Olive Leaf Extract A New/Old Healing Bonanza for Mankind by James R. Privitera, M.D.
The Olive Leaf in History and Medicine
Olive Leaf Firepower
Potential Against Serious Diseases
Flu and Colds
Fungus and Yeast Infections
Dr. James R. Privitera, M.D.
Science has long stalked the chemical world within plants to uncover their
amazing healing secrets. Lately, these investigations have yielded
discovery after discovery of natural compounds with promising health and
Some of these compounds stimulate the production of anti-cancer enzymes in
the body. Others bind and neutralize certain carcinogenic chemicals. Other
have antioxidant effects,protecting the body from oxidation damage caused
by harmful molecular fragments known as free radicals that contribute to
aging and illness.
These natural compunds are found abundantly in roots, stems, leaves,
fruits and vegetables. They go by a variety of scientific names like
polyphenols, flavonoids, flavonols, pycnogenols, glucosinolates,
isoprenoids, carotenoids, tocotrienols and proanthocyanadins. To keep
things simple and pronounceable, we will just call them phytochemicals or
phytonutrients. Phyto stems from the Greek word for plant.
The volume of current research is intense. Some experts say these
compounds may offer the best protection we know of against the diseases
that plague us today. There's much yet to learn about the tissue-specific
way they work. But with time, these phytonutrients, in the form of
supplements or medical preparations, may play a major role in anti-aging
medicine and how we prevent and treat disease.
Among the many phytochemicals that have interested me, as a clinician, is
oleuropein (pronounced oh-lee-or-oh-pin), a substance found in the olive
leaf. I, as well as other health practitioners, have found that a natural
supplement of olive leaf extract contains substantial medicinal benefits.
Among them, boosting the energy among patients and aiding in the treatment
of herpes and other viral conditions, flu and colds, fungal infections,
chronic fatigue and allergies. I have also been surprised by unexpected
results generated by this supplement.
The Olive Leaf in History and Medicine
Was it the olive tree?
The first formal medical mention of the olive leaf - an account describing
its ability to cure severe cases of fever and malaria -- ocurred about 150
years ago. In 1854, the Pharmaceutical Journal carried a report by one
Daniel Hanbury and contained the following simple healing recipe:
Boil a handful of leaves in a quart of water down to half its original
volume. Then administer the liquid in the amount of a wineglass every 3 or
4 hours until the fever is cured.
The author said he discovered the effective tincture in 1843 and had used
it successfully. This method became well known in England for treating
sick Britons returning from His or Her Majesty's tropical colonies. The
author believed that a bitter substance in the leaves was the key healing
He was right.
Decades later, scientists isolated a bitter substance from the leaf and
named it oleuropein. It was found to be one ingredient in a compound
produced by the olive tree that makes it particularly robust and resistant
against insect and bacterial damage. From a technical angle, oleuropein is
an iridoid, a structural class of chemical compounds found in plants. It
is present in olive oil, throughout the olive tree, and is, in fact, the
bitter material that is eliminated from the olives when they are cured.<
In 1962, an Italian researcher reported that oleuropein lowered blood
pressure in animals. This triggered a flurry of scientific interest in the
Other European researchers confirmed this interesting finding. In
addition, they found it could also increase blood flow in the coronary
arteries, relieve arrhythmias, and prevent intestinal muscle spasms.
Around this time, a Dutch researcher determined the active ingredient in
oleuropein to be a substance he called elenolic acid. It was found to have
a powerful anti-bacterial effect.
By the late 1960's, research by scientists at Upjohn, a major American
pharmaceutical company, showed that elenolic acid also inhibited the
growth of viruses. In fact, it stopped every virus that it was tested
against. Among others, the substance was found to counteract a variety of
viruses associated with the common cold of humans.
Moreover, a number of laboratory experiments at this time with calcium
elenolate, a salt of elenolic acid, demonstrated a strong effect against
not just viruses, but bacteria and parasitic protozoans as well.
The compound worked effectively at low concentrations without any harmful
influence on host cell mechanisms, the American researchers concluded.
That meant they believed it to be extremely safe and non-toxic, even at
In a series of experiments, oleuropein was found to inactivate bacteria by
apparently dissolving the outer lining of microbes.
