The Light Diet, Quantum Health & Circadian Rhythms | Matt Maruca #021

In Defense of Sunlight: How the transition to indoor living created the epidemic of modern chronic disease.

About Matt Maruca

Matt Maruca founded Ra Optics to make the world's finest blue light blocking glasses, and created The Light Diet, a diet that directly addresses the root of the modern chronic disease epidemic, mitochondrial dysfunction, after having suffered from poor health and chronic fatigue at a young age due to technology overuse and an indoor lifestyle. He is now 20 years old and travels the world, studying and teaching about the relevance of light in human health.


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In This Episode We Discuss

Matt's Story

How he became the youngest biohacker in the world.

Matt as the prodigy of Dr. Jack Kruse.

The Light Diet: Matts Prescription for Health

Going beyond just food and nutrition.

Prioritising the engines of our cells (mitochondria) over the fuel (food) we are putting into them.

Focusing on the effects of light on our mitochondria determines how we process our food.

The Sun and herbs, two key elements in ayurveda

Herodot: The First Man to Get an Idea about Vitamin D

Herodot was travelling the Mediterranean area in the 6th Century BC and came across the graveyards of the Battle of Pelusium in 525 BC.

He noticed Egyptian skull bones were much thicker and robust compared to those of the Persians, which you could easily break with a small stone.

Reason is the different use of sunlight. Egyptians shaved their hair in addition to praying to the sun and having hot native tans. The Persians wore big hats to protect themselves from the sun.

There was a connection between sunlight and the strength of bones. Later we came to know this as vitamin D.

Why humans are a bare (hairless skin) animals

Why did we loose our hair after evolving from apes? Perhaps so our skin could be a solar panel to assimilate sunlight.

DHA – The Most Important Fat

Docosahexaenoic acid is a type of omega-3 fat that supports brain function, eye health, reduces inflammation and risk of chronic disease, such as heart disease.

How do vegans and vegetarians get DHA?

Consider the Bazan effect discovered by Nicholas Bazan.

Two loops in our eye – one dissociates DHA and recycles it our eye. We conserve it.

The long loop connects the eye to the liver. If that gets broken liver can replenish that.

Those in artificial light + EMF loose innate DHA so will have to replenish with high DHA food sources like seafood.

There is smaller amounts of DHA in meat and dairy and the amount in plants are negligible.

Mercury in Seafood

Avoid seafood high in mercury:

  • Those high up in the food chain
  • Tuna
  • Kingfish
  • Raw fish
  • Farmed fish.

Detox by spending time in the sun and implementing certain herbs.

Circadian Medicine & The Light Diet

1. Going to Sleep With the Sun or Not Long After Sunset

If you are staying up after sunset:

  •  Avoid exposure to artificial light at night by shielding with blue light blocking glasses.Discount code: VITALVEDA
  • Download Iris to reduce the flicker and light temperate on your computer screen.
  • iPhone hack - How to make your iPhone screen red.
  • Twilight or Iris for androids.
  • Revolutionise the lighting in your house and implement incandescent light bulbs and candles to lower the light temperature in your house after sunset.

Eat With the Sun

Our digestive fire (agni) is regulated by the sun.

Main meal should be at lunch time.

Dinner Should be Your Lightest Meal & Low in Protein.

Intermittent fasting.

Soup: one of the lightest and easy-to-digest meal

2. Waking Up at Sunrise

Bathing your skin in AM sunlight on your skin and getting the light on your eye.

Brahmin Muhurta – "The time of totality."
Before sunrise. Approximately 3.30am – 5.30am.
When the air and space element (vata) dominates the environment, thus allows creativity and clarity to flourish.

3. Drinking Good Quality Water

Free of fluoride so our cells can hold the photon power from light better.

4. Eat More DHA

5. Be Outside During the Day

Even if the sun is not out, get the natural light on your skin and eyes.

Men sunbathing to absorb vitamin D

The misinformation of the O-Zone layer situation in Australia.

The Role of Sunlight on Mental Health

Photo-endocrinology – Sunlights critical effects on our hormones.
UV light on the eye allows us to synthesise serotonin, melatonin.

Going Beyond the Physical: Matt Maruca Gets Spiritual

Giving the opportunity for Matt's scientific mind to consider his spiritual relationship with nature.

