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Covid, Africa and Schistosomiasis

January 5, 2021 - 19:55 -- Pierre Lutgen

In an April 10 interview, American philanthropist Melinda Gates expressed her belief that the coronavirus pandemic will have the worst impact in the developing world. She said she foresees bodies lying around in the street of African countries. It is quite surprising to see that although there have been shocking reports of hospitals overwhelmed with patients in the US and in other Western countries, the billionaire philanthropist and others like her still choose to talk about dead bodies in Africa. Gates is not the only one to be predicting total doom in Africa.

Zinc, Covid and the elderly

December 16, 2020 - 14:21 -- Pierre Lutgen

LOW ZINC STATUS: A RISK FOR PNEUMONIA IN THE ELDERLY

Plasma Zn decrease is strongly related to age and may be a predictor of all-cause mortality in elderly population. In a study in Italy plasma zinc levels were measured in individuals having an age range of 10–93 years. No significant differences in plasma zinc concentrations were found between males and females. Up to the age of 50 years, the mean plasma zinc of normal individuals remained relatively constant at 70 ± 32µg/100 ml after which the levels decreased.

Artemisia twigs, nitrate, malaria, schistosomiasis and tuberculosis

December 12, 2020 - 18:06 -- Pierre Lutgen

Many anecdotical or scientific results indicate that leaves and stems of Artemisia annua have different therapeutical properties, often higher for leaves, sometimes lower.
Our efforts so far to elucidate key factors explaining these differences have failed. Artemisinin, polyphenols, essential oils are higher in leaves, scopoletin sometimes lower. If the therapeutical properties against malaria, bacteria or nematodes, really are proportional to the concentration of these organic key constituants, the healing power of stems and twigs should be close to zero.

A catholic organisation in Austria dislikes film on herbal medicine.

October 22, 2020 - 11:58 -- Pierre Lutgen

The film « The Fever » of Katharina Weingärtner was released on September 25 and is well received by public and media. It depicts the fight of African universities and grassroot organizations for local solutions and remedies against the sharp increase in malaria fatalities over the recent years. 500 000 more in 2020 according to WHO !

Immunoglobulins and lactoferrrin against viral attacks

August 31, 2020 - 18:33 -- Pierre Lutgen

Pascal Gisenya, Pierre Lutgen

Mucosal surfaces represent a major interface between host and environment. They constitute the point of entry of most infectious pathogens, and are in contact with potentially injurious antigens present in the normal mucosal microflora and in ingested or inhaled substances.

MUCOSAL LININGS ARE RICH IN IMMUNOGLOBULINS

Older adults, Zinc deficiency, Artemisia and Corona

August 19, 2020 - 19:57 -- Pierre Lutgen

submitted by Pierre Lutgen, Jerome Munyangi and Mutaz Akkawi

Zinc (Zn) plays an essential role in many biological processes including immune response. Impaired Zn status promotes immune dysfunction, and it has been associated with enhanced chronic inflammation during aging. Zinc has a pivotal role in the entire immune system fostering resistance to infections by virus, fungi and bacteria. The immune system is strongly impaired by zinc deficiency, predominantly the cell-mediated response by T-lymphocytes.

Omega-rich oils are efficient against malaria, but may enhance viral infections

July 21, 2020 - 07:43 -- Pierre Lutgen

In a recent review paper we described the strong antimalarial properties of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), but also raised some concerns about the potential risks for viral infections.

            Jérôme Munyangi, Pierre Lutgen, Artemisia plants, arachidonic and other polyunsaturated fatty acids. Malaria World Journal MWJ 2020, 11:3.

Malaria inhibits Covid

June 10, 2020 - 17:50 -- Pierre Lutgen

 

The role of immunoglobulines E

In January 2020 we published together with 3 medical doctors from Africa: “Jérôme, Munyangi, Pascal Gisenya, Patrick Ogwang …Immunoglobulins in the skin lead to long-lasting prophylaxis. Pharm Pharmacol Int Journal, PPIJ, 2020, Issue1”, a paper which, if widely spread, could have had a dramatic impact on the way the present Covid-19 crisis is handled.

One of the key findings of their work is that immunoglobulins are higher in malaria endemic areas.

Viruses, Malaria, Platelets and Artemisia

May 23, 2020 - 10:12 -- Pierre Lutgen

 

In my previous comments on www.malariaworld.org I alerted to the possibility that the widespread malaria infections in sub-Saharan Africa might provide a protection against the Covid virus. Trying to find an explanation for this observation might be important.

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