At the University of Milan Pharacological Sciences, researchers found that
oleuropein inhibited oxidation of low-density lipoproteins, the so-called
"bad cholesterol" involved in heart and aterial disease. This revelation,
if confirmed by further research, suggests that oleuropein may contain
antioxidant properties similar to other phytochemical compounds. Medical
researcher Morton Walker, D.P.M., writing about olive leaf extract in the
July 1996 issue of the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, comments
that the intake of flavonoids "is correlated with a lower incidence of
cardiovascular disease indicated that the daily intake of olive oil and/or
olive leaf extract containing phenols will likely bring on a similar
result." At the present time, the cardiovascular research community is
excited about such actions. Studies have shown that some phytochemicals
can reduce the harmful oxidation of cholesterol as well as slow down the
accelerated clumping of blood platelets that can lead to dangerous clots.
At Spain's University of Granada, pharmacologists determined that olive
leaf extract causes relaxation of arterial walls in laboratory animals.
Such results suggest a possible benefit for hypertension, an effect first
mentioned by researchers more than 30 years ago.
Olive Leaf Firepower
For the record, the researchers at Upjohn found calcium elenolate
effective in test tube experiments against the following viruses: herpes,
vaccinia, pseudorabies, Newcastle, Coxsacloe A 21, encepthlomyocarditis,
polio 1, 2, and 3, vesicular stomititus, sindbis, reovirus, Moloney Murine
leukemia, Rauscher Murine leukemia, Moloney sarcoma, and many influenza
and parainfluenza types.
They found it effective against these bacteria and parasitic protozoans:
lactobacillus plantarum W50, brevis 50, pediococcus cerevisiae 39,
leuconostoc mesenteroides 42, staphylococcus aureus, bacillus subtilis,
enterobacteraerogenes NRRL B-199, E. cloacae NRRL B-414, E. coli,
salamonella tyhimurium, pseudomonas fluorescens, P. solanacearum, P.
lachrymans, erwinia carotovora, E. tracheiphila, xanthomonas vesicatoria,
corynesbacterium Michiganese, plasmodium falciparum, virax and malariae.
The researchers credit a number of unique properties possessed by the
olive leaf compound for the broad killing power:
An ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for
An ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating
viruses or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell
The ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral
In the case of retroviruses, it is able to neutralize the production of
reverse transcriptase and protease. These enzymes are essential for a
retrovirus, such as HIV, to alter the RNA of a healthy cell.
It can stimulate phagocytosis, an immune system response in which cells
ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter.
The research suggests that this may be a "true anti-viral" compound
because it appears to selectively block an entire virus-specific system in
the infected host. It thus appears to offer healing effects not addressed
by pharmaceutical antibiotics.
Clinically, the olive leaf extract has been used for a relatively short
time. Health professionals began using it early in 1995 when it first
became available. Although we do not have long-term perspectives as yet,
initial results are very positive. We see a very promising and unique
herbal with multiple applications. It shows considerable therapeutic
action against many common conditions. In short, it appears to be living
up to its unique background and expectations.
From research and clinical experience to date, we can say that
supplemental olive leaf extract may be beneficial in the treatment for
conditions caused by, or associated with, a virus, retrovirus, bacterium,
or protozoan. Among such conditions are influenza, the common cold,
meningitis, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes I and II, human
herpes virus 6 and 7, shingles, HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis
B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, dengue, bacteremia, severe
diarrhea, blood poisoning, and dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical
In our clinic, we use olive leaf extract for a variety of infectious and
chronic conditions. We also believe that many people who lead stressful
lives or who may be particularly susceptible to colds and viruses may
benefit from long-term use of olive leaf extract as a preventive agent.
As I mentioned earlier, I am constantly surprised by unexpected benefits
reported by patients. This indicates that we are perhaps just scratching
the surface in our understanding of phytochemical benefits. Patients have
told me about improved psoriasis, normalization of arrhythmias (heart beat
irregularities), and less pain from hemorroids, toothaches and chronically
I myself cured a chronic toenail fungal infection after starting on the
supplement. It had not responded to the many other nutrients that I take.
One woman with bad allergies reported significant improvement and a level
of energy she hadn't felt for years.
One elderly male with severe arrhythmia told me his condition had vastly
improved in about eight days just from taking olive leaf extract alone. A
woman with mild arrhythmia said her condition improved substantially while
she took the supplement and then slowly became irregular again after she
We know from the oleuropein research done in the 1960s that the substance
improves blood flood to the heart and acts to normalize arrhythmias.