Matt's definition of “God” - the forces that governs the universe.

Bio-electricity, bio-electromagnetism and bio-photons.


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Resources

  • RA Optics – Blue Light Blocking glasses made by Matt. Discount Code: VITALVEDA
  • Iris – Shield your computer screens.
  • Dr. Alexander Wunsch, Expert in light science.
  • Be Here Now by Ram Dass – the book that got Matt on his spiritual journey.
  • The Body Electric, book by Dr. Robert Becker. – Addresses energy medicine and “our bioelectric selves.”

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Living the High Value of Life with Abundance & Affluence (Laksmi) + Guru Relationships | Yashoda Devi Ma #020

About Yashoda Devi Ma

Yashoda Devi Ma is the founder of 'The Subtle Mind' meditation + co-creative studio in Boulder, Co.  Her primary focus is mind health through the vedic meditation technique, healing, vedic astrology + activating the subtle mind/body with the yogic technologies of sattva yoga.  Her deepest passion is to create an empowered, peaceful mind, awaken one's heart and transform individuals in full value living elegantly. Yashoda teaches worldwide public + private retreats, yoga festivals, conferences, corporate speaking engagements, courses and workshops.


In This Episode We Discuss

Yashoda’s Story

Having many “births” in this lifetime.

Being adopted, searching for birth parents and reuniting with her birth mother.

Depression, suicide.

The paradox of people looking like they got it all - good looks, money, famous, brought up in a good family, but feeling miserable on the inside. 

Ture Fulfilment

Your life can change in any moment.

Yashoda’s spontaneous introduction into Vedic Meditation (VM).

Rapid healing from insomnia, depression and ADHD from VM.

Guru / Shishya (Student) Relationship

Fluctuating between various gurus and practices vs. maintaining a common thread and uniting all aspects of Yoga.

Generally it is advised to only have one guru since it is better to stay on one path to get to a destination (enlightenment) rather then moving between various paths (since all the paths lead to the same outcome).

Not mixing two different lineages, like a “fish milkshake,” but layering them.

Yashoda having two lineages and two gurus, which is unusual.

Yashoda’s 2 Main Gurus in her life:

  1. Maharishi Thom Knoles - Like the sun, feeds you knowledge, corrects through knowledge.
  2. Anand Mehrotra -  Sharp like a sword that’s cutting through you, calls your out, corrects your intellect, slaps in your face.

Living with a Guru as a quantum leap in evolution. 

Vedic parenting.

Observing Guru, nature and states of consciousness for evolution.

Laksmi / Abundance & Affluence

Living full value in life without “lack mentality”.

  • Laksmi sister is Saraswati (knowledge). You can’t have wealth and abundance without knowledge. 
  • Choosing the higher value of behaviour over the lower value of behaviour. 
  • Punya - our spiritual bank account.
  • Having every resource at the tip of your fingers. Because they align to the value of which nature is desiring for you and the universe.
Drops you into the highest value of being a human: universal compassion, universal friendliness, unshakable universal happiness and a grace and a power that we are able to move through life no matter what anybody is doing, we are still in our grace. That is Laksmi...In that, then the resources come.
Yashoda Devi Ma

Fundamental of Nature: What You Give you Will Receive
Experiment and play with the laws of nature.

“You Deserve the best…” You are worthy. 

“You are worthy. It s our natural-born heritage to be abundant. If mother nature is abundant, then we are.”

Saying yes and not closing ourselves off.

Everything is energy. Whatever we give value to will have value. 

Embody fearlessness. Laksmi is a non-stop moving river.

Sattva Yoga - Himalayan Tantra

Radical aliveness. Using the whole body to come alive in this pranic level. 


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Pearl (Mukta): Uses & Benefits

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

Pearls Relationship with the Moon

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

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

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

Synonyms

Mauktika, sautika, muktaphala

Ayurvedic Properties

  • Rasa - sweet in nature.
  • Virya - sheeta (cooling)
  • Vipapka (post digestive effect) - Sweet
  • Gunas (qualities) - laghu (light)
  • Doshas - KP-

Indications

Cooling

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

Strength and Nourishment

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

Preparing Pearl Properly

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

Cerebral Tonic and Nervous System Support

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

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

Water Purifier

Pearls purify water.

