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.

The worlds best water system

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Dr. Marc has spent decades in integrative medicine and when I lecture on detoxification and the Ten Toxic Truths he was frequently asked. . .
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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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Embracing Change Enthusiastically, Navigating Crisis & Nature’s Play | Gary Gorrow {Podcast #034}

When you embrace change enthusiastically, you have a say and influence in how the change occurs.

Look at this opportunity with great enthusiasm.

An opportunity to challenge the assumptions of everything.
Is the ever repeating known you are indulging in really the most evolutionary thing you can be doing?

A mass awakening is on the brink of dawning. But we need to get radical.
Get radical by radiating absolute bliss amongst the collective, in the streets, in the grocery stores.
Get radical by enthusiastically enjoying your self and having fun!

This is episode part 2 on how to navigate during crisis's and pandemics. View part 1 here.

About Gary Gorrow

Gary has earned a reputation as one of the best in the meditation field and is respected among his peers as a ‘teacher of teachers’.

He has worked with thousands of people from all walks of life and his services are sought after by some of the world’s leading companies.

Gary is passionate about empowering people with techniques that enable them to re-engineer their lives inside and out.

He is a practical and down to earth character who dedicates himself solely to working with people to maximise performance and success in their personal and professional lives.

In This Episode We Discuss

Is There Such a Thing as Right and Wrong

  • Right and wrong are relative terms and, therefore, nothing in existence can be said to be absolutely right the absolutely wrong.
  • Everything in creation is so intimately connected with every other thing that is not possible to completely distinguish existence of one thing from another.
  • In the state of cosmic consciousness, when individual mind gains the status of cosmic mind, they function on the high level of right life and naturally unaffected by the influences of wrong.
  • For those his consciousness is not raised to the level of cosmic consciousness, we must find an adequate criterion for right and wrong.

How to Deal With Frustration about Pandemic

The growing distrust about the narrative run by the mainstream media and its various agencies.

The Vedic View on this Pandemic

Universality and Diversity

The three realms to consider:

  1. Gross, relative, surface of the event.
  2. Subtle - is there a motive behind this? Was this a spontaneous event? Is there a ruling elite that are leveraging on this crisis?
  3. Transcendent.

The interplay of very contrasting forces at times.

Everyone lives and acts according to their level of consciousness.

The mixture of old and new souls on the planet.

Never denounce anything or anyone. That is a violent act.

Feeling more deeply into your own inner wisdom and sensibility.

Ignorant and dark forces are a catalyst for people to gain a greater perspective.

A condition that all humans suffer from: we all seek confirmation bias.

We tend to exclude everything that doesn’t confirm what we hold to be true.

In society we all benefit from rich and dynamic exchange of various view points.

Once an idea gets adopted by the collective. It somehow gets embedded into the belief systems.

What’s coming next in the playbook?

Questioning the system has become forbidden.

The truth is now irresponsible.

Almost as if it hangs a sign on the front door saying "free thinkers are not welcome here."

Rebellious nature

Gives a balanced perspective and not blindly accept things.

Honouring our individual nature and the flavour of our personality. Not ignoring it.

Bystanders

They know the truth but are choosing to ignore to some extent and take no action.

Why are gurus and spiritual leaders not speaking up? Only the medical profession.

The various ways and roles spiritual leaders can play and are playing during crisis and pandemic.

The Mental Gunas (Qualities / Mental Doshas)

  1. Sattva (purity)
  2. Rajas (stimulation)
  3. Tamas (inertia)

By increasing purity and lightness of being (sattva), we ultimately reduce the excess stimulation and irritability (rajas) as well as inertia and darkness (tamas). How to increase sattva hence reduce tamas and rajas.

What happened to the celestial beings who existed along side the humans, and then disappeared.

Realising Our Potential

We see only 1-2% of the visual spectrum and hear only 1-2% of the audio spectrum. So there is an enormous amount of information which we don’t perceive in our normal waking conciseness.

Vedic view is that there is a subtler level of creation which is the realm of these angelic divine beings, and also their opposite.

The mass awakening and permeation of divine beings that is near and upon us

(early May 2020).

Time for Radical Action & a Mass Awakening

Civil disobedience has to be this new fashion.

Get radical by radiating absolute bliss amongst the collective, in the streets, in the grocery store.

Get radical by enthusiastically enjoying your self and having fun!


Resources

  • “The masters of war” - song Bob Dylan wrote about the "money machine."
  • Peter Joseph - brilliant mind in regards to these matters of industrial economic systems.


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Transforming Crisis Into Opportunity & Embracing Uncertainty | Gary Gorrow {Podcast #033}

How do you navigate through uncertainty?
How can you thrive whilst going through a time of radical change?

You may have gained a greater understanding and perspective on the medical reality of the germ that is Covid-19, thus do not fear it, however, whilst gaining perspective you may have been exposed to the dark truth and hidden agendas that are involved in this "plannedemic."

How do we interact with these evil and dark forces? How do we support the light, the positive and enlighten the collective?

If you retaliate against evil, you lower yourself to the level of the wrong.
Rather let the wrong be just a drop in the ocean of your virtue.

 And what really is the bigger picture behind all this?

Gary Gorrow is interviewed to share wisdom on the greater perspective view on all this.

About Gary Gorrow

Gary has earned a reputation as one of the best in the meditation field and is respected among his peers as a ‘teacher of teachers’.

He has worked with thousands of people from all walks of life and his services are sought after by some of the world’s leading companies.

Gary is passionate about empowering people with techniques that enable them to re-engineer their lives inside and out.

He is a practical and down to earth character who dedicates himself solely to working with people to maximise performance and success in their personal and professional lives.

In This Episode We Discuss

Biological fear chemistry

The problem with fear is that is shuts down our executive functions, compromises our immunity and ultimately disempowers us.

Questioning the programming of our culture.

Gandhi was powerful because he has the support of many people. A human empowered movement will be able to rewrite an entire system of humanity.

How to we react and relate to this evil or negative force of nature.

If you resist evil you must stoop to that level fo evil, and furthermore you are responsible for the evil influence you produce by retaliating.

If you retaliate you lower yourself to the level of the wrong. Rather let the wrong be just a drop in the ocean of your virtue. Let the impurities of the atmosphere find a refuge in the ocean of purity in your heart, in the unfathomable joy of your inner pure conscience.
~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Science of Being and Art of Living

“Knowledge Eliminates Fear” - Rk Veda.

Knowledge means perspective.

Opposite forces are not opposed, but they are in relationship.

There is a connection between light and dark, good and bad, night and day. There has always been an interplay of opposites.

Heaven and hell, Dharma and Adharma, Health and Disease, Enlightenment and Ignorance.

Darkness is rising up and challenging the increase of consciousness.

The Four Yugas (Eras)

  1. Krita Yuga / Sat Yuga (The Sinless Age of Purity)

  2. Treta Yuga (When evil sprouted in the hearts of the men of the treta yuga).

  3. Dwapara Yuga (An age of conflict and men doubted the very nature of truth).

  4. Kali Yuga (The Age of Ignorance)

Raksas’s (Dark or Negative Forces)

Raksas's get their food and sustenance from manipulation and fears.

Show your love and appreciation for those dark forces. Salute them.

The gift of the dark: it comes to challenge. The darkness rises to prompt people to awaken and dive into action.

Appreciate the play of creation, light and dark, and realise it’s your role to be aware of those forces and love them.

Tactic: Fear Sensationalism

Get people into a state of hyper-arousal, get them to contract, and then you can have them.

But what about if people were able to become fearless. Then none of that would work.

Ignorance ain’t bliss. Ignorance is a disaster.

As people begin to look into that they start to feel so uncomfortable.

Fear is the poison to the soul and it dulls the light of the world.

Collective Relationships and Alliances

When you transcend the fear of wanting happiness only for yourself, and too much stressing on that and too much thinking about that, rather think of others needs and you’ll actually get more happy and more fulfilled.

Questioning the design of our living.

Working or spending the best part of your day in a building or institution.

Is that the best use of my life energy?

Now more than ever, it has never been better for a whole system redesign.

There’s a big correction. We are being asked to reassess.

We need more visionaries to lead humanity.

Collectively embracing radical change. Let’s not go back to how the world was, let’s create something new.

COVID-19 is a spiritual bootcamp everyone has been enlisted to.

Enjoy the show.

The importance of the mind.


Resources

  • “The masters of war” - song Bob Dylan wrote about the "money machine."
  • Peter Joseph - brilliant mind in regards to these matters of industrial economic systems.


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Gut Health for Mental Health + Microbiome Wisdom | Kriben Govender {Podcast #032}

An exciting area of modern science is exploring the connection between the gut and our brain. They are intimately connected.

The bi-directional communication pathway in us has been dubbed the gut-brain axis.

There’s plenty of evidence that stress and violence will negatively affect one’s microbiome, mood, immunity and bodily functions.

According to Ayurveda, 85%-99% of health concerns originate as digestive imbalance - "manda agni"

The collective of micro-organisms that dominate the human body, the microbiome, play a very large role in gut health, mental health, and basically all biological functions.

We are 90% bugs. Most of the cells in our body are microbial.

