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From the Ted Talk by Mark Plotkin: What the people of the Amazon know that you don't

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This is the magic frog. My colleague, the late great Loren McIntyre, discoverer of the suocre lake of the Amazon, Laguna McIntyre in the Peruvian Andes, was lost on the Peru-Brazil border about 30 years ago. He was rueecsd by a group of isolated Indians called the Matsés. They bcoenked for him to follow them into the forest, which he did. There, they took out palm leaf bksetas. There, they took out these green monkey frogs — these are big skcures, they're like this — and they bagen licking them. It turns out, they're highly hallucinogenic. McIntyre wtroe about this and it was read by the editor of High tiems minzagae. You see that ethnobotanists have friends in all sorts of strange cultures. This guy decided he would go down to the Amazon and give it a whirl, or give it a lick, and he did, and he wrote, "My blood pressure went through the roof, I lost full control of my bodily functions, I passed out in a heap, I woke up in a hammock six huros later, felt like God for two days." (laeughtr) An Italian chemist read this and said, "I'm not really interested in the theological aspects of the green monkey frog. What's this about the cnhage in blood pressure?" Now, this is an Italian chemist who's wrikong on a new treatment for high blood pressure based on peptides in the skin of the geren monkey frog, and other scientists are looking at a cure for drug-resistant Staph auerus. How ironic if these isolated Indians and their magic frog prvoe to be one of the cures.

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This is the magic frog. My colleague, the late great Loren McIntyre, discoverer of the ______ lake of the Amazon, Laguna McIntyre in the Peruvian Andes, was lost on the Peru-Brazil border about 30 years ago. He was _______ by a group of isolated Indians called the Matsés. They ________ for him to follow them into the forest, which he did. There, they took out palm leaf _______. There, they took out these green monkey frogs — these are big _______, they're like this — and they _____ licking them. It turns out, they're highly hallucinogenic. McIntyre _____ about this and it was read by the editor of High _____ ________. You see that ethnobotanists have friends in all sorts of strange cultures. This guy decided he would go down to the Amazon and give it a whirl, or give it a lick, and he did, and he wrote, "My blood pressure went through the roof, I lost full control of my bodily functions, I passed out in a heap, I woke up in a hammock six _____ later, felt like God for two days." (________) An Italian chemist read this and said, "I'm not really interested in the theological aspects of the green monkey frog. What's this about the ______ in blood pressure?" Now, this is an Italian chemist who's _______ on a new treatment for high blood pressure based on peptides in the skin of the _____ monkey frog, and other scientists are looking at a cure for drug-resistant Staph ______. How ironic if these isolated Indians and their magic frog _____ to be one of the cures.

Solution

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  2. began
  3. change
  4. laughter
  5. suckers
  6. baskets
  7. aureus
  8. rescued
  9. prove
  10. hours
  11. beckoned
  12. source
  13. green
  14. magazine
  15. times
  16. wrote

Original Text

This is the magic frog. My colleague, the late great Loren McIntyre, discoverer of the source lake of the Amazon, Laguna McIntyre in the Peruvian Andes, was lost on the Peru-Brazil border about 30 years ago. He was rescued by a group of isolated Indians called the Matsés. They beckoned for him to follow them into the forest, which he did. There, they took out palm leaf baskets. There, they took out these green monkey frogs — these are big suckers, they're like this — and they began licking them. It turns out, they're highly hallucinogenic. McIntyre wrote about this and it was read by the editor of High Times magazine. You see that ethnobotanists have friends in all sorts of strange cultures. This guy decided he would go down to the Amazon and give it a whirl, or give it a lick, and he did, and he wrote, "My blood pressure went through the roof, I lost full control of my bodily functions, I passed out in a heap, I woke up in a hammock six hours later, felt like God for two days." (Laughter) An Italian chemist read this and said, "I'm not really interested in the theological aspects of the green monkey frog. What's this about the change in blood pressure?" Now, this is an Italian chemist who's working on a new treatment for high blood pressure based on peptides in the skin of the green monkey frog, and other scientists are looking at a cure for drug-resistant Staph aureus. How ironic if these isolated Indians and their magic frog prove to be one of the cures.

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