Do you feel like you’re too sick to get better? Or that circumstances are overwhelming you? The stories we tell ourselves impact our health in often unseen ways. Today, Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi, a unique healer with a PhD in Natural Medicine, reminds us that mindset and mindfulness can transform our health, even when all else has failed.
He goes over the 4 pillars that he considers the bedrock of wellbeing-sleep, nutrition, movement, and mindfulness. And he focuses especially on the benefits of a grateful, “every day is Christmas kind” of attitude. He shares stories of how his childhood in Sri Lanka has shaped his own journey. And tells of people he has encountered who have overcome incredible obstacles and achieved optimal physical health and success thanks to a healing, flow-state kind of mindset.
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Within the below transcript the bolded text is Hilda.
You may have heard phrases like, “You are the placebo. You are what you think.” In this episode, we explore how the power of the mind and our mindset affects the healing process. This is Episode 398 and our guest is Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi. Navin has a PHD in Natural Medicine and he has worked in the NBA with the Washington Wizards for many years. He helps elite athletes worldwide along with all kinds of people who are simply ready as he puts it to awaken the healer within.
Navin discusses his four pillars of abundant health, sleep, nutrition, mindfulness and movement. He sees these as a bedrock foundation for well-being and he especially focuses on how important mindset is for entering into a flow healing state. He tells a story, for example, of an athlete who was injured and couldn’t even tie his shoe before a game and how mindset helped him achieve unexpected results in that game. He also speaks of people groups who are able to suspend their bodies with hooks on their backs and yet smile while doing so.
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Welcome to the show, Navin.
Hilda, thank you so much for having me. I’m so excited.
It is such a joy to see you and I’m so glad my friend Thaddeus introduced us. You have worked with top-level athletes, NBA, WNBA and Olympians. You have a beautiful approach. What do you bring to these high-performing people that other nutritionists, consultants and doctors might not?
For example, say you have knee pain. You go to a doctor, a physical therapist, a nutritionist, a chiropractor and then acupuncture. Think about a one-stop shop. Think about Walmart. You go there and get your bananas, toilet paper, clothes and socks. I am that one-stop shop. If somebody comes to me with knee pain, I’m going to look at their stool, blood, urine and breathing. I’m going to treat them with needling, acupuncture, osteopathic techniques and manipulations.
Not only that. With my PHD and Doctorate, I will look at their brain because we learn that it’s through the brain. I’m able to look at CT scans and MRIs to see what in the brain causes this. What is in the brain that’s hanging and not letting your knee become a normal thing? Remember, everything’s like a paper cut. When you get a paper cut, it heals.
The fact that you’ve been on pharmaceuticals for 10 years or you’re going to 6 different doctors, you’re having 5 surgeries. It’s going from the knee to the back, to the chest, to the heart, to the heart attack. You’re not whole. My job is to come and connect the dot, figure out and see how you can be pain-free, how you can smile, dance and have Christmas every day. That’s what I do.
That’s so beautiful and I’m so glad you mentioned the mindset piece too because someone might have pain in their knee but it may not be due to a physical injury. It might be some emotional or trauma-based situation. Is that right?
The mind is the most powerful thing. For example, this morning, you got up and said you were going to brush your teeth. You put your attention in the bathroom and the body follows. You said, “I want to have some coffee.” All of a sudden, you are in front of the coffee machine, have a cup of coffee and you’re drinking. You don’t even know. We are programmed already in our minds.
For example, going back to the paper cut, when you get the cut, you already trust and surrender that it’s going to heal. You don’t even pay attention. It heals. That cut is the same thing when your back hurts. We are thinking about it. We are like, “My doctor says it’s going to take eight weeks to heal. My doctor said I got to have surgery.” You are giving empowerment to somebody else.
Just like the paper cut, if somebody said, “It’s going to take 2 weeks to heal,” it will heal in 2 weeks. It’s what you believe. It’s the thoughts that you say to yourself, the body follows as it followed you to the bathroom and the coffee cup. The body will follow what you say. If you’re going to say, “My back’s going to get healed in 8 weeks,” if you say 6 months, it will in 6 months.
That’s what I see in professional athletes. I got so many stories to share with you. For example, one of the athletes had a grade three high ankle sprain. He was out and the doctor said 6 to 8 weeks. In ten days, he had a basketball game that he wanted to play in. He said, “Navin, the doctor says 6 to 8 weeks but I want to play. I’m going to play. Help me.” I’m like, “Let’s get it done.”
