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  1. This is nothing new. Herbal products are often contaminated even from organic sources which is one of the risks of following something like Ayurvedic medicine treatment for a long term because they import a lot of these herbs from China & India where for example Arsenic is still used as a herbicide and the restrictions are likely to be fewer than for example in EU. Lead contamination is also a concern because not all areas in the world have switched to unleaded petrol and that stuff seeps in soil and water. Not to mention shit like insecticides, termicides etc that have only been banned in US couple decades ago but the soil is still largely contaminated. So possible in many asian countries they are still being used. It sucks but that's a harsh reality of this polluted planet. If you can make sure those products are locally grown and harvested from controlled sources, it's probably best. Organically grown helps but is not 100% guarantee again depends on the country of origin. If you are privileged enough to live ina country where there are rigorous quality standards, research those and support those businesses. For example B-Corp does great work in EU, UK & USA and their certified businesses are as close to excellent quality standards as we can get but even there are loopholes. Whatever you do, don't just order random products without any certifications of quality and purity and don't buy some cheap products in places like Walmart and similar. Support the most conscious and caring businesses. There are still many that care as Herbalists should generally be stage green companies with a healthy hint of orange
  2. @EugeneTheSage I don't know much about Ashram but maybe there are other options to consider as well. I would start by figuring out what is the minimum income per month you need to sustain a decent lifestyle. Once you have that number, start looking for some easy part-time job. Somewhere you'll be able to do your stuff without too much interruption. I'm thinking: librarian, night guard, Aupair, online conversation tutor for foreign people, some easy IT ticketing job, deliveroo or Uber Eats bicycle courier, Uber driver, ..you know things like that that won't require a lot of work and will let you do your own thing either at work directly or give you enough time after working hours. None of those examples may be good but you get the message. Make sure you're not trying to leech on existing system by pulling money doing nothing. The world doesn't work like that (no offence )
  3. Judo for nearly 14 years and kickboxing for 3 but not anymore. I'm glad I did it though, I've learned a lot and my life has been shaped by those practices significantly. I think Judo would be a good choice. You'll toughen up, get in the best shape of your life, become more agile and coordinated and learn a lot of really cool moves. On the top of that there is a great sense of companionship within the club and a healthy sense of competition. It just takes a while in the beginning to get into the "fun" bits as you'll be learning how to fall, how to move, grapple etc but that's part of the mastery process. Just be prepared for a lot of close physical contact with other men
  4. With mustering as much open mindedness as I can at this stage of my journey I'd like to believe that somehow they possibly work but not for everyone and not always but hey...herbs and drugs work the same way we can just trace the mechanism. Maybe we just don't understand how these things work.. So couple possibilities here: 1. They work as placebo as @flowboy described. Placebo can be as powerful therapeutic as anything else out there. Placebo can cure stage 4 cancer. 2. They work but you need to pick them from pristine sources, keep them clean and charge often. They also need to allign with your constitution (I don't know if I believe anything i wrote in this point 🤔) 3. They work but we don't know how to measure the therapeutic effect, same way 1000 years ago we didn't know anything about biochemistry and pharmacology and back then medicine was a woo woo of experimentation and shamanism. Maybe we need another 100 years to understand their effects. 4. They don't work and are a complete waste of money. There is also this option. It's kinda like Schroedinger's cat. For now they work and don't work at the same time because we just don't how to tell for sure
  5. damn, that's a powerful perspective
  6. It may very much be possible that this is a great contributor. Lithium has been shown to damage the pathways in the cell responsible for energy production. Not suggesting you take yourself off but maybe have a chat with the doc and see if your dose isn't too high? Not sure if you've ever tried finding a more holistic cure for the condition that Lithium is suppressing but might be worth having a chat with someone in your area Good luck!
