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Study: Single Session of Ayahuasca Can Defeat Depression

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 250 million people of all ages suffer from depression, making it the leading cause of disability around the world and a significant contributor to the worldwide disease burden. More people are on antidepressant medication now than ever before, and the numbers keep rising.

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Ayahuasca, the most powerful psychotropic known to man, is a brew of two different Amazonian plants, Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis. This pairing has been used for centuries in healing ceremonies in the Amazon, but over the past decade or so, it has gained worldwide prominence, with thousands of people travelling across the globe to participate in indigenous healing ceremonies, typically in South America and most notably in Peru.

The growing popularity of ayahuasca is directly related to the surge in spiritual and personal development seekers in recent years. Ayahuasca is being used as an effective tool for mental, physical, and spiritual growth, stimulating growing scientific interest, as researchers seek to understand how this plant actually works.

How Does This Plant Work to Combat Depression?

One of the most prestigious scientific journals, Nature, outlined the results of a study conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil that showcased the antidepressant effects of just a single dose of ayahuasca on a group of six participants who were suffering from major depression.

The researchers were able to demonstrate that ayahuasca could effectively alleviate symptoms of depression within hours of intake and the effects of the antidepressant lasted weeks afterward.

While this study was admittedly small, it was the first ever to clinically measure the effects of ayahuasca on patients suffering from depression.

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Further Research

The same team has now expanded their research, addressing some of previous study’s limitations by increasing the number of participants and including neuroimaging techniques that can assess blood flow in the brain after exposure to the plant medicine.

Seventeen volunteers suffering from recurrent major depression who had not previously experienced any relief from their antidepressant medications were included in this new study. The volunteers spent two weeks in an inpatient psychiatric clinic prior to the study. They were not given any medications or recreational drugs, and none had ever taken ayahuasca before or had experience with similar drugs. At the time of the study, three volunteers were experiencing a mild depressive episode, thirteen a moderate episode, and one a severe episode.

For the treatment, in individual sessions, each patient received ayahuasca in a dimly lit room with a comfortable chair. It is important to note that the ayahuasca was given without the traditional ceremonial elements, as the researchers wanted to observe the pharmacological effects of ayahuasca in isolation. These means there was no shaman, music, singing, or other elements that could alter patients’ mood.

During the trial, the only adverse effect observed was vomiting, which is traditionally seen as not only a physical but also a psychological purge — a powerful metaphor for letting go of what no longer serves you. Almost half of the participants vomited, but none viewed the experience as  uncomfortable, and all said their overall experience of this plant medicine was pleasant.

Researchers used standard clinical questionnaires to determine depressive symptoms 10 minutes before the ayahuasca session, multiple times during the session, and up to to three weeks afterward.

Neuroimaging scans taken eight hours after participants ingested ayahuasca showed increased blood flow to areas of the brain where diminished activation is usually associated with depression and increased activation is generally associated with antidepressant effects.

And Finally…

The reseachers of this study attribute the antidepressant effect of ayahuasca to Dimethyl tryptamine (DMT), the primary psychoactive component of ayahuasca. DMT activates serotonin in the receptors within the central and peripheral nervous systems.

It is important to mention that because the study was not randomized or double-blind and did not have a control group, the authors could not determine with absolute certainty that the antidepressant effects were solely attributable to  ayahuasca. The authors also stated that the “controlled clinical setting in which the experiments took place is different from the typical ritual context of ayahuasca consumption, which may impact the generalizability of our findings.”

In a comment to the journal Nature, neuroscientist and co-author of the current study Draulio de Araujo noted that he and his team are hoping to finish a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study of ayahuasca for treatment of depression with a planned 80 participants by the end of this year. In the meantime, the scientific results that we already have, not to mention the countless number of people (myself included) who have experienced the life changing, psychological effects of ayahuasca for mental and spiritual well-being, clearly attest to the healing potential of this medicine.

