MD, PhD, MAE, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

Here is the abstract of a recent article that I find worrying:

In 2020, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) challenged the world with a global outbreak that led to millions of deaths worldwide. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the symptomatic manifestation of this virus, which can range from flu-like symptoms to utter clinical complications and even death. Since there was no clear medicine that could tackle this infection or lower its complications with minimal adverse effects on the patients’ health, the world health organization (WHO) developed awareness programs to lower the infection rate and limit the fast spread of this virus. Although vaccines have been developed as preventative tools, people still prefer going back to traditional herbal medicine, which provides remarkable health benefits that can either prevent the viral infection or limit the progression of severe symptoms through different mechanistic pathways with relatively insignificant side effects. This comprehensive review provides scientific evidence elucidating the effect of 10 different plants against SARS-CoV-2, paving the way for further studies to reconsider plant-based extracts, rich in bioactive compounds, into more advanced clinical assessments in order to identify their impact on patients suffering from COVID-19.

The conclusions of this paper read as follows:

…since these 10 herbs hold distinct bioactive compounds with significant properties in vitro and with remarkable benefits to human health, it is possible to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection and reduce its symptomatic manifestations by consuming any of these 10 plants according to the recommended dose. The diversity in bioactive molecules between the different plants exerts various effects through different mechanisms at once, which makes it more potent than conventional synthetic drugs. Nonetheless, more studies are needed to highlight the clinical efficacy of these extracts and spot their possible side effects on patients, especially those with comorbidities who take multiple conventional drugs.

I should point out that the authors fail to offer a single reliable trial that would prove or even imply that any of the 10 herbal remedies can effectively treat or prevent COVID infections (to the best of my knowledge, no such studies exist). Laguage like “it is possible to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection and reduce its symptomatic manifestations” is therefore not just misleading but highly dangerous and deeply unethical. Sadly, such evidence-free claims abound in herbal medicine.

I think the journal editor, the peer-reviewer, the authors and their universities ( University of Tripoli in Lebanon, American University of the Middle East, Egaila in Kuwait, University of Balamand, Kalhat, Tripoli in Lebanon, Lebanese University, Tripoli in Lebanon, Aix-Marseille Université in France) should be ashamed to produce such dangerous rubbish.

3 Responses to Treating COVID-19 with Medicinal Plants? No, please don’t!

  • What the hell has a FRENCH to do with the Lebanese insanity? What is going on behind the curtains?

    Jean-Marc Sabatier
    INP, Inst Neurophysiopathol, Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, 13385 Marseille, France

    This reminds me of Riley:

    “H.J.Hamre,A.Glockmann,K.von Ammon,D.S.Riley,H.Kiene vermasseln es gründlich”
    https://www.allaxys.com/~kanzlerzwo/index.php?topic=13069.0

    Anthroposophs together with an American. What is the hidden link between the Lebanese and Sabatier?

  • I knew it: IT STINKS!

    This is in a description of a book sold by Amazon:

    https://www.amazon.de/COVID-19-articles-censur%C3%A9s-Jean-Marc-Sabatier/dp/B0BSJFZC4T

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    COVID-19 Les articles censurés de Jean-Marc Sabatier 2020 – 2021 – 2022 Taschenbuch – 19. Januar 2023
    Französisch Ausgabe von Dr Jean-Marc SABATIER (Autor)

    Déjà plus de 10 millions de lecteurs
    Près de quatre-vingts articles de Jean-Marc Sabatier ont été publiés par le média en ligne https://infodujour.fr/ durant la pandémie, en 2020, 2021 et 2022. Directeur de recherche au CNRS, titulaire d’un doctorat en biologie cellulaire et microbiologie et d’une Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR) en biochimie, Jean-Marc Sabatier a dirigé plusieurs équipes de recherche académique (CNRS, INSERM et Université), ainsi qu’un laboratoire de recherche mixte académique-industriel consacré à l’ingénierie des peptides thérapeutiques (ERT62, Marseille, France). Il est aussi éditeur-en-chef des revues internationales «Coronaviruses» et «Infectious disorders-Drug targets».

    Autant dire que le virus à l’origine de l’une des plus graves pandémies de l’histoire humaine ne l’a pas laissé indifférent.
    Il découvre, pour la première fois au monde (dès mars 2020), que le « vrai » responsable de la Covid-19 n’est pas directement le virus SARS-CoV-2 mais le dysfonctionnement du système rénine-angiotensine (SRA), un système hormonal présent dans tous les organes et tissus du corps humain. Découverte vérifiée depuis !

    Au fil des mois, Jean-Marc Sabatier a trouvé son public composé essentiellement de médecins et de chercheurs. En cumulé, plus de 10 millions de lecteurs ont suivi ses démonstrations scientifiques permettant de mieux comprendre les mécanismes de l’infection par le SARS-CoV-2 et les effets, parfois délétères, des vaccins. Les lobbies n’ont pas apprécié. Jean-Marc Sabatier a été censuré, banni des réseaux sociaux, tout comme infodujour.fr

    Nous republions ici les principaux articles censurés de Jean-Marc Sabatier.
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    Translated by deepl.com:

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    COVID-19 Censored articles by Jean-Marc Sabatier 2020 – 2021 – 2022 Taschenbuch – 19. Januar 2023
    Französisch Ausgabe von Dr Jean-Marc SABATIER (Autor)

    Over 10 million readers already
    Nearly eighty articles by Jean-Marc Sabatier were published by the online medium https://infodujour.fr/ during the pandemic, in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Jean-Marc Sabatier is a CNRS research director with a PhD in cell biology and microbiology and a Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR) in biochemistry. He has headed several academic research teams (CNRS, INSERM and University), as well as a joint academic-industrial research laboratory dedicated to the engineering of therapeutic peptides (ERT62, Marseille, France). He is also editor-in-chief of the international journals “Coronaviruses” and “Infectious disorders-Drug targets”.

    In other words, the virus behind one of the most serious pandemics in human history did not leave him indifferent.
    He discovered, for the first time in the world (in March 2020), that the “real” culprit behind Covid-19 was not the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself, but the dysfunction of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), a hormonal system present in every organ and tissue of the human body. A discovery that has since been verified!

    Over the months, Jean-Marc Sabatier has found his audience, mainly doctors and researchers. Altogether, over 10 million readers have followed his scientific demonstrations, which have led to a better understanding of the mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 infection and the sometimes deleterious effects of vaccines. The lobbies didn’t like it. Jean-Marc Sabatier was censored and banned from social networks, as was infodujour.fr.

    Here we republish Jean-Marc Sabatier’s main censored articles.
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