Post subject: Olive leaf extract - kills lyme disease and more
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Olive leaf extract - kills lyme disease and more
All information contained herein should not be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified and licensed physician or other health care provider. The information provided here is for educational and informational purposes only. In no way should it be considered as offering medical advice. Please check with a physician if you suspect you are ill. NO LIABILITY WILL BE ASSUMED FOR THE USE OF THESE ARTICLES. The information contained is not intended for medical advice. You should always discuss any medical treatment with your Health Care Provider. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Must Read for those to embark on OLE - "Olive Leaf Extract" by Dr. Morton Walker:http://www.amazon.com/Olive-Leaf-Extrac ... 160&sr=1-1
Oleuropein – Pure Italian Olive Leaf. Olive Leaf extract may well be one of the most significant anti-infection agents ever discovered. In the Old Testament, Genesis refers to the olive tree as the "tree of life." The olive tree is often depicted as a symbol of peace. For over 6,000 years, an extract from the leaves of this revered tree has been used as a folk remedy for many types of infections.
Scientific research has now shown that olive leaf extract contains powerful active ingredients, such as oleuropein and calcium elenolate, which actually help destroy viruses, fungi, bacteria, and parasites that cause disease. Although olive leaf extract is capable of killing a broad range of infection-causing agents, it does not harm the beneficial bacteria in your body. Many studies show it to be very safe, nontoxic and effective, even for children.
Immune-specific support for arteries, pancreas, heart, kidneys and bladder Supports clearing arterial/venal problems (plaque)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Q & A Section Does Olive Leaf extract have any side effects?
For some very sick people, including those with chronic fatigue syndrome or those who have particularly large amounts of viruses or bacteria in their bodies, olive leaf extract may generate detoxification symptoms. These symptoms are known as the "die-off effect". Such individuals may actually feel worse for a short time before feeling better. The "die-off effect", or Herxheimer Reaction, refers to symptoms generated by the detoxification process.
Detoxification symptoms may be noticed immediately after starting the olive leaf extract supplement. Reactions include extreme fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, muscle/joint aching or flu-like symptoms. Those who do not wish to experience these effects may possibly avoid it by drinking at least a full glass of water each time they take the capsules.
In the case of severe detoxification symptoms, the number of capsules can be reduced or possibly eliminated. The body may then need up to a week to complete the "die-off" process. Once the symptoms have improved, the supplement can be resumed at a lower dosage and then increased slowly. Research indicates that doses many times higher than recommended are not likely to produce toxic or other side effects.
Who should use Olive Leaf Extract?
Anyone who wants to decrease the amount of pathogens in their body, which has identified with any of the conditions set forth in the list above or anyone who is interested in improving their overall health should use The Original Olive Leaf Extract. Of interest, one of the oldest living cultures on earth live in the Mediterranean area, having diets that consist of olive oil, leaves and bark.
Does Olive Leaf Extract build up in the body?
No, Olive Leaf Extract does not demonstrate residual build up in one's system.
How much Olive Leaf Extract should I take?
Olive leaf extract is currently available in the form of 500mg. capsules. The routine dosage is one tablet every six hours. The supplement should be taken between meals for best results. In the case of bad colds or flu, the dosage may be increased to two capsules every six hours.
For acute infections, such as herpes, a natural remedy for some individuals is to take more -- three or four every six hours -- and reported rapid relief. If a "die-off effect" occurs, the number of capsules can be decreased or temporarily discontinued.
For healthy individuals seeking more energy or the preventative benefits of olive leaf extract, one or two tablets a day is suggested.
Are there any contraindications with Olive Leaf Extract?
No contraindications with other drugs have been observed. However, Olive Leaf Extract should not be taken with antibiotics produced from yeast/fungus or along with additional amino acids other than those received in your everyday foods. They might cross out each others effectiveness. (Please keep reading for a homeopaths answer to this)
(Note: I take Amoxicillin/ Biaxin w/ Olive Leaf Extract. There are no human studies that prove this and depending on what article you read the response varies. Some articles say there are virtually no known interactions and no human studies have been done on OLE to prove or disprove this statement. Olive leaf is technically a vegetable, says one site, link below. Also, link below a homeopath is asked this question, here is his response, read more at this site:http://www.jonbarron.org/blog_published ... sease.html
Posted By: Emily | March 18, 2008 9:05 AM I have read that olive leaf can deactivate antibiotics. Is this true?
Posted By: Jon Barron | March 18, 2008 4:33 PM Emily, this is actually a great question.
Yes, many sites give warning that olive leaf extract may deactivate antibiotics. However, there is little scientific research to support the warning. The reason for the warning is that many antibiotics are created from mold and fungi. (Think penicillin and moldy bread.) Therefore, taking olive leaf extract might kill the mold and neutralize the antibiotic. But antibiotics don’t actually contain the original mold or fungus. Antibiotics are chemical substances that can inhibit the growth of, and even destroy, harmful microorganisms. They are derived from special microorganisms or other living systems, and are produced on an industrial scale using a fermentation process. During fermentation, the organisms produce the antibiotic material, which can then be isolated for use as a drug.
Bottom line is that there is little likelihood that olive leaf extract will deactivate an antibiotic since it is an isolated biochemical. The reason you see so many warnings on the net may be as simple as people copying the warning from site to site until it acquires authenticity from endless repetition.. Check herbal/Rx interactions: http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/Interactio ... 9,,00.html
What interactions should I watch for?
Due to its possible ability to lower blood pressure, olive leaf may increase the effects of drugs that also lower blood pressure. Some blood pressure-lowering drugs are:
ACE inhibitors such as captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, and lisinopril Beta blockers such as atenolol, metoprolol, and propranolol Calcium channel blockers such as amlodipine, nifedipine, and verapamil Diuretics such as Dyazide, furosemide, and hydrochlorothiazide Due to a possible decrease in blood sugar levels, taking olive leaf may increase the effects of insulin and oral drugs for diabetes, such as:
Actos Avandia glimepiride glipizide glyburide Glyset metformin Prandin Precose Because olive leaf may decrease blood sugar levels, taking it with other blood sugar-lowering herbal products may result in hypoglycemia--blood sugar that is too low. Herbals that may reduce blood sugar include:
Eleuthero Fenugreek Ginger (in high amounts) Kudzu Panax ginseng
Is Olive Leaf Extract suitable for pregnant or nursing mothers
Unknown. While clinical trials with Olive Leaf Extract effectively portray its safety, few supplements are ever advocated for pregnant or nursing mothers. Please check with your health care provider before taking any health supplement.
There are many other conditions for which Olive Leaf Extract may act as a remedy that are not listed here. See Dr. Morton Walker's book- "Olive Leaf Extract, Natures Antibiotic".
More About Olive Leaf Extract
The olive tree has been studied for centuries, and over the years many medicinal benefits have been attributed to it. Olive oil, buds, leaves, and roots have all been used medicinally, but olive leaf extract is of exceptional interest. A bitter substance in the extract was found and named oleuropein. Numerous studies have been conducted to determine the benefits of oleuropein. In 1962, an Italian researcher discovered that oleuropein lowered blood pressure in animals. Other European researchers confirmed this finding. In addition, they found it could also increase blood flow in the coronary arteries , relieve arrhythmia's, and prevent intestinal muscle spasms. In 1969, a Dutch researcher determined the active ingredient in oleuropein to be a substance called elenolic acid. Elenolic acid was found to have powerful anti-bacterial properties.  By the late 1960's, research by scientists at Upjohn showed that elenolic acid also slowed the growth of viruses. It was found to inhibit a variety of viruses associated with the common cold in humans. Further, a number of research studies at this time showed that calcium elenolate, a salt of elenolic acid, had a strong effect not just on viruses, but bacteria and parasitic protozoans as well.  Olive leaf extract has been found to be an extremely effective anti-viral, anti-retroviral, and bactericidal substance. Research suggests that a number of mechanisms are involved. These mechanisms include:
* A critical interference with certain amino acids that are essential for the vitality of viruses. * Interference with the viral infection and/or the spread of the virus by inactivation, or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane. * The ability to directly penetrate infected host cells and inhibit viral replication. * In the case of retro viruses, it neutralizes the production of reverse transcriptase and protease. * Stimulates phagocytosis (the process of engulfment and destruction of particulate matter by phagocytic cells such amacrophages and neutrophils).
Due to olive leaf's anti-viral properties, it has been found to be a natural remedy in the treatment of conditions caused by, or associated with a virus, retrovirus, bacterium, or protozoan. Such conditions include influenza, the common cold, meningitis, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes I and II, human herpes virus 6 and 7, shingles, HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, dengue, bacteremia, severe diarrhea, blood poisoning, and dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections.
Recent studies have also shown that olive leaves, when stored in closed plastic bags at a specific temperature and for a designated time, were found to have increased antioxidant levels. The antioxidant that can be isolated is called 3,4-dihydroxyphenylethy 4-formyl-3-formylmethyl-4- hexenoate (3,4-DHPEA-EDA). This antioxidant is comparable to alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E). Phenolated compounds have also been found in the olive leaf and bud. These compounds include oleuropein and flavonoids such as rutin flavonol. These are both potent antioxidant compounds. Flavonoids inhibit LDL oxidation and oleuropein has antimicrobial properties.
Researchers are now trying to see if olive leaf extract can benefit AIDS patients. Research shows that it inhibits the production of both reverse transcriptase and protease, enzymes necessary for the survival of HIV. Fungal and yeast infections are included in the wide spectrum of conditions aided with olive leaf extract. It has been said that more than 10 million Americans have disfiguring fungal nail infections, a widely ignored medical problem. Fungal infections are frequently found among patients with AIDS, cancer and diabetes, athletes, the elderly, people who spend considerable time standing or who wear the same shoes day after day, or those who wear artificial fingernails. Drugs taken for cancer and AIDS lower resistance and are believed to make people more susceptible to fungal infections. Olive leaf extract may offer a natural and less expensive method of treatment for these infections. [/i] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ More links of interest: The following link quotes: "Olive leaf extract exhibits important antiviral, antifungul, antibacterial, antioxidant, lowers blood sugar and vaso-diliatory effects and may be used long term. It has a resounding impacts against infections and *virulent microbes" (*Virulent definition: Extremely infectious, malignant, or poisonous.) Read more here: Yeast/Fungus & Parasites:
After some study of Olive leaf extract and learning that a woman's LLMD took her off all supplement's except for Olive leaf extract, I had to try it. I remained on oral antibiotics and added in OLE.
Being a natural supplement I jumped right in, expecting nothing to happen (not a good idea, I am a hard herxer, but never believed something natural would make me herx). Within 5 days I was in the worst herx I have ever had, worse than any Bicillin IM herx I have experienced. I felt like I had the flu (I read later OLE can make you feel like you have the flu, it is part of the herx) anxiety horribly, dizziness, headache and a brain fog I have not experienced. I know it doesn't sound like fun. But what followed was nothing less than a miracle I never experienced on antibiotics.
So I took a few days off and when the "fog" had cleared, I never felt better in my life! I believe it was "hitting" something very significant and if feeling that good is on the other side of the hideous herx...then through the fire I will go.
I am now back on it at only 1000mg per day working up to 2000mg per day. I am pulsing Lauricidin another natural product that is also amazing, more at this link: http://www.lauricidin.com/micro.asp
When adjusted to OLE - It actually seems to lower my pain levels sometimes, I don't quite understand this, but found it later in a link regarding the use of OLE and CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).
