First published in 1986, Lumen: Food for a New Age
was a tour de force
on the benefits of vegetarianism,
personally and ecologically. Incorporating references to hundreds
of studies, the book was launched to also
support my vegetarian food company, Lumen Foods
(Cathryn and I sold the company in 2007, just prior to moving to Ecuador.)
The book sold 45,000 copies before we
let it go "out of print" some time in the late 90's. However,
copies are available from Amazon
. (245 pages; contains hundreds of post-chapter references; released only in paperback.
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(1991) is one of the works of which I'm most proud -- even
though it was squashed by litigation by those on whom I was reporting. This happened despite my having the results
of a polygraph test (Truman Capote-style) at the opening of the book -- attesting to events to which I had
been an eyewitness.
Various parties mentioned in the book banded together and sued me in the mid-90's,
including one associate who would go on to become one of the most famous infomercial salesmen in the history of
television, (Kevin Trudeau
). I didn't
have the financial wherewithal to fight multiple lawsuits in different states (Texas and Illinois), while residing
in Louisiana. Therefore, I lost by default
to the tune of over $200 million
: the largest judgments in history against a living author, according to my
Louisiana attorney at the time, David J. Williams.
This was my first lesson in the degree to which "Freedom of Speech" is nearly
non-existent when it comes to matters of great public importance that monied interests don't want released. (177 pages,
released only in paperback. No bibliography or index.)
I began this project in the summer of 1984 -- in-between
8 months in jail and a 33-month, FDA-driven prison sentence. In a sense Meditopia
® is the
precursor to The Joys of Psychopathocracy
, and, in fact, there are a number of prominent
passages where Meditopia
® is quoted liberally.
online (a free read) but unpublished. Knowing that I may not have the time to finish it to the level of perfection
that the material demands, I went ahead and incorporated the best parts of it into Living on the Precipice
which is discussed below. Chapters 1, 2, and 4 have also been incorporated into the appendices of Black Salve
also discussed below.
The book, published in the summer of 2012, was inspired by a series
of exploratory ayahuasca journeys I took from the fall of 2011 to May of the following year. As an herbalist,
I work with a variety of different categories of botanical materials, not the least of which are "entheogenics,"
which are very much a part of life among the indigeous in the Amazon.
Given time, practice, inclination, and avocation, ayahuasca can be
used to obtain known about information in the present . . . and the future.
As is the case with Meditopia
®, this book is quoted
liberally in The Joys of Psychopathocracy
, particularly in the last two chapters. (182 pages;
no bibliography or index. Published only in paperback.)