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The Amazing Healing Power Of Natural Coca Leaf

CocaFlowersxThe range of diseases and conditions that were successfully treated and cured by European and US physicians using Coca Leaf over the course of hundreds of years should be truly amazing to us in the 21st Century, even those of us who have been propagandized into believing that allopathic medicine and modern science have “made great strides”, “revolutionized the treatment of disease”, yada yada.

As you look over the table below you might reflect on how little actual progress has been made in the treatment and cure of so many diseases, although we have certainly developed a lot of impressive technology and there have been some dramatic, if somewhat mixed-blessing advances such as antibiotics.

However, let me point to just one example; with all of our vaunted antibiotic technology huge numbers of people still die of Pneumonia – a deadly condition that doctors of the 18th and 19th centuries who were familiar with Coca leaf (and who didn’t resort to poisonous ‘remedies’ like Mercury, Arsenic and Bleeding) were quite often able to treat and reverse successfully with a few cups a day of Coca Leaf tea.

Also, since many of today’s most destructive diseases did not exist, or didn’t have a name during those earlier centuries, this post is intended to point to the historical record that strongly suggests that if pure, natural Coca Leaf were freely available today as a natural medicine it could lift the immense burden of these modern conditions and diseases from tens of millions of people virtually overnight, with no “side effects”, no risk, and for literally pennies a day.

Freely available Coca Leaf would literally destroy the market for useless, often even dangerous pharmaceuticals as well as the incredibly lucrative market for America’s beloved over-the-counter “remedies” – which, of course, would guarantee strident howls of objection and opposition. Americans spend $625 Billion a year on the over 300,000 “Over The Counter” medicines that promise relief from pain and suffering of all kinds.

Here is a table taken largely from the work of Dr. Golden, whose “History of Coca” (1901) outlines the conditions and diseases that were known in the 1800’s to be treatable and curable by Coca Leaf, along with number of diseases and conditions that have been largely ‘discovered’ in the century since Dr. Golden wrote. I believe that the evidence that he and other physicians and scientists recorded in their times shows that simple natural Coca Leaf infusions and extracts could prevent, treat and perhaps cure these modern diseases and conditions where the products of “Pig Pharma” so often fail.

Please consider the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial impact on the lives of millions of individuals and their families if even one or two of the conditions/diseases in the following table were proven beyond all doubt, using all of our contemporary research powers, to be either effectively treated or actually cured by drinking Coca Leaf Tea alone – no other treatments or medications needed.

And once you have reflected on this, if you are a strong advocate of legal Cannabis perhaps you’ll consider adding Coca Leaf to your demands that the US government and Pig Pharma back off and go away.


If you would like to read Dr. Golden’s extraordinary “History of Coca” I have digitized his book and it is available here. ($1.99 for the full 251 page book plus bibliography).

I have kept all of the original illustrations intact and – most importantly – I have hyperlinked as many of Dr. Golden’s bibliographic references to the original source materials as I could track down, almost all of them freely available in internet historical book archives.

Have fun – I certainly did while tracking down and studying these obscure but critically important resources for treating and healing disease using one of the most amazing natural medicines ever.

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Coca Leaf & Chikungunya – Is All The Suffering Really Necessary?

The mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus has been spreading rapidly throughout the tropics and today is present virtually everywhere from 20˚ North to 20˚ South of the Equator, and in many places well North and South of the Equatorial Zone as well. (See map below) It threatens to make tropical vacations for pasty-white SnowBirds a thing of the past, and it is decimating indigenous populations in the tropics. Its debilitating effects can last a lifetime, and those most at risk are newborns and the elderly.

(On left – Ae. aegypti; On right – Ae._albopictus)
This extraordinarily painful viral infection, with an long list of very dangerous potential side-effects, is transmitted by the same mosquitoes that carry Dengue Fever – which also appropriately known as “Bone-Break Fever”. Dengue Fever causes pain in the deep tissues and joints that is as severe as that of a broken bone, and by all accounts Chikungunya is even worse.

There is no cure and no really effective treatment and the really bad news is that for some people who contract the disease, especially those over 65, the pain can last for months and in some cases, forever.

