Around 10% people in the developed world are on antidepressant pills, and around 40,000 kodokushi happens in Japan every year. Kodokushi is lonely death when body is discovered rotting several days after the death. According to WHO 25% people globally suffer from physiological and mental illnesses and over 2 lakh people in India commit suicide every year. These are the numbers, but if we keep these numbers aside and ask to ourselves – am I happy? The answer may not be a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for most people because we are living in the age of manufactured happiness, wherein people are taught if they drink Coke they are happy, if they wear Armani they are happy, if you stood first in the class you are happy, if your spouse is wealthy, good looking and loyal, you are happy.
There is a fundamental design difference in plants and animals. Plants are designed to be sitting at one
place their whole life. Animals are supposed to be moving most of the time, sometime very swiftly for
hunting or escaping a predator. To keep animals motivated for these activities (and others linked to
socializing and reproduction), Nature created certain places or pathways in their brain known as the
reward centres and pleasure pathways. Where on activation, dopamine release increases along with opiates
and other neurochemicals, giving a ‘high’. This ‘high’ becomes a motivational factor for doing the same
Humans have moved away from their natural habitats. They have also left hunting-gathering kind of
evolutionary livelihood. In the search of ‘high’, they have been continuously inventing wage and means.
These range from sports to drugs and many other stimulants that can give ‘high’ with little effort. And
it is this ‘effort’ efficiency that makes the things addictive. If one achieves something without making
much effort one is likely to want it more and more and overdose oneself. This overdosing reduces the
sensitivity of dopamine receptors. Then the same quantity of stimuli fails to bring the same level of
high. One needs to increase the dose and gets caught in the vicious trap. Side effects involved at
neurological, physiological, psychological, productivity, social, environmental and other dimensions
make the situation worse. Most addictions lead to deep productivity loss, health loss, depression and
sometimes suicide. The internet is available with such a great convenience. It needs almost no effort
and also providing anonymity. Hence, it has the right cocktail to become additive.
Like other addictions, most people under this do not realize their addiction. There are a host of
emotional and physical symptoms that are the indicators of the addiction. Also, there are several
diagnostic tests available, the popular one is Beard’s.
The therapeutic protocol for iDisorder aimed at two things. First, helping the participant to improvise
their physiological, neurological, psychological and societal status. This calms them down and
strengthens themselves from within. Second, is to bring closer with other means of getting ‘high’ that
are healthy in nature. Particularly doing strenuous physical labour, exposing to the elements and deep
sharing with the peers to develop a sense of belongingness. There are 3 in-forest and 1 home component.
The recommended period for forest component is 7-10 days and that of for home 3-4 weeks.
Sehatvan protocol is comprised of 3 steps:
Epigenetic Balancing and Calming (5 days): We call this component as ‘Getting Analog’. During
this phase, we try avoiding all the devices. The first and immediate need of calming is met by
indulging with sunshine, mud and cow-dung. All three have powerful ‘ant-depressant’ effect.
High-intensity physical activity reduces the temptation for devices on one hand and strengthens
the body at the other. It helps improvise sleep quality, and thereby, bringing-in neurological
smoothening. High-quality conversations with community members increase belongingness.
Activities like dancing, singing, painting, letter writing are also recommended.
Autophagic Cleansing and Mental Reboot (3 days): A short water only fast is also included in the
protocol, this helps in physiological and mental detox. Some researchers say that fasting
improves neural synapses bringing-in more mental clarity and stability.
Refeeding (2 days): This period is to break the food fast as well as device fast and see if the
temptation for devices is reduced or not.
Subsequent to the forest components participants are given a tailor made home protocol, which primarily
aims at living a non-sedentary lifestyle with high-effort stimuli for 3 to 4 weeks.
What is Forest Therapy?
This is a healing process based on strengthening and calming, cleansing and rejuvenating the
rebooting the self-recovery system and also facilitates reversing of diseases.
Who can do it?
This programme is suitable for healthy people as well as those suffering from diseases.
people can benefit by increasing their stamina and health-span while people suffering from
ailments can reverse their diseases.
Who cannot do this?
Those who need constant medical attention, who have difficulty in walking and do not enjoy
their own work.
Which diseases is the process helpful in?
Diabetes, BP(Hypertension), Heart issues, Stress, Thyroid, Obesity(weight-loss),
& prevention), PCOD and other lifestyle and autoimmune diseases.
What is the procedure? How long does it take?
This process of Forest Therapy has been developed by health scientist Dr. Vipin Gupta and is
CNA (Community-living, Nature and Autophagy) which can be done at Sehatvan. The duration
differently for everyone, based on your current health and healing ability.
About Dr. Vipin Gupta
A drug discovery scientist, he spent over two decades developing new medicines for
pharma companies in India, Europe and America. In 2011 he was invited by The Royal
Academy of Sciences at Nobel Museum, Stockholm to represent Southeast Asia. He
research publishing company ‘Inventi’ in 2010 and a self-healing space ‘Sehatvan’ in
‘Sahaj Sehat’ series carries the viewpoints of how body’s auto-repair capabilities can
of medicines redundant in lifestyle diseases.