MONKEY pox, caused by monkey virus, a cause of human tissue cancer picked by humans from vaccination against polio, continued to top the Nigerian health talk chat last week. More deaths from monkey pox were reported as this viral disease spread to more states. Last week, this column suggested the use of antiviral herbs in the daily diet and intake of foods and herbs which promote immune function as the best remedies against this disease and any other caused by viruses.
We cannot exhaust Mother Nature’s treasure trove of anti-viral herbs and foods or those which promote immune function. The column of last week gave, for example, a formula of herbs which helped four thieves to survive a contagious epidemic, the Black Plague, which wiped out about 70 percent of the population of Europe in the 14th century. I have since that column been reminded of other useful herbs, which it is my duty to pass on. One of them is BLACK SEED OIL. The oil became popular in the Islamic world because Prophet Mohammed (May the Peace of Allah be upon him) often took the seed. It is available on and off in the Nigerian market, patronised more by Moslems, especially after Jumat service on Friday.
There are no fewer than 600 peer-reviewed articles on the medicinal values of this oil. You may have heard of Black Seed Oil by its other names and not realised its bears those names as well. These names include Black Caraway, Black Cumin, Black Sesame, Roman Corriander, Onion seed. Botanically known as Migella Sativa, Black seed has been shown in many studies to overcome multiple drug resistant bacteria and viruses, a plague of the modern civilisation.
Pharmaceutical drugs launch frontal attacks on germs, maiming or killing them, sometimes with adverse effects on the body. Herbs would rather stimulate a weakened immune system to do its job. Germs resist pharmaceutical drugs and, through adaptation over a few generations, develop resistance to them. These resistant germs are called the SUPER BUGS. There are super bugs everywhere now. And that is why modern pharmaceutical medicine is looking up to Mother Nature for help. In one study at a medical college, Black Seed Oil was tested against 144 strains of these Super Bugs. The aim was to see if it could outperform well known drugs as Amoxicillin Gatifloxacin and Tetracycline. The outcome was startling. Most of the 144 strains were resistant to some antibiotics. But Cumin oil inhibited 97 strains. This performance is said to be surpassed only by the oil of Oregano which Nigeria’s economic challenges have also taken off the shelves. Some of the super bugs which yielded way to Cumin oil were P. aeruginosa and S. aureus (staphilococus). The vanquishing potency of Black Seed Oil are linked to three of its components…thymoquinone (TQ), Thymohydroquinone (THQ) and Thymol.
In the Egyptian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, there is an article on a study which sought to know if Black Seed Oil would destroy fungi, yeast and mold, which had become resistant to various drugs and were leading causes of cancer in humans, especially cancer of the breast. Black Seed Oil compounds were tested on 30 humans pathogens. To the amazement of the researchers, each of these compounds completely inhibited all 30 pathogens.
Investigated by researchers since the 1960’s, Thymohydroquinone has been found to be an antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and used to treat “encephalomyalitis, diabetes, asthma and carcinogenesis”, according to Dr. Axe.
Thymohydroquinone, another component of Black seed oil, has shown activity in the antioxidant protection of enzymes and the body’s basic antioxidants, including Glutathione. Accordingly, it is used medicinally now in a wide range of health conditions which include apathy, dementia, schizophrenia, neurodegenerative diseases and even in the treatment of glaucoma. This oil is said to help keep Acetylcholine longer in the brain, a situation which should be helpful for the neurons and brain balance.
If Black seed oil helps cancer therapy through anti-angiogenesis (destroying nutrition supply lines of the tumour), apoptosis (making the tumour cell commit suicide) et.c or helps Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes by helping beta cells of the Pancreas to heal, reducing insulin resistance et.c, it may most probably be because it eliminates those pathogens which disturb healthy functioning of the cells. This may also be the explanation for Black Seed oil’s activity against seizures and epilepsy, insomnia, asthma and bronchitis, chest congestion, ear aches, eye infections, tonsilitis, sinusitis, gall stones, flatulence and gas, hemorrhoids, headaches and migraines and lactation problems, constipation, muscle cramps and spasms, rheumatic pain, stomach pains, gum infection, nose bleed, dandruff, menstrual disturbances, infertility, ulcer, anxiety, depression, narcotic withdrawal syndrome and relapse, stress, meningitis, colic et.c. Any wonder, that Prophet Mohammed (May the Peace of Allah be upon him) would say Black Seed could “heal any disease except death”. Any wonder, too, that a bottle of Black Seed oil was found in the tomb of King Tut, which some commentators have interpreted to imply that he probably requested to take it with him to the “after life”.
