Holistic medicine meets holistic learning

Holistic medicine meets holistic learning

Most of us who come to find Ayurveda have been searching for the deeper meaning behind our existence and wanting to add purpose to our lives. A lot of us have struggled against societal norms lacking in compassion and universal awareness so we take action by practicing humanitarian values in an effort to create a stronger relationship to ourselves, our families and to our community. We consistently evaluate the health of our communities, as well as our overall culture. In search of fulfilling this desire, we find a more holistic approach to our being and it feels true that holistic medicine is the anecdote to these concerns. It seems even more natural to begin to learn in environments where this philosophy is not only embraced, but also openly practiced. With that in mind, Todd created Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine based upon this premise. We developed a video to share with you his mission in order to develop a deeper understanding of why we are not your average … [Read more...]

Understanding thyroid issues

Understanding thyroid issues

Thyroid issues are among the most common problems seen in clinical practice, and by some measures, is approaching epidemic levels. In part this phenomena is related to improved early diagnosis, but in some respects it is also related to over-diagnosis, especially in the sense that medical diagnosis often leads to drug treatment and a resultant dependency on pharmaceuticals. Most thyroid issues are hypothyroid, or an under-functioning thyroid, and most of these are diagnosed as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Among hyperthyroid issues, or an over-functioning thyroid, the most common diagnosis is Grave’s disease. While these diseases in some respect couldn’t be more different, they are both caused by autoimmune factors, when the immune system attacks the thyroid. In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis the immune system damages and impairs the thyroid, whereas in Grave’s disease, the immune system overstimulates its activities. While Hashimoto’s and Grave’s are both clearly described autoimmune disease … [Read more...]

Cannabis and Ayurveda

Cannabis and Ayurveda

There are only 22 days to the start of the 2018 spring semester, including a new session of Inside Ayurveda, Food As Medicine, and our new clinical program called Phytomedica. Unmatched for their depth, these three affordable courses are excellent stand-alone programs but also serve as prerequisites for the DSBM Mentorship program, as well as the 2019 Ayurveda Overseas program. To help you make your decision whether to enroll, we have posted some free sample materials of each program. Please see below for more details. Cannabis and Ayurveda A few weeks ago we posted an in-depth article reviewing the medicinal uses of kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), and due to popular request, Todd Caldecott is providing a second opinion on the use of marijuana  (Cannabis indica/sativa) in Ayurveda. This will be a Facebook LIVE event, hosted at facebook.com/toddcaldecott on March 29, at 12pm Pacific time (3pm Eastern). Please join us! Facebook LIVE Q&A If you have any questions … [Read more...]

Should Kratom be banned?

Should Kratom be banned?

Recently the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public statement concerning the “deadly risks” associated with the ingestion of a herb commonly referred to as kratom, also referred to as ketum, biak-biak, kakuam, ithang, or thom. This follows a response by law-makers in some US States that have out-right banned the use of kratom, and an intention by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 2016 to place kratom into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. North of the border in Canada, kratom is allowed for sale but has not been approved for use by Health Canada, and thus like in other US states where it isn’t banned, it is being sold euphemistically as “incense powder” or some other non-helpful product description to skirt its quasi-legal status. Clearly there are some regulatory issues here that need to be resolved, but what are we to make of the FDA’s claim that kratom is “deadly”? What is Kratom? Pronounced “kra-TOM” in the Thai language, kratom is one among several sp … [Read more...]

Ayurveda Overseas Study Program

Ayurveda Overseas Study Program

One of my greatest passions in life is the search for wisdom, and it is for this reason I have been drawn to Ayurveda for over 25 years. The classical texts of Ayurveda contain a vast body of knowledge based on a perennial philosophy that provides for deep insights into the nature of health and healing. Rather than simply being a stale body of book knowledge, Ayurveda is based on the empirical observations of a living tradition. It is for this reason that I have always been drawn to traditional Ayurveda, and the embodiment of an authentic lineage, rather than the Western-style academic training of modern Ayurveda. My first experience with such a lineage was in Coimbatore, south India, where I studied with a student of the late Shree Poomully Neelakandan Namboodiripad, an highly regarded expert in Ayurveda, as well as yoga, music, literature, and the martial arts (kalaripayattu). After returning to North America in 1997 and establishing my clinical practice, I became friends with my … [Read more...]