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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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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Oil Massage for Skin Cleansing & Soap Alternative

Scrubbing, washing, cleaning and polishing our body.

Whether it is with a single bar of handmade organic soap or the latest innovative package of products to sequentially be applied to our body.

Perhaps we are over being over-hygienic? Or perhaps not, and what our biology (body), specifically our microbiology, really wants, is an alternative way to not only maintain cleanliness, but feel pristine.

The Problem with Soap and Scrubbing

Nowadays we are cleaning and scrubbing all the good oils off our skin. These oils feed the microbes (micro-bugs) on our skin.

Microbes do the heavy lifting for just about all our bodily functions, including skin functions like ensuring proper elimination of waste through sweat glands, maintaining complexion, regulating skin inflammatory responses and general immunity (which functions highly at the skin level).

The Origin of Soap

Legends say, oils from animal sacrifice seeped out into the river and when mixed with the water, created froth. Women who were cleaning clothes in the river noticed that with this froth, the clothes were washing better.

Soap Alternative: Oil Massage

Fast-forward to today, we now know oil plus water creates a soap-onification effect that takes the bad microbes out of the skin.

Oil is lipophilic, meaning it pulls out any bad oils, grease or grime from the skin.

The same lipophilic effect happens when we ingest ghee. It will pull heavy metals and fat soluble toxins out of the fat cells in our stomach.

Thus, ghee is a key ingredient for cleansing and detoxification in Ayurveda.

Oil Pulling, another ancient Ayurvedic technique which involves swishing oil in mouth, literally pulls plaque and other toxins out of the oral cavity and tissues of the head, neck and throat.

Some Indians who are 80 years old have had a massage pretty much everyday of their lives, and some have never have even used soap!

Self-Massage (Self-Abhyanga) is part of their daily regimen.

We bathe and wash ourselves daily (I hope), well, we also go to anoint oil on our skin and then massage it onto our body to move blood, lymph, calm the billions of neuro-receptors on our skin and feed the microbiology living there!

You may think you would start to smell, but interestingly enough, if you rub the oil on well, you can create a really effective cleansing technique.

Your body odour may very well dissipate, perhaps you won’t need deodorant anymore, and you can reduce the amount of soap you use (I still recommend regularly using natural soap in your “under-bits”).

Nourish your body with medicated oils and take it to the next level.

You put it on your skin, the herbs go in, do the action, and then pulls impurities out of your skin to be washed off.

Squalene is the exact oil that our skin makes ourself. Let’s optimise that.


Our Genes Do Not Necessarily Determine Our Destiny

“DNA lives in a glass case and whatever it says it is gong to be.” - Not True.

We can actively change our gene expression by making lifestyle changes.
About 70% of the genes that code for health and longevity are under our control, based on what we choose to do with our lifestyle choices and our environment.

Environmental medicine is such a hot and emerging crucial factor for health that it will be a key quality of future hospitals - altering hospital environments with various technological implementations (that cutely mimic nature) for better healing outcomes of patients.

99% of the micro RNA in your bloodstream is not from human source. It’s from microbiome.

Microbes carry 8 million strands of DNA compared to your human cells, which carry 22,000.
Microbes make up 90% of all the cells in your body.

Guys, we are mostly bugs!

And these bugs and microbial genes are altered by our environment, lifestyle, thoughts and belief system (mind and consciousness). Not by metabolic disorders or the cancer your mother and her mother had.

So drop the fear, excuse and more importantly the belief that the diseases your parents and grandparents were woefully inflicted with, have predisposed you to that similar disease.
That you have to fear getting bowel cancer because your mother, aunty and grandmother had it. That you’re genes are the reason for your disease. This is rarely the cause.
But if you think that, you invite those diseases.

Focusing on Nuclear DNA (genes) is outdated science. Mitochondrial DNA (environment and lifestyle) is where the determination is at.

Genetics are Actionable.

Become an active participant in determining your healths future.

Tips to Increase Healthy Microbiome

Breath in Microbiome

The nasal structures have turbinates that are like filters from environmental pollutants. We can enhance this with the Ayurvedic practice of Nasya - sniffing oil up the nose. Your digestive tract starts in the nose.