Ways to Absorb Pearl

Dhatu (Herbal Formula)

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

Special Mukta Pisti (Pearl Powder)

Pearl powder processed with rose water in a mortar and pestle with specific mukta mantras and special bhavana.

This is a different processing method to regular mukta pisti, it uses a special bhavana (processing agent). It is more strong.

  • Fires up neurons immediately.
  • Balances heart palpitations as it immediately calms down and balances pitta by adapting to what is needed.
  • When pitta is depleted, fear and emotions sensitivity is higher as pitta is weak.
  • Helps to bring someone back from unconscious state, panic attack, high anxiety, blood pressure issues.
  • Stabilises an over active digestive system.

Wear Pearl Malas

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

Caution: Low Quality "Pearl"

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

A Note on Genuine Natural Pearl by Jay Boyle

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

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

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

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

~ Jay Boyle, gemstone expert and founder of Astrological Gem

References:

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


Lavender: Uses & Benefits

Lavender is one of the most versatile and widely essential oils. Adored for its beauty and prized aromatic quality, the aroma is fresh, sweet, soft, and floral. It's soothing, balancing, antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it a useful tool in the first aid kit.
Lavender will enliven you when your energy is low, and settle you down when life is hectic.

Energetics

Rasa (taste): Katu (pungent)
Virya (energy): Anusha (neither heating or cooling)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Katu (pungent)
Gunas (quality): Ruksha (dry), Laghu (light), Tikshna (penetrating)
Dosha: PK-
Karma (action):Little stimulating.

Indications

Activates Crown Chakra

At the crown of the head is the cerebral cortex, known in the yogic tradition as “Sahawara Chakra.” When this lotus flower at the top of your spine stalk unfolds its petals, the memory of wholeness is restored and integrated into your personality. Keen awareness and alertness is created.
Once this connection to higher self is established and the srotas (channels) are cleansed, karmic blockages that prevent evolutionary progress are removed.

Balances Emotions

Lavender can be universally applied to balance emotions. It helps when patterns of depression and insomnia that manifest due to disconnection from consciousness. Fear and anxiety dissipate because your loose your attachment to specific outcomes and you trust the way the universe unfolds. (Balances Prana Vata and Sadhaka Pitta).
The effects of lavender oil have been studied on human emotional states, on our autonomic nervous system and even on our brain's electrical activity.
It tunes our thalamus to improve alpha brain waves, which becomes destroyed by modern toxins like non-native electromagnetic fields (nnEMF), blue light at night and poor sleep.
Fine Tuning Our Biological Clocks
Lavender supercharges energy metabolic pathways in cells that directly balance your biological clocks. It effectively excites electrons which send frequencies to further fin-tune the thalamus (which digests sensory stimuli and is a prime seat of consciousness).

Things to Know About Using Lavender

  • Make sure you use lavender that is grown outside in the sun, not indoors (hydroponic). The beneficial element of phosphorus in lavender is very active when photosynthesised with sunlight. Know your source.
  • Lavender needs to be mature (over 3 years old.) The best lavender is 8-10 years old, grown in a strong UV geography.

Using Lavender

Put a few drops on your pillow for a restful night (very effective for kids bed tremors), use for aromatherapy or add to a massage oil for self-abhyanga for muscle relief, skin support to calm the nervous system. Its uses are endless and it blends with so many oils.
Lavandula angusifolia is the real lavender. Good for Vata. The hybrid is stimulant for Kapha.

Dylan's Favourite Lavender Sources

Lavender essential oils from Amrita and Rare Earth Oils.

References:

  • Ayurvedic properties have been decided by yukti (intellect) by tasting and feeling the plant as well as discussion with Vaidyas and fellow Ayurvedic scholars

Vaca (Acorus Calamus / Sweet Flag) Uses & Benefits

acorus calamus (vaca) roots

Vaca (Sanskrit) literally means “speaking.”

The Acorus Calamus plant, also known as Vaca, stimulates your voice, the power of your speech, self-expression and your intelligence. 

Although the roots and leaves have a peculiar sweet smell, the taste sure ain’t sweet. It is pungent and bitter (katu and tikta rasa) and I sure am feeling the throat stimulation after eating a small piece of the root - the dry, heating, stimulating sensation in my throat was particularly strong from lunch till sleep and I can still feel it the next day, 24 hours later.

