I still remember the day my understanding of good health shifted. It was a bitterly cold, gray winter day in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This was unusual because like Denver, Colorado, New Mexico is known for sunny winter days.
Albuquerque park on a sunny day.
At the time, I was attending school at the Ayurvedic Institute. I had just rolled up my last tech business. I felt crappy. I meant to get medical help for me & my dad who had had a really bad diabetic attack at the time. I thought I’d be there 2 weeks max but stayed way longer to become an Ayurvedic Coach (much to my surprise).
The amount of mental and physical depletion I put myself through over the years only became apparent to me when I started loosing a patch of hair at my neckline. I blatantly avoided all signs before this but when it came to the way I looked, I freaked out.
We all want to look good.
Enter Dr. Lad
On that cold, gray day, I was at school preparing to stay for evening lecture with Dr. Lad. The man astounded me more than anyone I had ever met. Previously, I had a career regularly meeting important people and yet I had never been so astounded by anyone more than Dr. Lad.
Dr. Lad is an Ayurvedic doctor with the experience of an MD. He communicates with both logic and empathetic wisdom. He has healed thousands in very difficult situations – tuberculosis, cancer & MS, for example. He started understanding & practicing medicine at 8. And at nearly 80 years old, he was up at 4AM and taught till 10PM most nights and STILL reserved time for weekend workshops or to write books. He had never missed a day of work.
I, on the other hand, was so tired that I wore my house slippers (I rationalized that they had soles) to class that day.
I don’t know why I have a one-legged picture of me wearing those same house shoes out.
The Golden Ticket
That day, Dr Lad. gave all of us students a sheet of paper and said, “If you find a way to work this into your life, you will have health. If you are unwell, you will recover if you stick to it. This sheet is 85% of the story of health.”
I looked at this sheet of paper and smiled ear to ear…FINALLY. I promptly examined the sheet and highlighted & annotated it so that I could find the best way to accomplish many of the things listed. Never had I looked so intently at one sheet of paper but to me, Willy Wonka had given us the Golden Ticket. And that Golden Ticket was derived from Ayurvedic texts dating back 10,000 years. AMAZING.
The Surprise Ending
The strangest thing happened after. We had just come back from a short herbal tea & restroom break, and I was ready to dive deep into that “golden ticket paper.”
Dr. Lad asked for questions. The first question was, “Dr. Lad can you tell me the herbal protocol for arthritis?”
He paused for a long moment, closed his eyes, and answered the question. My jaw dropped.
If that sheet of paper contained 85% of the story of health, why don’t we just talk about that? Why not talk about herbs & cleanses (the remaining 15% of health) tomorrow?
He took another question, “Dr. Lad do you think the positioning of the planets, sun & moon greatly affect our health.” He answered again.
A few of us asked questions about the “golden ticket paper” to anchor the conversation but by the end of class, we had jumped all over the place.
Good Health: The Wisdom of Dr. Lad
I decided that day I’d make it my life goal to study, deconstruct, sequence, and organize that “golden ticket paper” so it would work for me & my family/friends. And that’s what I do on this blog and consultations. Remember people have different body types, ways of living, and levels of connection with certain ideas. We are always adapting.
Here’s the Golden Ticket paper that Dr. Lad gave us. It helps everyone and has ultra healing properties for people who are frazzled, anxious or don’t feel like they can control life. If you are conscious of your schedule, even very simply, you can anchor all else.
A few days later, I had my first doctors appointment with Dr. Lad. After talking about my severe vata aggravation despite being born a pitta, he asked for any last questions. I recounted the class from a few days ago and asked, “Why did you not reign the questions in.”
He smiled and answered – “You answer people based on what they want now. If people want to focus on the 15% instead of the 85%, it is okay. Sooner or later they will have to come back to the 85% if they want more than just survival. For that you and I are here.”
BWT Deep Dive
I realized from last week’s survey that there is room for me to provide Ayurvedic explanations for a few conditions, particularly ones I’ve solved. This way you can understand what’s happening inside and link it to either daily practices or herbs or a cleanse (called Pancha Karma in Ayurveda) depending on your comfort.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to do a deep-dive on one condition that I have a lot of experience with. I’ll do an Ayurvedic education and solution post. It will come out in two weeks, not next week.
I’ve narrowed down what condition I’ll discuss based on the majority of entries here. If you want to add what is ailing you so I can consider, click here. I’ll still write about big themes like breath, water, food exercise, etc but want to see how this goes.
I’m humbled that you’ve been on this journey with me.
I’ll leave you with my favorite photo from school.
The master at work explaining how he can diagnose conditions based on your eyes…