So, what does it do, and what does it feel like?

According to the Centers For Disease Control “The majority of people infected with chikungunya virus become symptomatic. The incubation period is typically 3–7 days (range, 1–12 days). The disease is most often characterized by acute onset of fever (typically >39°C [102°F]) and polyarthralgia. Joint symptoms are usually bilateral and symmetric, and can be severe and debilitating.”

“Other symptoms may include headache, myalgia, arthritis, conjunctivitis, nausea/vomiting, or maculopapular rash. Clinical laboratory findings can include lymphopenia, thrombocytopenia, elevated creatinine, and elevated hepatic transaminases.”

“Acute symptoms typically resolve within 7–10 days. Rare complications include uveitis, retinitis, myocarditis, hepatitis, nephritis, bullous skin lesions, hemorrhage, meningoencephalitis, myelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and cranial nerve palsies.”

“Persons at risk for severe disease include neonates exposed intrapartum, older adults (e.g., > 65 years), and persons with underlying medical conditions – e.g., hypertension, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease. (Planning a Caribbean retirement cruise? Taking the grandchildren?)
Some patients might have relapse of rheumatologic symptoms (e.g., polyarthralgia, polyarthritis, tenosynovitis) in the months following acute illness. Studies report variable proportions of patients with persistent joint pains for months to years. Mortality is rare and occurs mostly in older adults.” (So who really cares?)

“Chronic pain can affect mood in patients wanting to return to a pre-Chikungunya quality of life.” (Don’t you love it? Chronic pain can affect your mood. OMG!)

There is really no protection. Check out what CDC recommends to “protect” yourself:

1. Use air conditioning or window/door screens
2. Use mosquito repellents on exposed skin
3. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
4. Wear permethrin-treated clothing
5. Empty standing water from outdoor containers
6. Support local vector control programs

Thank you, Oh Wise Ones. How about – stay away from the tropics? Well, it seems that isn’t going to work either because lo and behold, Chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes have already begun appearing as far North as Alaska and as far South as South Africa, for example.
And of course if you are one of the millions of poor people living in the Caribbean, Africa, SE Asia and elsewhere in the tropics, you be sure to get yourself into some air-conditioning, wear permethrin-treated long sleeved shirts and pants, get rid of that standing water, and support your local vector control programs, y’all hear?

The final bit of disturbing news about this nasty virus is that when an uninfected mosquito (any species) feeds on the blood of an infected person (or other warm-blooded mammal) it becomes a carrier and transmits the virus to everyone that it subsequently dines on.

I’m offering all this gruesome news (and gratuitous snide comments) as a preface to saying – and I know that you are ahead of me here dear reader – that I think it is likely, and even probable – that the painful, dangerous, even life-threatening symptoms of Chikungunya, that can’t be cured much less effectively restrained by any currently available medications- the best advice seems to be take a tylenol and grit your teeth – could be effectively treated with Coca Leaf tea, perhaps with a few additional anti-inflammatory herbs like Nettles thrown into the teapot for good measure.

The reason that this makes sense to me is that, as I have pointed out in this blog here, and here, here, here, and here – one of the many powerful healing powers of Coca Leaf is its whole-body anti-inflammatory properties. It is well-known in Peru and Bolivia, as it was well-known in 18th and 19th Century European and American medicine, to be a specific cure for inflammatory diseases like Arthritis/Rheumatism, and of course it is a specific for joint pain relief, which is where Chikungunya wrecks its greatest havoc.

So the good news is that if Chikungunya ever spreads as far South as Peru or Bolivia the Indigenous Peoples will be well-protected by Mama Coca. The bad news is, of course, that anybody in the Northern or Southern Hemispheres who visits the tropics, like on a Caribbean vacation or cruise, and who contracts this evil disease, is just going to have to suffer. Your governments have decreed it, and you will just have to suck it up and obey. But what the hell – CDC says it isn’t fatal except for geezers, it just makes you wish you were dead. So stop complaining and go file for disability. Or, get out there and change the laws just the way as you are doing with Cannabis. It’s your choice.