He played for ten days. Not only that, he set a record for most assists ever. Not only he played but he played at a higher level. What I’m trying to say is that when other people tell you, “You have stage four cancer, you’re going to die. You have a disease. You’re not getting healthy,” we believe in that. However, this athlete said, “According to my paper, 6 to 8 weeks. Doctors are treating my paper but I am a creator. I am magic. I’m going to play in ten days.” Not only he played but he also created magic. Those are the people that show us that, “If he can do it, I can do it. Those are my role models.” That’s showing us that we can get healed.
What happened was this kid said, “I’m going to get healed in 7 days,” he would’ve gotten healed in 7 days, even though he was limited to 10 days because the game was in 10 days. We have to tell ourselves a story of we don’t need five months to heal. I’ve seen patients who take a scan on Friday with stage four MRI cancer. On the weekend, they realize, “I’m incurable. If it’s incurable, it means I had to go within to heal.” They take ownership of their health because everybody else has given up on them. They had cancer for all these years. That weekend, something happened to them that they believed in their selves so much. They go to the doctor and said, “Doc, you got to take MRI again on my breast.”
The doctor was like, “Why?” “I healed myself.” The doctor was like, “What do you mean? No.” They would go and pay from their pocket for another imaging because their doctor’s like, “No, you need to go home and sleep. You didn’t get sleep.” All of a sudden, that breast cancer is no longer there on film 48 hours later. How is that possible? I see that day after day. Those are my heroes. They’re able to believe and create their health. Think about it. It’s breast cancer. That’s a cancerous cell but you’re able to heal over a week or seven days. It’s amazing.
If I’m hearing you correctly, Navin, you collaborate and work with people but you also help them tap into their ability to heal.
Yes. Hilda, we are the healer within us. Going back to the paper cut, that’s the easiest. All of us got a paper cut and a scratch. I want to share a quick story. During my doctoral work, I remember seeing a study. It says, “A mom’s kiss for a baby is bigger than any pharmaceutical.” That was one of my a-ha moments that I’m like, “When mom kisses the baby, everything healed.” They forgot about crying.
It’s like when we would kiss our kids and say, “It’s all better now,” we weren’t kidding. It was all better.
It’s all better. It’s not kidding. It’s evidence-based. We can create whatever we want. The medicine we know through brain scans and MRIs, we can create whatever is in our brain. We could create ayahuasca, LSD, crack cocaine or pain relievers through our brains. We know that. That means we are the biggest pharmacy. We can heal within ourselves.
Navin, why are so few of us tapping into that? Why don’t we understand that? Why are we living with so much disease?
It’s because we are not at ease. That’s where the disease comes from. We don’t know. Nobody talks. I was in India years ago. I didn’t know about it even though I had stories. When I was with the Washington Wizards, on my first day, I remember the story. There’s a machine called ultrasound and it’s a heat wave that’s not like lights come on and nothing. It’s heated. You put a gel and use it. You turn on the machine and time. This was in the first week. I still remember I used it on this player. Afterward, I wiped the leg, he walked out and was like, “Navin, it feels good. I’m warm. I’m ready to go to practice.” I realized I never turned the machine on.
I’m like, “What is this?” That was a moment. This was in 2001. That was a moment when I realized there was something in it. Same as with Washington Wizards. I remember my coworker and this player are going to laugh. We ran out of caffeine pills. This player would take 6 milligrams of caffeine. That’s almost like six cups of coffee before the game. Every game, I leave it in his locker. I ran out of it. I put in Vitamin C pills. They are the same size.
I remember him asking, “Did you put the pills?” I’m like, “Yeah, why are you asking?” He’s like, “No. Just asking.” He knew it might not be but he didn’t know. He took it. I remember asking in the middle of the game, “How are you doing? Are you good?” He’s like, “Yeah. I’m good. I’m juiced up. I’m good to go.” This kid had an amazing game. At the end of it, I’m like, “There’s no caffeine. This guy played.”
We are the placebo. We can create any medication with our thoughts. When we go to a doctor, they give us a prescription. They don’t tell us. Our ancestors knew this. This is nothing new. Our ancestors did dental work. They hypnotized us in dental work. They did brain surgeries in the 1800s. The medicine came after that. Anesthesia came in the mid-1900s. Before that, they did brain surgeries. We know that in India, they did dental work. How did they do that?
