The health contingency due to Covid-19 has brought changes for thousands of people, many of them positive, as in the case of Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa, who during these months has had the opportunity to work and follow up on addiction treatments with help of traditional medicines.
Dr. Rettig has spent the last few years studying and publicizing 5-Meo-DMT, a molecule extracted from the glands of the desert toad, the bufo alvarius, by more than 40 countries where thousands of people have discovered that its use helps with addiction control and that it is not only recreational.
The Sonoran toad has gained popularity in recent years thanks to the work done in the Seri tribe by being classified as traditional medicine and its important help in combating the use of hard drugs, such as crystal.
For Dr. Rettig Hinojosa it is not an unknown subject, he is one of the shamans authorized by the traditional Serian authorities, to whom he thanks the distinction for bringing medicine to those who need it and after thousands of people have participated in his ceremonies, Covid-19 made it impossible for him to continue with his journey and now, he confirms the effects that the use of toad toxin has on people when they are followed.
I stopped and realized that there are many young people with serious problems of addiction to hard drugs, he points out, many have already been interned several times in rehabilitation clinics, annexes, farms, but nothing changes. Their addiction problem continues and their parents no longer know how to help them.
“I decided to extend my help to young boys who can make a change, the pandemic gives me the opportunity to follow up because I do not have to move from one place to another,” he noted.
Kambó, the poison of an Amazon frog, the toxin of the desert toad and the inhalation of snuff, a preparation made from the leaves of the tobacco plant, are the three ancient medicines that are included in the protocol that the specialist is following.
“It is something pioneering, which is not described in any medical book or in any protocol. It is a mixture of various therapies with different natural medicines from different parts of the world. I think it is something very proactive, it is medicine based on experiences. I am not experimenting with people, I am doing this because experience has shown me and shown that this works, “he explained.
The shaman doctor traveled to countries in South America to learn about their medicines and narrates that it was in this sharing and dialogue of knowledge with the members of different tribes and native peoples where his knowledge has enriched the medical practice, “today I can talk about treatment protocols for specific conditions such as addictions to hard drugs, with an incredible response ”.
Beto, Adrián and Enrique, originally from Sinaloa, Mexico City and Jalisco, are three of the young people who during the pandemic have received the treatment that has kept them away from drug use.
It is important, he warns, that everyone knows that they are not incurable patients, there is a solution; I share with you the certainty that there is something that will help you. “Whoever does not drop out of treatment has a success rate of almost 100%. This is something that I was unaware of on my way and my learning of these plants ”.
Adrián Ayala Villalobos is 19 years old and a few months ago he left his eighth detention center against addictions. As a child, he was diagnosed with attention deficit and the medication affected his development. He started with drugs very young, at age 13 he was hospitalized for the first time. He had a five-year addiction to cocaine and was also taking psychiatric medications.
“I had been consuming non-stop for a week, I had just come out of an internment, that’s how his dad took him to me. We started with kambó, there was no reaction from his body because he was intoxicated, when he tasted the toad he fell asleep. In total, he has taken ten sessions and to date he has four months without consuming any drugs or medications. Eat and sleep well and gained weight, ”explained Rettig Hinojosa.
Originally from Mexico City, he arrived in Hermosillo in the middle of the summer. Adrián did not travel alone, he did it with two other young people, all sharing the same condition: addictions. It was a journey, they came by car to the Sonoran desert to continue their treatment at the hands of the specialist.
The whole addiction process was very difficult, Adrián remembers, because I went through totally unexpected places such as annexes, clinics, psychologists, psychiatrists. I got to take 15 pills a day. “I couldn’t find that answer to my problem, something that would tell me why I was in that trance. After a long time and being very tired, my father contacted Dr. Rettig and we decided to start a treatment with ancient medicines ”.
“I found the answer in medicines that I had been looking for for a long time, it showed me the way I had to go and the reality is that I found all those answers, it was a difficult process, of confronting myself and with that personality that I was ceasing to be when taking medicines and it is interesting because when taking medicines one finds oneself ”, he pointed out.
Octavio Rettig is the author of the book Bufo Alvrius, The Toad of Dawn, where he tells his story and the discovery of ancestral medicines, he said that “more and more families are coming, more and more people are coming for healing and I need support, help and people who want to join this is for a common good and that is for the good of all. We have in front of us something that will make a difference and will set a guideline in the treatment and prevention of psychiatric illnesses ”.
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