2021 Feb 15
Ranjan was born chronically sick. His mother, who nursed him, was lucky to get two straight hours of sleep during the first year. And he remained sick for the first 15 years of his life. He was in constant need of medication. Even then, the pain he suffered was so overwhelming that, during adolescence, he had lost any desire to live. Can you imagine, a child that young being driven to that extreme by an illness?
As a teen, he was sent to a boarding school in Britain. Little did he know when he left that his life was about to change forever. In Britain, he came to know a healer who, as he put it, “taught him how to use his body the way evolution has designed it to be used”. What happened next was nothing short of miraculous, well, at least according to the practitioners of western medicine; he turned from being chronically sick to chronically well!
This is how we began our conversation about living a life free of medication. As he told me, he hasn’t taken any pills in some 50 years. At the age of 60, following a medical check-up, he was told by the doctors that his metabolic age was 45 years. Simply saying, his body was 15 years younger than his actual age.
His professional work as a healer and a health trainer has developed from this personal journey, and along the way, he has come across a wealth of interesting experiences. I was now about to hear some of it, but in the corner of my mind, just like you might be having right now, I had my doubts. How real is ‘healing’ really?
Maybe he sensed what I felt, so he recalled a Harvard study, of which he was a part. It had been conducted with a few hand-picked healers from around the world. As the study showed, the samples he ‘treated’ had measurably more energy than the samples that were not treated. And as he jokingly pointed out, he might be the Sri Lankan who has been invited to Buckingham Palace most frequently. This is because he was treating a member of the royal family. I had to admit if someone who had access to the best healthcare in the world chose to receive treatment from Ranjan instead, what he has to say must be worth paying attention to.
He wasn’t the type to mince his words, and he explained to me that we live in a world where healthcare has been turned into a money-making machine by the pharmaceutical industry. As a result of this shift, today, the social programming we are bombarded with is that we are the helpless victims who are at the mercy of the pharmaceutical industry.
Take for example ‘germ theory’. It suggests that organisms too small to be seen except through a microscope, like bacteria, viruses and fungi, invade our body causing disease. Then to rescue us from the disease, we need to be given some sort of pill or tablet. But think of the Coronavirus pandemic we are facing right now. How come so many people who get infected are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t show any symptoms at all?
New scientific research has found that these microorganisms aren’t the real culprit here. The real cause of these diseases is a malfunctioning immune system. So taking prescription medicine to fight these organisms is only addressing the symptoms. It’s quite like mopping the floor instead of fixing the leak in the tap to stop the floor from getting wet. Even illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s disease that seem to be inevitabilities of growing old, are the result of a mismanaged mind and body.
To illustrate this point, Ranjan told me about one of the patients he treated last year. She is a high-powered lawyer living in the UK. She had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2017 and has been on medication since. But the thing is, Western medicine can’t stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease completely, it can only slow it down. So despite being on medication, by last year, she could no longer write. Ranjan was flown from Sri Lanka to the UK to start treatment immediately. While giving her treatments, what he focused on was changing the lifestyle she had got used to over the past couple of decades. The outcome? She regained the ability to write!
I was curious to know what changes he meant, and how those changes might help us convert to living a medication-free life. As he explained, there are 6 keys to achieving this:
- Practise deep breathing. When done correctly, instead of the chest rising and falling, you should notice your belly expanding and contracting as you inhale and exhale.
- Drink 2 – 3 litres of water a day to keep yourself hydrated.
- Adopt a plant-based diet that doesn’t include refined, processed or artificial food. And have your last meal at least 3 hours before you sleep.
- Make exercising a habit. Living in a stress-filled environment as we do, often sitting in front of a screen for a long period of time, the benefits of stretching simply can’t be overstated.
- Meditate regularly. Scientific studies have shown that meditation can change our genetic inheritance from less healthy to more healthy.
- Get 8 hours of sleep every night, ideally between 10 pm and 6 am, in complete darkness. Remember, the body functions in sync with the earth, and follows a time structure. And it is during sleep that our body clears out metabolic waste. Not allowing waste like beta amyloids to be removed can lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
Ending our conversation, Ranjan reminded me that the Western bio-medical model focuses on illness. In contrast, our Eastern medicinal systems like Ayurveda, ‘ayur’ meaning life and ‘veda’ meaning science, focus on health. So, the path to a medication-free life has always been embedded in our culture. It is just that, in embracing everything Western, people have forgotten our ways. Well, I think it’s about time we remembered.
If this sparked your curiosity, keep an eye out for Ranjan’s newest book ‘Love: How to Be’, which will be released next month (March, 2021). Fourth book of a quintet of books titled ‘Realising Reality’, it explores the new knowledge in health and sexuality. But be warned, it’s filled with hard truths that aren’t always easy to digest. After all, as George Bernard Shaw said, “all great truths begin as blasphemies.”