We need to get more familiar with the microbes that dominate our gut.

About Kirben Govender

Kriben Govender, is a Food Scientist, Registered Nutritionist and Founder of Nourishme Organics, a company specialising in Gut Health and Mitochondrial health-focused products and Allele Microbiome – a provider of cutting edge Metagenomic Stool Testing and Deuterium Testing. 

With more than 20 years of Food industry experience in the field of Research and Development, Quality Assurance and Procurement, Kriben intimately understands the food supply chain and the interaction between diet and the gut microbiome. He has personally visited more than 100 food processing sites across the world. Kriben is an expert in the art of making fermented foods like Kefir, Kombucha and fermented vegetable etc and was a Judge in the 2019 RASV Australia Food Awards.

He is the host of one of Australia's leading Nutrition Podcasts - The Gut Health Gurus Podcast  where he frequently interviews health experts from around the world.

In This Episode We Discuss

Kriben’s current anxiety and gut issues that are manifesting in the stressful times of COVID-19.

Kriben’s struggle with anxiety and depression

Then corporate work further exacerbating his stress.

Taking a nuclear anti-biotic which changed his mental health overnight.

He was suicidal and ready to end his life, then learnt about the gut-brain axis.

What is the Microbiome

The collective of microbiome - Bacteria, yeast, viruses parasites.

The gut-brain axis is a bi-directional communication pathway.

  • Most of the communication is going from gut to brain via the vegas nerve into the brain.
  • Stress can alter the micro-organisms in the gut.

There is no such thing as a good and bad parasite or virus. It is all about harmony and balance.

 Some when out of balance can create disease.

The Important Purpose of Viruses in Nature

  • They are the only things that can quickly change our genome.
  • COVID-19 in problematic because it is novel - we have never been exposed to it and have not developed herd immunity to it.
  • Viruses are natures
  • Scientists have been using Corona viruses to implement gene therapy protocols for many years.

Mitochondria

  • Ancient microbes
  • Modern mitochondrial insults - nnEMF, chemicals, air pollution, artificial lighting, unclean water, over consumption of sugar.
  • Damaged mitochondria leads to poor immunity.

GABA in the Gut

  • Gamma-Aminobutyric acid - an amino acid produced by the brain.
  • Chief inhibitory neurotransmitter.
  • Reducing neuronal excitability - relaxation, reduces stress, increases calm, balances mood, alleviates pain and helps with sleep. - “The brakes of the brain.”
  • Responsible for the regulation of muscle tone.
  • Food sources - Kefir, yoghurt, whole grain, walnuts, almonds, citrus, berries, spinach, broccoli.

Seratonin

A study showed 95% of serotonin production occurs in the gut.

5-hydroxytryptamine receptors or 5-HT receptors, or serotonin receptors are derived from the gut.

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) inhibits 5-HT re-uptake (reabsorption of the neurotransmitter - important because it allows for recycling of neurotransmitters and how their release lasts).

Dopamine

Responsible for cognitive functions such as decision making, attention, memory, motivation, and reward.

A study showed how Dopamine is produced in the gut by showing a "considerable urinary excretion of dopamine metabolites indicates that large amounts of dopamine are produced in unknown locations of the body."

Microbes affect how people metabolise these compounds, regulating the amount that circulates in the blood and brain.

Enteric Nervous System

  • Second brain. Located in the gut. A nervous system the size of a cats brain. All your nerve plexuses end in your gut.
  • Modulated peristalsis, going to the toilet.
  • Everything starts from umbilicus.

Butyrate / Butyric Acid and Leaky Gut

  • From butyric acid - a health beneficial short chain fatty acid.
  • It got its name from the latin word for butter, butyrum.
  • Your gut bacteria produces butyrate from prebiotic fibres in plant foods. Specifically clostridium butyricum.
  • While is was first discovered in butter, ghee is the highest source of this superfood.
  • Reduces anxiety and depression. Provides neuro-protective effects.
  • Helps digestion by maintaining integrity of the GI mucosa and gut lining.
    • Can plug a leaky gut.
    • Intestinal permeability - in a healthy barrier, tight functions are relaxed allowing water and nutrients to pass through.
    • It is the main energy source for colonocytes, the cells which make up your gut lining. - Unlike other cells in the body which use glucose (sugar) as the main energy source.
    • Colonocytes help provide an oxygen-free environment in which beneficial gut microbes thrive.
  • Inhibits growth of unwanted bacteria in the gut and interfered with the growth of toxic bacteria.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Encourages growth of the beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacterirum.
  • Supports and regulates healthy bowel motions.
  • Supports the health of intestinal mucosa during inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Supports health cholesterol.
  • Increases cellular energy production.
  • Reduction in fatty tissue and hunger levels.

Triggers for leaky gut

Improve tight junctions in the gut lining

Flavanoids (fresh fruits), omega 3 fatty acids, sea-weed, glutamine (fermented veggies, broccoli, bone broth collagen peptides), sulforafan (broccoli and broccoli sprouts), vitamin D (sun), Vitamin A (cod liver oil, sardines), Zinc (oysters), Butyrate, sulforaphane, some probiotics (MegaSporeBiotic), and Kefir.

Circadian Medicine

  • Light signalling.
  • Reduce artificial blue light, especially after sunset, since that increases cortisol and reduces melatonin.
  • Use blue light blocking glasses. Both Kriben and I recommend RA optics (discount code: VITALVEDA)
  • Download iris tech to shield your computer screen from blue light.
  • Your digest fire (agni) is resulted by the sun. Have a good lunch and light dinner.
  • The light hitting your skin while you eat has an effect on digestion. - Beware of the light your are eating under - eat under natural light, and not under artificial light. This particularly effect blood glucose.

General Principles for Eating:

  • Whole foods, avoid packaged foods.
  • Fresh foods. Avoid left overs.
  • Eat local foods. Foods that are grown and sourced locally.
  • Relax and eat.

Kefir

  • Countless health benefits.
  • Two types: Milk Kefir and Water Kefit (vegan).
  • How to Make: Simply add 1tsp of kefir grains into a glass of 250ml milk, leave for 24 hours and strain. Then pass the yoghurt through a sieve, and keep the kefir grains for next time.
  • What are Kefir grains - symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Scientists can’t replicate the grains in labs. People replicate and share the grain amongst each other.
  • They replicate. Kriben hypothesises they found the the kefir grains in a stomach (biofilm) of a goat. Water kefir grains come from a type of cactus.
  • Around 15 strains of bacteria in water kefir.

Microbes are sensitive to Sattva (pure state of mind and consciousness)

  • There’s plenty of evidence that stress and violence will negatively affect one’s microbiome, mood, immunity and bodily functions.
  • Sattvic bugs. - sattvic lifestyle.
  • Spiritual people.
  • We are 90% bugs. Our consciousness impacts that.

Rhythmicity

  • Very emerging science, funnily enough, a key Ayurvedic recommendation for health and to balance vata.
  • Consistent and regular waking times, sleeping times, light exposure, eating times, bowel motions.

Resources

Nourish Me Organics - Shop, podcast, blog and more Discount code on kits: VITALVEDA

Blue Light Blocking Glasses by RA Optics - discount code: VITALVEDA

Iris - Computer software for Eye protection


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The Vedic View on Mediums & Spirit Communicators

I respect “The Medical Medium (Anthony Williams),” I think his story is interesting and amazing, and I validate that the information he shares with the public is coming from “Spirit.”

I also support what he is sharing because it is helping the collective heal naturally.

However, I have always found the medical advice, particularly the treatment recommendations, rather ineffective and weak, (and of course non-individualised).

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s view on mediums explains why…

“There are some who try to use the supernatural power of creation by contacting the spirits world through a medium or by invoking spirits.

This represents a very limited level of strength because no spirit is in possession of the total power of nature.

There may be spirits more powerful than man, but invoking these spirits or acting as a medium for them is not a practice to be encouraged. There are two reasons for this:

  1. The power gained through these spirits is an insignificant, infinitesimal fraction of the poor of almighty nature;

  2. To receive this fraction of the power of nature one must give oneself completely to that spirit’s influence (for the spirit to co-operate).

Instead of giving oneself completely to a spirit and only gaining a small amount of power, one should give oneself completely to the divine Being (such as through meditation) and gain the unlimited, almighty power of nature.”

~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Thus, I have always valued more and found way more powerful the medical protocols provided by my Gurus, who are Ayurvedic doctors that are particularly well established in Being (at high levels of consciousness), thus have access to the unlimited, almighty power of nature which they implement in their Ayurvedic medicine.


Bees: Crucial Beeings for Health on Earth | Simon Mulvany {Podcast #031}

After listening to this podcast, I am sure you will look at a bee differently.

Your awareness of this creature who shares the earth with us will shift.

Bees are Natures Alchemists

Bees take all the most concentrated and refined products of plants and then concentrate and refine them further. Whilst human herbalists work roots, seeds, bark and leaves, Bees work with the bits we are just too clumsy to handle.

This podcast is more for the lame person who are not intimate with bees, rather than well seasoned bee keepers.

