Course: live to the fullest

living to the fullest

  

Vida Lotus Retreat & Spa is the only place in the world where you can learn the science of living to the fullest. In our course, Living To The Fullest, you will learn to heal migraines with your hands, to free yourself from pain, fatigue and hunger, to master new languages ​​easily, to prepare delicious and healthy dishes, and much more.

Scientific Basis of Our System

Our unique system is based on the 9 human needs according to Michael Ducharme. This system is a new paradigm for wellness, which provides unmatched results. It was developed by our founder using the scientific method.

Benefits of Taking this Course

1. Graduates of this course will be able to relieve the migraine of their loved ones with their own hands in mere minutes (and the treatment does not generate any type of pain typical of other “therapeutic massage” methods). In the same way, You will be able to eliminate headaches, shoulders and back pain except pain caused by trauma such as a car accident.

2. Our graduates will learn how to get rid of their own headaches, shoulders, back pain, and more.

3. Our students will learn about human energy. You will learn to accumulate energy, therefore, you will be able to end fatigue. (No, we don’t get energy from food!)

4. You will deeply explore the topic of hunger, and learn to identify various causes of “false hunger”.

5. The Vida Lotus system facilitates learning to a level never seen before. Those who wish to master a new language will be able to do so easily, without the need to memorize grammar rules. (These are an impediment to fluency!)

6. A very popular part of our course is the gastronomic part. You will learn how to avoid chronic illness with food. You will learn to prepare delicious and healthy dishes with organic ingredients from our garden and nearby farms. You will fall in love with the flavors and colors and textures of vegan food. You will understand the true meaning of satisfaction.

7. You will learn the scientific method to be able to implement it in their life. That way they will be able to defend themselves against the false science promoted everywhere.

8. You will gain other healthy habits, and new friends who also value wellness and good living.

Course Cost

The value of this course is incalculable, as you will be able to help your entire family avoid deadly diseases with the information in this course. Many people are able to eliminate chronic diseases and thus save the cost of medications for the rest of their lives. Add the value of learning cooking and a new language… these are included with our course although our course gives a better result.

As for the required investment, that depends on what level of luxury you demand while studying with us. If you want to stay in a suite with an ocean view during the month of the course, you will pay that cost, it is $ 6000 for two people. (100pp / d.) That level provides a spacious and private space with all the luxuries: king bed plus an additional bed, walk-in closet, mini fridge, private bathroom with hot water, wifi, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and all this on a separate floor for maximum social distancing.

In a private room with a queen bed, the investment is half, $ 3000 for two people, for the entire month. (50pp / d.) These rooms have their private bathroom with hot water, a fan and wifi.

In a shared room with three twin beds, each bed costs $ 900, for the entire month. (30pp / d.)

The cost of renting a space to place your tent is $ 300 for two people (5pp / d.)

The above costs, which only reflect the accommodation, must be paid by ACH (bank transfer) before the start of the course and are not refundable. In any other place you would have to pay for food and services separately, making the total to pay three to five times these costs. We are giving away all the extras because it is our mission to eradicate unnecessary suffering from the world. We want to encourage you to be one of the first people in Panama to acquire this powerful knowledge.

In addition, we are in pre-opening and we are looking for the best people to add to our team. We will only hire people who graduate from our course demonstrating proficiency and the best attitude.

We are waiting for you to teach you how to heal migraines with your hands

We are waiting for you in Limon, Campana (Province of Panama West), an earthly paradise near you… Where you can enjoy divine dishes prepared with love.

With your own hands you will learn to heal migraines, insomnia and other physical, mental and emotional conditions. You will also gain new friendships and new healthy habits.

Join now through this site. (We will be adding more information soon.)

2021 Five-Day Intense Healer Training

Six hand Healing Massage Training with Michael Ducharme Vida Lotus

Our Mission is to Eradicate Worldwide Suffering, so we are committed to sharing our unique healing methods with those most likely to use these skills to heal those around them.

