Skip to comments.Hebrew U Professor: Tobacco Can Help Cure Malaria
Posted on 12/26/2011 3:46:18 PM PST by Eleutheria5
It sounds like one of those diseases that should have been wiped out long ago, but malaria, unfortunately, is alive and well, especially in Africa and other tropical, third world locations. Battling malaria is complicated for numerous reasons, among them the difficulty of creating drugs to battle the disease. Now, however, Hebrew University researchers have come up with a novel method of producing the medicine that can treat malaria using common, everyday tobacco plants.
Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted via mosquitoes. Symptoms of malaria include fever, headache, and vomiting, and usually appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can quickly become life-threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs. Over 3 billion people are at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 250 million malaria cases and nearly one million deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable. Malaria is especially a serious problem in Africa, where 20% of childhood deaths are due to the effects of the disease and every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria.
The main source of anti-Malarial drugs is based on a substance called artemisinin, a natural compound from Artemisia annua (sweet wormwood) plants, which is difficult to synthesize and expensive to obtain. Scientists have tried hard to artificially synthesize this substance, but despite extensive efforts invested in the last decade in metabolic engineering of the drug in both microbial and heterologous plant systems, production of artemisinin itself has never been achieved.
Now, Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University., the technology transfer arm of the University, introduces a novel method allowing artemisinin production in a heterologous (that is, other than A. annua) plant system, such as tobacco. The method was developed by....
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I think it was Pall Mall (but not sure now) that’s working on putting vitamins in the tobacco mix.
I have been smoking cigars for years and I have never ONCE gotten malaria.
I remember reading about instances during WW II in the
Pacific, where Malaria prevented people from getting
Cholera. Never heard of any further research though,
just mentioned in a British POW Doctors story.
People tend to chew on cigars. Bet you don’t have worms either.
Tobacco has a bad name for one reason- They wee HEAVE Republican donors.
I am not saying it is healthy, too much of anything can hurt you. But I do know people who smoked for 50 years with no bad health... so, its not ALWAYS harmful, in the way that ingesting poison is supposed to be
If Tobacco Companies were big Democrap campaign donors we would be hearing about the healthful benefits of bathing your lungs in healthful, cleansing smoke.
The demand for such genetically modified plants will be limited and none will be diverted into traditional tobacco products.
250 million cases a year. One million deaths. No tobacco taxes on the medicinal use. Stop subsidizing it, start contracting for it. Let the market take over.
It’s those Jooz again!
I have been smoking cigars for years and I have never ONCE gotten malaria.
They help keep the mosquitos (and my wife) away.
Robinson Crusoe used boiled tobacco juice to help cure fever(did he mean malaria?). Ironic that Marijuana is being touted for its medicinal purposes, and here we have tobacco.
Among them, those pesky American leftists that outlawed DDT all those millions of lives ago.
Josey Wales can show you how it’s done.
In Cuba, one of the great tobacco countries of the world, they have been using tobacco leaves dipped in molasses as a home remedy for more than a hundred years.
Could infecting a relative with Malaria cure said relative’s choleric character?
I grew up working on my grandfather's tobacco farm in Maryland. It was commercially viable then, and a lot of farm kids went to college on the income from 5-10 acre farms. At one point in our colonial history, tobacco was used just like cash.
It is only the medical antitobacco jihad which has made tobacco less commercially viable, a phenomenon which has seriously reduced even seasonal work for those who have little education (although the wages I made cutting tobacco were 5 times minimum wage and augmented my college spending money quite well).
Do not attempt this remedy while wearing a white shirt. Therefore, white shirts cause malaria, by inhibiting tobacco spittle on mosquitoes. Big Formal Wear wants you all to die so they can reap their corporate profits. Even now, they are pushing their products throughout the third world, causing massive deaths by tobacco spittle deprivation.
And let’s not forget the disastrous effect of second-hand tobacco spittle deprivation. You probably won’t spit on a mosquito sucking the blood of your friend, for fear of ruining his tuxedo, thereby spreading disease and pestilence, all because of Big Formal Wear.
Just say no. Chew tobacco and wear camouflage fatigues to all weddings and bar mitzvahs. That way you can stop malaria in its tracks.
Perhaps I just ought to sit back a while and let reality take its course.
My mom had several cousins and brothers that died of lunch cancer. One female cousin never smoked, however.
My FIL died at 94 and had been a smoker all his life.
My husband is nearly 77 and a smoker and is on no drugs and going strong. I'm past the stage of nagging him as it does no good. The worst part of the habit is it is expensive and he is not allowed to smoke in the house.
Let’s not forget the therapeutic benefits of asbestos insulation. It helps prevent the cancer caused by cellular phones, protected sex, and Internet surfing.
The tobacco plants are genetically engineered to produce the antimalarial drug. The plants are then processed to extract the drug for delivery as a medicine. Smoking the tobacco would not provide any benefit.
We used to work in the fields at my grandfathers farm in south Georgia when I was in high school and college. We used to smoke cheap cigars to keep the mosquitos away. Worked for us.
Now if they put the anti-malarial drug in a condom, they’d kill half a dozen issues at once...
Welcome to Free Republic.
I’ve picked corn, pulled peanuts, and cut collards in my younger years.
Elvis is not dead, he just went home...(Men In Black)
My fave being “Don’t be Cruel” from 1956.
I find it hard to believe that there aren’t some benefits to smoking. They never mention any good side effects from tobacco. There must be some.
Sort of a Beechnut Boil? Ummmm!
It does take practice to hit the mosquito and not the shirt.
The best I’ve ever seen could hit a 1 lb. coffee can from several feet away. And that was a woman.
On the otherhand:
We could start producing cheap DDT again..
DDT murders mosquitoes en masse.. every mudhole and pond should get it..
Spaying every hut, sleeping area, shed, pig pen, horse corral, should be dosed..
Not only does this fight malaria, but it also fights liberals. At least those venturing to malarial areas. Are they going to take a drug derived from genetically engineered tobacco or are they going to trust to their self-perceived superiority to protect them? They’d as soon use DDT.
My younger sister had an asthma attack at 2 weeks of age in 1957.
The wise 70-year-old GP who delivered her told my father to periodically fog her with cigarette smoke.
That turned out to be her first and last asthma attack.
The man do have a point there.
There are benefits to smoking.
I am a former smoker.
Smoking calmed people by forcing them to take a break and practice deep breathing techniques while the chemicals in the cigaretter relaxed them.
Smoking also kept people slimmer, although no one mentions that the obesity has increased in adults as smoking decreased.
Stopping smoking usually leads to decrease in thyroid function and need to supplimentation.
Nicotine is a pesticide for certain vermin. So that might make sense.
You also have to be careful of what’s behind the mosquito, so you don’t spray somebody’s face. This can be especially dangerous at truck stops and biker bars, which also cause malaria because you can’t spit freely.