaki is the main ingredient in this Raju family formula made with love and mantras. Available at Vital Veda.

If taking Anand Sidhi Yog, no need to take Chaywanaprash or Amrit Kalash since ASY is superior.

Check out our Amla Pickle Recipe here.

If you are in India and Amla is in season (around December), take advantage of that and eat them fresh!

 

Credits:
Chywanprash photo - Jiva

 

Punarnava (Boerrharia diffusa) Uses & Benefits

This plant promotes cellular re-incarnation. Punarnava means "tech makes old cells new."

“Punarha” = again.
“Navaha” = new.

The old cell transfers it’s energy (through chemistry) to the new cell. The old body is renewed. Re-incarnation occurs on the cellular level. Cellular memory (“smriti”) in revitalised and restored to perfect health. 

It is a superb herb to rejuvenate the kidneys and enhance lymphatic drainage (prabhava).

Nomenclature

English: Indian/Spreading Hogweed
Sanskrit: Punarnavā
Latin: Boerhaavia diffusa
Sveta Purnanava (Boerhaavia repens) is another variety of Punarnava that has a white flowers. This is more potent and rare.

Its english name “Spreading Hogweed,” is a good description how this plant spreads as a selfish weed across the ground. Farmers usually chuck the plant out in the trash.

Energetics

Rasa (taste): Astringent, Bitter, Sweet. 
Virya (energy): Cooling
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
Gunas (quality): Dry, light.
Dosha: VPK-, V+ in excess

Ayurvedic Action

Ganas (groups):
Vayasthapana (Anti-Aging)
Svedopaga (Adjuvants to Sudation therapy)
Kasaghna (Cures Cough)

Indications

Kidneys and Lymphatic

Enhances lymphatic drainage and rejuvenates the kidneys. Helps in nephritis or impaired urinary function. Excellent to reduce excess fluids, swelling, oedema and congestion from excess kapha. Thus also helps reduce scrotal and abdomen enlargement.

Digestion

Increases digestive fire (deepana) and stimulates sluggish digestion. It absorbs fluids from the digestive system and can be constipating. It helps remove poisons and worms.

Diabetes

Punarnava’s reduces medas dhatu (fat tissue) and balances mutravaha srotas (urinary channels).

Parts Used

Whole plant, root and leaf.
The leaves can be used as a leafy green in dahl.

“Punarha naveenam karoti”
"Which makes all cells new."

Important Formulations

Punarnavadi Mandoor
One of my formulations of choice also containing iron (mandoora) aplus many more herbs which activate the liver and spleen (ranjaka pitta) to create more rakta (blood cells). This formula not only increases iron in the body but increases our ability to produce and metabolise iron. It also helps in kidney health and diabetes, anaemia, splenomegaly, piles and fever. This formula contains medicinal metals which are completely safe and which you should be educated and informed about before taking them. 

Punarnavadi Guggulu 
For reducing water retention, congestive heart conditions and treating oedematous inflammatory joint diseases and gout.

Dhumapana: Smoke Inhalation Therapy

Smoke Inhalation Indications:

As per Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, Sutrasthana, ch. 30.

  • Pains of the head, eyes and ears
  • Ophthalmia and heaviness of the eyes
  • Hemicranial (persistent unilateral headache)
  • Rhinitis, cough, dyspnoea
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Excess salivation, disorder of voice, bad smell from the nose and mouth, hiccup, diseases of the throat
  • Toothache, looseness of teeth, loss of appetite
  • Loss of movement of the neck and lower jaw
  • Worms
  • Itching
  • Anaemia
  • Disorders of the skin and hairs
  • Absence of sneezing or excessive sneezing
  • Stupor, excess sleep
  • Asphyxia
  • Diseases of vata and kapha origin affecting the parts of the body above the shoulders.
  • It is also used to strengthen and purify the head, scalp, sense organs and the mind.(2)

Kinds of Smoke Inhalation (Dhuma Prakaras)

Though the smoke is derived from drugs which are sheeta virya (cold energy), yet with contact of fire, it becomes ushna virya (heating energy). So Dhumapana aggravates pitta and rakta (blood).

