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I am posting on Freerepublic on the hope of correcting this false attribution to Mother Eugenia Elizabetta Ravasio.

The fact that she helped establish the largest center for lepers (200,000 square miles in the Ivory Coast) is an enormous accomplishment by itself.

Her religious order was given the highest social award by the French government for the establishment of this center.

1 posted on 12/08/2010 1:21:09 PM PST by topher
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From the PDF titled Chaulmoogra Oil and the Treatment of Leprosy:

The [Chaulmoogra] oil was introduced into Western medicine by British physician Frederic John Mouat in 1854. Mouat, who came from a family of army surgeons, took his medical degree at Edinburgh in 1839. ... From 1841 to 1853, Mouat was professor at the Bengal Medical College, and it was during this period that he first became acquainted with chaulmoogra oil. He had an opportunity to try the remedy [for leprosy] himself when he became first Physician to the Medical College Hospital in Calcutta in 1853.

Thus, in 1854, almost a hundred years before Mother Ravasio, a British physician experiemented with this cure for Leprosy.

The cure was even tried in the United States in a Leper facility in Carville, Louisiana, for the first time in 1901.


2 posted on 12/08/2010 1:27:54 PM PST by topher (For handmade rosaries -- http://www.louisiana.edu/~cmh5722/rosaries4u)
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“The the false attribution to Mother Ravasio might be due to the fact that she may have helped promote this oil as a cure for leprosy as well as getting the Pasteur Institute to study this cure.”

I don’t know anything about this oil or Mother Ravasio but once a potential cure for anything is rejected by the medical community it is essentially dead. If Mother Ravasio is responsible for reviving an actual cure, as the above quote seems to suggest, then where is the “false attribution”.


3 posted on 12/08/2010 1:34:10 PM PST by Leonard210 (Tagline? We don't need no stinkin' tagline.)
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No matter who found the cure, essential oils (and Eastern medicine) rock! I'm on my way to curing my Graves/hyperthyroid, an illness that I was told had NO cure. My endo would laugh at me when I talked to him about the natural ways I was trying to ease this scourge of an illness. Yet, it's working quite well. Holistic (alternative, natural) help (and cure?) for hyperthyroidism.
4 posted on 12/08/2010 9:06:33 PM PST by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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No matter who found the cure, essential oils (and Eastern medicine) rock! I'm on my way to curing my Graves/hyperthyroid, an illness that I was told had NO cure. My endo would laugh at me when I talked to him about the natural ways I was trying to ease this scourge of an illness. Yet, it's working quite well. Holistic (alternative, natural) help (and cure?) for hyperthyroidism.
5 posted on 12/08/2010 9:06:33 PM PST by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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