My earlier travels were driven by the vision of discovering lost cities, unknown civilizations, and treasures beyond imagination. In my heart, I knew that somewhere in Amazonia, there were hidden secrets that would dramatically alter human existence. After a life-changing experience in my health using Amazonian botanicals, I was convinced that these powerful natural remedies held the key not only for the preservation of the rainforest, but for the health of mankind.
History has shown that one’s future often flows from one society or culture to another in direct proportion to how the rest of the world values its resources. I’ve seen this shift with the Middle Eastern Desert countries, as the industrial nations found themselves addicted to oil. An interruption in crude oil supplies precipitated a meteoric price increase. Unwilling to give up the convenience of running our factories and automobiles on petroleum products and unable to find an economical alternative, we set the stage for the most massive redistribution of wealth our planet has ever seen.
The green pharmacy of Amazonian botanicals holds the key to many of today’s most urgent health concerns. It’s clear that the indigenous rainforest people are sitting on the medicinal treasures that the rest of the world is desperate for. There is no mystery why there is such a huge interest in and demand for holistic approaches in the area of health; it’s simply a matter of cost and effectiveness. As drug-resistant bacteria and viruses become more commonplace and continue to mutate, the shortcomings of the allopathic pharmaceutical approach to health care becomes more obvious.
The rainforest is the most powerful and diverse natural phenomena on our planet. Peoples of the rainforest will be empowered through this new transfer of wealth. We need to preserve the rainforests by promoting the use of sustainable and renewable botanical resources. By creating a market and income stream for rainforest herbs, this provides a way for natives to support their need for currency. And it supports our need for the mineral-rich botanicals of the rainforest. By exchanging Amazonian botanicals and resources, rainforest dwellers will have greater choices in determining their own future. This type of exchange also spawns a greater sharing and understanding between cultures. This trust and mutual respect, with a common goal of individual and planetary health, is an ongoing endeavor.John Easterling is the president of Rainforest Bio-Energetics and a RCF member. He has made more than 70 trips to South America.