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Tobacco Might Produce Vaccine For Stomach Virus

This news appeared in DAWN Pakistan. Here is another vaccine in the making.We should be aware and keep a watchful eye and an open mind,to keep track of this development.Tobacco has already been made into a homeopathic medicine and is in use of the homeopathic community for a long time.

As per Boerick's MM the symptomatology of Tabacum is exceedingly well marked.The nausea,giddiness, death- like pallor,vomiting,icy coldness and sweat with the intermittent pulse,are all most characteristic.Has marked antiseptic qualities,antidotal to cholera germs.Complete prostration of the entire muscular system.Collapse.Gastralgia,enteralgia,seasickness,cholera infantum.

STOMACH:Incessant nausea;worse smell of tobacco smoke(PHOS); vomiting on least motion,sometimes of fecal matter.During pregnancy with much spitting.Seasickness;terrible faint,sinking feeling at pit of stomach.Sense of relaxation of stomach,with nausea(IPEC).Gastralgia;pain from cardiac end extending to left arm.

ABDOMEN:Cold.Want's abdomen uncovered.It lessens the nausea and vomiting.Painful distension.Incarcerated hernia.

RECTUM:Constipation;rectum paralyzed,prolapsed.Diarrhoea sudden,watery,with nausea and vomiting,prostration,and cold sweat;discharges look like sour milk,thick and watery.Rectal tenesmus

The above symptoms covering the complete GIT,is indicative that TABACUM can be helpful in stomach complaints covering virus.Besides there are other homeopathic medication to treat stomach problems depending on the symptoms of the patient;

DAWN 22 August 2009
WASHINGTON: Tobacco plants might yield a cheap and easy-to-administer vaccine against a pesky stomach virus called norovirus, US researchers reported on Tuesday.

They found a way to make tobacco produce a protein that can be used to make a nasal vaccine against norovirus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting, especially on cruise ships, in restaurants, schools and on military bases.

‘Under appropriate medical care it is not life-threatening. It is just very, very inconvenient,’ Charles Arntzen, a plant biologist at Arizona State University, told a news conference at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 23 million cases a year of acute gastroenteritis — stomach and intestinal upset — are due to norovirus, also known as Norwalk virus. Arntzen and colleagues used a genetically engineered plant virus called the tobacco mosaic virus to start their vaccine.

‘We force it to make the protein which is the vaccine against norovirus,’ Arntzen told the news conference. ‘We call them nanoparticle vaccines because the protein we produce in our tobacco plant self-assembles into a little round ball.’

The immune system recognizes this ball, called a virus-like particle or a capsid, as if it were a virus and attacks it, Arntzen said. ‘It is empty. It cannot cause disease,’ he said.

Tests have suggested the vaccine would work better in the nose than taken orally, probably because immune cells in the nasal passages are more inclined to take up the vaccine.


Arntzen said his team has U.S. National Institutes of Health support for a clinical trial in people. ‘But we have been waiting until we can get the best formulation,’ he said.

ImmuneRegen BioSciences, Inc., a subsidiary of IR BioSciences Holdings Inc, said on Tuesday it had a collaborative relationship with Arizona State University to use its immune system booster Viprovex with the vaccine.

Arntzen, who has also tested potato-based vaccines, noted that other teams are making plant-based vaccines.

A team at Stanford University reported last year it used tobacco to make a so-called therapeutic vaccine to treat a type of blood cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

‘I would say 2009-2010 are going to be breakthrough years for plant technology in the vaccine field,’ Arntzen said.
He is not sure of the potential market for his vaccine.

‘It probably will be an electable vaccine — that is, adults will choose to buy it. It is not something that doctors will tell them they must have.’

Hospitals, travelers and the military are potential customers, he said. Norovirus sticks to surfaces well and can live a long time unless thoroughly cleaned off.

‘If someone has diarrhea and they touch a doorknob or something the next person walking through has a very good chance of picking up that disease,’ Arntzen said.

The technology could be applied to other vaccines, Arntzen said — an issue that has become important as companies race to make vaccines against the new pandemic H1N1 swine flu virus. Making influenza vaccines in eggs takes five to six months.

Plants grow quickly and Arntzen said enough vaccine for clinical trials could be ready within eight to 10 weeks.

Vaccine maker Novavax Inc. said on Tuesday it made its H1N1 vaccine, which uses virus-like particles grown in caterpillar cells, in four weeks.



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Norovirus versus Rotovirus:


Minnesota health officials are stressing hand hygiene to combat the outbreaks of norovirus – commonly called the stomach flu – that have been hitting the state recently.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), approximately 40 outbreaks of the norovirus illness have been reported since the beginning of November, occurring in a variety of environments including schools, restaurants, nursing homes and private gatherings. 

While norovirus illness is commonly referred to as stomach flu, the illness is not the same as influenza, which is primarily a respiratory illness.


