Take health, drop diseases
Forest Therapy Module:
A) At Sehatvan (Forest Protocol):
15 to 20 days
B) Home Protocol:
3 to 4 weeks (1 or 2 followup visits/calls)
Cancellation (only upto first 2 days of participation)
Rs. 5000/person is deducted and the balance is refunded.
Change of date:
subject to availability and updated fees.
Perhaps, this module of forest therapy deals with another dimension of the immune issue – autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases are the situation when immune system starts attacking body’s own functional cells thereby either altogether destroying the organ or altering its growth and functionality. There are over 100 autoimmune diseases existing, the most common among them are: Type 1 Diabetes, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple sclerosis, Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Thyroidism, Ulcerative colitis, Alopecia areata etc. Allergy and Asthmas also have autoimmune connection. In a nutshell autoimmune diseases are like your own security guard attacking you.
Considering the basics of the immunity first: immune system functions through mainly two tools – immune cells, such as T cells and natural killer cells, and a range of antigen specific antibodies. The task of immune system could primarily be divided in two parts – 1) surveillance, and 2) regulation. Surveillance is quite a challenging task whereby T cells check each and every cell (also cell components and products) in the body for its nationality and loyalty/goodness, anything foreign or having turned unfaithful is alerted for and handled accordingly. Autoimmune diseases mainly occur due to some problem in this surveillance – either the surveying cells having become mis-educated or the surveyed ones having altered in some way to look suspicious or harmful. Current approach to handle the situation is by administering immunosuppressive agents so that the whole immune system is kind of blinded or cornered. However, this cannot be the solutions, and it is for this reason why all autoimmune diseases are medically incurable.
In this module we attempt to 1) reverse the alterations in host cells and, 2) reeducate, reboot or modulate the immune system. The alteration in the host is usually caused by bound medicines, chemicals, undesired metabolites or toxins and autophagic detox is a great way to getting rid of most of these alterations, and thereby, returning back to the pristine self. Autophagy also reboots and reeducates the immune system. Prior to autophagy a five days epigenetic balancing protocol helps in regulating the gene switching. Self-hatred and depression are also known to have linkage with autoimmunity, because when this - destroying to one self – keeps going in the mind for too long, the immunity starts obeying the signal.
There is one more dimension to this, and that perhaps could be the most important cause of autoimmune issues – we are a bit too sanitized and our immune system doesn’t have enough engagement outside; hence, it turns more to inside, like army of a country having no external threat. Enhancing the external threat a little bit by enriching the microbiota, by cutting down on sanitization, and once in a while having minor injuries, bruises is likely to make the whole immune system more extrovert, and thereby, reduce its hyper inside focus. Tense borders boost national loyalty. Also, our microbiota is like our closest or internal forests and a rich forest has a balanced ecosystem.
Acclimatization and Epigenetic Balancing (5 days):
Forest stay helps fine-tunes gene switching, and once gene-switching is fine-tuned most cell functions and antibody production become remarkably error-free. During this stage we also like people enhancing their connection with the nature; sanitization dramatically reduces our nature connection and most of us are actually over-sanitized. In this phase its recommended getting loose on hygiene – getting dirty, avoiding bathing, putting on unwashed clothes, and above all – not using any cleansing agent like soap, shampoo, hand wash etc. Lot of hard physical labor and sun exposure help reduce, self-hatred, if any. Cow-dung and mud are great antidepressant as well as probiotic.
Autophagic cleansing and rejuvenation (5-10 days):
Water only fast for 5 or more days dramatically cleanses body by detoxing. In this phase virtually all the build-up of the bound medicines, bound chemicals, undesired metabolites and toxins is cleared away, thereby body becoming pure and clean, and hence, autoimmunity is reduced. Longer fasts are rejuvenative in nature and lead to rebooting the immunity and formation of new stem cells. This way the immune system also gets optimized from within. However, in autophagy mode people carrying large toxicities may feel varied uncomfortable detox symptoms, and hence, this step should be taken-up under a supportive and pristine environment only. Medical supervision is compulsory for people on medication.
Microbiota Building (5 days):
Strong microbiota is the strongest and the most lasting protection against all diseases in general and autoimmune diseases in particular. After gradual eating restoration body is actively exposed so as to enrich its microbiota on the skin as well as inside the intestine. This is achieved by using fermented food, drinking raw water and keeping sanitation to bare minimum.
A drug discovery scientist, he spent over two decades developing new medicines for various pharma companies in India, Europe and America. In 2011 he was invited by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences at Nobel Museum, Stockholm to represent Southeast Asia. He co-founded a research publishing company ‘Inventi’ in 2010 and a self-healing space ‘Sehatvan’ in 2016.
‘Sahaj Sehat’ series carries the viewpoints of how body’s auto-repair capabilities can make use of medicines redundant in lifestyle diseases.