Currently, we are learning much about the cardiovascular benefits of the
phytochemical compounds found in grape seeds, onions, kale, green beans,
broccoli, and other vegetables. It will be interesting to see what
benefits the particular phytochemicals in olive leaf extract produce for
heart and arterial health.
Phil Selinsky, a naturopathic doctor at the Institute for Holistic Studies
in Santa Barbara, and biochemist Arnold Takemoto, who has been developing
patient nutritional programs on behalf of physicians in Arizona for 15
years, have found olive leaf extract to be an effective addition to their
array of natural healing tools.
After using the supplement in dozens of cases for over a year, Selinsky is
impressed with the benefits and looks forward to continued use and greater
understanding about its most effective applications.
There is no doubt that olive leaf extract has real healing power. In a
moment I will go into much greater detail on how it has helped patients.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that like any nutritional
supplement it should not be considered a cure-all or panacea. In holistic
practices such as mine, individual supplements are part of a comprehensive
program that includes better diet, exercise, and stress control methods.
That's how we maximize health and minimize symptoms.
There is always the possiblity that one ingredient, one supplement, can
fill a large gap or particular need in the body and by itself lead to
major improvement. We see that happen all the time. But usually it is all
the elements in a nutritional program that work together -- like a team of
horses pulling a wagon -- that gets the job done most effectively.
Biochemist Arnold Takemoto puts it this way: "Olive leaf extract is not a
single magic-bullet. There are very few such things, especially in
non-pharmaceutical medicine. In many cases it takes a whole lot more than
just one ingredient to get over a particular condition. Yet I find it a
very valuable addition against chronic fatigue syndrome and many other
viral conditions, especially those that are more tenacious. It fills a
hole that we haven't been able to fill before."
Takemoto went on to say that Lisa Weinrib, M.D., one of the physicians he
works with, treats many cases of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
She has noticed that patients with these problems exhibit much improvement
from use of the extract, according to Takemoto. "It's the missing link
that functions as an antiviral and antiretroviral agent by slowing down
the organism's reproductive cycle. A slowdown...allows the patient's
immune system to go on the attack."
Takemoto says olive leaf extract has helped patients eliminate stubborn
viral infections they have had for years. One patient, who had suffered
from shingles (herpes zoster) for nine years, experienced complete relief
within two days of starting olive leaf extract and other supplements.
One of the most frequent comments we hear from patients after they start
taking olive leaf extract is that they feel more energetic and have a
greater sense of well-being. Many want to continue the supplement even
after the treatment program has cleared up or reduced specific problems.
Some patients are energized to the point that they inquire whether there
is an "upper" in the product. There is not. It simply generates a natural
"upper" effect. Healthy people who take it say they also feel this
infusion of energy.
In my experience, olive leaf extract also has helped in many chronic
fatigue cases, even the most serious. One female patient described to me
what she called a "really quite unbelievable" recovery within one month of
taking the supplement.
"For the last few years I have not been feeling like myself. I've had
little energy and enthusiasm for anything. This is not my usual nature. I
attributed it to weight, unemployment and just being down. My head was
always somewhat achy and I couldn't figure out why. The only way I could
describe it would be as a constant low-degree headache which never left.
"I started taking olive leaf extract and noticed an immediate elevation of
my spirits. What I liked about the product was that it was effective but
gentle and didn't make me hyper or unable to sleep. Quite the contrary, I
"After a few days I began to notice more energy and a stronger sense of
well-being. The cobwebs in my brain started to diminish. I also noticed a
bad shoulder and a bad knee started to get better. The pain associated
with these joints remarkably improved.
For some very sick individuals, including people with chronic fatigue
syndrome or particularly heavy loads of virus or bacteria in their bodies,
olive leaf extract may possibly generate detoxification symptoms -- known
as the "die-off effect" -- that may be unpleasant.
Such people may actually feel worse for a short time before feeling
better. As an example, many chronic fatigue patients suffer from an
associated depression. Patients of mine who toughed it out through
the"die-off" period emerged highly energized and no longer depressed.
If you have ever used Nystattin to fight yeast infections, you are
probably familiar with this situation. Nystattin kills yeast. As the body
becomes full of dead yeast, you may experience a variety of detox
symptoms. Symptoms may intensify to the point where you need to stop or
reduce the dosage of the medication in order to give your body a chance to
eliminate the toxic waste.
