Ceremony blesses healing hands at Huntsman Cancer Institute

 Ceremony blesses healing hands at Huntsman Cancer InstituteNurses and other Huntsman Cancer Institute employees made their way from hospital bedsides to the sunny outdoor patio.
They were greeted by religious leaders, who gently cupped their hands and sprinkled them with water, whispering prayers of gratitude, healing and encouragement.

Conference to Explore Western, Native American Healing Practices

Conference to Explore Western, Native American Healing PracticesNative American healers those trained in American medical schools as well as those skilled in traditional practices will discuss ways to promote the health of Native people at the 32nd annual Medicine Ways Conference at the University of California, Riverside on Saturday, May 11.

The Dark Side of Ayahuasca

The Dark Side of AyahuascaEvery day, hundreds of tourists arrive in Iquitos, Peru, seeking spiritual catharsis or just to trip their heads off. But increasingly often their trip becomes a nightmare, and some of them don't go home at all.

A Visit To A Bolivian Medicine Woman

A Visit To A Bolivian Medicine Woman'd never heard of a shaman until my first class on my first day of college. I'd signed up for "Magic, Witchcraft, & Religion" as an elective on a whim. It turned out to be one of my favorite undergrad classes and has been highly inspirational to my work as a travel writer.

Illegal loggers continue to threaten Amazonian tribe

Illegal loggers continue to threaten Amazonian tribeCampaigners say the Brazilian government is failing to protect one of the world's most endangered tribes. The Awa people are believed to number just 450, but their territory has attracted thousands of loggers and settlers.
Last year a judge ordered all outsiders should leave the area within 12 months.