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Dec. 11. 2000 - Here we have strong evidence from two entirely independent research groups which have found that lauric acid - a common biological compound in coconuts, as well as in mother's milk - kills the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). And while this is great good news, the story is, in my view, a bit more complex, but also a lot simpler. Here are the reasons why.
Several other studies, focusing on other naturally occurring chemicals - see the following news items - have also shown considerable effectiveness against HIV and AIDS. Of these, the selenium article is, in my view, the most significant, for two reasons. Selenium levels are known to be low in AIDS victims; and since selenium is not being replenished in the soils of our modern agriculture - being added only to "fortified" chicken feed (which is by now means used by all chicken farmers), there is a large and wide spread deficiency of selenium in the general population.
In my view, we have a far more complex - yet also much simpler situation on our hands here. First of all there is the large and wide spread selenium deficiency in the general population which renders our immune systems ineffective against a wide range of viruses. Secondly, and going by the variety of various natural chemical compounds now found to have a demonstrable remedial effect upon AIDS, that these normally present compounds (as in coconut milk, mother's milk, the neem tree, and glutathione, which is an essential component of all cells ) have become deficient in our daily food because of the deficiency of selenium, and other trace elements in the soils of our modern chemical agriculture [see "Zinc Fingers" in
REFERENCES in these pages, for an example of how the metallic trace elements play a crucially vital role in the formation of proteins and many other biological compounds).
It may well be then that a daily routine of seafood is just as effective as these proposed remedies. However, and other than the selenium article, I have no evidence for this whatsoever - but I believe it is well worth a try.
Coconut Oil May Reduce Spread of HIV
A Philippines research study shows that coconut oil can delay as well as reduce HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) which spreads AIDS. The breakthrough may come as a light ahead of the long dark tunnel in the worldwide fight against AIDS.
The study, carried out by the government's San Lazaro Hospital and pharmaceutical giant United Laboratories since 1989, discovered that coconut chemical lauric acid inhibits, delays and reduces the spread of HIV virus. Lauric acid is the basis of monolaurin and sodium lauryl sulfate which were found as the active chemicals promising in controlling HIV.
Dr. Conrado Dayrit, president of the National Academy of Science an Technology said HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has a fatty envelope, and monolaurin can penetrate and dismember this envelope by softening it first. "When that happens, the virus will die", Dayrit said.
The research by the three agencies was tested on 15 San Lazaro Hospital AIDS patients with early stages of HIV with the intention of determining whether monolaurin, a derivative of lauric acid, would increase CD4 cell count and lower the viral load of the patients to undetectable levels. CD4 cells are the human body's first lines of defense against infection and disease, but they are also the first to be attacked and infected by HIV. The viral load is the amount of virus in the blood.
The results of the tests on the 15 patients are promising, PCRDF technical supervisor Romulo Conde said, but cautioned that "more concrete conclusions need to be drawn to satisfy the world scientific community. It's difficult to bring out half baked conclusions", he said, adding that "tests will continue until next year before total conclusive results are eventually brought out, especially that thousands await possible and cheap AIDS cure".
The Philippine breakthrough comes just after a group of Canadian scientists was able to develop what it called "invisible condom", a microbial gel that can prevent HIV. The gel contains sodium lauryl sulfate, a chemical derived from lauric acid and mother's milk, which is a known microbe killer. Sodium lauryl sulfate, a soapy substance, dissolves viral membranes and pops them open.
In November's issue of the Discover magazine, the Canadian scientists headed by Michael Bergeron, said that the "invisible condom's components are sodium lauryl sulfate and a polymer gel that is liquid at room temperature and gel at body temperature. On insertion, the liquid can seep into the smallest vaginal folds, then turn into a gel that forms a semi-solid physical barrier to infective agents. The sodium lauryl sulfate acts as the viral killer, Bergeron said. The "invisible condom", a colorless and odorless gel, can block AIDS virus and other sexually-transmitted diseases but will not prevent pregnancy, he added. The Canadians tested their research on mice and proved to be 90 percent effective in killing genital herpes virus.
With the dual discoveries of coconut oil's importance, the country stands to benefit in the future. The Philippines supply two thirds of the global demand for coconut oil which is 45 to 50 percent lauric acid. It is primarily used in making cosmetics and detergents.
While there are recently discovered AIDS medicines, these are very expensive, unaffordable by thousands of AIDS victims, the Health Action Information Network (HAIN) said. Most of the drugs are anti-retrovirals which do not cure a person of HIV but they slow down the spread of the virus and may even reduce the viral load. The medicines like AZT, Zalcitabine and Stuvudine range from $100 to $250 per capsule, HAIN said, and most are taken three times a day.
The Philippines which has seven AIDS victims for every 10,000 people has one of the lowest AIDS prevalence rate but the statistics may not be accurate as certain studies now show that many AIDS victims, especially overseas contract workers who acquire it while working abroad, refuse to divulge it.
Please note: I'll gladly speak at any group on this extremely powerful subject
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