Breath in microbiome. Go into new environments and breathe in. Get into as many macro ecosystem as you can.

Touch A Plant

Sit next to a plant.

Step or sit in dirt.

Self-Abhyanga Oil Massage

The same amount of species of microbes that are in the gut are also on the skin.

Apply oil to the body and giving your self a massage feeds the rich microbe species that live on your skin.

In addition, self-abhyanga has plenty of fantastic other benefits like pacify the nervous system, enhance lymph and blood flow, detoxification and protect from environmental toxins and EMF.

Download your free self-abhyanga poster here.

Drink Thin Lassi (Butter Milk)

Thin lassi is like natures pharmacy and is one of the best way to get good microbiome in your stomach.

For best results, make your own yoghurt then mix 1tsp of yoghurt with 1 cup of water to make lassi.

Check you our Lassi Recipes.

Eat Ghee

Ghee has the highest source of butyric acid which is gourmet food for the beneficial Clostridium butyricum species.

Research has attested to the fact that the beneficial microbes in the gut actually make their own butyric acid, the active ingredient in butter – and even more concentrated in ghee!

For more info. check out out article The Low Down on Ghee.

Eat food directly off the organic plant it is grown on

Don’t pluck it and wait before you cook it.

Although this is great, actually munching in the garden right off the plant is a powerful way to get intimate with microbes.

Wash your hands less

Infections are transmitted by air, not by shaking someone’s hand.

Be more friendly.

References

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-human-microbiome-project-defines-normal-bacterial-makeup-body
Dr. Zach Bush


Do You Really Think The Sun Causes Skin Cancer?

The dominant belief today is that UV light causes melanoma (associated with skin cancer).

Melanoma incidence has risen 23 times from 1935-2012, but dermatologists can’t put their finger on what is causing the current surge.

The ironic thing is, skin cancer rates are getting higher while people are getting exponentially less sun and using more sunscreen.

Let us find out why the surge in melanoma is occurring and learn from society’s lifestyle habits so that we can take control of our health and avoid falling into the category of chronic disease.

This article aims to break the highly misunderstood belief that the sun is a dangerous carcinogen and expose the TRUTH. It is a big step for those to correct their intellect because the majority have been brainwashed to not be able to think clinically and not question authority.

I invite you to learn for your self. Use logic and explore the science. Radical action is required to break social conditioning and learn the truth with an open mind to supersede a fallacy that is so strongly embedded in the poor brains of the majority. That same majority are getting inflicted with chronic disease (including melanoma). Check out the science and statistics then decide for yourself.

How the Theory that the Sun Causes Cancer Arose

The studies that showed UV (Ultraviolet) radiation causes skin cancer were done on nocturnal animals who lived their lives in a toxic nnEMF (non-native electro-magnetic field) environment, under artificial blue light on artificial grounds.

We are the only species that have taken ourselves away from water and natural materials. Every other species constantly and regularly touches water and/or earth.

So when you take a nocturnal animal, such as a rat, away from nature, keep them in an artificial environment inundated with blue light and nnEMF, all while altering their innate circadian rhythms, what do you think causes cancer here?

Other studies came from a petri dish of naked unprotected cells.

Don’t Compare The Studies on Animal Skin to Human Skin

All plants and animals know how much sunlight they need exactly.

Plants close or turn away their leaves in accordance with their molecular light harvesting zones.

Animals seek the shade when the sun is enough, plus they are protected by fur.

Humans lost their fury skin. So we had to develop a completely new concept of skin. No other creature on this planet has complex skin structure like humans.

You need to be very careful when comparing studies done on animals to human biology. You cannot compare our skin to animals!

Red Sunburn is Not Good But Pink Skin is a Healthy Reaction

I want to make it clear that getting burnt so that you are red and your skin peels is not good and can put your health at risk.
On the dimmer side of the spectrum, skin becoming pink from the sun is a healthy reaction.

