Healing the Thyroid with Ayurveda | Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum {Podcast #040}

Thyroid Disease is one of the most common health problems that we face.

The thyroid gland is the only gland whose hormones affect every cell in the body.
In reverse, anything in the body that is not in balance, will affect the thyroid.

There are epidemics of hypothyroidism (low/under-active thyroid). Especially western countries.
15 million people in US alone have hypothyroidism and don’t even know it!
Hashimotos is currently the #1 Auto-Immune disorder.

Rather than giving medications which makes the thyroid gland lazy, we want to address the root causes of the problem.

About Marianne Teitelbaum

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum has been in private practice for over 30 years.

She has studied with several Ayurvedic doctors, including Stuart Rothenberg, M.D., and Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra.

The recipient of the Prana Ayushudi Award in 2013, she lectures and writes extensively about Ayurvedic treatments for all diseases.

She has been using in-depth principles of Ayurveda in her practice with outstanding results with all health problems.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Marianne’s Guru: Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra

Most of the Shakhadwipi Brahmins who settled in India still practice Ayurveda today. Just as Acharya P.V. Sharma, a famous Ayurvedic scholar, is of Shakhadwipi descent, Vaidya R K. Mishra’s ancestors issued from these migrant Shakhadwipi families.

Sastras (Ancient texts) left the texts open for Vaidyas to later add to in the future.

Overmedication of modern westerns causing lots of problems.

The trend of Americans rejecting herbs when taken orally due to a debilitated liver.

  • Similarly, modern Americans were becoming victims of Panchakarma as they couldn’t handle the detox methods.
  • Prepare the channels before detox.
  • Ensure agni is proper.

“Natural” synthetic supplements and “Nutraceuticals”

  • Isolated active ingredients synthetically made in a lab at a much higher dose - this comes riddled with side effects for the liver and kidneys.
  • e.g. Vitamin supplements, zinc supplements, curcumin extracts, herbal extracts etc.
  • These are not bad, but not ideal to take long term.

Bhasmas (Ash of minerals and metals)

Powerful nano-particle medicine that can penetrate well. They can go to certain places that regular herbs cannot.

The Epidemic of HypoThyroid Disease

(Low/Sluggish or Under-active Thyroid)

Hashimotos: The #1 Auto-Immune Disease

Thyroid Medication

  • How taking thyroid medication makes your thyroid gland lazy. It is not addressing the root cause of the problem.
  • How to get off the medication gradually as their thyroid comes back to life and proper function.

The thyroid gland is the only gland whose hormones affect every cell in the body.

In reverse, anything in the body that is off, will affect the thyroid.

The effect of mercury on the thyroid

Mercury goes immediately to the thyroid gland instead of the iodine.

The effect of fluoride on the thyroid

  • Fluoride in tap water - Fluoride an endocrine disruptor in the broad sense of altering normal endocrine function." This altered function can involve your thyroid, parathyroid, and pineal glands, as well as your adrenals, pancreas, and pituitary.

Fluoride has the ability to:

  • Mimic thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • Damage the cells of your thyroid gland
  • Disrupt conversion from the inactive form of the thyroid hormone (T4) to the active form (T3) 

Chlorine is also in the same family as iodine - and can displace iodine in your thyroid gland  (iodine is used to create T4 and convert T4 to T3.

The effect of the contraceptive pill on the thyroid

  • Low prana, non-intelligent hormones mimicking chemicals.
  • Causing lost of breast cancer, not allowing thyroid to work + many other issues.

Coffees effect on the thyroid gland.

Ionised salts effect on the thyroid gland.

Instead of synthetic iodine, eat kelp or seafood.

Are women more effected with hypothyroidism than men?

  • They may have more stress, and fluctuating hormones.
  • Maybe because they attend to their health more? 

Why blood tests may not detect thyroid imbalance but rather report “normal”

  • Pulse diagnosis detects earlier on in the disease process. Ayurveda has Six Stages of Disease.
  • The thyroid panels that doctors are performing are not comprehensive enough.