In World War II, there were great studies that they ran out of anesthesia. They were putting saline into these soldiers, taking bullets out and nothing was going wrong. It’s the believer. We believe in the outside but we know that at the same time when we put a chemical in our body, the chemical has a side effect, even for sickness, flu or asthma.
I had a kid who was taking asthma medication every single day, even though he didn’t have it because he believe in his dad and the doctors. Remember, a side effect of an asthma inhaler is difficulty on breathing. He’s taking medicine for the difficulty of breathing. He has a difficulty of breathing. He’s taking more medicine. He’s in the cycle. We don’t get taught in school because patients want a piece of paper. They want something to take. Healing within us is not known even though all our ancestors did it. It’s forgotten.
We don’t get taught in this school because patients want a piece of paper. They want something to take. Healing within us is not known even though all our ancestors did it. It’s forgotten.
I wanted to ask you a little bit about your childhood, Navin. Where were you raised? Were you introduced to any of these concepts about healing as you were growing up?
I was raised in beautiful Sri Lanka. When I was fourteen years old, I came here to high school. In Sri Lanka, there’s a lot of “woo-woo.” I was talking to my dad. I’m Buddhist. That’s the area where I grew up. There are Hindus. Hilda, they will say, “God, thank you for getting me this new job. To thank you, I’m going to put a hook in my back and skin and hang myself. I’m going to stay like this for 1 or 2 days, 3 hours. I’m believing the God, the higher power so I don’t have any pain. I’m not going to bleed. I’m not going to feel it.” I remember seeing those.
These men were hanging from hooks in their skin as an act of gratitude. They weren’t bleeding. They weren’t feeling pain.
No, because God got me the kid, God or higher power source, whoever got me whatever they asked for, the baby, the job, the car, the house, it wasn’t painful. I’m going to give something back. I’m going to do something. If you google people hanging on hooks in India, you’ll see seven people on a circle thing. I saw that.
You knew what was possible.
I knew that people were able to overcome and heal. I saw all these things when I was little but it didn’t mean anything to me until I came here and went on this journey. I know that our mind is so bigger than what we can do physically.
I do want to go back to the physical because I’ve looked at your website. You and I have talked before and you talked about how there’s 10% of our health or our life that we can address that will help alleviate the issues with the other 90%. Can you talk to us about maybe the four pillars of foundational good health?
It’s about what can we do. We could sleep. Quality of sleep. We know it’s healing. We know people are worried about Alzheimer’s and dementia but that’s brain healing. We got to sleep. We know that all the blue zones in the world walk and move. It’s not exercising. They were crawling, rolling and walking. We know the movement. Our ancestors did the movement. The Maasai people do the movement. Sleep, movement and nutrition. It’s not about being on a certain diet. Eat what you had. When we spent time with the Maasai, nose to tail, they eat meat. They might eat some fruit or honey, wherever they are. If you are about to go to Mongolia, you’re going to see them eating differently.
When you go to Sri Lanka, we have thousands of plants. When you go to Whole Foods, you’re going to see ten different vegetables. In Sri Lanka, there are thousands. There are so many. My dad would make so many. Nutrition, eat what’s available, eat local, eat natural, eat from the garden and eat pickets. We got to sleep. It’s under our control. Movement, we control it. We don’t need any money. Sleep doesn’t need any money. Nutrition is what’s available. Make what’s available to you. If you’re eating something from a package or it’s made in a factory, you are not a factory. You’re a human being. You need sun, water and ground. Eat stuff that’s living that needs sun, water and ground. That’s three.
My favorite and biggest as I get older, I realized this in my life more and more, is mindfulness. Be present. That is everything. The reason that I said mindfulness or being present last is that it’s the most important. When you are here, whatever you eat, it digests, then you can sleep better because you’re not thinking. You’ll have your monkey mind. You want to eat and run around because you got so much energy. You want to dance, sing and run around.
It starts with the mind and being present. When you have that, everything falls below the pipeline and river. It’s perfect and clean. Mindfulness starts from thought. I want to share a quick story with you. I was in a store and I always make a point to talk to people in front of me because the cashier is him. They’re having a tough day. This guy’s looking down. His name was Steve. I’m like, “Good morning, Steve. How are you?” He’s like, “Fine.” I was like, “What’s wrong? What are you doing?” He’s like, “I’m trying to get to your level.” I’m like, “What do you mean my level? All I said is a good morning.”