3 kinds:

  1. Shamama (suppressing) - a.k.a. prayogika and madhyama. - after gandusha, nasya.
  2. Brmhana (strengthening) - a.k.a. snehana and mrdu.
  3. Shodana (purifying) - a.k.a. virechana and tikshna. - bad colds etc.(3)

also:

  1. Kasaghna (anti-coughing)
  2. Vamana (emetic)
  3. Vrana Dhupana (fumigation to ulcers).

Persons Unsuitable for Inhalation (Dhuma Anarha)

  • Those who have undergone purgation therapy, who have been administered an enema,
  • who have kept awake at night
  • who are injured in the head
  • who have drunk honey, curds, milk, wine, gruel mixed with fatty material, poison and (large quantities of) water, who have eaten fish as food
  • those suffering from anaemia, diabetes, enlargement of abdomen, flatulence, upward movement of vata inside the abdomen (reverse peristalsis)
  • blindness, rohinika (a throat disease), and all others during hot season.

Administration of smoke to the above will produce giddiness, fever, headache, difficulty in sensory perception, dryness and ulceration of the palate, feeling as though hot fumes are coming from the throat, vomiting, fainting, bleeding diseases, facial paralysis and even death.(4)

In all these diseases, it is pitta alone or in combination with vata and kapha that gets increased. So keeping this in mind, use of ghee, decoction, nasal medication, application of paste into the mouth, eye-salve, pouring medicated water over the body and others which are mixed with fatty materials or not mixed with them and cold (in nature and feeling) should be used.(5)

Especially the smoke entering to all the channels produces severe pain, flatulence, redness of the eyes, dyspnoea, cough, nasal catarrh and sourness in the alimentary tract.

In such conditions, use of ghee, milk, sugarcane juice, grapes and sugar; producing vomiting by similar drugs, nasal medications and mouth gargles with drugs of pungent and bitter taste should be adopted.(6)

Dhuma Kala - Time of Administration:

Prayogika (Shamana) Dhuma:

At the end of:

  1. the night
  2. elimination of urine
  3. elimination of faeces
  4. cleaning of teeth
  5. sudation therapy
  6. nasal medication
  7. taking of food
  8. surgical operation

Mrdhu (Brmhana) Dhuma

at the end of:

  1. sneezing
  2. sexual intervourse
  3. laughing
  4. sitting for long periods
  5. yawning
  6. elimination of urine
  7. elimination of faeces
  8. washing of teeth
  9. tarpana
  10. putapaka (instilling decoction and juice into the eye)
  11. surgical operation

Tikshna (Shodana) Dhuma:

at the end of:

  1. nasal medication - (such as Nasya Panchakarma).
  2. anjana (collyrium)
  3. vomiting
  4. bath
  5. day sleep

At the above periods of time, there will be a mild increase of vata and kapha (hence ideal time for smoke inhalation).(7)

The smoke that has been inhaled through the mouth should be emitted only throughout the mouth but not through the nose because of the risk of disorders of vision.(11)

Dosage: Inhalation is done twice - once during day and once at night.

Snaihika (lubricating) dhuma should be done in bouts of three or four inhalations at a time and continued till all the channels start exuding fluid. It should be taken only once in a day and night.(13) - ghee is added.

Tikshna dhuma should be inhaled only through the nose, in bouts of four each time or till the person feels lightness of the channels. It should be taken 3 or 4 x in one day and night.

Apana (one inhalation) = Aksepa (inhaling, sucking) and Visarga (exhaling, expelling out).(14)

Kasaghna (anti-cough) dhuma is administered in the following way:

  • Burning coal devoid of smoke is placed in an earthen saucer and fine powder or pills of the drugs are put on the burning coal.
  • Another saucer with a hole in its centre is kept inverted over the first one, so as tallow the smoke only through its holy, to which the smoking tube is attached.
  • The patient is asked to take in the smoke through the mouth only; when chest is filled up completely, he should let it out through the mouth itself.
  • When the drugs are burnt off, some more powder is placed on the fire.
  • The inhalation should be continued till all the doshas are expelled out or till the patient feels lightness of the organs.(15)

 

 

Vamana duma is done in the same manner, but after the patient has taken the drink of thin krisara (porridge).

Even Vrana dhuma (fumigation of ulcers) is done similarly, to cleanse the wound of its exudations and relief from pain.(16) (External application).

Inhalation of smoke therapy properly done, will clear the impurities from the heart, throat and sense organs, produce lightness of the head and mitigation of the doshas and diseases produced by them.(18)

Samana dhuma is indicated to mitigate vata and kapha individually or their combination and also for the healthy.

