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Ayahuasca
Goes to Court

International
Medical Veritas Association

 Mark
Sircus Ac., OMD

May,
2005

    
The New York Times reported last week that the Supreme Court has added
a religious case to be heard. The court will decide whether the government
can ban the importation of a hallucinogenic tea central to the religious
rituals of several Brazilian-based churches. The tea, known as Ayahuasca,
is made from two plants from the Amazon that produce a chemical (dimethyltryptamine,
usually known as DMT) listed by the federal government as a Schedule I
controlled substance. Schedule I, on which DMT is listed, along with marijuana
and other illicit drugs, is reserved for substances that the government
considers to be particularly unsafe and to have no valid medical use. Though
on the court’s docket for religious reasons, in reality it is a personal
freedom issue as well as a medical one for there are wide ranging uses
for this herbal formula.

    
Rejecting the arguments of the government, federal district Judge McConnell
stated the following: “If Congress or the executive branch had investigated
the religious use of Ayahuasca and had come to an informed conclusion that
the health risks or possibility of diversion are sufficient to outweigh
the free exercise concerns in this case, that conclusion would be entitled
to great weight. But neither branch has done that.”

    
Ayahuasca is a powerful holistic purgative medicine used widely in Brazil
and Peru that is famous for its healing and transformation properties and
has been regarded as the supreme holistic plant medicine throughout the
western Amazon for hundreds of years. It is claimed to cure a wide range
of physical, psychological, and spiritual maladies. One user described
it, “I felt the presence of the plant racing throughout my body, peeking
and poking into every nook and cranny in search of something to work on,
to straighten out, to put back in order, to polish.”

    
A person experiencing Ayahuasca sessions often shows remarkable mental
and psychic improvement.[1] Ayahuasca has the power to facilitate significant
changes in a very short period of time by interacting with the psychological
mindset of each individual. It reflects what a person brings to it and
almost universally has a positive effect, though many have a rough ride
with emotional and mental purges that are accompanied by vomiting. After
vomiting and such purges people universally experience heightened experiences
that can be remembered for a lifetime. Ayahuasca is a herbal drink that
should always be used with caution[2] and approached with an attitude of
respect because of its remarkable power on physical, emotional, mental
and spiritual levels of being.

    
Ayahuasca is a natural synthesis of two plants that have a detoxifying
or purging effect. It cleans and purges the alimentary canal[3] and seems
to do the same on mental, emotional and spiritual levels of being. Perhaps
it does that simply by forcing a person back to their center, a place that
is often long forgotten, trampled upon by all the confusion and hustle
of modern life.

    
Dr Timothy Ray, a physician trained in oriental medicine, describes this
type of process as taking a person into “present time” mentally and emotionally.
He writes, “If a person achieves a resonance with the “now”, either through
meditative states, laughter, all consuming physical and mental participation
(great sex, real battle, and competition sports), spiritual experiences
or transformational processes, their bioelectrical physical needs tend
to recede while EEG viewed brain synchrony increases, measurably. Here
we can explore the paradox that when a person approaches Point Zero, or
selflessness, that they mysteriously gain longevity, functionality and
happiness.”

    
Ayahuasca certainly has the ability to force a person into the “now” or
it battles against our resistance to that space, forcing us there despite
our resistance. When we resist the Ayahuasca is when we vomit but this
releases us into “now”, as vomiting usually does. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt,
one of the fathers of chelation, says about this kind of process, “Psychological
factors are always treated first and will usually unlock the system,” and
this is as important in the treatment of general disease as it is in detoxification
and chelation. Klinghardt believes that uncovering emotional conflict and
the resolution of such has a tremendous impact on healing and detoxification.

Klinghardt’s
Rule #7:

    
For each unresolved psycho-emotional conflict there is an aliquot of toxic
material stored in the body: Whenever a conflict is successfully resolved,
an even amount of toxic material can be easily released from the body.
Vice versa, for each amount of mercury (or other toxins) released from
the body, psycho-emotional material surfaces that has to be acknowledged,
understood and processed! Failure to be aware of and help to resolve these
issues is the most common reason for difficulties, side effects and crises
during a detoxification program. Each toxin stored has a specific set of
unresolved emotional and spiritual issues, which were responsible in trapping
the toxin in the first place. Advanced spiritual masters have been able
to drink poison and not be affected by it. The most profound mercurial
issue is a lack of connection to God. In Greek mythology Mercury was the
messenger who communicated between humans and god. The forces that would
like to you to keep the mercury in your mouth or in your body are the same
forces that benefit from you feeling disconnected from god (and therefore
craving god- substitutes like money, cars, entertainment, excitement etc.)

    
Brazil is dominated by churches that use Ayahuasca in a controlled way
in ceremony. In Peru and in the Amazon, however, one finds Shamans who
know how to use it to set people free of limitations that are causing spiritual
suffering and physical illness. The story of Donald Topping [4], Professor
Emeritus formerly of the University of Hawaii, is an incredible tale of
one man’s confrontation with Ayahuasca and the journey it took him on that
ended with a reprieve from cancer.

    
I have personally had many wonderful and powerful experiences with Ayahuasca
and have used it therapeutically with one difficult patient. I had started
a form of medical therapy with a man who was dying, simply because he could
not eat, and it seemed that the source of the problem was more from a rigid
ego structure than anything else. So great was his ego that I felt I needed
assistance from something really strong – Ayahuasca – so I convinced him
to fly both of us from the coast of Brazil to the interior highlands where
I have use of a retreat center, which grows the plants needed to distill
Ayahuasca. Basically he went into the interior starving and came out two
weeks later eating like a horse. Right out of the pages of Carlos Castaneda,
the plant was a powerful helper in my quest to get to the roots of the
man’s issues and then compel a change.

