Lupus & Stage 5 Kidney Disease

 

CASE HISTORY:  LUPUS AND STAGE 5 KIDNEY DISEASE

 

This patient presented to our office 8 months ago. She had severe Lupus and was in Stage 5 Late Kidney Disease/ Failure.  She was on prednisone (and had been on it for the past 10 years), yet her condition continued to worsen over the years.

They told her the next option was to begin kidney dialysis where they could keep her alive while awaiting a kidney transplant. Thus, she was on the kidney transplant list and they were beginning to prep her for dialysis.

When she came to our office, the first thing I did was identify the hetu, as is true for any pathology or condition we see. In her case, she had mercury toxicity from receiving her annual flu shots. The mercury is so hot and piercing it can damage the delicate structures in the kidneys.

So the first line of treatment was to chelate the mercury using Rasa Sodhaka Drops.

Next, we had to recalibrate all 3 parts of her immune system: the gut, the liver and the bone marrow.

We had to regrow the friendly bacteria in the gut which were wiped out by the numerous flu shots and the 10 years of steroids and antibiotics given several years ago.

Next we had to cool down the heat in the liver using bhumi alma. We also had to regenerate damaged liver cells using mankand.

She was put on guduchi sattwa to clean out the liver and the 7 tissues, including the bone marrow. Regular guduchi tablets would have been too heating for her liver and would have hurt her kidneys.

With this part of the protocol we were able to slowly restore her immune system’s natural function, and by doing so, it stopped attacking her, which meant her autoimmune disease slowly started to reverse, which became evident in her blood work.

She was given transdermal magnesium to aid in the detox process, transdermal Vitamin D (low levels of Vitamin D can also trigger autoimmune responses) and a tea of coriander seeds to flush the toxins through the urinary tract.  Slippery elm was also given to create a fertile breeding ground for the friendly bacteria to grow in.

And finally she was given Abhrak Bhasma with Kidney formula, several times a day. The nano-particle in the silica (which was incinerated 1,000 times over a 4-year period of time) is able to become a vehicle to deliver the punarnava (the herb which heals the kidneys) deep into the DNA, allowing powerful healing of the kidneys. Vaidya’s grandfather felt you could treat any serious disease using abhrak bhasma because of its unique capability of going deeply into the cells to the level of DNA expression.

Her last blood work before seeing us showed that the titers for Lupus were miraculously within the normal range. And much to the shock and surprise of her nephrologist (her kidney specialist) her kidneys were working normally again, which was also indicated by her creatinine levels in her blood work. As a result, her doctors took her off the transplant list, told her she no longer had kidney disease, or a need for dialysis, and immediately began weaning her off the prednisone.  I am helping her during the weaning process by providing Maha Ashwagandha drops to get her adrenal glands to start working again (they get weak after years on prednisone) and am giving Maha Boswellia drops to prevent the rebound inflammation that occurs as someone goes off prednisone (they usually develop severe joint pain as the steroid levels go low). Ini addition, I am helping her to heal her bones — years of prednisone deplete the bones greatly, causing osteoporosis — so we are now using Praval Panchamrit as a good calcium supplement and Bone Herb, which was just added to her thermos, which will nourish and heal her bones.

Needless to say this patient and her husband are forever grateful, as I am to the truly groundbreaking approaches Vaidya left us with — a case like this could not have been healed either with pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals or tablets and teas of crude herbs, whether Western or Ayurvedic herbs — her liver and kidneys wouldn’t have been able to handle them. Nor would they have been able to withstand the harsh cleansing techniques, such as taking milk thistle, fasting or receiving colonics. And panchakarma would have pulled out too many toxins which would have also overwhelmed the liver and kidneys. All of these types of cleansing protocols could have thrown her into a serious detox crisis.

Luckily, she followed all of my recommendations and when she was strong enough we introduced very mild yet effective cleansing based on what her condition could tolerate.

These very difficult cases are a challenge, but are so inspiring as they heal…and a great testament to the knowledge Vaidya left us with.

I miss him each and every day, yet I feel he is with me at all times, especially as I take on these very difficult cases which flock to my office.

His physical presence might be gone, but his divine healing will stay with all of us forever.

 

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Cinnaminson, New Jersey

856-786-3330

 

UTERINE POLYPS AND WOMEN’S HORMONAL HEALTH

CASE HISTORY: UTERINE POLYPS

Uterine polyps are abnormal growths on the inside lining of the uterus (the endometrium) and can cause irregular vaginal bleeding, such as several days of bleeding during the menstrual cycle, mid-cycle bleeding or too much bleeding at the time of the menses. These polyps are not to be confused with fibroids, which are growths within the uterine musculature. Polyps originate from the lining of the uterus itself which is made up of “fluffy” endometrial tissue that grows and shrinks during the menstrual cycle. If a woman does not become pregnant, this lining sheds, causing a menstrual period. And after the period, the lining grows rapidly under the influence of hormones like estrogen.

