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In today's modern world, most people have low Vitamin D, though they eat foods rich in Vitamin D. Despite even fortification of Vitamin D in their diet, the blood work shows low Vitamin D.
Although this might sound to be a modern problem, the issue of Vitamin D is also addressed by the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Learn Vaidya Mishra's Ayurvedic perspective on Vitamin D in this course.
Charak Samhita’s tri-sutra-ayurveda emphasizes the need to know the possible etiological factors for any problem before a vaidya can begin to give recommendations.
Vitamin D is a vital substance for life, which is precisely why it is called a "vitamin." According to modern research, Vitamin D has regulatory roles in immunity, cell proliferation, insulin secretion, blood pressure and calcium metabolism (which is vital for normal functioning of the nervous system, as well as for bone growth and maintenance of bone density).
Why is there such a widespread deficiency in people today?
Vaidya Mishra has been researching both the modern understanding of the problem and the Ayurvedic perspective from the ancient texts, and he will present his findings in this upcoming teleconference.
Here is a taste of what you will learn in the teleconference.
The modern lifestyle does not incorporate much exposure to the sun on a regular basis. We go from our homes to our garage-kept cars to the parking garages of the businesses where we work and shop. Except for recreation time, we spend very little time in the sun. This is especially true for people living in the far northern or southern latitudes.
The raw materials for Vitamin D are 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin and UVB (ultraviolet B light) from sun rays. UVB converts 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin into a precursor of Vitamin D, called Vitamin D3, which is further converted in the liver and kidneys to produce the final product, Vitamin D.
Without sunlight, your body cannot make Vitamin D.
Even if you expose your skin to sunlight, if the intelligence of your skin is low, Vitamin D3 will not be produced in sufficient quantities to meet the body's needs.
Ayurveda, and especially Vaidya Mishra's family tradition of Ayurvedic dermatology, gives a very rich description of the skin, which can help us understand the problem of Vitamin D deficiency.
According to Ayurveda, the skin has a vibrational filter called loma randhra. This vibrational filter allows prana (including the prana of sunlight) to be absorbed through the skin, and blocks any unwanted prana from entering.
If the loma randhra is clogged by vibrational or physical toxins, the needed prana cannot enter the body through the skin. This may be a significant factor for Vitamin D deficiency today.
The loma randhra in the skin is also connected to the dehagni (the power of cellular transformation). Any prana that is allowed to enter through the skin gets transformed by the many cellular reactions of the dehagni (the micro-agnis throughout the body).
Dehagni, in turn is connected to the panchabhutagnis in the liver, where more processing takes place.
That is why the Ayurvedic understanding of absorption and transformation of UVB to Vitamin D depends on the intelligence of the loma randhra, dehagni and panchabhutagnis. If the loma randhra in the skin is ok, but the dehagni (at the cellular level) is weak, there will be a weak link in the chain of transformation. Likewise, if loma randhra and dehagni are good, but the panchabhutagnis in the liver are weak, then again Vitamin D production will go down.
Even if Vitamin D is ingested (as a part of food or as a food supplement in the form of Vitamin D3) it must still undergo two hydroxylations in the body for activation: one in the liver and one in the kidneys. If the liver is bogged down by toxins, and the panchabhutagnis (flames of the liver) are not firing properly, the supplement of Vitamin D3 will not get transformed into active Vitamin D.
Almost everyone living a modern lifestyle has a lot of toxins in the liver (affecting the panchabhutagnis), as well as a lot of toxins in the whole body (affecting the dehagni) and is exposed to toxins regularly on the skin (affecting the loma randhra). Vaidya Mishra feels that strengthening the bhutagnis, dehagni and loma randhra is essential if Vitamin D levels are to return to a balanced state.
Vaidya Mishra also believes that EMF (electromagnetic frequency) is especially detrimental to the production of Vitamin D because it affects the liver (bhutagnis), the skin (loma randhra) and the whole body (dehagni). He believes that vibrational nature of EMF toxins interact with the vibrational filter in the skin, the loma randhra. This may directly hinder UVB absorption.
The use of chemical skin care products, including sunscreen and makeup, disturbs the intelligence of the bhutagnis (in the liver), the dehagnis (in all the cells of the body) and the loma randhra (in the skin).
By Ayurvedic definition, toxins target the sandhis (gaps) of the physiology. The gaps are the burners, or agnis, which are responsible for all transformation in the body. When the burners are clogged with toxins, they cannot do their jobs, like creating or activating Vitamin D.
You may think that a toxic skin care product only affects the loma randhra (on the skin), but even modern science validates the Ayurvedic principle that whatever is applied on the skin goes to the liver. A toxin applied to the skin will not only clog or damage the loma randhra vibrational filter on the skin, it will also clog or damage the panchabhutagnis in the liver.
Another possible etiological factor is a lack of Vitamin D in the diet. As the world becomes more modern, we tend to eat less intelligent dairy (milk is less fresh, has hormones and is often homogenized) and many people eat no dairy at all. This could be one of the possible etiological factors for low Vitamin D for vegetarians.
Even for meat eaters, according to the National Institutes of Health in the United States, "Very few foods in nature contain Vitamin D. The flesh of fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources. Small amounts of vitamin D are found in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Vitamin D in these foods is primarily in the form of Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and its metabolite 25(OH)D3."
In addition, eating dumb and dead food (canned food, leftovers, nightshades, etc.) makes the liver less intelligent, and can make the liver become toxic. The liver is the place where Vitamin D3 (from the skin, from natural food sources, or from foods fortified with Vitamin D) has to be transformed into active Vitamin D. For this reason, the liver has to be very intelligent. Any foods that "dumb down" the liver could be a potential cause for low Vitamin D.
In this three hour teleconference with Vaidya Mishra, you will not only gain an in-depth understanding of Vitamin D deficiency from an Ayurvedic perspective. You will also learn Vaidya Mishra's recommendations for restoring the body to a state of balance.
According to the Ayurvedic understanding of the physiology, it is not enough to bring the Vitamin D blood levels up using supplements. Instead, the true etiological factors must be isolated and addressed for each person if there is to be any hope of a stable state for this important vitamin in the body.
Vaidya Mishra's teleconference was recorded on Saturday, June 26, 2010 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Pacific Time) in Los Angeles. Pre-order your copy of the DVD here. Get a complete understanding of the problem of Vitamin D, and how to fix this problem with the wisdom of Shaka Vansya Ayurveda.
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