Many say that if you decide to use OLE, look at the label and make sure the Oleuropein percentage is over 10% - some say a good Olive Leaf Extract Oleuropein content should be 17%-23%. I did not follow this advice. I used one with 6% as recommended in the book (above) "Olive Leaf Extract" by Dr. Morton Walker. I had to back down to 500mg per day - as it can be as unpredictible as antibiotics regarding herxing etc. Stopping and restarting can caused the herx all over again I learned, so I will stay on it...FOREVER.
This is my experience, we are all different. You should discuss this supplement with your LLMD, but their are very highly recognized LLMD's "prescribing" OLE and say tests results prove it works.
UPDATE: Since starting OLE several months ago now I have had PROOF in my blood tests that it has done amazing things. I have been tested through some of the best labs in the U.S. for the following and tests are NEGATIVE! Viruses, 4 were active - 3 are not now, Ehrlichia titers have dropped, No candida or parasites were found upon a very good lab test. This stuff works - it really does.
Below lots more info and Q&A - many believe it cannot be taken w/Abx...keep reading
Scroll to next posts below for more information followed by testimonials of OLE
Olive Leaf Extract A New/Old Healing Bonanza for Mankind by James R. Privitera, M.D.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Science has long stalked the chemical world within plants to uncover their amazing healing secrets. Lately, these investigations have yielded discovery after discovery of natural compounds with promising health and medical potential. Some of these compounds stimulate the production of anti-cancer enzymes in the body. Others bind and neutralize certain carcinogenic chemicals. Other have antioxidant effects,protecting the body from oxidation damage caused by harmful molecular fragments known as free radicals that contribute to aging and illness.
These natural compunds are found abundantly in roots, stems, leaves, fruits and vegetables. They go by a variety of scientific names like polyphenols, flavonoids, flavonols, pycnogenols, glucosinolates, isoprenoids, carotenoids, tocotrienols and proanthocyanadins. To keep things simple and pronounceable, we will just call them phytochemicals or phytonutrients. Phyto stems from the Greek word for plant.
The volume of current research is intense. Some experts say these compounds may offer the best protection we know of against the diseases that plague us today. There's much yet to learn about the tissue-specific way they work. But with time, these phytonutrients, in the form of supplements or medical preparations, may play a major role in anti-aging medicine and how we prevent and treat disease.
Among the many phytochemicals that have interested me, as a clinician, is oleuropein (pronounced oh-lee-or-oh-pin), a substance found in the olive leaf. I, as well as other health practitioners, have found that a natural supplement of olive leaf extract contains substantial medicinal benefits. Among them, boosting the energy among patients and aiding in the treatment of herpes and other viral conditions, flu and colds, fungal infections, chronic fatigue and allergies. I have also been surprised by unexpected results generated by this supplement.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It is hard to avoid the conclusion that there is something very special about the olive leaf. For one thing, it is the first botanical mentioned in the Bible. "And the dove came in to him in the evening, and lo, in her mouth was an olive leafplucked off. So Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth." (Genesis 8 : 11)
After the Great Flood we didn't hear too much about the olive leaf for a long time. Obviously this was a hard act to follow.
In a much later biblical time (Ezekiel 47 : 12), God speaks of a tree: "The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."
Was it the olive tree?
In Revelations, at the very end of the New Testament, there is an angelic vision of a "tree of life" whose leaves "were for the healing of the nations." Today, as modern medicine increasingly embraces phytochemicals it is interesting to speculate about the biblical "tree of life."
Again, was it perhaps the olive tree?
The ancient Egyptians may be been the first to put the olive leaf to practical use. They regarded it as a symbol of heavenly power, and in keeping with that belief, they extracted its oil and used it to mummify their kings.
Later cultures found the leaf was better utilized for the living than the dead. Over the ages, there is documentation that it was a popular folk remedy for combating fevers.
The first formal medical mention of the olive leaf - an account describing its ability to cure severe cases of fever and malaria -- ocurred about 150 years ago. In 1854, the Pharmaceutical Journal carried a report by one Daniel Hanbury and contained the following simple healing recipe:
Boil a handful of leaves in a quart of water down to half its original volume. Then administer the liquid in the amount of a wineglass every 3 or 4 hours until the fever is cured.
The author said he discovered the effective tincture in 1843 and had used it successfully. This method became well known in England for treating sick Britons returning from His or Her Majesty's tropical colonies. The author believed that a bitter substance in the leaves wasthe key healing ingredient.
He was right.
Decades later, scientists isolated a bitter substance from the leaf and named it oleuropein. It was found to be one ingredient in a compound produced by the olive tree that makes it particularly robust and resistant against insect and bacterial damage. From a technical angle, oleuropein is an iridoid, a structural class of chemical compounds found in plants. It is present in olive oil, throughout the olive tree, and is, in fact, the bitter material that is eliminated from the olives when they are cured.<
In 1962, an Italian researcher reported that oleuropein lowered blood pressure in animals. This triggered a flurry of scientific interest in the olive leaf.
Other European researchers confirmed this interesting finding. In addition, they found it could also increase blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieve arrhythmias, and prevent intestinal muscle spasms.
Around this time, a Dutch researcher determined the active ingredient in oleuropein to be a substance he called elenolic acid. It was found to have a powerful anti-bacterial effect.
By the late 1960's, research by scientists at Upjohn, a major American pharmaceutical company, showed that elenolic acid also inhibited the growth of viruses. In fact, it stopped every virus that it was tested against. Among others, the substance was found to counteract a variety of viruses associated with the common cold of humans.
Moreover, a number of laboratory experiments at this time with calcium elenolate, a salt of elenolic acid, demonstrated a strong effect against not just viruses, but bacteria and parasitic protozoans as well.
The compound worked effectively at low concentrations without any harmful influence on host cell mechanisms, the American researchers concluded. That meant they believed it to be extremely safe and non-toxic, even at high doses.
Following test tube experiments, the pharmaceutical company launched animal tests. Experiments showed the compound was indeed extremely well tolerated. There was a hitch, however. In the body of an animal, the substance rapidly attached to protein in blood serum. For all intents and purposes, this meant calcium elenolate was of no use. The binding action essentially took it "out of action," rendering it ineffective. As a result of this obstacle, research into the compound as a potential virus and bacteria killing pharmaceutical drug was dropped.
Nevertheless, research and interest in olive leaf extracts has moved forward, primarily in Europe. Among the most recent findings are these:
In a series of experiments, oleuropein was found to inactivate bacteria by apparently dissolving the outer lining of microbes.
At the University of Milan Pharacological Sciences, researchers found that oleuropein inhibited oxidation of low-density lipoproteins, the so-called "bad cholesterol" involved in heart and aterial disease. This revelation, if confirmed by further research, suggests that oleuropein may contain antioxidant properties similar to other phytochemical compounds. Medical researcher Morton Walker, D.P.M., writing about olive leaf extract in the July 1996 issue of the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, comments that the intake of flavonoids "is correlated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease indicated that the daily intake of olive oil and/or olive leaf extract containing phenols will likely bring on a similar result." At the present time, the cardiovascular research community is excited about such actions. Studies have shown that some phytochemicals can reduce the harmful oxidation of cholesterol as well as slow down the accelerated clumping of blood platelets that can lead to dangerous clots.
At Spain's University of Granada, pharmacologists determined that olive leaf extract causes relaxation of arterial walls in laboratory animals. Such results suggest a possible benefit for hypertension, an effect first mentioned by researchers more than 30 years ago.
In Tunis, researchers found that aqueous extract of olive leaves reduced hypertension, blood sugar, and the level of uric acid in rodents. This finding again indicates potential in the treatment of hypertension, as well as diabetes and heart disease. An elevated uric acid level is a risk factor for heart disease. Remember the biochemical snag mentioned earlier -- that elenolic acid binds with proteins in the body to nullify any therapeutic use? The problem has been overcome and the door opened for the development of effective olive leaf extract supplements.
Such products are now available, containing oleuropein and synergistic olive leaf extracts, including flavonoids.
The medicinal firepower is there.
The safety is there.
The added benefit of other phytochemicals is there. In short, we now have an exciting new herbal with a promising future.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For the record, the researchers at Upjohn found calcium elenolate effective in test tube experiments against the following viruses: herpes, vaccinia, pseudorabies, Newcastle, Coxsacloe A 21, encepthlomyocarditis, polio 1, 2, and 3, vesicular stomititus, sindbis, reovirus, Moloney Murine leukemia, Rauscher Murine leukemia, Moloney sarcoma, and many influenza and parainfluenza types. They found it effective against these bacteria and parasitic protozoans: lactobacillus plantarum W50, brevis 50, pediococcus cerevisiae 39, leuconostoc mesenteroides 42, staphylococcus aureus, bacillus subtilis, enterobacteraerogenes NRRL B-199, E. cloacae NRRL B-414, E. coli, salamonella tyhimurium, pseudomonas fluorescens, P. solanacearum, P. lachrymans, erwinia carotovora, E. tracheiphila, xanthomonas vesicatoria, corynesbacterium Michiganese, plasmodium falciparum, virax and malariae.
The researchers credit a number of unique properties possessed by the olive leaf compound for the broad killing power:
An ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses.
An ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane.
The ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication.
In the case of retroviruses, it is able to neutralize the production of reverse transcriptase and protease. These enzymes are essential for a retrovirus, such as HIV, to alter the RNA of a healthy cell.
It can stimulate phagocytosis, an immune system response in which cells ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter.
The research suggests that this may be a "true anti-viral" compound because it appears to selectively block an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. It thus appears to offer healing effects not addressed by pharmaceutical antibiotics.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clinically, the olive leaf extract has been used for a relatively short time. Health professionals began using it early in 1995 when it first became available. Although we do not have long-term perspectives as yet, initial results are very positive. We see a very promising and unique herbal with multiple applications. It shows considerable therapeutic action against many common conditions. In short, it appears to be living up to its unique background and expectations. From research and clinical experience to date, we can say that supplemental olive leaf extract may be beneficial in the treatment for conditions caused by, or associated with, a virus, retrovirus, bacterium, or protozoan. Among such conditions are influenza, the common cold, meningitis, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes I and II, human herpes virus 6 and 7, shingles, HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, dengue, bacteremia, severe diarrhea, blood poisoning, and dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections.
In our clinic, we use olive leaf extract for a variety of infectious and chronic conditions. We also believe that many people who lead stressful lives or who may be particularly susceptible to colds and viruses may benefit from long-term use of olive leaf extract as a preventive agent.
As I mentioned earlier, I am constantly surprised by unexpected benefits reported by patients. This indicates that we are perhaps just scratching the surface in our understanding of phytochemical benefits. Patients have told me about improved psoriasis, normalization of arrhythmias (heart beat irregularities), and less pain from hemorroids, toothaches and chronically achy joints.
I myself cured a chronic toenail fungal infection after starting on the supplement. It had not responded to the many other nutrients that I take.
One woman with bad allergies reported significant improvement and a level of energy she hadn't felt for years.
One elderly male with severe arrhythmia told me his condition had vastly improved in about eight days just from taking olive leaf extract alone. A woman with mild arrhythmia said her condition improved substantially while she took the supplement and then slowly became irregular again after she ran out.
We know from the oleuropein research done in the 1960s that the substance improves blood flood to the heart and acts to normalize arrhythmias. Currently, we are learning much about the cardiovascular benefits of the phytochemical compounds found in grape seeds, onions, kale, green beans, broccoli, and other vegetables. It will be interesting to see what benefits the particular phytochemicals in olive leaf extract produce for heart and arterial health.