About Simon Mulvany

Simon is a solider on the front line protecting the bees, protecting our honey, protecting the Australian and worldwide economy of bee keepers, honey farmers, and protecting our environment! He is very knowledgeable on Melittology or Apicology, scientific study of bees.

Basically, Simon is a hippie who started writing fascinatingly intelligent blog posts about bees, including writing about imported and adulterated honey in Australia, which attracted a lawsuit against one of the big honey corporations.

He’s beyond passionate when it comes to bees. 🐝

In This Episode We Discuss

Bees are the most studied create on earth.

Bees mentioned in The Vedas

Flowers are representation of the cosmic energy of the sun.

Light workers of the sun.

They take that pollen into their dark hive and alchemise sun-golden amrit (nectar).

Bees are the collective consciousness of the flowers and further than that, the sun.

The buzzing sound of bees came from a goddess who resides in the heart chakra and emitted this buzzing, humming noise, imitated in Vedic chants, representing the primordial sound of the universe

"When the honey-lash comes bestowing gifts, there life's breath, and there immortality has settled down…Luster shall be sustained… O Asvins, lords of Brightness, anoint me with the honey of the bee, that I may speak forceful speech among men."
Honey whip of the Aswini twins in Arthava Veda

Vegan Policies and Honey & Bee Products

Interacting, cultivating and consuming bee products in a respectful and sustainable way can be more sustainable for the earth than avoiding honey. Rather than letting the bees go on suicide mission to pollinate broad acre mono-culture farms like almond farms.

Bee Venom Therapy

One of the first form of acupuncture.

Immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, nerve tissue balancing and more.

See the full benefits of Bee Venom Therapy here

Bees as a foundational important element in a healthy ecology

  • Our ecosystem will collapse without them.
  • At least 1/3 of all food is pollinated by bees!
  • At least 90 commercially grown crops depend upon bee pollination for survival.
  • Without bees, there would be no almonds, apples, blueberries, cherries, avocados, cucumbers, onions, grapefruit, oranges and pumpkins would also disappear.
  • 1 Bee would produce 3000 almonds.
  • Bees are the undisputed champions of the pollination world. And their secret weapon? Sight.

The importance of Pollination

Water damaged building exposure is the key that turns normal sinus fungus into bad guy fungus.

This is how mould can be spread from partner to partner.

Native Indigenous Bee Species

  • Australia has over 1650 species of native bees.
  • They are essential pollinators. But they are driven away from this job mainly due to pesticides and insecticides.
  • They don’t live in hives, they live underground or in holes in trees.
  • To attract threatened indigenous bees, plant indigenous plants.
  • We cannot get much honey from the native bees.

The spiritual insight of observing bees

  • Live together in colonies.
  • No hierarchy.
  • If bees are dying or collapsing, it is giving us an indicator that us a species are doing something that opposes evolution.

Bee Hives are a Super Organism

They all have a very cohesive role.

Swarming

  • One of the most beautiful things Simon has seen.
  • How 90,000 mind work together in harmony.
  • It is their nature to swarm of honey bees. It is how the super organism reproduces.
  • Some people try to stop it because they invade other people property. Fair enough. But create empty boxes for the swarm to colonise or keep on building on their current hive.
  • The virgin queen mates with up to 80-100 drones (the male) mate during a swarm. Every drone that mates with the queen, dies. Sexual suicide.

Queen Bee

  • In most cases, the mother of ALL the bees in the hive. Can be 30,000-60,000 children! all who are siblings.
  • She lays 2000 eggs/day, that’s more than 1 per minute! And mostly all those eggs hatch.
  • Perhaps more appropriately called Mother Bee since she has no power of the colon.

Rudolf Steiner predicated a massive crisis of bees loosing their identity (ego) due to artificial insemination of queens.

He predicted a colony collapse disorder.

Big crisis in 70 years (1990).

Imagine not evolving past a teenager. People would forget how to be an adult.

Cuddle Death / Murder Ball

Killing the Queen bee when it is her time do step down from the throne. They kill her via friction and heat.

They do this same mechanism to wasps and the colonies.

Non-violent queen rearing; (raising queen bees)

  • Grafting Queen large - The process of transferring larva (after an egg hatches) from the worker cell of the breeder's hive to an artificial queen cell. The shape of the cell, along with the queenless condition of the hive receiving the newly grafted cells stimulates the workers to feed them a diet which make them develop into queens.
  • Wing clipping
    • 1. it will keep the colony from swarming. - The idea behind swarm prevention is that once the queen’s wings are clipped, she won’t be able to fly. When the swarm realises the queen isn’t with them, it returns to the hive. In the short term, this can buy you some time. But the colony retains the impulse to swarm even if the queen can’t come along. Eventually, the swarm will leave anyway, perhaps with a virgin queen.
    • The importance of swarming.
    • 2. It can indicate the year the queen was produced.
    • 3 It can be used to mark a particularly valuable queen.
    • Importance of wings: Bee wings contain rigid veins that strengthen the wing and carry hemolymph from the body cavity, through the wing, and back again. Some of the veins also have nerves running through them
  • and high rotation of queens (6-12 months commercially)

Sting vs. Non Sting

  • What determines a bee stinging someone or leaving them.
  • How bees anthropologically acquired stingers.
  • If you are slow and calm, you won’t get stung.
  • When someone is anxious and moving a lot, that will trigger the bees to sting you.
  • Smoke triggers the bees to move into the hive and say think there is a threat of fire, so will not sting as much.

Simons Solution:

Rather than one bee keeper with 200,000 hives or a big corporations having 200,000 hives, we need 200,000 bee keeps spread across … with honour and respect.

Why Urban Bee Keeping is thriving and bees aren’t getting diseases in urban areas.

How you can start bee keeping

  • Go on the Honey Map and see if you can get a swarm.
  • Find a mentor.
  • Attend a workshop.

Bee keeping Tip: Don’t stand infant of the bee hive when inspecting it and stopping the traffic. Give yourself some room from behind.

Flow Hive

  • Getting the honey out and not interfering with the hive. This is a benefit. Less stings may occur.
  • You crack it, and the honey comes out.
  • You still have to know how to inspect the hives and look after them.
  • You still have to find a mentor or do a bee keeping course.
  • They have sold over 50,000 flow hives.

Learn more about The Flow Hive

Tips to Support Bees, thus the environment, thus ourselves!

  • Plant more flowers.
  • Don’t use glyphosate.
  • Most seeds on the market have been dipped in insecticide. That is enough to kill thousands of bees. We recommend Diggers organic seeds.
  • Don’t pick the weeds as much.
  • Keep water out for bees - like a bird bath, but add rocks and sticks so they don’t drown.

Biggest Threats to Bees, thus our environment, thus ourselves!

  • Pesticides and insecticides
  • Monoculture farming
  • Fracking and distribution to the water table.
  • Non-Native Electro Magnetic Fields (nnEMF)
  • Mosquito spraying communities.

nnEMF Supports The Prevalence of Ticks (Parasites that Cause Lyme Disease) by Killing Bees and Insects.

  • The disappearance of bees and precious insects (especially pollinated ones) are due to herbicides and pesticides BUT ALSO, perhaps more alarmingly - non-native electro-magnetic frequencies (nnEMF).
  • Ticks are now taking over because they are very insensitive to frequencies of cell-phone radiation.
  • Insects are not. That is why you’ll find a circle of dead insects on the floor next to a satellite or 5G smart meter.
  • What controlled the tik population in the past is the birds. Birds eat ticks. But they can’t live on ticks alone, they need insects in their diet also.
  • So now, birds have dramatically reduced because they have no insects to eat.
  • Thus, ticks proliferate, and are providing the beginning stages of lyme disease epidemics.
  • German footage showed trees and whole forest dying just because the cell phone tower was put up. Many people are documenting dying plants and trees which are next to the smart meter or 5G tower. nnEMF clearly destroys life - plant life, insect life, human microbiology.

Glyphosate: A potent antibiotic.

Bees and Vision

  • The remarkable eyesight of bees has long been a source of fascination in the scientific community.
  • Even though humans can see more colours, bees have a much broader range of colour vision.
  • Their ability to see ultraviolet light gives them an advantage when seeking nectar.
  • Many patterns on flowers are invisible to humans. These nectar “bulls-eyes” are visible only to animals, such as bees, that have the ability to see ultra-violet light.
  • This “bee vision” makes finding nectar much easier.
  • Their colour vision is the fastest in the animal world-five times faster than humans.
  • They can distinguish each flower precisely. Tell the difference between them. And while flying at high speed.

Royal Jelly

  • Royal Jelly is made by nurse bees by metabolising pollen and honey.
  • Special glands in the heads of worker bees secrete the phlegm stuff, which gets fed to babies.
  • Bee milk - which looks like white snot. - More than half water, then proteins and sugars.
  • A developing queen bee is fed royal jelly exclusively—not pollen and honey like her proletarian sisters.
  • Original school of thought - what elevated a regular honey bee larva to a queen.
  • New Science - says it actually the substance of NOT feeding an immature queen pollen and honey is what makes her royal - Wenfu Mao, Mary A. Schuler, and May R. Berenbaum. 2015. A dietary phytochemical alters caste-associated gene expression in honey bees. Science Advances 1(7).
  • In humans it has been studied for its truly remarkable regenerative powers which appear to work on a wide range of endocrine glands.
  • Acetylcholine - nootropic (smart drug / cognitive enhancer).
  • Contains fatty aides that promote BDNF and promos neurogenesis.
  • Royal Jelly is hard to extract.