Brmhana is ideal for (mitigating) vata and Shodana (virechana) for mitigating kapha.(19)

The Relevance of Dhumapana Today

A lot of people these days are practicing unsafe dhumapana.

The use of pipe and direct smoking is unsafe. Furthermore, most dhumapana recipes call for honey, which is a very complex procedure considering heated honey is poison.

Dhumpana may be promoting the habit of smoking harmful substances and/or excess herbal smoking.

If one wants to practice dhumapana, they can create smoke and indirectly inhale the smoke around them. Herbs like guggulu, sambrani, frankincense (all available in raw form at Vital Veda) can be sprinkled onto coal and inhale as well as topically fumigate onto the body. This is also good to burn in the room where new born babies rest for anti-bacterial action. Also smoke from holy and medicinal woods and substances being burned through Yagya ceremony has medicinal action.

sambrani resin
guggulu resin

Banana Purification by The Raju Family

Powerful method for promoting perfect health

“Raju Banana Purification” is a powerful therapy that cleanses the entire physiology and restores gynaecological health.

It is ideally taken by women whilst on their menstrual cycle, but is also effective for women who will not be menstruating at the time of visits, to balance hormones, enhance fertility and to profoundly purify and detoxify the physiology.

What is Raju Banana Purification

Banana Purification is mostly done during a woman's menstrual cycle.
Ayurveda views the menstrual cycle as a deep detox and profound purification that a woman is blessed to have once a month.
This unique treatment that is exclusively performed by the Raju Family immensely enhances this purification process.


Banana Purification deeply cleanses the entire body, particularly the female reproductive system.

Even if the problems are deeply rooted, significant relief can be achieved from this 3-5 day program.
The program also helps to balance the hormonal system so emotions become more even and smooth.

Banana Purification Involves

  • Taking herbs specially prepared with bananas during each day of the therapy.
  • Adhering to a specific and simple diet.
  • Taking plenty of rest so that the body can devote all its energy to clearing and healing. The treatment draws out toxins from all over the body into the menstrual blood through which they are expelled. Still profound detoxification happens for those not bleeding during this program.

A single banana purification done properly during menstruation has benefits, depending on the person, equal to two or more 23-day intensive Panchakarmas.

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Duration of Banana Purification Program

  • Menstruating women do the Banana Purification for the duration of their menstrual cycle.
  • Women not on their cycle generally do 3 - 5 consecutive days.
  • Allow approx. 60 mins for each session.

Essential Things to Know For Your Banana Purification

The more precise you follow these procedures, the more increased benefits you will get.

Donation:

The Raju forefathers, who handed down this unique and wonderful knowledge to their family, specified that the Banana program itself should be given free of charge so that there is no financial barrier for anyone to have its benefits.

Donations are required for the bananas used, travel and accommodation expenses  -  $180 minimum donation is recommended for 3 days of Banana Purification and $300 for 5 days or $60/day.

Donations are required whenever a Raju travels to give the Banana Purification. Raju family members are traveling from overseas solely to provide the Banana Purification.

The donation cash should be in an envelope with your name written and the dates you are doing the Banana Purification.

You must observe minimum 30 minutes of silence before and after and during taking the medicine.

Please arrive on time and sit in silence while you wait.

Diet:

