Jesus the Healer

Jesus the HealerFor many, Gabrielle Giffords' recovery from an assassin's bullet has been nothing short of miraculous. Her case highlights how healing involves the spirit as much as medicine. For too long the role of the spirit in healing has been denigrated as nothing but a "placebo effect." But recent studies suggest that placebo healing is real, and understanding it may shed light on how healers of the ancient past, such as Jesus, had such powerful positive effects on those around them.

Herbs consumption on the rise

Herbs consumption on the riseSince access to quality healthcare delivery seems elusive in Nigeria, many are running to herbal medicine practitioners, who cashed in on the opportunity to promote and popularise their trade.
In Lagos State, for instance, herbal medicine men boldly come out en masse from the cocoons of their simple ‘clinics’ to gain street limelight promoting many products, which have gained new heights in patronage by people of different ages, gender, education and income levels.

Wash. tribe exhibits images of flooded petroglyphs

Wash. tribe exhibits images of flooded petroglyphsELLENSBURG, Wash. -- The island petroglyphs long revered by a tiny band of Indians known as the Wanapum have been underwater for 50 years, but the band will exhibit rubbings from those stone etchings in a new museum exhibit.

Burglars use muti to make victims sleep

Burglars use muti to make victims sleepSmoke from the burning tail of a hyena, a pinch of soil from a grave, and a secret mix of herbs puts people inside a house into such a deep sleep that criminals can steal their belongings at leisure.It sounds like urban legend but a self-confessed burglar from Khayelitsha says he buys the mixture, which is ground into a powder, from a local sangoma and “it works like magic”.

Acid Trip

Acid TripAfter Steve Witte was laid off from his job at Pfizer last year, he decided to pursue a radically different approach to medicine. Swapping his New York apartment for a thatch hut near Iquitos, Peru, Witte, 44, set aside his squash hobby to become an apprentice under the master shaman Alfredo Cairuna.