Propolis

  • In Greek, “Propolis” means “Protect the city.”
  • The most hygienic place in the world is the bee hive.
  • Propolis or bee glue is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce by mixing saliva and beeswax with exudate gathered from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources.
  • Propolis is the blood of plants collected in the form of a range of tree resins.
  • It is the hive’s main defence against bacteria, viruses and moulds.
  • Bees clean their feet before entering the hive.
  • There are “security guards” are at the entrance of the hives to make sure everyone is clean.
  • It is particularly indicated in damp phlegmatic conditions of the mucus membranes.
  • Fantastic immune booster.
  • Great antibiotics - the development of resistance of the bacteria is practically impossible.
  • Good for topical applications for inflammatory conditions.
  • Ensure you are getting from a quality source since propolis can contain the toxins that the bees are keeping out!
  • Native Beeings - Australian Native Propolis which you can buy.
  • How to harvest propolis. Similar to a queen excluder

Propolis by Native Beeings

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Manuka Honey

  • The legal battle between New Zealand and Australia regarding who owns the right the Manuka honey.
  • Australia honey is higher quality than NZ as NZ add a insecticide to the hives.

Organic Honey

Organic Smorganic.

Like the Macro brand in Australia.

Heated Honey Is Poison

Any temperature above 37 degrees Celsius applied to honey renders is poison.

A study showed that when honey is heated, it produces a chemical called hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde (HMF), a substance linked in certain forms to toxicity and possible links to carcinogenic effects. Heating honey also alters its chemical contents in other ways (e.g. increases the peroxides, etc.). Peroxides are known for their unhealthy effect.

Learn more in the article: Honey - Nectar or Poison

Honey

America produces 160 million pounds of honey a year but eat 450 million pounds. The US Imports twice as much as it makes.

American packers blend honey with other honeys from the countries.

Somehow there is a surplus of honey. Where does that honey come from?

The production is erasing but consumption is increasing.

Honey is the supreme essence of the plants and the life sap of the sun.

Adulteration of Honey

  • Diluting honey with cheap syrups.
  • Syrups from corn or sugarcane started 25 years ago. USA.
  • The Chinese discovered syrups measured by rice is not detectable by detecting methods.
  • In 2007 the US Government declared “Chinas producers were unfairly jumping honey on the US market.”
  • So they put a huge tariff on Chinese honey. Tripled the price if it came from China.
  • But then, China shipped to Malaysia, and they shipped to USA.
  • Chinese were selling for half the price that Americans could produce it.
  • In 2008, the US did something about it.
  • The largest food fraud case in the US history. When the German company imported Russian honey that was tested as Chinese honey. Alfred F Wolf, hamburg based.
  • Purchase Order 995. “Polish Light Amber Honey.”
  • A PO for polish honey.
  • Lab tests identified this honey was adulterated with a prohibited anti-biotic, Chloramphenicol. Fed to bees to keep them healthy. Can be fatal for people who eat it. That is why it is illegal in the US to import food products that contain it.
  • 82 - 95% of the honey he was retaking into the US was part of a scheme.
  • Honey testing lab in Germany. Germany is the second biggest consumer after USA.

Capilano/Allowrie (Honey Brand that Adulterates) and their lawsuit with Simon

  • Now known as Hive & Wellness
  • Sold a lot to China.
  • Australian honey blended with Chinese and other foreign honey at a discount price - often to unwary Australian consumers.
  • They were suing Simon because he exposed their business practice.
  • Simon acquired test results from one of the world’s most accomplished laboratories confirming cheap imported supermarket honey, including Allowrie honey, is adulterated.
  • As a consequence the ACCC have notified Simon and advise they have re-opened their investigation into how Australian supermarkets can still continue to sell fake honey.
  • This could have become one of the biggest defamation cases in Australia’s legal history and has the potential to create legal precedent that further protects our right to free speech.
  • How we can help - email them.

Bee Pollen

  • a pellet of field-gathered flower pollen packed by worker honeybees.
  • Pollen plant sperm, or if you prefer - the reproductive essence of plants.
  • Used as the primary food source for the hive.
  • It is a true super food and unlike many is perfect for people with weak digestion.
  • With 27 trace elements and a host of vitamins including A,D, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and Folic Acid.
  • It is strengthening and warming.
  • Good aphrodisiac and to increase the lust for life.
  • Sustainable - If we take only what is excess.
  • Adulteration - all pollen overseas has to be radiated.
  • Amber drop honey - pollen from NSW.
  • B1 third - pollen from Australia.

Amber Drop Honey, Bee Pollen from Western Australia

How to Take It
Start with a pinch of granules to ensure no adverse reaction and in crease by a ¼ of a teaspoon until you reach the recommended serving size of between 5g-10g per day.

• Sprinkle over your morning muesli
• Add it into smoothies or juices
• Include it in your protein balls
• Sprinkle over fresh cut fruit and yoghurt
• Enjoy straight

Beemunity

product by LifeCykel - a supplement for bees. Animal immunity extracts.

The Beemunity™ extract is a mix of native Australian mushrooms and native Australian bush foods from Arnhem land.

The extracts are to promote pollination and rejuvenation of thousands of acres of lost forestry and vegetation.

By increasing the bees immune systems so that the bees live longer meaning a healthier more resilient hive.


Conclusion

Take Action

Make a conscious effort to not use toxic chemicals like roundup

Buy organic where possible

With the drought and fires leave water out with a stick or rock in it so the bees don’t drown, plant a sunflower garden, appreciate the bee as there are not many left, write a petition to your local and state government to ban pesticides.


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Mould: The Hidden Stealth Fungi You Need To Know About | Dr. Jill Crista {Podcast #030}

Mould. A hidden and pernicious stealth fungi that most people are not paying enough attention to.

Not only the mould itself and it’s spores, but the mycotoxins! - which are the gas excretions of mould!, and it is this biotoxin, amongst other things, that has the potential to chronically impact our health.

About Dr. Jill Crista

Dr. Jill Crista is a naturopathic doctor, best-selling author, and nationally recognised health educator on mold and mold-related illness.

Her passion is to improve health through education, bridging gaps between medical research and clinical practice.

She writes books and offers online courses for those wanting to gain actionable steps to conquer health challenges related to exposure too toxic mold.

In This Episode We Discuss

What Exactly is Mould

  • Mould is not all bad we need mould - Purpose on the planet: to recycle and decompose.
  • But it is useful outside, not inside. We don’t want it inside.
  • One of the oldest living creatures on the planet, mould is an adept survivor.
  • It is a fungi.
  • It has a tendency to come back again and again.

Mycotoxins - most dangerous

  • “Gas bombs” / “mould farts” / “exhaust of mould.”
  • Only made when mould feels threatened. When competition arises in the field of micro-organisms. Mycotoxins manifest only when other species are trying to get rid of it or compete with it.
  • They are used in weapons by militarises around the world.
  • Mycotoxins have no detectable order. They have no scent.
  • They drive deeper into the body compared to spores and spore fragments. Mycotoxins soak into body systems - further down into respiratory passages.
  • 50x smaller than an average spore.
  • Our skin has poor defence against mycotoxins.
  • Can be ingested in the foods we eat - they wear down our intestinal lining and organs.
  • Can be contributor to rain allergies.

Ways mycotoxins affect living beings:

  • Mitochondrial damage
  • Crosses into the brain and weakens the BBB.
  • Crosses the placenta and becomes active inside the uterus (bio-activate in-utero).
  • Detectable in breast milk.
  • Their goal: to destroy other life. Thus, they are toxic to skin, eyes, biofilms, respiratory system, liver, kidneys, myelin sheath (nervous system insulator).
  • Deplete DHA (body’s protective fat).
  • More!

Mycotoxins are Fat Soluble

Particularly dangerous to the heart and arteries and the thyroid.

The good news, Ayurveda has effective therapies to detox fat soluble toxins.

Healthy fats - Eating copious, clean, correct fats.

Step 1: AVOIDANCE

Categories of Avoidance:

  1. Habitat
  2. Air Quality - air filters that traps spores AND cleans mycotoxins.
  3. Foods to Avoid
  4. Beverages To Avoid
  5. Supplements and Medication Caution
  6. Hobbies and Habits

Biofilms (Slimy glue like protective sheaths).

Locations & Ayurvedic Treatment:

Sinuses - Nasya

Mouth - Gandusha (Oil Pulling)

Lungs - Nasya, Steam Inhalation, Panchakarma

Intestines (Gut flora) - Basti (Enema), Panchakarma

Vagina - Yoni Pichu, Panchakarma

Eyes - Netra Tarpana

Skin - Abhyanga

anywhere there is microbiome.

Biofilms are naturally occurring bacterial colonies, both in the human body and in the environment.

Mould creates a biofilm in your body. You bring the problem with you where you go.

