The conditions described in the previous chapter can be self-treated using allicin quite safely, although it must be re-emphasised that where a treatment is being prescribed by a doctor, whether it be ongoing or short-term, you should always defer to that advice and, if you decide to treat yourself with allicin, discuss what you are planning with your practitioner.
There are, of course, a range of medical conditions, which are of a more serious nature where there are indications that allicin has a part to play. I feel it prudent to offer the following as no more than an indication of the state of play:
- AIDS: (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)Open or Close
A syndrome first identified in Los Angeles in 1981; a description of the causative virus – the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – was available in 1983 the virus destroys a subgroup in lymphocytes, resulting in suppression of the body’s immune response. AIDS is essentially a sexually transmitted disease, either homosexually or heterosexually. The two other main routes of spread are via infected blood or blood products and by the maternofoetal route.
For those people who do enter a chronic stage there may be illness of varying severity including persistant generalised involvement of the lymph nodes – this is termed ARC (AIDS Related Complex) including intermittent fever, weight loss, diarrhoea, fatigue and night sweats. Often opportunistic infections can be life threatening to AIDS sufferers, especially pneumonia caused by the protozoan (Pneumocystis Carinii) and possible tumors leading to Karposi’s Sarcoma. Thus, it is not actually the AIDS virus that kills, but the infections that are easily picked up by having a seriously depleted immune system.
With this in mind it is clear that large doses of allicin powder can help to prevent infections from developing in HIV and sero-converted AIDS sufferers. By boosting the immune system and destroying a wide range of infectious organisms allicin powder can definitely help.
In the USA, trials in AIDS patients have demonstrated enhancement of natural killer cell activity using garlic extracts and Chinese studies with viral infections in bone marrow transplant patients have demonstrated a ”potent antiviral activity”. Human population studies have shown that regular intake reduces the risk of oesophageal, stomach and colon cancer. This was thought to be due to the antioxidant effect of allicin in reducing the formation of carcinogenic compounds in the gastro-intestinal tract.
As this book went to press David from New York City had been HIV+ for 10 years and has had full-blown AIDS for 2 years. He picked up a serious infection and used large doses of allicin powder capsules to get rid of this infection:
As someone who has had full-blown AIDS for over two years, I can attest to the strength and promise of allicin powder. For a quick example, I was experiencing diarrhoea about once every day or two – and then I started taking the allicin powder capsules. Since I started using them, I have not had diarrhoea ONCE. I have been using allicin powder capsules for about two months now. More dramatically, when I received my first shipment in the mail, I had been sick for three days with a viral infection and had been feeling worse each day. On the third day, I was really quite miserable and ill, especially realising that this illness could go on for two or three weeks – or worse. I started taking my first capsule toward the end of that third day, and two days later (Superbowl Sunday evening in the US), I was sitting up, eating a pizza, and enjoying watching television. I was surprised that I felt so much better in such a relatively short (48 hours) period of time. By the end of the third day I felt like I was basically over my viral infection, and that the ”bug” had been killed. Naturally, I was not back to full vigor just yet, but each day, on allicin powder capsules, I felt stronger, healthier and more vigorous. I was back to my full strength and vigor in about ten days, which is about what it would be for anyone. I was astounded at the healing power that allicin apparently contains. I feel like allicin will, in time, prove itself to be, essentially an ”immune system in pill form”, seemingly without any drawbacks, side effects etc. The potential for improved health for humankind could – based on my own personal experience – be enormous, truly staggering.If allicin could offer this kind of powerful help to someone in my condition, what could it do for people with normal immune systems? Since I’ve started using this product, I have not experienced any other abnormal health problems at all, and I’m not taking any other medicines. I’m now beginning to think that I may be able to ”get my life back”, return to work etc. This – as opposed to thinking that my days were more or less ”numbered”! I now once again do things that I enjoy – with confidence – for I no longer feel afraid to over-exert myself physically, etc. My life has, relatively speaking, ”gone back to normal”. I consider allicin powder capsules to be a medical miracle.
A few weeks later David sent me another letter:
More good news – after years of having ”borderline-high” blood pressure, my last visit to the doctor tells me my blood pressure is ”good”! At first I thought, ”How could that be possible? Why would my blood pressure suddenly be so different?” I think it’s the allicin. I can’t think of any other change in my life that might have lowered my blood pressure to such a degree.
