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Talking to Fire: Botanical Immunomodulation

Fire is visible in our body’s inflammatory response. We rely on it for protection, but it also underpins almost every disease process. Steroids and antiseptic agents may be useful at
times, but if we are going to start talking to the inflammatory fire within us, we need a
different set of tools.

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Synthetic Madness

The nation may soon be ready to sweep dangerous, store-bought synthetic drugs off the map, as marijuana simultaneously gets a shot at defederalization.

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Year of the Water Snake: A Time of Transition and Healing

Serpent symbolism is a near
ubiquitous motif that stretches across all geographical lines and
historical epochs. It is commonly associated with issues of spirituality
and healing. Here at the
threshold of the Year of the Snake, all healers can benefit from
becoming cognizant of the power
inherent in the energy of the serpent.

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Psilocybin Therapy Documentary

In 2008, I met a psilocybin and cancer
therapist and my life changed. Now there is a documentary film called The Medicine: Science and Psychedelics. It depicts psilocybin as a form
of palliative end-of-life care.  I sat down with producer
and director Roslyn Dauber to discuss the film and to help promote these important psychedelic
research projects.

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Healing from the Heart: The Meaning of Wholism in Medicine

Yin and yang, dark and light,
square and round, masculine and feminine interact, intersect, and
intercourse to comprise the cacophony of life. The seasons describe the phases of
emergence, flourishing, gathering, and storage of yang, of vital warmth.
As holographic microcosms of the universe, we cannot maintain health
apart from this natural cycle.

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Green Healing

Scientists have confirmed that a cannabinoid derived from marijuana, known as cannabadiol or CBD, can treat those diagnosed with aggressively spreading cancers.

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An Industry Emerges: The Rise of Medical Marijuana

The market for medicinal cannabis was estimated to be $1.7 billion in 2011. Like health food and hip-hop, cannabis was going corporate. As a wave of newbies began to challenge the old guard, movement veterans recalled the days before Proposition 215. "A lot of people want to cash in but they don't have an appreciation of what it took to get here. They don't know the history."

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Let Magic Happen: Transforming Symptoms and the Healthcare System

Why is it that the most urgent question in the healthcare
debate is, "How will we pay for all the drugs for our aging
population?" Instead we might ask, "Do our elderly really need all these
drugs?" Unfortunately, the focus is on the suppression of symptoms rather than the facilitation of self-healing.

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The Heart of the Matter

The heart is physically and metaphorically the direct pathway to and from the inner being. The beating heart is a link, at our core, between the physical and the non-physical, resonating to the rhythms of both. 

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