Q: Do you think dryness is the root of all illnesses?
A: Dryness is certainly the root of some people’s illness, and is often the root of specific illnesses, period. When we look at a patient’s illness through an Ayurvedic lens, we consider how the different elements (fire, earth, air, etc.) work with each other to sustain a person’s body and mind. If the person has too much of the fire element, then they are susceptible to heat-based illnesses like hives and inflammation. If the person has too much of the earth element, then they are susceptible to heavier, mucus-based illnesses like asthma and bronchitis. If a person has too much of the air element, they are likely to be dried up in the body and therefore susceptible to illness like constipation, insomnia, and, in more developed dryness, osteoarthritis.

Given all of this, dryness might be more of a problem in some people than others. Others are likely to even do with a bit more dryness (e.g. people who have chronic congestion in the respiratory system). What Ayurveda does consider to be the root of all illness, though, is faulty digestion. If a person’s digestion is incapable of properly metabolizing all of the food it receives, then the undigested food becomes toxic and leads to illness in any number of ways. To live a life that welcomes less illness over time, eat natural foods in small quantities. After that, your digestion — as well as your general health — will be just fine.

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Yogi Cameron is a former super model turned Ayurvedic healer and yoga master who uses ancient healing treatments to help people recover from their health issues in Z Living's TV show Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru. He left the world of high fashion in 1998 to seek the higher path available to all of us. He began his ongoing studies in Ayurveda at Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust in India under the guidance of his guru Sri Vasudevan after training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Yogaville of Sri Satchidananda. Since then, Yogi Cameron has worked with individuals throughout the world to provide them with these ancient methods to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded lives in accordance with the Ayurvedic and yogic path. Using a combination of treatments, meditation, herbal remedies and diet guidance, Yogi Cameron helps treat specific conditions and set his clients on a path to greater mental, physical, and spiritual health. A primary goal of this path is helping each person find their purpose and practice. Yogi Cameron has also brought Yoga and meditation to Afghanistan as part of the reintegration program to prepare the country for troop withdrawal in the coming years, and works with young girls rescued from sex trafficking practices in Cambodia in coordination with the Somaly Mam Foundation. Yogi Cameron has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Extra and Martha, amongst others. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and ELLE magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sharecare, a health portal which is part of Dr. Oz’s outreach program for health and lifestyle experts. The Guru In You, his first book, was published by HarperCollins in January 2011. His latest book, The ONE Plan (HarperOne January 2013) provides a realistic approach to the Patanjali teachings designed to penetrate one’s entire being to result in a positive transformation of one’s life. Through The ONE Plan, Yogi Cameron translates these complex, intricate teachings into practical daily tasks, routines and systems that can easily be incorporated into everyday life for an improvement in one’s overall physical, mental, and spiritual health.