Phil Selinsky, a naturopathic doctor at the Institute for Holistic Studies in Santa Barbara, and biochemist Arnold Takemoto, who has been developing patient nutritional programs on behalf of physicians in Arizona for 15 years, have found olive leaf extract to be an effective addition to their array of natural healing tools.
After using the supplement in dozens of cases for over a year, Selinsky is impressed with the benefits and looks forward to continued use and greater understanding about its most effective applications.
There is no doubt that olive leaf extract has real healing power. In a moment I will go into much greater detail on how it has helped patients.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that like any nutritional supplement it should not be considered a cure-all or panacea. In holistic practices such as mine, individual supplements are part of a comprehensive program that includes better diet, exercise, and stress control methods. That's how we maximize health and minimize symptoms.
In such a program, a patient may start with supplement X, Y and Z, get involved in an exercise program, and experience perhaps 50 percent relief for a given condition. That's a lot of relief but then we keep trying to improve the situation. We now add another supplement, let's say the olive leaf extract, and we get another degree of improvement, often quite large. In this manner, we continually tailor the program of an individual patient for the best results. And in this scheme of things, olive leaf extract is making a very positive contribution. It complements all the good things patients are doing.
There is always the possiblity that one ingredient, one supplement, can fill a large gap or particular need in the body and by itself lead to major improvement. We see that happen all the time. But usually it is all the elements in a nutritional program that work together -- like a team of horses pulling a wagon -- that gets the job done most effectively.
Biochemist Arnold Takemoto puts it this way: "Olive leaf extract is not a single magic-bullet. There are very few such things, especially in non-pharmaceutical medicine. In many cases it takes a whole lot more than just one ingredient to get over a particular condition. Yet I find it a very valuable addition against chronic fatigue syndrome and many other viral conditions, especially those that are more tenacious. It fills a hole that we haven't been able to fill before."
In the Townsend Letter article, Takemoto told Morton Walker that he has "yet to discover another herbal substance that accomplishes antimicrobially what this substance achieves."
Takemoto went on to say that Lisa Weinrib, M.D., one of the physicians he works with, treats many cases of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
She has noticed that patients with these problems exhibit much improvement from use of the extract, according to Takemoto. "It's the missing link that functions as an antiviral and antiretroviral agent by slowing down the organism's reproductive cycle. A slowdown...allows the patient's immune system to go on the attack."
Takemoto says olive leaf extract has helped patients eliminate stubborn viral infections they have had for years. One patient, who had suffered from shingles (herpes zoster) for nine years, experienced complete relief within two days of starting olive leaf extract and other supplements.
"In my approach," Takemoto says, "I target key antibody responses for specific viruses, stimulate the immune system, and with olive leaf extract attempt to inhibit the reproduction of the virus. It takes everything to get over some of these real chronic conditions."
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One of the most frequent comments we hear from patients after they start taking olive leaf extract is that they feel more energetic and have a greater sense of well-being. Many want to continue the supplement even after the treatment program has cleared up or reduced specific problems. Some patients are energized to the point that they inquire whether there is an "upper" in the product. There is not. It simply generates a natural "upper" effect. Healthy people who take it say they also feel this infusion of energy.
One of my patients is an 18-year-old professional ice-skater who says that one or two olive leaf extract tablets a day helps her sustain the high energy level she needs for practice and performance.
In my clinic, as in many others, fatigue is the No. 1 complaint. I am not refering to serious chronic fatigue situations but just routine tiredness, likely caused by a combination of consuming a dead food diet and not exercising. The average person, of course, is not going to change eating habits and is not going to go on a regular exercise program. In such cases, the olive leaf extract looks like a good source of pep for the pepless.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In my experience, olive leaf extract also has helped in many chronic fatigue cases, even the most serious. One female patient described to me what she called a "really quite unbelievable" recovery within one month of taking the supplement. "For the last few years I have not been feeling like myself. I've had little energy and enthusiasm for anything. This is not my usual nature. I attributed it to weight, unemployment and just being down. My head was always somewhat achy and I couldn't figure out why. The only way I could describe it would be as a constant low-degree headache which never left.
"I started taking olive leaf extract and noticed an immediate elevation of my spirits. What I liked about the product was that it was effective but gentle and didn't make me hyper or unable to sleep. Quite the contrary, I slept better.
"After a few days I began to notice more energy and a stronger sense of well-being. The cobwebs in my brain started to diminish. I also noticed a bad shoulder and a bad knee started to get better. The pain associated with these joints remarkably improved.
"The only side-effects I had were a couple of headaches in the beginning which disappeared with some aspirin. I started to feel much, much better. It was amazing to see the fatigue disappear and my general health improve. I couldnít believe I felt so well. I stopped taking the product after 30 days and experienced no withdrawal or anything. I simply felt better and that has stayed the same for the last 60 days without the product."
Another female patient with Epstein-Barr Virus reported that the supplement "has helped me very much in overcoming the tiredness I feel. It has given me energy."
For some very sick individuals, including people with chronic fatigue syndrome or particularly heavy loads of virus or bacteria in their bodies, olive leaf extract may possibly generate detoxification symptoms -- known as the "die-off effect" -- that may be unpleasant.
Such people may actually feel worse for a short time before feeling better. As an example, many chronic fatigue patients suffer from an associated depression. Patients of mine who toughed it out through the"die-off" period emerged highly energized and no longer depressed.
The "die-off effect," or Herxheimer Reaction as it is medically called, refers to symptoms generated by a detoxification process. If you are sick and use this product, you should be aware of the possibility. For this reason it may be advisable to consult first with a holistic health practitioner before using it.
If you have ever used Nystattin to fight yeast infections, you are probably familiar with this situation. Nystattin kills yeast. As the body becomes full of dead yeast, you may experience a variety of detox symptoms. Symptoms may intensify to the point where you need to stop or reduce the dosage of the medication in order to give your body a chance to eliminate the toxic waste.
Olive leaf extract is potent stuff. It can generate an internal cleansing action that may similarly cause significant detox symptoms. Refer to the next chapter about what to do if you experience such a reaction.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Die-off" symptoms can begin almost immediately after starting the supplement. It can hit different people in different ways. Reactions include extreme fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, muscle/joint achiness or flu-like symptoms. Severity differs also from person to person, depending on the extent of infection. Keep in mind that such symptoms are positive signs. Nevertheless, they can be unpleasant. Some people may not want to continue because of the discomfort. Others handle it better. Others experience no such effect.
Here's what to do in case of substantial detoxification symptoms:
Reduce the number of tablets, or even stop them altogether for a while.
You may need a day or two, or even a week, to allow your body to process the "die-off."
When you feel better, you can resume the supplement at a low dose and increase slowly.
Holistic practitioners can usually provide a supportive detoxification program for individuals who experience a strong "die-off" response. In my clinic, this program includes taking vitamin C to bowel tolerance. Such a regimen is best done under professional guidance.
Other than the "die-off" detoxification effect among some individuals, olive leaf extract appears to create no side effects. Past research with calcium elenolate, the derivative or oleuropein, included safety studies with laboratory animals. They were dosed orally and also via injection. The only symptom observed was a mild irritation of the mucous membrane among some animals at the injection site. Since olive leaf extract is taken orally, this observation is basically irrelevant. The research indicated that doses many times higher than recommended are unlikely to produce toxic or other adverse side effects. During 1993 testing of the liquid form of the product against the herpes virus, there were no observed or reported side effects.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Deaths from infectious diseases, formerly on the decline, have recently taken an alarming upward turn in this country. According to federal researchers, such deaths rose by 58% from 1980 to 1992, pushing this category of illness up behind heart disease and cancer in the No. 3 spot of killer diseases.
While the AIDS epidemic accounts for most of the rise, experts say there has been an unusual increase in mysterious respiratory infections among the elderly and blood infections among people of all ages. When you eliminate the AIDS the death rate during the same period for all other infectious diseases rose by 22 percent.
The World Health Organization (WHO), back in 1978, looked to the future and issued a report which contended that by the year 2000, sources other than Western, technological medicine would be needed in order for all people to have adequate health care. The organization subsequently adopted the report that recommended the use of traditional forms of healing and medicine, such as the use of herbs, to meet the demands of an factor, exploding global population.
As we approach the year 2000, the wisdon -- and the urgency -- of this advice is obvious in the light of the serious side-effects and shortcoming of pharmaceutical drugs.
With the emergence, for instance, of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains, natural products such as olive leaf extract take on greater importance. Even if new antibiotics are developed, new infectious bacteria would emerge that are resistant to new drugs. In the case of herbal medicinals, their complex chemistry may often render them potentially more effective against a wide variety of microorganisms for which pharmaceutical drugs prove to be ineffective.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It will be interesting to see if olive leaf extract can benefit AIDS cases. We know that it inhibits the production of reverse transcriptase and protease, enzymes necessary for certain viruses, such as HIV, to damage healthy cells. Informal, preliminary reports are promising.
Mark Konlee, editor of "Positive Health News," a newletter on alternative treatments that circulates widely in the AIDS community, has reported exciting initial results with olive leaf extract, either in the tablet supplement form or directly as a tea brewed from leaves, in combination with other ingredients.
Those other ingredients, according to Konlee, have been found to be highly beneficial over the years. They include:
Naltrexone, an immune-stabilizing drug used in the treatment of heroin and alcohol addiction. Clinical trials conducted by Bernard Bihari, MD, a New York City physician specializing in HIV/AIDS, demonstrated that this preparation stops the progression of the disease and the decline of the immune system in a majority of patients who take it regularly. Naltrexone stimulates key hormones regulating the immune system and the communication between the brain and immune function. No side effects have been reported.
DNCB (dinitrochlorobenzene), a chemical used in photography labs that is applied in small doses on the skin. This compound acts as anti-viral agent by stimulating killer cell activity. An estimated 7,000 patients with AIDS have used this substance for some 10 years.
A blend of olive oil/whole lemon juice. This "grassroots" recipe appears to be uniquely helpful in reversing neuropathy, swollen lymph nodes and wasting syndrome associated with the HIV.
For more specifics on this approach, interested individuals may contact "Keep Hope Alive," P.O. Box 27041, West Allis, WI 53227, or by phone at 414-548-4344. Konlee reports that the combination, with added olive leaf extract, "has producted stunning results," including viral loads dropping dramatically within a month. Among the cases he describes are these:
1. A patient had been using Naltrexone since October 1995 along with weekly topical applications of DNCB. He had not used the olive oil/lemon juice blend. In August of that year he had had a CD8 count of 700. CD8 refers to killer T cells, which, along with so-called Natural Killer cells, are major immune destroyers of virus infected cells. They reduce viral loads and inhibit damage to the body's defenses. In January of 1996, his CD8 count had risen to 1380. In March of 1996 he added olive leaf extract at the standart dose of one capsule four times daily. He initially experienced a mild headache, a probably "die-off effect." Within days, he reported a significant increase in energy along with the disappearance of swollen lymph nodes. He said he felt 20 years younger. On March 21, his CD8 count had soared to 1920! His physician said never before in his career had he seen such improvement in an AIDS patient.
2. One patient reported that after finishing a bottle of olive leaf extract, one of three Kaposi Sarcoma lesions on his chest vanished. He experienced headaches and flu-like symptoms for about two weeks, again a probable "die-off effect." Continuing with a second bottle, he said the second lesion was completely gone and the last one was "fading fast." His HIV viral load, as measured by PCR technology, had dropped from 160,000 to 30,000 in two months. Soon afterward, he reported that his PCR results for HIV were now down to 692.
