Did you know that the number one cause of gallbladder disease is a low-to-no-fat diet? Considering gallbladder removal is the number one abdominal surgery in the US, I think this is worth talking about!
Eating Slow Feels Good! Years ago, I co-directed an Ayurvedic in-residence wellness center with Dr. Deepak Chopra. We prescribed Ayurvedic treatments and guided patients through 1-3 week detoxification and rejuvenation programs. The organization we worked for had a handful of centers around the country, but ours was for more serious conditions, such as cancer and
It is true: there is a growing number of selfie deaths!1,2 Selfie death is typically caused by risks people take to get that perfect selfie. A study in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care suggests that this has become a real problem, with 259 selfie deaths reported from 2011–2017.1 The researcher searched keywords such as
Cellular Rejuvenation + Longevity Cellular rejuvenation and longevity have been a fundamental branch of Ayurvedic study (called rasayana) for thousands of years. Therapeutic rasayanas are plant-, herb-, and spice-based formulations possessing properties to support health, vigor, rejuvenation, and longevity.1 Today, we can think of rasayana as the proliferation or enhancement of stem cells for health,
Quantum Big Bang Since the days of Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Nikola Tesla, Niels Bohr, and others who introduced quantum physics, scientists have explored the origins of the universe through that lens. The result is a new paradigm replacing the notion that the world consists of bits of matter randomly colliding in space, materializing after
My very first patient when I was studying Ayurvedic medicine in India in 1986 was a middle-aged woman with crippling pain all over her body, compounded by obesity, lethargy, and cardiovascular issues. Both Ayurvedic and medical doctors were stumped by the vast and seemingly unrelated symptoms—until a blood test revealed severe vitamin D deficiency. Within
Ever experienced a migraine? It can be a debilitating experience, and, frustratingly, sometimes its onset a total mystery. I have investigated the Western science and the Ayurvedic perspective to get some insight into this painful phenomena. Migraines are pressure headaches, much different than tension headaches. They come as a result of vasodilation of cerebral arteries,
Yoga nidra has become a popular and effective relaxation tool common in many yoga studios. But it is not always practiced with an understanding of its original purpose. Translated, yoga nidra combines yoga, union of mind, body, and consciousness, and nidra, sleep. Strictly translated, yoga nidra is the ability to sleep while maintaining a state
Yoga nidra has become a popular and effective relaxation tool common in many yoga studios. But it is not always practiced with an understanding of its original purpose. Yogarupa Rod Stryker has taught yoga nidra for 40 years and has a book coming out called Enlightened Sleep. I’m very excited to bring him onto the podcast, where we dive deep into yoga nidra.
The world may not need another cleanse, but the cleanse I’m introducing to you is not new—in fact, it is thousands of years old: perhaps the oldest Ayurvedic detox of all! There is one catch: this cleanse, the LifeSpa Kaya Kalpa Cleanse, is NOT for everyone. It’s more aggressive than our first two cleanses, the
Don’t you feel better after being outdoors? Nature walking, forest bathing, hiking, and just being in the wilderness have been shown to offer numerous health and psychological benefits, but how much time is needed in the woods to get these benefits? A new study published in Scientific Reports finds two hours a week is minimum
Just when the world has decided to become less religious, science, which has beaten the secular drum for decades, may change its tune! Some of our greatest scientific minds now suggest with confidence that there is an intelligence behind the order of the universe.2 The scientific tide is shifting; there may in fact be a