Olive leaf extract is potent stuff. It can generate an internal cleansing
action that may similarly cause significant detox symptoms. Refer to the
next chapter about what to do if you experience such a reaction.
"Die-off" symptoms can begin almost immediately after starting the
supplement. It can hit different people in different ways. Reactions
include extreme fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, muscle/joint achiness or
flu-like symptoms. Severity differs also from person to person, depending
on the extent of infection.
Keep in mind that such symptoms are positive signs. Nevertheless, they can
be unpleasant. Some people may not want to continue because of the
discomfort. Others handle it better. Others experience no such effect.
Here's what to do in case of substantial detoxification symptoms:
Reduce the number of tablets, or even stop them altogether for a while.
You may need a day or two, or even a week, to allow your body to process
When you feel better, you can resume the supplement at a low dose and
Holistic practitioners can usually provide a supportive detoxification
program for individuals who experience a strong "die-off" response. In my
clinic, this program includes taking vitamin C to bowel tolerance. Such a
regimen is best done under professional guidance.
Other than the "die-off" detoxification effect among some individuals,
olive leaf extract appears to create no side effects. Past research with
calcium elenolate, the derivative or oleuropein, included safety studies
with laboratory animals. They were dosed orally and also via injection.
The only symptom observed was a mild irritation of the mucous membrane
among some animals at the injection site. Since olive leaf extract is
taken orally, this observation is basically irrelevant.
The research indicated that doses many times higher than recommended are
unlikely to produce toxic or other adverse side effects. During 1993
testing of the liquid form of the product against the herpes virus, there
were no observed or reported side effects.
Potential Against Serious Infectious Diseases
eaths from infectious diseases, formerly on the decline, have recently
taken an alarming upward turn in this country.
According to federal researchers, such deaths rose by 58% from 1980 to
1992, pushing this category of illness up behind heart disease and cancer
in the No. 3 spot of killer diseases.
While the AIDS epidemic accounts for most of the rise, experts say there
has been an unusual increase in mysterious respiratory infections among
the elderly and blood infections among people of all ages. When you
eliminate the AIDS the death rate during the same period for all other
infectious diseases rose by 22 percent.
The World Health Organization (WHO), back in 1978, looked to the future
and issued a report which contended that by the year 2000, sources other
than Western, technological medicine would be needed in order for all
people to have adequate health care. The organization subsequently adopted
the report that recommended the use of traditional forms of healing and
medicine, such as the use of herbs, to meet the demands of an factor,
exploding global population.
As we approach the year 2000, the wisdon -- and the urgency -- of this
advice is obvious in the light of the serious side-effects and shortcoming
of pharmaceutical drugs.
With the emergence, for instance, of antibiotic-resistant bacterial
strains, natural products such as olive leaf extract take on greater
importance. Even if new antibiotics are developed, new infectious bacteria
would emerge that are resistant to new drugs. In the case of herbal
medicinals, their complex chemistry may often render them potentially more
effective against a wide variety of microorganisms for which
pharmaceutical drugs prove to be ineffective.
It will be interesting to see if olive leaf extract can benefit AIDS
cases. We know that it inhibits the production of reverse transcriptase
and protease, enzymes necessary for certain viruses, such as HIV, to
damage healthy cells.
Naltrexone, an immune-stabilizing drug used in the treatment of heroin and
alcohol addiction. Clinical trials conducted by Bernard Bihari, MD, a New
York City physician specializing in HIV/AIDS, demonstrated that this
preparation stops the progression of the disease and the decline of the
immune system in a majority of patients who take it regularly. Naltrexone
stimulates key hormones regulating the immune system and the communication
between the brain and immune function. No side effects have been reported.
DNCB (dinitrochlorobenzene), a chemical used in photography labs that is
applied in small doses on the skin. This compound acts as anti-viral agent
by stimulating killer cell activity. An estimated 7,000 patients with AIDS
have used this substance for some 10 years.
A blend of olive oil/whole lemon juice. This "grassroots" recipe appears
to be uniquely helpful in reversing neuropathy, swollen lymph nodes and
wasting syndrome associated with the HIV.
1. A patient had been using Naltrexone since October 1995 along with
weekly topical applications of DNCB. He had not used the olive oil/lemon
juice blend. In August of that year he had had a CD8 count of 700. CD8
refers to killer T cells, which, along with so-called Natural Killer
cells, are major immune destroyers of virus infected cells. They reduce
viral loads and inhibit damage to the body's defenses.