The Beneficial Pathology of Sunlight Causing Pink Skin

  • Sunlight gives nitric oxide, which is a vassal dilator.
  • This brings Red Blood Cells (RBCs) to the surface from the skin (“dermal pooling”).
  • These RBCs comprise of haemoglobin and porphyrins that come to the surface to absorb UV spectrum to charge up with energy and enhance movement (healthy vata function), so they can perform their essential tasks of oxygenating the whole body and circulating life-force (prana).
  • Blood is trying to absorb UV light. UV is not the enemy.
  • Blood is a magnetohydrodynamic fluid that links the sun to your mitochondria.
  • This is why your skin becomes pink, in order to capture sunlight for these vital bodily functions.

Real Risk Factors For Skin Cancer

Artificial Blue Light

Melanoma incidence has risen 23 times from 1935-2012

This is in accordance with a gorge on artificial light while burying the sun from our life.

  • In the last 100 years, the USA workforce has shifted from 75% outside to 75% inside.
  • Vitamin D3 rates are at historic lows.
  • Outdoor workers have a lower incidence of melanoma than indoor workers.
  • Melanoma rates are higher in those living away from the equator.

In summary, skin cancer rates are getting higher while people are getting exponentially less sun.

It just doesn’t make sense that the sun is what causing this epidemic of skin cancer.

Let's look more into why swapping fake blue light for natural sunlight is a prevailing cause of skin cancer:

Blue Light Destroys Melatonin

Melatonin is an absolutely essential hormone:

  • Maintains Immunity
  • The Body’s Most Powerful Antioxidant
  • Energy Levels and Mitochondrial Health
  • Maintains Circadian Rhythms
  • Regulates All Other Hormones
  • Better Sleep
  • Cognitive Health and Brain Health
  • Weight Loss
  • Healthy Bones and Joint Health
  • Healthy Microbiome
  • Blood Sugar and Metabolic Health

Read more about Melatonin via my article: Melatonin: Benefits and How to Optimise It.

  • All modern indoor (blue) lighting subtract out UV and Infrared light. This worsens problematic (uneven) modern skin pigmentation.
  • Red light has been shown to lower the risk of melanogenesis (skin pigmentation process). Unfortunately, red light has also been subtracted from modern man-made light, further increasing the blue light hazard for uneven skin pigmentation.

Exposing your skin to artificial light means you are absorbing an altered, unnatural spectrum of light that is unharmonious to the skin's photosynthesis processes. This stresses the cells and causes impaired skin physiology, potentially leading to skin cancer.

Cancer is uncontrolled growth and uncoupled growth of cells. Constant blue light is putting stimuli for grow, grow, grow. Along with this is a lack of stable energy which should have been obtained from the sun.

Different light frequencies effect on the skin:

  • UVA (320–400 nm) can induce IPD (immediate pigment darkening) during the first minutes of exposure, which is a transient form of pigmentation and fades away within a few hours. PPD (persistent pigment darkening) appears within hours of higher doses of UVA exposure and persist up to several days or weeks.
  • Visible light (Blue light) (400–700 nm) lies outside of the spectral range of what photo-biologists define as deleterious (harmful) radiation. VL can have a significant impact on producing “uneven pigmentation in skin” (melasma), which is the main factor for photo-ageing. This becomes worse and more uneven if the skin lacks UV. All modern indoor (blue) lighting subtract out UV and IR light, worsening the problematic (uneven) modern skin pigmentation.
  • Red light has been shown to lower the risk of melanogenesis (imbalanced skin pigmentation process) but this colour light has also been subtracted from modern man-made light further increasing the blue light hazard for skin pigmentation. 

Note that skin pigmentation is an important human phenotypic trait whose regulation, in spite of recent advances, has not yet been fully understood. Traditionally skin pigmentation is believed as the most important photo-protective factor, since melanin, besides functioning as a broadband UV absorbent, has antioxidant and radical scavenging properties. 

Inflamed Gut

Inflammation via the gut affects the vagus nerve which opens the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and makes the brain lose control of the immune system. This deactivates the immune system and leads to cancer by increasing ubiquitin markings and turning on the inflammatory cascade and the growth cascades that all lead to cancer.

Studies show a link between Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Skin Cancer.

UV Intoxication

Very heavy ultra-violet exposure and sunburn can cause skin cancer.

