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Ayurveda and Holistic Health

Ayurveda and Holistic Health

The Ayurveda Experience

About the Courses

“One of the most powerful fundamental principles of Ayurveda is its emphasis on self-healing. Your body has the capacity to repair and heal itself, if provided the correct inputs and stimuli, no matter what its current state.” 

- Dr. Akil Palanisamy 

With over 9 hours of educational HD video content, this collection consists of 4 of our most popular courses:

 Usually Sold at upto USD 699 

 

1. Ayurveda & Thyroid Health

Uncover the mystery of your thyroid with Harvard MD, Dr. Akil! A complete and holistic walkthrough for fighting a modern disease with an ancient science. Reverse & avoid thyroid disorders by powerful changes in your diet and lifestyle & follow a 21-day detox diet to find the root cause of the disease.

2. Ayurveda & The Paleo Diet
Ayurveda and The Paleo Diet is a one-of-a-kind guiding course, which combines the benefits of the Paleo Diet and Ayurvedic concepts that will help you lose weight, boost your energy and vitality, and begin to reverse any health challenges you might be facing.

3. Ayurveda & Brain Health
Become a Super-Ager and Keep the Memory and Attention of an Active 25-Year-Old Through Your 50s, 60s, 70s and Learn the Ayurvedic Secrets for Mental Health and Minimize the Deterioration of Your Brain as You Age. Achieve Life Long Brain Health.

4. Ayurveda & Chronic Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Discover Some Unheard-Of Underlying Causes of Chronic Stress, Anxiety, and Depression And Address them Naturally Without Any Drugs So You Can KeepStress-Related Disorders at Bay and Find the Way to Stay Happy, Upbeat and Energetic!

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About the Author

Dr. Akil Palanisamy, M.D.

Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvard-trained physician practicing integrative medicine, combines Ayurveda and Western medicine in his clinical practice with patients in San Francisco. 

After completing his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Harvard, he performed clinical research at Harvard Medical School where he wrote his senior thesis. This was followed by medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, residency training at Stanford University, and fellowship in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. 

But that’s not it - what makes Dr. Akil unique is his in-depth study of the ancient Indian Science of Ayurveda which helps him take a holistic approach with his patients and show exceptional results of recovery and healing. 

He studied Ayurveda in India at the Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam in Coimbatore and completed clinical training with his guru Dr. L. Mahadevan in Derisanamcope, Tamil Nadu at the Sri Sarada Ayurvedic hospital. 

As a Harvard trained MD, Dr. Akil integrates a strong scientific background in biochemistry and Western Medicine with training in Ayurveda and study of ancestral societies around the globe. This unique background enables him to seamlessly blend Ayurvedic principles with the latest research in nutrition, food science, and medicine. Dr. Akil is known to provide definitive, practical health information based on cutting-edge research and clinical experience. 

Course Contents: Ayurveda & Thyroid Health

Module 1: The Thyroid

The thyroid, as a part of the endocrine system (a collection of glands that are hormone producing) has a range of functions in the body. It regulates temperature, metabolism, and cellular function in every part of the body. Every single one of your 100 trillion cells is affected by the thyroid. But what happens when your thyroid function is disrupted? Get to know about the common potential symptoms associated with low thyroid or hypothyroidism, and high thyroid or hyperthyroidism. 

Module 2:  Autoimmune on the Rise

Thyroid autoimmune diseases, just like other types of autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease etc. are on the rise. 
But why?There are several factors including changes in the gut bacteria comprising the microbiome, increasing food allergies and sensitivities, chronic infections and the rise of toxins in the environment. These chemicals mimic hormones in our body, disrupt the function of our endocrine or hormone system, and assault the delicately balanced immune system that keeps us healthy. The immune system has to fight off invaders, but all the thousands of new chemicals it's faced with, lead to mixed messages, forcing the body to attack itself. You will learn how exposure to these toxins is THE impetus in the development and progression of autoimmune thyroid disease & read about a case study from one of Dr. Akil’s patients, and how he successfully reversed her thyroid disorder. 

Module 3: Diagnosis of Thyroid Disease

In this module, Dr. Akil will give an in-depth medical explanation of the key hormones involved with the thyroid. You’ll learn exactly which hormones are involved to ensure the correct functioning of the thyroid – and what happens if their functioning is disrupted. You’ll learn what to ask for specifically at the doctor’s office when testing for thyroid issues – and you’ll actually get to understand the significance of your results! If clinical tests aren’t feasible for you right now, don’t worry, Dr. Akil will also show you a way to assess your own thyroid function by taking your basal body temperature using a thermometer.  

Module 4: Root Causes of Thyroid Disorders

There are many different root causes and factors that contribute to the development of thyroid disease. You’ve read the list above. These factors can cause both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. The primary cause of each is actually autoimmune – Hashimoto’s disease for hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease for hyperthyroidism. Dr. Akil will discuss each root cause and share the solutions in this module.