3. An HIV patient reported his genital herpes vanished within four days of starting on the olive leaf extract.
4. Another patient with Kaposi's Sarcoma and retinitis added five capsules of olive leaf extract daily along with Naltrexone and DNCB. After doing this, he said that the sarcoma lesions stopped growing. This prompted him to stop two drugs he had been taking -- Ganciclovir and Biaxin -- because of severe intestinal side effects. A few days after discontinuing the drugs, his digestion returned to normal. He soon reported improved vision and that lesions were becoming lighter in color.
5. One patient took the olive leaf extract by itself for about 3 1/2 months. His HIV viral load dropped nearly in half as a result, along with significant improvements in his white blood cell counts. After adding Naltrexone and the lemon/olive oil drink, his improvement accelerated.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have recommened olive leaf extract to many patients with herpes. The results have been encouraging. One man in his early 40s suffered from repeated lesions plus fatigue. In a week after starting the supplement, his lesions disappeared and his energy level increased. He told me that olive leaf extract was the only preparation that had ever cleared up the herpes. "Even the most minute blisters are gone," he said.
A female patient had an unusually stubborn herpetic cold sore in the mouth for four months. She also suffered from cancer, thus there may have been some significant immune exhaustion involved. After one week with the olive leaf, the sore disappeared.
These and other similar clinical successes are consistent with a private 1993 herpes study in humans. In that investigation, a weaker and ethanol (alcohol-based) form of olive leaf extract was used by six individuals with herpes.
All reported symptomatic relief.
Three said their lesions disappeared within 48 hours. The remaining three, who experienced no improvement, then received a stronger dose. One said that three days later, most of the lesions were gone. The other two also reported doing better.
All six subjects said the olive leaf extract produced better results than Acyclovir, a medication they had previously used.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Results to date indicate that olive leaf extract may be a good weapon against the common cold and flu. Consider the following letter written to me in August of 1995 by a female patient suffering from persistent flu symptoms: "I became ill with the flu in February and had several immune boosters, extra vitamins and three antibiotics. My fever was 102-103 every afternoon and this continued even after the antibiotics. I developed paralyzing chest and abdominal pain, being confined to the couch for weeks -- not able to hardly walk. My weight dropped to 84 pounds. Medical tests revealed nothing specifically wrong.
I started taking olive leaf extract on July 18. Within a few days my temperature started dropping and it is slowly and steadily going down, so that some days I haven't needed to take Tylenol to reduce it. The pain is subsiding gradually and my appetite and strength is returning."
At the time of her next medical examination, the woman's temperature had been normal for a week. She hadn't needed pain-killers for two weeks.
I received a striking testimony from an elementary school teacher with a history of asthma and vulnerability to colds and flu. She felt that olive leaf extract fortified her against the constant exposure to germs circulating throughout her classroom.
"I used to get sick all the time," she told me. "One school year I got strep throat eight times. If you sneezed at me, the chances are I would get sick. Not any more. When many kids in my class were coughing, sneezing, and blowing their noses before Christmas, I caught a slight cold and that's it."
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The ability of olive leaf extract to destroy bacteria was demonstrated dramatically in the case of a 64-year-old physician who had been bedridden for several years following a serious stroke. He also had recurrent bladder infections which caused considerable pain, smelly urine and fever. All efforts to alleviate his condition had been generally unsuccessful. Even a $1,000 antibiotic specially made for him had not worked. He had constant discomfort. His urine was cloudy "and looked like soup." Often it was bloody.
After one month on olive leaf extract, the infections had vanished. After six months, the condition has not recurred.
The doctor also suffered from frequent allergies and colds and had to take medication to keep these under control. The incidence and severity were significantly minimized with the supplement and as a result he requires considerably less medicine.
Naturopath Phil Selinsky reports success against bacterial infections in a number of cases. These include sinus and bladder infections and oral infections associated with tooth or gum disease.
"Some patients have told me that olive leaf extract took down their dental-related infections within hours," according to Selinsky. "They were quite impressed by the response."
The general recommendation for olive leaf extract is four tablets daily. For these kind of infections, Selinsky recommends patients begin with two tablets followed by another every four hours.
"That usually gets you on top of the situation," he says. For more serious infections, tablets can be taken at shorter intervals.
One night a patient of mine developed swelling and intense pain from an abscess and decided to take several tablets at one time. It reduced the pain. In the morning, when the pain returned, he took a "handful" of tablets -- about eight or nine, he guesses. An hour-and-a-half later, the pain and swelling were gone. The pain did not return but a dental examination determined that the involved tooth had to go.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Researchers have found that the natural olive leaf compounds can decrease the level of blood sugar. I have had several cases in my clinic confirming this finding. One involved a 15-year-old girl with juvenile diabetes. The teenager had been regularly taking 350 units of insulin daily for control. After one month on olive leaf extract, she was able to maintain similar control with just 220 units.
In another case, the blood sugar level of a diabetic elderly priest dropped from 450 to 160 after three months. In an yet another instance, the blood sugar of a middle aged man stabilized at 140, down from 250, after one month. He reported a great increase in energy during this time.
These results are exciting. I look forward to more opportunities to gauge the benefits of olive leaf for diabetics. Will it generate improved blood flow and antioxidant effects to help against the destructive vascular complications of diabetes that contribute to stroke, heart disease and peripheral circulatory problems?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A number of patients have experienced significant easing of joint pain. We don't know yetprecisely how this is happening. A male patient, who had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis five years before, had this to say: "After taking all the medicines I could stand with no real results, I was informed about some nutritional supplements. One of them was an olive leaf extract.' "After taking it for three weeks I noticied more flexibility in my fingers, elbows, and neck. There was marked relief of muscle tension surrounding my joints. Overall I am enjoying olive leaf extract with my daily routine."
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One of our clinical observations is that olive leaf extract appears to work on many different levels in the body. As a result we often hear reports from patients that a variety of symptoms begin improving. One woman with chronic fatigue, frequent colds, asthma, and vaginal yeast infections said that all her symptoms had virtually cleared up within five weeks. The woman, a teacher, was able to take on new projects she wouldn't even begin to think were possible before.
A male patient wrote a detailed letter about his experience:
"I became ill in December 1993 and was diagnosed with a stomach and prostrate infection. I was treated with high doses of antibiotics, but never fully recovered. I was troubled with multiple symptoms, some of which were back and neck pain, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, swollen glands, sinus and digestive problems. I was subsequently diagnosed with fibromyalgia (chronic fatigue syndrome) and the physicians recommeded Prozac-type antidepressants and anti-inflammatory drugs. But I refused them. I began taking olive leaf extract along with my regular vitamin and mineral supplements in August of 1995 at the rate of one tablet every six hours. I increased the dosage after five days and began to feel better."
"I tried different dosages for a number of days until I found the optimum amount for me. Today I take three tablets four times a day. My overall health has greatly improved and so has my energy and disposition. One very interesting thing has occurred. My finger nails were infected, by whatever infection I had, leaving them wrinkled looking. Now they are slowly returning to their normal shape."
A female patient, after taking olive leaf extract for a month, gave me this happy report:
"It has improved my allergy-like psoriasis, and symptoms of a kidney infection. I have been having back aches for almost a year and frequent urination. These have improved a lot also.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Earlier I mentioned my own positive experience with olive leaf extract. I started taking the supplement and it completely cleared up a stubborn toenail fungus infection. A number of other patients have told me similar stories. A woman with an infection of the large toenail said that within 60 days her condition was about three-quarters healed. For five years, she had tried many types of medication and natural agents without help.
More than 10 million Americans are said to have disfiguring fungal nail infections, a widely ignored medical problem. It is frequently found among patients with AIDS, cancer and diabetes, athletes, elderly individuals, people who spend considerable time standing or who wear the same shoes day after day, or who wear artificial fingernails. Drugs taken for cancer and AIDS lower resistance and are believed to make people more susceptible to infection.
For the first time in 35 years, a new drug has been approved for the condition. It is called Sporanox and is reported to be more effective than previous anti-fungal preparations. But none of these preparations come cheap. Patricia Anstett of the Knight-Ridder Newspapers reports that two 100-milligram pills of Sproranox are taken daily for about three months at a cost of $900. Older drugs, taken for 12 months or more, cost double or more that amount over the longer duration. Even with the new drug, the condition may return if the medication is stopped.
Olive leaf extract may offer a natural -- and for sure, less expensive -- method of self-treatment.
One patient said a fungal infection of the tongue he had for 30 years responded virtually overnight to the olive leaf. "I had tried all kinds of diets, treatments and regimes but to no avail," he told me. "Within three weeks on olive leaf extract the fungus disappeared!"
More than a dozen patients with candidiasis have reported significant improvements. They say they have fewer infections, allergic reactions, less dullness and more energy. One woman said she was finally able to clean out her dust-ridden garage. Before olive leaf extract that would have been impossible for her.
One 36-year-old woman, who had suffered repeated vaginal yeast infections for several years, told me this account of her experience with olive leaf extract:
"I have seen several doctors using conventional medicine. They prescribed every medication available to combat yeast, all to no avail. After less than three weeks of taking the olive leaf supplement, all symptoms cleared up and have not returned. As a sufferer of herpes simplex II, I would experience outbreaks several times a year. Now, I have had no more flare-ups."
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A chronic scalp infection that had stubbornly resisted all treatment for more than 10 year responded directly to olive leaf extract within 60 days. The patient wrote me this detailed letter: "The condition would flare up causing very painful eruptions and lesions in my scalp, which, over time, have killed quite a few hair follicles. Modern medical doctors and dermatologists have been unable to eradicate (the condition). I had resolved my self to the fact that there was no cure.
"I am satisfied that I am getting some significant results from using the olive leaf extract. My scalp remains a little tender, but the eruptions have all but ceased. I am continuing to use the product about twice a day, and the skin color is much healthier than it has been in recent time.
"No matter what drug therapy my doctors have prescribed in the past, none has provided me with the level of relief I am currently experiencing. I would gladly recommend this product to others suffering chronic skin aliments."
A female patient reported better energy and disappearance of a rash in 30 days. The rash occurred in winter, or during times of extreme cold.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Olive leaf extract may offer considerable potential in the treatment of tropical infections such as malaria and dengue. Malaria is caused by parasitic protozoans injected into the body by infected mosquitoes. Protozoans, in case you are interested, are one-celled organisms, the simplest creatures in the animal kingdom.
As far back as 1827, reports have appeared in medical literature indicating the benefits of olive leaf extract in the treatment of malaria. In 1906, one report stated that olive leaves were, in fact, superior to quinine for malarial infections. Quinine was preferred, however, because it was easier to administer. In studies performed by the Upjohn company, calcium elenolate, the substance within oleuropein, was found to be effective against the malaria protozoa.
Now in tablet form, there may be renewed interest in olive leaf extract as an anti-malarial agent. Preliminary reports from Latin America are promising.
A full-fledged case of malaria at a clinic in Mexico was totally cured with a dosage schedule of two olive leaf extract supplements every six hours. A clinic report said that the 34-year-old female patient made a steady recovery and after six months, "she was without any of the malaria symptoms, not even anemia or shivers. Her breath is good. Her state of mind excellent and she does not show any signs of chronic or contagious disease."
