Episode Archive

In this opening episode of the Unlock Your Health radio show, Dr. Vijay Murthy interviews world-renowned health educator and humanitarian Maya Tiwari about her personal journey of overcoming cancer. Maya was given six months to live. Find out how retreating to a cabin in the winter woods and returning to nature saved her life.

October 18, 2016

Let Food be Thy Medicine

Join Dr. Vijay Murthy and Maya Tiwari for another episode in which Maya explains how the medicinal power of food healed her terminal cancer, as well as how she took this life-changing experience to then help thousands of people to equally heal themselves.

October 25, 2016

In this episode, Dr. Vijay Murthy joins herbalist Julia Graves in her farm kitchen. They will take you on a journey to discover the healing power your spice rack holds. Julia and Dr. Vijay will talk you through the health secrets of ginger, fennel, clove, rosemary, turmeric, and cardamom.

November 02, 2016

Happiness is Who We Are

To continue exploring Maya Tiwari’s journey of healing, Maya talks about the importance of joy. In times of severe distress or disease, happiness can become a stranger. Her message is to remember to claim your happiness now by using affirmations such as “I am happiness” and “I claim my happiness now”. Maya furthermore shares about the healing power of accepting our negative emotions for what they are.

November 09, 2016

Prana – The Healing Power of the Breath

In the final episode in the series of interviews with Maya Tiwari, she explains how we can increase our vitality and life force by eating fresh food full of vibrant life force. This is called prana in the ancient Indian traditions. Dr. Vijay Murthy and Maya will also talk you through a simple prana breathing exercise to destress and switch into parasympathetic rest and restore mode.

November 16, 2016

Breast Care - Part I

Herbalist Julia Graves and Dr. Vijay Murthy explore how to keep women’s breasts healthy. This show covers the disadvantages of wearing bras, supporting healthy lymphatic flow in the breasts, as well as how to do Chi Breast Self-Massage to keep your breasts happy and healthy.

November 23, 2016

Breast Care - Part II

Continuing on the topic of breast care, Dr. Vijay Murthy interviews herbalist Julia Graves. Find out about the importance of iodine for breast health, as well as herbs to increase lactation, in case of mastitis, and to support women who undergo cancer treatment.

November 30, 2016

Food & Herbs for Autumn and Winter

In this show, Dr. Vijay Murthy joins herbalist Julia Graves. Join the two for an hour’s exploration about herbs, foods, recipes to prevent catching colds and flu, as well as to recover faster. Invite Nature to support your immunity!

December 07, 2016

Babies with Brain Injuries – Actualizing Their Highest Potential I

Vijay Murthy interviews warrior dad Dr. Aarvind Bagade, physician and doctor of Ayurveda, who refused to accept the devastating prognosis pediatricians gave him for his baby daughter born with severe brain damage. Dr. Aarvind and his wife, Dr. Vinaya first used an Ayurvedic preparation to successfully reduce her severe seizures. They then found and followed the instructions of Glenn Doman’s book What to do About Your Brain-Injured Child, founder of the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia. Believing the Institute’s message that parents are the best therapists, him and his wife applied the methods outlined in the book and saw their baby, previously blind and not responding to stimuli, start to develop.

December 14, 2016

Babies with Brain Injuries – Actualizing Their Highest Potential II

In this second touching episode, warrior dad Dr. Aarvind explains how becoming their daughter’s best therapist, changing her diet, and doing specific exercises with his baby allowed her to blossom. The diet aimed at healing the brain via the brain-gut connection involved putting her on a dairy, soy, tomato, and gluten free diet with no processed food. Listen to find out which exercises may help a baby to start to see, react, and crawl, and witness how empowering oneself as a parent shifts despair to hope and joy.

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December 21, 2016

Green and Clean - First Steps in Natural Cosmetics 

Dr. Vijay Murthy is hosting Beverly Higham, international natural cosmetics expert, for a series of episodes on natural cosmetics. Discover how to read labels to spot the most toxic ingredients, unclutter your bathroom cosmetics collection, and make easy wholesome, healthy choices for your skin. 

