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Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH(AHG)

Application of Practical Wisdom in Daily Life

Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH(AHG)

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  • How Ayurvedic styles differ between East and West
  • How to use food as medicine
  • Tips for healthy food choices for yourself and your children

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  1. Sam says:

    Thank you so much for this interview. Absolutely awesome! I learned so much and you made it simple and easy to understand (for a beginner like me). Thanks to both host and Dr. Caldecott.

  2. Heather says:

    This has been the best video yet!! From someone who is just beginning their journey into Ayurveda, the knowledge you provided is profound and words can’t express my gratitude adequately enough.

    I am a type II diabetic and have been so sick and in pain for so long I am comforted in the fact that I now know I can heal naturally. I look forward to this journey and am so so so grateful to Eric and Cate for putting this summit together. I am also very grateful and appreciative to all the practitioners in this summit who have dedicated your lives to helping people heal naturally. You are all angels and may many blessings be bestowed upon you for your dedication!!

  3. Aarti says:

    I’m glad I chose this talk as one of the few I have the opportunity to listen/view. It is clear he ins knowledgeable is both breadth and depth of Ayurveda, and the clear concept of applying it to ourselves by living in accordance with the specific natural world we find ourselves living in. Particularly stood out to my personally was gentle unfolding of the morning as a gift to self (maybe now I wont put off waking up and then finding myself in a rush), considering eating meat (I am of Indian origin and didnt know about historical + Brahmin eating of meat), and weighing food choices as what feels good/five minutes of pleasure/removing morality entirely. His examples from India were not at all romanticized/fetishized and I really appreciate that.

  4. BobL says:

    Wow, thank you Todd for opening up my understanding of Ayurveda. Looking forward to visiting your website and learning more. Shanti.

  5. Mr. Gregg says:

    What is your web site address?

  6. Ann says:

    Thank you for confirming my beliefs that a diet for a colder climate is going to look different than a diet for a tropical country. I tried a healthy vegetarian diet for a few years and ended up with many allergies, and health issues so now also have a modified paleo diet, which is much better for me. I’m interested in connecting with you to hear more.

  7. Stefani says:

    This was an amazing talk, extremely practical, down-to-earth and easily digestible. πŸ™‚ My only question is around eating meat, it is to my (limited) understanding that meat is rajasic/tamasic and therefore not advisable for optimal health which is attributed to more sattvic qualities in food. As Ayurveda encompasses the entire spectrum of healing, including spiritual, it is to my understanding that meat is not advised for that reason. But I am trying to understand this on a deeper level…

  8. Vale says:

    Thank you so much Todd, such clarity, such honesty and purity. Thanking you deeply. Love from Argentina.

  9. K. Isatu says:

    Thank you for this discussion, for sharing your thoughts and knowledge, and for making this accessible to all of us. This was a great talk and I appreciate your points on book knowledge vs practical/learned and nurtured knowledge, as well as everything else. This was great. Thank you.

  10. Simone Williamson says:

    Wonderful conversation. Down to earth, clear and sincere. in gratitude to you both.

  11. Deva says:

    Pranaam!!! So refreshing to hear and see an intelligent, articulated man! Thank you!

  12. Rupinder says:

    Thanks Todd,…I am from India, migrated overseas…became a patient and subsequently a student of Ayurveda in Australia and I am currently a sishya (student) of Todd Caldecott…His each word is gold and needs to be really considered by the public as the future of Authentic Ayurveda and Authentic Integration of Health practices to promote true health and dharma is in our hands. Thanks Dr Grasser and Cate for spreading this valuable wisdom.

  13. Beth says:

    Todd is my ayurveda teacher, and I would highly recommend any of his educational programs offered through the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine. (www.dogwoodbotanical.com) His program is thorough, detailed, and authentic. In this interview you are getting a taste of what he offers. He’s superb, and knows his stuff.

  14. Peter Baverso says:

    Thank you Todd – you provided deep insight and ignited my curiosity. My earlier revelation from my day about ayurveda was…”Ayurveda is designed to maximize your potential in all aspects of life; to enhance your ability to do what you are here to do; to connect you with your highest expression of your unique gifts. Ayurveda is the Ultimate User’s Manual for Resilience.”

    I feel that you confirmed what I was sensing. What a gift Todd! THANK YOU!! Best session of the Summit! Awesome!

  15. Linda Larson says:

    Wonderful presentation. Very informative, fascinating, useful, and enjoyable.

