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Webinar – Reversing Diabetes The Right Way

Welcome to Day 2 of 30 Pre-Summit Webinars of The New Earth Summit hosted by Earth Keepers Connect, Goa.

Reversing Diabetes The Right Way

Our panel of experts – Dr.Pramod Tripathi | Dr.Nandita Shah | Dr.Rupa Shah | Dr.Alok Chopra | Dr.Paawan Wadhawan

Date: 2nd October 2020
Time: 6pm-8pm
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Webinar – Reversing Chronic Illnesses with Natural Therapy & Lifestyle

Welcome to Day 1 of 30 Pre-Summit Webinars of The New Earth Summit hosted by Earth Keepers Connect, Goa.

Reversing Chronic Illnesses with Natural Therapy & Lifestyle

Our panel of experts for today – Varsha Naik | Mugdha Pradhan | Dr. Neeru Goel | Darryl D’Souza

Date: 1st October 2020
Time: 6pm-8pm
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See what our speakers presented last year on this topic:

1. Reversing High BP, Cholesterol, Diabetes & Obesity with Diet & Lifestyle Changes – Varsha S Naik https://youtu.be/p59WXr_COg8

2. Top 10 Lifestyle Choices for Good Health & Good Environment – Dr.Neeru Goel https://youtu.be/OCeI6H5WAeI

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16th Sep 2020

 
Online Health Workshop by Darryl D’Souza, Pioneer in Integrative Natural Medicine – Curing Chronic Illnesses with Integrated Natural Therapies – a 12 hrs intensive health workshop that can also be done over 2-3 days in the comfort of your home.
 
This workshop teaches how to reverse chronic illnesses such as diabetes, bp, cholesterol, thyroid, arthritis, obesity, acidity, gout, constipation, migraine, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, fatty liver, hormonal imbalance, backache, autoimmune diseases, cancer and many more, with Integrated Natural Therapies. 
 

The workshop will deliver to each participant the life skill of acupressure for diagnosing and curing sick organs, their diet plan, list of herbs for healing, natural cleanses to be done at home, good & bad habits for health, treatment protocols for their illnesses and all their questions on health answered.

Workshop Fee: Rs.3000 per person. It needs to be paid in advance by Paytm or Google pay to +91 9821758877, or ask for bank transfer details by WhatsApp on the same number. International payments can be made via PayPal to maildarryl@gmail.com. Please send a whatsapp message to +91 9821758877 after you make the payment, so that you receive further instructions of how to join the workshop.

The workshop will be delivered in a closed group on Facebook that will only allow admission to the people who have paid the workshop fee. No participant is authorized to download the workshop content to their computer or online drive or copy it to share with others. If additional people are attending the workshop at a participant’s terminal, then an additional fee of Rs.1000 per person needs to be paid. There will be 14 classes that need to be completed one after the other and participants will be able to post questions on each class that will be answered by Darryl.

The workshop fee is inclusive of a pdf copy of Darryl’s renowned book ‘Become Healthy or Extinct’ a pdf on Healthy Food Recipes and a pdf on Home Scale Organic Farming.

A printed copy of Darryl D’Souza’s book and acupressure healing gadgets refereed to in the workshop can be ordered by following the instructions on this page www.becomehealthyorextinct.com/gift For couriers to be sent out of India, the additional postal charge will be communicated to participant’s once they send their address. It is usually between Rs.600 to Rs.800 for USA or UK or Canada or UAE.

The following topics are  also  covered in the workshop:

* Real Causes of widespread Sickness and Disease
* Diet & Nutrition for Healing
* Integrated Natural Therapies for Curing Illnesses
* Internal Organ Cleansing
* Herbs for Healing
* Metaphysics of the Human Mind, Body & Spirit
* Quick integrated healing formulas for various illnesses
* Reverse Aging
* Acupressure training on detecting & healing your weak organs
* Small Changes for a BIG IMPACT in Health, Food Supply, Environment & the Planet
* Supporting your healing journey through Darryl’s books, websites & health groups

Post the workshop, if requested, paid private consultations with Darryl D’Souza will be available only for the workshop attendees.

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‘Wellness Flavors’ range of healing herbal organic teas are now available at The Rejuvenation Center in Candolim, Goa. They can also be sent anywhere in India. Send order details along with postal address, PIN code, phone number to becomehealthyorextinct@gmail.com

The teas are in loose leaf form instead of tea bags to avoid wastage that happens when only 1 cup needs to be made. Quite often tea bag material is suspect because some brands use nylon bags which is not good in boiling water and it defeats the purpose of a healthy drink.