Genetic Predisposition Regarding Skin Type

This is approximately less than 5% of the population.

Hormonal Predisposition

Including Hormones Replacement Therapies.

Ingredients of Skin Care Products

In Ayurveda, we administer herbs through the skin (through medicated oils and pastes) to access deep body tissues more efficiently than even administering herbs internally. Modern science calls this "trans-dermal technology." Chemicals of skin care products can also penetrat the skin and deeper tissues. Rule of thumb: “Only put it on your skin if you can eat it.”

Intake of Photosensitising Drugs and Other Medications

(e.g. Viagra, Tetracycline)

Environmental Pollutants

A contributing factor to impaired skin physiology, particularly sei-conductors on the skin.

Electromagnetic Radiation

From wireless devices like phones, cellphone towers, wifi routers, laptops and computers smart TVs etc. (EMF).

  • Calcium efflux (leaking of calcium ions) is a principal membrane reaction to EMF exposure. This lowers sulfate levels in all cells, but especially the skin and surface arterioles where the sun hits us.
  • Calcium efflux in the central nervous system also alters blood chemistry.
  • This chronic effluxing of calcium seriously disturbs calcium levels, Parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels and Vitamin D homeostasis in the skin.
  • Calcium efflux also alters the synthesising function of certain enzymes and other biological functions. For the science geeks: Endothelial NOS (eNOS) sulfate production stimulated by nitric oxide in the presence of UVB and IR light is altered when calcium efflux occurs.

How Sunscreen May Contribute to Skin Cancer

It’s not only the chemicals in sunscreens that produce free radicals that promote skin cancer (see graph below).

Even with some natural sunscreens, when you target to block specific frequencies of the light spectrum and alter wavelengths, the end result is an altered spectrum of light hitting your skin. Not a FULL spectrum holistic light.

You can’t take out one part of the spectrum and think you’re doing it better than nature.

This stresses the cells and causes impaired skin physiology leading to skin cancer.

Note that if you can't help but be in the sun all day unprotected by clothes (best option), sunscreen can provide some protection.

Sunscreens to Use

If you are going to use sunscreen, use one that “shimmers” and doesn’t absorb into the body (causing the free radical damage).

The higher the SPF the higher risk of cancer and reduces vitamin D synthesis.

I recommend applying cold-pressed coconut oil while out in the sun. Coconut oil is sulfur-based which help absorb Vitamin D3 plus it protects. Also doing self-abhyanga will improve your skin physiology to reflect excess sunlight and absorb and transduce beneficial rays for good use.

How to Protect Yourself from Sun Burn

Shade and Clothing

Fundamental innate solution. The best protection

Improve your Skin Physiology and Tolerance to Sun

Strategically allow for sunlight to change the anatomical structure of your skin with gradual sun exposure + self-abhyanga. A thickening of the skin will occur as there is increase in melanocytes and keratinocytes and melanin pigment. This is the build-up of natural sun protection on the epidermis. Like building “Light Calluses” on your skin.

Expose Yourself to Late Afternoon Sun

If you want to build up your tolerance to the sun and expose your skin to the sun in a safer way, choose afternoon/evening sun closer to sunset. This time of sun exposure is safer according to Ayurveda and now modern science (see graph below). This especially applies for hot climates.

Note that the morning sun is also important as it provides specific beneficial rays (UVA-IRA light).

"Exposure to evening sun gives longevity."
~ Ancient Ayurvedic Slohka (saying)

Conclusions

Moderate and diligent sun exposure has positive effects and health benefits for most humans. The sun is crucial for optimal health.

(Maybe) 5%* of the population really shouldn’t expose themselves to sunlight due to their individual risk profile.

If you don’t get adequate access to sunlight you’ll need to go on more holidays or bathe in full-spectrum artificial light.

In regards to skin cancer, it all comes down to proper skin physiology and overall health.

Optimise your skin physiology with proper diet, healthy environment, self-abhyanga and good sunlight.

Optimise your health and immune system through the various practices which I share on my website.

Article coming soon on “Why The Sun is Crucial for Optimal Health”

Bibliography:

*Alexander Wunch
Dr. Jack Kruse

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Melatonin: The Critical Hormone & How to Optimise It

Melatonin is an essential hormone that provides a multitude of benefits throughout the human body.

