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The Bledsoe Show w/ Simon Scott: Burnt & Poisoned #77

This is a special episode, where Mike and a few friends describe their experience right after participating in a special ceremony in Sedona, AZ, which included frog medicine from the amazon called kambo.

Kambo is an extraction from an Amazonian frog, which some people think is poison, but it’s a collection of peptides, which humans use for cleansing the body and spirit for thousands of years.

The episode is broken down into three back-to-back separate interviews. The first one is with Simon Scott, the kambo medicine provider and administrator, and two more interviews with the participants in the ceremony, including previous guest, Mark England.



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Who is Simon Scott?

Simon Scott is a kambo practitioner and provider, who has been administering thousands of kambo ceremonies for the past 5 years. Before getting into kambo, a south American medicine used in the Amazon, Simon had a strong career in visual effects, living in the UK, which is where he is from.

Simon got into kambo as a result of his health problems. He was depressed, could barely walk, and was looking for help. He first found ayahuasca, and after working with ayahuasca for 3 years, he found kambo. Simon was attracted to kambo after he saw the physical results of people who did it. He witnessed how people who were hunched over, who looked depressed and decaying, looked energetic and upright, post kambo ceremonies.

The biggest thing Simon received from kambo is a sense of trust, a sense that he is held and connected. Instead of walking around in fear, thinking about how he will survive, kambo freed Simon of that feeling, and made him more trusting and confident.

Mike and other participants at Simon’s ceremony felt clarity, sharpness, and relaxation.

“Shamanic medicine comes with a price, and the price is usually some form of pain or giving something up.” — Simon Scott

Connect with Simon on social: Instagram, Facebook

Resources: Kambo Cleanse

What’s kambo?

Kambo is a substance that comes from frog secretion, and for many indigenous cultures in the Amazon, this purgative, immunity-boosting medicine is very important. Known in Portuguese as the “vaccine of the forest,” it has also gained renown outside of the Amazon as a powerful treatment for chronic pain and drug dependence.

Kambo works on different levels: Physical, emotional, and spiritual. People can come to a kambo ceremony with a physical issue, and then find themselves working on the emotional and spiritual levels.

Kambo doesn’t necessarily cure disease and should be kept separate from the medical field. Your so called disease can come from some kind of blockage in your body, and kambo tends to loosen or release those blockages completely. Most of the results from kambo happen post ceremony, Simon has witnessed people who have changed partners, careers, and even sex.

Kambo is not prevalent in domesticated frogs, it comes from fibromyalgia frogs, which are big green tree frogs found in Peru, Brazil and Columbia. A lot of tribes have a special relationship with these frogs, and they know how to call the frogs and “speak” to them. They don’t kill the frogs, else only capture them to get the kambo and release them.

In the past, hunters and warriors used kambo to sharpen their senses (hearing and visual), and to be able to go longer without water and food. When you first get introduced to kambo, it can make you tired as you’re working through a bunch of shit. But later on, it can be energizing, and fine tune all of your senses. It even removes the human smell and makes people “invisible” to wild animals.

“Kambo is not a miracle cure. It’s not going to solve cancer, but it will help you become a better version of yourself at that moment.” — Simon Scott

Kambo administration

If you want to work with kambo practitioners, you have 3 options:

  1. Independent person — Someone who is self-trained
  2. IAKP — International Associated of Kambo Practitioners
  3. KKP — Katukina Kambo providers

Currently, most people take kambo and reconstitute it with water to make it a paste. They then make a “gate” on the body using a hot stick, and apply the kambo to a hole so it can go into the bloodstream. For safety, ceremonies start with a single point, and then increase the number of points to 6 or more.

Sananga eye drops are also commonly used before kambo (and ayahuasca) ceremonies. Sananga eye drops are also from the Amazon, they are made from roots of a bush, and enhances eye vision:

“For traditional Amazonian tribespeople, sananga is a powerful eye medicine used to sharpen night vision. For modern seekers of spiritual healing, however, sananga does more than help with hunting. Often used as a precursor to ayahuasca ceremonies by the Kaxinawa and Matsés tribes of Brazil, these powerful eye drops have a healing power that’s more energetic than physical, and that has the capacity to increase spiritual insight in the minds of those who use it.” — PsychedelicTimes.com

Post kambo

Listen to your body after a kambo ceremony. If your body wants to go on a hike because it is energized, do it. If your body is exhausted and you feel like sleeping for 12 hours, do that. When you are post a ceremony, listen to yourself, not the group. Moving forward, think of kambo as a space maker, go meditate, and go journal.

