Empowered Birthing, Doulas, Women’s Business & The Role of Men in Birth | Nadine Richardson from She Births {Podcast #023}

About Nadine Richardson

Nadine Richardson​, mother, yoga teacher, doula, speaker, creator and founder of the world’s only scientifically verified childbirth education program, She Births® and host of ​The She Births® Show​ (Podcast & YouTube).

Over the last 20 years Nadine has become an expert in childbirth, pregnancy and prenatal yoga. She is an inspiration to all parents, female entrepreneurs and those passionate about making birth better. She knows that together we can shift the cultural meme of birth from a medicalised traumatic event​ to something so much better.

“My role is to awaken people to their birthing potential. Through our innovative education every family can create not only a more normal birth but also a beautiful birth; bonding, enriching and empowering, the perfect start for every family.”
~ Nadine Richardson

It is Nadine’s mission to take the fear out of childbirth and help couples continue the joy of pregnancy right through their labour and into early parenting. By helping women connect to, and trust their bodies while also equipping partners to not only provide effective support but become an active participant in the journey we shift the locus of control. Discovering that we have agency and our choices are critical to individual birth satisfaction shifts the way we see ourselves and our role on the planet.


In This Episode We Discuss

What is a Doula

An ancient service of women helping women through birth.

“Doula” in latin = to serve.

They play a significant role assisting women through the psychosomatic experience of birth.

The Role of an Obstetrician

"Obstetrician" in Latin means "To Observe."

They should be there to intervene if more advanced medical interventions are required. Which in Australia is 10-20% of woman at high health risk.

Midwife in latin = “Be with woman.”

Midwife does the safety and vital checks - heart beat, blood pressure etc. But unfortunately they don’t get to “be with woman” as much, as they are more doing paper work. 

0.6% birth in Australia are home births.

Why every single woman should do a doula training.

It is the primal role of woman. Assisting at births is an important rite for one’s womanhood, femininity and fulfilment.

Having a Doula present at birth is the best intervention a woman can have to reduce C-Section rates.

The Role of the Partner (Mostly Men) In Birth

Have we placed to much expectations on male partners? 

Are men actually fit for the job of assisting a birthing experience? Let alone asked to be the primary! support person in an experience they have no knowledge of, what so ever!

Traditionally, birth has always been womens business. Men should not go anywhere near that.

It is criminal to send anyone in a birthing room without good education and preparation. 

C-Sections

30% C-Section rate in most western countries.

Aus has some of the higher C-section rates in the world, at 32% in public hospital.

47% in private hospitals! - nearly 1 in 2.

Causes for increasing C-section rates:

  • Over-managing low risk people.
  • Litigations.
  • Money.
  • Schedules - “Doctor Dinner: wants to shorten his day at work and get home for dinner”
  • Culture, fear and control amongst the woman.

Why you want a vaginal delivery over C-section:

  • When a baby is born via C-section they have a significant reduction in microbiome.
  • Babies born via C-section are more likely to have life-long asthma.
  • Babies born via C-section are less likely to continue breast milk.
  • Babies born via C-section are linked to increases in austism.
  • Babies born via C-section are correlated with lower IQ.
  • The recovery and “bounce back” of a mother is significantly better with vaginal delivery than a 6 week recovery from major abdominal surgery.
  • Woman who endure C-sections and more likely to get a hysterectomy in the future.

Knowing that you can make a beautiful birth no matter what unfolds (e.g. C-section, epidurals) is really critical to less fear for everybody.

C-sections are still a monumental birthing experience and we can make it beautiful with birth education programs like She Births.

"You cannot put your faith all the time in one system. If you go into these systems without education, you will get funnelled down a conveyer belt, and that is where we get great amounts of intervention and dissatisfaction. Education is key to empowerment."
~ Nadine Richardson
"You need to be open minded and have a little element of belief that birth can be something different to the medicalised traumatic event that has been showed to you on television."
~ Nadine Richardson

The post-natal hormonal orchestra that floods the mothers brain

  • 200-400x more oxytocin than the best sex orgasm.
  • Beta endorphins flood the neo-cortex which shut down the analytical mind. These are also opiates and allows the woman to transcend in between contractions and go through this extraordinary ego dissolution. 
  • Adrenaline comes at the end of labour to deliver the baby.

The Brain-Uterus Connection

Via the Ferguson reflex - a positive feedback loop between uterus and brain.