The effect of Soy on the thyroid gland

Especially unfermented soy is not good for overall health.

The Health Implications of Veganism

  • There’s something missing.
  • You may feel wonderful a couple years… but it has ill implications for health.
  • Our whole body is animal protein.

Over Heated Liver

Constant heating can lead to autoimmune conditions.

The Seven Tissues (Dhatus) and Ojas

Learn more about Ojas.

Ethical Dairy

It may very well be available near you!

Try your local Hare Krsna farm.

Marianne has sources of ethical dairy in USA in her book.

The effect of light on the thyroid gland

The importance of Vitamin D

The Immune System and Auto-Immune Disorders

  • The three components of the immune system.
  • Auto-immune is loss of intelligence.

The best yoghurt culture

  • The reductionist approach of probiotics.
  • The best way to consume yoghurt.

Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)

  • A very enlightened plant.
  • Very easy to grow. Get a cutting of the stem and grow it.
  • Prevents the cytokine storm - fantastic for auto-immune.
  • One of the amrita (immortal) herbs.
  • “The great protector.”

HyperThyrodism

Premature cleansing

The Role Of The Gall Bladder

  • An overlooks organ.
  • Weak thyroid = the gall bladder doesn’t empty properly.
  • So the cholesterol becomes imbalanced.

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Is Your Morning Shower Toxic for Your Health?

Hot water opens the skins pores and allows the volatile toxic compounds that are abundant in tap water to be absorbed through the skin and lungs.

Lungs - there is plenty of space. Thus, it is a common place for ama (toxins and undigested food materials) to deposit and lodge.

The skin - the largest organ of the body with a large surface area where these toxins can directly enter the bloodstream without being processed by the liver.

This is why in Ayurveda, herbs are trans-dermally administered via medicated oils, pastes (lepams) etc. - to bypass the liver and effectively deliver medicine deep into the tissues.

You are now using organic cosmetics, soaps, shampoos etc., Great! but you are still flooding yourself with toxins that absorb into the blood and reap havoc throughout the body.

Chlorine and disinfection by products in your tap water irritate the mucous membranes, disrupt the skins microbial balance, clog the skins pores, strip the natural oils from your hair and create dry, itchy skin.

These volatile toxins also damage the structure of your home, imagine what they can do to your body!

The best way to prevent volatile compounds entering your blood stream during bathing is to install a whole home water filtration system.

Luckily my friend and genius, Dr Marc, has developed one of the best whole home water filtration + re-structuring systems on the planet.

You deserve the best. A whole home system can protect your family from harmful toxins and provide you with the life-force, prana filled water you deserve.

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PadmaNabha (Vishnu) Floating on Ekarnarva (Dissolution of the World for Fresh Creation)

The Story, The Mythology

Brahma (the creator or the creation operator in nature) is born in the lotus that sprouts from Vishnu’s navel. (Vishnu is the maintenance operator in nature).(1)

Narayana (another name for Vishnu) rests upon his serpent Ananta, who lies upon the ocean Ekarnava: the infinite sea.(1)

Ekanarva (The Infinite Sea) during Pralaya (Dissolution)

  1. At the end of a kalpa, a thousand cycles of yugas (eras), the pralaya does not stop. The Pralaya is (in this case) severe flooding of rain part of a cyclic model of the universe where the cosmos is in it's transition phase of appearing and disappearing within the Absolute.
  2. It rains on, endlessly, torrents pouring down by night and day; until the worlds dissolve in those tidal waters and the seven suns are extinguished in the sky.
  3. Still those rains do not stop; they pour on for a hundred years without pause.
  4. At last, the precious waters have swollen into the realm of the Sapta rishi (highly evolved subtle realms beyond earth) and the ocean covers everything.

5. It is upon this infinite sea that a vata leaf (2) (Banyan tree / Ficus benghalensis leaf) floats, and the Lord of the kalpa, the Blue Infant who sucks on his toe, who is called Narayana, lies on that singular, resplendent leaf.

