SARS paper by Bill Sardi

Now the press is are saying that SARS is under control - more or less. But anyway, here is the link to a report on SARS written by Bill Sardi.

Especially interesting the natural cure for SARS (on the last page of the 11 page report), also in view of efforts to take bioflavonoids off the market or limit their availability, at least in Italy.


There is also a press release about this, (see below) but the actual report is more to the point and details a strange history of "prescience" of virologists of the "coming epidemic".

Cure for SARS found in red onions?
Atomic Scientist says

ASAN DIMAS, CA (USA)- While researchers are hurriedly attempting to test an existing drug to combat the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a compound found naturally in red onions and the peel of red apples has the same biochemical action and may prove to be a natural remedy against SARS, says health journalist Bill Sardi, president of Knowledge of Health, Inc. in San Dimas, California.

Sardi says reports in the news media describe the use of a synthetic protein inhibitor, called a peptide blocker, which may be able to control SARS. The protein or enzyme inhibitor drug, which already exists under the trade name bestatin (ubenimex), blocks the entry of RNA viruses like SARS coronvirus into cells. [The Lancet, volume 361: May 3, 2003; Clinical Experimental Metastasis, volume 10: 49-59, 1992]

A natural molecule found in red onions and fruits known as quercetin has the same or similar biochemical action as bestatin, says Sardi. Quercetin is widely sold as a dietary supplement in health food stores.

Sardi cites as evidence a report published in the February 1990 issue of the German medical journal Pharmazie, which describes the ability of plant molecules, especially quercetin, in neutralizing aminopeptidase N, the specific enzyme that permits RNA coronaviruses to invade living cells. [Pharmazie, volume 55, 129-32, 2000]

Sardi says quercetin has other remarkable anti-viral properties, having been shown to be active against herpes simplex, adenoviruses, rotaviruses, paramyxoviruses, polio virus, parainfluenza and respiratory synctial virus. [Journal Medical Virology, volume 15: 71-79, 1985; Microbiologica, volume 13, 207-13, 1990]

There is additional evidence that extracts from the leaves of Echinacea purpurea, may exhibit some of the protective properties of bestatin, the drug now under consideration as a treatment for SARS. [Nihon Rinsho Meneki Gakkai Kaishi, volume 24: 10-20, 2001]

Sardi says about 2000 milligrams per day of quercetin plus an equal amount of vitamin C would be a recommended dose, and adds quercetin should be taken in higher doses every two hours when battling an active viral infection. While quercetin is unproven in any clinical studies against SARS, there is currently no anti-viral drug with specific action against SARS coronavirus that has undergone clinical testing. Sardi adds that a number of pharmaceutical companies in China produce quercetin.

Sardi says when he issued a press release during the anthrax letter attack in 2001 which claimed that a molecule in fresh garlic called allicin killed anthrax spores, the news media was quick to denounce such an idea as "snake oil," even though he provided scientific evidence of the fact. Sardi says it is time for the public to be informed of the potent biological action of many plant molecules which are safe, economical and widely available.

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