  1. Baby’s head stretches cervix and feedbacks on pituitary.
  2. Pituitary secretes oxytocin into blood and travel down to uterine muscle via specific nerve pathways. 
  3. Oxytocin stimulates the uterus to further contract of the muscles in the wall of the uterus and pushes the baby down, the cervix stretches further. oxytocin is released from the brain back into the body and goes back to the uterus for more stimulation, , cervix stretches etc. 
Ferguson reflex

The Vagina as the Seat as Consciousness

Active Birthing and why a woman should not be lying on her back during labour.

  • Squatting, on all fours, standing, whatever is comfortable for the woman.
  • Upright and active. Gravity. Shorter labour. Nishkarma yoga - do less and achieve the most. 
  • Don’t ask a woman to lie supine - this is dangerous, damaging to the pelvic floor. They have to go up a U bend. It’s a miracle they can go out. 
  • All fours are the best.
  • Mother should be dancing, move bum.

She Births: The Better Birthing Method

  • 65% reduction of epidural rates
  • 44% reduction of c-section rates
  • 53% reduction in resuscitation of babies.
  • 32mis shorter (2nd stage) labour.

The clinical trial from the prestigious British Medical Journal of Medicine. 

“Our mission is to restore the sanctity of birth, build stronger families and hand the power of birth back to every woman.”
~ Nadine Richardson

The curriculum is based on three pillars; Knowledge, Inner Strength and Outer Support.
She Births® combines evidence-based and holistic techniques for a better and safer birth experience – including active birthing, yoga, massage, acupressure, breathing, relaxation and effective partner support.

She Births® provides a comprehensive toolkit of skills for mum and partner, empowering mums to have better births and enabling partners to provide effective support. Utilising a unique philosophy the course prepares couples for every birth scenario enabling them to create a beautiful birth experience, no matter what unfolds.

She Births® is available as a ​Weekend Course or an ​Online Program via App – making it accessible across the world.

More than 8,000 expectant parents have completed She Births® from all around the world.

The Essential Post-Natal Support Network

Beyond nannies and baby sitters. The importance of immediate family. 

Soul Mama Circles - Real support and connection amongst new mothers.

The importance for women to share their birth story at least 8-10 times in a sacred space.

Post Natal Care Regimen

Ayurveda Post Natal Care Plan

  • The important to rest after birth - simple and sacred - “40 days or rest for 40 years energy.”
  • Post natal herbs to balance vata and erratic hormones post birth.
  • The fourth trimester.

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Absolutely Addressing Anxiety | Jonni Pollard {Podcast #022}

About Jonni Pollard

Jonni Pollard, program founder and head teacher of 1 Giant Mind, is a world-renowned meditation teacher who has studied how to unfold human potential for over 20 years under great masters in the East and West.

His programs, including 1 Giant Mind’s Learn Meditation app, have taught more than 250,000 people how to meditate.

Jonni is at the forefront of authenticity in the meditation teacher landscape, making practical translations of ancient teachings for a modern lifestyle.


In This Episode We Discuss

Exploring the infinite possibilities and capabilities of life and taking action

  • You either do something fully or not. 
  • It is possible and I’m interested. 
  • We don’t discern if it’s difficult or easy, we just do it.
  • Learn to make the uncomfortable comfortable and expand the bounders of experience in the gross dimensions of reality so that the yoga.

Jonni has has explored a diverse range of abilities in this lifetime. 

Jonni being seduced by the notion of being a recluse.

How can I make whomever I come into contact with have the truest experience of themselves by virtue of them being in my presence

All that requires if for me to be in myself fully.

People are confronted by the potential of their power, and it is generally resisted because of an underlying sense of unworthiness.

The power of the pain and memory of the past.

People prefer to maintain a certain level of suffering, rather than the idea of diving into the fear and confronting it.

The sum total of the weight of our collective suffering is the very thing that keeps us entrenched in the extraordinary destructive dysfunction that is happening on the planet now.

And The only way we can liberate ourselves from the potential outcome of annihilation is to discover the abode of love indie of use and make it our homeland evict anything that is not able to surrender at the feet of love.

Anxiety

The charge of energy that doesn’t have a grounding. Like an electrical wire that doesn’t have a grounding. It is wild and can run anywhere and inappropriately fills lines of energy that don’t require or need to receive that charge. Misdirected energy.

Establishing yourself to your Self to the extent that the earth is established in herself. 

Forces of energy and electro-magnetic frequencies creating a distortion on our planet that invariably have an impact on us human beings.  

