Garlic allium sativum l liliaceae


Porrum sativum Mill.

Notes (Garlic):

We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

Numbers 11:5-6 (KJV)

We remember the fish we ate in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.

Numbers 11:5-6 (RSV)

How we remember the fish that we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers and the water melons, and the leeks and the onions, and the garlic; But now our soul is dried away. Our eyes are on nothing at all except the manna.

Numbers 11:5-6 (NWT)

To me, garlic is biblical food farmacy for cancer, cardiopathy, cerebropathy, diabetes, and sepsis. I often ponder a paradox. While many health writers will tell you not to chronically tweak your immune systems with such things as boneset, echinacea, elderberry, huangchi, I have not heard them say the same thing about garlic, one of the best immune boosters, with at least a dozen compounds reported to boost the immune system. Back during the anthrax scare, I spoke of garlic (seriously, although most people assumed I was talking frivolously) as the "herbal duct tape" because of its multiple antiseptic and immune-stimulating phytochemicals. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are quick to say that people with depressed immune systems are more likely to get the "disease of the year"

FIGURE 1.6 Garlic (Allium sativum).

(my flippant term for, as examples, anthrax, bird flu, SARS, or West Nile virus). However, I have never heard them recommend boosting the immune system with antiseptic garlic to improve one's odds against these very diseases. That is a ponderous paradox. Back during our first anthrax scare, there was no clinical proof that Cipro or garlic was useful against anthrax. Garlic is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, not liable to lead to multiple drug resistance. And now garlic has been shown in vitro to help slow anthrax (X14598920). Will the phytochemical politicians again advise us not to suggest that garlic can help with the "disease of the year?" I can get garlic immediately in case of anthrax attack—but I might need several days, a doctor's appointment, a prescription, and a few dollars to get Cipro. Garlic would help; Cipro would help; resistance will emerge to pure Cipro; resistance would be less likely to develop to the synergic mix of dozens of antiseptic compounds in whole garlic. The year 2004 saw garlic identified as the herb of the year. If I were told I could have only one medicinal herb, it would certainly be the biblical garlic. I think of it as the medicine of the millennium. I confess that I have not reviewed all the PubMed citations — 120 alone in the first quarter of 2005.

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