Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.
The January/February 2012 magazine The Atlantic
has an article – The Nutmeg Bender by Wayne Curtis [Page 31] – that reports how the ubiquitous spice, nutmeg, produces (in regular quantities) hallucinogenic effects on the people ingesting it.
“…nutmeg has been ‘reported to mediate visual, auditory, tactile, and kinaesthetic hallucinations (notably the sensation of floating)’
…the Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen noted the mind-altering effects of nutmeg all the way back in the 12th Century.”
The writer, Curtis, reported that another writer, after having some nutmeg “when walking…felt as though he was “floating to his destination.”
Curtis also cites Malcolm X (in his autobiography) writing, from his prison experience, that “a penny matchbox of nutmeg had the kick of three or four reefers.”
And after trying spoonfuls of nutmeg, Curtis, himself, felt a slight floating sensation, and days later still feeling “as though a mild electrical current is passing through my brain.”
In the UFO literature there is little or no mention of nutmeg or other food accoutrements eaten by those who’ve reported UFO or alien encounters: the Hills, Travis Walton, Hickson and Parker, et al.
That is, no UFO researcher queried or queries what foods UFO witnesses had or have partaken of before their “experience.”
What did Betty and Barney Hill eat before their New Hampshire trek home in 1961?
What were Hickson and Parker eating while fishing off the pier in Pascagoula?
What did Walton and his co-workers eat just before he was “abducted”?
No one asked?
One might assume that the crew accompanying Mr. Walton and Walton, himself, had access to weed (marijuana) and even used it on occasion.
Did they do so the night that Travis Walton was, allegedly, pulled into a flying saucer?
Or did they have food that has side-effects, like that of nutmeg, in their lunch pails?
Of course, LSD and opiates, generally, have been suggested for UFO visions and encounters.
But no one has researched – and it’s too late to do so now – what foods UFO abductees or those, like the people in Jose Caravaca’s “distortion” events, had partaken of before their experiences.
Something as common as nutmeg is found in cakes, egg nog, and other main dishes.
Could such an ingredient have produced the visions and experiences that we follow as UFO encounters of a tangible kind?
Further on in The Atlantic, a piece by Cullen Murphy ( a name used in a noted Seinfeld show about a Nazi advocate whose name and persona George Constanza adopted to amusing consequences) – Torturer’s Apprentice [Page 72 ff.] – cites this caveat by philosopher John Locke:
“…no matter how much certainty is in our hearts, human beings cannot know for sure which truths are true, and that believing we can leads us down a terrible path.”
This is what happened in the UFO incidents cited here (and others): researchers believed what they wanted, but never really asked all the questions that needed to be asked, even something as simple as “What did you eat right before your UFO sighting/encounter?”