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Publisher's Summary

Western medicine has not been particularly successful at getting people relief from conditions like depression, chronic pain, migraine headaches, addiction, and PTSD. Dr. Tafur helps us to understand why.

I have watched people spend years in frustration and thousands of dollars consulting an army of specialists, without getting real relief from their problem. Because these and others are diseases deeply connected with the state of our emotional bodies. Too often, the Western medical approach fails to address the emotional dimension of illness. This is where traditional plant medicines, with their ability to alter consciousness and open channels of communication to our emotions, offer so much promise.

The stories shared here demonstrate the astonishing - mystical, colorful, metaphysical - effects of ayahuasca and traditional Amazonian plant medicine. Follow Dr. Tafur through the Amazon jungle as he develops a breakthrough understanding of how psychoactive plants interact with the complex network that connects our minds and hearts to our physical anatomy. What Dr. Tafur presents here is nothing short of a paradigm shift for modern medicine, where sacred plants, used properly in ceremony, take their place as important tools in the doctor’s medicine chest, offering the missing elements of emotional and spiritual healing that have eluded us for so long.

For more information about The Fellowship of the River, please visit drjoetafur.com/the-fellowship-of-the-river.

©2017 Joseph Tafur (P)2017 Joseph Tafur

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heart felt amazing!

Dr. Tafur brilliantly takes the reader on a heart felt journey to the Amazon jungle and eloquently introduces you to mama ayahuasca.

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A more holistic approach to modern medicine

This is a life-changing book that gives hope to anyone who has ever felt far away from themselves, and needed help beyond what western medicine could offer. Beyond just illustrating ayahuasca's mind-blowing healing potential (which is done very well), the author proposes the possibility that a person can be reconnected with their inherent wholeness, in spite of any past or current experiences they might struggle with. This book incorporates medical research and the wisdom of indigenous cultures to support the vital need we have in our society for spiritual healing, in a way that is grounded and rational.

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case studies of Ayahuasca healing

Informative text of the diverse benefits of ayahuasca, case by case. NOT amazonian medicine broadly.

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great book

I really enjoyed hearing about the journey Dr. Tafur took. I found his book to be very scientific but also easy to follow and understand.

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  • MLZ
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  • 07-15-18

Every medical professional must hear this story!!!

Loved this book.
Having the story read to you by Dr. Tafur makes it a truly heartfelt experience.
I feel every medical professional should hear this story.
The personal accounts are quite moving.
The world needs healing and this book is just that.
Great for anyone who is curious and wants the information from someone on both side of healing.
So good 💙💚💛

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beautiful and amazing book

this book is one of the most profound books I've ever read! thank Dr. Joseph Tafur!

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New to plant medicine, this is a safe sane book

You're going to get good rounded pros and cons. I'm speaking from real world experience. Finally a practitioner writing a book instead of a "WRITER". I'm tired of WRITERS posing as experts. If you don't love it, you're in need of plant medicine and living too much in your sickness. Good job Joseph Tafur, thank you for the good work you do.

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Great Book!

Dr. Joe Tafur does a great job blending the worlds of modern medicine with traditional plant medicine/shamanism.

This book takes complex topics and makes them easy to understand.

After reading this book I have a new found respect and a greater understanding of the fascinating world of plant medicines.

If you are curious about ayahuasca I highly recommend this book. Thank you Joe!

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  • marcella dillon
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Fascinating story

This was recommended by a friend . Really good if you are interested in Shamanism. Easy to listen too.

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  • Alana Rain
  • 08-30-18

Insightful and Enjoyable Read

Dr Tafur's book is an excellent read on this topic. I found the book to be very insightful, especially as someone with little understanding of medical science. It was not too dry, as the information presented was woven through personal narrative. This book helped me to wrap my head around the ways in which body, mind and spirit are linked, especially with regards to the body and physical illness. I would really recommend this for anybody who is suffering from or treating a problematic physical illness, wishing to understand a potential underlying cause. Or for anybody who wants to learn more about Western medical approaches to illness and how it compares alongside traditional methods of spiritual healing. Dr Tafur's narration makes the audiobook a wonderful 'read'.

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  • Tui Curry
  • 04-02-18

MUST READ!!!

This is, without a doubt, THE best book I have read on plant medicine. Right up there with The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby. Extremely well written, Joseph Tafur is engaging and informative. He covers his own personal journey as well as many case studies. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in plant medicine, spiritual and emotional healing, and effective healing of trauma.