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Kambo retreat testimonials

Rick McCoy is a MMA institute owner from Richmond, VA. Rick has struggle with being peace and calm, and has always been a person who was trying to go for the hard way. Kambo made him realize he doesn’t have to do it, which was a huge breakthrough.

Rick has done kambo prior to this retreat, but during this one, he felt like the setting and people took it to another level. He felt really good, felt serenity, and slept amazing over the weekend, even though he usually takes sleeping pills.

When it comes to kambo, one of the biggest roadblocks for people is vomiting, and Rick was very much against it, but he learned to embrace it. When it comes to purging and vomiting, he realized it was getting bad things out of him, and it almost felt like a celebration!

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted out of this, but I got exactly what I wanted out of this.” — Rick McCoy

Connect with Rick on social: Instagram, Facebook

Resources: MMA Institute

Brian Muka is a veteran from Richmond, VA, who currently does medical sales, but intends on switching careers to coaching and leading people to approach their relationship with fear.

Post ceremony, Brian felt more centered, and felt like there was an inner shift in him. Even though the ceremony brought things from his deployment to Iraq, in the end, he felt calm and energized.

“I can be more comfortable being uncomfortable.” — Brian Muka

Connect with Rick on social: Facebook

Resources: Fear Sherpa

Ashley Bledsoe is not only Mike’s wife, but also has a master’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management, and has been supporting, coaching and facilitating groups in the fitness industry for the past 10 years.

However, over the past three years, she’s been delving into deeper healing work. She’s passionate about coaching female entrepreneurs to forge deeper connections to themselves, each other and creating unique and practical ways to bring that to their businesses.

In the past year, Ashley has done a lot of work to get back to her inner self. She wanted to get rid of what no longer serves her, and felt like she was always tired. Post ceremony she felt more relaxed than she’s ever been, and her body felt really good.

Today, Ashley is working on the Great Bold Woman Project, which is for women that are in relationships with entrepreneurs. The project is about learning how to stay in power and be in love and support of their partners.

“It wasn’t overwhelming, unless I thought it was overwhelming… Trust yourself and trust the medicine.” — Ashley Bledsoe

Connect with Ashley on social: Instagram, Facebook

Mark England has professionally coached thousands of clients worldwide using the power of words and stories for over a decade. He holds an BA in business and a Master’s in Education. Mark is the co-founder of Procabulary and is a lifelong personal development enthusiast.

Mark met Simon Scott in 2014 at a leadership emergent after the Envision festival at Costa Rica. Mark saw a picture of people doing it before and heard about a first-hand experience from a friend. When he did it for the first time, he was too tensed to get all the benefits. Today, he is trying to form a better relationship with kambo as it takes a while to relax into a kambo session, similar to the process of relaxing to an ice bath session.

Mark felt content, but there’s always more. Post ceremony, he gets more insight into what he’s doing in his life and that’s enough for him. His favorite quote from the retreat describing kambo was said by Mike:

“Let old things die.” — Mike Bledsoe

Connect on social: Instagram, Facebook

Resources: Procabulary, Mark’s TED Talk: Identity vs. Process: Reinterpreting Failure, Procabulary Instagram, Procabulary Facebook

Avery Wood has been on a path to heal from a chronic intestinal disease for the last 3 years, where she has been exploring every modality of healing she came across. Avery has a strong curiosity to understand everything that goes through the healing process, and realized with the help of medicine that her condition has to do with her emotional and physical states.

“It has been like a rest button, reminded me to slow down, and take care of myself on a day-to-day basis.” — Avery Wood

Mike felt like kambo was working from its way his taint to the top of his head. He felt heat coming up through his neck to his head, then down his arms, into his hands, and down to his belly. During the entire process he really focused on breath and softening his belly, as he felt sharp pain deep in his gut.

Mike felt like nothing is really a big deal after kambo. He noticed the amount of energy he has after a session is intense, but not like a cup of energy, else feeling bigger, like his capacity for life is enlarged. He felt like the experience from the medicine has transformed him in a permanent way, and he loved it.

“Pain x resistance = suffering. If you can bring down resistance to 0, then pain is just pain, and suffering does not exist.” — Mike Bledsoe


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