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Ebola virus: US-based doctor finds cure to the deadly virus…GOODNEWS!

A Nigerian doctor based in the United States, Maurice Iwu, has claimed that Garcinia kola, popularly called bitter kola in West Africa may be a possible drug against the deadly Ebola virus. Bitter kola, a staple health fruit in Nigeria, was reported to have stopped the virus at test tube experiments. The virus has so far killed more than 600 victims since its outbreak in Guinea, with Nigeria’s only recorded death being that of Liberian consultant, Patrick Sawyer, who died in Lagos last week.

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An Inquirer Washington Bureau reported Iwu who made this discovery, as saying that a cure could be sourced from the same African forests where the disease was identified.

Iwu is a doctor with a combination of folk-remedy expertise and a doctorate in Western pharmacology. He is also the Executive Director of the Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme, and a consultant at Walter Reed Army Hospital in suburban Washington.

One of the top infectious-disease laboratories in the US was said to have tested the fruit, and said that it passed the crucial and difficult first hurdle.

A virus expert who heads the effort at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Maryland, to find antiviral drugs to fight exotic diseases, John Huggins, said, “It certainly is a promising compound. So far, it’s made it through all the gates that it has been sent through.”

But there are many more tests to be done, first on mice in the next few months, and eventually primates, before it would be used on people, Huggins said.

Only one of 20 prospective drugs that pass the test-tube test makes it onto the market, so the odds are against the fruit, Huggins said.

A Professor of Microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis, Lawrence Gelb, said, “I would be – and am – very sceptical. But you can’t be an outright cynic; eventually some (prospective drug) works.”

The reason bitter kola may have an edge over other types of drugs that work in lab tests is that many drugs often prove toxic to people and animals in subsequent testing, whereas bitter cola has been used for centuries, and has gotten federal approval as a safe dietary supplement, Head of Applied Research at Missouri Botanical Garden, who has tried to develop plants as medicine in the past, Jim Miller, said.

Culled from: NIGERIANEWS

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14 Comments for “Ebola virus: US-based doctor finds cure to the deadly virus…GOODNEWS!”

  1. Slight hope but no assurance

  2. Anonymous

    it is time Nigeria rise up to her independence and tell the world that something good can come out of our Nazareth. we should not wait until the WHO

    approved the uses of bitter kola for the
    treatment of Ebola viral disease and
    someother viral infections before we beginning the usage .And do not be surprised because the cure is found by an African ……… Nigerian precisely; they may not give us the support we need.China is what they are today because they believed n themselves

  3. Anonymous

    it is time Nigeria rise up to her independence and tell the world that something good can come out of our Nazareth. we should not wait until the WHO

    approved the uses of bitter kola for the
    treatment of Ebola viral disease and
    someother viral infections before we begin the usage .And do not be surprised because the cure is found by an African ……… Nigerian precisely; they may not give us the support we need.China is what they are today because they believed n themselves

  4. Anonymous

    Goodnews,one thing abt GOD is that any disease that is in existance whch seem 2 hv no cure GOD in His infinit mercy sends a cure.GOD stl luv Nigeria.Tank you JESUS.

  5. Anonymous

    If afta every experiment, it prove positive at means, we African ar trying. Iwu, wit u we say gudbye 2 ebola

  6. It’s true, de world may not believe in nija person but we believed in ourselves, n we pray dat dis discovery will work out 2 stop ebola fearful issue. Tanx Dr Iwu, may God help u in dis research mission.

  7. Chidolue Confidence

    Victory at last.We could fight the deadly Ebola virus which have clamed lives within this few months together it doesnt matter weather black or white.whats important now is that the world has been saved.Tanks to Maurice Iwu and his colleuges our heroes.

  8. Adebowale taiwo

    Dr. iwu,we nigerians appreciate ur effort,because you are now making nigerian being proud,may the continue to grant u the knowlegde,and this virus called ”ebola” shall be vanish in the through the help of GOD and MAN.

  9. ABEL MATHIAS

    Alot of thanks to GOD ALMIGHTY and to Dr.Maurice Iwu,for his voluntry effort to fight this deadly and infectious virus.As Nigerians lets declare and celebrate this unprecedented victory and triumph over EBOLA VIRUS.GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  10. Anonymous

    thank God for Dr iwu i know he will do it for his children God we love

  11. Deeface debaba

    Oh God de master of de universe we tank u fo given dis nigerian doctor de knowledge of discovering de cure to dis deadli virus called ebola, we ar so hapi fo yo mercy nd kindness toword nigeria nd de rest of de nation entirely,hapi gudday cuz we are free from ebola,u knw freedom is life. :D

  12. stableAustin

    NMA shd not allow who to intimidate Nigeria out of this. Thank God for Iwu. O ga-adiri gi na mma.

  13. anon

    This isnt a cure. There is no cure for ebola. Dont be stupid.

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