Why Wearing Sunglasses Is NOT Healthy

Does it seem to you that the sun is seemingly getting brighter and you are finding it harder to see outdoors without sunglasses?

This may be an indication of weakness and degeneration of eye and visual health.

One of the reasons for this visual and light sensory susceptibility is our increased exposure to artificial light, which is an unbalanced spectrum of light hitting your retina, typically excessive amounts of blue light.

This is coupled with the rise of burying the sun from our lives, hence a deficiency in sun and day light exposure, both on our skin and eyes.

We Need a Holistic Spectrum of Light Hitting Our Eyes

As soon as we start manipulating the light that hits our eyes, that’s when diseases begin.

We want nature’s full spectrum of light hitting our eyes. This spectrum is extremely intelligent, diverse and comes with so many beneficial frequencies, most of which is modern science has not even fathomed.

But when we alter the spectrum of light hitting our eyes, for example by putting glass in-between our eyes and the sun/daylight, (glasses, contact lenses or windows), we alter the spectrum. These glasses remove the UV and the result is an altered and un-holistic spectrum of light hitting our eyes. This unharmonious and unnatural form of light is what creates disease.

Sunlight’s Critical Effects on Our Hormones

Natural Light Hitting Your Bare Eyes Critically Effects Hormones

Morning sun exposure, when it includes natural daylight hitting your retina without glass in-between, will activate the pituitary gland in your brain behind your eyes, to secrete crucial hormones(1) such as:

  1. Thyroid-stimulating hormones (TSH) - tells the thyroid gland to produce its hormones.
  2. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) - stimulates the gonads (an endocrine gland) to produce eggs in female and sperm in males.
  3. Luteinising hormone (LH) - stimulates the gonads to produce oestrogen’s in females and testosterone in males.
  4. Prolactin (PRL) - stimulates the mammary glands of the breasts to produce milk.

Other hormones activated by morning light:

  1. Estradiol (E2) - an estrogen steroid hormones and the major female sex hormone. Involved in regulating the mensural cycle, providing a women with her shakti (divine feminine energy).(1) Note that when melatonin is high, this negates the “bad oestrogen” that can contribute to cancer.
  2. Dopamine- Happiness, Bailey to think and recognise trends. The amino acid tyrosine, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for dopamine.
  3. Adrelanin - Major determinant for metabolic health and homeostasis. The amino acid tyrosine, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for adrelain..
  4. Non-Adrelanin - A key neurotransmitter for cardiovascular health and other internal processes. The amino acid tyrosine, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for nonadrelanine.
  5. Serotonin - “Happy hormone.” The amino acid tryptophan, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for serotonin.
  6. Melatonin - A powerful anti-oxidant and anti-cancer hormone. Healthy melatonin levels supports blood sugar, cravings, addictions and stress (cortisol). I like to call it “king of the hormones.” The amino acid tryptophan, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor to melatonin.

Furthermore, studies show how morning light exposure helps regulate reproductive hormones and ovulation by increasing the ovary follicle size(1) and improve the health of the skin pigment melanin.

Sunglasses Promote Mental Health Disorders and Depression (Tamas Guna)

According to Ayurveda, depression is classified under the emotional body type or state known as Tamas Guna.

Tamas Guna can be translated to “quality of inertia.”

When the Tamas quality is dominant in an individual, the following characterises prevail:

  • Inertia - lack of zest for life, lazy, not wanting to go out, work, engage in relationships or move the body.
  • Dullness - life is dull, actions and movements are slow.
  • Resistance - resistant towards tapping into their potential and contributing to the greater good of society. Faithless and ignorant to the Divine aspects of life.
  • Darkness - dark and depressed mental state, ignorant to a lighter state of being, blind delusion, sleeping in the morning or day, sorrow.  Evil distorts their “inner world.” Intentions and actions may be destructive and harmful.

According to Ayurveda’s law, “Like Increases Like”, literal darkness will increase tamas, thus increase mental conditions such as depression.

Forms of Darkness That Increase Tamas (Inertia and Dullness)

  • Sleeping in past sunrise or in the day.
  • Lack of exposure to sunlight/daylight.
  • Wearing black clothing.
  • Engaging in movies, books or research associated with “dark” or evil energies.
  • Wearing sunglasses!