In January of 1996, his CD8 count had risen to 1380. In March of 1996 he
added olive leaf extract at the standart dose of one capsule four times
daily. He initially experienced a mild headache, a probably "die-off
effect." Within days, he reported a significant increase in energy along
with the disappearance of swollen lymph nodes. He said he felt 20 years
younger. On March 21, his CD8 count had soared to 1920! His physician said
never before in his career had he seen such improvement in an AIDS
2. One patient reported that after finishing a bottle of olive leaf
extract, one of three Kaposi Sarcoma lesions on his chest vanished. He
experienced headaches and flu-like symptoms for about two weeks, again a
probable "die-off effect." Continuing with a second bottle, he said the
second lesion was completely gone and the last one was "fading fast."
His HIV viral load, as measured by PCR technology, had dropped from
160,000 to 30,000 in two months. Soon afterward, he reported that his PCR
results for HIV were now down to 692.
3. An HIV patient reported his genital herpes vanished within four days of
starting on the olive leaf extract.
4. Another patient with Kaposi's Sarcoma and retinitis added five capsules
of olive leaf extract daily along with Naltrexone and DNCB. After doing
this, he said that the sarcoma lesions stopped growing. This prompted him
to stop two drugs he had been taking -- Ganciclovir and Biaxin -- because
of severe intestinal side effects. A few days after discontinuing the
drugs, his digestion returned to normal. He soon reported improved vision
and that lesions were becoming lighter in color.
5. One patient took the olive leaf extract by itself for about 3 1/2
months. His HIV viral load dropped nearly in half as a result, along with
significant improvements in his white blood cell counts. After adding
Naltrexone and the lemon/olive oil drink, his improvement accelerated.
I have recommened olive leaf extract to many patients with herpes. The
results have been encouraging.
One man in his early 40s suffered from repeated lesions plus fatigue. In a
week after starting the supplement, his lesions disappeared and his energy
level increased. He told me that olive leaf extract was the only
preparation that had ever cleared up the herpes. "Even the most minute
blisters are gone," he said.
A female patient had an unusually stubborn herpetic cold sore in the mouth
for four months. She also suffered from cancer, thus there may have been
some significant immune exhaustion involved. After one week with the olive
leaf, the sore disappeared.
Flu and Colds
Results to date indicate that olive leaf extract may be a good weapon
against the common cold and flu. Consider the following letter written to
me in August of 1995 by a female patient suffering from persistent flu
"I became ill with the flu in February and had several immune boosters,
extra vitamins and three antibiotics. My fever was 102-103 every afternoon
and this continued even after the antibiotics. I developed paralyzing
chest and abdominal pain, being confined to the couch for weeks -- not
able to hardly walk. My weight dropped to 84 pounds. Medical tests
revealed nothing specifically wrong.
I started taking olive leaf extract on July 18. Within a few days my
temperature started dropping and it is slowly and steadily going down, so
that some days I haven't needed to take Tylenol to reduce it. The pain is
subsiding gradually and my appetite and strength is returning."
At the time of her next medical examination, the woman's temperature had
been normal for a week. She hadn't needed pain-killers for two weeks.
I received a striking testimony from an elementary school teacher with a
history of asthma and vulnerability to colds and flu. She felt that olive
leaf extract fortified her against the constant exposure to germs
circulating throughout her classroom.
"I used to get sick all the time," she told me. "One school year I got
strep throat eight times. If you sneezed at me, the chances are I would
get sick. Not any more. When many kids in my class were coughing,
sneezing, and blowing their noses before Christmas, I caught a slight cold
and that's it."
The ability of olive leaf extract to destroy bacteria was demonstrated
dramatically in the case of a 64-year-old physician who had been bedridden
for several years following a serious stroke. He also had recurrent
bladder infections which caused considerable pain, smelly urine and fever.
All efforts to alleviate his condition had been generally unsuccessful.
Even a $1,000 antibiotic specially made for him had not worked. He had
constant discomfort. His urine was cloudy "and looked like soup." Often it
After one month on olive leaf extract, the infections had vanished. After
six months, the condition has not recurred.
The doctor also suffered from frequent allergies and colds and had to take
medication to keep these under control. The incidence and severity were
significantly minimized with the supplement and as a result he requires
considerably less medicine.