- Bacterial Infections Open or Close
A group of microorganisms, all of which lack a distinct nuclear membrane and are considered to be more primitive than animal, plant or human cells. Most bacteria are single celled.Bacteria reproduce asexually by simple division of cells and incomplete separation of daughter cells can lead to the formation of colonies consisting of different numbers and arrangements of cells all with different and complex shapes. Bacteria are very widely distributed. Some live in soil, water or air; others are parasites of man, animals and plants and many cause disease by producing toxins.The minimum inhibitory concentration of allicin in parts per million for some common bacterial species
Case study – drug-resistant Streptococcus
- Streptococcus pyogenes 16 ppm (flesh eating bacteria)
- Staphylococcus aureus 16 ppm (implicated in eczema)
- Listeria monocytogenes 16 ppm (often caught from animals)
- Escherichia Coli 0157 32 ppm (poorly cooked meat)
- Salmonella typhimurium 32 ppm (raw eggs)
- Clostridium perfringens 64 ppm (animals and man)
- Helicobacter pylori 16 ppm (stomach ulcers)
- Yersinia enterocolitica 12 ppm (stomach upsets)
- Bacillus subtilus 3 ppm (causes conjunctivitis)
In Norway Camilla, a young Mother of 2 children went into hospital to have her third child by caesarian section. Although everything went well she picked up an infection, a not uncommon event in even the best-run hospitals. Camilla had a drug resistant streptococcus and after she was discharged her wound failed to heal for several months and she had a systemic infection that made her tired, washed out and unable to look after her new baby or the family. With her husband taking time off work Camilla was desperate. Then she read about allicin. After taking 1800mg of allicin powder per day for 4 weeks she began to feel better. Although she had already stopped taking the antibiotics in less than a month her specimens came back negative – no bacterial infection. No bacteria found in her throat, her underarms or her vagina. She was clear, healthy and cured.
- CancerOpen or Close
Cancer is a disease of metabolic imbalance and can originate in a thousand different ways.
Cancer occurs when cells lose their ability to replicate in an orderly fashion, they divide too rapidly and grow without any order. Too much tissue is produced and tumors begin to form. Tumors can be either benign or malignant.
Malignant tumors can invade and destroy nearby tissue and organs. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body and form new tumors.
It is estimated that one in three people will develop a type of cancer at some time in their life and that cancer continues to account for around 25 per cent of all deaths recorded each year. Traditional Chinese medicine has always used garlic as a part of any treatment for the patients who suffered from a tumor or cancer. The search for compounds that prevent cancer has intensified with the mounting evidence that many types of cancer are caused or triggered by factors relating to lifestyle and environment. It is well documented that allicin can strengthen the immune system, which is vitally important for fighting cancer. When I reviewed this important area of medicine I was surprised and pleased to find a considerable amount of data already published indicating that by taking allicin powder capsules regularly you can confer some degree of protection against various stomach cancers, boost your CD4-T cell count and convey some degree of protection.
Interestingly, the medical community has known about this for years and is currently trying to establish which compounds are the most protective, since evidence also shows major benefits from diallyl disulphide, which is a common breakdown component of allicin powder. Many of the breakdown products from allicin have been tested for their inhibiting effect on cancer cells and in most experiments inhibition of tumor growth was established.
Researchers concluded that evidence from laboratory experiments and population surveys is presently not conclusive as to the preventative activity of allicin. However, they also indicated that the available evidence warrants further research into the possible role of allicin in the prevention of cancer in humans.
In ancient times, garlic was used for the treatment of cancer of the uterus. Numerous reports, including several important epidemiological studies, have entered the scientific literature ever since, asserting that garlic has a favourable effect on various forms of cancer. The following provides an overview of the current research and points of view concerning this very interesting special area of medicine:
Six decades ago, several statistical studies indicated that cancer occurs the least in those countries where garlic and onions are eaten regularly – for instance, in the Provence region of France, Italy, the Netherlands, the Balkans, Egypt, India, and China. A review article, published in 1936, referred to the connection between nutrition and cancer, and especially to the cancer growth-inhibiting effect of leek plants (Allium plants). The practicing physicians of the time were very good observers but knew almost nothing about the scientific background to this phenomenon.
It was thought that the inhibitory action of garlic on putrefaction in the intestines, together with the secretion-stimulating effect, brought about detoxification and an increase in resistance. Stimulation of gastric juice secretion and restoration of the intestinal flora, combined with the resulting prevention of gastrointestinal autointoxication, may help to remove at least one of the possible causes of cancer. Garlic was therefore thought to have potential as a cancer preventative agent. More recently, this idea has again been pursued, not only in Europe, but also in the Third World countries, where the favourable effects of garlic for cancer are well known. For instance, the consumption of black or green tea, as well as of garlic, is known to be a culinary practice, which inhibits tumorigenesis in the lung, forestomach, and oesophagus.
