Garlic – The Health Benefits

Here is a link to a post I just read on the power of garlic which I absolutely agree with.  the reason why I linked to it was it gave a good outline of what is in garlic that makes it smell and work so well – the scientific side as well as the nutritional side.


Perhaps it is worth adding some personal history around the use of garlic in my own practice and when I have travelled abroad.  I always carry garlic with me just in case I am in some weird out of the way place that I actually can’t get it – it has happened!  I certainly get some strange looks from customs when they open my case on arrival anywhere to find packs of garlic, lemons and a knife (later on the lemons and knife!).

I travel extensively to The Gambia in West Africa – where I have worked with the locals for over 8 years now.  I have developed a reputation of being there for them without charging some of the exorbitant prices they pay for over the counter medicines which truthfully most cannot afford and actually they do more harm than good!

I often hold my clinics on the public beach wearing my uniform of a sarong and swimming costume and very little else!  One of the greatest successes I have had is treating the myriad range of fungal conditions that such a huge percentage of the population suffer from.  Mainly down to their diet and living in a climate that, for 3-4 months of the year, is exceptionally humid and damp in the rainy season.

My diagnosis is simple, my remedy even simpler!  I check to see what they are eating – which is naturally about 90% sugar or bread, which is the same thing as far as your body is concerned!  I then prescribe 2 cloves of garlic a day, cut up into small pieces and taken like a tablet with a glass of water.  Stop the sugar – which, bless them – they always do – so much easier to get them to do this than this country!!  Literally, within 3-4 days the fungal infections are gone.  They think I have wrought a miracle!  Of course, I haven’t – it is the power of the garlic and reducing the sugar which has done it.  It is that simple and that quick!

Never travel without your garlic!   Especially if you are visiting a mosquito-infested country – mosquitoes love sweet, acid blood – caused by sugar.  However,  stop that 2 weeks before you travel, take loads of garlic and continue whilst you are away and they will leave you alone!  I have proved this on so many occasions.  Quite funny really – when sitting across from one of my African friends over dinner and he (we are outside as I hate a/c) is surrounded by lots of humming and darting and busy slapping away as hard as he can and I am completely left alone!  I think that they warn each other – don’t bite her she tastes disgusting!!

The Russians have used garlic for a very long time – using it instead of pencillin.  Hence its nickname of ‘Russian penicillin’.  The only side effects of garlic are the smell and, honestly, the more you have the cleaner you get inside and the less you really do smell of it.  I am certain that is the initial strong cleansing reaction of garlic that makes the ‘newbie’ smell so strongly.  It really does tail off quite quickly after that.  Or maybe I am so immune and so loaded with it that I never smell it on anyone anymore!

My Motto – Never Be Without Your Garlic!!!


ps  The lemons and knife are because I always start my day with hot lemon water to flush out the digestive tract.  Can’t always be sure of finding a lemon in my room when I arrive!!