December 28, 2016

What is the future of Medicine? A controversial interview with a cardiologist.

A thought-provoking interview with a cutting edge medical researcher and cardiologist, Dr. B.M.Hegde. The controvertial medical specialist talks about cholesterol myths and how anti-cholesterol drugs age people. Dr. Hegde suggests natural methods and talks about future of medicine. He touches upon sensitive topics of politics in medicine.

January 04, 2017

Fitness versus Health; A discussion between an athlete and a doctor

In this exciting episode, Dr. Vijay Murthy interviews Chris, who is preparing to swim the English Channel for the ‘Dreams Come True’ charity for children with life-limiting diseases. Chris reveals the challenges of eating right to face this tremendous challenge, and how organic nutrition and whole food supplements help him build muscles and strength. The two fitness enthusiasts talk about how excellent fitness does not necessarily mean good health, and share how the thrill of looking like a bodybuilder wears out fast.

January 11, 2017

Coughs and Colds - How to Deal with Congestion

So common in winter, we suffer most from the congestion that goes along with coughs and colds. Listen to how boosting your immunity can be an alternative to flu shots, how to eat to cut down the mucous production, how to do a simple steam inhalation to decongest your sinuses, and many more tips.

January 18, 2017

Cancer treatment; challenges and options

Carla, who is recovering from breast cancer, shares her challenges and how she found complementary treatments helpful. Robin Daily talks about why he set up a charity to support cancer patients and how his charity ‘yes to life’ provides information and support to cancer patients to explore complementary treatments for managing cancer.

January 25, 2017

Ketogenic diet; An effective way to lose weight and improve health

In this interview Dr.Vijay Murthy talks to an experienced osteopath and the CEO of a nutritional supplement company who discovered an effective way to lose fat, gain muscle, improve insulin sensitivity and overcome leptin resistance. The science, the method and much more on this effective way to lose fat are discussed in detail in this interview. Both Dr.Vijay Murthy and Alison Astil-Smith have followed this nutritional approach themselves and also recommend it to their patients.

February 01, 2017

Natural Cosmetics for Men

Skin care is not just for women! Acclaimed aromatherapist Beverley Higham takes Dr. Vijay Murthy on a tour discovering the basics of natural cosmetics for men, covering shaving foam, deodorant, exfoliating salt scrub for sports people, ingrown hair, groin itch and much more...

February 08, 2017

A genome scientist from Cambridge talks about genetics v/s epigenetics in health & disease

In this rare interview Prof. Madan Thangavelu explains the differences between understanding health/disease from a genetic perspective v/s understanding health/disease from the epigenetic perspective. He explains how eating and living according to seasons, daily routine and our mindset has a direct impact on prevention and development of diseases including cancer. 

February 15, 2017

What truly is the impact of Gluten on health?

Nutritionist Alison Astill-Smith talks to Dr.Vijay Murthy about what is Gluten, Gliadin and Wheat Germ Agglutinin (WGA) found in grains. What is the negative impact of gluten containing grains on gut health, brain health and thyroid gland? How to get healthy when feeling ill due to food intolerances. 

February 22, 2017

Ayurveda for Global Healthcare; a discussion with policy advocates & politicians

In this unique show, Dr.Vijay Murthy speaks to the former Prime Minister of Hungary, Minister of State for Indian traditional systems of Medicine and health policy advocate on the role of Ayurveda & traditional knowledge systems for global health problems.

February 28, 2017

Natural Skin Care for Babies

Dr. Vijay Murthy talks to Beverley Higham, renowned health educator, mother and grandmother, about natural baby care. This includes care of the newborn, what to choose instead of toxic baby wipes, and care for nappy (diaper) rash. Less is more in baby care!

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March 07, 2017

How to interpret media headlines on health?

Often articles or news items on health such as a new nutritional supplement as the cure for everything or that complementary medicine as totally useless are either exaggerations or misinterpretation of research findings. One can easily be swayed by how media portrays research positively or negatively. In this episode, a medical doctor and a leading health researcher Prof. George Lewith talks to Dr.Vijay Murthy on how to interpret media headlines on health topics and complementary medicine. This interview is highly useful for all consumers of media health news.