When you go to the restroom do you wash your hands? I bet you silently responded, "YES!" Do you use soap? Again, "YES?!" Statistically speaking, it's not the case. "What?!" you say. That's right. One in three people that use the restroom don't wash their hands afterwards. EEEWWW....Then they touch the doorknob to open the door and leave the restroom. You know what that means....Yep, you may as well have not washed your hands either. Everything that was on their grimy little paws is now on your nice clean hands! PIGS, I say...PIGS! And, that's why you are now home in bed with norovirus....
Norovirus is the leading cause of gastrointestinal illness in both the USA and the UK. It is a miserable illness and misery loves company. To say one is miserable when they have this foodborne illness is putting it mildly. It's misery incarnate. One minute you're absolutely fine, and the next you think you're going to die - or that death would be preferable.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year noroviruses cause an estimated 21 million illnesses and 800 deaths. Approximately 80 percent of the infections occur between November and April, when people tend to gather in enclosed spaces with little fresh air circulating.
Nausea, 'projectile vomiting', and 'explosive' diarrhea are the usual symptoms - sometimes simultaneously; then stomach cramps, muscle aches, low-grade fever, headache, and fatigue, that can go on for days after the main symptoms dissipate. Even though norovirus typically lasts one to three days, an infection can be hazardous, especially for small children, elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. The greatest risk is dehydration stemming from the constant vomiting and watery diarrhea.
The virus spreads quickly in close confined quarters such as day care centers, schools, office buildings, retirement centers, hotels, and nursing homes, as well as on cruise ships. Most cruise ships try hard to prevent outbreaks, but norovirus is quite tenacious and often persists through their efforts. Most hand sanitizers don't kill the bug!
Frequent hand washing with soap and hot water - 100 degrees Fahrenheit - for at least 30 seconds, especially after using the toilet, is the best preemptive. Failing to wash your hands after using the restroom risks transference of the virus to foods, drinks, or utensils used by others - and let's not forget the doorknob you touched on the way out of the restroom! It only takes a small inoculation of norovirus to cause the illness and trust me....YOU DON'T WANT IT!
Public Infant Changing Table Norovirus Transmission Rates High

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Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on April 27, 2010 at 9:12am
Thank you,for your info.Yes the way they spend,there is someone making big buck in name if research.I wish Homeopathy got money for research.I am confident that if this can happen,Homeopathy will see a new dawn,but as the saying goes "if wishes were horses beggars would ride"
Comment by DR. ARINDAM DUTTA on April 27, 2010 at 1:06am


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Comment by Dr. Sarfaraz Ahmed on September 2, 2009 at 5:20am
Dear Wequar
thanks for providing the information. I always receive the news fora new vacine with a pinch of salt. There is a vested commercial interest behind most. MOREOVER the side effects are toned down and duration for which the immunity is provided not mentioned.
Comment by Debby Bruck on August 22, 2009 at 11:06pm
ABC NEWS | Tobacco Might Produce Vaccine for Stomach Virus

MedLine Plus | Tobacco might produce vaccine for stomach virus

CanLyme | Tobacco plants can now produce vaccine against Lyme disease?
Monday, January 30, 2006
Translated by Mark Hucko, Checkbiotech

Tobacco plants can now produce vaccine against Lyme disease - a tick-borne disease from the bacterium Borreliosis. Dr. Heribert Warzecha, from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, describes how his group was able to accomplish this feat in the scientific journal Nature Biotechnology.

Scientists have already several times tried to generate plant-made vaccines with the aid of genetic engineering. Generally it works since many vaccines are protein-based, whose building code can be inserted into the plant hereditary material as DNA. However, until now, enhanced plants have produced only minute amounts of the desired substances.

In an innovative approach, Dr. Warzecha and his team built in the additional hereditary information in the tobacco plant’s chloroplasts - not in the cellular nucleus. Chloroplasts are small cellular organelles with their own hereditary material, which help the plants to produce energy from sunlight. The advantage: in one cell there are around one hundred chloroplasts in comparison to only one nucleus. Thus, plants with transgenic chloroplasts are more effective vaccine producers, in that the yield of a target protein is much higher than those that target the nucleus.

Dr. Wuerzburg’s plants produce an OspA protein, which is also found on the surface of the bacterium Borreliosis. However, OspA alone is not suitable as a vaccine. To be effective it must be combined with fatty acids - and to Dr. Wuerzburg’s fortunes his genetically modified plants were able to accomplish this combination.

Experiments with mice showed that the tobacco vaccine has comparable effectiveness with vaccines produced in conventional bacterial cultures. However, it appears that people cannot take advantage of this protection yet, since Borreliosis vaccines have not been granted public use by regulatory officials.

Nature Biotechnology, Bd. 24, S. 76
© 2006 BerlinOnline

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