ORGANIC CHLOROPHYLL FIGHTS
By Dr. John Heinerman
Through the years a number of medical doctors and other research scientists have discovered the important therapeutic value for chlorophyll in acute and suppurative diseases. One of the very first to report on chlorophyll's healing aspects in this regard was Benjamin Gruskin, M.D., formerly Director of Experimental Pathology and Oncology at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Although his report,
which appeared in the July 1940 issue of American Journal of Surgery is nearly half a century old, its many remarkable findings still are relevant in the 1990s. They are consulted from time to time by modern physicians looking to help patients with serious infections which regular antibiotics cant seem to correct.
Dr. Gruskin pointed out that "in vitro experiments...show that chlorophyll...does seem to possess...bacteriostatic property," meaning that it can help kill harmful bacteria. He mentions its importance in correcting strep and staph infections, often the cause of many hospital-induced infections. And "where a great deal of putrefaction with associated foul odor exists (obviously the result of secondary bacterial infection and proteolysis)," he wrote, "the use of chlorophyll tends to clear up this foul odor rather promptly." Furthermore, he said, chlorophyll "helps to stimulate the production of the connective tissue, and in this way may even be of value in the treatment of such lesions so far as limiting their growth locally may be concerned." He had reference to ulcerative carcinoma in this case.
Dr. Gruskin quoted Dr. J. Norman Coombs, an Associate Professor of Surgery at Temple University Hospital, concerning the extreme value of chlorophyll in surgical infections. Dr. Coombs noted that "there are two major types of lesion in which chlorophyll seems to be particulary indicated: first, in the treatment of open wounds; and second in the treatment of deep infections associated with drainage tracts communicating within the body cavities such as the abdomen or chest. For open wounds, dressings saturated with chlorophyll solution may be applied as often as may be necessary without fear of skin irritation...Its use...is desirable to promote healthy granulation and wound healing...and to hasten...skin regeneration.
The author also cited the usefulness of chlorophyll in otolaryngology, citing the evidence provided by Drs. Robert F. Ridpath and T. Carroll Davis of Temple University Hospital & Clinic, who treated over 1,000 cases of head cold or acute rhinitis and rhinosinusitis with chlorophyll. Dr. Ridpath was also quoted as claiming that "chlorophyll is a very valuable remedy" in treating chronic inner ear infections and inflammations.
Finally, the work of Dr. Carroll S. Wright, Professor of Dermatology and Syphilogy at Temple University School of Medicine and Dr. Homer Junkin of the Paris Hospital in Paris, Illinois was cited in closing. Dr. Wright found that chlorophyll was ideal in treating diabetic leg ulcers and contagious impetigo (a scabby, pustular skin eruption), rectal sores, vaginitis, and infection of the uterine cervix. Dr. Junkin, on the other hand, discovered that advanced pyorrhea "can be successfully controlled by intensive use of chlorophyll." Once the gums and teeth are thoroughly saturated with liquid chlorophyll, "the gums tighten up about the teeth, all purulent discharge ceases, and the infection appears to clear up entirely.
No stronger case for the medical efficacy of chlorophyll in the human diet can be made than the preceding evidence furnished by Dr. Gruskin nearly 50 years ago. Its scientific relevancy continues even today, especially in light of the recent advances made in the growing and manufacturing of pure organic wheat and barley grasses nurtured in the rich soils and cold fall and winter of Lawrence, Kansas. Many health-oriented consumers have ceased buying Asiatic sources of chlorophyll and instead have opted to support the American farmer by purchasing cereal grass chlorophyll processed in Kansas, where product quality and purity has never been compromised.
But some of the most astonishing health results for chlorophyll have recently come from the field of cancer research itself. In his national best-seller, Healing AIDS Naturally, California physician Laurence Badgley, M.D., repeatedly recommends wheat grass juice in his successful dietary regiment for numerous AIDS victims whove experienced remarkable progress on his holistic program.
Besides this, other researchers have discovered strong inhibiting powers against certain forms of chemically-induced cancers in wheat grass chlorophyll. Dr. Chiu-Nan Lai, with the Dept. of Biology, The University of Texas System Cancer Center, part of the M.D. Anderson Hospital & Tumor Institute in Houston, reported in Nutrition & Cancer (1:27-30, 1978) that liquid fractions of wheat grass "selectively inhibited the mutagenic effect of carcinogens requiring metabolic activation..." Further studies on the strong antimutagenic activities of certain common vegetable chlorophylls was later reported in another cancer journal, Mutation Research (77:245-50, 1980).
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