To make the teas: Boil water and take it off the gas. Put 1/2 teaspoon leaves per person in the water and stir it. Then close the cup / vessel for 3-4 mins. Open, strain out the tea and drink it after the temp lessens. Do not add sugar or jaggery or any other sweetener. Do not eat or drink anything after it for 1/2 hr for the best health benefits.

Chamomile Tea (30 gms) – 150/-
Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea – Chamomile Tea healing, anti-oxidant, cleansing and moisturizing properties. Accelerates the healing process of minor wounds & also disinfects wounds. Lightens your complexion & renders it a healthy glow naturally. Effective in soothing skin irritation and sunburns. Works wonders to eliminate acne scars. It protects your skin from free radical damage. Reducing under eye dark circles and eye puffiness. Nourishes and moisturizes your skin from deep inside. Helps in cardiovascular problems. It is a wonderful hair lightener. Reduces gas formation. Reduces the muscles of the uterus & gives relief from menstrual cramps. Chamomile Tea after a hard days work can relieve stress too.

Hibiscus Tea (30 gms) – 175/-
Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea – It manages blood pressure, protects the liver and lowers cholesterol. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti cancer properties. It has antidepressant properties and reduces menstrual pain. It satiates thirst, aids digestion and promotes weight loss. Good for both summer and winter.

Lavender Tea (30 gms) – 170/-
Health Benefits of Lavender Tea – It’s calming effect helps heal insomnia, anxiety, restlessness. It helps with spasm and convulsions and has an anti-inflammatory effect. It relieves indigestion and helps relieve headaches, sprains, toothaches and sores. It has antiseptic properties as well and reduces blood pressure.

Lemon Grass Tea (30 gms) – 90/-
Health Benefits of Lemon Grass Tea – Helps in inducing sleep and relieving insomnia. Lemongrass is anti bacterial and anti fungal in nature. It gives relief from nausea and severe menstrual cramps. It Detoxifies the liver, pancreas, kidneys, bladder and digestive track. It maintains normal cholesterol levels. Eliminates toxins, excess fats and improves digestion. Relieves common cold and cough. Beneficial in acne and other skin problems.

Lemon Tulsi Tea (30 gms) – 120/-
Health Benefits of Lemon Tulsi Tea – It strengthens the immune system, promotes longevity and enhances your sense of well-being. It promotes heart health by lowering cholesterol as well as blood pressure.  It reduces the negative physical and psychological effects of stress and anxiety. Increases the body’s efficiency in using oxygen, which improves physical stamina, strength and endurance. Promotes respiratory health. Helps with digestion and gastro-intestinal problems. Neutralizes dangerous bio-chemicals that contribute to cancer, degenerative diseases and premature ageing. Facilitates healthy liver function. Reduces cell and tissue damage from sun rays, radiation therapy and other radiation sources. Relieves inflammation caused by arthritis and other diseases.

Moringa Leaf Tea (30 gms) – 120/-
Health Benefits of Moringa Leaf Tea – Dried Moringa leaves possess 4 times more Vitamin A than carrots, 17 times more calcium than milk, 15 times more potassium than bananas, 0.5 times more Vitamin C than oranges and 25 times more Iron than spinach. Moringa leaves are definitely the most delicious part of the Moringa tree. It’s a great nutrient health supplement that works well for curing over 300 different diseases. Even pregnant and lactating mothers are encouraged to consume Moringa tea as the fetus/breast-fed child benefits immensely from the increased nutrients in breast milk. Indeed, Moringa is a mother and babies best friend.

Nettle Tea (30 gms) – 120/-
Health Benefits of Nettle Tea – It helps with diabetes mellitus, relieves menopausal symptoms and helps with menstrual cramps and bloating. It helps break down kidney stones, reduces hypertension, helps respiratory track diseases, supports the kidneys, helps those suffering from asthma, and reduces inflammation. Minimizes skin problems, eliminates allergic rhinitis, lessens nausea, cures common cold, helps with osteoarthritis, and gastrointestinal diseases. Nettle tea been shown to be helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It also supports endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas. It relieves neurological disorders like MS, ALS and sciatica and destroys intestinal worms and parasites.

Rhododendron Tea (30 gms) – 120/-
Health Benefits of Rhododendron Tea – It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. It is good for Diabetes and Heart Health and treats Diarrhea. It protects the live, helps alleviate allergies and is good for the skin. It helps in the prevention of different types of cancers, and helps in the elimination of toxicity from the body. It is a pain killer and helps in the relaxation of the mind & body.

