Massage therapist died after eating plant root during 'spiritual' ceremony

Massage therapist died after eating plant root during A massage therapist who travelled to Africa to take part in a spiritual initiation ceremony died after consuming a "holy" root plant that was being used as part of the ritual, her inquest was told yesterday.

To Belize and Back: How Far One Mother Went to Help Her Child

To Belize and Back: How Far One Mother Went to Help Her ChildIf anyone had told me when my daughter was born that one day I'd take her to a shaman for healing, I would have laughed.
Me? Ha! Never. But soon after she turned 3, I found myself carrying her into a Mayan healer's cabin in Belize. I tell the story in "The Possibility of Everything," a book that recounts a very shaky time in our family.

Nat Ducat: Traditions provide for community health

Nat Ducat: Traditions provide for community healthIn the short days of winter, long, dark nights provide ample time for darker thoughts. Thoughts that seem to creep into your day, until the very air seeks to undermine your well-being. As a young person, when my grim countenance was measured and found in need, adults in my life told me, "Go play in the sun, and you'll feel better." A day like that, rare as it was, occasionally called for a steep climb up a tall tree to sway at the top with the wind as I basked in the bright light of our winter sun.

'Crop circle' in Indonesian rice paddy

Thousands of curious onlookers are flocking to central Indonesia to look at a "crop circle" in a rice field following rumors it was formed by a UFO.
Though clearly sculptured by humans it looks like an intricately designed flower the 70-yard-wide (70-meter-wide) circle has drawn so much attention that police have blocked off the area with yellow tape.

The lost tribe

The lost tribeMichael Dreaver has listened patiently for 45 minutes on a muggy afternoon in Ranui. The ranchslider is open, assisted by an electric fan battling for breeze, in the cramped pensioner flat. It's a lost cause. The air doesn't budge and everyone sits quietly steaming.