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December 16, 2009

Herbal Cure for AIDS Tried in Gambia

Filed under: africa — admin @ 12:39 pm

With the HIV virus running rampant through many African nations, the brothers from the motherland have decided to look beyond traditional medical treatments in favor of a more holistic approach; an approach that is said to be curing AIDS patients. From The Sac Observer:

A second country is turning to herbs and spices as a cure for the AIDS virus.

Gambia, following in the footsteps of South Africa, is trying out the remedy, developed by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, in one hospital.

Beet root, garlic and other natural foods were once promoted by South African Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang over antiretroviral drugs — a position that shocked western and other medical professionals. Some 5.5 million people there are infected with the virus.

President Jammeh said the treatment was revealed to him by his ancestors in a dream.

Health officials fear the president’s claims will bring false hope to the nation’s more than 20,000 HIV/AIDS patients and may cause patients to stop taking AVRs that have been proven to prolong life and improve quality of living.

Gambian Health Minister Tamsim Mbowe defended the herbal cure.

“I can swear, 100 percent, that this herbal medication His Excellency is using is working. It has the potency to treat and cure patients infected with the HIV-virus,” he told CNN.

Meanwhile, Minister Tshabalala-Msimang is recovering from a liver transplant after a diagnosis of auto-immune hepatitis.

In addition, the BBC News has reported that crocodile blood has been shown to kill the HIV virus, so turning an eye to Mother Earth may be the source of the cure – provided that one isn’t current be withheld from general consumption. – Jay Wilson


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