Another great piece in Vice, see link below, which covers the story of some Brits who are turning to Amazonian frog poison as a treatment for their alcohol dependency and depression
The practise sees the user burned and then the poison rubbed on their wounds.
The poison causes severe vomiting and a sense of calm.
The article raises a few questions in me.
Have we stopped trusting pharmaceutical companies and their solutions?
Do the answers lie within nature itself?
The problem is that not enough research has been done; the stories are mostly anecdotal and not strong enough to tempt me into a calm vomit fest.
I discuss some similar points in my previous post: https://differentbrainwaves.org/2016/05/05/ketamine-as-a-treatment-are-drugs-the-answer/
In that we don’t even know if drugs in general, prescribed or otherwise are in fact the answer to mental health problems.
Prescribed medication is something I rely on heavily, personally; however it comes at a high cost with horrible side effects.
The worst for me is probably the weight gain I have had and the constant reminders that yes I am indeed fat nowadays coming from every corner.
Yet I still advocate the use of medication because I see it works.
In my case I want a medication review because I refuse to accept that this is my lot.
There has to be alternatives to terrible side effects and there has to be better treatments.
Especially when I still get a lot of symptoms of bipolar I often feel like I take my medication for nothing.
So am I about to turn to Amazonian frog poison?
However I did read the article with hope, people are still searching for answers and someone has to try the potential solutions.