  • On the days undergoing the Banana Purification, ideally one should not take any herbs and dietary supplements etc. Medicines if you can avoid during BT or have later (away from the BT) will be best. - if you have an issue or query with this, contact dylan@vitalveda.com.au / 0451 534 884.
  • The banana herbs should be taken on a completely empty stomach. If you are taking the morning dose of Banana Purification, you should not consume any food, herbs, or medications etc. that morning. Only plain water is allowed.
  • 1 hour before taking the banana herbs the person should completely fast (no food, water etc.).
  • If taking Banana Purification at night, stop eating milk rice approx. 3-4 hours before.
  • It is important to swallow the banana piece whole - Do not chew it or allow it to touch your teeth.
  • 1 -2 hours after taking the medicine the patient should completely fast (no food, water etc.) After this, the first thing the patient should eat is milk rice
  • If taking Banana Purification at night, you don't have to eat after, you can go straight to bed.
  • Do not talk for 30 minutes before you receive the banana herbs and 30 minutes afterwards. Results are more powerful with inward attention and silence during this time.
  • Every meal during the Banana Purification should be "milk rice". If you have trouble digesting cows milk, try a smaller quantity raw or unhomogensied cows milk boiled. If this is still uncomfortable, you may have plain white rice only. Almond, coconut, rice, soy or goats milk is not allowed.
  • Rarely people feel aversion to eating milk rice every meal. If this happens and you really cannot tolerate it, have milk rice or plain white rice for the first meal (after taking the Banana Purification), then for the meals after that you may add a little cinnamon in the milk rice to add some flavour and reduce the aversion. Note that this is not ideal and for full benefits of the Banana Purification. Plain milk rice is best during menstrual cycle. You can also have fresh, simple food throughout if you are really struggling with diet.
  • If you have aversion or cannot cope with just milk rice or plain rice contact us to discuss the best meal plan.
  • Continue sipping hot water frequently during the Banana Purification days to help remove the toxins more thoroughly.

Regimen

  • A time to go inward and rest - It is encouraged you keep socialising to a minimum. You will probably be quite tired during the Banana Purification, so it is best you avoid strenuous activity, work, studying, going out etc. Sleeping during the day is permitted. Think of this as a stretch of "time for yourself" where you can profoundly rest and purify.
  • Do not use tampons during Banana Purification as this impedes the free flow of toxins out of the body and may cause toxins to be reabsorbed as a result.
  • During the days of menstrual flow, it is traditional for you not to touch or have anyone touch you during this time as many impurities are coming out of the body (especially strong during the Banana Purification) and you want to maintain this potent energy in yourself.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

For ladies who want to do Banana Purification + have a Personal Health Session (Recommended):
Please book your Private Health Session after 1.30 pm. Note menstruating women cannot see the Vaidya.
Is Banana Purification Only for Menstruating Women?
No.
  • Women whose menstruation is unnaturally absent will benefit from Banana Purification.
  • It is also beneficial for post-menopausal women to receive Banana Purification.
  • Though less powerful than during the days of actual flow, the therapy is still highly beneficial for increased purification, hormone balance and strength.
  • Women whose cycle does not align with the time that the Vaidya is there can still do the treatment.
  • If your cycle comes while the Rajus are in Australia, we highly encourage you to travel to the city that the Rajus are in at the time of your cycle to obtain the full benefit. After all, women travel from all over the globe to India to spend only a few days there just for Banana Purification, so traveling inter-state if the opportunity is there is well worth the benefits.

If I am taking Banana Purification at night do I still need to eat milk rice that day?
Yes, only eat milk rice that day and no food 3-4 hours and no water 2 hours before your Banana Purification evening session.

Do I eat bananas and why is it called Banana Purification?
No. The medicine is delivered on a very small piece of banana that is approx. the size of your little fingernail.

What is the difference between your 5, 4 and 3 days of Banana Purification?
The more days the more powerful, but 3 days is a complete cycle so is good. If you are menstruating you should do the Banana Purification every day you are menstruating.

Can I do less than 3 days Banana Purification?
3 days is a full cycle and we advise that minimum. However, if you only found out about this offering late, or genuinely cannot attend 3 days (consider your priorities), 1 or 2 days can be done and is still beneficial.

IMPORTANT GUIDELINES FOR BOOKING

  • To gain maximum benefit from banana treatment make sure to book 3-5 consecutive days
  • If you know you will be menstruating at the time, please select the first session, since menstruating women go first to receive the Banana Treatment.

*Wellington - There are a limited number of slots available for BT.
Please apply to do the banana treatment by emailing jes@jeschev.com to following:

  • Full name
  • Will you be menstruating?
  • Age
  • Every Date you will do Banana Purification
  • Present complaints & symptoms
  • Phone number

Any queries email jes@jeschev.com

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Vaidya Raju on Banana Purification
"The main action of Banana [Purification] is on the uterus ~ the communication between the brain and the uterus. When the communication is obstructed, it clears it—whatever is in the way. And then it clears everything because it removes the blocks [along the way]. With gall stones it takes some time...for liver problems much less time, gas much less. Because it fixes everything that is in-between and clears the way. Whatever is blocking it clears...makes that sankalp [intention] to work."

~ Vaidya J.R. Raju

Why is Banana Purification So Powerful?

