From the United States, Germany, France, Italy and, of course, Mexico, dozens of people attended the annual meeting, on July 1, of this small community Seri to celebrate the new year of the ethnic group and, at the same time, try the “medicine“Traditional of the toad Otac, Bufo Alvarius, an endemic species of the desert of Sonora.
It is a compound derived from a secretion extracted from the glands of the colorado river toad, one of the 463 species of batrachians that exist in the world, but the only one that contains in its glands the neurotransmitter molecules Bufotenin, 5-Meo-DMT, a series of alkaloids used by users of psychoactive substances and that a decade ago was introduced in the community as ancestral medicine, for therapeutic purposes of healing various physical, emotional and spiritual ailments.
Octavio Rettig Hinojosa, known in the world of shamanism as The Prophet of the Toad, explains that the “poison”Is extracted in a completely sustainable way, that is, without doing any harm to the animal.
“It is a desalucinogenizer, it is something that it’s going to take the madness out of your mind, everything that takes you out of the here and now, what is not real. The bufo alvarius lives buried 10 months each year and in the rainy season comes to the surface to reproduce, feed and to share with us this ancient medicine“, account.
The treatment became more popular in April 2020, when the former heavyweight boxing champion, Mike tyson, I travel to Sonora To test the toxin of the toad and after living the experience, he assured that he gave up the vice of alcohol and drugs.
Precisely this year, foreign tourists, as well as Mexican artists and politicians gathered at the Com Cáac Nation, where approximately 2 thousand indigenous people of the tribe To bei, who are crammed into Chueca Point, in front of the uninhabited Shark Island.
“They come from the United States, Germany, France, Italy, from all over to try the medicine. I am very grateful to see so many people because we thought they would not come for the pandemic and because of the fear of the disease ”, confessed the leader of the Seri community, Enrique Robles Barnett.
“In Mexico we have this blessed medicine from OTAC that, as has already been seen with the work of Dr. Octavio, has surprising results compared to traditional treatments, in very specific cases such as addictions and, logically, also in this great need of humanity to reconnect with ourselves, to find that health is our natural state, “he said. Roco Pachukote, lead singer of the legendary Mexican rock band, Damn neighborhood.
The artist came to the community several months ago to do what he calls “spiritual activism”, In order to support the residents and seek a better quality of life, since they suffer from urgent needs, such as Lack of drinking water, the excess garbage and the addictions in youth and adults.
The challenge is precisely to make a social change to improve the health of the inhabitants, caring for natural resources and sharing ancestral knowledge, explains Rettig.
Rettig, a native of Guzman City, not only applies the medicine in Sonora, but, after having been a member of the Active Reserve of the United Nations Association in Venezuela, the doctor and shaman tours in more than 40 countries where he applies his knowledge of traditional medicine, which focuses on the therapeutic use of Bufo Alvarius.
The toad merges with snuff, a snuff from the Amazon, which became popular in the 1980s among users of psychoactive substances and lately it is given a therapeutic use to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression or addictions.
“We mainly treat addiction problems methamphetamine and the crystal. The late head of the Seri community, Antonio Robles, in life gave me the opportunity for me to enter the town to treat its people and now we see that they visit us from other places ”, he assures.
This is the case of Oscar Vázquez, who arrived with his parents from Houston Texas, to take care of his drug addiction and leave behind a dark past after having been prisoner in states Uniteds.
“I come to look for answers that have been forbidden to me since childhood… I had addiction problems with cocaine, glass, marijuana, codeine pills, but with the medicine, pretend that I was born again, a happiness from the depths of my being. He smiled, river, something that he had not done for a long time ”, he confesses.
For many, the toad means transcending in time and space until it is stopped in the here and now; Means get rid of selfishness, suffering and addictions, despite the risk involved in consuming the substance.
“The benefit that the toad has for the depression and the anxiety. Today in times of pandemic where emotional and psychiatric illnesses have increased the suicide rate and domestic violence, this medicine is a real alternative to treat this type of illness and disease. It is a viable sustainable solution and I think it will put Sonora and Mexico on the world map, “he added.
The celebration of the new year Seri It also meant healing for Óscar and the problem of his addictions; for Pepe, who came from Monterrey, to heal a divorce; for Gustavo de Mazatlán, who bore guilt for the loss of his mother; for Norma who put an end to her inner suffering.