Thus, as the ancient Rishis (seers) and now I have discovered, Vaca is good for the throat, vocal cords and respiratory issues like cough, cold, asthma and sinus conditions.

Nomenclature

English: Sweet Flag or Calamus
Sanskrit: Vaca or Ugragandha
Latin: Acorus Calamus

Energetics

Rasa (taste): Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter)
Virya (energy): Usna (heating)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Katu (pungent)
Gunas (quality): Ruksha (dry), Laghu (light), Tikshna (penetrating)
Dosha: VK- P+

Ayurvedic Action

Ganas (classical groups):

  • Lekhaniya (Scrapes out accumulations) (Vaghbata)
  • Triptighna (That which destroys the abnormal feeling of contentment or lack of desire in anything). (Vaghbata)
  • Arsoghna (Cures Haemorrhoids) (Vaghbata)
  • Sitasamana (Relieves the feeling of cold quickly) (Vaghbata)
  • Samjnada (Restores Consciousness) (Vaghbata)

Indications

Reduces Cravings and Addictions

Chewing the root pre-occupies your throat with this stimulating sensation thus cravings like cigarettes and food diminishes. Here in the village I harvested the roots from, they give a soft soaked root to babies during teething which boosts their immunity (rasayana).

Balance the Mind (Manas)

Acorus Calamus / Vaca is also one of the best herbs for the mind (manas) - its penetrating quality (tikshna guna) effectively purifies the mind and then rejuvenates the brain and nervous system, including the mind’s subtle channels by sharpening the memory, promoting cerebral circulation and increasing sensitivity. It helps cure epilepsy(1), insanity, coma, shock and vata diseases of the head.

Balance Vata

Acorus Calamus / Vaca is excellent for vata, and perhaps one of the best ways to use it is sniff it up your nose with a medicated oil to your brain - directly revitalise your brain with Prana (life-force). Vaca is one of the main ingredients in Vital Vedas and the Raju families Nasika Nasal Oil for Nasya. 

More Benefits:(1)

  • Rasanaya (Longevity and Immunity) - The root is made into bracelets for children to teeth on.
  • Deepaana (Enhances digestive fire)
  • Digestion - relieves constipation, flatulence, pain in the abdomen
  • Helps elimination - cleanses the faeces, and urine
  • cures insanity caused by kapha and bhuta (evil)
  • Cures worms.

Nasika (Nasal & Brain Oil)

Nasya is the Ayurvedic practice of lubricating the nasal passageway and the brain with herb-infused oil. Vaca is one of the main ingredients in Nasika Oil.

Nasika helps:

  • Moisturise the nasal cavity.
  • Prevent sinus congestion.
  • Enhance the intake of prana (life-force)
  • Promote mental clarity
  • Balance hormones
  • Balance the thyroid gland
  • Promote strong and lustrous hair and prevent premature greying and balding of hair.
  • Protect from environmental pollutants such as building sites, polluted cities and unfamiliar countries.
  • Strengthen all the sensory organs.

Note that Calamus is banned by the FDA in USA due to toxicity.

Ayurveda says you should only have small amounts of it and must purify it properly (the knowledge of purification of herbs is scare)

Overall, this is one of the most revered herbs in Ayurveda that has been used for thousands of years, and now grows around the world, particualry in wetlands.

References:

  • (1) Bhavaprakasha, Haritakyadi varga.
  • Ganas (Ayurvedic action) - ASTANGA SAMGRAHA (OF VAGBHATA), Author: Prof. K R Srikantha Murthy, CHAPTER 15: LARGER COLLECTION OF EFFICACIOUS RECIPES

What Is Ayurveda

Ayurveda is growing in popularity in the Western world, with many people curious about their dosha (individual composition)  or learning about Ayurveda through their yoga practice. A universal system with it’s roots in India, this ancient science encompasses the entire natural world; nature, the body, mind and spirit. It involves a holistic approach to health and healing that is in harmony with nature. Ayurveda translates to the “science of life”, ayur meaning life and veda meaning knowledge or science.

5 Elements

In Ayurveda, the theory of five elements helps us to understand health and disease. These qualities of nature exist inside of us. It is the 5 elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth) that compose everything in the universe, including the human body.

