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Been visiting the site and listening to the podcast for years. Long overdue introduction.

 
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I’m Kevin, currently in Michigan but spending a lot of time in India. I’ve studied Ayurveda and yoga both in America and India. I also went to a Chinese medicine school for massage over a decade ago in California. I’ve used these forms of medicine to manage Crohn’s disease for years. By no means have I found a cure. I gave up on these forms of medicine several times, but I always came back when symptoms worsened. In my opinion, nothing is better than traditional eastern medicine for symptomatic relief of IBD.

I have no experience farming, gardening, etc.. I’m a complete newbie. I’ve listened to maybe 150-200 podcasts and read through countless posts on permies over the past several years. I’ve contemplated being a boot since the program began, but I have concerns. I have a weird diet, take herbs from India which are not organic, and need to spend time taking care of myself with cooking, breathing exercises, yoga etc. When my health suffers I become fatigued. And that’s no situation to be handling, say, a chainsaw.

I’d love to “Proenneke” a cabin, as Paul might say. I have no interest in power tools. A medicinal food forest is also of great interest to me. There are some grains from India which I find much easier to digest and I wonder if some could be grown here. My goal is to buy land in 2 years. Hopefully I’ll have finished all the podcasts by then and also gained some hands on experience. I’m not interested in getting experience on a conventional farm, nor do I care to spend time on a permaculture site that is run in a way other than the Sepp/Paul way. If visiting Wheaton labs doesn’t work, then maybe I’ll try to do PEP thing by video.

Although I initially took interest in permies and the podcast to expand my knowledge of permaculture, I’ve been influenced by Paul’s knowledge of residual income. I’m starting a blog on Ayurveda and yoga(the topic is more specific, but I don’t want to get into that now). I have ideas for a few ebooks to sell there, and other potential expansions down the road. I had planned to start a YouTube channel in India similar to Karl Rock back before Karl had the large following he does now, but I’m stuck in America for a few reasons(not just coronavirus). I did start filming before I left though. For one project I interviewed several doctors featured in the film ‘Ayurveda: The Art of Being’ to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary. I haven’t edited and uploaded the interviews yet. That was a really cool experience getting to meet several doctors from my favorite film.

Right now I’m living in my parent’s basement and focusing on my health. The past year and a half has been a challenge because I got bit by a dog in Bangalore and had to get anti-rabies injections that caused a terrible and astonishingly persistent flare up of Crohn’s. Thankfully, things have improved in the past month or two with the addition of a few supplements. Oddly enough, I met a guy in Sri Lanka a few months after the dog bite who also had been bitten by a dog in India and the injections messed him up too. I feel like I got off easy after hearing about his reaction to the injections.

Thanks for reading my introduction. I look forward to getting to know some of you.
 
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Great to meet you Kevin! I have a sneaking suspicion that once you get into cultivating your own food you will find many health benefits...
 
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Thanks for the greeting Nathanael. I feel the same about the health benefits. Specifically, I feel that “cultivating”, as you put it, is where the greatest benefits begin—as opposed to harvesting and eating the food. In other words, I believe growing my own food will be more beneficial than actually eating my own food. Not to say that eating it won’t be good too.
 
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