Health & Science

The Golden Grain of the Andes

15 May, 2013 | Floren Scrafton

Quinoa Under The Microscope Photo: Floren Scrafton Quinoa, the grain-like 'pseudocereal' and sacred grain of the Incas has been a key food in Andean diet since 3000 BC. Its status as the mot...

Eat, Chew, Love

15 May, 2013 | Jonathan Coubrough

Photo: Jonathan Coubrough With the historical exceptions of Coca-Cola and the heavily regulated pharmaceutical industry, the use and consumption of coca outside of South America is generally ille...

Bolivia Under The Knife

17 Apr, 2013 | Ana Ryan Flinn

Photo: Amaru Villanueva Rance The increased availability and acceptance of cosmetic surgery in Bolivia dangles ideals of Western perfection tantalisingly on the periphery of the population’s reac...

A Healing Conundrum

17 Apr, 2013 | Robert Noyes

The government claims traditional medicine is predominant in Bolivia while a research institute denounces the eradication of these practices. Robert Noyes sets out to weigh up the evidence. Pho...

What You Want is What You Get

17 Apr, 2013 | Robert Noyes

Self-medication remains one of the most affordable and widely-used forms of healthcare in Bolivia. Rob Noyes explores the dangers that lurk behind the convenience. On the steep inclines of th...

Suspended in Madness

17 Apr, 2013 | Selene Pinto

In the city of La Paz, Andean cosmology has its own conception regarding the treatment of madness. In the waiting room of la Caja Nacional de Salud (a psychiatric hospital) the clock on the wall shows...

Every Day Miracles

17 Apr, 2013 | Matthew Payton

Porque Nada es Imposible Para Dios Matthew Payton looks at the reality behind the miracle cures offered by Bolivia’s burgeoning evangelical movements Evangelical churches in La Paz do not exact...

Land Of Healers

17 Apr, 2013 | Felicia Lloyd

Felicia Lloyd Speaks to Grover Quispe, a Local Kallawaya, to Understand the Past, Present and Future of Traditional Medicine Photo: Carlos Diez de Medina Llamas, lakes, less-than-safe public tran...

Open Your Head

17 Apr, 2013 | Carlos (Kaamil) Shah

Once the domain of Peruvian shamans, hallucinogenic ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular in Bolivia. Illustration: Marco Antonio Guzman Rocabado (Marco Toxico)  Any mention of hall...

Healing in Small Doses

17 Apr, 2013 | Alan Pierce

Traditional and Western medicine have a strong foothold in Bolivia, so where does a growing alternative medicine like Homeopathy fit in? Photo: Alan Pierce From traditional healing, to Weste...

If It Cures, It Cures

16 Apr, 2013 | Sophia Howe

Sophia Howe meets some of Bolivia’s traditional medicine practitioners, some of whom only use natural herbs and ancestral knowledge; others decidedly more exotic in their practices and ingredients....

Bolivia’s clandestine abortion industry

14 Aug, 2012 | Naomi Cohen

‘You have to take control of your body and of the political body, where your body exists’ Behind rows of $1 Nike Tshirts, bootlegged Korean novellas and reheated street food, a sign saying Dentis...

Run, gringo, run!

05 May, 2012 | Helena Cavell

Altitude is a killer: The personal experience of an English girl living in La Paz I took my first steps through El Alto airport feeling like a brick was weighing down on my chest... I was...

Nomadic Healing

28 Feb, 2012 | Camilla Swift

Every one of us lives bound by nature. Modern medicine may seem to heal quicker, but natural medicine is still the most pure. It heals slowly but lasts forever! Travellers only usually encounter Bol...