  7. Just because Sadhguru said something doesn't mean it will apply to 100% of humans. Maybe for those who can transcend the desire for having a purpose and desire for meaning. But most people, even those following him are not at that level of development and never will be. If you have no purpose in this life, what ar you going to do? It will be easier to seduce you into some half-assed soul-crushing job because you gotta pay your bills somehow. Having no purpose makes you susceptible to corruption and to compromise on your integrity and highest values. If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” Finding a meaningful life purpose is a great way to be able to transcend the necessity for purpose and meaning. It is more difficult to do that when your ass is owned by corporate
  8. Well, it always starts by identifying your field of research and the audience you want to present it to. If the audience is the general public (e.g. sociual media) you will present it in a different way than if the audience is from the academic environment. If the audience is more corporate, you will need charts, KPIs and financial indicators more than words really...and so on. You can also just meta analyse existing research or you can do your own research by working with actual people within the area of your interest. Both ar a valid way to test hypotheses. But again, depends on what you are trying to answer. Reading a bunch of books is also considered research as well as talking to experts in the field. Collecting personal experiences is also a form of research It is important to be aware of potential biases on both researcher and the participant's sides. Biases are the most common way a research quality is compromised
  9. @Alfonsoo you need to figure out a way to make sales and get paid. That's the essence of any start up that is to survive. The start-up graveyard is full of brilliant ideas that were poorly marketed and poorly monetised. It really comes down to "will people/businesses be willing to pay you for it?" and "How will people/businesses find you?" You need to become a value providers and give so much value to the world/people that they won't be able to help but pay for your services. Do you know who is your ideal nische client? Forget mass market, you probably don't have a capital for that. Designate your ideal client, understand their problems and what they want without knowing they want it. Then find out where they are and then figure out a way to talk to them. Seth Godin's - Marketing has been a nice eye opener as well as Don Miller's Building the Story Brand. Of course you need to cross all the red-tape - accounting, setting up a business on gov website, have your own website, be GDPR compliant, have a business account setup etc. But those are just formalities. Marketing yourself and making sales is the only way to survive
  10. It is hard to find something that is a nice combination of spirituality, mastery, fitness and some effective self-defence without carrying too much of an ego-punch. I think we have completely bastardised muay-thai. The tradition is lost and it has been turned into a semi-MMA now. You can still find those hardcore muay Thai gyms in Thailand where they kick down banana trees and practice on tires but most of those are now tourist attractions for Instagram videos Aikido is beautiful but I doubt the effectiveness of the real-time self-defence element. If you don't care about it being practical, aikido would work really well for you. Judo has a great element of practicality, fitness and mastery however in the west the element of spirituality is lost but not in the East where regular sessions of pre-training meditations are still being held. I think the same goes for Taekwondo. It is becoming more and more like kickboxing rather than an art. Qigong, I dunno if I'd consider a martial art it is more of meditative practice but can be practiced along any of the martial arts Wing tsun kung fu is a nice combination of all as well. Capoeira is interesting but there is just too much ego and posership involved these days. It is probably the most demanding o all for brain-body coordination and agility.
  11. We may as well add the model for those who are unfamiliar with it. This is such a brilliant depiction of ignorance stemming from lack of experience. You can just see this phenomenon on social media beautifully.
  12. Spot on sir. 99% of skin acne products are a complete waste of money. Acne is best treated both from the outside and from the inside. The commercial acne creams are literally just chemically removing the black & whiteheads, there is no treatment involved. It is a shame that this is also how medical treatment of acne is done. Either that or putting you on Roaccutane that works similarly to a weak dose of chemotherapy no specific recomms as this is very country-specific but make sure to pace yourself slowly. Replace one product at a time. Sometimes you may need to try 2 or 3 different brands to find something more gentle that also works. Frankly the biggest difference I noticed was stopping use of Gillette blades and only keeping to an electric razor . Saves a lot of money and you don't need foam, after shave and after shaving cream. Reduced exposure to chemicals and gives you much better skin quality
  13. @Chris_Esoteric get his vitamin D in check. f he is not getting exposed to sun a lot he can benefit from up to 5000 IU vitamin D for 3 months. Some Zinc Citrate (50mg) before bed can help boost his adaptive immune response and antibody production Keep his diet light, mostly raw, high in fibre, low in salt, sugar, burned and grilled food. A good echinacea tincture made by a herbalist or a herbalist company can help with recovery. Ivermectin if the doctor could prescribe it can be helpful Add mushrooms to his meals for some addition beta glucan support I'd be careful with any systemic anti-inflammatories, you actually don't want to suppress immune function but you want to strengthen it. All the best, I'm sure he'll be better soon.
