August 2023 Issue 210

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Editor's Letter

Amazon outfox us with medicine

Numerous remedies and traditional, indigenous knowledge related to medicinal properties found in both plant and animal forms remain undiscovered by us Westerners. 

Unfortunately, as we continue to disrupt the habitats of various indigenous tribes, these invaluable insights are at risk of being lost.

Paul Rosolie, an American conservationist, shared his experiences in the Amazon rainforest through his memoir ‘Mother of God.' During various interviews, he recounts encounters with plants capable of combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. He also delves into the fascinating discovery that the glands of the cane toad (Rhinella marina) contain a potent substance that, when applied to broken bones, stimulates bone growth.

But how did such profound knowledge come to be? How did the Fang, Mitsogo, and Punu people of the Congo Basin, for instance, acquire the wisdom that chewing the root bark of the Iboga tree (Tabernanthe iboga) induces potent psychoactive effects?

One of its active compounds, ibogaine, has been harnessed to aid in drug withdrawal and has supported numerous individuals in their journey to a life free from alcohol addiction. Personally, I am familiar with two individuals who have overcome their addictions with the assistance of Iboga.

It's worth noting that ibogaine is classified as a controlled substance and is prohibited in the United States, despite its potential to address the terrible situation of over 80 000 reported deaths associated with opioid overdoses.

In Mexico, however, numerous Iboga clinics, operated by individuals who have successfully used ibogaine to overcome addiction and now seek to aid others, offer an alternative to conventional rehabilitation centres. These clinics are generally more financially accessible and serve as an alternative option when traditional rehabilitation and established 12-step programs prove ineffective.

Furthermore, it is crucial that we approach the discovery of new medicines with caution and respect for the environment. As we uncover these novel remedies, it's vital to safeguard them from poaching and the depletion of natural resources that house these invaluable treasures.

THANK YOU TO OUR EXPERTS

Our authors receive no payment or any other form of remuneration from us or from the industry. They take time out from their busy schedules to write articles – and then we insist that they meet our deadlines, submit extra references, answer endless queries from reviewers and copy editors, and respond to the letters we receive from you, our readers. Here’s to all of them! May their tireless and tremendous efforts bring them well-deserved rewards.

Yours in Healthy Living

Daleen Full Signature Daleen Totten

Juicy Winter Warmers

By |2023-08-20T08:30:48+00:00August 20th, 2023|

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Totally delicious and superbly warming winter recipes from Jason Vale. Get juicy this winter with Carrot, Coriander & Orange Soup, Sweet Cherry Tomato & Roasted Pepper Soup and fresh apple, ginger and lemon juice mixed with hot water, sweetened with a spoonful of manuka active honey.

Communicating with Stressed Children

By |2023-08-20T10:33:32+00:00August 20th, 2023|

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Every child lives out his or her unique life story. Each one is a story about an individual human being on his journey through life, living through countless unique experiences. Inevitably, many of these experiences will be difficult and stressful. It may make a huge difference to his future life if he can share these difficulties with someone. Can we as parents and child caregivers be there for our children and how do we best support them?

Postnatal Distress is not Baby Blues

By |2023-08-20T15:40:22+00:00August 20th, 2023|

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The birth of a baby is usually associated with wonderful feelings of excitement and eager anticipation for this bundle of joy coming into your life. Many new mums, however, are sucked into an emotional vortex of heightened anxiety and/or depression, not to mention confusion and sometimes guilt.

Do you want to be a yoga teacher?

By |2023-08-21T09:00:39+00:00August 20th, 2023|

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Deciding to become a yoga teacher is a big decision. Participating in a yoga class where you are receiving the instruction and carrying it out in a focused and absorbed way is very different to standing at the front of the class giving the instruction, demonstrating it and then assisting the students with corrections.

Black Seed – why all the fuss?

By |2024-01-29T07:00:35+00:00August 23rd, 2023|

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The saying ‘the beloved child has many names’ can be applied to the black, boat-shaped seed – Nigella sativa – as it goes by many monikers worldwide. It is most commonly called black seed, black cumin, or black caraway in English, and it has also been called Roman coriander or love-in-a-mist. It is known as ‘ketzahk’ in Hebrew, ‘chernuschka’ in Russian, and ‘kalonji’ in Hindi.

The Alchemical Power of Acceptance

By |2023-08-30T11:39:17+00:00August 30th, 2023|

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For much of my life I have been on a path of self-discovery and personal transformation. I have explored the magical and intense alchemy of the shamanic plant medicine, Ayahuasca, in the jungles of South America; the powerful transformation of Ka Huna massage; and the deep insights gained from psychotherapy and imagework. All these journeys have revealed aspects of who I am, like parts of a jigsaw puzzle. However, real integration has only come recently through the powerful alchemy of acceptance. This is my story ...

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