Mistakenly it has been dubbed the hormone of sleep, but more accurately it is the "hormone of darkness," since it trains our circadian rhythms to the day and night cycles, a critical cycle to be aligned with for optimal health.

Since the 2017 Nobel Prize was won for "Circadian Medicine," volumes of research are now showing melatonin is important for many things other than sleep and jet lag.

Benefits of Melatonin

Maintains Immunity

Low melatonin = weak immune system which makes you susceptible to cancer. Melatonin is the best anti-cancer hormone because it is vital for optimal immune function.

The Body’s Most Potent Antioxidant

As declared by numerous studies. Melatonin scavenges for free radicals, stimulates genes to turn on other antioxidant systems, has access to any and every cell in the body and easily crosses the blood-brain barrier.

The process:

  • During sleep, all your brain cells shrink from 40-60%, creating room in the brain for melatonin to flood in and bind to all the oxidative stress and free radicals.
  • It then sweeps this oxidative stress (that ages us) out through cerebrospinal fluid, down into the circulatory system, for the liver and kidneys to process and eliminate out of the body.
  • Melatonin also floods through the lymphatics and detoxifies different organs throughout the night.

Energy Levels and Mitochondrial Health

Mitochondria are the energy generators for every cell. Melatonin makes life easier and more efficient for these energy generators.

  • When melatonin is removed from your brain, you loose DHA in cell membranes.
  • DHA is the only lipid that can turn sunlight into DC electric current and visa versa.
  • The DC electric circulates through your body to provide you with energy.
  • DC current also counters inflammation (DC current is a negative charge and inflammation is a positive charge).
  • Note that stress also reduces DHA. Studiess here.

Maintains Circadian Rhythms and Regulates All Other Hormones

Since all the hormones are connected like a web. Especially reproductive hormones and hormones related to metabolism an appetite.

Better Sleep, Cognitive Health, Brain Health, Weight Loss

Numerous studies show this (3),(4),(5).

Melatonin is a direct antagonist to cortisol. When melatonin is up, cortisol (stress) goes down.

Healthy Bones and Joint Health

Studies showed melatonin helps in the treatment of bone pathologies such as the osteoporosis and the adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). It aslo may prevent bone degradation and promote bone formation.

Healthy Microbiome

Our gut bacteria are regulated by our circadian clock and are sensitive to melatonin. Melatonin, which is secreted into the gastrointestinal lumen expresses circadian patterns of swarming and motility. Studies suggest the human circadian system may regulate its microbiome through the entrainment of bacterial clocks.

Blood Sugar, Metabolic Health and Cravings

Studies showed that Melatonin regulates insulin secretion and protects against reactive oxygen species which are a threat to pancreatic β-cells (the cells that do the job of storing and releasing insulin).

β-cells are very susceptible to oxidative stress because they possess only low-antioxidative capacity.

Low melatonin levels will cause high insulin levels and high dopamine levels which causes stress (cortisol) along with an increase in cravings, addictions and metabolic disorders.

Strong cravings for carbohydrates in the summer is a natural circadian response to prepare for the famine or lack of food during the darkness of winter. (1)

When we light our homes with artifical blue light for an extra 5-6 hours after sunset, we are sending the “endless summer” message to our cellular biological clocks that it is time to crave carbs in preparation for the famine of winter. This carb craving can last for 365 days a year.(2)

More Than Meets the Eye: Skin Receptors for Melatonin

It is not just your eyes that initiate melatonin production, there are receptors in your skin.

Melatonin is mostly produced after the retinal ganglion cells in our eyes perceive light. Interestingly however, there are also photo-pigments on the skin all over the body can detect different types of light and sync peripheral rhythms with the light and dark cycle.

Neuroxin is a UVA receptor present in our skin and eye that gets stimulated by light. This receptor was only found in 2009.

This is why even blind people can still have a diurnal rhythm in sync with the light/dark cycle.

Artifical Blue Light Disrupting Melatonin

Artifical blue light destroys melatonin.

