The following video (and info below) was recently put onto Facebook by the organisers of the International Ayurveda Congress in London, an event that will take place on 1-2 April. The video features David Verhoogt, who is well known at our Maharishi AyurVeda Centre and who is a great advert for the benefits of both Transcendental Meditation and Ayurveda.

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“My doctor said ‘I’ve never seen somebody who has diabetes and so quickly got the condition under control. What did you do?’”

In his twenties, 34 year old David Verhoogt was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He was hospitalised in a diabetic coma, and experienced temporary blindness.

His doctor’s prognosis threatened his longterm dream of being a River Thames boat captain, as he’d been turned down for marine apprenticeships.

At the peak of his diabetes symptoms, he learned Transcendental Meditation. It was through his TM teacher, that David discovered Ayurveda.

This lead to a consultation with private GP and Ayurvedic practitioner Dr Donn Brennan. With Dr Brennan’s guidance and recommendations, David’s insulin exceptional intake – used to control his diabetes – dropped to 20% of his previous usage. His eyesight improved dramatically.

He now claims his symptoms are no longer an issue; his blood tests astounding both his NHS doctor and consultants. ‘What did you do?’ they asked.

This turnaround, which David attributes to Ayurveda, has allowed him to pursue his boat captain career. A career that would have been impossible without reaching the stringent standard of eyesight required by such a profession.

He believes that Ayurveda should be available to everyone through the NHS, so that others – with Type 1 Diabetes and other conditions – also have the opportunity significantly improve their health, and ultimately, change their lives.

The International Ayurveda Congress – held at the Novotel, Hammersmith, London – will take place on 1-2 April. Go to to find out the schedule of public talks, or just turn up on the day!