  16. Julie says:

    Thanks so much Todd, for participating in the summit and imparting your knowledge. You speak to my heart about how food quality and methods have changed. I like your simple tips and suggestions on how to incorporate basic aspects of Ayurveda to make it compatible and practical for ourselves.

  17. Claire says:

    An excellent talk. I feel like I’ve had a huge aha moment and made a great leap in understanding. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  18. Robin Muller says:

    Thank you for all the wisdom you have imparted on us. I think it hits home even more that you did have health problems and have solved them with food and Ayurveda. I honestly think that society has to see the links between what we eat has health consequences or rewards.

  19. Kerrie Southon says:

    I’m am so interested in this topic and so loved your presentation… Do you have a website Todd… I would love to gain this knowledge… I’m listening learning and putting to practice and hungry for more knowledge… Thanking you for sharing your experience and knowledge… I’m a nurse and what I see everyday isn’t working…. A time and place for everything but health is in what you are doing.. I just know it… Thank-You?

  20. Vittoria says:

    Great discussion for welcoming those fairly new to this philosophy. I was very pleased to learn that such a wise practitioner is living in my hometown. I would like to connect with Todd’s work through his website but unfortunately signing up with his newsletter is “timing out”… There isn’t any other method to contact him on the site. πŸ™
    I would enjoy receiving his blog posts in order to delve into this area more deeply. Any help would be great.
    Thank

    • Dr. Grasser says:

      Vittoria,
      I will let Todd know there is a problem with his newsletter sign up.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Hi Vittoria

      I checked the sign-up widget, and it appears to be working on my end. Maybe give it another try, and temporarily disable any ad-blockers you might have that could be interfering with sign-up.

      If that doesn’t work, please send any further inquiries to admin@toddcaldecott.com.

  21. Hana says:

    The best interview. All said made so much sense.

  22. erika says:

    BEST TALK!!!!!

  23. Tania says:

    What a fantastic interview! This has been my favourite talk yet. I had no idea we had such a gem of a teacher here in Vancouver!
    Thank you so much!

  24. lily says:

    very practical

  25. Ann says:

    Thank you Todd…this has been the best presentation so far, thoroughly enjoyed everything you spoke about, yes I believe its tuning in to your own body & listening to it on a daily basis….Namaste πŸ™‚

  26. N Vaniyo says:

    Thank you Todd. This is a very interesting talk. I would love to learn more about food preparation according to ayurveda. Though I was born and brought up in India I have no understanding of the tradition we follow in food preparation and eating. Do you have a reading materials you can recommend ? Also it would be helpful if some of the people and places you mention could be shown on the slides, so that we may look up the places online.

  27. Judy E. says:

    Excellent! Thank you.

  28. Linda says:

    So appreciated this discussion! More wonderful gems to digest! Thank you!

  29. N Vaniyo says:

    Thank you Todd. This is a very interesting talk. It would help if some of the people and places you mention could be shown on the slides, so that we may look up the places online.

  30. Kinga says:

    Thank you so much! Fab discussion with so many interesting information. Happy Todd shared with his experience and knowledge. Much appreciated!

  31. Carmel says:

    This session , for me, was the best. Todd is an excellent speaker and gets his message across clearly and simply to the new ayurvedic pupil. I know very little about Ayurveda and am listening to the different speakers at this summit, trying to learn as much as I can. Todd did not use old text words in excess, so I could follow along easily. I finished the session feeling that I learned something, and that Ayurveda is a natural wisdom, that I can do here at home. I don’t have to learn another language or go to India to practice Ayurveda.
    Thank you for this presenter and I wished he had spoken the first day.

    • Todd Caldecott says:

      Hi Carmel

      Thanks for your comments. In my estimation, the teachings of Ayurveda are for everybody, so we needn’t fetishize Sanskrit words or become “Indian” just to practice it. My goal over these last 20 years has been to translate and contextual these teachings in a Western context, to meet people where they are. So I am happy that my talk made sense to you. πŸ™‚

  32. Carmel says:

    This session , for me, was the best. Todd is an excellent speaker and gets his message across clearly and simply to the new ayurvedic pupil. I know very little about Ayurveda and am listening to the different speakers at this summit, trying to learn as much as I can. Todd did not use old text words in excess, so I could follow along easily. I finished the session feeling that I learned something, and that Ayurveda is a natural wisdom, that I can do here at home. I don’t have to learn another language or go to India to practice Ayurveda.
    Thank you for this presenter and I wished he had spoken the first day.
    Carmel

  33. Lynne says:

    Excellent – enjoyable and informative. Thank you!

