UPDATE: Sara Glatt is now released, we wish her all the best for her future.
July 2023: Sara Glatt is now incarcerated in The Netherlands. According to informants she will be released in September.
Iboga Healer Sara Glatt arrested in Norway, to be extradited to Dutch authorities.
Erec O. Kozàr
Alternative medicine healer Sara Glatt was arrested in Norway and is to be extradited, as a result of an international arrest warrant by the Dutch authorities, according to whom she still has to serve 2 years and 3 months of a sentence she received some ten years ago.
Sara Glatt was sentenced to prison in The Netherlands. Incarcerated as punishment for the accidental death of an alcoholic she treated, but who unfortunately decided to quit the addiction treatment many days prematurely.
There was also the death of a woman in Sweden, the circumstances of which seem opaque, please see our article In dubi pro reo: Free Sara Glatt, written by Maja Kohek.
Sara Glatt treated the man in The Netherlands with the psychedelic iboga root .
Tabernanthe iboga is an evergreen rainforest shrub native to Central Africa, for more info we recommend to look at sites Global Iboga Therapy Alliance and ICEERS Iboga and Ibogaine.
Iboga is ideally being used in specialized clinics, where possible, in order to cure people from often life threatening substance addictions. Sometimes, like in Sara’s case, the procedure takes place in private homes.
Mrs. Glatt says she has cured around one thousand individuals of their substance addictions.
Iboga treatment is proven by many successful treatments to be one highly efficient way of curing people of their addictions, it helps to erase the need of continued substance use and thus opens the path to a normal, healthy life in society.
Prohibition prevents this kind of treatment in many countries, so like any illicit substance, iboga is taken in secret, where safety sometimes is lacking.
Iboga treatment centers exist in some places where Iboga is not or kind of not prohibited.
Those clinics have special trained medical staff, who assist patients and can help them through difficulties. The procedure is not without dangers, requires discipline from everybody involved. The treatment might take many weeks to complete, depending on the individual needs.
Patients with the necessary financial funds may easily travel to a country, where Iboga treatment centers are available. Sara Glatt has decided to offer her services, forced by authorities to operate under maybe not ideal conditions.
What to this author’s thin knowledge happened in the case in the Netherlands 2012: Sara treated an alcoholic in her own home. The man got aggressive, as alcoholics tend to do, demanded to be released to a nearby hotel. Two days later he walked onto a highway and was overrun by a truck.
Killed by a truck, the Dutch authorities ruled it must be the psychedelic substance iboga to blame, not the lethal neurotoxin alcohol, which may or may not made the man lose his life to a moving vehicle.
We can observe it in connection with mixed consumption of alcohol and cannabis. mixing legal and illegalized drugs. The illicit substance is usually easy to blame, ignoring the well known brain- and nerve damaging effects of the drug alcohol.
Sara Glatt probably violated the privileges of established doctors and pharmacologists in The Netherlands, which could well be the true secret reason why they wanted the “Witch of Kockengen”, as she is titled in Dutch media, behind bars.
Patient’s death in established academic medicine is regrettably nothing unusual, doctors lose patients. It is a terrible thing for any practitioner, a pain they all have to live with.
Sara Glatt lives to heal people. She is an exceptionally courageous individual, who is willing to take a lot of personal risk to her own safety and well being when helping people.
Taking that risk may well be the worst thing she can be accused of.
Many people thank Sara Glatt for helping them to gain a life in peace, to be free from pressure and stigma, having gained or regained control and joy of their lives.
It is ENCOD’s position that both Sara Glatt and her deceased patients are victims of prohibition, victims of the inhumane War on Drugs, which has been officially declared by US president Richard Nixon in 1971 and has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives since, destroyed families, ravaged communities everywhere in the world.
“War on Drugs” is war on people, as people have always been traditionally cultivating drugs.
We at ENCOD are convinced that bad drug laws do more harm to people and society than the drugs themselves, if drugs were legal and regulated.
Therefore ENCOD – European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies, member of the VNGOC at United Nations Organization, with ECOSOC status, formally protests against the judgment of the Dutch authorities: we oppose the demand to extradite Sara Glatt, an extradition which is scheduled to proceed these days.
We appeal to the Dutch authorities to pardon Sara Glatt, considering her honorable wish to heal people from their drug related suffering.
We appeal to all European countries to review their drug laws immediately, focusing on the needs of their citizens, not blindly defending the privileges of an established system.
ENCOD invites all recipients to enter the public dialogue about treatment with psychedelics, by participating in civil society, discussing the latest scientific developments and discoveries in this field. Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies.
ENCOD appeals to Norway please stop the extradition of Sara Glatt. In the spirit of justice and human rights, a spirit which we know is strong in Norway.
This is a little late to appeal to Norway, the decision about Sara Glatt’s extradition has been made. But any decision can be revoked quickly, embracing human rights at heart.
In many places in our world war is a terrible reality.
“War on Drugs” – Prohibition is a terrible failure. If the intention was to bring peace in the first place, why not declare “Peace on Drugs”.
Prohibition kills thousands of people every day. How many drug related murders happen because of greed and obedience to inhumane laws?
Declare peace, to immediately end suffering, humiliation, death.
To punish a healer so severely shines an interesting light on the cynicism of modern society.
Please free Sara Glatt.
Our condolences to all victims of the War on People.
Erec O. Kozàr