Estrogen stimulates cell growth, while progesterone keeps it in check. Thus, it is of utmost importance that you keep the delicate balance of estrogen to progesterone throughout your life or else you can wind up with too much growth in the areas where estrogen has its influence: breasts, ovaries, and uterus to name a few. High levels of estrogen can create cysts on the breasts and ovaries and polyps and excessive menstrual bleeding in the uterus. Too much estrogen can stimulate breast cancer as well.

Estrogen is produced primarily in the ovaries, but some is also produced in the adrenal glands and fat tissue. This is why athletes who over-exercise tend to lose their menstrual cycles as their fat cells decline.

It is up to the liver to process the estrogen out of the body. It does this in two ways: one is where it breaks down the estrogen into a two phase detoxification process which converts the fatty estrogen (it is made out of cholesterol) into a water-soluble form and it is eliminated through the sweat, urine bowel movement and vapor from the lungs. Thus, if there is stress on the liver, say, for example, from too much alcohol consumption, then the liver has less ability to detox the estrogen out (think of that heavy beer drinker who develops large breasts as his estrogen levels increase, because men have some estrogen as well, produced by the testes, adrenal glands and fat cells — they have lower levels when young and higher levels as they age — and estrogen in men is also responsible for their libido, erectile function and formation of sperm!)

Another way the liver clears out the excess estrogen is through the bile it produces. The bile has two “detergents” in it to break down the fatty estrogen, much in the same way it breaks down the fats we eat (and also fat-soluble toxins) and dumps them into the bowel for excretion through the stool.

However, this process can also become impeded if the bile becomes sludge-like — which is extremely common in our society — from eating too quickly, drinking ice-cold beverages which thicken the fats sitting in the bile, from thyroid problems (I have covered this issue in my upcoming book – stay tuned!), if apana is moving up, preventing the bile flow (this usually occurs if you aggravate Vata by rushing, over-exercising, going to bed late, follow a poor diet, etc.), eating heavy foods such as hard cheeses, nut butters, red meats, deep fried and processed foods.

When I first started studying Western herbs after high school, I always wondered why so many herbs were described as being able to “promote the flow of bile,” or “thin the bile.” I was not sure why nature had given us these herbs, but knew there must be a divine reason which I did not understand quite yet.

Then, when I studied Ayurveda years later, I wondered why the ancients described Triphala as being a formula that “would treat you like a mother, even if you didn’t have a mother.”
Surely, this must be a very important combination of berries (amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki) that would truly benefit our health! I also wondered why it was one of the most highly prescribed formulas used throughout the large pharmacopeia of Ayurvedic remedies.

Once I opened my practice, I was able to once and for all see why so many people benefited from the use of these Western herbs that promote bile flow and Triphala. It turns out that sooner or later all of us will wind up with bile that becomes too thick. Instead of squirting out of the gallbladder like a liquid when we eat, it can become gel-like and remain stuck in the gallbladder.

Then, if the bile doesn’t flow, a whole host of problems result. I have devoted one whole chapter in my upcoming book describing the gallbladder and its functions and what happens when the bile turns into a sludge, or even worse, develops gallstones.

But for this discussion here, you can see that one of the problems is that you will lose the ratio between estrogen and progesterone as the estrogen remains stuck in the gallbladder and gets reabsorbed back into circulation.

In this patient’s case, this is exactly what happened. So I had to thin out her bile using Triphala. I also gave her a tea using Indian Sarsparilla root which also aids in the digestion and assimilation of fats.

Femi-Ojas products, such as the cream and/or the drops also helps to recalibrate the ratio between estrogen and progesterone, as they contain alodra, ashoka and coriander.

With every patient, you must address their diet and daily routine as well.

This particular patient in the video had problems with excessive bleeding — sometimes she would spot several days before the onset of her period, sometimes she would bleed heavily for the first few days, sometimes the period would continue too many days, and there were times her period would come every two weeks. She continues to monitor her polyps through her yearly gynecological exams, but her bleeding problems have gone away.