"The main thing is the vibration [the use of the Primordial Sounds], and the herbs. Just like the planet is considered as the human (small point), Brahmananda is the universe (vast). Like that the herb is always minute, and it will work in all directions [huge expansion]. Similarly, along with that, the vibration enters into the body and goes into the whole endocrine system, not only the reproductive system, and creates the balance.
You might have seen one patient’s case here: just with the Banana [Purification] she developed her uterus and even her cervix was not there and that is also developed now. The treatment is given at the best time of the month because of the power of the underlying cycle. Banana [Purification] is a good rejuvenation. It is like half or even one full Panchakarma in value even when you are in menopause. Even if you don’t have those organs due to hysterectomy, whatever the balance is needed will come from the treatments. The whole hormone system is endocrine, so no need to worry about the organ itself."
~ Vaidya Krishna Raju. 

"I have had debilitating periods all my life...horrible cramps, nausea, and pain. After receiving banana treatment from Dr. Pavani Raju, I would say my periods are 95-99% better. Not only that, but it has had a side effect of giving me greater confidence and sense of self. I feel very lucky to have been given this treatment."
BT Patient, USA
"I wasn't able to take the Raju Banana Treatment when I was still menstruating, but I've been fortunate to have had it several times since menopause, because I know my cycle times from years past and the Vaidyas can feel in my pulse when I am ready for the banana medicine. Though they say it's more powerful during menstruation, it still brings me increased energy and strength, along with deep purification. From the moment I swallow the herb, I can feel a special liveliness spreading in my body, and for those first few hours after taking it I feel very inward and quiet and sometimes fall deep asleep for hours, even in the middle of the day. It's a very special experience, and gives me a big boost afterwards."
Panchakarma Guest, USA
"The Banana Purification Treatment was an incredibly special experience. I am very very grateful that I finally experienced it. The month before I received the BT my cycle was a nightmare. I went to the hospital from being in such tremendous and unbearable pain. Morphine wasn't even enough because I suffered from a partially ruptured ovarian cyst. My doctor assumed it crossed with a blood vessel. This brings the worst pain ever. It has been likened to child birth, followed by massive abdominal swelling The 2-3 prior cycles were increasing in pain leading up to last month where I couldn't even stand or walk. I could just curl into myself on the floor, using all my energy to endure the pain. This past cycle, after taking the banana treatment, I barely felt any pain at all (just some the first day, but Advil was sufficient in relieving the pain). I am so grateful!!! I was actually scared and anxious about the next cycle, wondering if I'd end up in the hospital again. The BT itself was very humbling and beautiful. I felt incredibly happy and loving afterwards and during the treatment. I since have felt lighter in body and spirit, like every cell in my body was invigorated and born anew. I felt incredibly awake, though at the same time very exhausted. Being in Dr. Raju's presence was humbling, cleansing, soothing, and inspiring. I will tell every woman I know and love to come the next time Dr. Raju comes to town. I will go too. I can hardly wait. 🙂 Thank you with my whole heart and spirit."
Patient, USA
"Stability, clarity and internal strength are the prominent effects the Banana Treatment has had on me. I find it very settling and strengthening to mind, soul and physiology. Female hormones are one of the most determining factors of a woman’s state of being. The Banana Treatment balances these hormones on a very fundamental level, creating lasting harmony. In my case, a concrete example is the positive influence the Banana Treatment had on my period. I used to not be able to “survive” my very long and heavy cycles without using pain relievers which was a big stress. After taking just two Banana Treatments, I could already feel a big difference. My cycles became shorter and less painful. After two more treatments, my cycles now only last 5 days and I can get by without using pain medicine at all. The Banana Treatment has also helped me to settle anxiety and insomnia. I am very grateful for having found this treatment. Through balancing my hormones, it has not only helped me to balance my physical body, but also to balance myself."
Panchakarma Guest, Germany
Ten years ago I used to be hospitalised for my period pain as it was so deliberating I would pass out. After lots of western medicine specialist appointments and many pharmaceutical drugs, I was told that I had endometriosis and went in for a laparoscopy to remove it, but there was nothing found. This is when my deeper journey with the natural and eastern medicine began. I did too many things to mention over the next 10 years and was feeling much better and then 10 months before my first banana treatment I started bleeding in my monthly cycle enough for 10 women. I was losing so much blood my haemoglobin count and anaemia was eventually so low that I needed to start getting iron infusions at a haematologist to stop my hair falling out, reverse my complete loss in appetite, stop my headaches, depression, lethargy and rapid heart rate which decreased my sleep quality. I did these things for 6 months but things were not getting much better and eventually I was hospitalised again. After much investigation, I saw Krishna-Ji for the first time. He had a new theory different to everyone, that was holistic and made sense, so I decided to see if what he was talking about might work. I stopped eating a mostly raw vegan diet and adopted a mostly cooked and warm Ayurvedic diet. I then did my first banana treatment in June 2016. My first time was thee most profound experience, it was very powerful and started working for me before I even ate my first fingernail size of ‘special’ banana. I slept so much during those days and my cycle immediately changed. From that cycle and going forward, I had a light flow for the first time in my life and little to no period pain at all. Both of these things had never happened to me in 17 years. I did my second banana treatment 6 months after that, and it was not as strong but toward the end of the long 7 day cycle, I cleared some blockages that needed to happen. I also cleared some deep emotional and mental traumas. Again it improved my periods. But then I found myself feeling the same feeling again and needing an iron infusion due to too much blood loss again. Since that treatment in April 2018, I have not needed an iron infusion since and my flow has been quite regular. The cramps and breasts lumps have come back a bit, but I am about due for my next banana treatment and I look forward to experiencing what my body needs next time. This is important work that needs to be cleared and done, especially for those with reproductive health issues and those wanting to have a healthy baby.
Beverly, Marketing Agent, USA
I had immense relief after the last banana treatment in Melbourne on my fibroids and excessive bleeding. It had stopped completely and I am undergoing menopause... I am looking forward to undergo another session of Bananna treatment with Vaidya Raju.
Penny, Yoga teacher
The time since my banana treatment has honestly been incredible. I feel really tapped into my energy, my creative potential and something has also shifted in the way men are drawn to me. All of which would make sense given where the healing took place.  I also got my period this morning which was a bit of a surprise as I had none of the usual telltale signs that warn me that it’s on the way! I had no weight gain or water retention, no irritability or feeling very emotional, I have been sleeping just fine even though I usually don’t, and most importantly, I had zero cramps, pain or crippling fatigue when my period arrived!!! It’s honestly a miracle!
Debbie, Sydney
“By the end of my period I was on cloud nine, I have never experiences anything as powerful as BT.”
Julia
I feel an emotional clarity I’ve never felt before, my digestion is amazing, my body feels light, my yoga practice has totally changed and I feel like I have a whole new body and mind! I cannot wait to do it again!
Brooke, Sydney

