The Rubin Kallawaya
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Kallawaya: Traditional Medicine in the Andes is a 26-minute documentary about Walter Alvarez, a Kallawaya healer who combines the traditional medicine of his Andean ancestors with western medicine. Above all, Walter is an intriguing and optimistic character. As a member of the Bolivian Parliament he has fought for the recognition of traditional medicine. He is a multi-faceted man who moves without problems between his role as a traditional Kallawaya healer in remote highland villages and urban life in the busy capital of Bolivia.
There he runs radio and television shows on traditional medicine. He strongly believes that traditional Kallawaya medicine with its focus on preventing illness through a healthy and balanced diet holds great potential for poor people to lead a better life. Post screening discussion with Nicole Egenberger.
About the Speaker
Dr. Egenberger is a naturopathic physician at Remède Naturopathics an integrative medicine clinic in Greenwich Village where she specializes in women’s and children’s health. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Philosophy at McGill University and her medical education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is the past Vice President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians and an advocate for public access to complimentary healthcare.