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Toad Medicine: Catalyst for recovery and positive change

Anny Ortiz presents: Toad Medicine: Catalyst for recovery and positive change with ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education) at CIIS in San Francisco, April 27, 2015.

5-MeO-DMT, referred to in this context as “Toad medicine” is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter and psychoactive substance belonging to the tryptamine family. It is found in every mammal, some South American plants and on one unique species of toad endemic to the Sonoran desert: Incilius Alvarius.

From April 2014 to April 2015, Fundacion OTA.C., a non-profit organization with an interest in education, sustainable development, the safe-keeping of the use of traditional medicine and the protection of the Incilius Alvarius toad; and a state-of-the-art medical detox facility that specializes in Ibogaine treatments in Baja California joined in on a collaborative effort that has helped fulfill the foundation’s objective of elaborating and executing interdisciplinary research projects that can lead to the restoration, conservation and protection of the Incilius Alvarius toad, as well as the treatment center’s goal of detoxing people in the most pain-free, effective and humane way.

Since June 2014, Anny Ortiz and Tom Kingsley Brown, PhD. have been collaborating, working together to coordinate, help design and implement a research study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of dual treatment with Ibogaine + 5-MeO-DMT on relapse rates following treatment.

During the ERIE event titled “5-MeO-DMT: Sacred Toad medicine and its potentials”, Anny will be sharing her observations from the medicine applications that have been administered thus far, as well as discuss the upcoming interdisciplinary research effort taking shape. She will be presenting information regarding the pharmacological effects of 5-MeO-DMT and its therapeutic potential as an aid in the treatment of substance dependence and Post-Traumatic –Stress-Disorder.

Anny has a B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University where she had the opportunity to volunteer at The Mind-body health lab as a research assistant investigating the effects of beliefs on symptoms perceptions, physiological markers, and health behaviors. She was also the teaching assistant of an online undergraduate psychology course that eventually evolved into what is now the University-Community Partnership for Social Action Research Network (UCP-SARnet) and the Global Network for Sustainable Development.

Over the past 15 years, Anny has worked within the substance abuse field in a variety of therapeutic settings in Mexico, United States and Costa Rica. From June 2013 to April 2015, Anny collaborated and consulted with a state-of-the-art ibogaine clinic in Baja California, where she facilitated a weekly program that integrated psycho-educational materials, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness principles, relaxation techniques such as biofeedback , and a guided “Toad medicine session”, using 5-MeO-DMT extracted from the species of toad “Incilius Alvarius”, endemic to the Sonoran desert, where Anny is from, to assist the detox process from opiates, stimulants and alcohol.

In 2012, Anny became a co-founder of a non-profit organization that seeks among other things, to elaborate and execute interdisciplinary research projects that promote and foster the restoration, conservation and protection of flora and fauna endemic to the Sonoran desert and in potential risk, as well as establish collaborative partnerships with other environmental organizations, holistic treatment centers and other non-profits.

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