March 14, 2017

Cancer Revolution

The book Cancer Revolution is an excellent resource for anyone looking for information on complementary and alternative medicine. In this interview, Robin Daly talks to Dr.Vijay Murthy on the book ‘Cancer Revolution’, supposedly the most comprehensive resource explaining therapies, diets, methods, websites and more on cancer care using complementary and alternative medicine.

March 21, 2017

A GP talks about health risks of hair dyes

In this episode a GP speaks openly about how dangerous the use of hair dyes is even if one uses organic natural hair dyes. Dr. Shamim Daya, who calls herself a ‘medical detective’ shares her personal experience of how years of using hair dyes had affected her. This led her to exploring the topic of hair dyes and its negative impact on health. Dr.Daya argues that hair dye is one of the most dangerous risks for health and boldly recommends using wigs, as a much better alternative if one wants to stay healthy.

March 28, 2017

Brain can redevelop at any age and even in children with brain injury

Thousands of parents across the world have taken their children, both well kids as well as brain injured kids through the Doman method of developmental training. Once controversial and now becoming highly popular due to emerging evidence, Doman method offers a ray of hope to infants, children and adults with brain injury. In this interview, the Vice-Director of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, Douglas Doman talks to Dr.Vijay Murthy about how the Doman method can help both well individuals and brain injured individuals.  

April 11, 2017

How to best choose a complementary and alternative medicine practitioner? An interview with a GP.

With an increase in the popularity of complementary and alternative medicine, more and more choices are presented to the consumer. However, the challenge is to determine how to best choose the right complementary medicine practitioner for you. In this interview the late Prof. George Lewith, a GP with over 35 years of experience in the field shares his views and provides useful advice for the everyday consumer in search of a good practitioner.

April 18, 2017

Is being alkaline, vegan or taking turmeric enough to be healthy?

A holistic GP takes a 360 degree approach to analysing what truly is the secret to good health. Dr.Shamim Daya talks to Dr.Vijay Murthy about the essential components of one’s nutrition, gut health and how to cope with the increasing risk of electro-smoke and environmental toxins. Dr. Daya explains that taking a balanced approach is not the same as commitment to a particular dietary philosophy or following trends in nutritional supplements.

April 25, 2017

How to practically apply the concept of consciousness in achieving health?

In this interview Tomaz Mueller explains how OBC technique, a method of observing, being and creating can help in breaking unhealthy habits such as destructive thought patterns. Tomaz argues that positive thinking does not necessarily result in positive experience. He shares daily practices that can help create a positive experience resulting in sustainable healthy habits. Tomaz also describes how to identify mental and emotional blockages, which contribute to poor health. He talks about how to connect with consciousness in the most practical ways to create health.

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What is the alternative solution to knee replacement?

May 02, 2017

A pain specialist and anesthesiologist discusses the pros and cons of knee replacement. In this interview, Dr. Karuparthy talks about how knee replacement may just be a temporary fix when there are more sustainable solutions. He explains a tandem integrative pain management approach to deal with chronic pain.

The relationship of science to the body types

May 09, 2017

In this interview Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan, a biochemist and an integrative health researchers talks about the role of understanding one’s body type in diagnosing and treating disease conditions. He explains how the knowledge of body types from the tradition of Ayurveda can help to estimate the type of cancer treatment. He highlights the importance of body types in personalised health care.

Home remedies for ear care

May 16, 2017

Ear infections, earache, earwax are so very common in children and also in adults. In this interview, two natural therapies specialists from eastern and western healing traditions discuss many different ways to deal with ear problems using natural methods. This interview is particularly useful for parents with young children.

Illness and Forgiveness

May 23, 2017

In this interview Maya Tiwari interprets the concept of forgiveness in one’s experience of illness. She explains practices and self-help tools which can enable one to heal through illness by the application of forgiveness. She discusses the wrong application of forgiveness and ways to transcend hurt in states of illness to becoming empowered. This interview is useful for all those who like to understand the role of forgiveness in changed state of being during illness and when going through challenging health conditions.

