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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

herpes, dandelion, The Murder of Grabwell Grommet

Fix It With Herbs for 23 May 2006
Cobblestone Health/Judith Cobb
Master herbalist, certified iridologist,
nutritional consultant practitioner,
childbirth educator
Calgary, AB T2W 1N8

Stock #250-4
Dandelion is one of the first wild plants to grow in Spring as an invitation to cleanse the system of any waste material and toxins accumulated during the long Winter.

Native to Europe and naturalized in North America, dandelion grows everywhere on this continent as an indication that everyone needs it for its wealth on nutrients and benefits.

Dandelion is so widely despised as a weed; it’s sometimes difficult to see this plant of what it really is – a nutritious healing plant with a medicinal reputation dating back more than 1,000 years.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” As far as dandelion is concerned, truer words were never penned, though its virtues have been well documented.

According to pharmacologist Daniel B. Mowrey Ph.D., dandelion root heads the list of excellent foods for the liver and related organs and glands.

• Cleanses the blood and liver
• Helps the liver and gallbladder filter out toxins
• Enhances the flow of bile
• Reduces serum cholesterol and uric acid levels
• Improves functioning of kidneys, pancreas, spleen and stomach
• Removes excess water and salt
• May decrease high blood pressure
• Promotes better digestion
• Traditionally used for abscesses, boils, anemia, and liver disorders such as jaundice, hepatitis and gall stones

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On the morning of his forty-second birthday, Grabwell Grommet awoke to a peal of particularly ominous thunder. Glancing out the window with bleary eyes he saw written in fiery letters across the sky "SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KILL YOU, GRABWELL GROMMET."

With shaking hands, Grommet lit his first cigarette of the day. He didn't question the message. You don't question messages like that. His only question was, "Who?". At breakfast as he salted his fried eggs, he told his wife, Gratia, "Someone is trying to kill me."

"Who?" she asked with horror.

Grommet slowly stirred the cream and sugar into his coffee and shook his head. "I don't know" he said. convinced though he was, Grommet couldn't go to the police with such a story. He decided his only course was to go about his daily routine and hope somehow to outwit his would-be murderer. He tried to think on the drive to the office, but the frustrations of making time by beating lights and switching lanes occupied him wholly.

Not once behind his desk could he find a moment, what with jangling phones, urgent memos and problems and decisions piling up as they did each day. It wasn't until his second martini at lunch that the full terror of his position struck him. It was all he could do to finish his Lasagna Milanese.

"I can't panic," he said to himself, lighting his cigar. "I simply must live my life as usual." So he worked till seven as usual, drove home fast as usual, ate a hearty dinner as usual, had his two cocktails as usual, studied business reports as usual, and took his two Seconal capsules as usual in order to get his six hours of sleep as usual.

As the days passed, he manfully stuck to his routine. As the months went by he began to take a perverse pleasure in his ability to survive.

"Whoever is trying to get me," he said proudly to his wife, "hasn't got me yet. I'm too smart for him."

Ladling him a second helping of beef stroganoff, Gratia replied, "Oh, please be careful."

The pride grew as he managed to go on living for years. But, as it must to all men, death came at last to Grabwell Grommet. It came at his desk on a particularly busy day. He was fifty-three. His grief-stricken widow demanded a full autopsy. It showed only emphysema, arteriosclerosis, duodenal ulcers, cirrhosis of the liver, cardiac necrosis, a cerebrovascular aneurysm, pulmonary edema, obesity, circulatory insufficiency and a touch of lung cancer.

"How glad Grabwell would have been to know," said the widow smiling proudly through tears, "that he died of natural causes."


Herpes is a family of viruses, each one responsible for a different set of symptoms.

Herpes simplex type I is commonly known as cold sores. These painful blister-like lesions usually occur on the face (around the lips), on the eye (causing a form of conjunctivitis), or in the vagina.

Herpes zoster is the virus that causes shingles in adults and chicken pox in children.

The type of herpes I am focusing on in this article is Herpes simplex type II which is the sexually transmitted version of the disease. The lesions are usually localized in the genital area. The first outbreak is usually the most uncomfortable, and can be accompanied by fever, swollen lymph nodes, and muscular aches. Lesions usually take about two weeks to heal. It is imperative that sexual contact be avoided during this time.

This disease can have severe complications for adults. It also increases a woman's risk of cervical cancer.