Sattva Guna (Purity)

A comon way to mitigate tamas or depression is too literally “bring in the light.”

“The Light” in Ayurveda is known as Sattva Guna.

This is another one of the three emotional body types or three prime attributes of nature.

We want Sattva to dominate our body, and Tamas to be least dominant.

One way to bring Sattva to dominant your body type is light:

  • Pure foods that are light and easy to digest.
  • Lightness of Being - achieved through meditation.
  • Literal light: get sunlight, see the sunrise, develop a relationship with the sun.
  • Love others to lighten up your heart.

Show your eyes! Others want to see them and connect with you on a deeper level. Instead of hiding behind dark glasses, connect and relate on a more open and pure level. This greater connection allows for more inspiration and a greater experience of love (Sattva).

Sun Exposure Reduces Depression

Exposure to the sun, both on your body and daylight hitting your bare eyes create beta endorphins, which are natural opioids that boost your emotional and mental state.

A deficiency in these beta endorphins leads to drugs and alcohol abuse, as well as other dopamine deficient conditions like depression, anger, excess sugar/sweets/chocolate, lust, excessive marijuana intake and excess social media.

Misuse of the Senses

A common root cause of disease according to Ayurveda is misuse of the senses.

This is known as Asatmya indriyarthaSamyog.

Mis-using the five senses can occur in three ways:

  1. Excessive use (Atiyoga).
  2. Deficient use (Hinayoga/Ayoga
  3. Perverse use / Mis-use (Mithyayoga

Wearing sunglasses when they are not required can be considered misuse. Unless it is really bright like in the snow or desert, then using it may contribute to physical and mental imbalance.

Sunglasses May Have Carcinogenic Effects

Sunglasses filter natural light, which may produce possible carcinogenic effects.

When wearing sunglasses, the pineal gland then receives the light in a different, altered colour spectrum. UV is taken out.

Lack of UV hitting the eyes means the pineal gland doesn’t produce as much melanin, which protects the skin from skin disorders and skin cancers.

Altered spectrum of light hitting the retina reduces melatonin production, which is a powerful anti-cancer hormone.

Nurses that work night shift have approximately 2x the rates of breast cancer compared to day shift workers due to their disrupted melatonin patterns, amongst other serious issues with night-shifts.

When Dr. Albert Schweitzer started working in a hospital on the west coast of Africa, there was no cancer at all.

But later it became a problem. However, their simple surroundings had not changed or modernised.

The only thing different was that mostly all natives were wearing sunglasses as a status symbol of the civilised world. They could always be found wearing them “even when paddling their dugout canoes wearing no more than a loincloth.”

Sunglasses were so prized that these new adornments carried a higher barter value than beads or other trinkets.

Every cell communicates with every other cell through light. This is why the esoteric “aura” theory is not so esoteric anymore, because it has been proved my modern science.

Biological electro-magenetic fields manifests ones aura. These fields can be seen and measured with certain technology.

What You Can Do: Recommendations for Balance

Get Outside and Look Up

Get at least 50 minutes a day of sunlight (or daylight if the sun is not out) on your skin* and eyes.

Expose as much skin as possible and don’t use glasses. Look at the sky or out into the open. Do not look directly at the sun.

Exposure in the early morning or near sunset it ideal, but eventually, you will be able to exposure for hours in a day.

*If the sun is too strong for you and your skin is not used to it, use protection like clothing, hats and shade and gradually increase your time limit until your skin can tolerate the sun with grace.

Applying oil on your skin helps improve and protect your skin physiology. You don’t want red (burnt) skin. Light pink is good as it means your blood circulation is activating to absorb UV energy into the bloodstream.

Note, some people with certain diseases like neurological disorders cannot tolerate the bright light and should consult a quality health practitioner before trying any of these recommendations.

Also note, when in a very bright environment such as the snow or desert, it is advisable to wear sunglasses/goggle. If you need sunglasses at your average beach on a sunny day, this is a sign of weak vision so it is wise to start to train your eyes again to cope with brighter light.

Choose Glasses Over Contact Lenses When Possible

For those who need glasses for their vision, firstly reduce using when you don’t need them.