Naturopath Phil Selinsky reports success against bacterial infections in a
number of cases. These include sinus and bladder infections and oral
infections associated with tooth or gum disease.
"Some patients have told me that olive leaf extract took down their
dental-related infections within hours," according to Selinsky. "They were
quite impressed by the response."
Researchers have found that the natural olive leaf compounds can decrease
the level of blood sugar. I have had several cases in my clinic confirming
One involved a 15-year-old girl with juvenile diabetes. The teenager had
been regularly taking 350 units of insulin daily for control. After one
month on olive leaf extract, she was able to maintain similar control with
just 220 units.
In another case, the blood sugar level of a diabetic elderly priest
dropped from 450 to 160 after three months. In an yet another instance,
the blood sugar of a middle aged man stabilized at 140, down from 250,
after one month. He reported a great increase in energy during this time.
A number of patients have experienced significant easing of joint pain. We
don't know yetprecisely how this is happening.
A male patient, who had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis five
years before, had this to say: "After taking all the medicines I could
stand with no real results, I was informed about some nutritional
supplements. One of them was an olive leaf extract.' "After taking it for
three weeks I noticied more flexibility in my fingers, elbows, and neck.
There was marked relief of muscle tension surrounding my joints. Overall I
am enjoying olive leaf extract with my daily routine."
One of our clinical observations is that olive leaf extract appears to
work on many different levels in the body. As a result we often hear
reports from patients that a variety of symptoms begin improving.
One woman with chronic fatigue, frequent colds, asthma, and vaginal yeast
infections said that all her symptoms had virtually cleared up within five
weeks. The woman, a teacher, was able to take on new projects she wouldn't
even begin to think were possible before.
"I became ill in December 1993 and was diagnosed with a stomach and
prostrate infection. I was treated with high doses of antibiotics, but
never fully recovered. I was troubled with multiple symptoms, some of
which were back and neck pain, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, swollen glands,
sinus and digestive problems. I was subsequently diagnosed with
fibromyalgia (chronic fatigue syndrome) and the physicians recommeded
Prozac-type antidepressants and anti-inflammatory drugs. But I refused
them. I began taking olive leaf extract along with my regular vitamin and
mineral supplements in August of 1995 at the rate of one tablet every six
hours. I increased the dosage after five days and began to feel better."
A female patient, after taking olive leaf extract for a month, gave me
this happy report:
"It has improved my allergy-like psoriasis, and symptoms of a kidney
infection. I have been having back aches for almost a year and frequent
urination. These have improved a lot also.
Fungus and Yeast Infections
Earlier I mentioned my own positive experience with olive leaf extract. I
started taking the supplement and it completely cleared up a stubborn
toenail fungus infection.
A woman with an infection of the large toenail said that within 60 days
her condition was about three-quarters healed. For five years, she had
tried many types of medication and natural agents without help.
More than 10 million Americans are said to have disfiguring fungal nail
infections, a widely ignored medical problem. It is frequently found among
patients with AIDS, cancer and diabetes, athletes, elderly individuals,
people who spend considerable time standing or who wear the same shoes day
after day, or who wear artificial fingernails. Drugs taken for cancer and
AIDS lower resistance and are believed to make people more susceptible to
For the first time in 35 years, a new drug has been approved for the
condition. It is called Sporanox and is reported to be more effective than
previous anti-fungal preparations. But none of these preparations come
cheap. Patricia Anstett of the Knight-Ridder Newspapers reports that two
100-milligram pills of Sproranox are taken daily for about three months at
a cost of $900. Older drugs, taken for 12 months or more, cost double or
more that amount over the longer duration. Even with the new drug, the
condition may return if the medication is stopped.
Olive leaf extract may offer a natural -- and for sure, less expensive --
method of self-treatment.
One patient said a fungal infection of the tongue he had for 30 years
responded virtually overnight to the olive leaf. "I had tried all kinds of
diets, treatments and regimes but to no avail," he told me. "Within three
weeks on olive leaf extract the fungus disappeared!"
More than a dozen patients with candidiasis have reported significant
improvements. They say they have fewer infections, allergic reactions,
less dullness and more energy. One woman said she was finally able to
clean out her dust-ridden garage. Before olive leaf extract that would
have been impossible for her.
