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Hypothyrodism: A Case History with Dr. Teitelbaum

Hypothyrodism: A Case History

I am seeing rising epidemic levels of thyroid disorders every week in my practice.  The high levels of stress we all experience on an ongoing basis are particularly draining for the endocrine system, especially the thyroid and adrenal glands. Ongoing stress weakens the endocrine system. In this article I want to address the thyroid gland primarily; however, I will be discussing the adrenal gland function as well, since whenever we are trying to balance the thyroid gland, it comes up.

The ancient doctors who cognized Ayurveda described six stages of a disease process.  In the first two stages when an imbalance is developing, the body displays no symptoms yet.  By the third and fourth stages visible and identifiable symptoms become apparent.  And if you let these imbalances continue without addressing them, by the fifth and sixth stages you can develop a full-blown disease, which modern medicine can identify and name. By the fifth stage, it is harder to reverse already. The sixth stage is irreversible.

The goal of medicine, therefore, ideally, should be to detect these imbalances in the earlier stages thus preventing disease.  Modern medicine places the most emphasis on diagnosing and treating disease when the symptoms are visible. With modern medicine, we detect and identify an ailment when it has already advanced to the fifth or even sixth stage, primarily because we do not have an understanding that can help us see and identify and understand things at earlier stages. Modern science monitors patients throughout their lives with bloodwork, scans, etc. and if/when they develop a disease, they administer medicines for suppressing or manage the symptoms of that disease. Identifying the underlying cause is not possible, because the system does not have the tools required for such understanding. And as Vaidya always reminded us, without isolating the underlying cause, it is impossible to correct and address an imbalance at all.

As you can guess, it is much easier to reverse imbalances, when we can identify them at their root, than it is to treat a disease. This is why, in SV Ayurveda, we devote much of our attention on preventing disease, rather than reacting to it.  And this is particularly important in the treatment of thyroid dysfunction.

I see basically two types of thyroid problems in my practice.  The first, and most common, is where I can easily detect thyroid malfunction yet the patient’s thyroid hormones (TSH, T3, T4, thyroid antibodies, etc.) fall within the normal limits. The patient is usually riddled with symptoms of hypothyroidism.

The second scenario is where the thyroid hormones are low, and the doctor immediately prescribes thyroid medication, yet the patient presents to me still fully symptomatic, with continuing symptoms of thyroid imbalance even while on the prescribed medication:  weight gain, hair loss, depression, swelling in the extremities, heartbeat arrhythmias, constipation, cold hands and feet, muscle cramping, and irregular menstrual cycles.

Let’s discuss these two scenarios showing how best we can address them through SVA.  In the first case, we address the thyroid even though the bloodwork shows no signs of problems.  Remember, the patient is now in the 3rd and 4th stage of imbalance, distinct symptoms are there, yet in modern medical terms, it is not a condition that can be and should treated as an ailment.

In the second case, if the patient hasn’t been on their prescribed thyroid hormone medication too long, we usually try to wean them off it, over several weeks’ to months’ time, as we address the malfunctioning thyroid.  As we go through life, stress can weaken the glandular system and it can malfunction.  So proper rest for the body is essential. Only when the body is getting proper rest can and do herbs help to strengthen the glands so they can regain their full function. 

If you give medicines to the thyroid hormone immediately without trying to heal the imbalances, the thyroid gland will actually shut down.  Keep in mind:  the thyroid only produces its hormones when the levels of thyroid hormone are low.  The hypothalamus releases thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to tell the thyroid to release its hormones.  Thus, if the patient is taking the thyroid hormone, the thyroid gland can actually “go to sleep” since it is no longer needed to make the hormones.  Thus, if the patient hasn’t been on the hormones too long, they can actually be weaned off (as in this patient’s case) while we address the thyroid. 


First and foremost:  proper rest!  The patient must be instructed to go to bed no later than 10:00 p.m.  I tell my patients to try to unwind at night. For this, I advise them not to engage in stimulating activities, to favor sitting quietly, perhaps reading, and to avoid computers, cell phones, long telephone conversations, loud jarring or emotionally stressful movies.  If you allow your body to unwind, you will be surprised to find that you naturally fall asleep or start to feel like going to bed around 8:30 or 9:00 p.m.