Mould creates toxic breath

Water damaged building exposure is the key that turns normal sinus fungus into bad guy fungus.

This is how mould can be spread from partner to partner.

Mud Baths

to detox the skin and balance the biofilm. Dr. Jill recommends high pro-biotic and enzymatic Moor mud for detox by Torf Spa.

How oversasntisiation contributes to mould by crating an imbalanced micro-biome

How oversasntisiation contributes to mould by crating an imbalanced micro-biome.

Can we become immune to mould?

and other environmental toxins like EMF, pesticides, heavy metals etc. - It depends on your immune system, and how much you want to fill up your cup with these toxins.

Mould written about in the bible

Seen as a body and a spiritual illness.

Mould mentioned in Ayurveda, under the category of “Krimi.”

Mould in the livestock food chain, killing animals

Mould causes cravings

  • The simpler the carbs, the better. But mould would really prefer you go straight for the sugar.
  • People on long-term steroid medication, mold in the gut becomes a dense biofilm.
  • This biofilm hosts the gut fungus candida - which steals the nutrients for itself, leaving our intestine deprived.
  • Mold sufferers are craving these carbs and sugars because the candida is stealing it!
  • Ayurveda and Candia = agnimandya.
    • Ama accumulates in apana vata in the lower digestive tract.
    • It ferments and putrefies and inhibits beneficial flora from proliferating.
    • Under these conditions, yeast can spread freely.
    • Then is the intestinal aborsorbtion of ama into the blood and liver. Then into the 7 dhatus.
    • Treatments: 1. Restore agni. 2. Build immunity and remove ama.

Permutability

Mould weakens the gut brain barrier and weak blood brain barrier (BBB), which can make someone hypersensitive to foods with sulphur, grains, sulphur, environmental toxins.

Mold sickness is hard to identify. So here are some tips:

  • an allergy could actually be mould at the core. If a normally healthy person has either moved or taken a new job, and the next season develops a new allergy.
  • If symptoms are worse on rainy days, after snow melt, barometric pressure changes and after eating carbs.

Mould increases sensitivity to EMF

It creates mitochondrial dysfunction and depletes glutathione.

Native EMF, such as exercise and movement, can trigger symptoms with someone with mould!

When we move our body (exercise) it triggers good EMF which activates symptoms to those sensitive. Thus, people become lazy. They get toxic from exercise.

Dr. Jill sees that most of those who are sensitive to EMF have nature deficient disorder.

Caucasian woman using cell phone in bed

Ways to Prevent Mould From Growing in Your House

Mould can grow on a surface when moisture is there for 24-48 hours. To prevent that from manifesting:

  • Do not leave wet towels or swimmers on a wooden surface like a wooden chair, wooden tablet, window sill etc.
  • Clean up right after a spill on wood.
  • Use the kitchen fan on.
  • When having a hot (steamy) shower, use the exhaust fan.
  • Use a dehumidifier on the lower levels of your house and monitor your humidity.
  • Don’t have cupboard boxes on the floor in store rooms.
  • Don’t store your possession under your bed. Let there be a free flow underneath.
  • When building storage units, put it on stilts so there is space underneath.
  • Build with bricks, not sticks (wood).
  • Get an air filter. Or use your lungs. However, one you can change, and the other you can’t. Change the filter regularly.
  • “Dust with gusto” - dust your house.

Dust - one of the easiest ways to feed mold.

Add high indoor humidity and you’ve just fed and watered mold spores.

Humidity Control

If you have a dusty humid environment, you are a successful mould farmer. Get a dehumidifier! It is worth the cost.

Cooking food - turn the vent on. Taking a shower ? Turn the vent on. High outdoor humidity? Close up and turn on the AC and use a dehumidifier. All basements need dehumidifiers.

Prevention

Mold’s weaknesses:

  • dryness
  • sunlight
  • air movement - don’t use under your bed as storage.
  • dust-free spaces
  • lack of clutter
  • mould-killing essential oils

The importance and power of sunlight to prevent and treat mould illness - in buildings and humans.

Mould in wine

Grapes are very prone to mould.

Drink wine that are independently testing for mycotoxins.

Mould in Food

Also look out for mould in foods, and pet food.

Testing for Mould

  • Dr. Jill Cristas questionar.
  • Urine test for mycotoxins. Mycotoxins that leave the body. But not for all as some people have impaired detox symptoms they can’t get these toxins transported to the urine.  - Reduces foods high in mycotoxins before doing this test.
    • such as the Great Plains MycoTOX profile and Vibrant Wellness both use good technology.
    • Since sick patients may have their mycotoxins sitting in their cells and not being eliminated, do not take glutathione or binders for 48 hours before the test, so the test shows true levels.
    • Blood tests - including Immune globulin reaction to candida albicans for candida overgrowth.
  • Shoe maker eye test.
  • Stool - can check for fungal overgrowth in the gut, which means fungus burdening all over the body. Don’t take probiotics before this test.
  • organic acid - Great Plains -
  • Natural Killer Cell function test - how active they are. below 7 = deeply affected.
  • MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staph) and the sample should be sent to Microbiology DX in Massachusetts. - For CIRS. Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.

Treatment

Glutathione

  • Liver anti-oxidant.
  • Particularly good for ischemic liver or ischemic hepatitis (Insufficient blood flow using liver injury).
  • Rids the body of toxins, chemicals, environmental pollutants and more.

Herbs and Foods

  • Neem boosts natural glutathione production, necessary to clean unwanted biofilms out of the small intestine. It cleans the intestinal villi. It supports proliferation of good intestinal bacteria without supports growth of bad intestinal bacteria.
  • Triphala - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5567597/
  • Anand Sid Yog
  • Guduchi - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3644751/
  • Amalaki - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2994578/
  • Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
  • Kutki - one of Ayurveda’s primary liver tonics.
  • Manjistha
  • Shilajit
  • Turmeric boosts detox enzymes like glutathione and superoxide dismutase.
  • Beetroot - boost liver enzymes, superoxide dismutase (an enzyme with anti-oxidant activity) and glutathione.

Alapha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

  • An naturally occurring fatty acid.
  • Anti-oxidant - protects you from the violent process of your cells (in your entire body) getting hit, thus damaged by free-radicals thousands of times a day.
  • Enhances insulin sensitivity
  • Good for auto-immune disease - restores T-cell function. Good for Lupus, RA.
  • Gluthathione rejuvenator - good for when you have used up glutathione.
  • Foods - spinach, broccoli, kidneys, liver, heart.
  • Supplment.

Other treatments

Honey, Propolis, colloidal silver, Prandhara.

The importance of not jumping the gun, and first getting the mould under control before trying to fight, kill or eliminate it. 

If you begin killing mould (in your body) without any preparation, you will get sicker.

Dr. Jill’s Treatment Approach

Avoid - get out of the mould environment. Especially if you have become habituated to that environment.

Protect

Repair

Fight

Herxheimer Reactions

Occurs after a major mold die-off when the killed critters spill their toxic, inflammatory guts all over the place. You get sicker because the body tries to clean up the mess, but it can’t keep up.

Herx isn’t always necessary. More frictionless healing. No pain no gain is a myth - same with healing. Don’t push yourself. Honour rest - that will promote healing.

Healing is Messy

A deeper issue and more damaging issue might be getting although a more acute and superficial imbalance has manifested or re-manifested from the past.

If basic bodily functions are improving, (energy, sleep, digestion, mental state), you’re on the right path.

Buildings

  • Hire a building biologist or certified mould inspector.
  • Get a qualified remediator to remove the mould. Then test again independently.

People who need to Stay Out of Mould

  • pregnant women
  • women who are breastfeeding
  • young children
  • people with respiratory conditions
  • peoples with liver disease
  • people with kidney disease
  • people with immune deficiency
  • people with cancer
  • genetically mould sensitive (canaries in the coal mine)

Prevalence in Mould in Society & Buildings:

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) in USA estimates that 1 out of 4 buildings had enough water damage to grow toxic mould, that negatively affect human health.
  • Australia - 50% or more have water damage.
  • Waterproofing starts to fail in 7-10 years - Nicole Bhiljsma.

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Viruses: Comprehensive Truths & Corona Virus: Reality Check | Dr. Jimi Wollumbin {Podcast #029}

Viruses: Please educate yourself on the holistic and comprehensive science on what viruses actually are.

Empower yourself with knowledge the reality of the health implications relating to the corona virus.

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 20+ 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

We’ve been indoctrinated with a fear paradigm around viruses, not based in science, and there is no proof of safety or efficacy of the conventional management or treatment protocols: be it drugs or vaccines.

  • The same happened with bird flu in 2005.
  • Same scare tactics with swine flu in 2009.
  • Both pandemics turned out to be grossly exaggerated threats.
  • 2014 - Ebola
  • 2015 Measles.
  • 2016 - Zika
  • 2017 and 2018 - Influenza.
  • Then back to measles again in 2019.

The hysteria being drummed up follows a well-worn pattern where the population is kept in a state of fear about microbes so that drug companies can come to the rescue with yet another expensive (and potentially mandatory) drug or vaccine

The Human Virome

In addition to the pro-biome that exists in the gut, we also exist symbiotically with viruses and we have a virome as well.