Module 5: The Thyroid Detox Diet

This 21-day cleansing diet will help you eliminate commonly problematic foods, increase your intake of nutrient-dense healing foods, and begin the process of detoxification and healing of your body. The regimen will help you increase energy, reduce inflammation, burn fat, and reverse disease. It will also help you identify foods that you are sensitive or intolerant to, during the reintroduction phase when you are bringing the specific foods back into your diet. The goal of the Thyroid Detox Diet is to avoid the most allergenic foods, simplify your body’s digestive processes, and facilitate removal of toxins.

Module 6: Detoxification

Because toxins are such a big factor in the development of Hashimoto’s disease, Dr. Akil will talk more in-depth about detoxification. You will: learn why sweating in a sauna or steam room is an effective way to stimulate toxin release through the skin, get to know about the ancient Ayurvedic therapy of oil-pulling; discover the neti pot and the practice of nasya to help cleanse your nasal passages; enjoy the relaxing yet energizing practice of Abhyanga or self-massage; and understand why you need to keep your lymphatic system fit to ensure a healthy immune system. You will: discover 8 Super Foods and supplements such as Beets, Flaxseeds, Garlic, Turmeric, Bentonite clay, Chlorella and more for daily detofixication; learn why keeping a strong Agni or digestive fire is so important for breaking down and absorbing nutrients; and, of course, understand why you need to balance your doshas.

Module 7: The Thyroid Diet

The Thyroid Diet is the best long-term plan for losing weight, increasing energy, boosting metabolism, and achieving optimal thyroid function. This is assuming that you have completed the 21-day Thyroid Detox Diet. During this time, you should have determined which foods you are sensitive or intolerant to, and which foods you can tolerate, because you’ll need that knowledge for customizing the following diet. You’ll learn which foods to avoid, which types of foods to eat every day, which types of foods to eat frequently, and rarely. You’ll also get some guidelines on what your meal portion sizes should look like.

Module 8: Botanical Remedies & Subtle Therapies

Herbs and botanical remedies are a big part of Ayurveda. In this module, Dr. Akil will give his recommendations for certain herbs such as Ashwagandha and Guggulu that are beneficial for thyroid issues. Besides herbal remedies, Dr. Akil will also recommend some supplements and subtle therapies – since stress and emotional and even spiritual factors can play a huge role in thyroid disease. You will learn about the benefits of Udana Vayu, Mantra Meditation and Yoga Asanas. 

Course Contents: Ayurveda & Paleo Diet
  • Paleo Is a Starting Point 
  • Paleo Must Be Individualized 
  • What the Caveman Really Ate 
  • Healthy Starches Were Part of the Paleolithic Diet 
  • Lessons from Weston Price 
  • The Blue Zones - Lessons for Living Longer 
  • Eat Anything You Want - Except a Western Diet 
  • The Power of Social Connection 
  • Carbohydrates

    • How Many Carbs Should You Eat? 
    • Removing Refined Carbs Helps Everyone 
    • Addiction to Wheat Is Biochemical 
    • Changes in the Microbiome Predispose to Gluten Sensitivity 
    • Not Your Grandmother’s Wheat 
    • Genetically Engineered Wheat 
    • Certain People Can Eat Wheat and Be Healthy 
    • Healthy Starches – What You Should Be Eating

    Fats

    • Good Fats vs. Bad Fats 
    • Is Saturated Fat Harmful? 
    • Coconut Oil 
    • Monounsaturated Fats 
    • Polyunsaturated Fats: Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 
    • Palm Oil 
    • Ghee 
    • How to Make Your Own Ghee

    The Importance of Protein

    • How Much Protein Should I Eat? 
    • Full-Fat Dairy Protects against Diabetes 
    • Low-Fat Dairy Can Be Harmful to Health 
    • Let’s Talk About Meat 
    • Can I Be a Healthy Vegetarian? 
    • Choosing the Best Quality Meats—How to Read Labels: Beef, Poultry,Eggs 
    • NUTRIENT DENSITY. (This is another area where the Paleo diet has a lot to offer because it is a very nutrient-dense diet. Here you’ll learn about maximizing the amount of nutrients you get out of your fruits and vegetables.) 

    Exercise

    • 3 Paleo secrets to optimal physical activity and exercise
    • High-intensity interval training (HIIT) 
    • Increasing Resistance to Reduce Injuries 
    • Customize Your Exercise According to Ayurveda 

     

    • Putting it all together 
    • My Philosophy on Food 
    • The Doctor’s Diet 
    • Foods to Avoid in the Paleovedic Diet
    • Foods to Eat Every Day 
    • Foods to Eat Frequently(4 - 5 days/week) 
    • Foods to Eat Frequently for Some People (up to 4-5 days/week - these are gray-area foods that some people do not tolerate but others thrive on. You can consume these foods frequently if you tolerate them well.) 
    • Foods to Eat Rarely (1 day/week or less)
    • How Much to Eat 
    • Portion Size for Meals 
    • Last Words on Diet
    Course Contents: Ayurveda & Brain Health

    Module 1: Superagers

    • What are “superagers”? 
    • What brain scan research revealed about the difference between superagers and people of similar age 
    • The overlap between “cognitive” and “emotional” brain regions 
    • The relationship between the size of your cortex and your mental performance 
    • How do you become a superager?