Not only does it lower melatonin, but when we are watching our computers or TV at night, or checking our emails at or before sunrise, our dirunal clock becomes confused and all the hormones become disturbed (think of our hormal system like a web, all connected).

As we learnt before, it is not only our eyes!

The skin receptors also get stimulated by artifical blue light. Surface photo-chemistry influences the tissues underneath. These spectrums can penetrate all the way to the fat tissue layer and cause free radicals, energy problems, and more.

Your thyroid only sits about half a cm under you skin. So the blue light is penetrating to the thyroid. People with hashimotos beware. Perhaps the most important remedy for low thyroid is nasya + watch the sunrise + get sunshine on your neck and protect your neck from fake blue light.

Ways to Optimise Melatonin

Get Sunshine

Watch the sunrise and the sunset without sunglasses, glasses or contact lenses (as these alter a holistic light spectrum by blocking specific frequencies).

Sunbathe with as much bare skin as possible. Soak up the sun in moderation. Slowly build your skin tolerance to the sun.

Proper Sleep

Melatonin is the hormone of darkness. It will build while you are asleep. Be in bed before 10 pm, and wake up with the sun.

The latest Nobel Prize proved ancient wisdom by showing maximum melatonin production is between 10pm - 2am, which Ayurveda has been saying for thousands of years is the "Pitta time," where your body metabolises food, nutrients and hormones.

The catch is you need to be asleep for the production!

No Artificial Light at Night

Artificial light at night, even if it is ambient blocks the production of melatonin needed to get to sleep and stay asleep. Use candles or revolutionize back to incandescent light bulbs for night time.

Begin reducing blue and artificial light exposure starting at sunset, or 2-3 hours before bed. Make sure there are no lights on at night while you sleep. If necessary, use blackout curtains or an eye mask to block ambient light. Ensure you still get up at sunrise.

Go camping for a couple or few days without artifical light of electronic devices. That will do wonders.

Reduce LED Lights and Screens at Night

Don't look at your phone first thing when you wake up. Do your morning routine before touching that thing.

Reduce TV and computers at night time and 2 hours before bed. We are not biologically wired at all to be exposed to such high light temperatures while the sun is not up.

Use filters on your computer, make your phone screen "most warm" 24/7 and use blue light blocking glasses.

Nasya (Nasal Drops)

Nasya is the practice of sniffing herbal oil up your nose to your pineal gland to detox the pineal gland and activate it's functions of jobs like initiating melatonin secretion.

Learn more about Nasya here.

Melatonin Rich Foods

  • Goji berries (very high source).
  • Cherries, espeically tart cherries. Tart cherry juice has been studied to help sleep.
  • Walnuts and almonds.
  • Flaxseeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Fenugreek and mustard seeds
  • Raspberries
  • Bed Time Milk Elixir - Whether its milk from mother, cow or goat, studies show it boost melatonin.

(3)

Reduce Coffee - Logic will tell you that caffeine as a stimulant will inhibit melatonin production—and it does.  Studies suggest that at night the caffeine will block melatonin production. This supersedes the constituents in coffee that actually help boost melatonin levels.

Always eat in season since all food absorbs light and you will consume the appropriate dose of electrons and meltatonin.

Supplements

I recommend you only consider supplementation after you have tried all the natural interventions above.

Those who work night shifts or very long hours, people who fly frequently and people who still struggle with sleep should consider this.

Assess whether you need a time-release or immeditate melatonin. Get quality supplements here.

Although you can get melatonin from foods and man-made pills, sunlight is the most dominant synchroniser of melatonin production. Get more sun.

References

  1. T.S Wiley. Lights Out, Sleep, Sugar and Survival. Atria Books, New York. 2000
  2. https://nutritionfacts.org/2014/04/03/foods-with-natural-melatonin/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4352910/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3001215/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3742260/https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12640-012-9337-4

Credits:

  1. Dr. John Douillard, Lifespa.com
  2. 1cm^3 contains by Alexander Wunsch
  3. Melatonin Graph: Sandhills Neurologists
  4. Old-Clock photo - Fabrizio Verrecchia
  5. City Lights - Mike Wilson
  6. City Lights Disney - Denys Nevozhai