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. Click to enlarge.
MLM Fraud (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.
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.
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.
Meditopia® remains online (a free read) but unpublished. It is my hope to return to it and publish it someday. We'll see.
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.
"Joys" is now available, both on HerbHealers and Amazon. The Kindle version is now available, as well. Read the opening to the book, including the introduction.
Living on the Precipice: Global Corruption, the Supremacy of "Fake" & Reflections on Near-Term Human Extinction / The Essential Internet Postings (1996-2018). This work is an anthology of the best of my internet postings over a 22 year period. Incorporates the best of the Meditopia and Ashwin file postings.