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World Medicine


26 min

World Medicine

A world tour of ancestral medicinal practices, among majestic landscapes. Bernard Fontanille is an emergency doctor used to operations in difficult conditions. During his various missions he travelled all over the planet to cure, shield, heal, take care of people and to ease pain. Led by his strong sense of humanity and his curiosity, he makes us discover and shares with us the lives of women and men caring for others, saving lives, and sometimes inventing new ways of treatment. He also shows us traditional forms of medicine deeply rooted in the local culture. Through his various encounters and by presented methods he shows us the different realities of a country and also the universal link that unites a patient and his doctor: humanity and confidence.

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I highly recommend this terrific series from Arte in France. It's a beautifully shot and produced series that follows a rather handsome French doctor around the world as he discovers health and healing techniques and philosophies from different cultures across the globe. In this piece, Bernard visits the Japanese island of Okinawa where there are the most centenarians in the world. What a pleasure it is to hear them speak of what makes them so vital and their secrets to aging with joyful acceptance. I recommend all 10 of the World Medicine shows. They are really wonderful.


India: The Healer Warriors

Emergency doctor Bernard Fontanille meets a master of the Varma Kalai, a form of combat used for healing and fighting purposes in India.
26 min

Japan: Okinawa’s Last Hundred-Year-Olds

Emergency doctor Bernard Fontanille meets Okinawa and meets people over one-hundred years old who share their secrets of longevity
26 min

Iceland: Deep in the Polar Night

Emergency doctor Bernard Fontanille goes to Iceland to discover therapies used to treat SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
26 min

Madagascar: The Spirit of Plants

Emergency doctor Bernard Fontanille meets Folo Boataky, a healer from Madagascar who uses plants and her mastery of the state of trance to produce miracles
26 min

Russia: The Cradle of Shamanism

Emergency doctor Bernard Fontanille meets a modern Russian Shaman to learn about healing techniques and traditions drawn from traditional techniques.
26 min

Colombia: The Sacred Plant of the Amazon

Emergency doctor Bernard Fontanille meets a Shaman in Columbia to learn more about the sacred Ayahuasca plant.
26 min

The Pain Killing Tree

Emergency doctor Bernard Fonatille visits North Cameroon healers to learn about a natural painkiller called the African peach.
26 min

The Tattoo Doctors of Myanmar

Emergency doctor Bernard Fontanille meets Aung Myo Hein, a master of Theravada Buddhism, the ancient doctrine an incorporating occult beliefs, which are omnipresent in Burmese culture.
26 min

Mongolia Beyond the Steppes

Emergency doctor Bernard Fontanille meets Pujii, a traditional Mongol doctor, who is also a livestock breeder, and who practices massages influenced by Tibetan techniques.
26 min

Mexico: The Maya Healers

Emergency doctor Bernard Fontanille meets a Mayan doctor from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsular who is both healer and priest.
26 min

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