Celebrity Health: ‘I’m scared of losing my mind’: Pete Evans reveals he had three ‘big accidents on his head’ and wants to ‘preserve his brain’ as he candidly talks about using Iowaska
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Pete Evans has candidly spoken about using Iowaska last week, a plant from the Amazon traditionally used by shamans for healing.
The 46-year-old My Kitchen Rules star spoke candidly about his experience on stage at Manifest Australia in Sydney on Saturday, an event focusing on men’s mental health.
Pete said that he fears losing his mind and has done so all his life, after suffering three ‘big accidents on his head,’ and even last week was scared to use the Amazonian plant drug Iowaska.
‘I’m scared of losing my mind’: Pete Evans (right) revealed at the weekend that he had three ‘big accidents on his head’ and wants to ‘preserve his brain’ as he candidly spoke about using Iowaska
‘I had a surfing accident when I was 14,’ Pete began.
‘I was run over by a long board and it fractured my skull and I got 50 stitches in my head and going into the operation room, all I cared about was, I was asking the nurse all the way, ‘give me mathematics questions, give me arithmetic,” he said.
‘I was so scared of losing my mind, losing the power of my brain. I thought I was pretty smart back then. Even this week going into the journeys, last week I should say. That’s there, losing my mind.’
Candid: The 46-year-old My Kitchen Rules star spoke candidly about his experience at the Manifest Australia event in Sydney on Saturday
Raw: ‘I had a surfing accident when I was 14,’ Pete began. He said he was surfing and was hit with a long board and had to get 50 stitches in his head
‘If you ever go down the plant medicine route, there could possibly be a fear there for you in that and there definitely was for me, about losing my mind,’ Pete said.
‘Because you hear these stories about people. I really love my brain and how it works but I wanted to step into that fear as well as I knew there was growth there for me.’
Pete – who has just returned from a trip to the Life Advancement Centre called Rythmia in Puerto Rico – said that he’s done research and that some plant medicines can ‘protect’ the brain and ‘open up neural pathways.’
‘I want to preserve my brain and do everything I can so it can function as long as possible and my body can function as long as possible without being a burden on anyone or the community,’ he said.
However he was adamant to tell people that he wasn’t ‘recommending’ doing Iowaska – which he took through a cup during a ceremony with a shaman – but urged people to do their research and see if it works for you.
Pete also spoke about being open with his two young daughters about plant medicine or ‘psychedelics.’
His journey: Pete said he was scared to use Iowaska, but knew he would ‘grow’ from the experience. However he was adamant to tell people that he wasn’t ‘recommending’ doing Iowaska
‘They know I’m making a film about plant medicine or psychedelics. Like, ‘Dad are you a druggie?’ Hmmm, how do I answer that?’ Pete said.
He said that if he hesitates to answer a question, he usually avoids it and chooses not to say anything.
Pete will soon release his documentary about medicinal cannabis called The Magic Plant.
‘Dad are you a druggie?’ Pete also spoke about being open with his two young daughters about plant medicine or ‘psychedelics’
Speaking to the Gold Coast Bulletin last month, the celebrity chef said he was proud to be an advocate for the plant.
‘I’m a strong believer every single adult, should they chose, should legally be allowed to grow a few plants to be used as food or medicine.’
The chef, who has his own cannabis cookbook in the works, added: ‘There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to grow this wondrous plant alongside our other herbs and plants.’
Enthusiast: Pete will soon release his documentary about medicinal cannabis called The Magic Plant. Speaking to the Gold Coast Bulletin last month, the