Narayana sucks his toe to show how sweet his lotus like feet are and their capacity to protect his devotees. He is hinting to others to surrender themselves to the Visnu aspect of consciousness.(5)

6. From his mouth, issue great winds blow away the clouds of the pralaya. For 100 years, these winds blow before the clouds are all scattered.

Krishna/Narayana may also be sucking his toe to keep a "plug" on his extremely powerful mouth. Or even to charge up it's power with his lotus feet, as both his feet and mouth are like lotuses - potential for infinite dynamism.

7. Then, Hari is Narayana, lying upon his eternal serpent-bed, Anantasayanam, as both Vishnu and Brahma who lies in the golden lotus that sprouts from Vishnu’s navel. Both sleep forms long as Brahma’s night lasts, out on that ocean of hardly a ripple. At the end of a thousand chaturyugas, Brahma stores again. Once more, he pours forth Creation.(3)

Naimittaka Prayala: Occasional Dissolution

The phenomena of Naimittika Pralaya occurs as part of a cyclic model of the universe.(4)

It occurs at the intervals of Brahma's days (at Brahma's night time), when the creator operator in nature (Brahma) sleeps (stops creating)

This involves the destruction of creatures, though not of the substance of the world, occurring during his night.

A Note on Vedic time and Brahma:

A Note on Vedic time and Brahma:

  • A chaturyuga, a cycle of four ages, is 12, 000 divine years, or 365x 12,000 human years long (4,480 000).
  • 71 chaturyugas make a manvantara;
  • 14 manvantaras, a kalpa.
  • A kalpa of a thousand chaturyugas, 12 million divine years, is one day of Brahma, the Creator.

From what primal source has this infinite sea come?

The infinite sea with creation itself (Brahma) floating on it, is essentially still manifested -

So what created that? What created this being floating on a leaf on the sea.
Where has the primal source of the infinite sea (Ekarnava) come from?

The answer is the source. The Mother of all things: "Devi.”

Devi is the mother diviner aspect of consciousness. The primordial sound that allows manifestation to occur. Without mother, there is no-thing on earth. No heaven on earth. Devi is a candidate for supreme Being (Istha Devata) and is Supreme Being (Ishwara) for those who resonate with the supreme Devi aspect of consciousness.

Significance of Padmanahba floating on a Vata Leaf

Why a Vata (Banyan tree / Ficus benghalensis) leaf?

Let us look deeper into the subtle teachings of these stories and symbolism behind them.

The seeds of a Vata tree is incredibly small. But can grow to the biggest tree on earth. A single Banyan tree can grow to the size of acres!

This demonstrates the ability for Visnu state of consciousness - the unity of knowledge, devotion and action coming from the heart - to interact at the micro level while simultaneously having the capacity to effortlessly conquer the whole universe with easy breath from his lips.


This article  intends to explore the deeper and more subtler meanings behind these vedic mythology and events.

I would love to hear if you have any insights and comments you may have.

Jai Visnu

Dylan

References

  1. Devi Bhagavatam
  2. Vaidya AV Raju and Sastras - although Ramesh Menon describes the leaf as Peepal leaf, mostly all art depicting this and sastras say it is a wata leaf (leaf on Banyan tree/ ficus benghalensis)
  3. Mahabharata, translated by Ramesh Menon
  4. Vishnu purana
  5. Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 12 Ch 9.

Corona Virus Covid-19 in Ancient Ayurveda

Fever in Ayurveda

There are MANY types of fever, known as Jvara in Ayurveda. It is such a dynamic disease and all the types of jvara are unique. Some are mild and easy to cure, some are incurable and potentially fatal.

Abhisangaja Jvara (Type of Fever)

Abhisangaja jvara is an Āgnatu type of jvara.

Āgnatu = fever caused by extraneous factors.