  14. You're asking for a cookie cutter approach. It ain't work like that. It is important your food alligns with your expectations, environment, taste, culture, ethics, goals, activity levels etc. For example being fruitarian in Sweden or trying to be carnivore in Hawai are not alligned with the environment. Eat mostly what's local. Ignore most "super foods". They are usually overpriced, imported and carry the worst nutrition per dollar ratio. If environment is a concern, eat mostly plant based and local with as little beef as possible unless you know your farmer and their treatment practices Eat mostly plant based but this is not a requirement unless there is an ethical preference. Most importantly experiment with a variety of diets and foods to find out what works best for you. Observe your energy, skin, digestion, sleep and libido then adjust accordingly. If you think you eat healthy but your energy is low, the diet is not right for you and you need to keep exploring. When being pushed towards a specific diet always look for a source of bias or financial incentives Hope that helps
  15. Ceramic is safe but not as durable as amalgam. It is probably around 20% lifespan compared to mercury but at least it is not toxic. But always address the root cause of the cavity first and make sure it is treated and cleaned 100% before crowned
  16. @Karmadhi it really depends on the type of rice since there are probably 50 different ones. If you eat rice always look at the fibre content per 100g dry weight. Don't waste time with looking at names those things mean something else in different places. Look at all the rice available in the store and pick the one with at least 6g+ of fibre per 100g. Typical low fibre processed white rice isn't too good but in poorer countries it is an essential source of calories so sometimes there is no way around it. And sometimes it is the only choice. In those cases you gotta add the fibre from elsewhere so blunt the glycemic response. If your budget allows get one of those big bags. I usually buy 8 kilo bag of high fibre natural rice (9g fibre/100g) .
  17. I hope one day the likes of Monsanto will be called out for contributing to the cancer and autoimmunity of tens of thousands of Americans in the same way.
  18. hey, what dosages are you trying? You could consider adding Ginkgo extract to that mix as well I've had some nice results with one or two guys with it.
  19. Of course not . The relationship is a selfish need for survival and reproduction. And we can play any game we want but eventually, it comes down to fulfilling a few blocks on the Maslow pyramid and increasing the chance of reproduction and fulfilling one's selfish desires for survival. No amount of fluff and fairy tale will change that.
  20. Went out for a 21km hike on Saturday to climb the highest hill in south-west wales via the long loop. What a wonderful day that was. It felt like we walked forever but the scenery was changing and it was not super busy so I allowed myself to slip into the role of the observer on many occurrences and just taking it all in. We ended with a bit of wild swimming in the nearby glacial lake which was a perfect end to that day. My corpo work has become super busy lately (I should be working on the RFP rather than writing this), many new projects that I'll need to complete by end of August. Every time some new shitstorm like this comes up, I envoke the impatient monkey in my brain that starts yelling " quit now quit now quit now" but then the rational part takes over and says "not yet, my dear, not yet, we are not ready ". I'm just so lucky and blessed to have the coolest boss in the world who does not micromanage nor load our calendars with pointless meetings and catch-ups. The guy is an ex-military and the mindset is clearly visible. Our team is incredibly lucky to have him rather than some of the hysterical KPI-neurotics other teams have. Maybe that's why nobody in our team has quit for 3 years. Been working on a new blog on L-theanine during my evenings lately, after I've been asked about it by a few clients. I was surprised by the amount of good quality research I found on the topic. Lots of interesting info coming up. Think I'll go for Reishi next, I've had my eye on that one since (I think) it helped me cure my allergies.