    Module 2:  The Ayurvedic Approach

    • The 3 Doshas and Prakruti 
    • The 7 Dhatus (vital tissues that provide nourishment, structure and growth to the human body
    • The Srotas (the channels in the body)
    • Subdoshas 
    • Samprapti: Ayurvedic Pathogenesis- A six-stage model that explains how disease develops
    • Ayurvedic Psychology 
    • Khavaigunya: the defective space where Dementia and Alzheimer’s develop
    • Dementia and Alzheimer’s
    • Classical Treatments

    Module 3: Integrative Medicine Approach to Brain Disorders

    • Rise in Brain Disorders
    • Contributing Factors to Dementia 
    • Chronic Inflammation 
    • Common Drugs that May Increase Risk of Dementia
    • Solutions to Brain Dysfunction
    • The Impact of Technology
    • The MIND Diet 

      Module 4: Ayurvedic Perspective on Diet for Brain Health

      • Ayurvedic Strategies to Strengthen Agni
      • Diet and lifestyle guidelines

      Module 5: Integrative Medicine Strategies for Optimal Brain Function

      • Identify and Treat Depression 
      • Diagnose and Treat Chronic Infections 
      • Test for Food Sensitivities 
      • Balance Blood Sugar 
      • Optimize the Microbiome and Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome 
      • Leaky Gut – Leaky Brain 
      • Gut-Brain Axis 
      • Why Leaky Brain Matters 
      • My Top 5 Brain Foods
      • Optimize Microbiome – Probiotics 
      • Sleep 
      • Exercise 
      • Intermittent Fasting 
      • The Role of Toxins in Brain Disease 
      • Detoxification 
      • Ayurvedic Detoxification 
      • The Effects of Chronic Stress on the Brain 
      • The Effects of Meditation on the Brain 
      • My Top 5 Ayurvedic Supplements for the Brain 
      • Challenge Your Brain
      • Maintain a Positive Attitude 
      • Manage Your Emotions Well 
      • Gratitude and Forgiveness
      • The Lesson of Placebos 
      • Spirituality 

      Module 6: Some Final Thoughts on Age

      • Age is a Mental State
      • As you age, you do not automatically have to lose brain function and develop dementia
      • Age should not be used as an excuse for not feeling well
      • In my practice, I do not accept the excuse “I must be getting old” as an explanation for any symptom
      Course Contents: Ayurveda & Chronic Stress, Anxiety and Depression

      1. Introduction
      1.1 The state of mental health around the globe
      1.2 Flaws in the pharmaceutical treatment of Depression
      1.3 What is Depression and the criteria that you can use to identify it
      1.4 Anxiety and its main symptoms explored
      1.5 Chronic stress and how you can draw a line between 'good stress' and harmful stress
      1.6 How stress affects your body
      1.7 The Flight or Fight Reaction: Understanding your body's defense mechanism

      2. Symptoms and causes of Depression, Anxiety, and Chronic Stress
      2.1 What are the common causes of Depression and Anxiety
      2.2 Understanding the 'inflammation model' of Depression and LPS
      2.3 What you did not know about the 'Leaky Gut Syndrome' and its relation to Depression and Anxiety
      2.4 What Ayurveda tells you about Depression
      2.5 Vata-type Depression: What are the causes and how you can identify it through the symptoms
      2.6 Pitta-type Depression: What causes it and how does it manifest in an individual
      2.7 The causes behind the Kapha type of Depression and how you can identify it
      2.8 Understanding the implications of Weill Cornell Medicine's collaborative study on biomarkers in Depression


      3. Treatment of Depression, Anxiety, and Chronic Stress
      3.1 Diet Changes: How can people of all doshas fight these ailments by making informed diet modifications
      3.2 What changes you can make in your lifestyle to deal with Depression, Anxiety and Chronic Stress
      3.3 General guidelines for you to follow
      3.4 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): Medicinal treatments for depression explained
      3.5 Individualized treatment of Vata type Depression
      3.6 The diet and herbs you should consume, the lifestyle and exercise recommendations you should follow for Pitta type Depression
      3.7 Individualized treatment recommendations that provide a personalized plan to fight Kapha-type Depression

      4. Symptomatic Relief
      4.1 How you can treat the symptoms rather than the cause for short term relief
      4.2 Herbal remedies and traditional therapies that you did not know about