To support, research, and create botanical remedies for human disease and water pollution.
Surfing Medicine International is creating an international coalition of people willing to share knowledge, time, and skills for the benefit of humanity in the following ways:
- Water quality improvement through bioremediation;
- Primary bioassay screening of botanical remedies for cancer and HIV/AIDS;
- Education and curricula development through collaborative research and video documentation.
Our personal experiences of seeing our loved ones suffer from both cancer and the treatments prescribed by traditional “Western” medicine led us to form the 501 (c) (3) non-profit group, ‘Surfing Medicine International’.
Summer Austin, ethnobotany student and co-founder of Surfing Medicine International (SMI), saw her father and former pro-surfer Bill Austin battle Multiple Myeloma. Steve Bogle, co-founder of SMI saw his son Jason Nalu Bogle, pro-surfer from Hawai’i, suffer from Ewing’s Sarcoma. Both Jason and Bill found relief from their suffering through surfing. This connection to nature motivated them to surge on. Unfortunately, Jason recently lost his battle to cancer at 26 years old. Bill, however, is in remission and going strong, getting his dose of surfing medicine every chance he gets.
Another friend of ours, Culture Evans from Jamaica, was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Being a Rastafari, he refused traditional “Western” therapy. He was looking for a natural plant-based treatment but couldn’t find one in time. He passed away.
One of our long-term goals includes working on land to investigate causal connections between watershed pollution, illness rates of water users, and land history. And, we’d like to be prepared in case of disasters to have relief vessels where traditional healers and scientists can collaborate to create sustainable medicinal plant systems for coastal communities suffering from the effects of flooding, pollution, and landscape degradation. By educating and providing sustainable medicinal plant systems, we can transfer knowledge amongst healers and communities in developing nations.
Ideally, during natural catastrophes such as floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, landslides, etc., our crew will travel via coast and inland waterways in Hawai’i, Jamaica, Haiti, and Africa to to provide and plant medicinal herbs, shrubs, and trees for people in need, while monitoring water pollution to inform and ensure the public about potential illness concerns in their ecosystems. We’d like to monitor the long-term effects of how watershed restoration using medicinal plants improves public health.
As Marcus Garvey, back to Africa advocate and original incorporator of the Black Star Liner said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
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