The glandular system is like the battery we run on.  It needs to be recharged.  If we get that first signal of fatigue yet force ourselves to stay up longer and later, the endocrine system will kick in, releasing more adrenalin and cortisol to keep you awake. Then we get second wind and we keep going. But there is a big price to pay for this in the long run, because we are actually overexerting our glandular system, and weakening it. We will end up with fatigued adrenals, thyroid and reproductive glands.

So first thing to remember is: if you feel sleepy and tired around 8:30-9pm, don’t ignore that impulse,  go to bed.  If you are used to going to bed (very) late, you have to slowly re-establish an early bedtime by going to bed earlier 15 minutes every night and waking up 15 minutes earlier every morning.  The goal is to be awake either before or as the sun is rising, for optimum health.  In fact, the ancient rishis said the body initially goes out of balance by either poor diet and/or late bedtime.  Ayurveda clearly says that humans will experience optimal health when they are active when the sun goes up, and asleep when the sun goes down. Science is not oblivious to this detail.  A study was conducted in which animals were exposed to glaring light disturbing them in their sleep at night. The animals confused the light for daytime, and they re-engaged in activity, staying awake later than they should.  The result?  It weakened their endocrine systems, and problems with ovulation and reproduction developed! The parallels that we can draw to the way the human physiology responds are very interesting to say the least.

So bedtime and rest is optimum if you want to balance your endocrine system.

Second, do not consume any soy products, as the isoflavones in the soy depresse thyroid function. This includes tofu, soy milk, and edamame – or any other prepared foods that may contain some form or other of soy.


Ashwagandha is one of the best herbs for both the thyroid and the adrenal glands, however, this herb carries “heating” properties in ayurvedic terms. This is why Vaidya Mishra recommended taking it transdermally or through his ingenious nectar drops.  Ashwagandha cream can be applied to the lower spine twice a day.  There are two strengths to the Ashwagandha drops.  We use the less potent one (plain Ashwagandha drops) if the thyroid and/or adrenals are a little weak. We use the more potent one (Maha Ashwagandha drops) if the thyroid and adrenals are completely exhausted and the patient can barely function.

Shilajit (mineral pitch) is also great for the thyroid gland, yet it too is extremely heating in ayurvedic terms, and may give numerous reactions when taken, especially if the patient has high ranjaka pitta, or an overworked liver, which is nearly everyone these days! 

The ancient rishis developed 6 formulas for women’s thyroid and endocrine system using shilajit.  In many cases, it was the first ingredient in the formula.  Vaidya made a remedy called “Soma Shakti” based on the classical formula, however, he put the shilajit (also called “mineral pitch”) as the last ingredient to prevent the overheating or overexertion of the liver.  I like to use this remedy whenever possible. Unfortunately, most of my patients cannot handle it. So I rever to the milder nectar drops he made to replace Soma Shakti when the patient couldn’t tolerate it. These two drops are “Shakti for Her” drops and “Multimineral Support Drops”.  Most patients respond very well to these.

The thyroid gland makes mostly T4, a hormone which has four iodines attached to tyrosine.  However, the T4 has to be converted to the more active form T3, which the body can use.  The conversion of T4 to T3 occurs in the liver and by the friendly bacteria in the gut.  So you have to make sure liver function is good and there are plenty of thriving friendly bacteria in the gut.  Having said that, I can honestly say that 99.9% of my patients need attention to both the liver and the gut, due to the high incidence of antibiotics, birth control pills and immunizations people have received over a lifetime – these, and numerous other medications, along with processed foods, creates malfunction in the liver and depletion of the friendly bacteria.  If you read previous newsletters, you can find out how these two areas are easily treated with our protocols.

Also, for the conversion of T4 to T3, Vitamin D and Magnesium are necessary.  We recommend both of these transdermally:  Vitamin D taken orally can clog the bile in the gall bladder (because it is a highly fatty molecule) and can, over time, create a fatty sluggish liver.  Vaidya makes Vitamin D Cream, Roll-on and Deoderant, so that it can be taken from the skin directly into the blood, bypassing the liver and gall bladder.

