Updated 25 September 2017
The Institute for Invisible Epidemics has had a long gestation and will be officially birthed in 2018 in Ecuador. The concept of “invisible epidemic” requires some explanation. It is a broader term than one might first imagine.
(1) There are serious health conditions that are either overlooked or dismissed. Examples of diseases that are seldom diagnosed are: yeast and mold infections; parasitic infections in the plasma as well as various organs of the body; side effects of exposure to radiation, contaminants in vaccines, components in pharmaceutical medicines, drinking water, and food. In addition, there are highly mysterious factors affecting health such as proximity to microwave towers, use of Wi-Fi devices such as cell phones, consumption of genetically modified food, and inhalation of particulates from chemtrails.
(2) There are also diseases that are underestimated such as Lyme disease. The assumption that a course of antibiotics will cure the disease is obviously false, and people often suffer enormously before even finding a doctor to run the proper tests that make diagnosis possible. Patients tend to experience many complications before finally finding the help needed. Morgellon’s disease is usually labeled delusional parasitosis but it is obviously a real condition with very serious consequences.
In order to address these and other conditions, the Institute’s work will be divided between research and clinical assessment and treatment. The emphasis will be on use of herbal and alchemical remedies, and the main methods of assessment will involve various non-invasive tests of the blood.
It is impossible to provide natural treatments for patients without access to high quality herbs. Over the short-term, the needs can be covered by imports, but longer-term, it is essential that there is a world class laboratory with all the individual herbs and formulas required. To meet this need, the Institute is prepared to invest in medicinal herb collection, cultivation, and processing. Some herbs can be consciously wildcrafted from the Amazon Jungle or Andean Mountains. Others can be grown on medicinal herb farms. We have been collaborating for years with Kitzia Kokopelmana on organic farming using permaculture practices. She would develop farms using alliances with Ecuadorians in which the food used in the clinic as well as the herbs grown all meet the highest standards of sustainability and ethical harvesting. In addition, we are supportive of biodiversity which in the short-term can be defined as the intention to develop international herb farms so that there are secondary and tertiary habitats for the herbs used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Included in all biodiversity efforts is at least some degree of seed banking and seed sharing.
Being in Ecuador, we are in an ideal position to work with all forms of indigenous medicine. The 2008 Constitution gave protection not just to Nature but to all forms of traditional medicine. Therefore, the plan is to work closely with all indigenous forms of healing and to share traditional wisdom with those living in modern cultures.
The Institute will collaborate with existing herbal laboratories and make some of its own formulas using an extraordinary variety of herbs. Historically, 2.5 million plant species have been identified as having medicinal properties. At this time, few practicing herbalists are using more than a couple hundred herbs. We plan to study the herbs using a combination of what might be termed field work involving ethnobotanists and medcal anthropologists as well as chemical analyses and clinical trials.
Finally, an important part of the Institute’s long-term work involves information. Whatever is learned and deemed to be reliable will be shared using all the modern forms of communication including paper and digital publications, online distance learning, webinars and summits, public outreach, and internship programs. All work will be well organized, archived for posterity, and shared.
In sum, the Institute will have three basic components: clinic, herbal medicine production, and education. We are ready to partner with kindred spirits who share our interest and sense of responsibility towards the life forms of future generations of plants and people. We also need tangible support in the form donations.