  21. I've never lead a journal in my life and been postponing starting one online but it feels like the right thing to keep myself accountable and share a journey as so many others are doing. I love reading what other people are going through. So I am turning on my fav soundtrack from my fav movie and cracking on with the writing. My journey has started after coming to London from Slovakia, my home country. I was always lead to believe that having a good education, university and good grades was important. My dad works in business and is doing well for himself so naturally, I never saw any other way. I studied at business university and accepted that I'll just be clocking my hours for the rest of my life for some company that I have no passion or ambition at just because this is the "normal life". All changed when I found Leo through "how to stop caring what other people think about you". The more I listened to these videos the more it made sense to me. I started to realise how out of balance I was. A materialistic Eastern European with zero passion, zero motivation and no fulfilment. Somehow I convinced myself I was doing the right thing and was becoming "successful". Lol, if I had a dollar every time I hear this word..... I become a corporate rat, sucking up to my boss and depending on other people to tell me what to do. It took me 2 years to muster the willpower to make the next step and to buy the LP course which opened up a new dimension for me. I've always been interested in health, fitness and that side of life but never saw it as more than a hobby really. The course convinced me that I should pursue this passion and create a purpose out of it. I took 5 months of additional life-coaching after the course and by the time it ended, my journey was quite clear -> I wanted to lead a life where I would help other people get well and to stop suffering. I kinda assume it would involve some area of alternative medicine but wasn't really sure. Sometime later I discovered a post from College of Naturopathic Medicine in London and at that day they happened to have an Open Door day and the last opportunity to sign up for the new semester (starting in 4 weeks!!). To this day, I think this was a sign from the universe...or just google being really smart with adds ..either way, the moment I walked in I knew I found my temple of knowledge and that I was meant to be here. An hour later I was walking away with a prospect and a bill for the sign-up fee for 3 year course of Naturopathic nutrition. That was Summer 2017. Year 1 was all about anatomy. Endless revision of bones, muscles, organs, tissues and cells. English & Latin both. I seriously have massive admiration and respect for medics. We did not go into the depth they do but man.....I don't know how someone can remember thousands of Latin words and location of every single bone and muscle on the human body. Somehow my enthusiasm lasted the whole year which made learning easy but I lost a lot of it now. Years 2 and 3 were more into nutrition, biochem & pharmacology but also herbal med, Chinese med and most of all therapeutics. For the first time, I came face to face with real client which was an extremely terrifying experience but at the same time, it felt like the right thing. My very first client in the school clinic was a young finance manager. Burned out, depressed, stressed, overworked, overexercised, asthmatic and allergic. I could see myself in him couple years back. I was that superachiever, exercising 7 days a week doing Crossfit and always living on the run. During this time my asthma & allergies were the worst they've ever been so I had to slow down. I explained the same to him and 4 weeks later he came to his follow up with pretty amazing results. I realised that the modern epidemic is not really some sort of infection and fancy diseases but it is stress. I saw that in all my other school clients. Stressed, burned out, unhappy and overworked. The modern epidemic especially in cities like London. I am now in my final days of the naturopathic college pretty much just awaiting the diploma. Everything has been submitted but that's just the beginning of it. Marketing, accounting, taxes, Webdesign and all the other stuff comes next and it's giving me a lot of headaches. I'll be documenting the next steps of the journey on here.
  22. Great advice. I came across this in the Oxygen Advantage book the first time. Evidently, it is helpful for people who suffer from nocturnal asthma. I did that a couple of times in the past when I still had asthma and it was somewhat helpful but I'd often wake up kinda suffocating because my nose would often get clogged at night Rule number one make sure your nose is not blocked
  23. I was fortunate to visit the country for 3 weeks in 2016. The transition you experience when you head from Tokyo to Kyoto and then back is mindblowing. I loved the contract thou, somehow Japanese managed to create a system out of this and everything in the country is nitpicked to tiny details (e.g. warm toilet that toilet splashes your ass after you poo or sandwich papers that come with a printed mouth so that people are less self-conscious about eating in public or the guy that cuts the lawn in the park with scisors). The Japanese mindset is very much driven by stage blue values, at least out in the public but underneath I felt a lot of bitterness and frustration that occasionally slipped when the "social mask" dropped maybe stemming from the outlived collectivism and need for more individual aspiration
  24. I've really enjoyed reading the story from both sides. Thank you for sharing this intimate experience guys.