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The Sacred Science (2011)

| Documentary, Adventure, Drama
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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Interesting Point of View for the Desperate
28 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary gives a different point of view. It's not a tale of the miracle of modern medicine and it's not an hour long commercial for a quack's "alternative" cure. It's simply following some first world sick people as they attempt to heal themselves using herbalistic traditions in Peru.

So to that point, the film was kind of boring to watch. I wish there was a little more history about herbalism or the people of the area.

But the film is simply interviewing and following those who in their little camp. The healers and the sick. 8 people and a few shamen (and a budding shamen).

It was cool to see what could happen in this setting. In the thick of the jungle rather than an expensive resort or meek hospital.

I think this film can give people a realistic perspective. The treatment seemed to work for things that we already know is reversible/salvagable such as type II diabetes, IBS, mental health issues and some neuromuscular disorders. If I had these problems and couldn't find an answer -- this would also be my last resort and I would take the chance!

Unfortunately, as we could all predict, this stuff didn't seem to help more serious conditions.

But if I had a cancer, did everything I can, and was just at my wit's end -- a trip such as the one documented would definitely change my life perspective and would be worth while. Not necessarily for my disease, but just for myself as a human who desires self-actualization and to live the rest of my life with rich, beautiful perspective!

I give this 6 stars. It wasn't too bad. It was authentic. Can spark some conversations. And the point was to reveal that there is no "science" to this, which is unfortunate. The creators hope this film can encourage MORE scientific documentation on healing arts.

I wouldn't give it more stars because it's not exactly a thriller. I would only watch this when bored (which I did. watched while I was cleaning my room). Wouldn't make the intent to watch this for fun or educational purposes. Only if I were leading some sort of healing arts conference or class or something.

yep. That's my 2 cents.


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