We’re talking brain health this week! And we have a treat for you! "Amazon" John Easterling, Plant Medicine Formulator joins us in the studio to share his story. Tune in to learn how he found a passion in plan medicine. We also dig into brain health and the causes of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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ABOUT "AMAZON JOHN" EASTERLING
Since 1976 John Easterling has been an explorer and treasure hunter in the Amazon Rainforest. It was there, after a personal health crisis, he was introduced to the traditional use of medicinal plants by the Indigenous People in Peru.
Since then his passion for plant medicine has only accelerated.
Easterling's original degree is in Environmental Studies, he founded the Amazon Herb Company in 1990 and serves on the board of the Amazon Center of Environmental Education and Research.
Amazon John’s 28 years of Plant Medicine experience have been profiled on TV and Radio including "Good Morning America" and "Fox and Friends". His product formulations have sold over $100 million worldwide.
John has been featured in two PBS documentaries, World News Report "Amazon John and Rainforest Medicines" and Jean Michel Cousteau's "Return to the Amazon."
Easterling believes the dramatic growth and interest in plant medicine is still in its early stages and will continue to significantly improve life experiences and healthy outcomes into the future.
Evolution of a Treasure Hunter
Went down to Ecuador and down into Peru, with a passion for finding lost cities of gold, essentially a treasure hunter. Was making his living with some of that material, and then some artifacts. Next, into Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina with gemstones, and took that on as treasure. Then later going up the river in the Amazon rainforest, he was trading in blowguns and carved monkey bones, and a variety of tribal artifacts and became ill. This is where his passion for plant medicine was ignited. The natives brewed a special tea from local plants. This not only improved his illness but he actually felt better than ever before in his life. This is where the Amazon Herb Company was born and has helped people improve their health with plant medicine for 30 years.
How Amazon John Came to Focus on Brain Health
Through research of diseases with Doctors he found eight major areas where everyone is affected, and almost every specific challenge falls within these categories: Immune System Primary Digestion Secondary Digestion (Metabolism) Energy Circulation Calming & Stress Related Issues Hormonal Balancing Inflammatory Issues (pain, sewelling) Blood Sugar Balancing The issues with Alzheimer's and dementia, when you look at the statistics, as I've really gotten into more recently, it is really shocking. It is startling. I was surprised at a lot of the data that I saw. The incidence of death from heart disease in the last 15 years has actually declined by about 11%. The deaths due to Alzheimer's have increased 123%.
Alzheimer's and Dementia by the Numbers
“The issues with Alzheimer's and dementia, when you look at the statistics, as I've really gotten into more recently, it is really shocking. It is startling. I was surprised at a lot of the data that I saw.”
People over 65, one in 10 have Alzheimer's dementia. Deaths of people over 65 years old, one out of three of those deaths will be due to Alzheimer's. Actually, more people are dying of Alzheimer's than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. And the cost is 270 billion dollars now. It's expected to go to 1.4 trillion over the next few years. The Center of Disease Control said that this could break the entire health system.
Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
People may experience:
Cognitive: mental decline, difficulty thinking and understanding, confusion in the evening hours, delusion, disorientation, forgetfulness, making thi