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The Sacred Science (2011)

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Eight people. Eight illnesses. One journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle. They went looking for alternatives to the modern medicines that failed them. What they found would change their lives forever.

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Diabetes. Prostate cancer. Alcoholism. Parkinson's diseases. Just a handful of many common illnesses that Western medicine has been inadequate in curing or treating. Witness the story of eight brave souls as they leave the developed world behind in search of deeper answers. Living in seclusion for one month in the heart of the Amazon jungle, these men and women take part in the powerful healing practices of Peru's indigenous medicine men, working with centuries-old plant remedies and spiritual disciplines. In their most desperate hour, these patients are forced to confront not only their physical ailments, but their own spiritual and psychological barriers in the process. Five will return with real results, two will return disappointed, and one won't come back at all. Written by Anonymous

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14 November 2013 | by (Oakland, California) – See all my reviews

Of course there will be no shortage of those who say this film "doesn't prove anything". Although I can't imagine anyone here (USA) welcoming this line-up of medical conditions. My husband died recently of lung cancer. My father is on hospice and unlikely to live much longer. And I've worked more than 13 years in various medical settings in California (primary care health clinic, dialysis clinic, HIV/STD public health clinic). From that perspective, this film gave me a feeling of peace and hope. The healing came about not just because people were in nature, taking traditional herbal treatments, eating healthy food, not sitting all day in cars or in front of screens, and breathing (relatively) fresh air. This was not a rich hippie spa. People were staying in individual huts and solitude and silence were essential key components. They had to face themselves, including their demons. Quite a contrast to our old "war on cancer" campaigns. Even when physical conditions didn't reverse, the emotional healing was obvious. This was not a revivalist tent command "HEAL" atmosphere. The patients were not promised any magical cure and they were all free to leave whenever they wished. I appreciated the courage and integrity that the film makers showed in continuing on when others would have decided to stop and scrap the project entirely. The fact that death was treated in an honest and respectful way was again quite a contrast to the typical HMO atmosphere.

It's taken a long time for a film like this to finally emerge. But look how long it's taken something as ancient as acupuncture to become "acceptable" by large HMO's. (Where it will be enthusiastically touted to help you tolerate your chemotherapy.) Is it any wonder that people have decided to SEEK HELP ELSEHERE? I can only hope there will be more films like this to come.


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