Dr. Matina Chronopoulou will discuss the various literary and archeological references that point to extended use of a variety of psychoactive plants in ancient Greece. Cannabis, belladonna, poppies and other plants such as henbane or datura and hyoscyamus were used for ritual and medicinal purposes. Opium was used to induce somnolence in the incubation rituals practiced in the temples of Asclepius, who was revered as the God of Medicine. His successors practiced his art in a network of sanctuaries and healing temples named ‘Asclepeia’. Theurgic medicine in ancient Greece was magical in nature and concerned with both prognosis and prevention. It also made use of a number of rituals. The Greeks used rites of Katharsis to purge illness from the sick. During the celebration of the Greater Mysteries, pilgrims journeyed from Athens to Eleusis and participated in a night-time ceremony involved drinking Kykeon, a specially prepared hallucinogenic beverage. Classical authors describe various formulas involving wine and mandrake, belladonna, African rue, or black hellebore.
And… Dr. Barbara Bartlik will discuss the fascinating subject of near-death experiences (NDEs), where people undergo a grave medical situation and live to tell about it. The ancient Greeks did not fear death but saw it as a transition to the afterlife. In the Fourth Century B.C., the great classical Greek philosopher, Plato, was the first to record an account of an NDE. He wrote that after death, the soul chooses another life that provides challenges the soul needs to fulfill. Plato’s description closely mirrors modern-day accounts of NDEs — floating above the body, altered consciousness, traveling through a tunnel toward a bright light, a hyper-real, heavenly environment, encountering spiritual beings and deceased relatives, and an instantaneous life review. Individuals may be given instructions to spread the word about the knowledge they gained through their NDE.
Take a few minutes to listen to my recent interview on Meet The Elite Podcast were I talk about my integrative approach to improving mental and sexual health.
November 15, 2022
A discussion of problems commonly faced by survivors following cancer treatment including depression, anxiety, insomnia, brain fog, and sexual problems. Natural therapies and traditional approaches to the treatment of these conditions will be described.
October 26, 2022
A discussion on how the depletion of nutrients associated with the administration of common medications can negatively impact sexual and mental health. For example, vitamin B12 and D3 are needed to make the sex-positive, well-being-promoting neurotransmitter, dopamine. These nutrients are depleted by several common medications, which adversely affect mental and sexual health. Learn how to detect if your medications are depleting nutrients and causing problems.
October 19, 2022
People who take medications may become depleted in essential nutrients that are needed by the brain. As a result, they may suffer from low mood, reduced energy, and sexual problems. An integrative medicine approach can prevent or mitigate these problems and allow for reduced dosages of medications — thus avoiding side effects. Eating health-promoting foods and taking vitamins, minerals, and botanical supplements can positively impact energy level and sexual and mental health.
October 15, 2022
An integrative medicine approach combining optimum nutrition, regular exercise, and other health-promoting habits often can prevent or reduce many health problems and improve mood and sexual function. Taking vitamins, minerals, and botanical supplements also can support health and wellness, help people safely reduce the medication(s) they take, decrease side effects, and positively impact sexual and mental health. Check out this great video
April 17, 2010
Dell William’s, Founder of Eve’s Garden Sex Shop for Women interviews Dr. Barbara Bartlik.
July 23, 2008
Dr. Bartlik has been featured on CBS HEALTHWATCH where she shares encouraging information from a new study on the benefits of viagra to improve women's sexual health with millions of viewers.