The B.C. doctor who allowed a film crew to document his use of a traditional Amazonian tea to help drug addicts has been ordered to end the treatments.
Dr. Gabor Maté was using ayahuasca, which induces a trance that unlocks painful memories to help drug addicts end their addictive behaviour.
The active ingredients in the plant are restricted. Since CBC News reported on Maté's work on Sunday, Health Canada has threatened him with criminal prosecution if he continues.
[The] Canadian doctor and author who travelled to the Amazon to learn about a psychotropic medicine that may help drug addicts to recover.
Vancouver's Dr. Gabor Maté learned about ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic plant concoction used at a clinic in Peru. At the clinic, the cure rates for addicts is many times the average found in North America and Europe.
CBC's The Nature of Things joined Maté in South America and traced his efforts to treat addicts in Vancouver with ayahuasca, which occupies a grey area of the law in Canada.
The Conservatives in government are imposing their rightwing morality and fundamentalist religious bias to stop medical research that might save the lives of those in desperate need of medical care and support, and expressing their contempt for scientific research.
Dr Gabor Maté is known world wide for his compassionate work with parents and children. In recent years he has applied his knowledge toward harm reduction program for his patients living with addictions.
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