BLACK SEED OIL was not meant to be our prime food supplement this week. It found its way in because some people thought I should have included it among the herbs suggested last week for Monkey Pox disease. I should have, indeed. But, as I said, Mother Nature’s treasure trove is so inexhaustible one cannot always see through all its contents. Black Seed oil has another reason to engage my attention this week…it should help a young woman who asked me last week about how she could get rid of her tormenting health challenges. She had cold sores on the tongues, had pus-filled ringed infections in the inside of both cheeks, had sores on her lower lip and, on top of all that, scabies on the skin. She always felt cold and her immunity was low, in her opinion. Her reason for this was that she was easily susceptible to infections, especially cough. She ruled out the possibility of HIV, going by the result of a test run a few months ago.
When a doctor tells his or her patient that he or she has a cold sore, the tendency is for this patient to assume he or she is suffering from the common cold. Oh no! A cold sore is not a sore from the common cold which, like a cold sore, is caused by a virus, although a virus different from that which causes the cold sore. The cold sore is sometimes also called fever sores. It is caused by the HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS. Two types of this virus are often mentioned in cold sore literature. The one which is found mostly in the mouth and adjourning areas is called Herpes Simplex-1. The one which occurs largely in the genitalia is called Herpes Simplex-2. Sometimes, especially among people who engage in oral sex, Herpes Simplex-2 (HSV-2) may cause cold sore in the mouth.
Doctors believe HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection is incurable. In the mouth, the symptoms may include tongue ulcers, swollen lips, swallowing difficulties, infections in the checks, gum infection and inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), throat infection, swollen glands. Headaches may be experienced by the sufferer, who may also develop high temperature or suffer from nausea. Some sufferers may be lucky in the sense that the symptoms may clear up in about one or two weeks, never to go away, but to recur from time to time, especially in the times of stress. And, who, from time to time, does not come under stress?
About five years ago, a young woman showed me a lesion in her inner cheek. The Yorubas of South-western Nigeria call it owo eyo. In their language, this translates as cowrie. Indeed, this lesion has the shape of a cowrie except that it has a wider circumference and is dotted on the edges by pus-filled cells. She dodged it from her boyfriend and feared he may discover it someday. The young woman who made enquiries about her condition last week could not hide her situation. The tongue ulcers were visible and lower lip was swollen. I asked if she had owo eyo, and she agreed they were present in the inner cheeks. Eating was difficult as food could be peppery. She was weak, felt cold and was thin. Her immune system must have so dwindled that the scabies could easily have a hold in her body.
The first step to take is to avoid foods which are rich in L-Arginine. For this amino acid encourages flares or outbreaks. L-Arginine-rich foods include chicken, pork, pumpkin seeds, soya beans, groundnuts (peanuts), Spirulina, dairy products (milk, turkey, egg et.c), chickpeas, walnut, cashew nuts, flax seed, beans, onion, chocolate syrup, fish, milk et.c. In opposition to L-Arginine, the amino acid L-lysine prevents flares or outbreaks.
Traditionally, L-lysine, an essential amino acid, is prescribed in conditions such as Herpes Simplex-1 and even for shingles, a situation in which chicken pox viruses which survive treatment lodge in nerve endings from where they launch shingles attacks during stress and immune depletion. As may have been noticed, L-lysine food sources are basically the same as L-Arginine’s, both being amino acids.
L-Arginine is a non-essential amino acid, whereas L-lysine is. Amino acids are building blocks the body uses in the manufacturing of proteins. A non-essential amino acid is one the body can make from another amino acid by converting the latter to it. An essential amino acid cannot be so converted and, so, has to come from the diet. The supply of L-lysine, an essential amino acid useful in the treatment of Herpes Simplex-1 can be increased by supplementing the diet with it.
The young woman in reference was advised, also, about the healing potentials of Clove oil, Myrrh, Neem oil, Amazon A-F, Shark Liver oil, Astragalus, Chlorella, Wheatgrass and Red Marine Algae, among other anti-viral and anti-bacterial herbs.
Known more for its ability to stop the pain of tooth-aches, the essential oil is anti-microbial, antiseptic, wound healing, anti-wrinkling, immune boosting, antioxidant, anti-stress, mind stimulation, anti-insomnia, anti-anxiety, anti-dementia et.c. People with sensitive skin may experience a burn if they apply clove essential oil on the skin undiluted. The young woman was advised to add one or two drops of Clove oil to about one teaspoonful of Neem oil and apply on her sore lip, sore tongue and inner cheeks. To rid her skin of scabies, she may apply the mixture as a body cream. Alternatively, she may add Clove oil to Myrrh oil and Neem oil.