The Cause of Every Single Disease

Becoming diligent in self-correction of the intellect.

Turning to the condition of the body for the tendency to ignore.

We are living in extraordinary unprecedented times.

Methods to pacify anxiety:

  • Grounding - barefoot on earth, swimming in ocean and bodies of water.
  • Sun exposure.
  • Human to human contact. “Heart to heart.” - Create a circuitry of frequencies and resonate. We are such a powerful remedy for each other.
  • Self-abhyanga.
  • Get busy - work, do seva (service).

Give your attention generously wherever you feel there is a deficit.

The quality of our attention established in Being has a nourishing effect that causes a flexibility and dynamism in somebody’s personality to open up and connect.

It is moistening the dryness in the branches of our being.

How to help others who experience anxiety and nourish their existence and spirit.

Psychology or psychotherapy is a very long arduous task.
Reaching the masses vs. closer communities through your service.
The mentality of trying to be the biggest, best or most well known.
Attempting to spread knowledge and do service at a large scale at the detriment of yourself and the knowledge.

Finding the balance of sufficient rest, work and play.

Leadership

  1. Having the vision.
  2. Articulating the vision.
  3. Empowering others to allow that vision to come into fruition.
  4. Primary role: the intimate relationship with team members and identifies what is required for them to truely feel empowered.

Be gentle and tender on yourself and when you see somebody else in need of that, be generous with your tenderness. 

The importance of normalising meditation in society.


Resources

Jonni hosts the 1 Giant Mind podcast where he answers questions relating to meditation and personal development from a live audience.

Jonni is also the author of The Golden Sequence: A Manual for Reclaiming Our Humanity, on Benbella books.

Ashwandha (Stresscom)

These capsules help relieve stress, general debility, fatigue, sleep issues, anxiety, neurosis and premature old age related syndromes etc.

Ashwagandha is an effective anti-stress agent and one of the most highly acclaimed adaptogens – energising the body when it needs it during the day, and calming overactive nerves for easy and restful sleep at night. It has a herbal intelligence that increases or decreases stress hormones like cortisol depending on the body’s need at any given time.

It also aids in improving the immunity of the body and physical stamina of individuals. It provides strength, rejuvenation, stamina and libido

A Superior Form of Ashwagandha:
The main ingredient Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is harvested and processed in a specific method that is pure and potent, making this a superior choice to other Ashwagandha products on the market.


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

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

About Matt Maruca

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


The Best Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Thankfully, RA Optics make the most effective glasses because they truely work, plus are stylish!

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In This Episode We Discuss

Matt's Story

How he became the youngest biohacker in the world.

Matt as the prodigy of Dr. Jack Kruse.

The Light Diet: Matts Prescription for Health

Going beyond just food and nutrition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why humans are a bare (hairless skin) animals

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

DHA – The Most Important Fat

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

How do vegans and vegetarians get DHA?

Consider the Bazan effect discovered by Nicholas Bazan.

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

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

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

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

Mercury in Seafood

Avoid seafood high in mercury:

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

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

Circadian Medicine & The Light Diet

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

If you are staying up after sunset:

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

Eat With the Sun

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

Main meal should be at lunch time.

Dinner Should be Your Lightest Meal & Low in Protein.

Intermittent fasting.

2. Waking Up at Sunrise

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

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

3. Drinking Good Quality Water

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

4. Eat More DHA

5. Be Outside During the Day

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


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

The Role of Sunlight on Mental Health

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

Photo-endocrinology by Dr. Alexander Wunsch

Going Beyond the Physical: Matt Maruca Gets Spiritual

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

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

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


The Best Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Thankfully, RA Optics make the most effective glasses because they truely work, plus are stylish!

Discount Code: VITALVEDA


Resources

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

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

About Yashoda Devi Ma

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


In This Episode We Discuss

Yashoda’s Story

Having many “births” in this lifetime.

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

Depression, suicide.

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

Ture Fulfilment

Your life can change in any moment.

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

Rapid healing from insomnia, depression and ADHD from VM.

Guru / Shishya (Student) Relationship

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

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

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

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

Yashoda’s 2 Main Gurus in her life:

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

Living with a Guru as a quantum leap in evolution. 

Vedic parenting.

Observing Guru, nature and states of consciousness for evolution.

Swami Brahmananda Saraswati (Guru Deva)

Laksmi / Abundance & Affluence

Living full value in life without “lack mentality”.

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

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

“You Deserve the best…” You are worthy. 

