Possible TB Fix: Orange Juice and Advil?
New study suggests they might be effective treatments
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 29, 2013 2:36 PM CDT
These might be good things to ingest if you have TB (or, in the case of the orange, just period).   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Scientists may have discovered two new treatments for tuberculosis, and you probably have both of them in your home already. Two recent studies suggest that vitamin C and ibuprofen could be effective against TB, LiveScience reports. In one study, ibuprofen helped TB-infected mice live longer, slowing the formation of lesions on their lungs. In another, vitamin C was able to kill even drug-resistant samples of the bacteria that were growing in a lab.

Neither remedy has been tested in humans, but given that both are decidedly safe for human consumption, the research is likely to be put to use sooner than later. "It's best to think of these strategies for compassionate treatment of dying patients while better drugs are being developed and evaluated in clinical trials," says one doctor not involved in the studies.

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drflora3rd
May 30, 2013 4:03 PM CDT
TB is like any other disease that is sustained, breeds, and multiplies in mucus-producing foods like dairy, and other animal-derived foods from already-tuberculosis infected creatures, like chickens and their eggs, turkeys, and pigs, and flour products, like pizza crust, pasta and crackers. Without the mucus-producing foods to feed TB organisms, the infection goes away. As Pasteur wrote just before he died, he felt he had wasted his whole life 'running down the wrong path' because it was the culture, not the germ that was the problem. Yes, oj and Advil will work temporarily, by the former dissolving the accumulated mucus (fresh pineapple juice does a much better job without the inflammatory reactions of any types of citrus) and the Advil just stops the symptom until the patient eats more mucus-producing foods with the TB riding along as an uninvited guest. For some, stopping a symptom is enough. For others, who want long term cures, like the Clintons and Mrs. Obama and her two daughters, getting foods that carry and cause the proliferation of the TB organisms out of their diets is resulting in not only stronger immune systems, but relief from other similar diseases like colds, flu, pneumonia, sinus congestion, asthma, etc.A word to the wise is not always sufficient, however, because, for instance, the dairy protein (casomorphine) and sausage contain an opiate, and it takes at least 90 days to successfully get away from from the addiction. Read what Drs. John McDougall, Esselstyn, Barnard, and T. S. Campbell have to say about the connections. Just stop the animal protein, and you won't have to get into the citrus, which can cause bleeding, inflammation, and arthritis-like symptoms, and we all know what aspirins do to one's stomach. Vitamin C is not safe in isolated fractionated form, as Arthur Robinson ex-Director of the Linus Pauling Institute found out in research. Women especially are susceptible to ulcer-like areas of the gut when taking both aspirin/ibuprofen and citrus, especially green citrus color enhanced and old citrus juice. .
HMD-SMD-ITY
May 30, 2013 11:46 AM CDT
The answer to big pharma will be to isolate the compound in vitamin c that provides this benefit. Then they can patent that compound and make a pill for it. There is such research for niacin, aspirin, resveratrol, etc.
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May 30, 2013 7:36 AM CDT
Interesting, but I'd like to see if it holds up under peer review.