Learning about herbs from the Rainforest, ‘the biggest natural pharmacy’ on this globe
Internship at "Mexico Free Clinic"
To learn more about traditional natural medicine with special reference to herbs from the Rainforest, ‘the biggest natural pharmacy’ on this globe, Dr. Mark Fritz worked at “Mexico Free Clinic” in June 1999 as kind of an ‘internship’.
The clinic was free in every sense: free of charge for the patients and without any money for visiting doctors. It was located at Rio Marabasco, a couple of miles inland from the Pacific Coast, about 50 miles north of Manzanillo. The weather there is very hot, very humid, the best conditions for bacteria – actually any ‘foul pathogen’ – to grow. Hygiene is poor. The people, who live there, can only get as clean as the water they are using. And their diet is limited to “affordable” food. Nutrition is lacking essentials (often animal proteins and vitamins from fresh vegetables). All these living conditions make these people very susceptible for any kind of infections. Most Mexican people do not have the money for medical treatment like we know in the ‘west’. ‘Allopathic doctors’ are usually for free, but patients rarely can afford the costs for medication prescribed after the visit.
The greatest concern was always infection. And there were no pharmaceutical medications at hand like in clinics of western countries. Therefore ‘colloidal silver’ was used frequently with amazing effects! It kept inflammation at bay and helped to treat various kinds of infections. (Learn more about that in a report of a colleague (http://www.csprosystems.com/VisitToClinic1099.html) ‘Herbal medication’ came next. Some medicinal herbs were brought in by the visiting doctors. But most herbs came directly from the rainforest.
Other treatments like chiropractic, acupuncture, acupressure, and massage therapy were used for different illnesses as well. The doctors at ‘Mexico Free Clinic’ had to work with only what was available. The ‘resident doctors’ at the clinic had a wide range of knowledge on local herbs (from the Rainforest). Most of the visiting doctors were more than impressed by the versatile knowledge they gained during their stay at this clinic.
The patient count per day was an average of 100-150 – during long hours, starting at 8am, lasting until 7-8pm. The ‘resident doctors’ did an amazing job. Dependent on the group of visiting doctors, they even had to translate between patients and doctors. Unfortunately, the clinic is closed now. It was only able to operate on the basis of visiting doctors. And even though they worked for free, the government does not allow this any more on visa without a working permit.
Read also the report of a colleague, Dr. Bruce Marx, ND, CE, who visited Mexico Free Clinic in October 1999