Magnesium shouldn’t be taken orally for several reasons.  When you take it orally, you automatically overdose, and the body has loose bowel movements to help you get rid of it.  Also, magnesium, in its composition,  is like shards of glass, and over time can create “striations” in the gut, damaging the gut lining.  Vaidya always said it was best to give magnesium through the skin, transdermally. That is why he put together numerous remedies for taking magnesium: the lipid-based  cream, the water-based roll-ons, or the massage oils.  The best oil to use for the thyroid gland is Magnesium Oil with Ashwagandha.  These oils can be used for daily self massage:  warm the oil bottle slightly in your sink, pour into your plam, and apply onto your body starting with your extremeties (feet, hands, etc). Leave the oil on for 20 minutes, then shower off.  You can leave it on if you prefer when the weather is hot, or it’s summer time. Do not do a massage after sunset. Do not leave any oil on overnight.  Do a self-massage with oil massages 3-7 times a week, depending on your time constraints. The benefits are countless.

Occasionally I see men with hypothyroid conditions.  In this case, Vaidya made “Agni Shakti” tablets for them and the glyceride version is “Shakti for Him” drops. 

This is the true “art” of practicing medicine.  First, being able to identify the underlying problem or root cause, and then actually addressing the problem, not covering it up. Patients are always extremely grateful to find practitioners who practice in this truly holistic way, and we as practitioners, are extremely grateful to Vaidya Mishra, for his deep understanding of how to fix nearly everything in this modern day, always making variations on the ancient Ayurvedic formulas while still maintaining and not straying from the essence of the ancient texts.  Thank you so much Vaidya.  Your work will continue to live on through your adoring practitioners and their countless patients who will continue to receive relief from their suffering through your unique effective formulations.

Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Cinnaminson, New Jersey

To set up an in-person or over-the-phone SVA assessment with Dr. Teitelbaum, call: 1-856-786-3330

Vaidya Mishra’s NEW Prana Center – Images and News

This is the “raw” space for Vaidya’s new Prana Center.
setting up for puja
The above  picture was taken on
February 3, 2017, shortly after signing the lease, and before any construction was initiated.
After signing the lease, Vaidya and I did a puja there, chanting purifying verses for new beginnings.
This new Prana Center is what Vaidya had been working hard for over the past many many years. It was his dream space. It is my duty, as his devotee and wife, as well as all of ours as SVA followers, experts, lovers, to keep his dream going strong. 

Vaidya and I had already initiated construction work in February and started setting up the space to be used for all the needs of SVA. Building sterile lab space for his ongoing (R&D) research and development,

Vaidya and Jerry Jarvis visiting his SVA lab on March 20_ 2017
in addition to plans for a customer care center for services and order fulfillments. There is also meant to be a space for courses, lecture, SVA community events, that can hold up to 75 people.
All your donations will go into continuing and completing the building and set up of this new space. We will have a grand inauguration when work is completed. But it all depends on you. We will only be able to build and complete to the extent that we can raise the remaining needed funds.
If you already donated, we THANK YOU wholeheartedly. If you have not donated yet, please do so – every dollar we receive counts. If you prefer to send a check, you may make it out to Chandi LLC and mail it to 11856 Balboa Blvd #333, Granada Hills, CA 91344.

If you know of others who would be interested in helping us build Vaidya’s dream SVA Center, please forward this email or the donation link.

I look forward to organizing many upcoming events, and offering full SVA services at the new Prana Center. Together, we can do it.
Thank you, once more, for your support of The Prana Center, SVAyurveda, and Vaidya’s legacy.

Fundraiser for Vaidya’s new Prana Center

Our beloved Vaidya left us on April 13, 2017. Since then, there’s been an inpouring of love from coast to coast, and the whole world, to share in the grief, but also in an effort to join forces so as to keep all things SVA going strong into the future. Now, more than ever, we need his beautiful and powerful legacy  of SVAyurveda to stay and keep going strong. At the time of his passing, the Prana Center was in the middle of a big move.  Efforts were halted, but I have promised to keep this move and his projects going. Vaidya wanted to consolidate his  separate locations for packaging, shipping and fulfillment, and offices, and merge all into one large warehouse building that will be multi-purposed.

To both honor and continue Vaidy’s lineage, I have the goal of making this new Prana Center a gathering place for all things SVAyurveda – just like he intended it. This is where you will be able to drop by to pick up his exquisite formulations as well as have consultations with SVAyurveda doctors, get SVAyurveda treatments, shop for products, take classes, and hold gatherings. We have big plans to bring people in and grow our community.
In the Ramayana, Lord Ram’s devoted and obeisant brother, Bharata, promised Lord Ram to safeguard his kingdom during the 14 years of imposed exile. That loving duty now befalls all of us. Through love for his teachings and his unique formulations, to continue making the knowledge and the products available now and for the distant future.
We will be announcing many undertakings in the future, however, for now, we have chosen this medium to raise immediate funds.