Based on the ‘levels’ of the 5 elements within a given situation, whether it be human, plant or animal, Ayurveda will accordingly adjust diet & lifestyle factors to not only profoundly prevent disease but also teach one how to live in tune with nature and its cycles – for maximal health, longevity and to elevate ourselves into the higher realms of happiness – the ultimate goal in life.

3 Doshas

In order to live in harmony with nature, ayurveda guides you to tune in and get to know yourself. We each have a unique constitution that matches up with different aspects of nature, in ayurveda there are three constitutional types:

  • Vata: likened to winter – cold and dry. Your nervous system and body are dominated by air.
  • Pitta: likened to summer – hot, fiery, competitive and driven.
  • Kapha: likened to spring – retaining water, easy going, heavier set, mellow.

Ayurveda as Preventative Medicine

Intervening on the path of disease before serious manifestations of it occurs is at the foundation of Ayurvedic medicine. This involves mapping symptoms and tracing them back to their root cause.

Ayurveda has 6 stages of disease. The first stage is where toxins start to accumulate due to hampered bodily function or intelligence. Through certain Ayurvedic diagnostic methods, such as pulse diagnosis, this can be recognised early. Some Ayurvedic doctors can even detect hereditary factors by feeling the pulse, and from here implement diet, lifestyle and herbal measures to prevent this weak spot in the body from becoming vulnerable to disease.

If we look at western medicine, it usually will not step in until manifestation has happened. This is the 5th stage of disease according to Ayurveda, and has happened after 1. the toxins (Ama) has accumulated (sachaya) – 2. aggravated (prakopa) – 3. overflown and became more severe (prasara) – 4. relocated within the body (sthana samsraya) – 5. then it has has reacted and manifested (vyakti).

After diagnosis, there are a number of treatments that can begin to work on the root cause of disease and ultimately enliven and maintain vitality. This can range from simple dietary and lifestyle advice to advanced body treatments and herbal preparations.  To explore which treatments we have available, view our therapeutic menu, herbal remedies or contact us.

The Vital Short Home Cleanse

5 Days to Revitalise Your Digestion, Metabolism, & Energy Levels

A "DIY" Panchakarma Detox and Rejuvenation Program

The Vital Short Home Cleanse (VSHC) is a short 5 day cleanse and detox designed for those who are ready to feel lighter, more energised and peaceful. It is appropriate for busy people who don't have the time for Panchakarma (Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation program) or a similar longer cleanse/retreat.

The VSHC is a "DIY" (Do It Yourself) cleanse consisting of following a daily regimen, a simple and delicious diet protocol, taking a few herbal supplements and perhaps backing up a little from your regular life and giving more time to Yourself and rest.

"DIY" entails that the results are based on the level of your compliance and dedication to the program. How far you take it is up to you. You can choose to retreat and reduce external stimuli to turn your senses inside out to feel the deeper parts of yourself. Or, on the other hand, you can integrate the VSHC at the same time as working full time, which will still reap transforming benefits for you body and mind.

This easy 5 day detox will help stimulate your body's natural ability to burn fat, reset digestion, reduce cravings and eliminate toxins.

When to do the Vital Short Home Cleanse

  • The best time to detox is when you have the time to rest. During the 5 days you should be in bed every night by 9:30-10pm and have minimal social/work commitments.
  • It is important to cleanse and relax on a regular basis or when your lymph is stagnant. (see VSHC eBook for signs of stagnated lymph).
  • You can do the VSHC three to twelve times a year.
  • If you typically experience coughs, congestion, weakened immunity or allergy symptoms during a particular season, it is good to do this cleanse about one month prior to when you usually experience symptoms.
  • Do not do this cleanse during fever, if you are not feeling 100% well or during menstruation.

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  2. Nasika Oil - 15ml Medicated Nasal Oil for Nasya. Nasya pacifies the brain, strengthens sensory organs and more.
  3. Gandusha Oil - 100ml Medicated Oil to for daily Oil Pulling. Not only profound for oral health but also supports Head Neck and Throat health.
  4. Shodana Vati - 300 tablets. To be taken before dinner. General Detoxifying Agent and 3 Dosha Balancing and more.
  5. Copper Tongue Scraper
  6. Tridoshic Digestive Tea
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  • Pick up from Bronte Beach, Sydney clinic available. 
  • Purchasing individual products are available.