He doesn’t know me. He didn’t see me. It’s the worst. It’s the energy. I knew that. I was like, “Steve, my level is a made-up story. I tell a story to myself, ‘Life is Christmas.’ When I say it, my body becomes Christmas. I feel like Christmas rubbing on you.” He still has his head down. I said, “Thank you. Have a great day.” I go. He was the last cashier by the door. He turned around and said, “Thank you.” He got it. At that moment, he had Christmas. Think about that. It’s thoughts.
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As you’re speaking, I can’t help but think children also are very good at mindfulness. When they’re playing in the dirt or running around with their friends, they’re not thinking about what they’re going to eat for dinner or the timing of the homework. They’re in the moment. There’s a lesson to be learned there too.
At the moment, that’s the flow state. That’s what I see with basketball players. When they shoot and are in the moment, the basket looks like a sea. It’s like throwing a rock. They’re so in the moment. They don’t know the clock, the time, the coach or anybody else. They don’t even see anybody in front of them. They feel like it’s them having fun, singing, dancing and smiling. They don’t have any pain when they’re in the flow state. On Christmas day, most of your pain is gone. One of the things that when a mom’s about to give birth to a kid, the mom doesn’t have any diseases. All the diseases are gone because they are in so much joy. They’re living for somebody else but they’re living for them.
They’re healed. They’re whole. They are in that state of flow. Like a kid, it’s Christmas every day. It’s like Zanzibar, Tanzania and all these countries. The kids are playing with dirt but in their minds, they’re living in a palace. This joy of abundance we create, we came here to smile, dance and help each other and hug and be in gratitude. All that is coming from us. One of my mentors said, “You are the thinker of your thoughts.” Why would you think sad thoughts? Even though Stanford University shows that we think 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day and 80% to 90% are bad. Notice that. Go the opposite way.
80% to 90% are bad thoughts and we think 50,000 to 60,000 a day?
Yes. We are thinking about plan B. “I’m going on a flight tomorrow. What if I miss it? What if I don’t pack it?” Plan B, C, D. If you say, “If I don’t pack anything, it’s going to be great. If I pack it, it’s great. My flight’s going to be on time. If I don’t make it on time, I’m going to meet somebody and it’s going to be great. They’re going to bump me to first class, where I’m going to have a shower on the flight.” That’s exciting. It’s the game. “What am I going to get on Christmas?” That’s the feeling that you want to have. This guy’s name is Jim and he said, “Think thoughts that are going to serve you.” He woke me up by saying that.
Have you seen this mindfulness help some people in pain also to realize their power within?
Yes. In my journey, I go from working for a team to being in the team and then I’m my own person. At the same time, I only take patients that are called “incurable.” They had cancer three times. They got pancreatic cancer or liver cancer. They had four total knee surgeries. They are athletes that doctors say it’s going to take six months to heal. That’s a time.
I take these patients and we figure out. Mind is the most powerful thing because we know that when you go to conventional medicine, you are given a label. You have this disease. Your ICD code is 95132. You have this autoimmune. There’s a gene. You are meant to be sick. I go there and we take the kitchen table. I work with our patients one on one only in their houses and relay everything out. We connect the dots.
Is this a childhood thing? Is this something of somebody else’s disease? Did you get this disease by thinking your mom had this disease and you are meant to get it right? You created the disease. Just like we can heal our thoughts, we can create the disease because you’re like, “My mom got it when she was this age. I’m going to get it.” You’re manifesting that disease and creating that fear. Either you are in love, surrender Christmas every day or you fear. Either you’re pregnant or not pregnant. There’s no gray. You’re one or the other.
Just like we can heal our thoughts, we can create the disease.
I’m a GPS. I guide these patients to figure out they’re in fear and that’s why they got sick. That’s why they have a disease because they’re not at ease. I’m like, “That’s a stop sign. There’s a car. Turn left. Maybe we’ve got to turn back and go through this round. Even though it’s a longer round, you get there faster without any problem and it’s going to be the most abundant.” I’m not the healer. They’re the healer. I am here to heal, awakening the healing response within you.
