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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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Not Science, not even cool
16 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Spoiler Alert! Both this review and your watching of the trailer will give you all you need to know. Don't watch unless you have no more toenails to cut.

Unfortunately after having watched the whole thing the only review one can write while maintaining personal integrity is that this is a long-winded route to a non science, dangerous and stupid project and its conclusion.

Why is was even called what it was remains a mystery: Science or Sacred had nothing to do with this dangerous attempt to look at the rain forests and drug targets.

Yes, I feel we should protect the Amazon and its like properly. Yes, most drugs used are based on things found in nature. Yes, science can't explain everything. Yes, people want alternatives.

This journey of 8 people into the rain forest to be separated from their usual environment and given uncontrolled, unknown, unproven, unsafe drug cocktails made from random flora sounds a great idea but as you get into the film the premise and the outcome become obvious within 5 minutes. 8 sick and very sick people who shun modern medicine put their health and lives on the line to follow semi-religious pseudoscience - they even take psychoactive drugs to fool themselves.

The outcomes are so poor as to be laughable. There is no controlling of any factor and you can probably guess, like I did, that if you give people from the 1st world, exercise, relaxation, fresh air, simple and proper food for 30 days in a supportive environment where they are the centre of attention they're going to feel and act better regardless of the actual binary outcomes.

Only one 'positive' outcome was reported. The other 200 or so are not because nothing happened. They lie and repeat lies about modern medicine while ignoring its incredible successes.

I would like to see the people who took one person out there who had a really bad time (not going to spoil it completely for you but it is the worst outcome you can imagine) to task. Sick people without proper medical facilities is a disaster and no amount of justification after the fact can make up for it: "It would have happened this way even if..." is probably not what the actual medics said.

So, if you want to see people in the rain forest eating and drinking and allowing the admittedly sincere locals trying to help then go for it.

If you on the other hand want to progress humanity, save MASSIVE amounts of suffering and lives, don't watch this or fund stupidity and donate to Cancer research or its ilk.


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