This type of fever is said to be caused by the affliction of grief, fear, anger, bhutas (evil sprits) and germs.

In fact, germs themselves, mostly (and in this case) are considered "evil spirits," or dark forces of nature that promote ignorance and suppress enlightenment.

Corona Virus C-19 is a germ manifesting virulently in the physical body of many, especially in the weak, immuno-compromised and the elderly.

But perhaps more alarmingly is C-19's ability to spread dis-ease in the minds of huge majorities of populations.

The powerful mental ramifications on individuals has been terrible. This type of jvara has been able to create some of the most profound shifts in the collective consciousness we have seen in modern times.

Anyone who has experienced expanded states of awareness, who has vedic knowledge and experience or who is in-tune with natural law, probably has a greater perception on "the bigger picture" at play here.

It's more than a viral severe acute respiratory syndrome. Especially when you look into the science and realise this virus has been hugely exaggerated. You realise there's way more to it all…

That being said, I am not dismissing C-19's damage to the physical body. But overall, I believe the fear, social, economic and mental ramifications associated with the C-19 pandemic is of greater danger than the little germ.

Do you think there’s something greater involved than the virus pathogen itself? Comment your thoughts below

References:  Caraka Samhita, Cikitsa sthana, Ch3, 114-128.

Poem to Tulsi (Holy Basil) – The Holiest of Herbs

Sri Tulsi
They say you are the Queen of herbs,
and no doubt thou shall see, that therapeutically.

My dear Holy Basil, you are far more than a queen. You are mother divine whose pungent and bitter leaves shine.

Your shakti (power) provides infinite adaptability. In times of stress, your ability to balance hormones marks my nervous system tremendously impressed.

O what a nourishing caress I feel in my chest when I sip tea invigorated with your potent Prana packed leaves. It’s those powerful volatile oils that spoils toxins that attempt to coil in the soil of my respiratory tract.
My lungs smile when we make eye contact.

Dear Ocinum sanctum, you bring glory to each and every one of my atoms.
For your speciality is to avert, any bacteria or virus that becomes a virulent jerk.
You even purify water. In times when clean structured water is repelled, you help intra-cellularly hydrate our dry thirsty cells.

You reduce inflammation, gift my taste buds with delicious sensations, provide mental alertness for optimum concentration, counter harmful electro-magnetic radiations and boost my immune system’s core foundation.

My dear Sri Tulsi.
It is now winter time and now more than ever I want you to be mine. I will surrender to you and honour you. Then offer you to my cup of hot water, and then into my agni 🔥 .

Sri Tulsi Devi, considered by the Vedas as the most holy plant of earth, I hope every one else gets to experience your supreme medicinal worth.


Where to Get Tulsi

Grow Your Own Tusli

  • Reach out on The Vital Veda Facebook Community to see if anyone near you has a cutting they can share.
  • Try your local Indian grocery store for a tulsi seedling.
  • Try gumtree or ebay.
  • In Australia, Beautanicals may have tusli seedlings.

Organic India

Organic India is a wonderful brand that not only produces high quality organic tulsi, but they also regenerate Ayurvedic agriculture, village communities and protect endangered herbs.

Discount code: VITALVEDA

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.

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Expanded Medical Awareness, Parasites, Detoxification, Stealth Infections | Dr. Jessica Peatross {Podcast #036}

Getting to know other constituents and elements (like heavy metals and electro-magnetic fields) and the micro-organisms like (parasites, bacteria, viruses) that are share an intimate connection with our mind and body and are apart of the play of life.

About Dr. Jessica Peatross

Functional Medical Doctor, stealth infection expert and Gerson therapy practitioner, Dr. Jessica Peatross is a well respected and highly sought after medical professional that functions holistically rather than chemically.

After 6 years in the hospital, it became evident that the 'pill for every ill' approach was not improving the health or lives of her patients.

After leaving Western medicine, she began to educate herself on the aspects of health that she was not taught in medical school and she continues to learn more every day.

