Plant Politics: Notes on Ayahuasca, New Christianity and the Brazil Law

Plant Politics: Notes on Ayahuasca, New Christianity and the Brazil LawBy now everyone more or less knows about Ayahuasca: the Vine of the Soul. And for those that don't know that much, hereby I offer the briefest summary.

Ayahuasca is a 'magic' shamanic jungle drink that has been around tribal societies in the Amazon for at least some 10.000 years or so. It has been used for healing, devination, social integration, artistic and religeous inspiration, and other shamanic useages. Through 'scouts' this drink has found its way to other cultures such as the Meztizo's in South America, >>>

Manitoba Proposes Legislation To Recognize Aboriginal Languages

Manitoba Proposes Legislation To Recognize Aboriginal LanguagesProposals Would be First Step Toward Protecting, Promoting Province’s Linguistic Heritage.

New legislation which would recognize Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuktitut, Michif, Ojibway and Oji-Cree as the Aboriginal languages of Manitoba was introduced today in the legislature by Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson.>>>

Bidding process on huge Amazon dam suspended again

Bidding process on huge Amazon dam suspended againA Brazilian judge on Tuesday suspended the bidding process on one of the world's largest hydroelectric dam projects for a third time.

Judge Antonio Carlos Almeida ruled in favor of an environmental organization that claims the project would cause serious social and environmental damages.

Bidding had started Tuesday after another judge overturned a previous suspension, but the new ruling kept the results from being announced.>>>

Blending native and modern Physicians combine faith and medicine

Blending native and modern Physicians combine faith and medicineThe hospital stands in the middle of a world of traditions: of Hopi clowns dancing around centuries-old villages, of Navajo elders tending their sheep, of customs as ancient as the winds that buffet the mesas and desert lands that stretch to the horizon.

And so, even at this center of modern medicine on the 27,000-square-mile Navajo Nation, it's not unusual to see Native medicine men attending the sick.

They might perform ceremonies to rid patients of bad spirits or offer song and prayer in blessing a room where someone has died.>>>

The homeopathy alternative

The homeopathy alternativeIn England, as many as 45 per cent of conventional doctors refer patients to homeopaths

LAST week, I talked about my moment of “epiphany” that resulted in me turning dramatically to the world of natural medicine.

I realized quickly that much of the world used natural medicine most of the time.

So did our grandmothers and their grandmothers.

But homeopathy itself stood very uncomfortably as it was seen as “nothing” in sugar globules.>>>