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Doctor Octavio Rettig is the focus of the first episode. He is a medical surgeon from the University of Guadalajara specializing in treating addictions. He has been working for over 15 years with traditional medicinal plants recognized as sacred plants or power plants within Mesoamerican cultures. He is a spokesman for the message of the councils of elders of indigenous communities in northern Mexico. He has been entrusted by the Seri tribe to communicate their message and spread their traditions and understanding. Dr. Rettig’s sessions incorporate ancient healing chants with the experience of the Sonoran Desert Toad (which contains 5-MeO-DMT). He has worked with the toad medicine for over seven years, during which he has given over 3,500 sessions treating serious cases of addiction to strong synthetic drugs like crystal meth (methamphetamine), and crack cocaine, achieving a high success rate with his patients, providing them with a new way of understanding life.

Dr. Rettig’s book The “Toad of Dawn: 5-MeO-DMT and the Rise of Cosmic Consciousness” is published by and can be found at Divine Arts Media. With a forward by our own Rak Razam.

It’s the dramatic story of how he, a Mexican doctor with a crack cocaine addiction, came to heal himself by employing the ancient “treasure” almost forgotten for centuries ­— The Bufo Alvarius (Sonoran Desert) Toad.

CREW

Writer and Host: Rak Razam
Director: Niles Heckman
Producer: Rak Razam
Executive Producer: Michael Wiese
Cinematography: Niles Heckman, Lonardo Bondani
Editing, Color Grade: AURORA-LAB
Sound Design & Mix: Andrew Scott Duncan
Location Producer: Leonardo Bondani
Line Producer: Dave Anahata
Associate Producers: Terra Celeste, Dean Schmidt
Sound Recording: Dave Anahata, Richard Nyari
Marketing: Onn Moore, Em’s Theory
Catering: Rochelle Fabb
Stylist: Jewelli Dollman

CAST

Dr. Octavio Rettig
Rak Razam
El Chapo
Dave Anahata
Don Pancho
Jewelli Dollman
Don Alberto
Richard Nyari
Tes Tesla
Josef Francisco Barnett
Rochelle Fabb
Alma Arieia Romero Astorgo
Kike
Violeta Mairani Morales Molina
Tico Barnett
Don Antonio Robles
Leonardo Bondani
Dr. Gerardo Sandoval Isacc
The villagers of Chuca Punta
Toads of the Sonoran Desert

PRODUCTION

ICARO FOUNDATION
AURORA-LAB
UMIIMU

SPECIAL THANKS

Michael Wiese
Geraldine Overton
Paulo O’Brian
Marie Capron
Joe Winke
Shannon Drake
Seri People
Lazarus the Toad

Additional Footage Provided by VideoBlocks, Additional Audio Provided by FreeSound.