Choose glasses over contacts since this will allow more oxygen to reach into the eye and allow some natural light frequencies to shine through the side openings of the glasses.

Wear Blue-Light Blocking Glasses After Sunset

Block the artificial blue-light which disrupts your hormones, circadian signalling and degrades eye health.

Blue-light blocking glasses are one of the most crucial appliances for the 21st century.

RA Optics are my favourite blue light blocking glasses since they effectively block the harmful frequencies of light. (Discount code: VITALVEDA)

Herbal Eye Nourishment

It is wise to strengthen your eyes with herbal wisdom by taking herbs internally as well as external eye drops.

I highly recommend Netra Amrit Eye Drops to mitigate dry, degenerating and fatigued eyes and to most importantly prevent eye disorders.

Internally, I recommend taking Shodana Vati daily for optimal eye health.

The classical Ayurvedic formula, Sapta Amrita Loha, can help for deeper eye issues, but for that herb you should consult a quality Ayurvedic practitioner.

Sniffing Ayurvedic medicated oil up the nose, a practice called Nasya that is considered a daily routine in Ayurveda, is also wise to strengthen all your sensory organs and prevent them from degenerating. I recommend to only allow high quality medicated oils like Nasika to enter the sensitive tissue inside your nose.

References:

  • (1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1851732/
  • Presentation images by Alexander Wunsch
  • Dr. Jack Kruse for this knowledge

Neem (Azadirachta indica) – Benefits and Uses

Benefits of Neem:

Skin Health
Known as the “Queen of the Skin,” Neem’s contribution in topical and internal support for skincare is one of Neem’s greatest glories. The calming, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties pacifies heat, redness, itchiness and all skin diseases. Apply a neem paste topically for skin diseases (see recipe below).

First-Aid
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal composition makes it a valuable first-aid tool not only to clean and disinfect wounds but also heal them. Keep a bottle of neem oil handy while camping.

Mosquito Repellantneem-mosquto
Lice and fleas aren’t the only pests that Neem repels. Keeping a bunch of neem leaves at the entry of a home is common in India to keep mosquitos out and purify the atmosphere.

High Prana
This may be new news to you, but most trees emit oxygen only in the day while at night they solely emit C02. There are only a handful of trees that emit oxygen 24/7. Neem is one of them.

Digestive Support
Neem with a high chlorophyll content and an action that kills bad bacteria makes Neem an awesome pro-biotic. Neem also balances acidity.

Oral Health
High chlorophyll also gets rid of foul odours such as bad breath and is commonly used in toothpastes and neem twigs themselves are used as toothbrushes.

 

One end of a neem twig is made like a brush by chewing it. Then one should brush their teeth.

More benefits...

Neem also is an effective blood and liver purifier, it helps reduce fever , diabetes and poisoning.

Ayurvedic Properties:

Taste (Rasa): Bitter, Astringent
Energy (Virya): Cooling
Post-Digestive Effect (Vipaka): Pungent
Qualities (Guna): Light, Dry

How to Make a Neem Paste (Topical Skin Application)

  1. Harvest neem leaves. If this is unavailable dry neem leaves or neem powder will do.
  2. Add 1 tsp of turmeric powder.
  3. Add 1 tea-spoon of salt – for excess fat (meda dhatu) or sluggish lymph.
  4. Mix this with 3/4 cup of yoghurt. Mix well then apply on body.

Contact me to order a Neem Paste preparation and if you’re in Sydney visit The Medicine Man for neem oil or powder (he ships within Australia).

Growing a neem tree in Sydney is challenging, but it's coming up slowly.

 

Honey – Nectar or Poison?

Honey, nature’s sweet nectar, was considered by the ancient Vedic sages as one of the most exceptional food items available to mankind. It constitutes unique medicinal properties par excellence. And all this certainly still prevails today, but only when used properly.

In stark contrast, honey when heated is considered fatal and is classified as poison. Not only did ancient vedic sages clearly warn civilisations about this, but now modern science is proving ancient wisdom by confirming the toxicity of heated honey.

I understand that these words condemning heated honey seem harsh, radical and perhaps rather shocking. But many sages (who are considered authentic authorities on the science of life that is Ayurveda) used these exact words for this topic. And by the way, this language was rarely used.