To keep the Prana Center running in Vaidya’s absence, and for immediate purposes, the Prana Center needs funding to further build out the warehouse with walls, partitions, shelving, carpets, seating, wall coverings, and more to make this a warm, comfortable and usable space.

That’s why we’ve created this page, to help fulfill Vaidya’s dream of having the Prana Center be a fully operable, welcoming, space for sharing and spreading the knowledge of SVAyurveda.

Some of the work had already started, but we now need your help in making sure the Prana Center will open its doors to a beautiful functional interior! With everything that Vaidya Mishra has given to us so generously over the years, this is one way that we can give back – a little bit. Everyone who donates will be invited to the grand opening celebration (date to be determined).

Thank you for your support of The Prana Center, SVAyurveda, and Vaidya’s legacy.
Help spread the word!

a loving invitation, from Bonita Carol, to the SVA Community at Large

I first met Vaidya while I was working at  the MAPI (Maharishi Ayurveda Products International) store in Seattle Washington in 1996. He was the master herbal formulator for the company, and came to Seattle to offer in-store consultations and staff education. He would come to town for 4 days at a time, about every other month.  It was here, that I learned everything about the delicate and precise herbal formulas he created,  and how they influence the subdoshas anddhatus.  The first time he ever took my pulse was during one of those stays, and the first thing out of his mouth, was “you have the same problem as I do, we are both in the wrong culture!” I don’t know how he knew that from my pulse, but its very accurate even to this day, perhaps many of you also feel that way.  During those visits, I had the privilege to drive him to his consultations in surrounding cities, sit down with him during the ayurvedic consultations and take notes from him. Those sessions were so educational, as I would observe him giving recommendations and guide people onto better health. I also learned to cook many ayurvedic recipes from him. I remember, once, he asked me to cook bitter melon (karela). And I had never tried it. I prepared it and just before serving it I thought I should take a taste. I could not believe how bitter it was.  I was worried that I would be serving my teacher something that was either rotten or tasted terrible. I was so nervous to serve it to him, but he seemed to enjoy it.  I have so many many stories and memories that I will share with you over the months.
I attended many of his training courses over the years. He was my guru/teacher, friend, brother, and guiding light who helped maintain my perfect health.
I recently completed my thesis as a psychotherapist. I dedicated my work to Vaidya Mishra who has taught me all that I needed to learn in ayurvedic healing.
I know he is still here with me, with us all, residing in the love of our hearts, forever guiding us toward health.
Did you know, that even though our first impulse might be to isolate ourselves in times of grief, it is in fact healing to mourn and laugh together? I would like to extend an invitation to each and every member of the SVA family at large: if you feel the pull to simply gather and cook together, to celebrate Vaidya, and his SVA knowledge, contact me. I will help you put into place a healing “structure” that involves the use of the SVA Samadhi Marma points, and explain how that opens the heart lotus. If you do the Samadhi set before meditation, it enhances supports your yogic connection. When you do it before you eat, it helps you manufacture lots of bliss/ojas from the nourishment you are getting. During times of grief, I highly recommend people to be, see, and eat together. Community is important for mental and physical health, and well as longevity. Connecting and touching each others’ heart through tears, laughter, and Vaidya’s SVA Marma points, doing the marma massage on the heart points on each others palms – it’s such a lovely ritual.

I also recommend learning to sing the Heart Lotus mantra he had taught us. Singing it together. Our culture isolates too much.
We can telecast the gatherings for people who are from o
utof town, but preparing delicious SVA food together, and sitting down to eat together, that is a divine experience.
Bonita Carol is a California registered marriage family therapist intern specializing in Vedic Psychology. She has trained/studied with Vaidya Mishra extensively and offers SVAyurveda sessions on lifestyle/dietary guidelines as well as Marma and Massage Treatments.   
Do not hesitate to reach out to me. For ayurvedic therapeutic guidance or just to chat and reminisce about Vaidya! I can be reached at:
Vaidya Mishra’s Prana Cente
(toll free in the US only)
SV Ayurveda services & products to help you stay in balance & bliss 365 days a year, 24/7!