The only known study in which garlic has been used to treat patients with advanced stages of cancer was conducted by Spivak (1962). An aqueous garlic juice preparation was administered in doses of 0.2-2mL intravenously or 1-5mL intramuscularly daily for 3-7 days. Of 35 patients with cancer at various sites (lung, cervix, stomach, lower lip, mammary gland, larynx, and leukemia), 26 showed positive treatment results of differing degrees, though complete healing was not achieved in any case. There is a single-case report, however, of a man whose pituitary tumour shrank by 50 per cent during the 5 months in which he ate 5-7 grams of fresh garlic daily. This was the first case ever reported of reduction of this type of tumor without chemotherapy or surgery.
Some notable success stories have been reported using allicin powder capsules. Especially in Norway where patients with various types of cancer have dramatically improved their CD4-T cell count (remember this is a measure of how efficient your immune system is) – patients going through chemotherapy or radiotherapy tend to have very poorly functioning immune systems since they are effectively destroyed by treatment.
Anti-cancer Effects: Active Compounds
From the many publications that have just been reviewed, it is apparent that the anti-cancer effects of garlic are likely due, perhaps equally, to allicin and allicin-derived compounds as well as unidentified compounds not related to allicin. The following is a summary of the evidence for possible active compounds.
- Epidemiological studies from six different countries have consistently shown that
garlic consumption is associated with decreased risk of gastrointestinal cancer.
Since garlic is mainly eaten cooked (alliinase inactivated) in most of these
countries, allicin is unlikely to be the cause of significant gastrointestinal cancer
- A major decrease in incidence of gastric cancer in China, particularly where
large amounts of allicin-yielding fresh garlic are eaten, is associated with the
antibiotic effects of garlic and its thiosulfinates (allicin) toward decreasing the
amount of nitrate-reducing bacteria in the stomach and hence the amounts of
carcinogenic nitrosamines formed. Therefore, allicin does appear to have an important
role in prevention of gastric cancer.
- Animal studies have indicated the importance of allicin, since dietary fresh
garlic, but not alliinase-inhibited garlic, greatly decreased breast cancer incidence
in C3H mice.
A large number of animal studies with allicin-derived Diallyl disulphide and
Diallyl sulphide, most using very large doses (100-200mg/kg) have shown positive
effects toward decreasing carcinogen-induced cancer. Although allicin itself has not
been tested, these studies indicate that allicin-derived compounds have the ability to
affect cancer incidence.
- Epidemiological studies from six different countries have consistently shown that
- HepatitisOpen or Close
This is inflammation of the liver and can be caused by viruses, toxic substances or immunological abnormalities. There are many different types, some transmitted sexually and others through an exchange of body fluids from an infected person.
Hepatitis is very difficult to treat and every year in America alone 400,000 people develop a Hepatitis B or C infection. Many of the viruses that can cause hepatitis are from the herpetic family and will also include Epstein-Barr type viral infections. We already know that allicin has the ability to destroy and prevent these organisms from flaring up in the human body. So allicin formulations will have some benefit but the complexity and very naure of hepatitis make this difficult to show results. However the natural boost to the immune system that allicin can give will have some beneficial activity.
Treatment regimen Take a large dose of allicin powder – up to 1800mg per day over a prolonged period.
- MRSA Infection (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)Open or Close
The bacteria Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and several other strains of bacteria live in our gut, known as ‘alert organisms’ (also called gentamicin resistant organisms). In most cases these bacteria cause no problems but when they enter another body system, such as the blood or urine, they may cause illness.
When colonised, people that are carrying the bacteria in their nose, throat or gut, or on their skin do not show any symptoms. However, if the patient has a temperature, and or redness of a wound this may indicate an infection.
These bacteria are resistant to most conventional antibiotics.
Patients now get released from hospital too soon, even before wounds have properly healed. Speaking with my own doctor recently he could name 8 patients in our local area who had a resistant MRSA infection at home trying deparately to get rid of it.