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Valium – The Most Ambiguous Drug Ever

Do you occasionally take Valium? I bet you know people who do? People take it “only occasionally” during plane travel, or when sleep is really being a nuisance.

However Valium, aka Diazepam, is actually not good for sleep, or stress, or anxiety. At all.

Valium belongs to a class of chemicals called benzodiazepines, which are used as both tranquillisers and sleeping pills. These substances were greeted in their day as revolutionary. At the height of its immense popularity, Valium was said to account for a whopping one-quarter of all new prescriptions written in USA!

The job of a benzodiazepine is to activate the brain’s GABA receptors – which provides a sedative effect for stress, sleep and anxiety.

Interestingly, studies in Europe showed certain peptides (proteins) in cow’s milk also activate the brain’s GABA receptors. This is why good ol’ fashion Ayurvedic Golden Milk, just like grandma used whip up for you, and which is now a fad (however hipsters are replacing cows milk with other “milks” which don’t have these peptides), is a potent sleep tonic and stress reducer.

But back to Valium. It is now known:

  • It is addictive.
  • It produces sleep irregularities of its own (interfering with stages of sleep).
  • Serious withdraw symptoms occur after prolonged use.
  • Studies in the UK show it produced dramatic negative changes in human’s micro-biome.
  • Valium out-competes the body’s own neuro-chemicals and takes over their receptor sites. This kind of interference confuses the nervous system which actually worsens anxiety and stress in the long run.
  • The monocytes of the immune system are attracted to valium, affecting the immune system and adding more confusion in the body as unknown messages are being sent into the immune system. This is very risky in a time where cancer incidents are on the rise and having a strong immune system is vital.
  • Valium is the second most deadly drug in Scotland, responsible for 32 percent of drug-related deaths in 2011.
vallium
Valium is killing Scotland's drug-taking poor.       (photo: Vice)

Nature has already provided our bodies with an exact internal analogue to Valium, which means that we are clumsily reproducing something that already exists in nearly perfect form.

Ayurveda teaches us how to awaken our natural bio-chemical, hormonal and enzyme function, proper immune function and nervous system stability.

If you attempt to duplicate natural events with a drug, the results are nowhere near as precise, orderly, and beautifully orchestrated. In fact, they are chaotic.

 

Related video: The Vedic View On Drugs by Maharishi Thom Knoles

 

Nature Deficit Disorder

A paved path surrounded by a forrest - a good place to recover from nature deficit disorder

Yep it's actually a thing.

This contemporary phenomenon, “Nature Deficit Disorder,” is slightly controversial in the medical industry in regards to it being recognised as a mental disorder.

Richard Louv, an author who came up with this “phrase” has stated:

“Nature-deficit disorder is not meant to be a medical diagnosis but rather to serve as a description of the human costs of alienation from the natural world.”

And boy, what health costs it can have…

  • Younger generations are being at risk of having a shorter lifespan.
  • Behavioural problems are developing as well as Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) and depression. Studies from the University of Illinois is showing a strong link to ADD, and recent studies in USA showed classrooms and other forms of education that used outdoor classrooms and other forms of experiential education produce significant student gain in social studies, science, language, arts and math.
  • Eye problems like myopia (short-sighted) due to lack of exposure to bright (natural outdoor) light are in jeopardy. (3,4).
  • Childhood obesity is a growing problem and an influential cause of it is separation from nature. (5)
  • A Harvard study showed a strong correlation with mental health as women living in the greenest environments were happier and less depressed.(1,2).

According to Ayurveda, spending time in nature or green space around plants builds “Ojas” – a substance linked to longevity, vitality and radiant health.

A plentiful reserve of Ojas is reflected in the lustre of the eyes and skin (like the glow in a baby), strong physical strength, immunity and libido, good digestion, vigour and spirituality.

It could be in your garden, or a park. It could be regularly hiking, bushwalking, camping or meditating on a beach — it all builds Ojas.

Another one of the best ways to consistently build Ojas is to eat a diet of fresh unprocessed, seasonal whole food and have a balanced agni to support the process. A handful of certain foods even metabolise to nourish and build Ojas more directly and quickly.