Viruses are an important part of what life involves.

It is not in the viruses interest to be too harsh. It wants to happily live inside your genome, so that it can be immortalised inside your species.

Not all viruses are harmful to humans; some are natural bacterial predators and scientists are learning how to harness them to treat antibiotic resistant bacterial infections that have a high rate of mortality.

Loose the War Mentality

The war on life. The anti-biotic war on life.

Mind is King

  • Keep the calm mind and pacified.
  • If you fear the disease, you invite the disease.
  • Panic = sympathetic (“Flight or fight”) response it turned on = switch off the immune system and in fact every other system except the legs to run or fight.
  • Pathways of fear down-regulate the immune response.   

The reality of the corona virus, it’s danger, and what the real health threats are.

  • The current statistic of death rate is 0.2% of hospitalisations. The hospitalisations are the bad cases.
  • It is higher danger for the weak and vulnerable or for a malnourished person.
  • 92% of all deaths in this country are lifestyle mediated diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

The reality of the corona virus, it’s danger, and what is the real issue and threats.

  • The current statistic of death rate is 0.2% of hospitalisations. The hospitalisations are the bad cases.
  • It is higher danger for the weak and vulnerable or for a malnourished person.
  • 92% of all deaths in this country are lifestyle mediated diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

The Source of Corona Virus Remains Unknown

While media have been quick to blame the outbreak on snakes and bat soup, as of January, none of the animals sold at the Wuhan Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market had been found to carry the virus.

In January 2018, China’s first maximum security (biosecurity level 4) lab designed for the study of the world’s most dangerous pathogens opened its doors in Wuhan City, the epicenter of the current NCIP outbreak.

Is it pure coincidence that Wuhan City is now the epicenter of this novel coronavirus infection?

The year before, Tim Trevan, a Maryland biosafety consultant, expressed concern about viral threats potentially escaping the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory,43 which happens to be located just 20 miles from the Wuhan market identified as ground zero for the current NCIP outbreak.

October 18, 2019, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored a pandemic preparedness exercise in New York, practicing for the emergence of a new fictional viral illness dubbed “coronavirus acute pulmonary syndrome”

In the scientific community there were legitimate fears that a lab-created superflu pathogen might escape the confines of biosecurity labs where researchers are conducting experiments. It's a reasonable fear, certainly, considering that there have been many safety breaches at biolabs in the U.S. and other countries.

January 23, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announced a coronavirus vaccine is in the pipeline, with human trials set to start in about three months. Stock prices for makers of coronavirus vaccines experienced an immediate upswing in response to media reports of impending doom.

How to Optimise Our Microbiome

  • On an individual and environmental level.
  • Have a robust and thriving ecosystem.
  • Adopt a routine and diet according to your unique current body state.
  • Pacified mind.
  • Herbs - Get from a practitioner. Don’t self-prescribe.

Anti-Biotics

  • Incredibly precious medicines.
  • Really should be a last resort.
  • They need to be reserved for life-threatening situations and in some cases, acute lyme disease.
  • Excess use (like commonly used today) creates anti-biotic resistant bacteria.
  • One SINGLE course of anti-biotics produces measurable changes in the pro-biome for two years.
  • Most of common infections are viral, and mostly do not require anti-biotics.
  • Australia GPs prescribe nine times the amount of anti-biotics that the government says that are necessary. There is an large amount of inappropriate anti-biotic prescription.

The war approach on cancer is not wise

The fundamentals of disease - Consciousness.


Resources

Doctor Jimi's website - Blogs videos, podcasts and online learning.

Vital Veda Herbs Useful in Viral, Immunity & Microbiome Health

Anand Sid Yog (Nutricous Immune Boosting Bliss)

  • Strengthens Immunity
  • Maintains Youthfulness
  • Increases Productivity
  • Increases Stamina
  • Reduces Stress & Promotes Bliss
  • Enhances Digestion

+ more

Nasika (Nasal & Brain Drops)

  • Moisturise the nasal cavity and protect pollutants, unwanted microbes and virus from entering the body.
  • 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.
  • Strengthen all the sensory organs.

Blue Pills ( Virus & Cold Conqueror)

  • Helps the body fight viruses and colds.
  • Helps the body fight infection like UTIs and respiratory infections.
  • Provides a herbal anti-biotic effect and helpful in anti-biotic resistance.
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
  • Good for the upper respiratory system.
  • Supports lymphatic health and helps detoxify related infections.

Prandhara (Steam Inhalation)

Prandhara takes care of some of very common problems like Headache, Cold, Fever, Nasal congestion, Stomach ache, Toothache, Insect bite, Nausea and more.

Prandhara is a must for every home and travel kit.
It is a very helpful component to your own first aid kit.

It helps clear toxins and unwanted bacteria and viruses that have taken residence in the sinus, heads and lungs.

Dashmula Katu Trayadi Kashayam (Respiratory Tonic)

A very well known Ayurvedic medicine in liquid form. It is widely used in the treatment of respiratory conditions.

Dasmula Katu Trayadi Kashayam is particularly good for upper respiratory tract infections. Helpful in asthma, bronchitis, Cough and related chest pain. It has an anti-inflammatory and bronchodilatory effect.

Swasakasantak Leham (Prana Support)

Improves “rasa and prana” health. Rasa is plasma, the dhatu or tissue, that comes first before blood.And prana is “life force” for proper oxygenation. It is particularly effective for helping coughs and congestion problems.

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Astrological Gems | Jay Boyle: The Worlds Most Experienced Gem Stone Buyer {Podcast #028}

Experience the Power of Superior Quality Gem Stones

One of the planet’s most precious offerings to humanity.

About Jay Boyle & Astrological Gem

Astrological Gem takes their mission statement very seriously:

To get the right gemstones to the right people - for the right purpose.

To always do this with honesty, integrity, and with complete customer satisfaction.

For the last 40 years, Astrological Gem has been serving the worldwide community of Vedic astrologers and their clients by providing top quality, natural gemstones for Jyotish (Vedic astrology) and Ayurveda.

Jay, travels internationally to purchase these gemstones at the source - often directly at the mines - so that he can acquire the world's best selection of vibrant, finely cut stones at the lowest prices possible.

On these buying trips, Jay selects from such a vast and great quantity of stones. Because of this, he is able to find and select those exceptional 1-2% of stones that are Jyotish Quality and have a sweet, sattvic (pure) feel.

He brings them to clients at prices that jewellers often pay.

Jay is a Graduate-in-Residence Gemologist of the prestigious Gemological Institute of America with 43 years of experience in every area of the gem business.

In addition to his impeccable professional qualifications, Jay's involvement with meditation and inner work has created an appreciation of the finer, more subtle aspects of selecting gemstones with that sweet, sattvic feel. You can have complete confidence when you allow Jay to select your astrological and healing gems.

In This Episode We Discuss

Gem Stone Clarity Scale

  • Flawless gemstones - high quality for Jyotish quality.
  • Type 1 clarity (eye flawless) - diamonds only jyotish stones.
  • Type 2 gemstones (it is not easy to find clean varieties of these species) - Sapphires, Ruby, termoniline except for rubellite (red turmaline), garnets, spinels.
  • Type 3 gemstone - emerald.

It is difficult to impossible to find an eye flawless emerald. Jay in his extensive experience has never found one, and he has been looking for one for his entire career.

Eye Flawless - A grade someone with good, young vision can look at the gemstones and not see any inclusions (spots, cuts, healed fracture etc.).

Diamond Grading System

  • VVS1
  • VVS2

The Unwritten Code in The Gem Stone Business

Take advantageous of a more naive buyer

“Gem stone sellers, and marketers, probably from the beginning of time Dylan, have exaggerated and obfuscated… to take advantageous of a buyer… That is kind of the unwritten code of the gemstone business…"

The false knowledge in books and on the internet on gems.

Jays Experience in the Gem Industry

  • Jay has purchased thousands of Rubys approaching super flawlessness at 10 power magnitude with light-assist.
  • Why Jay knows more than the average person on Jyotishi gemstones.
  • Being a qualified gemologist doesn’t make one an expert.
  • Jay started in 1980, after practicing meditation for 5 years.
  • Jay changed the  em market and profits of buying at the source so they could sell the stones to customers at the lowest price possible with complete disclosure with enhancements and treatments of the stones.
  • Jay has bought more gems than anyone alive.

Jay’s pseudo-scientific experiential explanation of how gems interact with our physiology

A frequency of vibration of light within the gemstone, that can be measured, but it also functioning a deep, deep fundamental level.

What Makes a Jyotishi Quality Gem, thus effective:

  • High degree of flawlessness.
  • Gems should not be heat treated or radiated, (emerald is an exception).
  • Good saturation of colour for the species. But not always the richest colour.
  • Sweet Sattvic nature of a gem - Tasting the sweet sattvic nature of gemstones in the abdomen.

Jay’s experience with wearing an emerald for mercury - strengthens his second house - makes more money, strengthens his tenth house - his career.
He communicated better.

Why you should refrain form buying gems in India.

Dylan's experience with buying an emerald for his Jyotish

First getting ripped off in India the buying a superior gem form Astrological Gem that I love.