In our Healer Training you will learn to heal even migraines with your bare hands. Our unique techniques are more effective than any other known method. You will easily do what seems impossible to the untrained eye. But there is no magic involved, and you already have the tools. The Vida Lotus Healing System is firmly rooted in science and as such anyone can learn to heal others with their hands.

Our Healer Training is unique in that it is the only system on Earth that considers each of the nine human needs. You will gain a deeper understanding of yourself by closely examining each of your legitimate needs, and clearly separating them from your limitless desires. You will have a new understanding and appreciation for the air, the sun, clean water and organic fruit. But you will also learn about how to detoxify yourself from the environmental toxins you’ve accumulated. And perhaps most importantly, you will learn the need to be wiggly. You will see people transform in ways you never imagined when an unwiggly person gets wiggly. You will learn the methods that we developed to assess a person’s wiggliness and to get them wiggly. You’ll also learn ticks to get yourself wiggly on your own and to stay that way.

You will also learn:

  • The 7-part Scientific Method
  • How to accumulate energy and avoid depletion
  • How to learn any new skill quickly (like a new language or playing an instrument)
  • The Essence of Yoga
  • Basic Self Defence Training
  • The herbs that you should cultivate at home to enrich your life and protect you from diseases.

Our Intense 5-day training Camps include accommodations, gourmet whole food plant-based meals and exquisite SPA services.

Click here to sign up for our Healer Training.

Or for more information about our Seva Program, go here.

Immediate and Lasting Migraine Relief

My Protocol for Immediate and Lasting Migraine Relief

After more than two decades of experimentation, I succeeded in developing a highly effective, non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment protocol for chronic headaches and chronic migraines. The hallmark of my system is a unique method of restoring the normal energy flow (wiggliness!) throughout the entire body, such that the body is able to “heal itself” quickly and efficiently. This self-healing includes proper oxygenation and detoxification, which are apparently hindered by a lack of “wiggliness”.

In most cases, my migraine-healing method can eliminate an acute migraine attack in under ten minutes. By the end of the first session (which typically lasts 1.5 – 2 hours), the energy flow has been restored to the extent that approximately 80% of migraine sufferers will not have a recurrence for an extended period, generally 6 months – 1 year, even without a follow-up treatment. In the remaining 20% of subjects where migraines do continue, they are generally more than 50% less frequent and less severe. In these cases, a follow-up treatment may further improve the condition.
 
healing massage with michael ducharme carrie green and susana in the temple at vida lotus with river and mountains in background
 

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What is Yoga

michael ducharme and yael side plank yoga pose

Yoga is unity, union. It is the reality of the entire universe; I am yoga, you are yoga.

Yoga is not an exercise. It is not an activity. You don’t have to ‘disconnect’ from the universe, nor is it possible. Sure, you can put your phone down for a bit. But you are always connected. Nothing to connect. Just be aware, that’s all.

Two girls meditating back to back partner yoga at vida lotus

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Gandhi's Incredible Healing Story

How Gandhi Healed from Mange and Malnutrition with Aloe Curcumin and Vegan Food

Gandhi's Transformation

Gandhi, with mange and malnutrition, before healing at Vida Lotus

Gandhi, when he first walked past Vida Lotus Retreat & Spa, was on a starvation diet, was extremely thin, and suffered a severe case of mange. The following two photos do NOT do justice to how horrible his skin was. He had open wounds covering much of his body, with thousands of maggots and countless other parasites literally eating him alive. He may have been the saddest dog in history.

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Health Benefits of Saunas and Steambaths

benefits of sauna and steam bath

Laura Marcela and Santra Cataño in Steambath

Using a sauna or a steambath is one of the healthiest habits that you could adopt on a daily or weekly basis. You may already associate the sauna and steambath with relaxation and luxury, as most high-end hotels, spas and health clubs include both a sauna and a steam room, yet most American homes do not. But after you consider all of the lesser-known, but equally-important health benefits of saunas and steambaths, you may find yourself visiting these gyms and spas more frequently, or you may decide to install a sauna or a steam bath in your home. The following are just some of the health benefits that saunas and steambaths provide for the mind and body. Doctors and scientists confirm what the sauna enthusiasts of other countries such as Finland and Russia have known for many centuries:

  • •The sauna or steambath will improve your overall health and sense of well-being
  • •The sauna or steambath will bring more oxygen to your cells
  • •The sauna or steambath will relax your sore and tired muscles
  • •The sauna or steambath will reduce pain such as lower back pain
  • You will lose weight due to the calories burned in perspiration
  • Using a sauna or a steambath will reduce the number of colds and flus by half
  • •The sauna or steambath will improve your heart health
  • Using a sauna or a steambath will provide you more energy throughout the day
  • Using a sauna or a steambath may relieve conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism
  • Your skin will look and feel better and younger, with fewer blemishes and a healthy glow
  • Improved circulation, which in turn solves a plethora of conditions (even erectile dysfunction)
  • You will feel great; peaceful and relaxed after using a sauna or a steambath
  • You will sleep better after using a sauna or a steambath

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Information on Migraines and Headaches

Nearly everyone experiences at least an occasional headache, while around 15% of people suffer its most painful and debilitating form, the migraine. My protocol addresses the underlying cause of these conditions, which produces long-lasting results while other practitioners rely on techniques that at best mask the symptoms and sometimes contribute to a progressive worsening of the disease.

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A headache is like an alarm that begs for a specific action. The alarm should persist, at least intermittently, until the original cause for the alarm has been solved. Failing to address the real cause of these conditions, the noise continues. Lacking a viable method of achieving true peace, some simply ignore the noise, while others  hide from it with prescription or illicit drugs. The American Migraine Foundation states that “there is no cure for migraines” and that “Current Migraine Treatments are Inadequate”. I agree with them regarding the current popular treatments, but I expect they may change their opinion once they learn about the system that I have created.

 

A Description of Migraines

From the New England Journal of Medicine: There are two main types of migraine. Both types of migraine typically affect patients for the major part of their lives, at considerable socioeconomic and personal expense. (1) The first, migraine without aura (previously called common migraine), is characterized by headache attacks lasting 4 to 72 hours. The headache is usually severe, unilateral, pulsating, aggravated by physical activity, and accompanied by nausea, vomiting, photophobia (hypersensitivity to light), and phonophobia (hypersensitivity to sound). (1) In the second type, migraine with aura (previously called classic migraine), the attacks are initiated by neurologic symptoms called aura (visual, sensory, speech, or motor symptoms). Otherwise, the attacks are the same as those in migraine without aura. (1)

 

Migraine Statistics

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, six percent of the population have migraine without aura during a one-year period, and 9 percent have it at some time in their lives. The corresponding figures for migraine with aura are 4 percent and 6 percent. The male:female ratio for both types of migraine is approximately 1:3. (1) The World Health Organization lists Migraines as one of the 20 most disabling medical illnesses in its Global Burden of Disease Study (updated in 2004), because the average migraine sufferer loses 1.3% of their years due to disability (YLD). 1.3% may sound like a small number, but it translates to 114 hours per year or 8,550 excruciating hours or nearly one full year of intense pain over a 75-year lifespan. The WHO also states that in terms of its disabling effect, migraines compare with dementia, quadriplegia and active psychosis. The Migraine Trust, a charitable health and medical research center for migraines estimates that there are an estimated 190,000 migraine attacks every day in the United Kingdom alone.

 

Barriers to effective care

(From the World Health Organization) Lack of knowledge among health-care providers is the principal clinical barrier. Worldwide, on average only four hours of undergraduate medical education are dedicated to instruction on headache disorders. The minority of individuals with headache disorders worldwide are professionally diagnosed; 40% for those with migraine and TTH, while for MOH it is only 10%. Poor awareness extends to the general public. Headache disorders are not perceived by the public as serious since they are mostly episodic, do not cause death, and are not contagious. The low consultation rates in developed countries may indicate that many sufferers are unaware that effective treatments exist. 50% of people with headache are estimated to be self-treating. Many governments, seeking to constrain health-care costs, do not acknowledge the substantial burden of headache on society. They might not recognize that the direct costs of treating headache are small in comparison with the huge indirect-cost savings that might be made (eg, by reducing lost working days) if resources were allocated to treat headache disorders appropriately.