Malaria has been reported recently in Texas and continues to be a leading cause of illness and deaths worldwide, particularly because of the development of drug-resistant strains. "It is a continuing concern in the United States because of increased international migration, travel, and commerce, " according to the publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.
Another serious tropical disease giving concern to public health officials is dengue fever. This ailment is also mosquito-borne, in this case caused by a virus, and occurs mainly in tropical Asia and the Caribbean. It can cause vomiting, high fever, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain, and is deadly in 50 percent of the cases. Some 50 million people are affected each year and about half a million require hospitalization, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers are trying to find a vaccine but no breakthroughs have occurred yet.
In 1995, large outbreaks of dengue were reported by health authorities in 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Olive leaf extract is currently available in the form of 500 mg. tablets. The routine dosage is one tablet every six hours or four throughout the day. Take the supplement between meals for best results. In the case of bad colds or flu, you can use two tablets every six hours. For acute infections, some individuals have taken more -- three and even four every six hours -- and reported rapid relief.
If you encounter a "die-off" effect, cut back on the number of tablets you are taking or temporarily discontinue them. See the section on "die-off effect."
For healthy folks seeking more energy or the prevention benefits of olive leaf extract, we suggest one or two tablets a day. The younger and cleaner the body, the more responsive it is to supplements such as this. When a person becomes older and more toxic, more of the supplement is required to do the job.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dr. Privitera, M.D. earned his medical degree at Creighton University and completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at Providence Hospital in Seattle, Washintion and his residency at Presbyterian Hospital in San Francisco, CA. Following a Clinical Fellowship in allergy, immunology and rheumatolgy at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, he entered private practice in allergy and nutrition in Covina, California where he practices today. Affiliated with the American Preventive Medical Association and the International College of Applied Nutrition, among others, Dr. Privitera has served on the boards of several top health organizations including the National Health Federation. A pioneer in dark field microscopy, Dr. Privitera has been asked to consult to some of our nations's leading vitamin manufacturers. He has a book soon to be released entitled "Silent Clots - the Nation's Biggest Killer".
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Natural Olive Leaf Extract is derived from the olive tree (Olea europaea), which happens to have a very long and interesting history. One of the most revered botanicals, the olive tree is mentioned numerous times in the Bible. One of the earliest and most powerful mentions is the delivery of the olive branch to Noah by a dove, a sign that the floodwaters were receding and life was returning. The olive tree was, and still is, a life-giver. Its fruit is used for food, and the oil is used for cooking and as a source of light to ward off the darkness. Ancient cultures soon discovered that the various components of the olive tree provided a myriad of health benefits as well, benefits confirmed by modern science.
While Olive Leaf Extract in capsule form is new, the knowledge of the medicinal properties of the Olive tree date back thousands of year in the Mediterranean area. In the early 1800's, it was used in liquid form (a strong tea) as a very effective treatment for malarial infections in the French Indies. According to the 1854 Pharmaceutical Journal of Provincial Transactions, the doctors at that time stated that the properties of the tree, Olea europaea, deserved more extensive investigation.
In the early 1900's, a bitter compound was found in the leaves of certain olive trees called "Oleuropein." This compound was determined to be part of the olive tree's powerful disease resistant structure. In 1962, an Italian researcher recorded that oleuropein had the ability to lower blood pressure in animals. Other European researchers validated that claim and also found it to increase blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieve arrhythmias and prevent intestinal muscle spasms.
The search began for the chemical agent within oleuropein that would be the most important medically. A Dutch researcher found it. The chemical was elenolic acid. Further European research determined this compound to have strong bacteriocidal capabilities as well.
In the late 60's and early 70's, The Upjohn Companies' test studies were published by The American Society for Microbiology in regards to a new multifunctional monoterpene which they had isolated from various parts of the olive tree.
When they tested this compound it was found to be virucidal against all viruses for which it was tested. The compound acted effectively at low concentrations without any harmful influence on host cell mechanisms. It was also found to be extremely safe and nontoxic, even at high doses. While it worked extremely well in-vitro, it was unsuccessful in-vitro. When injected into the blood stream, the compound bound quickly to the blood serum protein and rendered itself ineffective. They were unable to overcome this problem and terminated their research. During this same period, other companies had interest in the compound and performed various tests, but also lost interest.
Finally in 1995, through independent scientific research, success was achieved, opening the way for clinical application of this natural olive leaf extract and Olive Leaf Extract was born. This 100% natural product is classified as a food supplement and currently no other known herbal product in the history of the world is demonstrating itself to be as medicinally wide spectrum.
More recently, numerous studies have been conducted on olive leaves and the active components found in the leaves, with a preponderance of positive results. A 1999 study conducted at the University of Rome assessed the antimicrobial activity of oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, two of the most active components in olive leaf extract. They were pitted against many different bacterial strains, including salmonella and staphylococcus, in vitro. The study concluded, “Olea europaea can be considered a potential source of promising antimicrobial agents” for the support of intestinal and respiratory health.
A 2002 study conducted at the University of South Australia compared the effectiveness of some of the typical components of the Mediterranean diet, including oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, as reactive oxygen species inhibitors and free radical scavengers. Researchers also examined their capability in protecting against low-density lipoprotein oxidation in vitro. Results clearly indicated that these components are potent inhibitors of free radical generation, as well as effective free radical scavengers.
Dr. James R. Privitera, M.D., a physician in Covina, California, began using Olive Leaf Extract early in 1995. "I think we are just beginning to scratch the surface for what seems to be a very promising and unique herbal with multiple applications," he says. "We continually hear from patients about new and unexpected benefits. Although we do not have long term perspectives as yet, preliminary clinical results are very positive."
Dr. Phil Selinsky, at the Institute for Holistic Studies in Santa Barbara reports: "Some patients have told me that Olive Leaf Extract took down their dental infections in a matter of hours! The response is quite impressive."
Biochemist Arnold Takemoto: "it [Olive Leaf Extract] sure has power; particularly against viruses that are more tenacious!" "It fills a hole that we haven't been able to fill before. It gives us a new, effective tool."
Some people experience what is known as Herxheimers Reaction. This is a detoxification reaction and not a counteraction to the product.
If any of these symptoms should occur - greater fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, muscle/joint aches or flu-like symptoms, temporarily discontinue taking Olive Leaf Extract or cut back on the amount taken until the body can eliminate the toxic waste. Most individuals experience no such effect.
A few individuals have reported a slight headache due to detoxification. If this should occur, any common pain reliever seems to work to curb the discomfort.
There are no toxic chemicals used in the preparation of our Olive Leaf Extract and all excipients are those commonly used in the food, vitamin or pharmaceutical industry in the United States.
One of Dr. Privitera's patients is a 17-year-old professional ice skater who says that one or two capsules a day helps sustain the high energy level she requires for practice and performance.
"In my clinic, as in many others, fatigue is the number one complaint," says Privitera. "I am not speaking of the serious chronic fatigue situation but just day-in and day-out tiredness, a result, I believe, of average nonexercising Americans eating their standard American diet of dead food. The average person, of course, is not going to change eating habits and is not going to go on a regular exercise program. Based on my experience, I suggest that Olive Leaf Extract offers something safe, effective and energizing for the malaise of the masses."
Dr. Privitera says he is continually surprised by some of the reported benefits from Olive Leaf Extract, such as improved psoriasis, normalization of arrhythmias (heart beat irregularities), and less pain from hemorrhoids, toothaches and chronically achy joints.
One woman with bad allergies reported significant improvement and a level of energy she hadn't felt for years.
One elderly male with severe arrhythmia reported that his condition had vastly improved in about eight days just from taking Olive Leaf Extract alone. A woman with mild arrhythmia said her condition improved substantially when she took Olive Leaf Extract and then slowly returned to its irregular state after she ran out of the product.
"Given what we know about the protective cardiovascular effects of proanthocyanadins and flavinoids, the phytochemical compounds found in grape seeds, onions, kale, green beans, broccoli and other vegetables, it will be interesting to see what benefits Olive Leaf Extract and its special array of phytochemicals prove to offer for heart and arterial health," says Dr. Privitera.
Another dramatic development involved a 15-year-old girl with juvenile diabetes. The teenager had been regularly taking 350 units of insulin daily to control her condition. After one month on the standard recommended dose of Olive Leaf Extract (one capsule every six hours or the equivalent of four a day), she was able to maintain similar control with just 220 units.
Years ago, researchers found that the natural olive leaf compounds from which Olive Leaf Extract is derived could lower blood sugar. Dr. Privitera hopes to study the supplement's effects on other diabetics to determine whether it might indeed reduce insulin requirements.
Biochemist Arnold Takemoto, who designs patient nutritional programs for physicians in Arizona, has found Olive Leaf Extract to be an effective addition to his arsenal of natural healing. He also says it has helped some patients rapidly rid themselves of stubborn viral infections they have had for years. As an example, he cites the case of a patient who had suffered from shingles (herpes zoster) for nine years. Within two days of starting Olive Leaf Extract the condition cleared up.
"Chronic fatigue patients are often helped by Olive Leaf Extract," says Dr. Privitera. "It is not a cure-all, but the results are substantive enough so that many individuals want to continue taking the supplement."
Many chronic fatigue patients suffer from an associated depression. Privitera reports a number of cases where patients went through the "die-off" period and came out highly energized and no longer depressed.
One female patient described to Dr Privitera what she called a "really quite unbelievable" recovery within one month of taking the supplement. "For the last few years, I have not been feeling like myself," she wrote. "I've had little energy and enthusiasm for anything. This is not my usual nature. I attributed it to weight, unemployment and just being down. My head was always somewhat achy and I couldn't figure out why. The only way I could describe it would be as a constant low degree headache which never left. I started taking Olive Leaf Extract and noticed an immediate elevation of my spirits. What I liked about the product was that it was effective but gentle and didn't make me hyper or unable to sleep. Quite the contrary, I slept better.
"After a few days, I began to notice more energy and a stronger sense of well-being. The cobwebs in my brain started to diminish. I also noticed a bad shoulder and a bad knee started to get better. The pain associated with these joints remarkably improved. The only side effects I had were a couple of headaches in the beginning which disappeared with some aspirin. (symptom of detoxification.) I started to feel much, much better. It was amazing to see the fatigue disappear and my general health improve. I couldn't believe I felt so well.
"I stopped taking the product after thirty days and experienced no withdrawal or anything. I simply felt better and that has stayed the same for the last sixty days without the product."
A female patient diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus reported that the supplement "has helped me very much in overcoming the tiredness I feel. It has given me energy."
Flu and Colds
Olive Leaf Extract may offer a potent tool against the common cold and flu. Consider the following letter written on August 1, 1995, by a female patient with persistent flu symptoms:
"I became ill with the flu in February and had several immune boosters, extra vitamins and three antibiotics. My fever was 102-103 every afternoon and this continued even after the antibiotics. I developed paralyzing chest and abdominal pain, being confined to the couch for weeks, not able to hardly walk. My weight dropped to 84 pounds. Medical tests revealed nothing specifically wrong.
"I started taking Olive Leaf Extract on July 18. Within a few days, my temperature started dropping and it is slowly and steadily going down so that some days I haven't needed to take Tylenol to reduce it. The pain is subsiding gradually and my appetite and strength are returning."
At the time of her next medical examination, on August 15, the patient's temperature had been normal for a week and she had taken no painkillers for two weeks.
An elementary school teacher with a history of asthma and super-susceptibility to colds and flu believes that Olive Leaf Extract has armor-plated her against the legion of germs that run rampant throughout her classroom.
