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The Olive Leaf Remedy

NOAH'S DOVE WAS ONE SMART BIRD

The OLIVE LEAF, a rising Herbal Star:

Healing Infections, and Much More

Remember the biblical passage in Genesis about the dove that delivered a freely plucked olive leaf to Noah indicating the flood waters had receded? Was there yet another message the dove was delivering? Something maybe about the olive leaf itself?

In Revelations, at the 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 modem medicine increasing joy embraces "phytochemicals" - medicinally-potent agents found in plants -- it is interesting to speculate about the biblical "tree of life" Is it perhaps the Olive tree? Much is known about the wonderful fruit of the tree and the oil produced from the fruit. Over the millennia, the olive has served as a fabled source of food as well as and cooking oil. In modem times, the healthy benefits of olive oil have been extolled by medical science.

 

With all the fuss about the olive and its oil, the rest of the olive tree has not enjoyed the same celebrity status. This may change, however. Natural compounds derived from the olive leaf have attracted scientific research and been found to offer potentially substantial medical effects for a wide variety of common ailments. Only a relatively small number of holistic health practitioners and their patients have used "Olivex", but based on results to date, the ranks of users should grow rapidly as word gets out.

 

Health/science Newsletter has spoken to practitioner familiar with the product. We have interviewed patients. The preliminary results are exciting. Much is yet to be discovered about the extent of its application, and precisely how it works to improve so many unrelated conditions. We have put together our findings in this report -- the first to be published on this new supplement.

 

The ancient Egyptians may have been the first to figure out that the olive leaf packs some extraordinary power. They considered the leaf as a symbol of heavenly power. In keeping with that belief, they extracted the oil and used it to mummify their kings. Later cultures discovered that the leaf was better used protecting the living than the dead. Throughout the ages, it was a popular folk remedy for combating fevers.

In the 1850's, medical reports described how olive leaves cured the worst cases of malaria. An 1854 account in the Pharmaceutical Journal provided the following simple healing recipe: A handful of leaves boiled in a quart of water down to half its original volume. A wine glassful was then administered until the fever was cured. The author believed that a bitter substance in the leaves was the key healing ingredient. This method was said to be extremely popular in England to treat sick returnees from the tropical colonies.

 

Early in this century, a bitter compound from the leaf called oleuropein was indeed isolated and determined to be part of the olive tree's powerful disease-resistant properties. According to scientists, it's the stuff that helps protect the tree against insect and bacterial predators. Oleuropein is an iridoid, a structural class of chemical compounds found in plants. It is present throughout the olive tree, and is, in fact, the bitter material that is eliminated from the olives when they are cured.

 

In 1962, a scientific paper written by an Italian researcher reported that oleuropein had the ability to lower blood pressure in animals. Other European researchers confirmed this finding and found also that it could also increase blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieve arrhythmias, and prevent intestinal muscle spasms. About the same time, other investigators were searching for the chemical agent within oleuropein that might be the most medically potent. A Dutch researcher found it: elenolic acid. What's more, the Europeans found it had a powerful anti-bacterial effect.

In the late 1960s, research by scientists at a major American pharmaceutical company showed that elanolic acid also inhibited the growth of viruses. In fact, it stopped every virus that it was tested against. A number of in vitro (test tube) laboratory experiments with calcium elenolate, a salt of olenolic acid, demonstrated a killer effect against many viruses, bacteria and parasitic protozoans. Among others, the compound was found to be potent against a variety of viruses associated with the common cold of humans.

Researchers believed there were a number of mechanism involved in its ability to combat microorganisms:

• A critical interference with certain amino acid production processes necessary for the vitality of a specific virus.

• Interference with 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 host cells and irreversibly inhibit viral replication.

• In the case of retroviruses, it neutralizes the production of reverse transcriptase as well as protease. These enzymes are essential for a retrovirus, such as HIV, to alter the RNA of a healthy cell.

• A direct stimulation of phagocytosis, an immune system response in which cells ingest microorganisms and foreign matter.

The researchers concluded that the compound acted effectively at low concentrations without any harmful influence on host cell mechanisms. They found it to be extremely safe and non-toxic, even at high doses.

Following the in vitro phase of testing, research continued with laboratory animals. Experiments showed the compound to be extremely well tolerated. There was a hitch, however. The compound was found to rapidly bind to proteins in blood serum, meaning it was essentially taken "out of action" and rendered ineffective. As a result of this obstacle, development of the compound as a virus and bacteria killing pharmaceutical drug was dropped.

