View single post by IWyk
 Posted: Fri Mar 27th, 2015 07:43 pm
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Hi, perhaps I mis-read your post and had the impression that this "mushroom magic" "Reishi mushrooms are a wonder prophylaxis/ treatment for basically all infections of all types and most illnesses", this I read as advocating that this Mushroom magic will either prevent or cure malaria. This was my understanding anyway and I feel that this is not only misleading but dangerous when it comes to Malaria.

You mis-read my first line.

Would most definitely not advocate any of this bush medicine for MALARIA.

So I was not referring to a "whole spectrum of infectious ailments" but specifically to somebody who has contracted or suspect he/she has contracted MALARIA.

Seems my reply has "upset" you for some reason and if this is the case, I appologise for that.

Plasmodium falciparum is a protozoan parasite, one of the species of Plasmodium that cause malaria in humans. It is transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito. Malaria caused by this species (also called malignant or falciparum malaria) is the most dangerous form of malaria, with the highest rates of complications and mortality. As of the latest World Health Organization report in 2014, there were 198 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2013, with an estimated death of 584,000. It is much more prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa than in many other regions of the world; in most African countries, over 75% of cases were due to P. falciparum, whereas in most other countries with malaria transmission, other, less virulent plasmodial species predominate. Almost every malarial death is caused by P. falciparum.

P. falciparum causes severe malaria via sequestration, a distinctive property not shared by any other human malaria. Within the 48-hour asexual blood stage cycle, the mature forms change the surface properties of infected red blood cells, causing them to stick to blood vessels (a process called cytoadherence). This leads to obstruction of the microcirculation and results in dysfunction of multiple organs, typically the brain in cerebral malaria.

Symptoms of malaria may include fever, chills, sweating, weakness, aches and pains, abdominal pains, diarrhea or vomiting. These symptoms are called “nonspecific” because they are not exclusively caused by malaria and are similar to those of the flu. If you experience some of these symptoms in the weeks following your recent stay in a high-malaria-risk country, “think malaria first” and see a doctor as soon as possible.

Prevention is definitely better than cure in the case of Malaria and Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended when visiting Malaria areas.

And yes, I have had Malaria once, Falciparim Malaria that put me in intensive care for 7 day's. I was luckily to walk away alive.

I would not wish this on anybody, so rather stick to recognized Malaria prophylaxis and if you still contract Malaria, get professional medical help, period,it is the only chance you have.