Source: Santa Fe New Mexican
James Freeman is clinically depressed.
Medication and even shock treatments have not lifted the dark wave that swept over him in college, muting his ability to feel. He knows that he has had every advantage: He grew up outside of Boston as the son of two doctors, and had access to the finest schools and the best treatment for mental illness.
In the documentary, “The Last Shaman,” directed by Raz Degan, James heads to the Peruvian Amazon to try to cure his depression with ayahuasca, a mixture of two native plants that proponents consider to be medicine capable of treating anything from the common cold to cancer to heroin addiction.
Read the story at the Santa Fe New Mexican.
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