I have seen numerous women with menstrual bleeding problems and I am happy to report that we can treat most of them with our SVA protocols, without the use of the birth control pill, which is highly toxic and isn’t getting to the root of the problem anyway. When you get a period while on the birth control pill, it appears that the flow is better, because it is just “breakthrough bleeding” which happens when you stop the pill for that one week, and not really a thorough menstrual cycle. Thus, the pill stops the body’s detoxification cycle (the period is actually a little mini-cleanse every month) and yes, ironically, it clogs the bile from the heavy saturation of fats (remember, the female hormones are made out of cholesterol), creating bile sludge, less capability of clearing out estrogen, and can itself cause more breast cancer (not to mention gallbladder problems in women who take it).

I am always thankful we have less toxic and highly effective protocols for fixing most health issues we are presented with. And this is why I continue to share our case histories with everyone: to show everyone there are natural alternatives to health care outside of the realm of highly toxic pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum
Cinnaminson, New Jersey

To make a phone or in-person appointment with Dr T, call her clinic at:
1-856-786-3330

Vaidya’s Unique Facial Creams For Summer Skin Care – on sale this week at 20% off

First Time in Ayurvedic History A Facial Cream with Maha Rasayana Abhrak Bhasma

Abhrak Bhasma is an ayurvedic Maha Rasayana. A supremely rejuvenating substance that requires years to make through the controlled process of the repeated ‘burnings’ of mica – a shiny silicate mineral with a layered structure, found as minute scales in granite and other rocks, or as crystals. In Ayurveda, a very special type of mica is used to make the bhasma – black mica,  called “krishnabhr.”
Vaidya Mishra’s Abhrak Facial Cream contains extremely high potency Abhrak – Sahasra Puti: that means 1000 fold.  Sahasra means one thousand.  Made by one thousand steps of repeated burnings. The burning process is a massive purification process, as each time the mica gets burnt, it is processed with different herbs, and burnt over and over again one thousand times. In this process of making the ash, or the bhasma, the mica interacts with the rejuvenating herbs so this bhasma carries the intelligence of those herbs known for its rejuvenative properties for the cellular system, nourishing the skin by directly enhancing the intelligence of the gaps (sandhis) that govern the transformational vibrational energy of all seven layers of the skin.
By enhancing the ultimate vibrational energy flowing through gaps, the Abhrak Bhasma Facial Cream immediately increases the Prabha (glow of the aura) of the skin. You can choose between a cream that has Abhrak Bhasma and Rose or Abhrak Bhasma and Jasmine. Abhrak Bhasma is a rare item highly prized for its overall health supporting properties. It had heretofore never been used as an ingredient in a facial cream. With Vaidya’s unique SVA formulations, now you can enjoy the age-defying properties of Abhrak in your daily facial care protocol.
Abhrak Bhasma, on its own is a maha rasayana in Ayurveda, because it can travel up to the sixth level of the skin and rejuvenate all the layers, resetting their natural metabolic intelligence – the intelligence of transformation between the gaps of the skin. In addition, however, Abhrak Bhasma Sahastra Puti is also the fastest and most efficient yogvahi – a catalyst carrier. What does this mean? It means that it has the ability to carry along any herbs that accompany it, and make sure that the properties of those herbs are activated and put to use. So when Abhrak Bhasma is combined with the age-defying herbs, all the macromolecules of all the herbs in this cream get delivered faster and more effectively to all the 6, or 7 (depending on whether we follow the Charak Samhita or the Susrut Samhita) layers of the skin resulting in immediate nourishment and cleansing.
Why Abhrak with Rose?
Did you know why emotional stress directly impacts the glow and health of your skin? When your emotions are on the rocks, your sadhak pitta and sadhak agni go off. This impacts all your other pitta subdoshas, stripping your skin of its luster, and slowing down its healthy metabolism. If you are under constant emotional stress, and your skin looks dull and flaky, no external application will help unless it address the heart of the matter, your emotions.
In the summertime, even if things are smooth and sailing well,
But you can fix this if you are using a prana-infused cream that contains Rose! Transdermal Rose can uplift the emotions by balancing sadhak pitta and sadhak agni right away- the sub- doshas and the flame that govern the emotional heart. Rose strengthens the emotional heart so it can better handle emotional challenges. Not only does rose pacify sadhak pitta – even as it balances sadhak agni – it also carries a “somnasya jana” or bliss-enhancing property. All sub-doshas are inter-connected. Any of Vaidya’s creams can be custom-ordered containing 100% pure and organic Rose Absolute. If you are experiencing emotional challenges right now, then you should go with the Rose Aroma.
What’s in Facial Cream, and Why is it There?
Saffron (Crocus sativus): modern science confirms the extremely rejuvenating properties of the crocitin molecule, confirming Saffron to be an ancient super-anti-oxidant for the skin, potent in its action up to the 5th dermal layer; Flame of forest (Butea monosperma): supports the skin in its intelligence, shields itself against ultraviolet sunlight rays; Devil’s apple (Solanum Linnaeanum): bolsters the skin cells’ intelligence to actively detox by releasing amavisha and garavisha effectively; Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa): literally from the Sanskrit “punar+nava= again+new” rejuvenates the skin by supporting integral detox of the skin by helping the release of toxins through sweat; Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia): a hypo-allergenic herb that pacifies the hyperactivity of the immune system by addressing amavisha; Turmeric (Curcuma longa): reputed anti-inflammatory that enhances dermal intelligence and protects against inflammation; Daruharidra, also known as Tree Turmeric (Berberis aristata): supports the skin fight against inflammation, and is active up to the third layer; Gotu kola (Centella asiatica):  enhances collagen synthesis, preserving the skin’s elasticity and maintaining its youthfulness; Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): enhances the connection and communication between prana vata, the subdosha that governs the mind, and vyana vata, the subdosha that governs the skin, a unique SVA  approach to skin health through the pacification and balancing of psychological mental stress;  Nutmeg (Myristica): enhances the complexion by clearing and balancing the micro-channel of the mind; Lodhra: tones the skin layers, modules the hormonal system, tightens and replenishes; Mucuna: lubricates and hydrates internally, modulates hormonal flow and lubrication; Green tea: a reputed anti-oxidant that defies psychological aging, and supplies tone and elasticity; Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): supports mind/body coordiation, nourishes the tactile nerves, thus supporting the skin’s resistance against internal and external stressors; Lemon (Citrus limon): enhances the skin’s resistance to sunlights, supporting its sensitivity; Indian sarsaparilla (Hemidesmus indicus): cleans the pores for an even healthy skin by purifying the sebum and sebaceous glands; Ashoka (Saraca asoca): for the Sanskrit ashoka = no grief, supports the skin’s health by enhancing bliss through its ability to pacify the emotional heart, or the sadhaka pitta subdosha; Shirish bark (Albizia lebbeck): provides sustained deep skin layer detox with long term use; Sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica): nourishes and supports the regeneration of the tactile nerves, helping to maintain the sensitivity of the facial skin; Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): a thermogenic plant that enhances and supports overall circulation and communication between all layers of the skin; Neem (Azadiracta indica): supports the immune system of the skin; Abhrak Bhasma: enhances the intelligent transformation of the gaps of seven layers of skin; Rose Absolute: Bliss enhancer – transdermal support for Sadhak Pitta and Sadhak Agni.
With: White grapefruit extract, a natural preservative in a base of Organic coconut oil, a cooling firming, lubricating, and nourishing oil; with Grapeseed oil, a natural preservative; Vegetable stearic acid, a lubricant; Organic aloe juice, a cooling and detoxifying plant that pacifies bhrajak pitta, the pitta subdosha of the skin;; in a Kosher vegetable glycerin base, a lubricant; and emulsifying wax.  Emulsifying wax (NF), a lubricant.
 