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

Saying yes and not closing ourselves off.

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

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

Sattva Yoga - Himalayan Tantra

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


Resources


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Optimal Intake of Prana (Life-Force) ~ Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology

The movement of air element Prana Vayu [life-force] located near the Nahbi (umbillicus), moves upward to the hrdaya (heart) and comes out of the throat to drink the VishnuPadAmrta ("nectar of the atmosphere” / oxygen), and haven partaken it moves quickly inside to enliven the entire body and kindle the Agni (digestive fire). 
Sarngadhara Samhita, Ch 5, (47-51)

As fundamental as this physiological phenomena of intaking prana (life-force/oxygen) may seem, not everyone is doing it right. Everyone alive is certainly doing it (breathing), and doing so involuntarily, but a lot of people are not intaking a sufficient amount of quality Prana. This is due to blockages and “ama” (thick undigested materials) throughout the body.

Low and poor quality Prana can be a contributing factor to:

  • Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Eye diseases
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • "Mental tamas” (inertia)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Neuro-degenerative diseases
  • Cognitive decline
  • ADHD
  • Infertility

Just to name a fair few. 

But as the above shlohka (hymn/quote) from the famous ancient Ayurvedic treatise “Sarngadhara Samhita” says, it starts with “Nahbi”: Your Navel, the home of all connections which encompasses all the channels and current layout of your body. The home of the Enteric Nervous System (the largest nerve plexus) and your Svadhisthana (Sacral) Chakra.

As fundamental as this physiological phenomena of intaking prana (life-force/oxygen) may seem, not everyone is doing it right. Everyone alive is certainly doing it (breathing), and doing so involuntarily, but a lot of people are not intaking a sufficient amount of quality Prana. This is due to blockages and “ama” (thick undigested materials) throughout the body.

Here are a few ways to optimise Prana

Nasya

Inhale oil up the nose followed by alternate nostril breathing technique (Nadi Shodana Pranayama) for 5-10mins, 1-3x/day. 

Healthy Digestion

Healthy digestion = clear alimentary tract for Prana to sufficiently nourish. Contact me to arrange a phone consultation to optimise your digestion.

Bush Walk

Supersede the pandemic of Nature-Deficit Disorder and get Prana at the same time.

Herbs

Certain herbal rasayanas (elixirs) invigorate you with Prana + clear and re-activate bodily channels for Prana intake.

Chakra Basti Treatment

Hot medicated oil is kept over the navel, home to the Enteric Nervous System (the largest nerve plexus in the body) and your Svadhisthana (Sacral) or Nabhi Chakra.

Chakra Basti:

  • Balances the nervous system.
  • Increases immunity.
  • Nourishes and rebuilds your energy center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An approach to consider:

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

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

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

References:

Dr. Thomas Seyfried


Masterclass: A Deeper Look into Ayurveda and Healing for Modern Living (Bondi)

Join internationally renowned Ayurvedic physicians, Vaidya Krishna Raju and Vaidya Padma Raju as they tour Australia for a very special series of Masterclasses on Ayurveda – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health.

In this special interview-style event, you will gain an insight into ways to enliven and intervene with the subtle aspects of the human physiology that are the root foundations of health. This is where profound prevention, treatment and biological intervention occurs.

You will learn to easily and seamlessly incorporate simple and powerful practices that you will actually enjoy doing! Techniques that give you the power to initiate potent healing mechanisms within your body.

Regardless of what is your understanding of Ayurveda, unfamiliar or advanced, this workshop will reveal a fascinating window into this body of knowledge and its power to deliver balance in modern life.

Is CBD Really Worth the Highype?

CBD (Cannabidiol), one of the phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant (cannabis sativa), is all the rage right now.

An increasing number of people are shouting and sharing health results on their Facebook and I am getting emails from companies I have never heard of, offering me to be an affiliate for a high commission. The CBD market is expected to grow by 700% come 2020 according to Forbes, but I predict this trend won’t last…

Phytocannabinoids are plant-based cannabinoid compounds which support the Endocannabinoid system (ECS): an important biological system expressed throughout the nervous system that orchestrates communication between other bodily systems, such as your respiratory, digestive, immune and cardiovascular systems. The ECS does this via receptors found in every organ, including your skin. The ECS has been neglected by most medical schools and professionals and partially only been discovered in the 1990s.

Whole Hemp May Be Better Than Isolated CBD

But note, the hemp plant contains over 100 different phytocannabinoids, of which CBD is only ONE!