Depleted Ojas leaves the body vulnerable to disease.

Regularly employing these methods to building Ojas is an important action to overcome fatigue and increase vitality.

Check out this article:

Ojas: Invigorate your Vitality

Illustration of nature elements sprouting from a human being

“When you feel life coming down on you, Like a heavy weight.
When you feel this crazy society, Adding to the strain.
Take a stroll to the nearest waters And remember your place.
Many moons have risen and fallen long, long before you came.”
~ Xavier Rudd

Photo: Routeburn Track, NZ  by Dylan Smith

References
(1) http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/15-10363/
(2) https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_158317.html
(3) New research an eye opener on cause of myopia". 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
(4) Nature Deficit Disorder, No Child Left Inside Archived January 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
(5) National Environmental Education Foundation

Takra Dhara Treatment: A Deep Insight

“Takra” = buttermilk
“Dhara” = to pour

Takra Dhara is an ancient treatment where medicated buttermilk is poured over the head in a rhythmic mater (pictured). This stabilises the mind and everything going on inside it, as the herbs penetrate deep into the brain.
During this treatment, usually, you’ll lie in deep, blissful rest, (that is if you haven’t transcended).

The Science: Neurological (Brain and Nervous System) Relation

In times of stress, conduction of neurone cells (nervous system) is chaotic, messages are not clear, there is an inability to think clearly, thus the nervous system is exhausted.
An exhausted nervous system leads to fatigue, sleep issues, anxiety, stress, frustration, anger, and/or other mental issues.

This chaos going on between the nerve cells also produces heat in the brain. This heat is trapped, specifically in the hypothalamus (Sadhaka Pitta), meninges and cerebrospinal fluid (Tarpaka Kapha), which further blocks and aggravates the Life Force/Oxygen (Prana), which is responsible for consciousness, memory, sense function, heart function, inhalation and exhalation and spitting, sneezing vomiting, swallowing, hiccups (Dharna’s).
Hormonal imbalance is also present from disturbed pineal and pituitary glands.

Takradhara regulates and stabilises the mind by improving transmission and movement of impulses by increasing Acetylcholine (ACH), which acts as a mediator between nerve impulses.

Takra Dhara gives stability to the Life Force (Prana Vata), taking the heat out very effectively,  it reduces the speed of neurotransmitters (producing a state of deep relaxation for the patient), enhancing neurological function to pave the way for:

Remarkable Benefits and Transformation:

  • Klama – Mitigates fatigue.
  • Shirorak – Effectively cures headache.
  • Regulates Hormonal function.
  • Ojahkshaya – Replenishes depleted “ojas” (our vitality, our immunity, a vital essence of our whole physiology).
  • Kasaiharana Paristodana – Relives the pain and prick sensations of extremities.
  • Murta dosha – Abnormalities of the urine.
  • Sandhi-Vishlatha – relaxed stiff joints.
  • Hridaya ruk – Cure precordial pain – (the region in front of or over the heart).
  • Aruchi – Improves the taste in the mouth
  • Agni mandya – Improves the digestive power
  • Shiro roga – Diseases of the head
  • Karna roga – Diseases of the ear.
  • Akshi roga – Diseases of the eyes.
  • Dosha Kopa – Alleviates the vitiation of doshas in general.

Takra Dhara is Indicated and Effective for:

  • Mental stress
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Headache/Migraines
  • Psychological illness
  • Mental exhaustion
  • Dermatological conditions like eruptions, eczema, etc.
  • Pediculosis (lice)
  • Premature greying of hair (Palitya)

Shiro Dhara (pouring of oil)

Shiro Dhara is same treatment as Takra dhara, except using warm oil instead of buttermilk.

Shirohdara is  prescribed in cases of:

  • If the season or climate is cold – since Takradhara is cooling, for most people it is not suitable in the cold seasons.
  • Neurological conditions like alzheimers, dementia, parkinsons
  • When vata is in the head.
  • If ones blood pressure is low.
  • Other cases that have been accessed by the physician.

Book in for a Takra Dhara or Shiro Dhara at the Clinic – to take a transformative step for yourSelf.

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Abhyanga + Takradhara/Shirodhara is a great combination.