When it comes to immune depletion and infections, we are not dealing with viruses alone, but also with a bandwagon of micro-organisms which may include bacteria, fungi, other yeast, mold, flat worms et.c. Amazon A-F is designed against fungi, candida and mold which are prevalent when immunity sags. Candida infestation exposes itself in the graying of the tongue, which is evident in this case. Even in some cases of depression, candida overload of the system should not be ruled out. The toxins it injects into the blood may be that unsuspected factor behind brain fogginess, light headedness, insomnia and other problems.
Shark Liver oil
Used in the treatment of cold, flu and cancer, among other health troubles, one of its basic constituents, Alkylglycerol, has been widely studied as an immune stimulant. Dr. William Lane, author of SHARKS DONT GET CANCER and the follow-up book, SHARKS STILL DON’T GET CANCER, showed the world in his experiments how Shark cartilage reduced tumour sizes or eradicated them. This has made Shark cartilage popular in cancer therapy. For hundreds of years, folk medicine doctors in Scandinavia took Shark liver oil as a health tonic. In our time, researchers admit tumours are significantly absent in sharks which are notoriously resistant to infections. This is the basis of Shark Liver oil consumption in Scandinavia folk medicine.
In 1952, Science and Fiction met on a common pathway. This resulted in a book by Dr. Astrid Brohult titled NATURE’S AMAZING HEALER.
Dr. Astrid Brohult was a Swedish oncologist (cancer doctor) at a children’s leukemia (blood cancer) ward. When the children were treated with radiotherapy, it damaged their bone marrows, depleting production of white and red blood cells, thereby making them prone to infections and anaemia. Dr. Brohult added cow bone marrow to their diet. They significantly regained their balance. She studied the constituents of the recipe, and Alkylglycerol was a top notch. About 30 years earlier, two Japanese scientists had discovered Alkylglycerol in shark liver but made not much of it. Now, we know that it is one of the chemicals in the shark’s boneless body which makes it comfortably live in deep water that may be about 5,000 feet below sea level. Now, we know also that Alkylglycerol is present in human bone marrow and spleen where these important cells are made, and in mother’s milk to immunise her baby. In many parts of the world, it is now discovered that, where Alkylglycerol is given to patients before, during and after radiotherapy, they not only completed their therapy with minimal damage to their health, but they also lived longer thereafter than those in control groups who were not given Shark liver oil or Alkylglycerol.
Another major compound in Shark Liver Oil is SQUALENE or Omega-2 fish oil. In the Japanese Peninsula of IZU, Squalene is called “same dawa”, which means “a cure all”. Squalene is most abundant in the bodies of babies. Between 30 and 40years of age, the production drops marketedly. It is in this period of life, interestingly, that all kinds of health decline begins. In the Shark, Squalene helps the fish to overcome the absence of adequate amounts of oxygen in deep water. Now we know our atmosphere is deoxygenated, from about 38 percent in air bubbles studied in Armtastic ice to less than 21 percent in many parts of the earth today. Yet it is adequate amounts of oxygen in the cells which keep disease and cancer away. The IZUs used Squalene for anything from constipation to cancer. Recently, researchers discovered Squalene in olive oil and palm oil. Theresa J. Smith and Harold L. Newmark tell us these oils can, on this account, prevent cardiovascular problems. A study by the American Society of Microbiology suggests that Alkylglycerol suppressed HIV cell replication in vitro.
There are more than 400 viruses which can cause illness. Astragalus root has been found to be effective against viruses which cause hepatitis, herpes simplex and cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common herpes virus found in about half of all populations and even HIV.
In a 2008 study by Dr. Effors and colleagues, published in the JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY said Astragalus compounds they researched enhanced “telomerase activity and anti-viral functions of CD 8 T-lymphocytes”. Telomerase protect cells against chromosome DNA damage or against chromosome fusions.
You may have wondered why Vitamin C and Zinc, for example were not included in the therapy. That has to do with the young woman’s budget, and should come on as time goes on. Herself-confidence has grown. She now knows she is not at the mercy of the germs which trouble her and are shattering her self-esteem. The recipes are good, also, for protection against the Monkey Pox virus which is causing a scare in Nigeria right now. If the Monkey virus in humans is traced to polio vaccine, if we all took polio vaccination, if polio vaccines are made using the kidney of the Monkey and if the virus got into the vaccine from this source, if Monkey virus not only causes the kinds of deaths we are witnessing now, but cancers in humans as well, then we all should gird our loins and our children’s by rejuvenating our immune systems and ridding our bodies of all viruses and other germ.