February 2024 Issue 215

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    Editor's Letter

    Manslaughter Across the Globe and Psychoactive Plants 

    Let's briefly discuss the contrast between natural and sacred plant medicine, which is often prohibited, and pharmaceuticals that we may feel pressured into taking.

    We are all aware of the persistent and lucrative attempt by pharmaceutical interests to overturn the wisdom of the ages – natural remedies and therapies. This allows for (under the guise of ‘authority’) gross negligence bordering on manslaughter across the globe.

    We did not know, were not told and definitely did not agreed to glyphosate, fluoride, aspartame, sulphates, various preservatives and so much more. This is exactly what unites so many of us.

    Non-institutional medical cures are demonised and outlawed and do not represent the natural flow of life, but serve private agendas. People are forced, intimidated and coerced into chemotherapy treatment, for example – not as patients but customers. The success rate is so atrociously low – how can poison ever offer true healing?

    This brings me to the ban on psychoactive plants and as traditional healer Jean Sobiecki calls Phytoalchemy. Phyto (pronounced fyto) in Greek, means plants and alchemy means transformation from one state to another.

    He has recently written a book: African Pshycoactive Plants. In my opinion, this is a must-read and the topic a neglected field of research. Psychoactive substances are any substances that affect our nervous system and how we think, feel or act.

    Jean apprenticed to a Northern Sotho isangoma, or African traditional diviner healer. He experienced a deep process of African plant medicine initiation that led to fascinating insights into a sophisticated cross-cultural technology of using psychoactive plants in initiation and healing psycho-spiritual illness, between South America and South Africa. The similarities were astounding.

    He was led on a personal quest to answer this research question: Are the izangoma (plural of isangoma, an African traditional diviner healer) using psychoactive plants in Southern Africa to aid their trance and healing states, and how does their use compare to the shamans' use of psychoactive plants in other parts of the world?

    The findings he made, included an inventory he compiled of over 300 species of plants with reported psychoactive uses from Southern Africa and insights on how psychoactive plants can foster learning, personal growth and healing; as well as the future potential applications of these plants in medicine, healing and conservation.

    Jean writes: ‘There are many more plants that require study and documentation. One well known example is Tabernanthe iboga (iboga) from Central Africa.

    Throughout history, humans have experimented with consuming plants and have come to recognise those with psychoactive properties, incorporating them into medicines and spiritual healing practices.

    Some psychoactive plants that contain psychedelic psychoactive compounds, have become criminalised. Mescaline from the peyote and san pedro cacti, as well as fungi containing psilocybin, is illegal to possess or use to extract their compounds.

    A large number of traditional medicine plants from Southern Africa have a range of actions from subtle visionary or dream-inducing actions to psychedelic and have important uses in tribal societies.

    We can learn from their traditional uses what possible applications they may have today, e.g., treating common conditions such as addiction, depression, schizophrenia, dementia and epilepsy.’


    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

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    Tips on Discerning Dietary Supplement Use

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    Strolling down the supplement aisles at health stores and pharmacies to choose the best multivitamin can be confusing. With so many different brands and varieties to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin. Given the abundance and conflicting nature of information available about dietary supplements, you may need help to sort the reliable information from the questionable.

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