"I used to get sick all the time," she says. "One school year, I got strep throat eight times. If you sneezed at me, the chances are I would get sick. Not anymore. When many kids in my class were coughing, sneezing and blowing their noses before Christmas, I caught a slight cold and that's it."
"The product," says Dr. Privitera, "may be a true antiviral, inasmuch as it selectively blocks an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. It appears, moreover, to offer us healing effects that are not covered by pharmaceutical antibiotics. We believe that many people who lead stressful lives or who may be particularly susceptible to colds and viruses may benefit from long term use of Olive Leaf Extract as a preventive agent."
Laboratory tests show that Olive Leaf Extract with Echinacea is effective against:
Polio 2 In. A/Hong Kong/Richardson/68 (H3N2) Staphylococcus Aureus Malariac
Polio 3 In. B/Lee/40 Bacillus Subtilis
Vesicular Stomititus In. B/Maryland/1/59 Escherichia Coli
Dr. Privitera has given Olive Leaf Extract to many herpes patients. One male patient in his early 40's experienced frequent lesions along with fatigue. In a week his lesions disappeared and his energy increased. He wrote to Dr. Privitera to say that Olive Leaf Extract was the only medicine that ever eliminated his herpes. "Even the most minute blisters are gone," he wrote.
A female patient had an unusually stubborn herpetic cold sore in the mouth for four months. The woman also suffers from cancer, thus there may be some significant immune exhaustion involved. After one week on Olive Leaf Extract, the sore disappeared.
These type of clinical experiences are consistent with a private 1993 herpes study in humans using an earlier, weaker form of Olive Leaf Extract. Of the six subjects involved, all reported symptomatic relief. Three said their lesions disappeared in 36 to 48 hours. The remaining three were placed on a stronger dose. One of them said that three days later most of the lesions were gone. The other two individuals were newly infected with the virus and were likely experiencing a much higher level of virus shedding. On the stronger dose, they reported also doing better. All six subjects said this procedure produced better results than Acyclovir, a medication they had previously used.
In reference to HIV, Positive Health News reports that a man from Oakland, CA, who after taking Olive Leaf Extract 4 times a day for 3-1/2 months, without any other medications, lowered his HIV viral load 47%, his CD4 and CD8 count rose 24% and 27%, his WBC was increased 38% and his absolute Lymphocyte count rose 40%.
One woman with chronic fatigue, colds, asthma and vaginal yeast infections had excellent results. Five weeks after starting Olive Leaf Extract, she returned to see Dr. Privitera. She told the physician that all her symptoms had virtually cleared up! The woman, a teacher, was able to take on new projects she couldn't consider before.
A male patient with multiple symptoms wrote as follows:
"I became ill in December 1993 and was diagnosed with a stomach and prostate infection. I was treated with high doses of antibiotics, but never fully recovered. I was troubled with multiple symptoms, some of which were back and neck pain, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, swollen glands, sinus and digestive problems. I was subsequently diagnosed with fibromyalgia (chronic fatigue syndrome) and the physicians recommended Prozac-type antidepressants and anti-inflammatory drugs. But I refused them.
"I began taking Olive Leaf Extract along with my regular vitamin and mineral supplements in August of 1995 at the rate of one capsule every six hours. I increased the dosage after five days and began feeling better. I tried different dosages for a number of days until I found the optimum amount for me. Today I take three capsules four times a day. My overall health has greatly improved and so has my energy and disposition.
"One very interesting thing has occurred. My fingernails were infected by whatever infection I had, leaving them wrinkled-looking. Now they are slowly returning to their normal shape."
"The product," says Dr. Privitera, "may be a true antiviral, inasmuch as it selectively blocks an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. It appears, moreover, to offer us healing effects that are not covered by pharmaceutical antibiotics. We believe that many people who lead stressful lives or who may be particularly susceptible to colds and viruses may benefit from long term use of Olive Leaf Extract as a preventive agent."
A male patient wrote the following letter: "Five years ago, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. After taking all the medicines I could stand with no real results, I was informed about some nutritional supplements. One of them was Olive Leaf Extract. After taking it for three weeks, I noticed more flexibility in my fingers, elbows and neck. There was marked relief of muscle tension surrounding joints. Overall, I am enjoying Olive Leaf Extract with my daily routine."
A number of other patients have reported significant relief of joint pain. It is unclear at this time what healing mechanism is being triggered by the olive leaf compound.
Fungus and Yeast Infections
Improvement of fungal infections has been reported by a number of patients. A woman with an infection of the large toenail reported that within two months after starting Olive Leaf Extract, the condition was about three-quarters healed. She had the infection for more than five years previous and no medication or natural agent had helped. Dr. Privitera himself reported a toenail fungal infection he had cleared up as a result of his using Olive Leaf Extract.
More than 10 million Americans are estimated to have disfiguring fungal nail infections, a widely under-recognized medical problem. It is common among athletes, elderly individuals, people who stand a lot or wear the same shoes every day, who wear artificial fingernails and patients with AIDS, cancer and diabetes. Drugs taken for cancer and AIDS lower resistance and are believed to make people more susceptible to infection.
Recently, a new drug was approved - the first in 35 years - for the condition. The drug is called Sporanox and is said to be more effective than older antifungal medications.
According to an article by Patricia Anstett of the Knight-Ridder Newspapers, two 100 milligram pills are taken daily for about three months at a cost of $900. Older drugs, taken for twelve months or more, cost double or more that amount over the longer duration. Even with the new drug, the condition can return once the medication is discontinued.
Results to date suggest that Olive Leaf Extract offers a natural and much less expensive avenue of self-treatment.
One male patient reported amazing results for a fungus infection of the tongue he had for 30 years. "All kinds of diets, treatments and regimes were tried but to no avail," he reported. "Within three weeks on Olive Leaf Extract, the fungus disappeared."
More than a dozen of Privitera's patients with candidiasis have reported significant improvements with Olive Leaf Extract. They speak of less infections, allergies, fatigue, dullness and more energy One woman said she was able to clean out her garage, which was full of dust, and before Olive Leaf Extract, that would have been impossible for her.
The bactericidal effect of Olive Leaf Extract was dramatically evident in the case of a 64-year-old physician bedridden for four years since suffering a major stroke. He also had recurrent bladder infections which would cause considerable pain, smelly urine and fever.
All efforts to control the condition had failed, including a $1,000 antibiotic specially prepared for him. The patient experienced constant discomfort. His urine was cloudy and "looked like soup." Often, it contained blood. After one month on Olive Leaf Extract, the infections had vanished and after six months, the condition has not recurred. He has been taking a standard dose of four capsules daily.
The patient also used to suffer from frequent allergies and colds and took medication frequently to keep these in check. The incidence and severity have been significantly minimized with Olive Leaf Extract and he requires considerably less medicine.
After two months with Olive Leaf Extract, a male patient reported "significant" improvement for a chronic scalp infection he had suffered with for more than ten years. "It had flared up causing very painful eruptions and lesions in my scalp which, over time, have killed quite a few hair follicles," he said. "Modern medical doctors and dermatologists have been unable to eradicate (the condition). I had resolved myself to the fact that there was no cure. I am satisfied that I am getting some significant results from using Olive Leaf Extract. My scalp remains a little tender, but the eruptions have all but ceased. I am continuing to use the product about twice a day, and the skin color is much healthier than it has been in recent time.
"No matter what drug therapy my doctors have prescribed in the past, none has provided me with the level of relief I am currently experiencing. I would gladly recommend this product to others suffering chronic skin ailments."
A female patient reported better energy and disappearance of a rash in thirty days..The rash occurred in winter, or during times of extreme cold.
Olive Leaf Extract may have considerable therapeutic potential in the treatment of tropical infections such as malaria and dengue. Malaria is caused by protozoans carried by infected mosquitoes. In 1906, olive leaf extracts were found to be far superior to quinine in the treatment of malarial infections. Quinine was preferred, however, because it was easier to administer. Now in capsule form, the olive leaf may make a strong comeback. Preliminary reports from Latin America are promising. A full blown case of malaria at a clinic in Mexico was reported 100 percent better with a dosage schedule of two Olive Leaf Extract capsules every six hours.
According to the clinic report, the 34-year-old female patient recovered progressively over a six month period. At the end of that time, the report said, "she was without any of the malaria symptoms, not even anemia or shivers. Her breath is good, her state of mind excellent and she does not show any signs of chronic or contagious disease."
There have been recent reports of cases of malaria in Texas. According to Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, "malaria continues to be a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, particularly because of the development of drug-resistant strains, and is a continuing concern in the United States because of increased international migration, travel and commerce.
In light of the alarming rise in the number of deaths from infectious diseases in this country, the advent of a natural healing compound such as Olive Leaf Extract may be a timely development for individuals interested in natural, alternative approaches. According to federal researchers, deaths from infectious diseases, formerly on the decline, rose 58 percent from 1980 to 1992, elevating this category of illness from number five to number three among the killer diseases, behind heart disease and cancer.
Although the AIDS epidemic accounts for most of the increase, researchers have also documented an unusual rise in mysterious respiratory infections among the elderly and blood infections among people of all ages. Eliminating the influence of AIDS, the death rate during the same period for all other infectious diseases had increased by 22 percent.
Back in 1978, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report which asserted that by the year 2000, sources other than Western technological medicine would have to be employed in order for all people to have adequate health care. The report further recommended that traditional forms of healing and medicine, such as the use of herbs, be pursued to meet the growing needs of a dynamically increasing world population. The recommendation was adopted by the organization. With the emergence of strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, natural products such as EDEN(TM) take on greater importance. Even if new antibiotics are developed, new infectious bacteria would emerge that are resistant to new drugs. In the case of herbal medicinals, their~complex chemistry renders them potentially more therapeutic against a wide variety of microorganisms for which pharmaceutical drugs may be impotent.
Research or clinical experience to date suggests that Olive Leaf Extract should be considered a healing participant in the treatment of conditions caused by or associated with a virus, retrovirus, bacterium or protozoan. Among such conditions may be influenza, the common cold, meningitis, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes I and II, human herpes virus 6 and 7, shingles, HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, dengue, bacteremia, severe diarrhea, blood poisoning, dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections.
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Olive Leaf Extract (1997) Book
By Dr. Morton Walker Foreword by Joseph J. Territo, M.D.
To begin with, Walker warns us that we are currently experiencing a number of “new” diseases due to “superbug” microorganisms. Some of them include the Epstein-Barr virus and retroviruses, which take charge of the genetic machinations of the cell; antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can sometimes actually live off of the drugs designed to kill it; yeasts and fungi, which are usually responsible for yeast syndrome (candidiasis) and chronic fatigue syndrome; and parasites, which are a serious problem worldwide. Most of these developing afflictions are due to one of four factors: the upset of nature’s balance, a depressed immune system, the ill adaptation of humans to new technology, or the diseases of overindustrialization. Due to these problems, some retroviruses can even come out of dormancy once they detect a weakness in the body. No supplement, drug, or remedy studied in recent years has shown promise in working against the attacks of viruses, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, yeasts, fungi, protozoa, and worms. However, encapsulated powdered olive leaves, newly available, show promise in addressing, affecting, and ameliorating all of the above maladies.
