What Heals Most: The Pill or The Practitioner?

 What Heals Most: The Pill or The Practitioner?In response to my blog post Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself, Mind/Body Medicine expert Dr. Susan Bernstein wrote a comment that bears highlighting. In a rousing conversation in the comments, we were debating whether doctors should be actively prescribing placebos when patients suffer from conditions for which we have inadequate treatment.

Indigenous Medicine, Pharmaceutical Companies and the Mother of Tomatoes

Indigenous Medicine, Pharmaceutical Companies and the Mother of TomatoesNative Americans maintain a vast knowledge about curing diseases with plants and substances from their natural environment. What’s most interesting about this practice is that it understands and treats diseases not as disorders that are exclusive to the body or the soul, but in an amalgam of the two.

Decoding the Ancient Secrets of White Shaman

Decoding the Ancient Secrets of White ShamanRock paintings near the Rio Grande contain hidden 
messages about a mysterious 4,000-year-old religion. Now one archaeologist has learned to read them.

Inuit exhibit at Birmingham Museum of Art looks at changing culture

Inuit exhibit at Birmingham Museum of Art looks at changing cultureIn a land straddling the Arctic Circle, where shifting lifestyles are coming to grips with the realities of Western culture, the arts of the Inuit still show evidence of a deep-rooted past.

Yawalapiti tribe living traditionally in the Amazonian jungle of Brazil

Yawalapiti tribe living traditionally in the Amazonian jungle of BrazilThe mood was one of celebration. The Yawalapiti, one of the 14 tribes living inside the Xingu National Park, were preparing a new “quarup,” a ritual held over several days to honor in death a person of great importance to them. In its original form, the quarup was a funeral ritual intended to bring the dead back to life. Today, it is a celebration of life, death and rebirth. From the very oldest to the very youngest, all the members of the Yawalapiti tribe participate in the preparations.