 

Meanwhile, other researchers in Europe were continuing to investigate the properties of olive extracts. One reported on findings suggesting that oleuropein inactivated bacteria by dissolving the outer lining of the microbes. Another team of scientists determined that oleuropein -- and specifically its elenolic acid component inhibited the growth of certain species of lactic acid bacteria used in the brining and fermenting of olives.

Later, in a 1994 laboratory experiment conducted at the University of Milan Institute of Pharmacological Sciences, researchers found that oleuropein inhibited oxidation of low-density lipoproteins, the so-called 'bad cholesterol' involved in heart and arterial disease. This revelation, if confirmed by other research, suggests that iridoids such as oleuropein may contain antioxidant properties similar to flavonoids, proanthocyanadins, pycnogenol and other related phytochemical compounds. Currently, these phytochemicals are receiving considerable attention in cardiovascular research for their ability to reduce the harmful oxidation of cholesterol and slow down the accelerated clumping of blood platelets that can lead to dangerous clots.

All these research findings would be of little value, however, unless a solution could be found for the problem of protein-binding, the biochemical snag encountered in earlier investigations that was shown to nullify the therapeutic value of the olive leaf compounds inside the body. Several years ago the breakthrough occurred through independent scientific research that opened the way for clinical application of a natural olive leaf extract product.

 

That product is "Olivex" made from oleuropein and a selected blend of synergistic olive leaf extracts, including flavonoids. Now, as a proprietary natural dietary supplement in capsule form, the medicinal firepower of olive leaves remains intact - minus the previous problem of protein-binding. For all that it offers, we believe that "Olivex" represents a very exciting herbal with a great future.

 

A Unique Herbal with Multiple Applications

"Olivex" has been used clinically in its present form for 20 years. Living up to its promising background, it has already in this short time demonstrated considerable therapeutic action against many common conditions. Those most familiar with it expect that the list of applications will grow much larger.

 

Research or clinical experience to date suggest that "Olivex' be considered as 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/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, blood poisoning, and dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections.

Dr. James R. Privitera, M.D., a physician in Covina, California, who has been practicing nutritionally-oriented holistic medicine since 1970, began using "Olivex" 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 results are very positive. I n our clinic, we use "Olivex" for a variety of infectious and chronic conditions and are increasing our understand for which situations it works best."

 

One frequently heard comment from patients is that they feel more energy and a greater sense of well-being. Many want to continue with :"Olivex" even after their problems are gone. Some ask Privitera if there is an "upper" in the product. There isn't. There just appears to be a natural "upper" effect. Healthy people who take it say they also feel this infusion of energy.

One of Privatera's patients is a 17-year-old professional ice-skater who says that one or two "Olivex" tablets a day helps sustain the high energy level she requires for practice and performance.

 

"In my clinic, as in many others, fatigue is the No, 1 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 non-exercising 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 'Olivex' offers something safe, effective and energizing for the malaise of the masses."

 

Privitera says he is continually surprised by some of the reported benefits from "Olivex," such as improved psoriasis, normalization of arrhythmias (heart beat irregularities), and less pain from hemorrhoids, toothache 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 "Olivex" alone. A woman with mild arrhythmia said her condition improved substantially when she took "Olivex" 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 flavonoids, the phytochemical compounds found in grape seeds, onions, kale, green beans, broccoli and other vegetables, it will be interesting to see what benefits "Olivex" and its special array of phytochemicals prove to offer for heart and arterial health," says Privitera.

 

He notes that research performed during the 1960s indicated that oleuropein improved blood flow to the heart and acted to normalize arrhythmias.

Another dramatic development involved a 15-year old girl with juvenile diabetes. This teenager had been regularly taking 350 units of insulin daily to control her condition. After one month on the standard recommended dose of "Olivex" (one tablet every six hours or the equivalent of four a day) she was able to maintain control with just 220 units.

 

Years ago, researchers found that the natural olive leaf compounds from which "Olivex" is derived could lower blood sugar. Privitera hopes to study the supplement's effects on other diabetics to determine whether it might indeed reduce insulin requirements. He is also interested in seeing whether its blood flow and anti-oxidant potential can help against the destructive vascular complications of diabetes that contribute to stroke, heart disease and peripheral circulatory problems.

