We study both the plants and the tissues
to discover the properties of the herbs and
their actions on the body.


Medicinal Herbs

Whether using Himalayan or South
American herbs, we use only top quality
plants that are sustainably grown
and ethically harvested.


Medicinal Herbs and Food

We are in the process of creating a laboratory
for processing herbal medicines and medicinal foods.



We approach our work with respect
and reverence for the plant kingdom.
We seek no patents or excessive profits.


It would be fair to that while certain parts of the project we are undertaking have been on the drawing table quite some time, the catalyst that moved the Institute for Invisible Epidemics forward was the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

As my bio states, I majored in Asian Studies as an undergraduate and was in first batch of students to graduate from the East-West Center in Hawaii. In 1962, immediately after graduation, I went to Japan and while there visited both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The impressions were not simply indelible, but the agony was probably etched on my soul. On the one hand, I was ashamed that humans would use such weapons, especially on civilian targets.  On the other, I felt that I personally wanted to do something major to alleviate suffering.

That was more than half a century ago, and the years ahead were clearly all part of a major plan conceived before incarnating. I understand my résumé is not what one expects to see of someone who is dedicated to research in holistic health, but once I transitioned from economic development to metaphysics and medical philosophy,  I came to understand quite a lot about subtle methods of healing and realized that these are usually deeper and more permanent than whatever can be accomplished by material means alone.

In the 1990s and early part of this century, I traveled extensively and began teaching in Europe.  I also became quite proficient in darkfield microscopy and have used this method to observe changes in the blood brought about through the use of herbal medicines. In the post-Chernobyl days, I was in Holland and listened to environmentally conscious people telling me that Irish moss could not be harvested again in Europe in our lifetimes, nor perhaps in the lifetimes of several generations to follow.

I began to meet people who had been in Chernobyl and realized that their medical conditions were most likely complications of their exposures to radiation but the connection between radiation and cancer or various anomalies were either ignored or rigorously rejected by specialists.  In short, the victims were labeled as hypochondriacs.  This same tendency to ignore complaints due to parasite infections resulted in people being told they were suffering from delusional parasitosis. The problem was that I was seeing parasites in the ostensibly sterile blood so I knew otherwise.  Then came the worldwide epidemic of Lyme disease, but it is supposedly so easy to cure that patients just need antibiotics for a few weeks,  These are just some of the epidemics that are “invisible” because mainstream medicine refuses to consider the realities that patients face.

When I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2000, I was exposed to mold and was very ill, but the experts at that time maintained that mold is only dangerous for immunocompromised individuals.  In short, I could not be suffering from cognitive deficits, merely perhaps some rather exaggerated reactions to allergens. Unfortunately, this story just goes on and on.  One disease after another is either deemed incurable or not real.

As fate would have it, a colleague became interested in an Ayurvedic rejuvenative protocol called kaya kalpa.  Through our efforts to translate the formula he found, I realized that highly toxic substances can not only be purified but transformed into powerful medicines that produce stability and promote longevity.

DNA Repair, Regeneration, and Rejuvenation

When attempting to explain the mechanisms whereby regeneration and rejuvenation can occur, it became apparent that we were in possession of pieces of the puzzle that belonged to a larger picture and that our pieces would be much needed by the sufferers of chronic illness as well as exposure to radiation. After the Fukushima disaster, I looked for a suitable location in Asia for victims of the radiation spewing from Fukushima; but after considering all the pros and cons, including the need for pristine conditions and relative freedom from tropical illness, the Andes seemed the most suitable place to build the Institute.

While there are many persons with impeccable research credentials as well as interest in what are commonly called anti-aging or radiation-related illnesses, my approach is unique because of my understanding of herbal medicine and darkfield microscopy.  On top of the, shall we say, formal understanding, there is also the willingness to give credence to what is invisible and therefore not measurable. This will be explained in much more depth in the months and years ahead, but to make the work truly beneficial, there must be extensive networking with kindred spirits in other disciplines and other locations as well as transfer of knowledge to the younger generation.

Areas of Focus

Ecuador has friendly migration policies but more importantly, it confers constitutional protection of indigenous medicine. About a million different plant species grow in one or another of the four major climatic zones of the country.  Therefore, Ecuador is also an ideal place to create medicinal herb farms and to establish seed banking to protect biodiversity.  We will therefore develop botanical gardens and ethical medicinal herb production, this in addition to a clinic with residential facilities.

Furthermore, there will be an outreach program that offers courses for both local and foreign students.  This will include both live seminars and distance learning courses. We have already begun some translation work from English to both Spanish and Japanese.  An online campus is being launched.  Some training will be offered without charge, mostly to Ecuadorian citizens, but patrons have also been invited to participate in the courses without charge, a way of saying thank you.


Ingrid Naiman
Updated 6 February 2018