“Deadly Monopolies”: Bio-colonialsm and medical corporatism: organism, gene and human tissue patents.

20 11 2011

Watch or listen to the 45 minute interview here.

From Democracy Now:

One of the major themes raised by the Occupy movement is the increasing power of large corporations over more and more aspects of our lives. We spend the hour looking into the issue of the corporate control of life itself. Our guest, Harriet Washington, is a medical ethicist and has just published a book that examines the extent to which what she calls the medical-industrial complex has come to control human life. In the past 30 years, more than 40,000 patents have been granted on genes alone—many more patents are pending. Washington argues that the biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies patenting these genes are more concerned with profit than with the health or medical needs of patients. Her new book is called “Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself—And the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future.”


Mayor investigated for mass assasinations of Peruvian shamans

7 10 2011

This is very disturbing.  But I am compelled to share.

Peruvian government sends team to remote Amazon region to look into killing of 14 shamans, allegedly at behest of local mayor.


Occupy The Mind – Legalize DMT.

7 10 2011

DMT is chemical produced and used by the human nervous system.  It can be found in almost any plant or animal species and is a psychedelic chemical that is used in shamanic healing practices of South America.  DMT is also listed as a Schedule 1 substance.  According to the US government, not only are nature and shamanism illegal, but so are YOU, of possession AND manufacturing of an “illegal narcotic.”

Cultivating A Cure

26 02 2011

Cultivating A Cure is a documentary in production and currently fundraising for completion.  It is about the wealth of medicinal plants in the Amazonian rainforest and their impending threat of eradication.  It includes  interviews with native healers and research scientists such as Dennis McKenna.

Please the watch the trailer for what looks like a beautiful and immensely important project: CultivatingACure.com

Promo for Ayahuasca TV Show in Development

4 02 2011

Here is a 7 minute promo for what appears to be a mainstream adventure/documentary television program in development about Ayahuasca healing in the Amazon.

Bringing valuable information to spiritually starving masses sounds pretty good but it’s also possible to trivialize entheogenic practices with pop-culture antics or feed the still unstable aspects of ayahuasca tourism.  We’ll see what happens.

Trailer: Stepping Into The Fire

19 01 2011

This seems to point toward how high-end psychedelic documentaries are going to become:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Colombian shaman arrested in TX, charged with Ayahuasca possession

26 10 2010

Help Free A Major Indigenous Leader Imprisoned in the U.S.

From http://www.freetaitajuan.org/

On Tuesday, October 19, 2010 while en route to leading traditional Ayahuasca ceremonies in Oregon, indigenous Colombian healer Juan Agreda Chindoy was detained in the Houston International Airport. He was formally arrested by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for possession of his traditional medicine Ayahuasca. He is now being charged as a federal criminal and is facing up to 20 years in federal prison. Taita Juan is certified by his community and by the Colombian ministry of health as a traditional healer. He is one of the few remaining indigenous spiritual leaders in the world that holds the ancestral medicinal knowledge of an ecosystem that is rapidly disappearing. Taita Juan is a father, a husband and a godfather to more than 20 children. With more than 3000 supporters from several countries in the world, his life and work have touched many.