 

In the light of the rise in the number of deaths from infectious diseases in this country, the advent of a natural healing compound such as "Olivex" 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 No. 5 to No. 3 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 "Olivex" 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 render them potentially more therapeutic against a wide variety of microorganisms for which pharmaceutical drugs may be impotent.

Phil Selinsky, a naturopathic doctor at the Institute for Holistic Studies in Santa Barbara, reports a number of positive results against bacterial infections using "Olivex." Sinus and bladder infections have responded well, he says, and oral infections associated with tooth or gum disease have been particularly responsive.

 

"Some patients have told me that 'Olivex' took down their dental-related infections in a matter of hours" according to Selinsky. "The response is quite impressive."

 

For these type of infections, Selinsky recommends patients start with two "Olivex" tablets followed by another tablet 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.

The tooth connection has been reported to Privitera as well. One man with a painful abscess reported taking several tablets at one time at night to reduce the pain. It worked. The next morning some pain and swelling had returned. He then took a "handful"' of "Olivex" capsules - about eight or nine, he reported. An hour-and-a-half later, the pain and swelling were gone. The pain never returned although the tooth became loose, gradually blackened and was eventually extracted.

 

Selinsky says his results with chronically-fatigued patients has been "hit and miss." The reason he believes is that multiple causes are often involved. An individual may have numerous nutritional deficiencies, be depressed or stressed. "Olivex" may neutralize one or more of the contributing causes, however many other underlying factors may still be left untouched. "Some patients feel nothing but others say 'Olivex' works great for them" he says.

After using " Olivex " in dozens of cases for nearly a year, Selinsky is impressed with its effects and looks forward to continued use that will generate more knowledge and experience about its most effective areas of application. Biochemist Arnold Takemoton, who designs patient nutritional programs for physicians in Arizona, has found "Olivex" to be an effective addition to his arsenal of natural healing.

 

"It certainly has power, particularly against viruses that are more tenacious," he says. "It fills a hole that we haven't been able to fill before. It gives us a new, effective tool."

 

Takemoto 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 "Olivex" and other supplements, the condition cleared up.

 

"Keep in mind," says Takemoto, that in dealing with serious viral conditions you need to use a number of ingredients In his approach, he targets key antibody responses for specific viruses, stimulates the immune system, and with " Olivex " attempts to inhibit the reproduction of the virus. "It takes everything to get over some of these real chromic conditions," he says.

Privitera, Selinsky and Takemoto all emphasize the point that " Olivex " should not be considered a panacea. They use it in combination with individual holistic treatment programs that include diet, nutritional supplementation, exercise and stress control.

 

"I don't think that ' Olivex ' is a single magic bullet," Takemoto says. "There are very few such things, especially in non-pharmaceutical medicine. But there is no doubt that it contributes to good results. I have found it a very valuable tool for chronic fatigue syndrome and many other viral conditions. But it’s important for people to keep in mind that in many cases it takes a whole lot more than just one ingredient to get over a particular condition."

Privitera offers this perspective: "A patient may be on a comprehensive treatment program, taking supplements A, B, C and D, following an exercise schedule and is getting, say, 50 percent relief for a given condition. We now add treatment E - E for 'Olivex' - and we may get another degree of improvement, often quite large. It complements all the other good things we are doing for patients."

 

Individuals who just take " Olivex " alone may get good results but probably not as much as if they are on a comprehensive program, adds Privitera. "I don't want people to have sky-high expectations who take this and then just continue to eat poorly, drink and smoke. Sure, taking this will probably help, but they won't get the same results. And this, of course, is true with most natural supplements."

 

"' Olivex " is a potent natural agent, cautions Privitera, and as part of its healing activity it has the possibility to generate detoxification symptoms -- known as the "die-off" effect -- that may be uncomfortable for some very sick people. 'If you are sick and use this product, you should be aware of the possibility that this can happen," he cautions. Privitera recommends that individuals who use " Olivex " as a nutritional aid for illness should consult first with their physician or a holistic health practitioner.

 

Patient Reports

Reports from patients dramatically reveal some of the many potential uses of " Olivex." The accounts appearing here, however, are intended as information only and should not be construed by readers to mean that the supplement will be effective or provide relief in all such cases.

 

Chronic fatigue

Chronic fatigue patients are often helped by " Olivex,' says Privitera. A female patent 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." Dr. Privtera cautions that " Olivex " is riot a cure-all, but the results are substantive enough that many individuals want to continue taking the supplement.