Rosemary Tea (30 gms) – 120/-
Health Benefits of Rosemary Tea – It is a memory booster and elevates moods and reduces stress. It strengthens the immune system and has antibacterial properties. It is a breath freshener and soothes the stomach function. It stimulates blood flow and improves skin health. It also has anti inflammatory properties, detoxifies the body and gives pain relief.

Rose Tea (30 gms) – 120/-
Health Benefits of Rose Tea – Makes skin young and healthy, it is beneficial for skin and its troubles. It is known to strengthen the immune system stronger, cure sore throats, improve digestion power, cure constipation and diarrhea and maintains urinary track health. It is also natural stress buster and helps to lose weight.

Seabuckthorn Tea (30 gms) – 110/-
Health Benefits of Seabuckthorn Tea – Seabuckthorn has multiple uses due to its protein building, amino acids, Vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, E and folic acid, over 60 antoxidants, at least 20 minerals and healthy fatty acids. The fruit is full of carotenoids, xanthophylls, phenolics, and flavonoids too, it is an absolute power house of nutrients!

Treats gastrointestinal disorders including ulcers. Reverses gout. Eliminates skin rashes and cures infections. Improves sight and lessens eye soreness. Contributes to proper brain and nervous system. Neutralizes free radicals in the body. Improves mental clarity. Treats asthmatic symptoms. Reduces illness associated with cancer. Lowers cholesterol levels. Boosts lymphatic circulation and immunity.

Tulsi Leaf Tea (30 gms) – 120/-
Health Benefits of Tulsi Leaf Tea – Is an invigorating blend or two extraordinarily potent, naturally restorative plants that work together to to support your well being. It encourages healthy weight loss. Helps De-stress. Helps dissolve kidney stones. Lowers the risk on cancer. Builds immunity. Prevents Osteoporosis. Reduces the risk of Cardiovascular ailments. Helps in keeping coughs and colds away. Helps in relieving congestion. Improves skin and hair.

Herbal Teas are the new Health Beverage! Cheers !! 

Visit our page for more details
www.becomehealthyorextinct.com/tea

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What is Food for Human Beings – a talk by Darryl D’Souza on how he Cured Chronic Illnesses and Reversed Aging that explores our notions of food and presents the 4 Laws of Nature / God that all sentient livings beings on this planet follow, except human beings and the story of their resultant sickness and suffering.



Nestor Rangel, a 52-year-old agriculturist, and his team, have helped 500 families in his native village of St Estevam to convert fallow and unused land into productive organic paddy fields.

Like most villages in Goa, the picturesque village on the river Mandovi was once a prime target for real estate developers looking at parcels of arable land lying fallow, to build concrete commercial and residential establishments. The village was even earmarked by developers for a coal transportation carriageway.

Nestor’s successful model of community farming, which began in earnest during the kharif season of 2018, is being seen as a means of obstructing the rapid conversion of farmland into concrete jungles. This has spawned similar initiatives in different Goan villages with local communities mindful of the need to protect their land and ecology.

Starting the Journey

An electronic engineer by trade, Nestor spent most of his life away from St Estevam in cities like Mumbai and subsequently Vadodara, where he was the manager of a factory owned by a Japanese multinational corporation AIWA manufacturing consumer electronics. In 2002, the factory shut down with the Japanese MNC closing shop around the world.

After the company shut down, he returned to Goa to open an electronics service centre and showroom dealing in consumer electronic products. With service centres in Margao and Panaji, he had about 40-odd employees working for him.

Everything changed in 2007, he decided to shut shop and venture into farming. Just before getting out of the electronics business, Nestor bought a 7-acre strip of land in Thane, a village in Goa’s Sattari Taluka. Today, this “strip of land” which extends upto 40 acres, includes a dairy, goat farm, a mango plantation of 700+ trees and a massive cashew orchard.

However, after Nestor began expanding his farm in 2007, Father Bismarque Dias, an activist priest once known for taking on the state’s notorious land mafia, urged him to bring back farming to St Estevam. “He was always after me to start a community farm project in St. Estevam, and visited my farm many times,” he recalls.

For the past four decades, residents of the village had given up farming to take up more lucrative work aboard ships sailing abroad or in cities like Mumbai.

“Knowing of my involvement in agriculture, he wanted me to do something in St Estevam. Land all over Goa is being bought and occupied by people from outside the state, who are constructing massive structures atop these pristine fields. Our fields have been lying fallow for 30-40 years since most locals work on ships sailing abroad or in Mumbai. Most Goans are hardly dependent on agriculture. However, If we don’t practice farming, the government will say that the land is merely lying vacant, take it away and sell it to the highest bidder. We decided to fight back by cultivating our lands,” mentions Nestor.

