The Sacred Science: Exploring Shamanism and Amazonian Medicine : The Renegade Health Show Episode #807

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Over the weekend, a friend of mine came to visit…

He’s now putting the final touches on a film that he’s produced and directed called “The Sacred Science.”

This is a film about shamanism in the Amazon.

I wanted to get him on film to tell you what it’s all about and to share with some of you the concepts that you’ll find in the film once it’s ready.

Take a look…

Your question of the day: Do you know the name of the nearest indigenous tribe that lives (lived) near you?

Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comments now!

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Ryan says:

    I live outside of Philadelphia, which is the homeland of the Delaware and Lenapi.

    thanks for this intro – excited about the movie. Narby’s Cosmic Serpent was my introduction into this realm, which has a lot in common with my passion: the ancient craft of dreaming. cheers!

  2. Henrik says:

    Since I live in Sweden, the closest to me would probably be the Samis. Very few of them live traditional Sami lives though, but most value their inheritage highly.

  3. greenroots says:

    the problems

    when western go to indegenous people in the jungle

    *they bring germs and deseases
    *it can lead to more tourism and more infrastructure, which lead to mory industry and clearcut of the forest.
    *It attract pharma industry and people who wanna make money (BIOpiratery)
    *indegenous local people only do it cause of discrimination or poverty, its maybe no free choice
    *expression like “sacred science” “sacred medicine” create romantic feeling which can lead that some people dont look at the needs of indegenous peoples

    In my opinion its always important to mention at least short the troubles of indegeous peoples. Otherwise people just go there and destroy there culture.

    To your question the closest indegenous tribe close to me are probably the sami people. There are some ethnic minorities. the sorbic people and the friesian people. and some ethnic minorities in france. There are the Gorals people in cech and poland and other eastern countries. The Karelean and other Fino-Uiguric groups from Finnland and Russia, the basque people in Spain and France. Its a bit different than in North America.

  4. casey says:

    the choctaw are pretty close to me. I think i have 1/16th choctaw but i am culturally 0% native.

    Kevin, what happened to what you were to share with us about your trip down there? also what about the people that you did the 30 days with? and where is waldo?

  5. greenroots says:


    From Sweden i know there are the skane people in south sweden around malmö and lund. To Finnland there are ethnic minorities the swedish-finish peoples.

    Yeah there are serveral sami tribes from norway to finnland to russia to sweden. In old days even in Estland(estonia).

    Some people consider the trolls as indegenous people in sweden and the vikings. In iceland the elfes are protected by law and the society.

    In Finnland there are the karelean People and FinnoUiguric People. Also Roma and Sinti are worldwide enthic minorities. They are in Stockholm and Helsinki Oslo, Copenhagen and other cities and areas.

  6. At, the trailers haven’t been loading for firefox or chrome. Thought he might like to know.

  7. I grew up in La Huasteca Potosina, in Mexico, and among us, on Sundays were the natives and first people in that region Los Huastecos, full of tradition, selling their products to us, enchiladas, pemoles, bocoles, tamales, etc. Where I used to live there was even a famous natural healer who had a medical consult with a pharmacy, Beto Ramon, he used only herbs to treat people. I miss that so much.

  8. Amanda says:

    Would these types of treatments work with mental disorders as well, like Schizophrenia?

  9. fruit says:

    Dear Amanda.

    i can imagine it can help. People who are labeled with mental disorder are longing for connection to community. If they are nonviolent then its important that they have a place in theyre community. Try it out follow your heart. And look at the local people.

    there are serveral things helping with mental disbalance. It depends on the treatment. Some herbal drugs help some will make it worse. I think sound s from the rainforest and from music healer can deeply help. as well as rythms. Anyway its a long journey espacially if you have deep feeling memories which shock and visit you and make you afraid.

    There are connection of gluten with shizophrenia. Also there are links of fishoil and possitive effect on the brain. Some people are getting too spiritual on a vegan diet. or a wrong adjust diet. Or to much expectations.

    garden work and being with animals, dolphins, horses…

    take care of you. It also mean you need a change, kinda urgent.

    i wish people with health needs and desires for the miracle medicine would think on the indegenous peoples. And also mention their suffer and struggles.