Once again, your superfood biohacking organic GMO-free supplement companies that make products infused with crystals are isolating a single compound from a plant and stripping it away from the rest of its family.

Those of us in botanical medicine understand that the sum of all the parts of the plant is greater than any one single ingredient. Natural products that escape laboratory confinement are WHOLE HERBS, not extracts. What you have is natures intelligence effortlessly organising a complex design of constituents which completes a substance with a foundational microbiome and effective holistic action that is welcomed and absorbed by the body.

“The Entourage Effect” (termed by Dr. Ethan Russo) means having ALL the phytocannabinoids and terpenes (hydrocarbonic compounds in the essential oils of plants and flowers) present to give rise to full clinical and meaningful benefits.

While CBD may be the most dominant phytocannabinoid in hemp, the other phytocannabinoids are essential to nourish and support the ECS in the body.

Two Types of Endocannabinoid Receptors

  1. cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1)
  2. cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2).

Both these receptors are found throughout your body.

One cannabinoid your body produces is called anandamide — a nod to the word "ananda," the Sanskrit word for "bliss," as it attaches to the same CB1 receptors that THC attaches to.

Basically, through meditation and other bliss promoting practices, you can make your own endogenous anandamide, rather than relying on an unsustainable source like weed.

Sure CBD helps the CB1 receptor, but what about the CB2 receptor? CBD does not touch CB2.

The CB2 receptor controls inflammatory cycling, pain signaling, insulin sensitivity and bone building. Clearly essential biological functions of which CBD does NOTHING for.
Better get more holistic.

We need a CB2 agonist. Luckily, if we include the whole family of phytocannabinoids, a full spectrum hemp oil contains these other phytocannabinoids that compliment towards what CBD cannot do alone.

We must get off this single magic bullet bandwagon. We must appreciate the full role of all these phytocannabinoid as a whole and that they compliment each other.

CBD is not the answer to support the endocannabinoid system as a whole.

The story is much bigger than just CBD - clinically, scientifically and legally (Big Pharma has patented isolated CBD so others cannot sell it at a dietary supplement).

Endocannabinoid Levels and Your Health

Endocannabinoid deficiency has been identified in people who have:

  • migraines
  • fibromyalgia
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • pain and inflammation
  • neurological conditions
  • Stress, anxiety and insomnia
  • ocular health
  • bone health
  • neurological conditions
  • a variety of treatment-resistant conditions.

They've also discovered there's an intimate relationship between your ECS and your omega-3 : omega-6 ratio status.

Your Endocannabinoid Systems Role in Your Gut Health

Your ECS is interlinked with the brain-gut-immune system pathway. Communication occurs between your endocannabinoid system and your gut microbiome (the bacteria in your gut).

According to Carl Germano, researchers have also discovered the ECS controls:

  • Motility in the gut
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gut permeability
  • Tolerance to antigens

The ECS also reduces the activity of the stress pathways, including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) pathways. Anandamide, specifically, participates in the immunological response in the gut.

Finally, Hemp is legal in the USA. Donald Trump signed a farm bill at the end of 2018. Australia will probably follow this year.

Now academic and medical institutions can study it. Now consumers have access to an important medicinal plant.

Hemp oil with full-spectrum phytocannabinoids benefits health when used in the right situations and the right way. Always remain natural and holistic.

Hemp as a Herb in Ayurveda

Hemp (Cannabis sativa), known as "Bhanga" in sanskrit, is used in three principal forms:

  1. Ganja - The flowering heads, branches or shoots of the female plant are pressed into compact masses and mainly used for smoking (more recreationally).
  2. Bhanga - Dried leaves and female flower heads is ground up and used as a therapeutic herb. This is added to ayurvedic formulas or mixed with water or milk to consume a syrupy drink.
  3. Caras - Resin that oozes out from the leaves of the plant and rolled into pills. Like hashish, this has no taste and is chiefly used for smoking.

Medicinal Effects

  • In small doses and taken in the right preparation, the plant is antispasmodic, analgesic, stomachic,  sedative.
  • In moderate doses it is a good sedative.
  • It is habit forming and in large doses, it produces mental exhaustion, intoxication, double consciousness, delusion, depression (lowers dopamine),  loss of memory, emaciation and impotence.

Action: Astringnet, appetiser and narcotic.