Appreciation, Gratitude and Love For Your Stone

It is very important to love your astrological gemstone. Gems don’t just work for us, they work with us. Loving your gemstone will help to activate it. It will love you right back.

Charlottes experience with her yellow sapphire changing colour and size

Wearing second hand stones

  • Gem stones carrying other people’s karma and energy.
  • Organic gemstones like coral and pearl should never be worn second hand as they absorb others karma and energy.
  • According to Jay, other crystal gemstones can be purified if they are flawless and purified the right way. I personally can’t fully agree with this at the moment.

Purifying gemstones for great power

  • Soaking gems in salt water with intention + more.
  • Pundits (vedic priests) blessing the stone with mantras (primordial sounds) and ceremony.

The importance of ceremony and blessings when initially wearing you gem for the first time.

Side effects and Negative Effects from wearing gems

In most cases, due to a poor prescription from a Jyotishi.

Sustainability

  • Gemstones are sustainable and positive in nature.
  • Horrible possibilities of war and enslaving, doesn’t exist in the coloured stone industry. If that happens, it is in diamond industry in Africa.
  • Gem industry is giving back to the community.

One of the best gemstones Jay has ever came across

A 103 carrot top gem quality, lemon yellow, flawless, yellow sapphire. Worth about $600K today.

Nava Graham Ratna - Nine Planets and Gems

  1. Sun - Maanikya (Ruby)
  2. Moon - Muktaphala (Pearl - well formed and free of blemishes).
  3. Mars - Vidruma (Coral)
  4. Buddh (Mercury) - gaarutmata/marakata (emerald) - marakata = shiny.
  5. Guru (Jupiter) - pusparaga (topaz) / Pushyaraaga (yellow sapphire)
  6. Venus - vajra (diamond)
  7. Saturn - nila / indraneela (sapphire / blue sapphire)
  8. Rahu - Dolomite / gomEdhikam / Ceylone / Hessonite
  9. Ketu - Vaidurya (cat’s eye) - polished into a cabochon (shaped and polished) that displays a narrow band of concentrated light going across the width of the stone.

- Source: Bhavprakash

1. Surya (Sun) - Ruby

The anticipated benefits include increased brightness, brilliance, fame, respect as an authority figure, integration with the divine and the highest sense of Self, benefit to father figures, and personal power.

2. Chandra (Moon) - Muktaphala (Pearl)

The Moon signifies our emotions – it is watery, changing, cyclical energy. Mind. Feminine.

Strengthening with Vedic pearls leads to emotional balance, peace, intuition, benefit to mother figures, benefit to home life, and sometimes benefit to vehicles and transportation as well.  Strengthening the Moon is frequently described as soothing, calming, cooling and balancing when achieved by wearing a top-quality pearl.

See my article of the medicinal benefits of pearl. - Medicine on many levels.

A note on natural pearls by Jay.

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. Click on the images below for a pop-up window containing further details.

Jays carer with natural pearls

  • For the last 20 years, Jay has only been able to buy 3 natural salt-water pearls in his whole carer that are decent quality, rounded natural salt water pearls.
  • Jay has sold about 50 high wallet natural fresh water pearls in his career.

Jyotish Quality Chinese Tissue-Nucleated pearls are 100% natural cultured pearls with an insignificant centralized nucleus (nacre all the way through). Jay thinks these have as good an effect on Jyotish than natural pearls.

Moonstone is an Uparatna, or secondary gemstone, for the Moon.

3. Mangal (Mars) - (Vidruma) Coral

Mars is the planet of physical endurance, assertiveness, courage, and overcoming battles.  Because Mars is associated with war, it is considered one of the natural malefic planets in Vedic Astrology. 

Red Coral - an increase in vitality, motivation, strength, courage, athletic ability, power, and victory.

4. Buddh (Mercury) - gaarutmata/marakata (emerald)

marakata = shiny.

Communication.  It is the planet of words, speech, business transactions, numbers, travel, and humour.

Emerald - clarity – better communication skills, enhanced speech and writing, and clearer thinking are commonly experienced results.  It is said to enhance business success, sense of humor, efficient travel, and rapid processing of information.

(Green Tourmaline and Peridot are secondary choices).

Varies greatly in quality and price.

5. Guru (Jupiter) - Pushyaraaga (Yellow Sapphire)

Expansion. Guru - great wisdom, enlightenment, abundance, happiness, and spiritual mastery.

Teacher of the devas.

Yellow sapphire - wealth, expansiveness, education, wisdom, health of children, enlightenment, fortune, education, and generosity. 

UpaRatna: Yellow topaz (pusparaga) and citrine are secondary choices.

Irradiated Yellow Sapphire vs. Authentic Yellow Sapphire.

  • Radiating the stone for it to get a a more saturated colour but it is an unstable orbit that slowly degrades and slowly looses its colour over time.
  • Indian dealers love irradiated yellow sapphires.
  • Test for authenticity - Carry a candle with you, and ask the buyer to heat the stone. If it is radiated it will inflame the radiation.

6. Shukra (Venus) - Vajra (Diamond)

Love. Creativity, fine arts, beauty, gemstones, jewellery, luxury, romance, marriage, the reproductive system, opulence, and refinement of the senses.

Teacher of the raksasas.

Diamond - Healthier relationships, increased creative potential, more luxury, and more personal refinement. 

Health and well-being of the wife, and women in general.

UpaRatna: (White Sapphire, White Zircon, and Phenakite are secondary choices.) 

6. Shukra (Venus) - Vajra (Diamond)

Love. Creativity, fine arts, beauty, gemstones, jewellery, luxury, romance, marriage, the reproductive system, opulence, and refinement of the senses.

Teacher of the raksasas.

Diamond - Healthier relationships, increased creative potential, more luxury, and more personal refinement. 

Health and well-being of the wife, and women in general.

UpaRatna: (White Sapphire, White Zircon, and Phenakite are secondary choices.) 

7. Shani (Saturn) - Nila / Indraneela (Sapphire / Blue sapphire)

Saturn is one of the most misunderstood planets in Vedic Astrology.

Many people are fearful of its power, because its influence is weighty, heavy, and tangible.  Saturn is a teacher. A time to go inwards, purify and increase sattva.

Excellent results can be achieved if channeling Saturn energy into the body is done wisely.

Blue Sapphire - can increase focus, discipline, work ethic, routine, organisation, commitment, and follow-through. 

Shani in its auspicious form represents some of the highest qualities of humanity, such as spiritual practice and long term self-discipline

UpaRatna: Blue Spinel, Iolite, and Amethyst are secondary choices.

8. Rahu - Dolomite / GomEdhikam / Ceylone / Hessonite

Rahu and Ketu are not actually planets, but technically, mathematical points in space.  They are responsible for eclipses, which may be why they are commonly referred to as “shadow planets.”

Rahu signifies material goods, deception, fame, intoxication, and attachment.

Like increases like.

Hessonite (Gomed). - Promotes fame and wealth. Protection.

May produce side effects if not carefully prescribed, especially if one is not in a Rahu mahadasha (planetary period), verify with a Vedic Astrologer.

If you are able to maintain a great deal of personal and spiritual awareness when wearing a hessonite, it can help to bring about an increase in recognition, wealth, and power.

UpRatna: Spessartite

9. Ketu - Vaidurya (Cat’s Eye)

South node of the moon, and signifies enlightenment, liberation, spiritual development, non-attachment, and non-material/invisible influences.

Cat’s Eye (Chrysoberyl) - Promote spiritual development, higher knowledge, transcendence, and connection to the divine.

This gemstone may produce side effects if not carefully prescribed, especially if one is not in a Ketu mahadasha (planetary period), so we recommend verifying with a Jyothishi.

No UpaRatna for Ketu.


Resources

Astrological Gem Website - Blog, Catalogue & Info.

Jyotishis we recommend.

Mention Vital Veda for a discount on gems from Astrological Gem


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The Ancient and Stimulating Spice Industry | Ian Herbie Hemphill {Podcast #026}

About Ian Herbie Hemphill

Ian ‘Herbie’ Hemphill is an Australian foodie legend. He and his family have been educating us about spices and herbs for over 50 years. 3 Generations of herbs and spice Hemphills.

Ian Hemphill’s lifelong experience in the spice industry means we can gain the “inside story” into the ancient and stimulating spice industry.

Herbies have a product range of over 200 items, including over 100 spice blends, all developed by Herbie and made daily in the Herbie’s Spicery on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

The Hemphill's hobby is also their passion, their business, and their livelihood.

Ian is the author of books:

  • The Spice and Herb Bible.
  • “Spice Travels - A Spice merchant’s voyage of discovery” - Ians personal anecdotes and travel stories.
  • He runs Herbies TV.
  • Spice Notes.
  • Herbaceous.
  • Spicery.
  • Sticks, Seeds, Pods and Leaves.

Herbie & Liz wanted to achieve three main objectives for their business:

  1. To have the largest range of culinary herbs and spices in the Southern Hemisphere;
  2. To always search for the best quality and make 100% natural blends;
  3. and very important, was to educate consumers so they could judge for themselves.

