2016 IS COMING TO A CLOSE
2016 has been an exciting year for Healing Seekers. This year, we trekked to the Congo to explore and film an area that is undocumented in its flora and fauna. The resultant footage will not only be used to produce unique and fascinating educational materials within subjects such as biology, ecology and social studies; but, the footage will be perhaps some of the most powerful materials for teaching students about perseverance, devotion, and teamwork.
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Healing Seekers Featured in High Point Enterprise
This article appeared in the High Point Enterprise on Sunday, October 30th, 2016. Many thanks to Stephanie Butzer for writing the article.
Local Traveler Brings Priceless Materials Back Home
By Stephanie Butzer
ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
She’s been arrested, twice, in the Congo. She’s met 40 medicine men in various jungles of the world. She’s found plants whose cells show strong activity against cancers. And, she calls High Point home.
Amy Greeson is a pharmacist by trade, but a calling to expand the current world of pharmaceuticals led her to create her own nonprofit and for-profit business in High Point. The nonprofit, titled Healing Seekers and focused on filming educational videos, came first in 2006. With great appreciation for the people who supported her project, she flew to the Amazon for her first expedition. She hoped to capture video of remote jungles and tribes’ healers, since both were disappearing with increasing deforestation. “The idea was to go and touch base with as many healers and medicine men as we could,” Greeson said. “ When we got back — our footage was pretty decent — we put together a documentary.” The consecutive videos after the full-length feature ranged from a minute to about nine minutes and were created thanks to small grants. They can be viewed at www.healingseekers.com.
Two distribution venues have picked up the videos, and while they cannot be named yet, Greeson said her videos have landed in more than 100,000 schools across the United States. “It became our mission to go to the most remote isolated areas of the world, the ones that were most threatened with habitat loss and destruction, and the ones that were losing their indigenous tribal cultures,” she said. “We would film those, and then we would create educational materials and we would provide those to the school systems.”
Two years after that initial trip, in 2008, she formed her business, Natural Discoveries. Through this for-profit, Greeson and a team of scientists visit indigenous people, collect plants and bring them back to the United States to research them. “We work with these indigenous cultures to provide jobs here and abroad, to give back in the ways that they need and to be able to keep their lands and their culture and work together as a team to also benefit the world,” she said. “It’s a slow process, but it’s a beautiful process.”
Researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill analyze the specimens she brings back. Of the hundreds she’s collected, 11 showed strong activity against certain cancers and four of them have moved forward in research. “We just have to keep moving and moving stronger and faster than ever because these areas are being destroyed at an alarming rate,” she said. “If we don’t get out there and start looking and collecting and making these relationships and trying to make a difference — they’re going to be lost forever. That’s our kids and grandkids that are going to be facing a lot more horrific problems than we’ve ever imagined.” She said scientists have only studied about 5 percent of the world’s lifeforms and gotten 55 percent of our pharmaceuticals from that. “That’s 95 percent of the world is still left to be explored,” she said. “So we know there are treatments and cures out there. We just have to go out and find it.”
This year, she flew to the Republic of the Congo, calling it the most difficult and intense trek she’s ever done. With a team and some guides, she traveled through an area that had never been explored before. The team was arrested twice and released. That wasn’t the height of their struggles, though. Greeson recalls going days with very little water and the real fear that set in. “When you’re a day without water and then two days without water you start freaking out a little bit,” she said. These adventures and the priceless educational materials and scientific specimens she returns with were made possible thanks for a handful of families in High Point, Greeson said. She said High Point is a small town, but it’s full of people with beautiful hearts. “This is home, but Earth is also our home and I think we have an obligation to do what we can to make it a better place,” she said.