Ayurvedic Properties

  • Rasa (taste): Katu (pungent)
  • Gunas (quaities): Laghu (light) and tikshna (sharp and penetrating).
  • Virya (Potency): Usna (hot)
  • Vipaka (Post digestive effect): Madhura (sweet)
  • Doshas: pacifies Kapha but aggravate Pitta.

Buy High Quality Hemp

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Pesticide and herbicide free
  • Full-spectrum phytocannabinoids
  • Grown from certified seeds and not hybrids with marijuana.
  • Support companies that don't mention CBD on the front panel or quantify it in the Supplement Fact box.

Credits:
Carl Germano and Dr. Joe Mercola


Birth Control Guide: Become Educated & Aware of Your Options + The Birth Control Pill

Many women turn to birth control pills and other methods because they are not aware of the dangers of them and they are not aware that there are safer options available.

We will explore a range of birth control methods, from conventional, chemical and dangerous methods to natural safe methods.

Become educated and well versed in a variety of natural contraceptive methods, to expand the happiness and fulfilment of your sex life with minimal interruptions.

This article is also important for any MAN who cares about the health and sex life of his partner, daughter, sister, family member, friend or fellow neighbour.

Synthetic Birth Control Methods

IUDs (Intrauterine device): Hormonal (Mirena) & Copper Coil (Natural)

How The IUD Works on the Body

The IUD is an internally planted device in the uterus.

Hormonal IUD (Mirena) artificially manipulates your hormones as it contains the steroid drug levonorgestrel into the uterine cavity.

Side Effects from IUDs

IUDs have been shown to cause serious side effects such as:

  • Pelvic infection - especially if you have a pre-existing infection with gonorrhoea or chlamydia. That’s why your doctor should screen for those common conditions before inserting an IUD.
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine perforation (surrounding blood vessels or viscera become injured) which can lead to surgery.
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Yeast infection
  • Weight gain

Even if your IUD is not hormonal (Copper IUD/ Coil) and fitted well, it comes with problems:

  • Irregular bleeding and spotting. Prolonged spotting can lead to iron deficiency.
  • Blocks the channels, causing vata imbalance in apana vata (pelvic floor) which can cause problems down the track like fibroids.
  • Can be a painful installation process that may require painkiller drugs.
  • Can increase period pain and cramps within the one year of insertion.
  • It’s bad for the vaginal microbiome and doubles the risk of bacterial vaginosis, which causes a fishy-smelling vaginal discharge.
  • It might come out. Studies show there is a risk of expulsion which you don’t realise, then you could become pregnant.
  • Pelvic infection
  • Uterine perforation

Pros about IUDs:

  • The IUD, however, has been shown to be more a successful contraceptive method than the oral contraceptive pill (OCP).
  • The hormonal IUD (Mirena) uses about one-tenth of synthetic levonorgestrel hormone compared to the OCP (but still at dangerous levels).
  • It does not completely shut down ovulation, which is important to produce hormones thus feel good!

Conclusion about IUDs:

IUDs are not wise for health.

As a birth control method, it's not as biologically harmonious as fertility awareness method (FAM), condoms, or cervical cap

For hormonal issues like heavy periods, adenomyosis, or debilitating endometriosis pain, the hormonal IUD is a better option than surgery or other types of hormonal birth control, however, there are much better alternatives which one can implement and learn about in a consultation with me.

Patches

Patches are so risky is that you absorb up to 60% more synthetic oestrogen than if you were taking an oral contraceptive. Fortunately, demand for the patch has seriously declined as the warnings have escalated.

Injectable Birth Control

Depo-Provera, or depo-medroxyprogesterone (DMPA), is a progestin that interferes with hormone signalling to prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs. A far stronger synthetic chemical that mimics the progesterone your body makes which carries with it a huge number of negative side effects, esepcially reducing bone density.

Spermicides

Spermicides are essentially chemicals that kill sperm by dissolving their outer membrane.

However, they also kill beneficial bacteria and skin cells. Disrupting the bacterial balance in your vagina can leave you more susceptible to yeast infections and urinary tract infections. And it has been proven they add no additional protection to condoms.

The Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP)

Artificially manipulating your hormones with potent synthetic hormones, whose adverse health effects have been well documented for nearly four decades.

Clinicians know it. Women themselves know it because they feel better off the Pill.

16 million American women use birth control pills.
50–80% of Australian women use it at some stage during their reproductive lives.

Sure it is great that The Pill can be medicine for debilitating conditions such as severe endometriosis and very heavy periods, but its widespread prescription to “balance hormones” is illogical. 