I’m thinking about a reader who may be saying, “Fine for you to say this, Navin, but my circumstances are extremely difficult. Either I’ve been sick for years or my family has turned their back on me.” They are either programming or by choice, feeling under the weather, under the circumstances. How can they start to implement some of this mindfulness or this Christmas attitude in their lives?
When you start asking the question, the first thing that you say is a story. “My life, my wife, my dog, they laid me off.” It’s a story. It’s not your story. I want to shake people and say, “It’s not your story. It’s a story from yesterday. It’s a story tomorrow. At this moment, the fact that you can read this means you got electricity, Wi-Fi, a computer or a phone. Come on. Isn’t that a Christmas?”
In this second, you are being present, you are healed. Can you make this that healing moment to the next second? 10:01, 10:02, 10:03. All of a sudden, you’re not worried about this old story years ago. My dad had an old story from when he was little. I’m like, “Dad, this happened when you were ten years old.” You carrying a piano on your back for 65 years and those people are not even living. Those people are struggling. You’re in America. You are in abundance. We get to carry this big piano or a big 50-pound bag of rice in our bag for no reason. When we let it go, we surrender.
One of my patients messaged me and said, “Navin, thank you. I realized I’d been holding onto three knives. You showed me. I’m bleeding. I want to go to this doctor. I want this doctor. I got this cancer.” He got three different cancers. Guess what happened? When you let the knife go, you don’t bleed anymore. You heal.
Some people heal. They want to hold onto the knife. They see the bleeding. They don’t know. That’s their journey. All of us got a journey. My shaman, Dan Javier, told me, “It’s ego.” If I keep on going and say, “Let the knife go,” no. That’s their journey. Make them aware that they’re holding onto a knife and that’s why they’re bleeding. They have a choice. All of us get a choice. It’s free will and when my patients let the knife go, they heal at that moment
I often will say if a weird thought passes through my head, “What if I were to veer off this bridge or something?” I tell myself, “That’s not my story.” This might sound weird but sometimes I feel like some spirits are trying to get me off track or maybe it’s my programming, trying to think of a bad scenario but I’m like, “That’s not my story.” I love that because it’s empowering. You’re right. It reminds me that I have a choice on what I’m going to focus on. I can either live in fear that I’m going to fly off a bridge or be like, “Look at me. I’m so high above the water. Soon, I’ll be on the other side visiting my friend for dinner.”
It’s the story. I could say, “It’s raining. Why can’t I go outside and dance in the rain?” I could say, “It’s raining. It’s a perfect day for me to do my books. I’m so grateful that it’s raining because in California, it’s been months they didn’t have rain.” Let us tell a story that helps us not only heal. When we heal, we are so full that we get to give it to others.
One of the patient populations that I work with is the medical community. I see that they’re not full because the people that come into their life is hurting. It’s like going down in darkness. It’s raining every day. It’s very hard for them to give if they’re not full. I share, guide, show and make awareness to these medical doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacists that it’s a story that I tell. When they become full, their cup is full. They’re able to give everything to the patients like, “Take this. Take my car or my house. I have everything within me.” We have everything that we need within us.
Before we started rolling, you told me the story of a young man. He was also a basketball player who was in such pain. He couldn’t even sit on a plane. He had to lie down in the aisle. The same thing on the bus. He had to stand near the bus driver. He was heading to a game and yet he still played in the game. Talk to us a little bit about the process he went through to embrace a new story at that moment.
This is an incredible story. Working with professional athletes, I see what the mind could overcome. Even with the Washington Wizards, I saw that. Let’s say they have to play this game and if they don’t play this game, they’re going to leave so much money on the table. That means they can’t buy the car and the house that they promised their mom. I have seen people with torn ligaments playing. It was crazy. This is in 2000. Maybe the teams let people play.
I saw many years ago what a human body could do. Think about it. They don’t have a ligament and they’re a truck going and hitting other trucks. This is not like running around the block. This is American football. You’re getting hit, twisted, pulled and turned. They’re like nothing happened. It’s their mind. Imagine this table. Imagine that one of the legs is broken. You’re putting hundreds and hundreds of pounds on the top and the table is not breaking. How’s that possible? I don’t even know how is that possible. I have no idea.
This story is one of my favorite stories. This guy with Washington Wizards was an incredible athlete and player but this was his last leg. We signed him. If he doesn’t play this year, he’s washed out. He’s done. He’s got to retire. He’s called incurable. There was nothing anybody could give him. He’s got to figure out a way.