 

The High Cost of Migraines

According to new data presented at the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society, migraine headaches cost American employers more than $24 billion a year in direct and indirect healthcare costs. Source: PR Newswire

 

Conventional Migraine Treatments

Conventional medicine recommends the use of pain medication to hide the most troublesome symptoms. Avoidance of triggers is not itself a treatment but doctors frequently recommend this as a prophylactic or preventative technique. Doctors also sometimes prescribe medications as an additional prophylactic.

 

Alternative Migraine Treatments

Popular alternative remedies include acupuncture, chiropractic and massage treatments. From Wikipedia: While acupuncture is effective “true” acupuncture is not more efficient than sham acupuncture, with both appearing more effective than routine care, with fewer adverse effects than prophylactic drug treatment. Chiropractic manipulation, physiotherapy, massage and relaxation might be as effective as propranolol or topiramate in the prevention of migraine headaches…There is some tentative evidence of benefit for magnesium, coenzyme Q(10), riboflavin, vitamin B(12), and feverfew… Of the alternative medicines, Petasites hybridus (butterbur) has the best evidence for migraine prevention.

 

Common Migraine Triggers

Many people find that their migraine begins soon after consuming a particular food, or in the presence of a particular environmental factor. Author Alexander Mauskop lists these common triggers as: cheese, bacon, nuts, avocados, chocolate, yeast, spices, hot dogs, corn, anything fermemented, red wine, beer, beverages containing caffeine, skipping meals, stress, fatigue, bright lights, strong odors, certain medications, perfumes and other odors, air pollution, hormonal changes, the weather, seasonal changes and altitude.

 

The Problem with Avoiding Migraine Triggers

While some of these items should rightfully be avoided anyway, others, such as avocados, spices, the weather and seasonal changes are healthy, enjoyable parts of living well. Avocados provide some of the healthiest fat on Earth. As for spices… surely migraine sufferers shouldn’t be expected to avoid all 350+ common spices, many of which provide important nutrients and are indispensable in preventing many diseases. Those living high in the mountains could certainly move their household to a lower city, but with a considerable expense and inconvenience. And just how would you go about avoiding the weather. Either you must stay indoors forever, or perhaps move to San Diego, Malta or Colombia. You may indeed get some more enjoyment out of life by selecting one of these places to live, but this certainly cannot be an acceptable recommendation for avoiding migraines.

Avoid These Migraine-Causing Chemicals

I strongly suggest avoiding all of the following chemicals, even if you do not suffer from migraines. These chemicals are linked with migraines and a host of other serious physical and mental conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s to cancer to epileptic seizures and more. Aspartame, a popular sweetener found in many packaged foods labelled “sugar free”, is linked to migraines and many other conditions. The journal Pediatric Neurology recently published a study on teens that frequently chew gum (most of which contains the chemical Aspartame). Of the thirty patients studied, 26 reported significant improvement and 19 reported a complete improvement after discontinuing the habit of gum-chewing. All twenty patients that resumed the habit experienced headache or migraine within days. Bisphenol A (BPA), which mimics oestrogen, frequently leaches into food and beverages from its plastic container. A recent study published in the journal Toxicological Sciences provides more proof that BPA causes migraines. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an excitatory neurotoxin (or excitotoxin) that is commonly added to packaged foods and even restaurant foods (particularly Chinese restaurant food) to enhance the neurologic perception of the food’s taste. In other words, the food does not actually taste better, but the brain is tricked into perceiving a better taste. The brain cells that are excited by MSG then die, so the enhanced pleasure comes at a great cost.   A 2010 study from the University of Oxford found that a gene called TRESK was implicated in some migraine patients. The researchers found that if the TRESK gene malfunctions, other factors (such as MSG) can more easily trigger a migraine.

