Massage therapist died after eating plant root during ‘spiritual’ ceremony

Friday, 28 January 2011

A massage therapist who travelled to Africa to take part in a spiritual initiation ceremony died after consuming a “holy” root plant that was being used as part of the ritual, her inquest was told yesterday.

Laura Thornton (32), a renowned tennis and squash player of Whitestrand Park, Salthill, Co Galway, fell ill and died on January 2, 2010, after consuming iboga, a plant root — a “holy wood” — ...

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NZ Ibogaine Forum News Article

Forum debates use of Ibogaine
By Ellie Constantine on Mon, 7 Sep 2009
News: Dunedin

The idea of an Ibogaine treatment facility in New Zealand has been debated at a forum in Dunedin.

The Ibogaine Community Forum, held at the University of Otago on Saturday, attracted about 30 people who listened to a range of speakers involved in drug addiction treatment and the use of Ibogaine.

Two of the speakers came from the United States ...

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NZ Ibogaine Forum Related News

Addict wants drug ‘mainstreamed’
By Sarah Harvey on Sat, 5 Sep 2009
News: Dunedin

For Tanea Paterson, the drug Ibogaine changed her from a drug addict to someone able to live her life.

Now she wants others to be able to get the drug.

Ibogaine, used for centuries by West Africans for rite-of-passage ceremonies and for its healing properties, is not illegal in New Zealand but is only administered by underground healers.

Ms Paterson, and many others worldwide, ...

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