“Ten years ago I used to be hospitalised for my period pain as it was so deliberating I would pass out. After lots of western medicine specialist appointments and many pharmaceutical drugs, I was told that I had endometriosis and went in for a laparoscopy to remove it, but there was nothing found. 

This is when my deeper journey with the natural and eastern medicine began. I did too many things to mention over the next 10 years and was feeling much better and then 10 months before my first banana treatment I started bleeding in my monthly cycle enough for 10 women. I was losing so much blood my haemoglobin count and anaemia  was eventually so low that I needed to start getting iron infusions at a haematologist to stop my hair falling out, reverse my complete loss in appetite, stop my headaches, depression, lethargy and rapid heart rate which decreased my sleep quality. I did these things for 6 months but things were not getting much better and eventually I was hospitalised again. 

After much investigation, I saw Krishna-Ji for the first time. He had a new theory different to everyone, that was holistic and made sense, so I decided to see if what he was talking about might work. I stopped eating a mostly raw vegan diet and adopted a mostly cooked and warm Ayurvedic diet. I then did my first banana treatment in June 2016. 

My first time was thee most profound experience, it was very powerful and started working for me before I even ate my first fingernail size of ‘special’ banana. I slept so much during those days and my cycle immediately changed. From that cycle and going forward, I had a light flow for the first time in my life and little to no period pain at all. Both of these things had never happened to me in 17 years.

I did my second banana treatment 6 months after that, and it was not as strong but toward the end of the long 7 day cycle, I cleared some blockages that needed to happen. I also cleared some deep emotional and mental traumas. 