Babies born vaginally to moms when mom has an outbreak run the risk of blindness, brain damage, and death. A Cesarean section may be the best idea in this case.

Persons with the virus will rarely have outbreaks after they reach 50 years of age.

Once any of these viruses has entered the body it will never leave. It can be controlled somewhat. In all cases of herpes the virus travels along a nerve. At the end of the nerve the virus erupts causing a blister or lesion on the skin. When the blisters are oozing is when they are most contagious.

Here are some recommendations that may help to shorten the duration and intensity of an outbreak.

L-lysine has been found helpful by many people. Recommended dosages range from 500 - 1000 mg daily. It may be hard to find this amino acid in Canada as the Canadian government has banned this type of product saying more study is needed to prove its safety and efficacy. The purpose of this supplement is that when the amount of l-lysine exceeds the amount of l-arginine in the body the growth of the herpes virus is slowed. On this same vein, it would be wise to restrict the amount of almonds, barley, cashews, cereals (grains), chicken, chocolate, corn, dairy products, meat, nuts, seeds, oats, and peanuts as these all contain l-arginine. Also avoid all citrus fruit and juices when the virus is active.

Vitamin A is recommended at 50,000 iu per day. It is known to enhance the immune system, strengthen mucous membranes, speed helaing of the skin and prevent the spread of the virus in the body. (Vitamin A needs vitamin D to work properly. Nature Sunshine's Vitamin A & D fits the bill.)

B complex in very high doses (up to 150 mg per day - Stress Formula) may be helpful. Stress seems to play a significant role in causing outbreaks of all types of herpes. Adequate rest is always recommended to repair and/or maintain good health.

Vitamin C is always important in boosting and supporting the immune response and counteracting stress. One half to two grams per hour taken with bioflavonoids is a suggested therapeutic dosage. (Nature's Sunshine Vitamin C - 500 mg with bioflavonoids)

Another important nutrient is zinc. This mineral helps to stimulate the immune response and helps the skin to heal faster. It is advisable to take several small doses (Nature's Sunshine Zinc 25 mg) per day instead of one large dose of this nutrient as it may cause nausea and even vomiting. Up to 100 mg per day may be used.

Acidophilus is an important bacteria because of its ability to make B complex in the human digestive tract. It also prevents the growth of undesirable bacteria there. (Lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidus, 2 billion count, dairy free)

The nerves are often coated with a fatty insulation-like barrier called the myelin sheath. This sheath acts just like rubber insulation around an electrical wire to prevent interference and to keep the energy going the way it should. Lecithin has been found to be helpful in preserving the integrity of the sheath and as such may be helpful in herpes. (Lecithin, 520 mg/capsule)

Along with lecithin, the essential fatty acids (Super Oil) may prevent further deterioration of the nerve pathways.

D-mixed-tocopherols (Vitamin E, 600 iu per day) have been beneficial in herpes. Some people have found that alternately applying vitamin E and vitamin A directly to the lesions helps reduce the pain and speeds the healing.

Some herbs have been found to be helpful also. Black walnut seems to be effective and can be used topically as an extract, fomentation, or poultice.

The Nature's Sunshine formula HRP-C is a combination of Chinese herbs specifically designed to bolster the immune system. A study done in Boston by a medical doctor showed the efficacy of this formula in working with herpes.

Golden seal, parthenium, and echinacea may all be used to stimulate the immune system and the movement of the lymphatic fluid.

Russian penicillin (Garlic) is also recommended for its effects in stimulating the immune system.

Another excellent herbal preparation for topical use is Pau D'arco lotion. This has been used at the first symptoms to prevent full outbreaks, and has also been used during the outbreak to control it and speed healing.

Obviously, if you are prone to cold sores, maintaining a healthy diet is important. Avoid all the typical nutrient destroyers such as white flour, sugar, alcohol, coffee, tea (non-herbal), and refined foods.

Herpes outbreaks can largely be controlled, and when the do happen the effects can be minimized with natural remedies.


  • At March 16, 2013 12:18 PM, Blogger Laloofah said…

    The author of "The Murder of Grabwell Grommet" was Art Hoppe, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, who was suffering from terminal lung cancer when he wrote it. He died of complications from the cancer in February 2000.

    Oh, and I love dandelions, one of the most unfairly maligned plants on the planet! I drink a cup of Dandy Blend most days, and dandelion herbal tea often!


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