Her goal is for you to have access to the information she provides so that you can "Be Your Own Best Doctor!

Credentials, Education, & Achievements

  • Licensed by the State of California Medical Board
  • Top 1/3 of class
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Worked as a hospitalist for six years before getting functional training
  • Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in psychology from the University of Louisville
  • Trained in Gerson therapy, an alternative and intensive treatment for cancer
  • Trained in Ozonotherapy and Neuroemotional Technique
  • Former medical director at Adventist Hospital in Oregon
  • Expert in Cannabis, CBD, and Stealth Infections including Lyme & Mould

In this Episode we Discuss:

Triggering peoples cognitive dissonance.

The greek world “Apocalypse” means “to uncover.”

The rise of auto-immune conditions due to over-sterilisation.

Epstein Barr Virus

  • Most of us have chronic or previous exposure to Epstein Barr in the blood.
  • But what makes so many people susceptible to re-activation or complications from this viral load?
  • Stress + toxic load triggers the virus and additionally can bring on auto-immunity.
  • Testing for Epstein Barr Virus - need to have not just an IGM, but also and IGG looking at past infections, + more. Need to have a doctor who is literate in this area.

Parasites

  • Symptoms worse around full moon.
  • Because the life cycle of the parasites is correlated with the moon cycles, and at full moon they replicate - ojas, soma,
  • May be related with EMF of the full moon.
  • Cleanse at full moon.
  • Testing is not efficient: Stool is inadequate because only dead parasites will come out.
  • Uses PCR to look for DNA.
  • The reality is! everyone has parasites! and testings may not be so effective. They are little stealth buggers and can hide well.
  • They have an affinity for heavy metals.
  • Symptoms: Grind teeth, rectal itching at night (parasites come out of the rectum at midnight), worse around full moon, diary intolerance.
  • Terrane vs. germ theory.
  • The influence of EMF on parasites.

Getting the body to heal itself.

Heavy Metals

Mercury, copper, iron blocking certain pathways.

Heavy Metals relationship with nnEMF

  • Relation with EMF - Antenna.
  • Studies confirm wifi and even X-rays accelerate the release of the heavy metal and neurotoxin mercury from mercury amalgams. Studies show they double the release of mercury reals.
  • We are electrical beings - life is made up of frequency. This is why EKGs, EEGs and EMGs exist. Our brains run on electrical potential in the firing of neurons and whose heart pumps only because of an electrical circuit.
  • Studies show a change in the virulence of pathogens like listeria and E. coli. They can evade antibiotics easier.

Lead - can cause anxiety.

Copper

  • As medicine or toxin.
  • Copper IUD disrupting hormones and causing estrogen dominance.
  • Kreb cycle to make ATP gets messed up.

Learn more about copper here

The Three Waste Products (Tri Malas) According to Ayurveda

  1. Sveda (Sweat)
  2. Mutra (Urine)
  3. Purisha (Faeces)

Sweating

  • We don’t do it enough.
  • Don’t over heat the head - keep it cool (e.g. in Saunas) and ensure proper hydration.
  • How to work out.
  • If things aren’t circulating properly - stagnant bile, blood, breath, bowels or lymph your immune system will become weak and imbalance will occur.
  • Activates heat shock proteins
    • activate mitochondria and give energy.
    • increase immunity
    • fight alzeimers and cancer by refolding mis-folded proteins.
  • Sweat is MORE efficacious at removing BPA & polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from plastic & some heavy metals like arsenic, mercury & cadmium than even urine!

Coffee Enemas

Not for everyone. Learn more about enemas here.

How to deal with dogma’s that are engrained in certain western medical doctors

Lyme Disease

  • More common than breast cancer.
  • Lyme gets passed through pregnancy if not managed.
  • Similar to syphilis (STI caused a bacterium) so could be passed sexually.
  • So dynamic. Can relapse.
  • Shallwo breathing, detox pathways blocked.
  • Address gut health, energy, liver, activate detoxifcation.
  • Moulds relationship with Lyme.

