Please check out THIS CBC ARTICLE on Ibogaine.  Below are the comments I made when I posted the article on Facebook the day it came out:

I’ll share this one more time, now after a day of reflection, to express that it’s a great piece and kudos to CBC News for running it, one of the most positive mainstream media articles on ibogaine ever.

A couple things temporarily threw me upon first reading. The first was the context, or lack thereof, from which Mark Haden’s quotes were framed. Mark was actually one of my earliest supporters as he has seen first hand the healing potential of this medicine. Him being quoted on not wanting to study ibogaine failed to mention that a study was seriously considered, plus a paper published (the one mentioned via Evan Wood), of which I was given a co-authoring credit, and Mark was the engine behind getting that off the ground. It also didn’t mention that MAPS has very recently published a long-awaited observational study on ibogaine that shows positive preliminary results.

Maria’s story is beautifully put, and thanks to Maria for being such a blessing in my life. Thanks to mother Colleen for speaking as well. To be clear, her other son died of an overdose while in a conventional rehab facility! Another line that irked me a bit was Liberty Root ‘promises to take opiate users on a “spiritual” journey to recovery.’ Yikes! We do no such thing! That may or may not happen, some people do get insights that might be deemed ‘spiritual’, but not everyone, and the success of the medicine has nothing to do with those insights. I’ve treated people who wanted all those ‘bells and whistles’, but got none of them, yet they’re still multiple years off dope.

While I can appreciate a little conservativeness in this regard, I think the success rate of ibogaine was downplayed a bit too much. The doc mentioned we all want a magic-bullet, and ibogaine is not that, but it’s way more effective than anything else on earth. We see a 60 to 75% success rate or so out of Liberty Root Ibogaine Therapy, but even if it were 20 to 50% effective, it blows other treatment statistics out of the water.

Ayahuasca is great. I highly recommend it to everyone and their dog in the right context, but some of the Ayahuasca shamans I know send their opioid addicts to me first, then follow up a month or so later with Aya. Nothing beats iboga for getting the hooks of the opiate out.

And then, of course, there is the obligatory doctor in the article who wants to warn opiate addicts about Russian Roulette. Is that the Russian Roulette caused by prohibition and the daily risk of overdosing? Or the Russian Roulette than comes from methadone and suboxone? “Methadone itself was a factor or cause in an average 108 deaths yearly in Ontario from 2011-14, the chief coroner’s office says.” Source: goo.gl/kIbWcF Or the Russian Roulette that comes from detoxing all the ways that don’t work like ibogaine, yet have a high rate of overdose after the procedure because of opiate naivety? Or is it the Russian Roulette caused by even visiting a doctor with a pain issue like Maria? I’ve met countless people who had no idea the addictive and heroin-like nature of the pain pills their doctor gave them a six months supply of. You need to ask yourself how much Dr. Hollett makes each time a methadone patient visits his office. There is oodles of money to be made by maintaining the status quo around daily dispense opioid therapy.

My favourite line of the whole piece though goes to the doctor with: “But not with a piece of bark out of Africa. There are too many unknowns.” There are hundreds of ibogaine providers around the world helping people with this medicine every day, and only 19 recorded deaths, all of which have been shown to have been preventable. Here’s a video on those specifics: https://youtu.be/Ul0xHfWr5_Y These providers, through years of working with this medicine have mitigated most of the unknowns there once were. That collective wisdom has been published in the form of The Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance’s Clinical Guidelines. The picture of me posing as an ibogaine patient is actually taken from the cover of that book, which is groundbreaking in its scope and usefulness in providing safe and effective ibogaine treatments.

But back to this ‘piece of bark out of Africa’ bit. I think the good doctor needs to be reminded that this whole opioid crisis is caused by ‘the milk of a plant out of Afganistan’. If the cause of this crisis is a plant, why wouldn’t the solution be one?

Finally, me and Liberty Root aren’t going away. We’re refocusing so as to help more people. Peace.