My name is Anita Ishwardat and I am the founder and Ayurvedic Practitioner of the Science of Life Institute. In 2011 I graduated from the European Institute of Scientific Research on Ayurveda and completed my four-year vocational training in Ayurvedic medicine with a thesis on breast cancer. I followed my study in the Netherlands and partly in India and I did my graduation internship in North India in an Ayurvedic clinic called Prakash Deep Institute of Ayurvedic Sciences. My mission is very clear: to make the science of Ayurveda understandable and applicable to everyone. Wellbeing for everyone.
A five year practical study has preceded this during the development of the Science of Life Wellbeing plan. In 2012 I started this research, in which the wellbeing of each client or participant was analysed from various angles. By taking consultations and therapeutic treatments, I was able to identify which wellbeing problems exist. The wishes and needs were discussed by organising lectures, health courses, cooking workshops and philosophy lessons. There was interest in such an approach from all parts of the Netherlands.
The past 2 years I have intensively studied the health care in the Netherlands. By attending conferences and talking to the general practitioners, medical specialists and researchers, I develop the knowledge how to solve the complex wellbeing problems. But above all, how we can motivate the individual to take control over their health again.
From this practical research I can conclude that people need support with self-management, in other words, to take control of their health. The time when the doctor decided what the patient had to do is now far behind us. Today, the patient and the doctor decides which treatment to follow and what is necessary for good health. The patient makes the decision by themselves.
It has also been shown that the patient needs more personal attention and involvement of the health care provider. There is also a need for more information about health. The patient information is available but the patient not always asks for it. The health care providers must be more clear about the possibilities. The internet is now taking over this role, with the result that the patient is flooded with (incorrect) information. Today people are taking more initiative and constantly look for new ways to improve their health.
In the discussions it also became clear that people are experimenting with treatments of other medical systems. To find the right treatment, they look for it and even undergo treatments at different providers at the same time. Especially in the field of chronic diseases, lifestyle advice and inexplicable complaints, they benefit from other treatments. The scientific effects of such treatments are still an unknown area. An impact study could give more clarity about the effects. The results of self-care should receive more recognition and be used for scientific research. This is called Citizen Science. It is a relatively new concept that needs more attention.
Therefore, there is an interest and a need to find answers to questions of life. It is a quest to find the right organisations for this matter. You used to have churches and the real social network was well composed at the time. In this digital era with social media as a connector, contacts have become impersonal. A good social network is more in the background. Due to ‘busy’ schedule we have a hard time investing in personal contacts and therefore in making ‘real’ friends.
When are you motivated to invest in health?
When you have a bad experience such as an illness or a loss, which creates a restriction in freedom. Usually there is an awareness that something has to change. People are looking for solutions. This is how we did it but now we can do it in a different way.
Wellbeing for everyone.
Founder Anita Ishwardat
Science of Life Institute
The Science of Life Wellbeing plan is a total concept and offers concrete solutions to solve the health problems. Innovation makes it possible to optimally apply personalised digital wellbeing interventions. The success of this plan is consists of three factors: low costs, greater labor productivity and high level of wellbeing.
Eight wellness programmes has been developed, targeting a number of specific targetgroups. The duration of this personalised programme is one year. It is also possible to start with a short programme of six months.
The integration of e-health makes it possible to take major steps towards a healthier country. Ayurveda requires a completely different view of the individual, disease and data. It starts with a person-oriented approach in which we take into account the differences per individual. The focus is on prevention and aftercare. I divided the programmes into groups and not into diseases. This is a good starting point in the process of taking back the control of health. The association with illness has a negative effect on the mind.