Again it improved my periods. But then I found myself feeling the same feeling again and needing an iron infusion due to too much blood loss again. Since that treatment in April 2018, I have not needed an iron infusion since and my flow has been quite regular. The cramps and breasts lumps have come back a bit, but I am about due for my next banana treatment and I look forward to experiencing what my body needs next time. 

This is important work that needs to be cleared and done, especially for those with reproductive health issues and those wanting to have a healthy baby.”

~ Banana Purification Guest, USA

 

"I was diagnosed with MRKH Syndrome in c.1996 following an ultrasound that revealed I had no uterus. This is a rare congenital condition whereby the female reproductive system stops developing after the creatIon of the ovaries.

This of course means you do not have periods, nor can you have children naturally.

In allopathic medicine there is no known reason or solution. On diagnosis, I was brought under the care of a specialist unit in a London hospital where they offer enormous emotional support to the diagnosed ladies and their families, but of course in their eyes there was nothing they could do.

In January 2010 my partner, Will, and I embarked on a two year traveling sabbatical. We decided to kick start it with a 23 day PK in Delhi. Will had been suffering from Gilbert's Syndrome and a poorly functioning liver, and the doctors back home had been at a loss on how to treat this debilitating condition. A short one week PK in the UK had had such beneficial results we decided to come for a long stint in Delhi. There we had the blessing and amazing good fortune to meet with Dr. JR Raju and we came out of our first consultation amazed. Raju-ji was not at all bemused by Will's condition and had diagnosed me just through the touch of the pulse. He even suggested that his family's Banana Medicine would be able to help me overcome my situation. My pulse had indicated that I had either just finished or was just about to start my cycle so for the rest of those three weeks he regularly took my pulse to track my cycle. It came, a few days before I was due to leave.

During this first treatment, I felt enough sensations to merit following Dr. Raju's advice and obtained an ultrasound. The results showed a small uterus!! We were overcome and so it was an easy decision to attend the clinic in Hyderabad as often as I could for monthly banana sessions whilst we were in India. Will's test results also showed a 75% improvement in his liver and thyroid functioning in just 23 days. He had been ill for over a year!

Over the next few months of banana treatment there was notable progress. I had ultrasounds after each treatment which invariably showed the uterus growing in size each month. I returned to the UK in June 2011 and had an ultrasound at a private hospital in the UK to alleviate my parent's concerns that the results were not a true reflection of what was indeed taking place. The result showed more progress, and the parents were on board!

We returned to India in late October 2011 for further travels and treatments in Hyderabad to accelerate the growth. The ultrasound following the October banana treatment showed 50% growth in the volume of the uterus since late June.

The November results indicated a further growth spurt in the length of the uterus. It was after this treatment that the lining of the uterus became fully developed and it was also the first time the radiologist was able to detect and measure the cervix. She and her nursing staff looked on in amazement. It was a wonderful moment.

An MRI in December 2011 confirmed normal myometrium, endometrial cavity and parametrium in the uterus.

I continued regular banana treatment, as well as a 42-day PK in Hyderabad in March 2012, to help support the growth process which it did enormously. In August I was due to head back to the UK - the funds were up and it was time for me to head home. However, Dr. Krishna Raju strongly advised otherwise as I was experiencing a high level of growth, so I returned in September and continued regular banana treatment and a short PK until January 2013.

The MRI in November 2013 showed that the vagina had connected with the uterus and the fallopian tubes had developed and connected also. And that is where I am tantalizingly at!

Apart from one banana treatment in Italy in the summer, I have not had any other treatment for a year and am letting Nature take her course. It is relevant that I am back at home for now, and will know when it is right to return and join the banana club again! But I am feeling it is soon. I am able to support the development by daily practising the marma touch points and special marma abyanga that I was so lucky to learn in Hyderabad. I do these daily, wherever possible, and I know they have had a profound effect on my physiology. In addition, I have also been incredibly fortunate to have the banana and PK supported by full marma treatments in Hyderabad, which I have found extremely powerful.

I have been utterly blessed to have met the Raju family and their team of supporters, both the immediate staff but also special friends of the clinic, who are all tirelessly helping the patients, supporting us on our journeys, being the embodiment of Ganesha. It is a true gift to be in their presence and truly know there is nothing to fear. My journey has been nothing short of incredible and I am really looking forward to seeing what Nature has in store and when she decides to bestow it."

~ Panchakarma Guest, England

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