The Duchess of York speaks about her journey of transformation

May 30, 2017

The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson who has seen a major positive shift in her health & wellbeing speaks about her journey of transformation in the last few years. She also shares recipes on healthful nutrition. The Duchess talks to Dr.Vijay Murthy about caring for her daughters’ wellbeing and shares how she overcame ‘food addiction’. Sarah Ferguson speaks to her humanitarian work as the source of purpose and strength.

High intellectual capabilities in children with ADHD

June 06, 2017

When attention deficiency disorder, attention deficiency and hyperactivity, and autism are seen as brain injury, the way to deal with these issues change 360 degrees. As such the methods used by Spencer Doman has produced excellent results revealing extraordinary intellectual capabilities in these children who otherwise are marginalised. In this thought provoking interview Spencer Doman talks to Dr.Vijay Murthy about mentoring and training children with learning challenges and development delay using the Doman method.

Hormones or Natural Methods for peri-menopause & Menopause

June 13, 2017

Women’s health expert Dr.Charlotte Bech explains how women can use home test kits for estimating menopause. She explains whether to consider hormonal treatment or use natural methods during peri-menopause and menopause. Dr.Charlotte Bech discusses with Dr.Vijay Murthy how to deal with gender hormones for maintaining good health after the age of 40 in women. She discusses how to address hot flushes, fatigue, hormonal changes and high cholesterol using natural methods. 

The Five Elements as the basis for Health & Life

June 20, 2017

In this interview Dr.Robert Svoboda talks about the secrets of the concept of the five classic elements, space, air, fire, water and earth in their influence on health, happiness and life. Dr. Svoboda discusses with Dr.Vijay Murhty the deeper meanings of concepts of Ayruveda and Yoga and how they can be applied in everyday life.

Meditation may reverse Heart Conditions

June 27, 2017

Dr.Robert H Schneider, a physician and author of the book “Total Heart Health” discusses with Dr.Vijay Murthy on the mechanisms of meditation in reversing heart conditions. Dr. Schneider shares recent research studies on the benefits of meditation in various heart diseases.

Natural fertility support

July 04, 2017

In this interview Dr.Karin Pirc talks about many different natural ways to increase the chances of conception among couples. She shares natural detoxification methods, daily practices and nutritional guidelines for those who are considering improving fertility.

Quit the gym and get fit at your desk

July 11, 2017

Ivana Daniell, a movement specialist and a musculo-skeletal rejuvenation therapist talks to Dr.Vijay Murthy on how to become aware of our body’s innate intelligence and to get fit when working on the computer. She talks about the dangers of wrong use of gym work outs and emphasises that movement in every day activities when performed with awareness can change one’s posture, fitness and health without working out five times a week at the gym.

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Lullaby may make your baby a poor sleeper; the science of training babies to sleep well.

July 18, 2017

In this interview, Melissa Doman, pediatric sleep consultant, talks about the importance of sleep in a child’s brain-growth and development as well as overall wellbeing and the building of immunity. She explains how babies ‘learn in their sleep’ by giving the brain the opportunity to reset itself and highlights the role of daily routine in helping babies to develop healthy sleep patterns.

Do not stunt your baby's growth by putting them in prams

July 25, 2017

In this interview, Rosalind Doman explains how mobility programmes can facilitate speech development in young children. She explains the role of movement in the coordination between both brain hemispheres. She emphasises the importance of providing babies and toddlers the opportunity to move at a very early age in order to accelerate speech as well as reading and writing abilities.

Epilepsy: why suppressing symptoms doesn’t work

August 01, 2017

In this interview, Janet Doman who continued Glenn Doman’s  ground breaking work with brain-injured  children through the international  institutes for Achievement of Human Potential talks about the  institutes’ multi-layered approaches to increasing brain function of healthy and  brain-injured  infants and children. She explains the counter-effectiveness of seizure-suppressing medication in epilepsy and highlights how parents can play a vital role in the child’s therapeutic and brain developmental programme. This interview gives hope and opens avenues for families whose loved ones have suffered vital brain damage to regain or increase their overall functioning and quality of life.