Important Note

If you have been considering participating in an ayahuasca ceremony to assist you with depression or other issues you are currently dealing with, please be advised that there are a number of antidepressant medications and other drugs that ABSOLUTELY CANNOT be taken with ayahuasca. Combining these two can lead to serious side effects, including death. Please be careful and do your research. If you want to go ahead, be sure to have weaned yourself off these medications for the required length of time before participating in any ayahuasca ceremony.

It is also advised that you only take ayahuasca under the guidance of a trained shaman or practitioner. This does not necessarily mean in Peru or even South America; just be sure to find a trusted source, hopefully from a friend or a loved one.

All the best to you and you journey toward healing.

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10 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Walk Everyday

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    There are multiple health benefits to be gained by taking a simple walk every day. These benefits are measurable, and if you don't already have an active lifestyle it can be a great way to assist you with your health.

  • Reflect On:

    Reflect on how the human race has become extremely sedentary, and how disease rates continue to climb as a result of the modern human lifestyle.

The human experience has become extremely sedentary, the average human lifestyle in the western world has been linked to multiple diseases and is one of the main causes of why disease rates continue to climb, among many other factors that surround all aspects of human life, like big food, for example. With technology in place and jobs that require tremendous amounts of sitting, there is no doubt that it’s having a detrimental effect on our lives.

That being said, the world is clearly becoming way more health conscious. It’s like we needed this experience of unhealthy food, the corporate take-over of everything, and our motionless lifestyle to knock us out of it. We are seeing a health revolution take place, where more and more people are becoming health conscious, and are always being encouraged to be more active.

Ultimately, we can’t really blame the human experience for our lack of movement, it’s something that all of us have the time to incorporate into our lives in one way or another, and if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy being too active, a simple walk every day can have tremendous amounts of benefits. As pointed out in the video below, by Bright Side.

If You Want To Increase The Benefits Even More, Walk Barefoot

It’s called grounding, or ‘earthing’ and it involves placing your feet directly on the ground, without shoes or socks as a barrier. Why? Because there is an intense negative charge carried by the Earth, it’s electron-rich, which serves as a good supply of antioxidants and free radical destroying electrons.

A study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health titled “Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons” postulates that earthing could represent a potential treatment for a variety of chronic degenerative diseases.

That’s right, many positive health benefits occur as a result of walking barefoot, and these are measurable.

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The picture below represents improved facial circulation (right image) after 20 minutes of grounding, as documented by a Speckle Contrast Laser Imager (dark blue=lowest circulation; dark red=highest circulation). Image Source: Scientific Research Publishing

If you want to read more publications and access the in-depth science with regards to grounding, you can refer to the article linked above the picture.

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Nature Valley Ad Shows The Down Side Of Children Addicted To Technology

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  • The Facts:

    Technology has impacted most of our lives in a really big way. We use it daily for everything we do pretty much. Kids today, unlike previous generations, use technology more than ever and spend much less time in nature.

  • Reflect On:

    How much is too much technology for young and developing minds? Is it time to reevaluate our children's relationship with technology and get them back into nature?

Technology has become a staple in most of our lives, really, could you imagine life without it? In the video posted below, Nature Valley asks 3 generations what it was that they did for fun as a kid, the answers from the youngest generation may or may not surprise you, but is it time to cut back on the technology and bring kids back to nature?

Technology is not bad per se, that isn’t the discussion here. This is about how we use it.

Before technology, children would look to nature for entertainment. They would play outside on the lawn, go sledding, build forts, and use their imagination to create their own entertainment. Nowadays it’s all too easy for kids to get sucked into technology, there are video games, tablets, computers, cell phones and television, all of which provide a type of escape from the real world. Although, there are many ways that technology is and has been used for good in the world, is the disconnect that it is causing children and adults to part from nature causing more harm?

With the rise of mental disorders and illnesses, is it possible that the answer to these issues is simply to get kids back into nature, more time with self, using their brains to build things, be creative and connect to the energy from the Earth? We already know how effective a simple walk or hike in nature is and how they both can literally change our brains. Nature appears to be much more important than we generally give it credit for.