What The Pill Does To Your Body

The pill induces a chemical menopause which shuts down ovulation, an essential hormonal production process for mood and overall health.

This works by releasing oestrogen and progestin into your body, preventing your ovaries from releasing eggs. The pill also thickens cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to enter the uterus.

Hormonal Birth Control Does Not Balance Hormones

Prescribing birth control to “balance hormones” is illogical. Birth control does not balance hormones; it shuts them down.

Birth control shuts down ovulation, hence shuts down estrogen and progesterone. It then "replaces" back contraceptive drugs, known as “hormone replacement."

Problem is, this "replacement" is not adequate at all. In fact, the contraceptive drugs are not even hormones and are damaging to the body.

Real hormones are estradiol and progesterone. Contraceptive drugs are molecules like ethinylestradiol, levonorgestrel, and drospirenone.

Contraceptive drugs do not have the same molecular structure as real hormones and do not replace their vital role.

"The Pills" benefit of convenience is largely outweighed by the very serious health risks associated.

Health Risks Associated with Birth Control Pills

They are linked to numerous health risks:

  • Cancer - increases the risk of cervical and breast cancers.
  • Fatal blood clots - double your risk of fatal blood clots and others may increase your risk of heart disease.
  • Thinner bones - lower bone mineral density (BMD).
  • Oral contraceptives can increase your blood pressure.
  • Sexual dysfunction - The pill may damage your libido - permanently - interferes with a protein that keeps testosterone unavailable for women's physiological needs.

Side Effects

Many women also report awful side effects from the pill, which are undoubtedly due to the artificial drugs acting like "hormones" running through your body. These include:

  • Migraines, headaches and nausea
  • Weight gain and mood changes
  • Irregular bleeding or spotting
  • Bleeding of the gums
  • Breast tenderness
  • Yeast overgrowth and infection
  • Thrush (quite common).
  • Birth control pills deplete your body of important nutrients, including Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc.
  • Severe depression, anxiety and mood changes
  • Feeling of congestion in the pelvic area and lower abdomen.
  • Oral contraceptives can also make your baby more vulnerable to allergies when you take OCs for up to a year before becoming pregnant, according to a Finnish study.

A Recipe for Future Infertility

Want to have babies in the future? I recommend stopping using the Pill and other hormonal contraception.

While on hormonal contraception methods, your body loses the ability to secrete its own natural hormones.

So when the time comes and you want to conceive, your body struggles. This is why hormonal contraception is a key cause of  the infertility epidemic.

I see this a lot in the clinic, and it is quite sad to see, as all these couples to want to do it have a baby. Note male infertility is also a big contributor to this epidemic that is under appreciated.

Your Romantic Life Dictated by a Pill

The contraceptive pill may disrupt women's natural ability to choose a partner genetically dissimilar to themselves. A research team analysed how the contraceptive pill affects odour preferences and found that the preferences of women who began using the contraceptive pill shifted towards men with genetically similar odours.

A genetic similarity in couples can lead to fertility problems and ultimately lead to the breakdown of relationships when women stop using the pill, as odour perception plays a significant role in maintaining attraction to partners, researchers said.

Similar to the findings of the study above, researchers found that you are more likely to be attracted to people whose scent is dissimilar to your own. 

And on a much deeper level, it’s alarming that these pills are altering, on a very subtle level, chemical signals in your body.

Using The Pill to Treat Symptoms

If you're using birth control pills for reasons other than birth control, such as to regulate your menstrual cycle or treat irregular bleeding, cysts, endometriosis, acne or skin diseases you are not treating your underlying problem.

You are simply masking it with a potentially dangerous drug.

In these situations, it is essential to balance your adrenal glands, as cortisol levels modulate and control the female hormones - especially progesterone. Book a consultation to balance your adrenal glands, energy, stress and hormones.

In 2007 the FDA approved the first birth control pill to completely eliminate menstruation.

Not only was this pill inadequately tested prior to approval, but the synthetic hormones it contains are also another prescription for disaster for women's health.

But there is an additional concern - long-term suppression of your periods will minimise your blood loss and could contribute to iron overload syndromes that is an overlooked dangerous situation. Elevated iron stores are one of the primary risk factors for cancer and heart disease.

Contributes to Oestrogen Pollution

Synthetic estrogens excreted by women end up in the drinking water supply. This adds to the oestrogens increasingly present all around us, from plastics to canned food and drinks, food additives, household cleaning products, heavy metals, and pesticides, as well as in our waterways as a result of the runoff from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Quench your thirst with synthetic hromnes?