Khazan Farming, Paddy & Comunidade

One way of bringing back agriculture to this picturesque river island was to revert to tradition. Past generations of Goans had long practiced an estuarine agriculture system called Khazan, “a carefully designed topo-hydro-engineered agro-aquacultural ecosystem mainly based on the regulation salinity and tides,” states a report in Down to Earth magazine.

“Khazans are reclaimed lands from the river or the sea. A created network of bunds protects the agricultural fields and adjoining villages from tidal flows,” notes this description.

One crop which can grow in these saline conditions is paddy. “It’s a pretty versatile crop, which can grow in saltish and brackish water. So, we decided to take up paddy cultivation since we also receive sufficient amounts of rain. This was sometime in the 2017-18 kharif season, and for the community project we took up 5 lakh square metres,” says Nestor.

Underpinning the community-level exercise led by Nestor and his team, was a mechanical cultivation process for ploughing, transplanting and harvesting, considering prohibitively high labour costs and manpower shortages. Helping them in this endeavour were Father George Quadros, a pioneer of mechanised paddy cultivation in South Goa, the State agricultural department and its subsidiary Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA).

“We have gone into total mechanisation working with paddy and concentrating on the fallow lands of Goa. More specifically, we are working with the transplanter to take away the drudgery, high cost and non-availability of labour. Farmers get their fields ploughed and ready, we as service providers, bring the transplanter to their fields. The transplanter covers one acre per hour, which is tremendous and saves the farmer 50% on their original cost. There are not enough service providers at the moment, but once this grows agriculture in Goa will be more or less community based,” says Father George, who is the project director at Don Bosco Loutolim Society.

For the project, the community employed transplanting machines manufactured by Kubota, a Japanese company, in which they have to put seedlings in trays. These trays are then loaded into the transplanter machine, which picks up the seedlings and transfers them onto the land. It can cover about 30,000 square metres in about 8 hours with just two persons operating it and thus cuts down on labour costs. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used in the process, and for harvesting they employed a harvester machine.

“To purchase this equipment, we needed subsidies from the government. The only time we used labour was for de-weeding, an important part of the process since weeds end up taking up nutrition meant for your rice. Most people use chemicals for de-weeding, but we decided not to because there is a lot of biodiversity in our fields like snakes, crocodiles, fish, etc. Instead of putting them at risk, we decided to weed manually,” says Nestor.

It’s a bit on the expensive side, but the community was going for an organic project. Labour for weeding came from Sattari. After the cashew season came to end in May, women labourers working on Nestor’s farm in Thane had no employment. He put 10 of them to work on the community farm in St Estevam, driving them 40 km each way on his truck. Each of these women got about Rs 30,000-35,000 after they helped with de-weeding.

“In our first harvest, we got about 75,000 kg of paddy. There are agencies that procure paddy from farmers at government approved price which is about Rs 20 per kg. Selling it at that price, farmers lose money because their cost of cultivation works out to around Rs 4.5-5 per square metre. Without subsidies, it goes upto Rs 8-9 per square metre. If we sell the paddy as is to a government agency, we lose money. Instead, we decided to process it and convert that paddy into rice. The rice we grow is a nutritious brown colored variety called Jyothi. I took this rice to a mill in Maharashtra’ Sindhudurg district, which helped us convert paddy into rice. From the total amount of paddy, they extracted about 60% into rice. The rice wasn’t polished to retain its nutritional value. After we processed the rice, we packaged it and sold it all over the state for Rs 60 per kg,” informs Nestor.

“Communities in Goa have come together to farm their lands. If communities don’t come together, mechanisation doesn’t work since the use of such equipment requires big areas. Mechanisation saves time, cost and brings efficiency to the whole process,” says Father George.

Capital Generation & the Comunidade

Capital for this entire project came from the village residents. Historically, Goans practiced a distinct form of community farming called the gaonkaria system which the Portuguese colonists overhauled and rechristened into what is known today as comunidade.

Land was collectively owned by the village and parceled out by an administrative unit at the local community level. At a community level they would allocate land to a family where they could build a house or farm to sustain their family. Each family was allocated about an acre or so by the core administrative unit, which handled the leasing out of the land to its residents. The land could not be leased out to non-residents. If a woman married a man from another village, she would lose her gaonkari (village resident) status, and would have to register as a gaonkari in her husband’s village.

“When India reclaimed Goa from the Portuguese, they brought in their rules and unfortunately the person who was tilling the land now became a tenant. Earlier, if you didn’t farm on the land for two-three years, it would go back to the community, which would reallocate that land to somebody else. Once community owned lands, they were now under individual tenants. People have their names on a land document called Form I & XIV, which marks them out as tenants. Out to make a quick buck, many sell off the land to the highest bidder. Naturally, the old rule of giving the land back to the community went away. That’s one of the reasons why farming stopped in Goa,” informs Nestor.