In my own experience, disconnecting from technology and going camping on my own proved to be a very cathartic and healing experience for me. I’ve come to realize that although being immersed in nature regularly does have a lot of benefits, but even just making time for it at all can cause a positive impact. For many of us who live in cities, with the constant bombardment of noise and of course EMF frequencies etc., just disconnecting for a short period can make a huge difference.

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It’s easy to get emotional watching something like this as it shows just how far removed the newer generations are from what has been most natural to children for centuries, simply playing in nature. The children are essentially self-proclaimed tech addicts and get their entertainment by playing video games, watching videos or tv shows, texting etc. Is it time to go back to the basics and start evaluating how detrimental too much technology can be on young and developing brains? You can read more about this issue here, Is Your Child Struggling From Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Is it up to the parents to ensure they are setting proper boundaries with the amount of time their children are allowed to use technology? Or is this the future and something we should simply let happen as a natural part of evolution?

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6 Proven Ways to Cleanse Your Liver & Release Pent Up Anger

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  • The Facts:

    In Chinese Medicine our liver is directly connected to anger and unfortunately, we live in a world where our liver is regularly taxed by toxic chemicals. Thankfully there is plenty that you can do without medication to keep this vital organ healthy!

  • Reflect On:

    What toxins are you regularly exposed to and what steps are you currently taking to combat them?

A toxic liver can lead to anger. In Chinese medicine, our biggest detox organ – our liver – is the organ connected to anger. When we work at changing our lifestyles and daily habits, we begin to see it having a positive effect on our mood as well as general health.

When toxicity mounts we have a more difficult time controlling or letting go of our angry feelings. Toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies because we live in a toxic world. We microwave in plastic, we cook food in Tephlon coated pans, we smoke, we take medication, and eat fried and processed foods.

These food-like products contain toxic chemical preservatives, glyphosate; GMOs and pesticides. Ingesting poison daily results in everything from immune deficiency, mood disorders, lowered mental performance, and even life-threatening cancer.

So, besides avoiding many of the contributors of liver toxicity – what can we do?

1. Eat less added sugar & address possible yeast overgrowth in the gut

Yeast can cause fermentation of food in place of digestion and cause bloating and gas. It can contribute to “leaky gut syndrome” – thus in turn can lead to the production of toxins that may affect the brain and nervous system. Yeast overgrowth can produce alcohol as its byproduct, acetaldehyde, giving us a “hangover” feeling. It can also lead to liver damage, and it prevents the proper detoxification of other pollutants, increasing the toxicity of other toxins.

2. Support the liver with botanicals

Plant medicine like Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root can help cleanse the liver. Both extracts are known to be pretty safe and well tolerated, and toxic or adverse effects observed in the reviewed clinical trials seem to be minimal. Only those with a ragweed, iodine or latex allergy should be cautious with dandelion. (Learn more about milk thistle)

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3. Drink organic aloe vera juice

High quality; raw organic aloe vera can be a phenomenal digestive aid. It seals the gut wall, aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps the immune system, and detoxifies the liver, skin, and colon.

4. Cook with more turmeric & black pepper to help the body absorb nutrients better

Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which increases the bioavailability of food by decreasing activity in the intestinal tract and inhibiting the metabolism of certain enzymes. Better still, cook with lots of turmeric and black pepper together. The combination helps the body absorb more curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

This ingredient can heal gut wall permeability due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It also aids in digestion, strengthens the immune system, improves asthma, heals wounds, prevents the progression of memory loss, controls diabetes, improves liver function, lowers cholesterol, and fights cancer. (Note: A great supplement for this that I recommend for is Liver Health)

5. Incorporate liver cleansing foods into your diet

Incorporate liver cleansing foods such as green leafy veggies, avocados, apples, garlic, olive oil, citrus fruit, beets, and cruciferous vegetables into your weekly diet.

6. See An Acupuncturist

Used for thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to detox and balance the liver meridians to reduce anger and other emotional and psychiatric issues.  Simple needless acupressure is often used on children.


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