 

Migraine Medications

Web-md.com lists 91 pharmaceutical medications for temporary migraine relief. Some doctors prescribe one or more of these medications for acute migraine attacks and others also prescribe medication as a prophylactic, that is, to prevent future migraines. Prophylactic treatments are considered effective if they cut down the severity or frequency of the migraine attacks by half or more.

 

Medication-Overuse Headaches (MOH)

A common side effect of migraine medicines is that they actually cause  migraines.(2) Sometimes this side effect does not appear the first few times a new medication is taken, suggesting that the medication accumulates in the body, worsening the condition over time. This is called Medication-overuse Headaches (MOH). This study, sponsored by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline examined Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) Alone or With a Triptan and Reports of Transition From Episodic to Chronic Migraine. The study was completed in 2011 but the results were never published. Dare I guess the reason that the results remain hidden? The most likely answer is that the results of the study were not particularly flattering to the drug giant.

 

Other Common Side Effects of Popular Migraine Medications

Other side effects of popular migraine medications include an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers and bleeding, sometimes-fatal hepatic (liver) problems, renal (kidney) problems, muscle weakness, dizziness, nausea and mental health problems including depression, anxiety, irritability, and psychotic reactions, and sleep disturbances such as insomnia and nightmares. Some migraine medications cause weight gain and hair loss. Using Botox as a migraine treatment can cause headaches, bruising and pain at the injections sites, drooping eyelid, muscle pain and stiffness, and the inability to raise the eyebrows for the 3 months the Botox is in effect.

My Quest for the Migraine Cure

I began searching for an effective treatment for migraine at a very young age, to provide relief for two family members. Initially I looked at massage and myotherapy, without finding immediate success in either of these methods. I began reading about reflexology, acupuncture, chiropractic and other physical manipulation techniques. Each of these methods has been successful for some patients but not for the majority. I read up on homeopathy, naturopathy, and nutrition. These last two seemed to offer a real solution that would require patience and dedication on the part of the sufferer to produce results. I have incorporated this knowledge into my protocol, but I still needed to develop a method to provide immediate relief for those experiencing an acute migraine attack, and a system that could pre-empt future migraine attacks for at least the length of time needed to implement the naturalistic nutrition and lifestyle plans. I continued reading and experimenting for many years.

My Key Discovery: Wiggliness is Wellness!

By experimenting on more than a thousand volunteers I discovered that those suffering with migraines (and other serious health conditions) were less wiggly than healthier volunteers. I began to associate wiggliness with wellness. I noticed that wiggliness was not directly associated with any other physical attribute such as flexibility, body constitution/shape or overall fitness level. I began to focus more and more on wiggliness. Babies are the wiggliest humans and tend to be healthy. The elderly are the least wiggly and tend to suffer many chronic health conditions. There are other factors at play besides wiggliness, of course, but I was nonetheless interested to find a method for restoring wiggliness. I eventually developed a method that works, and the results have been called “miraculous” by those that experienced immediate and lasting relief from my system, when countless other systems had previously failed.

Read part 2 of this article: My Protocol for Rapid Migraine Relief.

 

References

  1. Understanding the Biologic Basis of Migraine: Jes Olesen, M.D., New England Journal of Medicine, December 22, 1994
  2. Too frequent use of painkillers can cause rather than cure headaches: Hawkes N. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22991196 British Medical Journal. September 18, 2012
  3. Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Alone or With a Triptan and Reports of Transition From Episodic to Chronic Migraine (study completed but results never published) ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01435941
  4. The Influence of Excessive Chewing Gum Use on Headache Frequency and Severity Among Adolescents, Pediatric Neurology, Nov 1, 2013

  5. Migraine Headaches, Journal of American Medical Association, June 24, 2009, Vol 301, No. 24
  6. Excitotoxins in Foods, Neurotoxicology. 1994 Fall;15(3):535-44.
  7. The American Migraine Foundation
  8. PR Newswire American Headache Society
  9. World Health Organization Global Burden of Disease Study
  10. The Migraine Trust