    Mining environmental pollution, poverty, lodging, soyfarming, industry, ethnotourism, healthtouris, biopiratery, comerialisism of traditional amazonplants.

    This are the local caretaker, if we fraus them. There wont be something for our children and grandchildren. Just for us.

  10. fruit says:

    i wish people with health needs and desires for the miracle medicine would think on the indegenous peoples. And also mention their suffer and struggles.

    Mining environmental pollution, poverty, lodging, soyfarming, industry, ethnotourism, healthtouris, biopiratery, comerialisism of traditional amazonplants.

    This are the local caretaker, if we steal them. There wont be something for our children and grandchildren. Just for us.

  11. cloudwind says:

    this is a project related to the film. To help the local indegenous peoples

  12. Chef Anthony says:

    The Weequahic Indians (pronounced Week Wake)

  13. Chef Anthony says:

    Sorry, the Weequahic Indians are from Newark, New Jersey!

  14. michael westrick says:

    There web sight does not work forsign up email newsletter or viewing the trailor. Might want to fix that soon….Very interesting subject matter.

  15. S2A says:

    Hai’ Got the Hype but no Watchie .. video not workin’ stops after 1st question! Augh! Appreciate U Both N all U do Hang in there!!
    Truth is Love!

  16. S2A says:

    Hai’ Hai’ Hai’…Back atCha..Got it 2 work by watchin’ it on your other email you always send me 2 of the exact emails which in this case wored out Great! The Bums Downtown on the Ave are the closest Indigeneeze ’round mai’ Hood! HAA! LoL!

  17. Martha;) says:

    Amazing! Cannot wait to see this film! What a blessing to know that we can find healing in the Earth God gave us just as He intended! Hmmmm….

  18. Rita Romney says:

    Yes, the Miwok and the Yokut.

  19. Selina says:

    greenroots – very good points!

    We need to bring the knowledge to us, and not create a bigger flow of tourists to go down there into the jungles. It has already become a problem.

    The knowledge these people have is incredible, we need to protect these people at all costs!

    You can help by donating to various organisations that are working with indigenous tribes, like for instance:

    (I hope it’s ok if I post this here)

    I think it is very important we listen to people who have gotten all their knowledge directly from nature itself, this means people who are still living the old ways. We need to learn and incorporate some of this in our own lives.
    Another thing to remember is that we don’t need to use the exact same exotic herbs as the people in the Amazon are using for example. We can use the herbs that grow locally the same way. Learn from your local environment.

  20. Selina says:

    Oh, I forgot to answer the question. The closest indigenous tribes are the sami people that live in Lapland. Unfortunately most of them have vanished because they were persecuted for a long time. And much of their knowledge is lost.

  21. Doris Dejwakh says:

    Or, maybe I CAN’T connect with my Facebook account, NOR with the video, because it’s on YOUtube and I live in China, where both are blocked. I have already requested that a transcript of the video be included on the blog site so that those of us who live here in China can participate and be informed along with the rest of the world. There may be others whose computers are slow, or who for other reasons can’t download a video, who would appreciate a transcript. And of course sooner or later you may want to attract some of the 1 billion inhabitants of China to your business — a virtually untapped market for your products. IN that case, you need to think of some other means of including your videos on your site. THere are many who don’t use UTube (or however it’s spelled), and have perfectly presentable videos… Thanks for listening… Doris

  22. Here in Utah there are five indigenous tribes: Utes, Paiute, Goshutes, Shoshone, and Navajo.

    Looking forward to seeing the movie. Let us know when it is available.

  23. Beth says:

    Sure do. The Mohawks Indians.
    Unfortunately, most of them are now living on a reserve.

  24. nick says:

    I did not have a clue but I guess if anthony is correct then I am close to neward NJ so the Weequahic Indians are from Newark, New Jersey! If so where r they?

    Kevin keep us updated on the movie it looks interesting but none of the video links or newsletter updated work on your friends web site.

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