Walker goes on to report that two million Americans a year develop infections while in the hospital, causing the deaths of as many as 20,000. This is partly the result of the overuse and overprescription of antibiotics, the practice of which overlooks the fact that bacteria can mutate, developing effective resistance to antibiotics. Bacteria also create copies of themselves that carry the parent cell’s resistance, meaning that every time a better antibiotic is administered, bacteria alter their genetic chemistry to build new immunity, resulting in batches of immune bacteria. If that weren’t bad enough, bacteria can also exchange information with other microorganisms, using “jumping genes” of DNA plasmids, to spread their drug resistance.
To infect, bacteria must first enter the body and find a place to replicate before the immune system searches it out and eradicates it. We experience illness when the bacteria has multiplied to such a degree that their generated microtoxins or tissue digestion are interfering with our own processes. Most antibiotics work in one of three ways: by interfering with the building of the invader’s cell wall, interfering with the assembly of the invader’s vital proteins, or shutting down reproduction altogether. However, in order for those methods to work, the antibiotic must be able to penetrate the invader.
The ability of bacteria to multiply quickly also complicates things. Diseases such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the common staphylococcus, salmonella, Haemophilus influenzae, and streptococcus pneumoniae have already shown themselves resistant and fatal in more and more instances during recent years.
Now, non-toxic olive leaf extract has emerged as a powerful antimicrobial. Walker sees it as a much-needed natural savior of sorts. He points out that olive oil, bark, leaves, and fruit have been a part of nutrition and healing for thousands of years in the Mediterranean. Its mythic properties have been confirmed by modern tests, and thus olive leaf extract may be exactly what we need.
Part One—The Developmental History of the Therapeutic Attributes of Olive Leaf Extract
We Swim in a Sea of Microbes. Dr. Walker declares the age of antibiotics over at the beginning of this chapter. Many of our modern antibiotics are quickly becoming useless because of the way microbes are able to mutate, developing resistance to once effective drugs. The frequency of diseases like AIDS, chlamydia, herpes, Lyme disease, bacterial pneumonia, and staph infections led Dr. Stanford T. Shulman to say that following birth “we swim in a veritable sea of microbes.” And since infectious diseases are such a problem, both in third world and industrialized countries, doctors now specialize in just infectious diseases, studying the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of these diseases. This is called epidemiology1. Once infected, the host experiences an immune response, though there are many different kinds of infection. A subclinical, silent, or asymptomatic infection may not be detectable, or may not be showing its symptoms. Colonization also shows no signs, because the microbe is busy multiplying. A latent infection is one that has been dormant inside the host for perhaps years. An exogenous infection results from environmental factors, and an endogenous infection comes from the host’s normal inhabiting organisms. Walker presents a great deal of biologic background in his text in order to fully inform his readers, and here he continues by defining microorganism or microbe as “any living thing too small to be visible to the naked eye, most often made up of a single cell.” Included in this species are bacteria, spirochetes, viruses, rickettsiae, chlamydiae, fungi, yeasts, molds, protozoa, and helminths (worms). Walker next defines each microorganism. Bacteria are single-celled organisms that can multiply independently and are classified by shape: cocci (spherical), bacilli (rod-shaped), and spirilla (spiral-shaped). Spirochetes, also classified as bacteria, are flexible, undulating rods with cell walls. Rickettsiae are dangerous, bacteria-like organisms not often found in North America. Viruses are the smallest organisms, consisting of only an RNA or DNA nucleus covered by proteins. They replicate by invading a cell and are classified by their size, shape, and means of transmission. Chlamydiae are susceptible to antibiotics and dependent on a host cell for replication. Fungi have cell walls like plants but lack chlorophyll, and may manifest as yeasts or molds. Yeasts, which are actually fungi, reproduce asexually or sexually, and form germ tubes that grow outward to find nutrients. Molds form a furry coating on substances they grown on, and protozoa are simple, one-celled organisms. Helminths, or worms, are divided into three groups: nematodes (roundworms), cestodes (tapeworms), and trematodes (flukes). Developing treatments for the many diseases these microbes cause is tricky, because anything too toxic can affect the body of the host and cause unwanted side effects. However, Walker writes, olive leaf extract kills viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites all in one fell swoop. The Development of Olive Leaf Extract as an Antimicrobial Agent. In the nineteenth century, biochemists analyzed powdered olive leaves and named the compound thought to contain all the disease-resistant properties oleuropein. Oleuropein is present throughout the olive tree, in its bark, roots, leaves, and fruit, and it is credited for lending the olive tree its pest-resistance. Although pests do attack olive trees and sometimes succeed, oleuropein effectively protects the tree against predators if grown under the correct conditions. In 1969, the Upjohn Company isolated the antimicrobial agent in oleuropein, the calcium salt of elenolic acid, or calcium elenolate. According to James R. Privitera, M.D., of Covina, California, olive leaf extract works by interfering with the amino acid production of the invading microbe, inactivating viruses, penetrating and reversing affected host cells, neutralizing the microbe’s production of enzymes, and stimulating phagocytosis. The one negative side effect of taking olive leaf extract is its “die-off,” or Herxheimer, effect. This occurs because the extract has killed so many infectious microbial invaders that the dead organisms temporarily overwhelm the immune system of the host, sometimes intensifying the symptoms. Physicians administering olive leaf extract view this effect as a sign that treatment is working. These “die-off” effects should stop in four to seven days. Now that olive leaf extract has been manufactured to be effectively therapeutic, its full benefits can be expected. Some of the properties of the extract are its ability to degrade pathological microorganisms of all kinds, relieve inflammation, eliminate chronic fatigue syndrome, restore energy, normalize heart beat irregularities, lessen pain from toothaches, relieve malaria, and kill and eliminate parasites. That is a short list of the benefits. Walker ends this chapter with information about olives, olive trees, the Mediterranean diet, and olive oil grading. Most olives show up on tables as garnishes, but a sizable portion of harvested olives are also made into soap and oil. The lesser grade olive oils are used for lamp oil or industrial purposes, and some are mixed in with higher-grade oils. We are used to consuming extra virgin, virgin, or ordinary olive oil. As for the Grecian diet, each man, woman, and child is said to consume at least five gallons of olive oil a year, which is part of the reason why they stay so healthy. Their natural diet consists of natural foods high in phytochemicals. Uncovering the Therapeutic Components of Olive Leaf Extract. In studies designed to determine the safety of olive leaf extract, it was found that even heavy doses failed to result in negative side effects. In fact, researchers were unable to determine the lethal dose for animals. Toxicity tests on humans fared much the same. Scientists have isolated components of the extract that are responsible for its antimicrobial effects: verbenalin, elenolic acid, and aglycone. These work together to inhibit the growth of microorganisms. The compounds in olive leaf extract, namely oleuropein aglycone and elenolic acid, have been shown to effectively inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus in studies across Europe. Walker ends this chapter with the interesting information that water used to wash olives in preparation for the manufacture of olive oil has been known to cause the batches of oil to go rancid rather quickly. The answer to this dilemma is to remove the wastewaters as soon as possible; it has been noted that these wastewaters contain elenolic acid and oleuropein. The Olive Leaf Antimicrobials and Those Infectious Diseases They Act Against. Harvesting methods for olive leaves and fruit vary. For the American extract, harvesters are careful not to break or scratch the leaves, because doing so can lead to oxidation and thus the loss of important phytochemicals. In the Mediterranean, sometimes leaves are beaten off with long sticks or clawed off with a primitive device made from the horns of a young goat. Richard Hall, a Californian herbalist, points out that drying time is also important to the preservation of the leaves’ healing qualities. In other words, be careful of the methods of your supplier. Olive trees themselves are veritable weather stations, responding to temperature and moisture by the curling up or spreading out of their leaves. The trees require unpolluted air, aerated soil, bright sunlight, warm temperatures, and room to grow. They are among one of the oldest plant forms on earth, and are so resistant to pests like the bug-eyed olive fly, black scale bug, bud-eating moths, flying insects too small to see, and tiny black bark-boring beetles because of the high oleuropein content in their bark, leaves, and fruit. And while the properties of olive leaves have been used for centuries, modern technology has only just determined what exactly makes those properties so potent. Now that calcium elenolate/ olive leaf extract is available to the public, we can resist the onset of diseases and maladies listed in this table, taken directly from the book:
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The following can be read at this website: http://www.sandysherbs.com/Herbs/OliveLeaf01.htm ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Olive Leaf Extract Your life and the lives of others that you come to know will be changed by what I'm going to share with you today.
Today is the day that Olive Leaf Extract frees all of us from fearing many of western society's most dreaded conditions of ill health.
More importantly, olive leaf extract provides comfort, energy and the power for daily abundant living. Powerful health and a long prosperous life can be ours.
Scientists and those seeking the panacea for all of man's ills have often pondered the "Tree of Life" mentioned in the Bible. The 22nd chapter of Revelation states that… "The tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."
Although such a tree may not currently be growing on the Earth, there is considerable historical, religious and scientific information relating to the olive tree that causes many to speculate.
The Olive tree has the special biblical distinction of being the first herb named after the flood. And the dove come in to him in the evening; and lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
In Scripture far more is said of the olive -- it's fruit, oil, wood -- more than any other tree. Christ often retreated to the Mount of Olives with his disciples to teach and pray. In fact the very olive trees under which he prayed are still alive and healthy today.
Even before the first book of the Bible was ever written, man revered the wonderful fruit of the olive tree and the oil produced from the fruit. Today the health benefits of olive oil continue to be told by herbalists and medical science.
In the early 1900s the phytochemical oleuropein (pronounced ah-leh-YOUR-ah-peen) was isolated and found that it provides the tree with vast disease-resistant properties. This oleuropein is credited with the olive tree's ability to live for thousands of years -- it protects the tree against nearly every insect and bacterial predator.
Throughout ages, tea made from olive leaves has been a popular remedy for combating fevers. Medical reports from the mid nineteenth century report that a tea made from olive leaves cured the worst cases of malaria.
In 1969 medical researchers at Upjohn Company isolated another active compound in olive leaves-calcium elenolate pronounced e-LEN-oh-late). It was found that this kills pathogenic microbes. Since that time, they have been studying the effect of extraction from the olive leaf.
Some of the scientific discoveries concerning Olive Leaf Extract and Calcium Elenolate were:
Calcium Elenolate has shown to: · Lower blood pressure in animals · Increase blood flow in coronary system · Relieve heart problems · Prevent intestinal muscle spasms · Neutralize the production of reverse transcriptase as well as protease · Inactivate bacterial by dissolving the outer lining of the microbes · Act effectively at low concentrations without any harmful influence on host cell mechanisms · Be extremely safe and nontoxic, even at high amounts · Inhibit oxidation of low-density lipids (bad cholesterol)
Calcium Elenolate has been shown to have: · A powerful antibacterial effect · A killer effect against many viruses, bacterial and parasitic protozoan · Potency against a variety of viruses associated with the common cold
Immune System Support
When the immune system is functioning at its peak of efficiency the disease-causing organisms that enter our body through breathing, eating, drinking and cuts in the skin have little effect. However when our immune system is weakened these opportunistic germs are able to get a stronghold. At some point, the diseased glands, organs or tissues produce symptoms and the discomforts appear. For example a cold virus attacks the respiratory system. The respiratory reacts by producing more phlegm, tissues swell, sneezing and couching appear. The ingredients in Olive Leaf Extract support and boost the immune system.
Three ways Olive Leaf Extract Works to Produce Health
1. The Olive Leaf Extract interferes with the pathogen's amino acid processes, which prevents the pathogen from reproducing and creating more microbes within the body. Studies suggest that Olive Leaf Extract can enter infected cells in the body and stop viral cells from replicating. 2. Prevents virus shedding, the means by which viruses reproduce. It attaches to the cell membrane to stop viruses from multiplying and spreading. 3. Directly stimulating phagocytosis, an immune system response in which cells ingest microorganisms and foreign matter.