In This Episode We Discuss

History of the Spice Trade

  • The worlds second oldest profession.
  • One of the most lucrative businesses.
  • It was used as a currency. - Using something with actual value.
  • Spices were used as a status symbol. 
  • Myths of spices about the way they were developed.
  • Pepper corn rent - pepper corns were used to pay rent. 
  • How have we lost our appreciation for this highly valuable commodity? Have we become numb and ignorant to the abundant healing power and importance of spices?
    • Mass marketing has reduced spices to commodity status. 
    • Adulteration means consumers are not exposed to true quality spices.

Adulteration and Quality

  • Food fraud.
  • Buying powdered spices.
  • Range of quality and variety of spices. - Depends on climate, place grown.
  • How is it packaged/stored? - spices in bulk bins, plastic, paper.
  • Herbie’s products contain No Added artificial ingredients or fillers of any kind. 
  • Herbies grind spices themselves except some chilli and turmeric.

How to become familiar with the spices we are using. 

Look and smell the spice each time we use them.

Drying Spices

  • To activate the natural enzymes and bring out the flavour.
  • The less moisture content of 10-12% of dried herbs compared to over 80% when it is fresh, preserve the herbs while retaining he volatile oils.
  • Must dry quickly or else mold can start growing if the moisture lingers during the process. But to fast the heat will destroy the volatile oils and flavours.

Organic vs. Non-organic

Is it so important with spices? How is the pesticide use in the spice industry?

Spices in Agriculture

Mono-culture vs. permaculture?

Tip for Cooking Spices

Don’t pour over steam as steam gets in, allows the volatile oils to oxidise or worse, create mould.

Saffron

Medicinal Uses

  • Vajikarana - Sukra vardhaka - aphrodisiac that increases reproductive tissue and strength.
  • Rakta dhatu (Blood Tissue Health) - Increases haemoglobin thus good for anaemia.
  • Heart - enhancing the lymph and blood tissues (rasa and rakta dhatus) encourages blood flow through the circulatory system. Good for angina (inadequate blood supply to the heart) and cardiac congestion.
  • Enhances purity as it is very sattvic herb, which enhances love and compassion.
  • For mental health and brain health.
  • Nervous disorders - rejuvenates majja (bone marrow) and sukra (reproductive) dhatu, thus good for vata and degenerative diseases.
  • Skin conditions such as discoloured patches of the face. External applciation.
  • Cures headache - topical application.
  • Ulcers, worms, vomiting.

Ayurvedic properties:

  • Rasa (taste) - katu, titkta (pungent, bitter)
  • Virya (energy) - usna (heating)
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - katu (pungent)
  • Gunas (Qualities) - snidgha, laghu (unctuousness, light)
  • Doshas - Tridoshic. Can heat pitta in excess.
  • Karma (Action): Yogavahi (catalyst)

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice! and most expensive commodity! more expensive than gold!

With a street value on average of around A$20,000 per kilo.

A double handful of saffron weighing about 1 kilo, will contain at least 200,000 stigmas. - the female organ on the flower, held by the male pollen/organ, called the stamen.

  • Hand picked.
  • Origin - Kashmir (5%), Iran (over 90% of worlds supply, 360 tones a year!), Spain ( biggest exporter, thus importer).
  • Different grades.
  • Best quality - Kashmir - is the whole stigma with a little bit of style.
  • Medium quality - Iran, afganistan.
  • Inferior quality - Persia.
  • Amount of land to produce how much stigmas - 5 acres/ kilo of saffron.
  • 170,000 flowers = 100kg flowers = 1kg dry saffron.

Herbie at a Kasmir saffron field

Adulteration

  • Safflower petals, corn silk, coconut fibre, and even dyed shredded crocus petals were passed off as saffron.
  • How to test? Dissolve water test. - Real saffron takes 15-60mins to release the golden hue. Artificial saffron releases a redder colour, and aroma is like sandalwood. Learn to test here.
  • In the past, there were saffron police in Germany

To use saffron:
Soak in warm milk, better not boiled.

Saffron purity test

Vanilla

  • World supply shortage.
  • From $50/kg to $500/kg.
  • Second most expensive spice in the world.
  • The most fluctuating spice in price.
  • Make your own Vanilla bean paste by simply warming 1 Tablespoon of glucose syrup and stirring in 1 teaspoon Vanilla bean powder.
  • Can only be pollinated by one particular bee that is native to Mexico, and that is also nearly extinct. 
  • During a shortage, Coca Cola used 20% of the vanilla supply for Vanilla Coke!
  • Curing vanilla is a complex process.
Herbie at a vanilla farm in Mexico

Black Pepper

Sanskrit: Maricha
Botanical Name: Piper Nigrum (Piperaceae)

Black pepper is much more than your common kitchen spice. It is one of the most popular herbs in Ayurvedic medicine that provides powerful medicinal actions beyond being just a spicy ingredient.

Named after one of the names of the sun, Maricha, it possess the same qualities as this spherical source of heat and light. It is warming, drying and stimulating to the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems.

Medicinal Uses:

  • Digestion - stimulates agni (digestive fire), burns ama (undigested food material) relieves abdominal pain and helps remove parasites.
  • Lungs - Specific for cold, wet, damp, kapha conditions in the respiratory channel.
  • Circulation - stimulates the microcirculation in the capillaries and move stagnated blood
  • Fever - Helps “cook” the pathogens and then induce a sweat. Clears ama.

Ayurvedic Properties

Rasa (taste) - Pungent, bitter
Virya (energy) - Hot
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - Sweet
Guna (quality) - Light, dry, sharp
Dosha effect VK-, P+

Cardamom

  • Distinct camphorous, eucalyptus-like, pungent and astringent aroma.
  • Perennial plant.
  • Dried in the dark.
  • One of Herbie’s favourite spices.
  • When buying ground cardamom, make sure it is only the seeds ground, since a lot of ground cardamom has the husks still.
  • Environmentally friendly to grow - since it grows in the shade in the rainforest, and doesn’t need to be irrigated.

Shortages of cardamom seeds

  • The importation of seeds of any kind has become more difficult due to new Australian bio-security regulations introduced recently. October 2019.
  • That combined with low harvests in India (Herbie’s source) and Guatemala (another major producer) you may have to stock up on whole green cardamom pods, and peel the husk away to avail yourself of the seeds as you need them.
  • That’s what Herbies is doing in order to continue to include ground cardamom in retail packs.

Elādwaya (Elettaria Cardamomum) / (Green Cardamom)

Sanskrit synonym: Suksmaila

Rasa (taste) – katu and madhura. (pungent and sweet)
Virya (energy) – Sita (cooling)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) – Madhura (sweet)
Guna (qualities) – laghu, ruksa (light, dry).
Doshas: KV-
Karma (action):

  • Pitta vata hara
    • Pitta hara due to sita virya
    • Vatahara due to madhura vipaka.
  • Swasa, Kasa (Asthma, dyspnoea)
  • Arsa (Piles)
  • Dysuria

Sthūla Ela (amomum subulatum) / (Black Cardamom)

Krsna Ela (Black Cardamom) has a very strong odor and camphor like quality.

Rasa (taste) – katu and slightly madhura. (pungent and sweet)
Virya (energy) – Usna (heating)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) – katu (pungent)
Guna (qualities) – laghu, ruksa (light, dry).
Doshas: KP- and Rakta- (pacifies blood)
Karma (action):

  • Vatakapha hara - Kapha hara due to usna virya and katu vipaka.
  • Deepana (enkindles agni)
  • Itching, thirst, nausea, poison, diseases of mutravaha (urinary tract)
  • Swasa, kasa, vomiting, headache.

Turmeric

Turmeric in the Spice Industry

  • Fresh vs dry - Dry is more potent, with the active ingredients concentrated. More pure.
  • Easy to grow, but hard to get a good quality. 
  • Extracts vs. Whole herbs - always go with whole herbs.

2 types of Turmeric:

  1. Madras turmeric - from Tamil Nadu. More light yellow in colour.
  2. Allepy turmeric - much darker in colour. Higher curcumin content, a more superior fresh turmeric flavour. More unctuous due higher cur cumin content.

Medicinal Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is the most thoroughly researched plant on this planet!

And I don’t blame the scientists for the 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.

Check out  the medicinal benefits and Ayurvedic perspective of turmeric HERE.

Native Australian Herbs and Spices

Australian Native Pepperberry (Tasmannia lanceolata)

Chilli

  • Didn’t come from Asia.
  • The pungent aroma of chilli and its hot, sinus-clearing, throat-searing substance called capsaicin permeated the air at India’s famous chilli market in Guntur, the largest chilli market in the world.
  • 50 acres dedicated to just the market!
  • Hundreds of tons of chillis.
  • Make sure they are fully dried to avoid mould. Dry to around 12% moisture content.
  • The sugar caramelises when you dry them to create a rich, robust and quite complex flavour. 

Pink pepper corns (Schinus molle)

In this podcast, Herbie mentioned it has a toxin in it. While this toxin may be present, I still forage pink pepper corns from the trees growing around the suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.


Resources

Herbies

Check out the Spice Tours that Herbies run in India.

Watch the amusing video on a cardamom auction in India.


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