When he comes, he’s so excited and I’m excited. His back goes out. I’ll be looking at images. He got a bulging this, herniated this. Everything in the textbook is there. This kid is dying. I remember we are going to Houston to play Houston Rockets. This kid can’t even sit on the flight. He was laying down in our private jet on the floor of a team charter because sitting down is hurting. He’s laying down. I remember going after the shoot-around. He can’t even get on the bus to go to the hotel. He was walking with me. We walked from the hotel. This was from the arena to the hotel.
During game time, he can’t take the bus. He can’t sit. He was sitting by the bus driver, a tall guy and this is the funniest thing. He was in so much pain. I remember at Verizon Center, at a home game, he couldn’t tie his shoelaces. Even a five-year-old could tie his lace. I’m trying to show you and the readers that’s how much of a pain is.
I remember the day that he couldn’t tie his shoelaces at Verizon Center. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds. He was playing at the highest level of basketball, running, jumping and dunking. Even though MRI or your doctor says, “You got to have surgeries. You got a hernia. You shouldn’t do this,” we can do everything. The doctor’s like, “Mrs. Jones, you shouldn’t run. You should bed rest.” No. The medical community told him to bedrest and have the surgery now but with his life circumstance, he knew if he did that, he was done. He is out of business.
It was the power of his mindset like, “I’m going to play this game no matter what. I can’t tie my shoe. I have to lie down on the plane but I’m going to play this game.” That was that spirit of determination that maybe helped him see it through.
He didn’t know any better. When I was learning hypnosis from one of my PhD courses, I went to our Washington Wizards team doctor and was like, “Doc, I cracked one of the teeth. We got to take this tooth out.” He’s like, “I got to do four injections. Take it out.” I’m like, “Doc, I’ve been practicing self-hypnosis. I want to try.” He’s like, “No. This is not the time to play around because this is surgery. If you got to take it out, I got to inject it.” I was like, “No, I want to try it. I want to record it.”
We go back and forth. This doctor’s amazing. He was like, “I’m going to go out. I’m going to give you a minute to think about this. You’re acting crazy.” He gave me some time and I’m not even thinking about anything. I’m getting my phone ready. I know I’m going to try it. He’s like, “Navin, raise your hand if it’s painful.” I recorded it. In the video, you could see them going with a scissor and yanking. I didn’t feel any pain. I didn’t even know if I was there. I was like, “I did it.” We need to try these. We can do it.
I love that we’ve spent so much time talking about mindset, mindfulness and the power of the mind and emotions to help us heal. I want to ask you, Navin. You’ve worked with all these athletes and you’re in such good shape yourself. What movement do you find yourself recommending over and over to different clients or patients?
Years ago, I would’ve probably said, “If somebody’s in jail, they should do the Turkish get up. They get stronger. They could do drills.” At this moment, it’s like, “Can you exhale?” Game over, done. I’m healed. That’s it. That’s my exercise. Can you exhale? Can you breathe everything out? Now, people can’t exhale. When you can’t exhale, run or jump, you are not on and off enough.
You’re constantly on. That means you can’t sleep or digest. You’re in pain. You are in disease. You’re not present. My favorite exercise is exhaling and smiling. That’s the best exercise. When you exhale and smile, all of a sudden, you create dopamine and serotonin in your brain. That’s the happy pill. You want to run around, hug, sing and dance. We are the creator of all medicine.
Can you exhale? Can you breathe everything out? When you can’t exhale, you can’t run, you can’t jump, you are not off enough. You’re constantly on. That means you can’t sleep, you can’t digest, and you are in pain.
When it’s Christmas, you want to run around. You are giving yourself a present every moment. Hilda, thank you for asking that question. Exhale, relax and be present. It’s true. When the Buddha and all these monks and Jesus, all these religious leaders talk to us billions, thousands, hundreds of years ago, they knew what they were talking about.
Hippocrates. They knew what they were talking about. They said, “Surrender. Be healed. Exhale.” When we exhale, we love one another. We see one other. I see the beauty in you. All of a sudden, the reason that I’m saying is your teeth are so white. All of a sudden, our gut microbiomes are so clean. There’s no tar in our teeth because we are whole. We could digest the pizza, liver or bone marrow. We can digest them easily because we are whole.