Olive Leaf Extract is Not a Drug
It is important to realize that Olive Leaf Extract is not a drug. As a result, taken in recommended amounts, one may not notice an overnight improvement. In some cases of serious problems, two or three months of regular ingestion are required before significant improvements in chronic conditions are realized.
Olive Leaf Extract is NOT a Cure
Olive Leaf Extract does not cure disease. It is important to remember that pathogens are not the disease. Neither or symptoms the disease. Disease occurs as pathogens or other harmful substances damage glands, organs, or tissues of the body.
Nothing in the extract can change or fix damage cells in the body. By attacking microbes and directly strengthening the body's immune system, Olive Leaf Extract enables the immune system to better protect and help restore health.
Olive Leaf Extract can simply help improve and maintain the immune system and healthy body function.
The "Die-Off Effect:" a Good Sign
In cases where people are suffering with a chronic problem, there may be a quick and somewhat adverse reaction -- detox symptoms.
"Die-Off" occurs as large quantities of invading organisms die. When this happens, the dead microbes release toxins and other substances. When large quantities of this foreign material are present, the body begins a process to get rid of it.
Sometimes it's more than the elimination organs can handle at one time. The liver, kidneys, intestines and skin may become overburdened. One may feel ill or develop a skin reaction -- these are good signs. This signs indicate that the extract is working to destroy germs that may be causing various conditions of ill health. The most common reactions include fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, muscle/joint aches or flu-like symptoms. Some people develop a rash, pimples of other skin conditions.
How to Handle the "Die-Off" Effect
The best way to maximize the power of Olive Leaf Extract and limit any adverse reaction is to drink four cups of water in between usage. Water helps to strengthen the lymphatic system and flush the kidneys.
If the detoxification produces discomforts; drink large amounts of distilled or reverse osmosis water. If more than minimal discomfort one might consider reducing the daily intake or stop it all together for a day or two to allow time for the body to process and eliminate the toxins produced by the dead microbes.
After these few days, one should resume taking Olive Leaf Extract at a slightly lower amount and increase slowly. Many people find that large amounts of vitamin C help the body during this time.
Die-off effect is only temporary and usually ends with a greatly enhanced feeling of well being. Olive Leaf Extract is very safe, in spite of the "die-off" effect among some individuals.
Most people notice a substantial increase in energy after using Olive Leaf Extract. One reason is that the body is now freed from fighting so many invaders. Without having to direct much of its energy inward for immune processes, the body can redirect that energy level outwards to be used as desired. Also most people note a sense of well being after taking the extract.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CFS may seem like a rather new problem but it is related to mononucleosis, commonly known as the "kissing disease." The Epstein Barr virus causes both. This virus is a member of the herpes family or viral infections, and is related to the viruses that cause shingles and genital herpes.
The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta estimates that tens of thousands of Americans are infected with this virus. This Epstein Barr virus is highly contagious, and is spread by personal contact, kissing, sharing food, coughing, spitting (which leaves microscopic droplets in the air) and intimate contact.
The virus causes an overreaction of the body's immune system, which most often results in decreased immunity by overtaxing the immune system. Herein lies the danger of the virus -- it is incurable and can do much damage to the immune system.
Also, once the Epstein Barr virus enters the body, it remains there, waiting until the immune system becomes compromised. Some experts believe that the virus can remain in a person's body their entire lifetime, putting them down with illness again and again.
The same experts maintain that infection with the Epstein Barr virus is inevitable for all adults in the entire world.
Even more disturbing news is that some researchers are now discovering evidence that other microbes have joined with the Epstein Barr virus or act as substitutes for it.
A person cannot become immune to the Epstein Barr virus, and since it is a virus, no antibiotic has any power against it.
Olive Leaf Extract - A potent Barrier of Protection
All of this would paint a very bleak picture, were it not for the existence of Olive Leaf Extract. Many people have reported the elimination of fatigue-like problems after using the extract.
Laboratory testing demonstrates that Olive Leaf Extract kills a wide variety of viruses' in vitro (test tube), including the Epstein Barr.
Fibromyalgia is another syndrome that is being diagnosed with increasing frequency. Approximately 2% of the total population have it. Up to 20% of the female population between the ages of 40-60 have the symptoms.
Interesting that the syndrome occurs most frequently in the 20-40 year old age group, roughly the time that infection with the Epstein Barr virus also occurs.
Simply defined, fibromyalgia is a disorder that manifests itself in various parts of the body. Symptoms include aches, pains, stiffness, localized tenderness and swelling, fatigue, stress, headache, sore throat, intestinal problems, depression, anxiety, memory blanks, loss of concentration, mood swings, and non-refreshing sleep. Two different laboratories have found that fibromyalgia is accompanied by low levels of natural killer cell activity.
As mentioned before, the Olive Leaf Extract empowers the immune system by increasing phagocytes, the body's natural killer cells.
Olive Leaf Extract and the Heart
It is well known that one product of the olive tree, olive oil, has a positive health benefit to the cardiovascular system. A study to determine the blood pressure lowering effect of the olive leaf was done by a team of researchers in Belgium in 1996. They tested thirty patients who were suffering from high blood pressure. After three months on Olive Leaf Extract, all thirty patients experienced a decrease in blood pressure.
Quoting the researchers, "We note for all patients a statistically significant decrease of blood pressure." And the noted that they did not find any side effects from the Olive Leaf Extract occurring in these patients.
Studies in 1994 and 1995 found that olive leaf inhibited the low-density lipoproteins, the so-called "bad cholesterol" and linked the leaf to reduction or delaying of problems in the heart.
Problem with Traditional Antibiotics
The World Health Organization in 1978 was saying that by the year 2000, sources other than the Western technological medicine would be needed in order for all people to have adequate health care. The organization recommended the use of traditional forms of healing and medicine, such as the use of herbs.
The traditional treatment of choice against infections has been various kinds of prescribed antibiotics. Most of these, if not all, antibiotics suppress the immune system, and destroy beneficial organisms in the intestinal tract. The medical science has stated numerous times over recent years that the current antibiotics have largely been rendered of little use against the newly named "superbug" germs.
It must be noted that this is a major medical problem today of epidemic proportions. Largely as a result of overuse of antibiotics, many microbes are resistant to those medicines.
Both children's ear infections and adult sinus infections are largely resistant to antibiotics.
Olive Leaf Extract and the "Superbugs"
Olive leaf Extract empowers the immune system by directly stimulating production of immune system cells called phagocytes, These phagocytes move through the body looking for foreign invaders. They then neutralize any abnormal organisms that they find. An important fact is that microbes cannot be resistant to phagocyte cells like they can to drugs. It appears that bad microorganisms cannot readily develop a resistance to Olive Leaf Extract's complex structure.
Incidentally, Olive Leaf Extract does all this while enhancing immune system function, and leaving intact the beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
Of the people who enter hospitals each year, two million of them end up with an infection acquired solely as a result of their being in a hospital. These infections are fatal to 22,000 Americans each year.
It can be surmised that, given the high range of antibiotic-resistant microbes in the general population, the infection causing germs in a hospital environment are likely to be drug-resistant. This poses additional problems for the patient whose immune system is already overburdened or comprised.
For instance, staphylococcus infection can prove fatal to its victim when it contaminates a wound, gets inside the body during surgery or infects someone in an immune-depressed condition.
Research in England in 1993 found that Olive Leaf Extract inhibited the growth of staphylococcus aureus when tested in vitro. A concentration of only six-tenths of a percentage was sufficient for this anti-bacteria effect. (Nature's Sunshine's is 12%.) Olive Leaf Extract has been tested and found safe in amounts far higher than the normal daily amount and without adverse side effects.
Dr. Peter Wina, Chief of Pathobiology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research said, "We have a tremendous parasite problem here in the US that is not being addressed."
Researchers claim that a majority of people around the world host parasites of one type or another. Parasites can inhabit muscle tissue, the digestive tract, the bloodstream, and even the brain, heart and other vital organs.
Parasites can be microscopic in size or can stretch up to 30 feet long. The Centers of Disease Control says that tapeworm infection in the US has doubled in frequency within the past ten years. The Center considers giardia the number one waterborne disease. It has been found in the water supplies of major cities in America. Giardia is one of the many microscopic organisms that can greatly interfere with physical and mental functioning. This parasite can coat the intestinal wall, inhibiting digestion and assimilation.
Parasites can be contracted by:
eating undercooked beef, pork, fish, or other meats walking barefoot on infected soil through both intimate and casual physical contact being in contact with flies or mosquitoes eating unclean raw vegetables drinking infected water close physical contact with dogs or cats or other pets and simply contacting unclean environments through breathing or touching. Determining if one has parasites can be very difficult. Current laboratory testing finds only about 1% of the more than 1,000 parasites that can live in the human body.
Parasites are notoriously difficult to kill and expel from the body. It probably will not come as a surprise that Olive Leaf Extract exhibits powerful anti-parasitic action against these invaders.
Some of the more common killed by Olive Leaf Extract invitro are Amoebae, cryptosporidia, Giardia, pinworm, tapeworm, ringworm, and roundworm.
Some researchers claim that the waste material produced by flukes is extremely carcinogenic and contributes to the formation of cancer. The waste material from just one tapeworm may make some people ill. Microscopic parasites can cause arthritis-like symptoms.
During a parasite cleanse, some people may become nauseated or experience other unpleasant feelings as the "die-off" releasing toxins into the bloodstream occurs.
Candida, Yeast and Fungal Problems
Candida Albicans is yeast, which normally exists in a certain amount in the intestines. Normally it causes no problems in healthy people. However, once a situation called yeast overgrowth occurs, problems begin. Some believe that aspects of our environment allow for a proliferation of candida in our bodies. Examples include stress, poor nutrition, pollution, steroids, antibiotics, and hormones in meat. Above all a compromised immune system is the crucial factor that allows for a yeast overgrowth.
Olive Leaf Extract produces beneficial results against yeast problems. Again, killing a large amount of yeast at one time may overwhelm the body's eliminative capacity.
Olive Leaf Extract's Effectiveness Against Certain Pathogens Based on Patient or Physical Reports
Note: Anecdotal reports only report experiences and are not scientific evidence. Olive Leaf Extract is not a cure, but is thought to boost the immune system.
Olive Leaf Extract's Effectiveness Against Certain Pathogens Based on Anecdotal Clinical Testing
Note: Anecdotal reports only report experiences and are not scientific evidence. Olive Leaf Extract works against the following problems as demonstrated by anecdotal clinical testing.
The generalized degradation of pathological microorganisms of all types - viruses, retroviruses, bacteria, fungi, yeasts, molds, protozoa and parasites. The relief of arthritic-type inflammations.
Better control over the risks of elevated blood sugar.
Elimination of chronic fatigue and its related problems.
The creation of restoration of abundant energy with prolonged stamina.
The normalization of certain types of heart problems.
The improvement of blood flow.
The lessening of hemorrhoid pain.
Relief from toothaches.
The destruction of free radicals via antioxidant action.
The clearing of fungal infections such as mycotic nails, athlete's foot and jock itch.
Relief from malaria and dengue fever, as well as other exotic fevers.
The prevention and relief from all types of viral problems.
The reversal of problems associated with candida albicans and other yeast-related discomforts.
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