The relationship between karma and diseases.

Gerson Therapy

Alternative Treatment for cancer.

Stealth infections and environmental toxicities lead to cancer.

The dynamic stealth micro organism that is mould

Learn more about mould here

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Sparking a Wellness Pandemic, Heat to Treat Viruses, Enhancing Our Water To Enhance Our Health | Apocaloptimist Dr. Marc Cohen #035

Wellness can be just as contagious as illness and our greatest hope is to spark a wellness pandemic that will help us become positively well and realise worldwide wellness.

One of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine, Professor Marc Cohen, shares how to thrive through radical transformation. How to enhance resilience and create communities, lifestyles and environments that enhance wellbeing.

About Professor Marc Cohen

Professor Marc Cohen is one of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine and has made significant impacts on education, research, clinical practice and policy. He is a registered medical practitioner with degrees in western medicine, physiology and psychological medicine along with PhDs in Chinese medicine and biomedical engineering.

In 2002 he became Australia’s first Professor of Complementary Medicine and Head of the Department of Complementary Medicine at RMIT University, which was by far the largest such department in the country with around 100 staff and 1000 students. He currently leads wellness research within the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University and serves as Program Leader for postgraduate wellness programs along with teaching undergraduate courses on Medical Diagnosis and Medical Examination.

He is a Board Member of the Global Wellness Summit, Past-President (from 2000-2007) of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA), a member of the RACGP-AIMA Joint Working party and sits on the Editorial Board of five international journals. Prof Cohen has previously held positions as Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education at Monash University, Expert Advisor to the TGA Complementary Medicine Evaluation Committee, Member of the NHMRC Grant Review panel on Primary Healthcare, Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Complementary Medicine and multiple ministerial appointments on various Registration and Accreditation Panels. He previously held the position as Director of the Centre for Complementary Medicine at the Monash Institute for Health Services Research.

As a medical practitioner and researcher Prof Cohen has pioneered the introduction of complementary, holistic and integrative medicine into mainstream settings. He has been involved in two landmark surveys of Australian General Practitioners and their attitudes towards, and use of, complementary medicines, which were instrumental in the development of the AMA policy on complementary medicine and the establishment of the RACGP-AIMA Joint Working Party on Integrative Medicine. He has also been involved in establishing acupuncture as a form of standard care in emergency department settings and developing hospital policy on practitioner accreditation as well as co-authoring many high level reports including a report for the World Health Organisation on quality assurance in CM education, a report for the National Asthma Council on CM in Asthma, and a report for the Victorian Department of Human Services on the risks and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine, which was used to inform policy development for the regulation of natural medicine practitioners.

Prof Cohen has published more than 90 peer–reviewed articles, authored more than 20 book chapters and edited 8 books on holistic health as well as co-authoring the landmark text; “Herbs and Natural Supplements an Evidenced Based Guide”, with the first two editions being short-listed for an Australian Publishing Award in the scholarly reference section. He is also co-editor with Oxford University’s Prof Gerry Bodeker of the landmark text ‘Understanding the Global Spa Industry’ which is the first academic book documenting the global spa and wellness industry. He writes a regular monthly column for Prevention Magazine and is regularly requested to examine PhD thesis from many local and international universities and peer-review articles for numerous international scientific journals.

Prof Cohen has extensive experience in running clinical trials and other multidisciplinary projects. He has been involved in running more than 10 industry-funded randomized controlled trials as well as being CIA on two NHMRC funded trials on the use of yoga for geriatric insomnia and the use of acupuncture for analgesia in Emergency Departments. Prof Cohen is currently involved in research into various aspects of holistic health including the use of organic foods in reducing pesticide exposure, the use of yoga and meditation for insomnia and stress, and the use of various therapies and lifestyle interventions for detoxification from environmental chemicals.