We are not fighting our system. Our hormones are harmonized. We are creating testosterone hormones. We could give birth to kids. We could give milk to our babies. We know that in society, people are struggling to give birth or milk. When you smile and be present, everything is perfect. It’s Christmas.
Thank you so much, Hilda. If you are reading this, you are ready for this and understand this. You don’t even have to share with this anybody. This message is for you. The time is right. It’s not yesterday. It’s not tomorrow. We were supposed to do this on October 20th, 2021. We didn’t do it. This would not have been this authentic. I would not have gone on my journey to see the heroes of my patients smiling, exhaling and healing themselves.
The fact that you’re reading, this is ready for you. Go within yourself to cure. We have everything within us. Thank you so much, Hilda. I’m so grateful for me to share this because you are my teacher. I’m your teacher. We are here to serve each other, help each other evolve, grow and go on our journey, Christmas journey, look around, see, smile and enjoy. Thank you so much.
Go within you to cure. We have everything within us.
It’s been a pleasure. If you guys could see how Navin is beaming, he is a beautiful soul I’m so thankful. I want to pose to you the question I often pose at the end of the show. You may have already answered it in a way but I often try to offer people something very practical they can do at the end. It may be exhaling. If there’s one thing the reader could do to improve their health, what would you recommend that they do, Navin?
I tell this to America’s best medical doctors. Feel your big toe. Feel your little toe. You just meditated for two seconds. You are present. Can we exhale? Isn’t that amazing? You meditate for two seconds and you reset your computer. You pressed control, ALT, delete. You’re living. Your computer is on. It is perfect. It’s working. You’re good to go. Can we cultivate this every minute of the minute when we are driving, on the train, on the bus, at the Thanksgiving table or we are stressed? Feel your big toe. Feel your little toe. It’s there. Exhale. I’m good to go.
I am good to go. Navin, thank you for these words of encouragement. You have been a blessing.
Thank you, Hilda. You are amazing. You’re loving, kind and beautiful. Thank you so much.
Our guest was Navin Hettiarachchi. Check out his website NavinHealth.com. You can find me on Instagram @HolisticHilda and my Holistic Hilda YouTube channel. For a letter to the editor from a recent journal. This letter’s entitled Gratitude For The Chapter System. “I want to thank the foundation for establishing the chapter leader system and thank the individual people who have given their time to become chapter leaders. My gratitude for your work grew recently when I was visiting family, a newborn and her parents in Florida. I knew chapter leaders would help with finding local foods but never thought about the value of finding a local doctor.”
“During my visit, I learned that the precious two-month-old was going the next day for her shots. Her parents were feeling pressured and did not know how to avoid this. In a bit of a panic, I contacted chapter leader Mandy Bloom. She quickly got back to me with the name of a practice where the doctors do not pressure but leave decisions to the parents. Within a couple of hours of my request to Mandy, the parents had canceled the appointment for the next day and had a new appointment scheduled at the recommended office where toxic shots are not suggested as a way to keep your little one healthy.”
“I will be forever grateful for the timing of the visit and Mandy’s help. Chapter leaders will never know the rippling effect of their efforts. Thank you, chapter leaders.” The letter is from Kathy in Maryland. Kathy, thank you for your letter. Thank you for telling us how you felt and how you managed that situation.
The chapter leader system is phenomenal. All you have to do to contact your local chapter leader is go to our website, WestonAPrice.org, click on Find Food and Local Chapters and you can see the listing of local chapter leaders in the US but also all around the world. I hope this encourages you to contact them to find real food and practitioners where you live. Thank you so much for reading. Stay well all season long. Hasta pronto.
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About Navin Hettiarachchi
Dr. Navin Hettiarachchi has a doctorate and a PhD in Natural Medicine and worked in the NBA with the Washington Wizards for 17 years. He is the #1 health and wellness doctor and one of a kind in the world with the innate ability to integrate different healthcare disciplines to help people heal.
Just like Dr. Weston A. Price, Dr. Navin travels around the world learning from pioneers in healthcare and medicine to African tribes, shamans, Buddhist monks, and scholars. He now works with patients who have tried every type of conventional method – pills, therapies to multiple surgeries – and still do not see sustainable results and know that this is NOT how they want to live the rest of their life. He works with patients to awaken the healer within and become the CEO of their own health and wellbeing.🖨️ Print post