The Institute for Invisible Epidemics has had a long gestation and will be officially birthed in 2017 in Ecuador.  The concept of “invisible epidemic” requires some explanation.  It is a broader term than one first imagines.

(1) There are serious health conditions that are either overlooked or dismissed. Examples of diseases that are seldom diagnosed are: yeast and mold infections, parasitic infections in the plasma as well as various organs of the body, side effects of exposure to radiation, contaminants in vaccines, components in pharmaceutical medicines, drinking water, and food.  In addition, there are highly mysterious factors affecting health such as proximity to microwave towers, use of wifi devices and cell phones, consumption of genetically modified food, and inhalation of particulates from chemtrails.

(2) There are diseases that are underestimated such as Lyme disease. The assumption that a course of antibiotics will cure the disease is obviously false since people usually suffer enormously before even finding a doctor to run the proper tests that make diagnosis possible.  Patients tend to experience many complications before finally finding the help needed.  Morgellon’s disease is usually labeled delusional parasitosis but it is obviously a real condition with very serious consequences.

In order to address these and other conditions, the Institute’s work will be divided between research and clinical assessment and treatment.  The clinic was opened in June 2016 in Baños de Agua Santa in Tungurahua Province of Ecuador.  It is run by Dr. Indunil Weerarathne, a fully qualified Ayurvedic doctor from Sri Lanka who in addition to Ayurveda is licensed in Sri Lanka as a psychological counselor.  She worked in several countries in Asia and Europe before moving to Ecuador in early July 2015. She is proficient in darkfield microscopy, both Western and Ayurvedic herbal medicine, alchemy, and what is called indigenous medicine.  To extend her skills even further, she has taken courses in medical research and publishing, and she is currently enrolled in a degree program at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Indunil is currently recruiting for a vacancy for a second Ayurvedic doctor to assist in the clinic.

It is impossible to provide natural treatments for patients without access to high quality herbs.  Over the short-term, the needs can be covered by imports, but longer-term, it is essential that there is a world class laboratory with all the individual herbs and formulas required. To meet this need, the Institute is prepared to invest in medicinal herb collection, cultivation, and processing.  Some herbs can be consciously wildcrafted from the Amazon Jungle or Andes. Others can be grown on medical herb farms. We have been working for years with Kitzia Kokopelmana on a combination of organic farming using permaculture practices.  She would develop farms using alliances with Ecuadorians in which the food used in the clinic as well as the herbs grown all meet the highest standards of sustainability.  In addition, we are supportive of biodiversity which in the short-term can be defined as the intention to develop Ayurvedic herb farms so that there are secondary and tertiary habitats for the herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine. Included in all biodiversity efforts is at least some degree of seed banking and seed sharing.

Being in Ecuador, we are in an ideal position to work with all forms of indigenous medicine.  The 2008 Constitution gave protection not just to Nature but to all forms of traditional medicine. Unlike Ayurvedic doctors in other countries, Sri Lankan Ayurvedic doctors are trained in traditional medicine and actually do an internship in indigenous medicine. Dr. Indunil is therefore uniquely qualified to work with herbal specialists in Ecuador as well as other Latin American and Asian countries.

The Institute will collaborate with existing herbal laboratories and make some of its own formulas using an extraordinary variety of herbs.  Historically, 2.5 million plant species have been identified as having medicinal properties.  At this time, few practicing herbalists are using more than a few hundred herbs. We plan to study the herbs using a combination of what might be termed field work involving ethnobotanists and medcal anthropologists as well as chemical analyses and clinical trials.

Finally, an important part of the Institute’s long-term work involves information. Whatever is learned and deemed to be reliable will be shared using all the modern forms of communication including paper and digital publications, online distance learning, webinars and summits, public outreach, and internship programs. All work will be well organized, archived for posterity, and shared.

In sum, the Institute will have three basic components: clinic, herbal medicine production, and education.  We are ready to partner with kindred spirits who share our interest and sense of responsibility towards the life forms of future generations of plants and people.  We also need tangible support in the form donations.

Many blessings,

Ingrid Naiman
13 November 2016