Prof Cohen is one of the most active people in Australia when it comes to organising conferences on holistic and integrative medicine. He has organised more than 10 International Holistic Health Conferences and in 2003 he chaired the Organising Committee for the First World Congress on Chinese Medicine. He also organised the Complementary Medicine Symposium at the XIIIth World Congress on Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics as well as organising the RMIT School of Health Sciences Research Conferences from 2005-2007. He sat on the Scientific Committees for the Third International Conference on Complementary Medicine Research and National Prescribing Service Scientific Conference and currently sits on the Board of the Global Wellness Summit. In this last role he has been involved in commissioning and conducting landmark econometric research into the global wellness economy and been instrumental in the development and implementation of the free online evidence based portal wellnessevidence.com

As well as organising conferences, Prof Cohen is a sought after presenter and has been an invited speaker at more than 100 conferences including more than 40 international and 40 national conferences in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, Turkey, Switzerland, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, The Philippines, New Zealand, The United States and Hong Kong. Prof Cohen’s impact on the field is recognised by the media and he has received four consecutive RMIT Media Star Awards as well as the inaugural award for leadership and collaboration from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine.


In this Episode we Discuss:

The Biological Implications of Fear and Emergency

Fear comprises the immune system

When stress hormones are released in the body, all your energy is sent to the outside of the body, to the peripheral.

All functions not relating to flight or fight are shut down. Thus, basically no energy is there to fight a bacteria or virus.

The blood vessels in the gut squeeze shut and the blood is pushed to the periphery, the arms and legs, to deal with flight or fight.

This is what “butterflies in your stomach” is.

When you fear you shut down growth and maintenance - the visceral functions of maintaining the body - filtering, cleaning, repairing, replacing.

Stress hormones shut down the immune system to conserve energy so it can flight or fight.

Stress response alters pro and anti-inflammatory cytokine balance (small proteins).

At the early stage of stress, the activated hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) axis can up-regulate the levels of stress hormones (glucocorticoid (GCs) and catecholamines) (CAs), respectively, and then they in turn inhibit the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines directly or indirectly while promoting the secretion of anti-inflammatory cytokines.

The other side of the emergency

To emerge and see.

Balancing hyper arousal from sources such as the main stream news.

Our innate immunes system.

Heat to treat viral illness

  • Particularly for envelope viruses like respiratory viruses.
  • Keeping a warm humid environment.
  • Keep humidity in home before 40-60%. - Please ensure humidity does not exceed this amount because then mould will become virulent.
  • Cooking with the lid of pot open.
  • Steam inhalation with Prandhara.
  • Saunas.
  • Sipping hot water and inhaling the steam.

Dr. Marcs Research: Turning up the heat on COVID-19: heat as a therapeutic intervention

Be responsible and careful with heat treatment - stay hydrated and know your body type.

Viruses can’t survive in 55-60 degrees celsius. Viruses don’t have very sophisticated repair mechanism to cope with heat.

The management of humidity inside buildings.

Nasya

The Ayurvedic practice of Nasya to enhance the health of nasal passage.

Why everyone is going to get this virus.

As it migrates into the collective microbiome.

Control of the media. - Positive messages are not able to get out, and oppressive messages are becoming mandated. Disempowerig the population of the world.

Get radical and enjoy yourself during the pandemic.

Make your home a heath resort. And go out in nature and make it a health resort.

Balance the time that you spend in fear with time in bliss.

The psychological benefits sauna.

The importance of good sleep.

Enhancing our water is the most powerful thing we can do to enhance our health

Water filtering and restructuring.

Why it’s more important to bathe in clean water than drink it.

People put organic cosmetics on their skin but bathe in tap water.

We are water - 99% of our molecules are water.

But this changes as we get older - “dying is drying.”

Replacing plastic water bottle - It is estimated we eat a plastic credit card each week in our food chain - due to the prevalence of plastic in our ecosystem, oceans and food chain.