One such person was Deborah whose experience her mother reports below.Testimonial
Her (Deborah’s) wounds are on her spine. One close to the top, which is approx.2cm by 1.5cm this is overgranulated and weeps. The other is approx. 0.75cm by 0.5cm and near her waistline this is overgranulated but only weeps a little. She had a major spinal operation two years ago and although she has had antibiotics through a Hickman line and a wash-out so far nothing has worked. She has been on oral antibiotics and creams for several months but nothing has been able to shift the MRSA infection. The only option available to her via the hospital is to have all the metalwork removed. As you can imagine she does not want to go back into hospital nor does she want the metalwork removed. We would be very grateful if you could produce a cream and some capsules for her. If you require any further information we can speak to the District Nurses on Saturday, as she dresses her wounds then, whilst I do them during the week.
Just a few weeks later
I had not been in touch as mum said she had emailed you. I don’t think she wanted to get carried away, but the news is very exciting – I no longer have any infection in my back and it is all thanks to the treatments you so generously suggested. Having had these two wounds on my back weeping for 2 years I don’t know quite how to thank you and hope that I get the opportunity to thank you in person at some point. I will also be telling anyone who may benefit from allicin how miraculous it is.I am going to the hospital on Thursday. I am not sure if my consultant can quite believe what has happened, as he, along with some of my district nurses, are not too happy about the thought of using alternative remedies. When I think how many courses of antibiotics I have been instructed to take in the last 2 years and how many biopsies came back positive for MRSA, I am not surprised that the medical staff cannot believe it!Thank you once again for all you have done. You saved me from another horrendous operation. Maybe I can repay you in some way. For instance, if it would be of any benefit, I could write something about my experience with MRSA and how allicin cured it, if that might help promote the product – just a thought.
Yours eternally grateful
- SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)Open or Close
The symptoms of SARS are a lot like pneumonia or the flu. People get a very high fever – at least 100.4 degrees. They also usually have shortness of breath or other problems breathing and a dry cough. Some people get other symptoms including a headache, stiff or achy muscles, and a loss of appetite, fatigue, a rash and diarrhoea.
Doctors believe that it is spread primarily by tiny droplets that get airborne when someone sneezes or coughs, or by contact with other bodily fluids such as blood and faeces. Most people who have contracted SARS outside of Asia have either recently travelled to Asian countries where it was spreading or had close contact with someone who recently returned from there or became infected by someone who travelled there.
The disease is caused by a microbe known as a coronavirus. Coronaviruses usually just cause the common cold, but can cause serious respiratory illnesses in animals.
Antibiotics don’t seem to work, which is usually the case with virus-caused diseases.
All allicin formulations, that is powder, liquid and cream, have been requisitioned in America for testing by The National Institute for Health (NIH), the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and The United States Army Military Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). They are performing tests against a wide range of microbial species including SARS, West Nile Virus, EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis), Smallpox, Vaccinia and Variola species.
- TubercolosisOpen or Close
An infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, formerly known as consumption or wasting disease.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) can lay dormant for many years, but chronic infection is spread very easily by coughing or sneezing. Unfortunately TB is once again on the increase as the number of cases reported in major international cities has more than doubled in the last 5 years. This is partly due to the influx of refugees and asylum seekers from parts of the world where TB is endemic.
It is reported that London is the TB capital of Europe and New York has set up special hospitals just to treat resistant cases. What is worrying though is a report broadcast on National Geographic TV Channel that in Russia 4 million people are infected with TB, many of which are carrying drug resistant strains who are just walking the streets spreading the pool of infection. Unfortunately a large number of Russian prisoners are also infected and do not qualify for any treatment. So when they are released they are then able to spread the disease still further.
Recently a number of strains of MDR TB were isolated from patients in a London teaching hospital. The patients are often treated by combinations of antibiotics including Streptomycin and Rifampicin. Any growth in the presence of an antimicrobial is significant with MDR Mycobacterium tuberculosis and growth was noted on all cases where strains from these patients were treated with Streptomycin. However no growth was found where strains were treated with allicin liquid.
All strains isolated were completely killed off by allicin liquid. Since Mycobacterium tuberculosis tends to present mostly in the lungs we would expect allicin formulations to work very well. This is because allicin has a propensity for the lung tissue, as it is very useful in chest infections and other diseases of the lung like asthma. Aside from this allicin will boost the immune system substantially and allow your body to begin fighting off this serious infection.Treatment regimen
Begin by taking allicin powder several times a day. Dilute allicin powder 1 part allicin to 2 parts water and take 10ml (two teaspoons full) every day. Add 1080mg of allicin powder daily and continue this routine for a period of several weeks until any progress is noted.