I personally consider heated honey as the #1 Biggest Flaw in The Post Modern Era Diet.

The Importance of Honey

Honey is a medicine, not so much a food.

Honey is only good in little quantities. This is “because of properties like difficult digestibility, dryness and astringency.”(1)

If undigested, honey is very hard to eliminate out of the body. If it doesn’t eliminate, it lodges in the body as ama (undigested food material), which is the root cause of most illnesses. Ama clogs the channels of the body, obstructing metabolic activity, preventing nutrients from being delivered to cells and hampering proper waste elimination.

“Nothing is as troublesome as the Ama caused by improper intake of honey.”
~ Charaka, Ancient Sage.

The best yogavahi (catalyst)

Which means it amplifies the properties of the herbs added to it.(2)

The chief Anupana (Vehicle of Administration)

All herbs need a vehicle to effectively deliver it to the part of body that it is intended for. There are many Anupana’s such as ghee, milk, decoctions, water, sugar, wine and more. Honey is the main Anuapana in Ayurvedic medicine.

Thus, the best way to get your regular dose of honey is to incorporate it into your regular herbal intake.
(see below for other ways to take honey).

Good for the Eyes

Improves the eyesight. Very useful for itchy eyes, trachoma, conjunctivitis, glaucoma and other similar diseases.(1)

Honey is an excellent ‘scraper’ - whether it be scraping undigested food material in the digestive tract, to then be eliminated, or the mature cataracts (when the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque) to stop the growth of the membrane.

It is to be used regularly internally but most effective when applied into the eyes via a specific Ayurvedic herbal preparation. (contact Vital Veda to order Netra Amrit Eye Drops).

Heart Health

Honey is wonderful for the heart. While it’s sweetness give pleasure to pacify the emotional heart, the scraping quality removes the ama that is blocking heart vowels and arteries.

Heart Tonic Remedy - Honey + amalaki juice + lemon juice + mango juice + arjuna kashayam (optional).

Honey Heals the Skin

Topically applying honey to wounds(1), burns, cuts, skin diseases(1) and ulcers(1) is an easy home remedy to clean the area and hasten healing.

Wound Healing Remedy - Mix some turmeric powder with honey to increase the antiseptic effect and stop bleeding(1). Topically apply on skin lesion.

Digestion

  • Honey is considered a boon for those with low digestion (Manda Agni). This is because it scrapes away the kapha coating on top of the pitta (kapha avarana).
  • It helps with diarrhoea and regulates acid levels.
  • It is a vital ingredient during Panchakarma when conducting purification treatments such as Basti (enema) and Vamana (emesis).

Respiratory Health

Honey is highly beneficial in the support of lung health and treatment of all imbalances of the lungs. Honey contains a mixture of "higher" alcohols and ethereal oil that emit soothing and beneficial vapours. Couple this with a combination of Ayurvedic respiratory herbs to breath at ease.

 

Cough

Honey soothes the inflamed mucous membrane of the upper respiratory tract and relieves irritating cough and symptoms like difficulty in swallowing. Honey is also one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods for inflammation anywhere in the body.

Cough and Cold Home Remedy – Honey and spice paste.

Weight Loss, Obesity and Diabetes

Honey is Kapha Nisaraka.
“Sara” = Essence.
“Ni” = Take away.
Honey, with its astringent quality, in small amounts, takes away the essence of kapha. Kapha is the factor for fluids, excess fat and heaviness in the body.
Another quality of honey is Stambhana (Stopping). Honey stops the overproduction of the bodily tissues.

Weight Loss Remedy - Boil water at night. The next morning add 1tsp honey + 1tsp lemon juice to the room temperature water and drink first thing after brushing teeth and scraping tongue.

Aphrodisiac and Ojas Booster

Due to a sweet taste and sweet post-digestive effect, honey (when taken right) is one of the few foods that metabolises so well that it nourishes all the tissues and quickly and directly nourishes and builds Ojas (vital essence). Due to it’s yogavahi (catalyst) quality, combined with aphrodisiac herbs it is effective for low libido, premature ejaculation, low sperm count and reproduction.

Ojas Builder and Immunisation for Babies - Swarna Prasha (honey + ghee + gold bhasma) - (available at Vital Veda clinic).