    
Ayahuasca is an unusual kind of medicine that should have its appropriate
place in medicine, much like marijuana. I have published before about the
medical insanity of shunning exceptionally safe substances that have beneficial
medical uses and the wholehearted embrace of the use of the most toxic
and poisonous substances on earth, such as mercury, which is still used
in dentistry and medicine.

Ayahuasca
and Autism

    
Dr. Bernard Rimland was bold enough to suggest that eating marijuana could
hold an appropriate pharmaceutical place in aggression and self-abuse behaviors
sometimes evident in mercury poisoning (autism) cases and it is equally
possible that something like Ayahuasca could be used not only to clear
intestinal problems but also to help unblock autistic children’s sense
of separation from the environment and perhaps themselves.

    
As with any medicine, reactions are dose sensitive and thus effects can
be carefully regulated. With controlled doses we can effect favorable changes
in the intestines and monitor collateral effects to see if they are desirable
or not. The US government and pharmaceutical companies will have none of
this and most doctors are the least likely candidates to either recommend
or administer such substances.

    
The real point I am making with this essay has nothing to do with the endorsement
of either marijuana or Ayahuasca in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
The point is to encourage those in all areas of caring for the health of
others to open their minds to alternatives to mainstream pharmacology.  
So many of the ‘conventional’ tools come with toxic side effects that can
and do kill many patients, that one wonders at the reluctance of the mainstream
to consider alternatives. Ayahuasca is exceptionally powerful and should
not be used without the supervision of someone highly experienced with
it.

    
The Ayahuasca issue before the Supreme Court should not be taken lightly.
Natural medicine and even the vitamin supplement industry are under broad
attack (CODEX). In the age of deepening toxicity our need is not more toxic
substances so readily offered by pharmaceutical companies, which gain the
endorsement of governmental agencies, but gifts from mother earth. Our
freedom to seek natural treatments is in doubt and there is nothing intelligent
or benevolent about this.

    
Ayahuasca should be embraced by the medical community in need of powerful
purging agents that will help people move through their issues while they
detoxify. Dr. Klinghardt at least is clear on how emotional, mental and
spiritual blockages can actually impede detoxification, and in this process
Ayahuasca can possibly be put to good use. The overwhelming tendency in
our age is toward pharmaceutical synthetic drugs with serious toxic side
effects. The government and the medical establishment cry out of the dangers
of using Type I substances mentioned in this essay but have no qualms about
approving and using medicine that kills many people. For instance the FDA
failure to act on research resulted in 140,000 Vioxx patients suffering
heart attacks and 60,000 of them dying. That death count “is the equivalent
of the Vietnam War

    
It is my hope that the Supreme Court will sustain the right to use this
obscure substance called Ayahuasca and that wise and enlightened people
will push for the wider use of natural substances that mother earth provides
us in our need. If our right to use something like Ayahuasca is preserved
then perhaps in the future, instead of endless therapy sessions or antidepressants,
for confusion and unresolved mental conflicts, we will let this beneficial
and enlightening plant assist us in opening our blockages and our minds.

 

About
the Author:


Mark Sircus
Ac., OMD


Director International
Medical Veritas Association


http://www.imva.info

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[1] J. C. Callaway,
et al., Psychopharmacology 116:385-387, 1994) reported on the possible
long- term effects of Ayahuasca teas in platelet serotonin receptors in
long term users of Ayahuasca. They found anomalous increase in the density
of platelet serotonin uptake sites in long-term users was a surprising
finding. While numerous psychotropic agents, as well as other treatments
such as electroconvulsive therapy, are known to down regulate platelet
serotonin receptors, no other pharmacological model, other than Ayahuasca,
has been demonstrated to increase uptake site density in platelets. The
possible implications of this long-term effect, as well as the question
of whether it reflects a similar effect occurring in the central nervous
system, remains unclear.


[2] El Tigre
Journeys. Ayahuasca SpiritQuest shamanic healing retreats in the Peruvian
Amazon http://www.biopark.org/peru/Ayamed-precautions.html
If you are taking prescription medication (including antibiotics), are
subject to high blood pressure, have a heart condition, or are under treatment
for any health condition, consult your physician about the use of temporary
monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI). Medical consultation is especially
important if you are taking Prozac, Paxil, Welbrutin, Effexor, Zoloft or
other antidepressants affecting serotonin levels, i.e.serotonin selectie
re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI). These medications generally require a period
of up to six weeks to completely clear the system and must be reduced gradually.
Some may clear the system in a shorter period of time. We recommend you
consult your physician about the risks of taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor
in conjunction with your medication. Based on growing anecdotal reports,
Ayahuasca seems to provide deep-rooted and often-lasting relief from many
common forms of depression. In many cases, individuals do not feel they
need to return to pharmaceutical antidepressants after intensive short-term
treatment with Ayahuasca. Non-prescription medications such as antihistamines,
dietary aids, amphetamines and derivatives, and some natural herbal medicines,
i.e. those containing ephedrine, high levels of caffeine, or other stimulants,
may also cause adverse reactions. We recommend that you discontinue all
such medications, drugs, and herbs for at least one week prior to and following
work with Ayahuasca.


[3] There
is evidence that suggests the use of isoquinoline and tryptamine-related
alkaloids such as the beta-carbolines is effective in the control of intestinal
parasitic worms and microbes by forest-dwelling people. Because these compounds
are not only entheogenic, but also powerful emetics with antimicrobial
and antihelminthic properties, it is suspected that the use of ayahuasca
is more than vision seeking; it is also chemotherapy for parasites.


[4] http://www.worldpsychology.net/World%20Psychology/VirtualPsyFiles/ayahuasc.htm

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