 

Many chronic fatigue patients suffer from an associated depression. Privitera reports a number of cases in which patients went through the "die-off' period and came out highly energized and no longer depressed. One female patient described to 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 ' Olivex ' 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. (Editor's note - a possible symptom of detoxification).

 

"I started to feel much, much better. It was amazing to see the fatigue disappear and my health improve. I couldn't believe I felt so well. I stopped taking the product after 30 days and experienced no withdrawal of anything. I simply felt better and that has stayed the same for the last 60 days without the product."

 

Flus and colds.

" Olivex " may offer a potential 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 ' Olivex ' 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 IS, 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 flus believes that " Olivex " 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 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 product," says Privitera, "may be a 'true anti-viral 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 anti-biotics. 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 ' Olivex ' as a preventive agent."

 

Herpes

Privitera has given " Olivex " to many herpes patients. One male patient in his early 40s experienced frequent lesions along with fatigue. In a week his lesions disappeared and his energy increased. He wrote Privitera to say that " Olivex " 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 my be some significant immune exhaustion involved. After one week on " Olivex" the sore disappeared.

 

These types of clinical experiences are consistent with a private 1993 herpes study in humans using an earlier, weaker and ethanol (alcohol-based) form of " Olivex." 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 produced better results than Acyclovir, a medication they had previously used.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

A male patient wrote the following letter: "Five years ago I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. After taking all the medications I could stand with no results, I was informed about some nutritional supplements. One of them was " Olivex."

"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 ' Olivex ' 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.

 

Multiple Symptoms

One woman with chronic fatigue, colds, asthma and vaginal yeast infections, had excellent results. Five weeks after starting " Olivex," she returned to see 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.

 

"I began taking ' Olivex ' 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 feeling 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 wrote after one month on " Olivex " to report relief for a number of health complaints.

"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. This has improved also,"

 

Fungus and yeast infections.

Improvement of fungal infections has been reported by a number of patients. Dr. Privitera himself reported a toenail fungal infection he had cleared up as a result of his using "Olivex". A woman with an infection of the large toenail reported that within two months after starting " Olivex " the condition was about three-quarters healed. She had had the infection for more than five years previous and no medication or natural agent had helped.

 

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 of 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 anti-fungaI medications. According to an article by Patricia Anaten 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 12 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 " Olivex " 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 had for 30 years . "All kinds of diets, treatments and regimens were tried but to no avail" he reported. "Within three weeks on ' Olivex' the fungus disappeared.

 

More than a dozen of Privitera's patients with candidiasis have reported significant improvements with " Olivex." 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 " Olivex " that would have been impossible for her.

 

Bacterial Infections

The bactericidal effect of " Olivex " 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 anti-biotic specially prepared for him. The patient experienced constant discomfort. His urine was cloudy and "looked like soup." Often, it contained blood. After one mouth on 'Eden" the infections had vanished and after six months the condition has not recurred. He has been taking a standard dose of four tablets 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 "Eden" and he requires considerably less medicine.

 

Skin conditions

After two months with " Olivex " a male patient reported "significant improvement for a chronic scalp infection he had suffered with for more than 10 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 'Olivex.' 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 30 days. The rash occurred in winter or during times of extreme cold.

 

Tropical Illnesses

" Olivex" 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 tablet 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 cured with a dosage schedule of two " Olivex " 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."

Dengue fever is a mosquito-born disease caused by a virus and occurs mainly in tropical Asia and the Caribbean. In 1995, large outbreaks of dengue were reported by health authorities in 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries. In its most severe form, which involves vomiting, high fever, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain, it is deadly in 50 percent of cases. Some 50 million cases occur annually, according to the World Health Organization, requiring hospitalization of about half a million individuals. Research is underway to develop a vaccine but as of yet there is no specific treatment available.

 

Disease

"Olivex" is currently available as 500 mg. capsules with 20% oleuropein. The recommended dosage is four tablets throughout the day or one every six hours. It is best taken between meals. For bad flus, individuals can take two tablets every six hours. For acute infections, some individuals have reported rapid relief taking three or more tablets every six hours.

Healthy individuals interested in the supplement's energizing or preventive effect, may need to take only one or two tablets a day, says Privitera. "The younger and cleaner the system, the more responsive it is. The older and more toxic the body, the more resistance is present, requiring more of the supplement," he adds.

 

 

In case of a "die-off" effect generated by " Olivex ", the number of tablets taken should be cut back or temporarily discontinued.