By Latika Kalantri March 2013 Latika Kalantri interviews health therapist, and author Darryl D’Souza for a glimpse into how he turned his personal health issues around and discovered good health in nature. Darryl has chosen Goa as the place for his healing enterprise How did an engineer like you end up writing a book on health, nutrition and metaphysics of the human body? It has been an amazing journey for me that started when I was 20 years old, in 1990. It began with a slew of illnesses, namely pneumonia, amoebiasis, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, acidity, dysentery, allergies, skin disorders, systemic candidiasis, blood toxicity and piles, which followed one another, spanning 14 years of my life. I did my best to get cured using conventional systems of medicine, like allopathy, homoeopathy, and ayurveda, giving each system over two years to work on me, but nothing succeeded. I was also administered intravenous drugs, jungle creams and lotions, and received energy-healing treatments, to no avail. I prayed a lot too but it turned out that miracles were meant for others only. I became such a complicated case that nobody could cure me, and doctors gave up on me, labeling me a hopeless case. At the peak of my illnesses in 2004, my skin allergies would cause such intense itching all over my body, that I would end up scratching my skin off. Continuous allopathic allergy suppressant medication made me very drowsy, and my failing performance at work prompted me to give it up and sit at home doing nothing. I began to have difficulty wearing clothes and footwear, since their friction would irritate my skin severely. After every meal, I had to scratch my gums and grind my teeth to soothe my gum irritation. It was in such a desperate state of mind and body that I tried acupressure as a treatment from Ashvin Dalal in Mumbai. Of course, I thought it was a complete joke that pressing some points on the body could achieve cures that the best systems of medicines could not, but I had nothing to lose and I was still determined to get well. Though skeptical, I carried out the treatment he advised me daily, and I was quite surprised to see signs of remission within two weeks. I thought I was mistaken at first and just continued the treatment diligently. To my utter amazement, my allergies were completely cured within six months flat! Encouraged by the recovery, I began to devise a protocol ‘The Natural Health Therapy,’ comprising acupressure, yoga, cleanse therapy, natural herbs, a healthy diet, and healthy habits. It all came together for me through a lot of research on health, nutrition, and the human body that I had done during my 14 years of sickness. Using the protocol, I cured myself of all my other illnesses within another six months. It was a great revelation that I could do all of it with no medication whatsoever. I have not fallen sick for even a single day since my recovery in 2005, and I have neither taken a single medicine, nor needed to visit a doctor ever since. My current health parameters show that I have biologically reversed my age by about 20 years. Do you think that conventional systems of medicine are not curing chronic illnesses? Glowing with confidence: Darryl D Souza Over the past 100 years, haven’t the number of medicines and drugs invented by man crossed the million mark? Moreover, during the same time, haven’t the number of maladies and illnesses treated by those very medicines also crossed the million mark? Did you ever stop and wonder why the million medicines have not cured the million illnesses? We still have so many chronic illnesses that cannot be cured even with the latest medicines. You cannot say you are cured of an illness if you are popping pills for it all the time. Cure means taking the medicine and getting rid of the problem right after and forever. To begin with, modern medicine does not understand the human body completely and that is one of its biggest problems. Every new finding about nutrition or the inner workings of the human body that features in magazines or newspapers or medical journals, only proves that modern medical knowledge is still incomplete. Many natural and ancient systems of health have a better understanding of the human body, nutrition, and illness as well. That is why in my book as well as in my health workshops, I teach only natural and ancient systems that cure chronic illness. So why do we end up with chronic illness? The main reasons of chronic illness are wrong foods, wrong substances, wrong habits, parasites, and non-harmonic energy. The problem is that we have been misguided into thinking many of these wrong things are good for us, and so we imbibe them into our daily living and fall sick as a result. They say some of our chronic illnesses are in our genes. What is your opinion on that? Parents must understand that the health of their children squarely depends on the quality of their own seed that goes into making the child. Most aspiring parents who are not healthy are directly responsible for birthing weak children, who constantly struggle with health issues all through their lives. Even if a child receives a weak gene set from its parents, activities like regular exercise, sports, yoga, pranayama, acupressure, healthy nutrition, and following correct habits, between the age of five to 20 years, will to a great extent reduce the severity of the expression of any hereditary illness. Could you briefly mention a couple of insights into health? The human body is designed not to fall sick or even age till 50 years. It is we who make ourselves sick and it is we who make ourselves age prematurely, by doing many wrong things. If we stop doing these wrong things, we can reverse both these effects. I did go through the normal process of ageing during my sick years, till I was 34 years old, even looking like I was over 40 years at that time. Then on my way back to wellness, I reversed my sicknesses as well as my age. That is why I now look like I am 25 years even though I am 42 years old. I will keep looking like I am 25 years even after I cross 50. I am also quite confident that I will live till 150 years at least. I was able to do what I did because that is the truth of the human body. The human body is a 100 per cent organic system. It is designed to process only organic substances. In such an environment, it will live long and healthy. That is the essence of India’s ancient ayurveda system. Ages of 200 years and above mentioned in our ancient texts, are not myths. You are definitely making a huge mistake when you start putting inorganic artificial foods, substances and even inorganic medicines into or onto your body. It is modern civilisation’s biggest mistake in the field of health, nutrition and medication. The big debate of whether man is carnivorous, omnivorous, frugivorous or herbivorous cannot be resolved by observing the eating habits of various cultures around the world or by microanalysis of food constituents in a laboratory or by the whimsical fancies or judgements of modern cooking. Most of the food pyramids devised over the last few decades have many flaws. The true dietary needs of man can only be known by the senses. According to you, sugar, that we love so much, is bad for our health? Our obsessive consumption of refined sugar leads to acidity, depletion of electrolytes, trace minerals, anti-oxidants, inhibition of cellular protein synthesis, destruction of nerves, tissue damage, inhibition of human growth hormone, elevation of cortisol levels, induces cancer cell division, inhibits mechanisms that slow down tumour growth, negative changes in our genes, and reduced functioning of the immune system. We crave for refined sugar products so much because we are driven by our faulty notions of nutrition, starving our bodies of foods that contain natural sugars. What further plans do you have for your efforts in health, healing and wellness? Apart from my health workshops, I am also trying to set up a wellness centre next to my ancestral home in North Goa, one that uses only natural therapies for curing illness. I am also networking with healers and therapists in Goa, as well as other cities in India, so that I can avail of their services as visiting faculty at my wellness centre. Goa is a wonderful paradise for health and healing. I am here because I received a divine call to do the work in Goa, and that is why I have left my hometown Mumbai for good. Goa brings back many fond childhood memories. It is my place of peace. I am working towards rejuvenating the diseased human gene set through natural methods, so that we can give our children a healthier future.
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