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Tulsi (Holy Basil / Ocimum Sanctum)

  • Purifies water - Wells in India are contaminated with fluoride. Tulsi absorbs heavy metals and toxic elements from the water.
  • Purifies air - when the Taj Mahal planted thousands of Tulsi plants around the Taj Mahal when it was getting bombarded with polluted air.
  • Cognitive awareness.
  • Blood sugar, diabetes, metabolic syndrome.
  • Relaxation without depression of alcohol.
  • Mouth wash, anti-bacterial, disinfectant.
  • Travel companion - boosts the immune system.
  • Every hotel, room, aeroplane you can get sugar and caffeine drinks.
  • Replace sugar, alcohol, caffeine drinks with tulsi and you start to transform consciousness globally.
  • You can consume it all year around.
  • Every part of the plant is medicinal.
  • Even the soil is healthy - the bacteria around the roots and fungi that grow are medicinal.

Read more about Tulsi: The Queen Of Herbs, here

Soil bacteria: the biggest repository of biological information on earth.

Proper Hydration

Wellness Trends and Predictions:

  • Going on Retreats more Regularly
  • Heated hammock and Hydro hammock.
  • Steam tent.
  • Ultimate eco tourism.
  • Creating a Retreat at Home

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Why Social Isolation & Distancing Increases Disease

The second law of thermodynamics states:

"The total entropy (chaos) of an isolated system can never decrease over time.”
~ Second law of thermodynamics

This means, when any system: humans, plants, space, nature, animals, - become isolated, chaos manifests.

Chaotic biology, chaotic microbiome, chaotic systems, chaotic mental state, chaotic order in political systems and operations, chaos in the collective consciousness and chaotic health.

Social distancing is silly. You are designed to absorb viruses. That is your job. They are important genetic information for immune health. They are part of you. We just happen to have a novel (new) virus which is currently migrating into our collective. We tend to fear the unknown. But welcome it. Don’t vilify and resist. Promote a harmonious environment so micro-organisms don’t become pathogenic and virulent.

Understand microbiology. Understand immunology. We want a strong immune system and diverse microbiome so any novel virus can migrate harmoniously to a comfortable degree.

Hide in your home and over sterilise and you develop a weak immune system. Then come out and get disease. Don’t try to manipulate nature or adhere to regulations that are attempting to control biology. Control is never progressive. Live in accordance with natural law and radiate.

Unfortunately viruses, to put it very bluntly, will thin the herd. This is the way nature works. It’s brim. It exposes those who eat processed foods, drink and bathe in water impregnated with toxins , hide from the sun, over expose to nnEMF, who have chronic disease and who violate natural law.

This is a harsh lesson from nature. But these events are part of evolution. We would be wise to learn from them.

If you choose to ignore reality, comply to certain regulations, violate natural law and neglect natural health, as my mother would say, “If you do this wrong and you know it, don’t come crying to me afterwards.”

Of course, like any flu, I trust you to be responsible in hygiene and appropriate activity, especially involving those immuno-compromised.


Prana Enhancing & Anti-Viral Necklace (Garland)

Ayurveda recommends necklaces and garlands (Malas) impregnated with certain herbs for various conditions such as:

  • Respiratory issues such a cough, asthma, hiccup (prana vaha srota imbalances).
  • Emit anti-viral and anti-bacterial effect.
  • Protect from negative forces (bhutas, raksasas, dosha drusti).

This is primarily used for children. It is advised for new borns and their mother (even if health) for protection at this vulnerable time.

Garland Recipe

Crush the following:

  • Garlic - 10 cloves
  • Ajwain seeds - 2 tsp
  • Camphor - 5 tablets (such as those used in puja). - replace camphor or add more camphor every 2 days.
  • 1 drop of Prandhara (optional for greater effect).

Directions:

  • Crush all together
  • Make into 5 knots and keep in cloth.
  • Wear over the t-shirt, only on front side, near the nose.
  • Don't let it touch the skin as this can aggravate some children.

Wear as much as you want throughout the day.

Recipe by Vaidya Padma Nayani Raju