Safe Alternatives for contraception that women can use

Natural Methods

There are two natural methods:

  1. Barrier Methods
  2. Natural Family Planning or Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM), Conscious Sex - a little more complex but definitely achievable, rewarding and empowering. Been around for thousands of years.

Barrier Methods

Copper Coil IUD

See above.
Although better than hormonal options, this still comes with associated risks and side effects, even if fitted well by a doctor.

Male Condoms

Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used correctly. A water-based lubricant will increase the effectiveness; do not use an oil-based lubricant, however, as they break the latex.

Female Condoms

These thin, soft polyurethane pouches fitted inside your vagina before intercourse are 95 percent effective. Female condoms are less likely to tear than male condoms.

Diaphragm

Diaphragms, which must be fitted by a doctor, act as a barrier to sperm. When used correctly with spermicidal jellies, they are 92 to 98 effective.

Cervical Cap

This heavy rubber cap fits tightly against your cervix and can be left in place for 48 hours. Like the diaphragm, a doctor must fit the cap. Proper fitting enhances the effectiveness above 91%.

Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) - Natural Fertility

Not only do these methods assist contracpetion, but they empower you to learn more about your or your partners cycle! This attunes you more to the circadian cycles of you and nature.

The Temperature Method

This is a way to pinpoint the day of your ovulation so that intercourse can be avoided for a few days before and after. It involves taking your basal body temperature (your temperature upon first waking) each morning with an accurate "basal" thermometer, and noting the rise in temperature that occurs after ovulation.

The Mucus Method

This involves tracking changes in the amount and texture of your vaginal discharge, which reflect rising levels of oestrogen in your body. For the first few days after your period, there is often no discharge, but there will be a cloudy, tacky mucus as oestrogen starts to rise.

When your discharge starts to increase in volume and becomes clear and stringy, ovulation is near. A return to tacky, cloudy mucus or no discharge means that ovulation has passed.

There are various devices which help track your cycle and prove to be effective with high accuracy rates.

Withdrawal Method

Not successful enough because even before ejaculation, the penis releases small amounts of semen that can contain sperm.

Tantric Sex or "Conscious Sex"

Not successful enough due to similar reasons as the withdrawal method. Further more, practices like the retaining ejaculation is advanced and more relevant for people who have been doing practices like this since childhood (such as celibate yogis). Although these methods can be learnt and praciticed, caution needs to be taken they can create phyiscal implications on the males prostate and fertility.

Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)

 Some experts claim that breastfeeding protects a woman from pregnancy by curbing hormones that trigger ovulation. However, every woman's body responds differently to the hormonal influences of breastfeeding, so this method is unreliable.

Explore your options.
Become educated about what implications these contraceptive methods have on the body.
Become aware of the associated history and experience in society.
Then empowered with awareness, decide for yourself.

Bibliography
Dr. Joespeh Mercolas content rich website.
Lara Briden - The Period Revolutionary.

Image Credits:

  • feature image - Simone Van Der Koelen
  • cucumber - Charles Deluvio
  • female condom - nig.gov

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The Psychology of a Ninth Month Old Foetus

At this tail end of the pregnancy, the foetus becomes endowed with all its characters - the five senses (gandharsadi), intelligence (buddhi) and the physical anatomy and physiology are basically fully developed.

What the foetus also acquires at this time is an ability to remember it’s past lives. But along with these memories come an overwhelming amount of information.


Put yourself in the bare slimy feet of a 9-month-old foetus. A variety of compendiums start rushing through its mind:

  • Visions of thousands of variegated living forms,
  • The taste of a variety of food and drinks,
  • The taste, sensation and texture of having sucked breast milk from many different species,
  • Having gone through a cyclic process of birth and death, with repeated birth from thousands of female genitals (Yonis) from a variety of species.
  • Memories of sufferings, miseries, sorrow (Dukha), insults and criticism that were not averted and never resolved.
  • Good and bad deeds from past lives cause confusion and clouds the memory in the little foetus brain as it attempts to link these deeds with past sufferings.

Thus, the quality of mental and physical characteristics which are developing in the 9th month of pregnancy depends upon the good deeds of previous births (Purvajanma).


And then...
The moment the foetus passes through the female genitals and contacts with oxygen (Vaishnava Vayu), it forgets even the most painful sufferings and miseries, previous lives and good and bad deeds.

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