WHO moves to classify traditional medicines

WHO moves to classify traditional medicinesThe World Health Organization (WHO) will create a web-based classification system for traditional medicines to help bring them out from "the dark side of the planet of health information."

The project will hopefully lead to greater recognition of traditional healing techniques and more objective research into their efficacy, adds Dr. T. Bedirhan �st�n, who's heading the project to develop the international information standards.

Whatever Happened To ... the shaman of Wall Street?

Whatever Happened To ... the shaman of Wall Street?Two years ago, Larry Ford had no misgivings about how others might perceive him. "Some people would say I've absolutely lost my rocker," he told The Washington Post Magazine in December 2008.
Ford, 48, has been living a double life: He's a successful financial adviser to the powerhouses of Wall Street, and he's also a shaman, or spiritual healer. After a personal epiphany 12 years ago, Ford has made it his mission to help others create "a life of purpose."

Archaeologist Studies Ancient Food for Thought

Archaeologist Studies Ancient Food for ThoughtNatalie Munro is a zooarchaeologist, that is, an archaeologist who studies the remains of animals collected by humans in the archaeological record. Her data includes animal skeletal remains (bones and teeth) that most often represent the garbage of past human meals. She uses ecological models to study the interactions between humans and animals in the past.

Paraguay: Indigenous Peoples tell their own stories

Paraguay: Indigenous Peoples tell their own storiesAmnesty International has facilitated a unique photographic project that helps two Indigenous communities in Paraguay tell their own stories through the pictures they take.
The organization, alongside NGOs Photovoice and the Paraguayan NGO Tierra Viva, backed the project that enables the Yakye Axa and the Sawhoyamaxa communities, who have been fighting to regain the right to live on their ancestral lands, to take photographs that reflect their struggle and tell the stories of their daily lives.

Amazon Tribe Using Android Phones to Combat Deforestation

Amazon Tribe Using Android Phones to Combat DeforestationGoogle recently announced the Earth Engine, which is attempting to compile historical and real-time satellite imagery to paint a picture of deforestation and environmental damage around the world. As a part of the project, Google is training and equipping the Surui tribe in the Amazon rainforest so they can take pictures, video, and measurements of the forest and update a public database with the changes happening around them. With that data, research and administrative partners can take appropriate action.