Holistic approach in treating Coma

August 08, 2017

In this interview Dr. Mihai Dimancescu, a neuro surgeon talks about the importance of taking holistic approaches to the treatment of brain-injury. He explains how the brain through sensory stimulation is able to regain or increase its function even if patients are in a state of coma and emphasises the vital role of personal interaction between the surgeon and the patient for faster recovery. Dr. Mihai talks about his advocacy for medical training in an era of rapid technological advancement, to embrace the principles of empathy and patient- centeredness and to help families to cope and being able to support their loved ones. 

Cycling as a way of life – Get healthy and save the planet too

August 15, 2017

Dr.Vijay Murthy speaks to cycling expert Danny Cole and finds answers to all questions about benefits, safety, riding tips and choosing the right bicycle to get the most out of cycling. In this interview, you will discover the secrets of making every day cycling an enjoyable safe and a wholesome exercise. Danny talks about the type of nutrition one would need when cycling to commute to work every day. He talks about the kind of bicycle one would need and how to adjust the bicycle to prevent injuries and to get the best fitness experience.

Is Psychosis a normal experience?

August 22, 2017

In a highly informative interview, Mathew Aldridge, a psychiatric nurse and a researcher speaks to Dr.Vijay Murthy on how to understand psychosis, when would one need to seek help, what help is available and what approaches to take. Mathew shares new theories in the management of psychosis and how along with medication, there are a number of other mindfulness based approaches, which can immensely help in addressing psychosis.

Looking after joints of the hand: The secrets of understanding Myofascia

August 29, 2017

Often, we might miss the role of the connective tissue, Fascia on the health of joints, bones and muscles. Serafino Ambrosio, a structural integration worker speaks to Dr.Vijay Murthy about how the way we use our head may have an impact on how our hands might get affected. Serafino, in this interview explores the amazing world of Myofascia and how to protect our joints, especially small joints.

Stresses that affect learning amongst adolescents – a teacher speaks

September 05, 2017

Although learning can induce stress, other factors in an adolescent’s life, external to school can affect learning. In this interview, a highly experienced high school teacher speaks about how social relationships between peers, gender refuse, emotional factors and student’s family & home situation dominate an adolescent’s life. Justina Groeber, a German artist teaching in New Zealand for the last 28 years talks to Dr.Vijay Murthy on the challenges and solutions to reducing stress amongst adolescents.

Vegan, Vegetarian or Insects?

September 12, 2017

Dr.Robert Verkerk, an ecologist and an advocate of sustainable health care shares research based knowledge on how humans are dependent on other species for health. He talks about the pros and cons of veganism, dairy, meat and vegetarianism. Dr Verkerk says that it may be more important to eat soil grown vegetables than non-pesticide grown vegetables, although veganism is sustainable for the planet it can result in health imbalances if one is unaware of their food choices. He proposes that insects may be the most important source of protein for humans for sustainability of the planet. Dr Verkerk talks about the importance of microbiome populating the roots of a plant in imparting health benefits. He says eating vegetables lacking microbiome involvement in the agricultural processes can deprive health benefits. This interview can answer many questions you may have been asking yourself about the right kind of food one must chose.

Perfect health is a myth but resilience is practical – a neurologist talks about reclaiming health

September 19, 2017

A neurologist and a neuroscientist from Milan, Dr.Antonio Morandi discusses with Dr.Vijay Murthy the problem with WHO's impractical definition of HEALTH. Dr.Morandi explains the concept of RESILIENCE as the most appropriate way to establish individual's health goals despite an illness he/she is diagnosed with. Dr.Morandi talks about the danger of superimposing laboratory tests and medical reports on to the patient in arriving at a suitable treatment plan. He suggests that listening to the patient, understanding the patient beyond the condition of interest is of immense value. Dr. Morandi explains how Ayurveda can be highly useful in personalised health care.

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