Other benefits:

“Madhu (honey) breaks up solidified materials inside the body, relieves thirst, mitigates kapha, poison, hiccup, bleeding disease, skin diseases, diabetes, worms, vomiting, difficulty in breathing, cough, diarrhoea; cleanses the ulcers, unifies fractures, heals wound.”(1)

Ways to Take Honey:

  • Incorporate into herbal preparations.
  • By itself as a tonic - If you do not take herbs, you can take 1tsp of raw honey first thing in the morning. (Sweet should be the first taste of the day).
  • Fruit + Honey - Drizzle honey on seasonal fruit. Honey + grapefruit is a great breakfast for weight loss. (make sure to eat the white pith of the grapefruit!).
  • Yoghurt + Honey - Yoghurt is one of the heaviest foods available. Thus Ayurveda says “it should not be taken alone without, sugar, green gram soup, honey or amalaki”(3) to make it more easily digestible. Honey and yoghurt is a great snack.

Honey’s Poisonous Potential

On the other hand, honey can easily acquire a poisonous quality. All it takes is heat.

When honey is heated past body temperature (37 degrees celsius) it becomes poison.

 

“100 litres of honey can be spoiled with 1 drop of hot water. Poison.”
Vaidya J.R. Raju

When heated, the molecules in honey metamorphose into glue-like structures and that adhere to the gut membrane, clogging the channels and producing ama. This ama becomes a sly nuisance that is very difficult to remove from the body.

“It takes many Panchakarma’s to remove heated honey.”
~ Vaidya J.R. Raju.

Now modern science is proving ancient wisdom. 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.

The heat melts the microscopic globules of wax, which is where bees store this toxic chemical (and possibly more). This wax which encases the toxic substances is only eliminated straight out the body if it is not heated.

Beware of Heated Honey

  • Don’t add honey to any food or drink that is hot including tea, chai, porridge, honey soy chicken, honey cake etc. You are safer to leave this out all together rather then letting the food or drink “cool down.” - Remember, 37 degrees celsius.
  • Honey as an ingredient in packaged foods - Care should be taken to avoid cereals, breads, baked goods, sauces, bars and other “health food” products that include honey which has been cooked. Read the labels.
  • What is the source of your honey? - Speak to the bee keeper. Find out how they extract the honey. If the honey is cold-extracted or unheated, this is medicine. However most honey sold in mainstream supermarkets are toxic.

Ayurveda is so strict on this that it even prohibits honey during fever and hot summers.

Who is to say that heated honey is not a primary cause in diseases like colon cancer, infertility, children dying at birth or soon after birth? It will be a while till science conducts studies like these.

Other Notes About Honey

  • Honey gets better with age. I recommend only use honey that is at least 2 months old. This increases the activity levels. If it crystallises this is a good thing. Make sure to store well in a glass container. Start collecting!
  • Beware, “Honey mixed with equal quantities of ghee causes death.” ~ Every major ancient ayurvedic text.
honey collection
My honey collection from 2014. I still hold some of these that are getting good age to them! I save them for when strong medicines are required and for Ayurvedic baby immunisations.

If you have eaten heated honey in the past like most westerners, fear not! you are strong. Even heated honey in very little quantity can be digested to some extent by with those of good physiology. But now you are aware, you can continue to detoxify and further imbue vitality.

“Even Brahman cannot cure the heated honey.”
Vaidya Dr. Raju
“Eat honey, my son, for it is good;”
~ Proverbs 24:13, The Bible

 

Honey Brand Recommendations:

  • Kel-Bee Apiaries (Sydney) - Louie comes to the Bondi Farmers Markets on Saturdays. 0414 972 065.
  • Lenny (Ocean Shores, Northern NSW) - Amazing passionate honey dealer who occasionally acquires rare and potent batches of honey.
  • Maharishi Honey - These guys use a Natural Law based approach to apiculture. They have the bees facing east, play them vedic chants and work closely with the environment. This honey is another level. If you are in Australia order through The Medicine Man.

Get collecting!

References
(1) Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, ch. 6,(86-93).
(2) Caraka Samhita, ch. 26, (249)
(3) Caraka Samhita, ch. 7, (61-62)

feature photo: Cereal Mag

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