The Middle East
Travel to the unforgiving Badia Desert of Jordan where Bedouin nomads still battle diseases with age-old treatments. This is a world of black-robed healers, wise herbalists called attars and mysterious plants that survive in harsh, Middle East sands. Enter Dr. Sawsan Oran whose research with the black iris, her country's national flower, is netting astonishing results. This showy bloom, used medicinally for centuries by the Bedouin, has delivered strong, anti-leukemic effects in early laboratory trials.