Backed by the entire village, Nestor and his team collected money from the people. Even his family are tenants on one acre of comunidade land.

“As per the landholding on Form I and IV, we took Rs 3.50 per person per square metre. If somebody has 1,000 square metres, they would give Rs 3500. All this money was collected under ‘Ilha Verde Farmers’ Club’. There were about four of us organising everything in the club because most didn’t engage in farming,” he says.

Everyone in the village is part of the farmers’ club. Each one paid the group Rs 3.50 per square metre as per their landholding to start the work since they didn’t have any other source of capital. This is how they generated capital.

“After processing the paddy into brown rice, we managed to pay back everybody and there was some additional money left in hand (Rs 2-3 lakh as per some estimates), which we used for repair works of structures like Manos, which are sluice gates that control the flow of water to and from dikes and prevent salt water from entering. It’s like a dam system. So, we used the money to repair these sluice gates and even construct new ones. If these sluice gates break, the salt water from the river floods the fields making them uncultivable because the soil becomes too saline even for rice cultivation,” he notes.

More than Farming

For the next season in 2019-20, the St Estevam community doubled the area under cultivation to 10 lakh square metres. Unfortunately, there was heavy flooding that season and the village was waterlogged for about 20 days. All the rice rotted, and they lost about Rs 28-30 lakh last season. Till now, they haven’t been compensated by the government.

This year, as a result of COVID-19, a lot of male residents who work on ships abroad, came back because there was no business on cruise lines. They had taken up 1 lakh square metres this year just on a trial basis, and things seem to be progressing nicely.

“The St Estevam experiment has given the entire agricultural sector in Goa hope that mechanisation, land pooling, community farming and social marketing can work and make Goa’s rice fields a working reality once again,” said former agricultural officer Miguel Braganza to Scroll.in.

However, Nestor’s endeavour isn’t merely limited to St Estevam. He is today consulting with other villages like Santa Cruz and Dongri who want to emulate their model of community farming. Meanwhile, he also picks up paddy from other farmers engaged in Khazan farming and facilitates the sale of 10,000 kg of rice every month. He sells rice only from Khazan lands because it tastes different with river minerals. Every two months he processes 25,000 kg of paddy and takes it to Kudal, Maharashtra, for processing.

“Maybe due to the pandemic, since other industries have shut down, many Goans are going back to farming. But I hope this trend continues. Our main aim wasn’t to grow rice, but to get our fields cultivated so that builders don’t eye them. Rampant construction is resulting in hills being cut and pristine farmland destroyed. With our cities in tatters, builders have now started attacking our interior villages. We want people to get back to farming, and show them that it’s a profitable endeavour. In my own farm, I employ about 7 people and pay them each Rs 15,000 a month in addition to a free litre of milk everyday. This is a project to save our fields and we are using agriculture as a vehicle to do that,” emphasises Nestor.

“My village doesn’t depend on farming financially. This is about protecting our lands from rampant construction. My activism isn’t protesting on the roads, but growing paddy on the fields and taking them back from builders,” he adds.

Ex-Engineer Brought Goan Village With 500 Families Back to Farming After 30 Years

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Claude Alvares is an Indian environmentalist based in Goa. He is the editor of the Other India Press publication based in India. In this video at the New Earth Summit, he speaks about the Goan ecosystems, including the Khazan lands and the overall picture in Goa, starting with an evaluation of the ecosystems and an overview of the current state of the ecosystems and what we need to do to make them sustainable.

A performance by Vivek Philip and Joanne Fernandes at the New Earth Summit.

Vivek is a musical talent with diverse reach. Widely known for his work as a Music Director for films, he has produced music for 23 feature films, several shorts, documentaries and albums. In 2009, Vivek moved to Goa where he has built a well equipped recording studio, collaborating and producing music for various artists from across the globe. A popular drummer and percussionist, Vivek has performed and toured with several renowned musicians, displaying a keen sense for improvisation and fusion of various styles. He feels a deep calling to explore music and sounds that “connect us with the Earth”.

Alternative education systems have always been viewed with skepticism, discounted especially in a conditioned society such as ours. A highly competitive social system that pre-determines the future of a child leaves little room for a parent to choose a different kind of education.

This is where the article below elaborates on the Waldorf-Steiner system of education which has been started as a Kindergarten in Assagao.

Waldorf Kindergarten For North Goa