"I have seen several doctors using conventional medicine. They prescribed
every medication available to combat yeast, all to no avail. After less
than three weeks of taking the olive leaf supplement, all symptoms cleared
up and have not returned. As a sufferer of herpes simplex II, I would
experience outbreaks several times a year. Now, I have had no more
A chronic scalp infection that had stubbornly resisted all treatment for
more than 10 year responded directly to olive leaf extract within 60 days.
The patient wrote me this detailed letter:
"The condition would flare up causing very painful eruptions and lesions
in my scalp, which, over time, have killed quite a few hair follicles.
Modern medical doctors and dermatologists have been unable to eradicate
(the condition). I had resolved my self to the fact that there was no
"I am satisfied that I am getting some significant results from using the
olive leaf extract. My scalp remains a little tender, but the eruptions
have all but ceased. I am continuing to use the product about twice a day,
and the skin color is much healthier than it has been in recent time.
"No matter what drug therapy my doctors have prescribed in the past, none
has provided me with the level of relief I am currently experiencing. I
would gladly recommend this product to others suffering chronic skin
A female patient reported better energy and disappearance of a rash in 30
days. The rash occurred in winter, or during times of extreme cold.
Olive leaf extract may offer considerable potential in the treatment of
tropical infections such as malaria and dengue.
Malaria is caused by parasitic protozoans injected into the body by
infected mosquitoes. Protozoans, in case you are interested, are
one-celled organisms, the simplest creatures in the animal kingdom.
A full-fledged case of malaria at a clinic in Mexico was totally cured
with a dosage schedule of two olive leaf extract supplements every six
hours. A clinic report said that the 34-year-old female patient made a
steady recovery and after six months, "she was without any of the malaria
symptoms, not even anemia or shivers. Her breath is good. Her state of
mind excellent and she does not show any signs of chronic or contagious
Malaria has been reported recently in Texas and continues to be a leading
cause of illness and deaths worldwide, particularly because of the
development of drug-resistant strains. "It is a continuing concern in the
United States because of increased international migration, travel, and
commerce, " according to the publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly
Another serious tropical disease giving concern to public health officials
is dengue fever. This ailment is also mosquito-borne, in this case caused
by a virus, and occurs mainly in tropical Asia and the Caribbean. It can
cause vomiting, high fever, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain, and is
deadly in 50 percent of the cases. Some 50 million people are affected
each year and about half a million require hospitalization, according to
the World Health Organization. Researchers are trying to find a vaccine
but no breakthroughs have occurred yet.
In 1995, large outbreaks of dengue were reported by health authorities in
12 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
Olive leaf extract is currently available in the form of 500 mg. tablets.
The routine dosage is one tablet every six hours or four throughout the
day. Take the supplement between meals for best results.
In the case of bad colds or flu, you can use two tablets every six hours.
For acute infections, some individuals have taken more -- three and even
four every six hours -- and reported rapid relief.
If you encounter a "die-off" effect, cut back on the number of tablets you
are taking or temporarily discontinue them. See the section on "die-off
For healthy folks seeking more energy or the prevention benefits of olive
leaf extract, we suggest one or two tablets a day. The younger and cleaner
the body, the more responsive it is to supplements such as this. When a
person becomes older and more toxic, more of the supplement is required to
do the job.
Recipe to make your own tea from leaves:
10g Olive leaf tea.
2 quarts water.
Boil two quarts of good water, place olive leaf tea (alone or mixed with other herbs/teas) in a tea cozy or directly into the boiling water. Immediately reduce heat to a high simmer and let tea brew for approximately fifteen minutes. Stir tea occasionally, strain to drink and/or refrigerate. Tea should be a medium amber color with a slightly bitter taste. To combat a specific ailment, sip refrigerated or re-heated tea and consume entire two quarts over a three day period.
Dr. James R. Privitera, M.D. earned his medical degree at Creighton
University and completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at Providence
Hospital in Seattle, Washintion and his residency at Presbyterian Hospital in
San Francisco, CA. Following a Clinical Fellowship in allergy, immunology
and rheumatolgy at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, he entered private practice in
allergy and nutrition in Covina, California where he practices today.
Affiliated with the American Preventive Medical Association and the
International College of Applied Nutrition, among others, Dr. Privitera
has served on the boards of several top health organizations including the
National Health Federation. A pioneer in dark field microscopy, Dr.
Privitera has been asked to consult to some of our nations's leading
vitamin manufacturers. He has a book soon to be released entitled "Silent
Clots - the Nation's Biggest Killer".
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Copyright © 1996 by James. R. Privitera
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