Bay Area SVA Luncheon Gathering  in  Vaidya’s Loving Memory

A couple of weeks ago, one of my teachers, Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra, passed on. He was one of the best Ayurvedic teachers, practitioners and innovators. While most Ayurvedic practitioners focus on balancing the doshas (balancing the body for ongoing health), Vaidya went far beyond that. The cookbook we worked together on acknowledged that by the time most Westerners discovered Ayurveda, the tissues of the body, dhatus, had been compromised by years of neglect and worse which led to the source of the problems that brought Vaidya’s patients to him. Vaidya spent his life developing recipes to Ayurvedically heal existing problem areas, and as far as I know, this made him unique as an Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Nancy and I met Vaidya and Melina when they came north to visit with his patients. Over the course of about 5 years, we hosted the Mishras and his friends, guests and patients 3 or 4 times a year for consultations and meals that he shared with all who came. It was a delightful and insightful time. The cookbook grew out of those gatherings. Nancy credits Vaidya for her recovery from a bicycle accident that left her in a coma from which the doctors did not expect her to return home.
Amazingly, Vaidya’s warmth, concern and caring outshine even his prodigious professional accomplishments. When most Ayurvedic practitioners (the good ones, anyway) examine the pulse, it always feels to me like a searchlight comes on to look at one aspect after another in the pulse. With Vaidya Mishra, however, there was no need for a searchlight. When he looked at the pulse, all the lights came on: there was no darkness. When you have that kind of ability, it is possible to see, at the faintest level of the pulse, someone’s soul. Of course with pulse diagnosis, it’s always reciprocal. In order for Vaidya to see your soul, he had to be willing and able to bare his own. I think that’s where the warmth, concern and caring came from.
On the occasion of his passing, I simply wanted to invite anyone who remembered how special those gatherings were. Needless to say, we filled the house with two over-flow tables for lunch.
Here are some images and moments from our get-together.

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Time To Detox

Radiant Health Through SVA Home Detox

There is nothing more precious than experiencing radiant health.

How can we enjoy our birthright – higher states of consciousness and the bliss that lies latent in every cell in our bodies – if we are feeling sick, tired, depressed and our physical bodies are laden with toxins?

But robust health is a rare commodity these days, as we fall victim to the temptations of eating unhealthy processed foods, go to bed late and then just pop pills for the ailments that will eventually arise from this type of lifestyle.
There is a way out however, and it is totally within your reach.  The key to good health is 3-fold:  eat healthy, keep a good daily routine, (going to bed early and waking up early), and learn correct detoxification.
When I tell patients they need to do these 3 things in order to regain their health, they automatically start telling me of the cleanse they just finished – they either did a maple syrup-cayenne pepper cleanse, or a series of colonics or a liver cleanse using milk thistle.  Many of them have taken harsh herbal laxatives such as cascarasagrada and senna.  Yet, even though they have just finished their cleanse they are not only still highly symptomatic, but more often than not, they are in worse shape than before they started their cleanses.
So here we have a beautiful booklet by Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra, where he systematically and sequentially unfolds the knowledge of his divine family lineage, Shaka Vansya Ayurveda (SVA for short).
As you read through the pages, you will be struck by the attention to detail Vaidya Mishra brings to whatever he does.  He describes everything you need to know about detoxification:  the 4 types of toxins and where they come from, a thorough discussion of the physical and vibrational channels and the role they play in the detox process. Then he describes in even greater detail the actual cleanses – keeping in mind that we not only want to pull out the toxins, but we want to direct them to the bowel and kidneys for evacuation and we also want to bind them while waiting for evacuation from these areas so they do not start roaming and creating havoc somewhere else in the body.  And while doing all this, we have to keep the liver cool so the patient doesn’t develop rashes on the skin or develop loose bowel movements.
Having taken thousands of patients through this cleansing process, paying attention to these details as the patients do their cleanses, I can tell you this type of detox works extremely well – and best of all it is fairly easy and safe to do.
Many times, a patient will come up to me and ask me if there is a cure for cancer.  This is your “cure” right here, in the pages of this booklet.  And it turns out that the cure for not only cancer, but any serious disease you can think of, comes in its prevention – again, by eating healthy, going to bed early and learning correct simple daily detoxification procedures.
I see thousands of patients each year.  And I see lots of suffering. But I can tell you honestly and with strong conviction:  the suffering can be alleviated – it is within your reach – and you, like all of my patients can do this – you will be amazed at how quickly your health returns, thanks to the guidance and teachings of Vaidya Mishra and his millennial healing family lineage.
Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
March 2014