  34. Karen Saranzewa says:

    thank you for this interesting interview. I am interested myself for 25 years now in nutrition and food and for approx. 10 years I am continuously studying Ayurvedic nutrition. Already some time ago I came to the conclusion that there are climates on earth where vegetarianism is counterproductive. Look for example at the inuit who were completely healthy people, who did not know what teeth problem were until they got in contact with western food. They died healthy but young, I guess that their metabolism was very high to be able to keep the temperature, therefore they lived kind of quicker, but without any disease and not eating any vegetables apart from some ferns and mosses. Very interesting thoughts about the fact that we are not respecting anymore the tradition in food preparation. This is a very logic and interesting aspect, not just the quality of the food itself, the time when we eat it, how we eat, what type of food we mix, the quantity we eat etc. but the process of preparation that has become so much quicker than traditionally. Hope to find out more about traditional food preparation processes in your book: Food as medicine. Thank your very much for sharing this and thank you for your great website.

  35. Andi says:

    Thank you so much! This was so inspirational! This is so much how I feel about ayurveda and yoga. The whole summit is such a gem, deep gratitude to those who took the time and effort to help us. Na maste!

  36. Sarah says:

    I loved this talk, I’d never heard from Todd before, but I believe him to be a real master of Ayurveda in practice now. I haven’t enjoyed watching many videos until this one ( due to quality, interruption, and flow.) What I don’t understand is how cutting to images of Indian looking people in lab coats with stethoscopes adds to the conversation? Keep the cut always relevant, or leave them out completely.

    • Dr. Grasser says:

      Sarah, Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for your feedback. Some viewers have lost interest only seeing the speaker and host, so we tried to add some slides, but I get your feedback, thanks.

      • Paula says:

        I must say I find the slides annoying and distracting as well. Great talk though!

      • diana says:

        Hello, just wanted to add something to this discussion. I also enjoyed the talks very much so far, real good information. And I agree that it is soemtimes good to have the slides with some of the key points written. But they mostly look so artificial (for Europeans) and sometimes really out of context, even sending the wrong messages. Please keep in mind, that the subconsciouss registers everything. So in some scenarios you might be sending irritating and counterproductive information that way. Thank you for considering.

  37. Nevenka says:

    Thank you for all tips. Excellent.

  38. Ana says:

    Thank you for this interview. I couldn’t agree more that we need to listen to what our body says and find our own path. Healing comes from the inside. Eating local, seasonally and in tune with our ancestors.

  39. Kathrin Seidl says:

    Hello Todd! Thank you very much for this talk. I got very exhited when you talked about your contacts in nepal. I have been living in india and nepal for the last 5 years. having studied ayurveda in dharamsala in 2012 and having practiced since on my own self employed and worked together with different doctors always only in india. I have been looking for a internship/learning opportunity in nepal, as this is where my partner is. I would be thrilled if you pass on contact information of your nepali partners to me, as I would really like to enhance and deepen my knowledge of Ayurveda in a clinical/internship setting, based on master-student relationship. Thank you so much! love kathrin

  40. Amanda Waldmannstetter says:

    Very thorough and informative…I’m enjoying this very much. Glad I signed up.

  41. Karen Whynott says:

    Thank you Cate & Eric. I enjoyed Todd’s broad overview of Ayurveda and his experiences that let him to health. I especially liked his reference to insomnia as being an artifact of electricity. πŸ™‚ It makes me wonder,, will humans continue to ignore the rhythms of nature as our technology zooms forward? Or will we come back to listening to the wisdom of the body? Interesting.

    • Mary Ross says:

      Karen, Your inquiry regarding nature resonated with me. I’ve recently come upon a health concept known as ‘earthing’, aka ‘grounding’, that simply being the earth has unlimited healing electrons which, given our modern lifestyle, we’ve separated ourselves from, with need to get back to in address of many chronic illnesses ( http://earthing.com and http://earthinginstitute.net ) Self care learned in this summit and other holistic and integrative practices give hope for improved health for us.

    • Carla says:

      Loved loved, loved this interview, Todd you really wet my appetite, to hear more of you. You really give us some “food for thought”, After I listened to you, I had to just sit and allow this simple, but profound message sink in. I also ordered your book “Food As Medicine” I will be spending lots of time on your website, thanks Eric and Todd, JOB WELL DONE!!!!!!

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