Size:

30 ml

Directions:

 Use as a daily moisturizing and replenishing cream by applying morning and evening, after cleaning and toning your skin (Lalita’s Facial Cleanser and Lalita’s Facial Toner). You may also use with your SVA Facial Marma protocol, by applying on the SVA marma points, gently massaging and then spreading all over the face.
For more information or to find out more specific guidelines for use, click here, or email us at info@prana-center.com.

 

Memories and Images from Vaidya’s new Prana Center Inauguration and Birthday Celebration

Thank you to ALL who joined us in person and via live webstreaming. We had a grand time on Saturday August 5, 2017, celebrating Vaidya’s new Prana Center, as well as his birthday. We had a full program and we were live on Facebook for those of you who were following us. SVA doctors and experts shared memories and anecdotes with Vaidya Mishra – Drs. Marianne Teitelbaum, Mark Vinick, Kimberly Hoffman, in addition to dear friend Jerry Jarvis, as well as Lorna Cheng – the SVA guru of the local Chinese community in Southern California. We wanted to keep going, reminiscing about Vaidya and all the beautiful memories he has given us, however, the exquisite Shakti Dance Company, under the expert directorship of Mrs. Viji Prakash, and her daughter, Mythili Prakash, were awaiting to delight us with powerful dances. They performed a dance offered to Ganesha, and to Devi Shakti.
Here’s a clip of the celebratory dances:

 https://youtu.be/6A2b22MZCOw

We also had a SVA feast – of course! We served Vaidya’s favorite recipe, made from scratch by his wife just the way he loved it: sprouted Mung Beans with home-made paneer, Raisins and Cashews, with Mom’s Masala and Mom’s Ghee, as well as home-made yoghurt from raw milk. After wishing Vaidya plentiful love we had lots of cake with Pitta Tea, and Lime Water made with  his Sugar-Free Sweet Nectars!
The Prana Center now has an on-site boutique with all of Vaidya’s unique formulations on display, as well as his printed and audio and audiovisual educational materials. In addition, we also carry gift items such as silk and wool shawls, and gift items.
Stop by to check it all out for yourself!
We will very soon be announcing our schedule for on-site SV ayurvedic treatments, services, and workshops. Stay tuned!
And once more: thank you for supporting and celebrating Vaidya’s New Prana Center with us, and helping us carry on his SVA legacy. We look forward to a bright SVA future…
Our GoFundme account campaign will conclude soon. If you have not made a donation and would like to do so, now would be a good time!
a heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have donated recently – online or privately. The campaign is still open and accepting donations. Please help Vaidya’s SVA legacy stay alive and flourish in these critical days by making a donation:

Inauguration of Vaidya’s New Center and Celebration of his Birthday August 5, 2017

New Prana Center Inaugural Sale 25% Off

Floral Herbal SVA Soaps for Luxurious Summer Skin

Ayurvedic Formulations for Acne-Free Skin

 

Acne vs SVA: Effective and Permanent Protocols

Vaidya’s specialty was Dermatology. Having said that, he still treated the patient holistically, first testing for imbalances in their pulse and then addressing these imbalances through the use of herbs, dietary recommendations and changes in their daily routine habits.

The skin is an organ of elimination, the largest organ in the body. “It is only doing its job,” he would tell patients with skin conditions. “You are lucky the toxins are coming out through the skin — if they stayed inside they could have roamed to the brain, creating Alzheimer’s there or the liver, creating cancer there. But you are lucky they are coming out.” 

The point is, he would teach me, to allow the detox process of the skin to continue, but many things could be done to alleviate the condition at the same time.

The first thing he taught me was to direct the toxins away from the skin and into the urine by making a very dilute tea, 1 pinch of whole coriander seed steeped in one quart of boiled water (usually given in a one-quart stainless steel thermos). Sip on that slowly for four hours, then discard the unused portion and start fresh the next day.

Next, he would bind the toxins and direct them into the bowel movement, using various foods such as taro root, okra, arrowroot, barley (if not gluten sensitive). These foods have the capability of taking the toxins out through the bowel movement and should be eaten throughout the week.

Each patient is individual, so you must evaluate their pulse and treat whatever imbalances you would find there: if the channels were clogged, inflamed or shrunken, you must fix them, for example. If the liver is overheated it must be cooled down with the use of DGL cream down the spine and on the liver (below the ribs on the right) twice a day.  Bhumi amla drops are also great for cooling an overheated liver.

The use of yasad bhasma (zinc) might also be indicated (again each patient must be evaluated individually). Zinc is good for killing the infection in the pores of the skin.

Once we evaluate all possible parameters of that person’s health, THEN we can use the actual herbal formulas recommended for acne, in this case: the Semal Plus Products.  Semal is the herb used primarily for acne. However, if we took the modern medical model of prescribing semal and ignored the other factors which were just described, our protocol would work minimally, if at all. Therefore, a good rule of thumb to always remember is to treat the patient holistically, resisting the temptation to ask which remedy is used for which condition and use that only.
Semal drops can be given, two to three drops in a liter of alkaline spring water, sipped throughout the day. And Semal Plus Clay can be applied to the areas affected by acne, leave it on for about 10 minutes to pull out the toxins. Wash it off with Turmeric Soap (Detox or Neem Soap could be used as well). Then apply Semal Plus Lotion to the same area and leave it in.

If the patient is old enough (18 years or older), you can teach them the cleansing procedures Vaidya has taught us either in his blogs, newsletters and detox booklet. These are daily, weekly and seasonal cleanses using mostly foods and dahls, such as kulthi lentils, to remove impurities from the body. As always we do not recommend fasting, since it heats the liver, ultimately backfiring on the patient. And we do not recommend herbs such as milk thistle, which also heat the liver and imbalance it.

By following these guidelines, usually the acne will recede over time. This approach is much better than longterm use of antibiotics, which can damage one’s immune system, or the use of acne drugs which get stored in the bone marrow, affecting not only the patient, but their offspring too, for years to come.

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Cinnaminson, New Jersey

To schedule an ayurvedic appointment with Dr Teitelbaum, call her clinic at: 1-856-786-3330

To learn more about acne from Vaidya Mishra, you can watch the following video: