Brazilian mint tea 'as effective as pain-relief drugs'
An ancient herbal mint tea from Brazil is as effective at delivering pain relief as commercial medicine, according to university researchers.
Brews from the plant, hyptis crenata, have traditionally been used by native Latin American healers to cure headaches, fevers and flu.
Now reseachers at Newcastle University have demonstrated that there is a scientific basis for the claims after testing the remedy, known as Brazilian tea, on mice. >>>
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The deaths of three people in Arizona in early October at a “Spirit Warrior” program has led to the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council taking a stand in opposition to such programs. These three were part of a group of about 65 people who paid up to $9,000 each to take part in a ceremony in a crudely constructed sweat lodge conducted by self-help expert James Arthur Ray.>>>Noorvik overturns ban on Native dance
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Students at UTC will participate in a “Turtle People Talking Circle,” demonstration in which they will replicate the methods many First Nations of Canada and Native Americans of the U.S. use to deal with criminal matters and community disputes, instead of courts and the legal system.>>>