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Letter: Alternative remedy may be better choice

EDITOR:

In his column on Nov. 28, Dr. Donahue discusses the cause, symptoms and treatment for a sexually transmitted disease. It is identified as an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus type II (HSV-2). The only medicinal he recommends for a patient suffering from first encounter symptoms or subsequent lifelong outbreaks is acyclovir, under one of its trade name brands.

I would prefer to use a more effective, safer and relatively inexpensive remedy. My choice would be olive leaf extract with its complex of antibiotic components, specifically calcium elenolate, a phytochemical that is virucidal. Dr. Harold E. Renis, a virologist with the Upjohn Company, proved in 1969 that calcium elenolate is virucidal for all viruses against which it was tested. He showed that it kills the herpes virus, including each one known at the time to produce the symptoms of a herpes infection, including HSV-1, HSV-2, CMV (Cytomegalovirus, cause of a less virulent herpes infection), EBV (Epstein-Barr, having flu-like symptoms and because of its mode of transmission, has been called "The kissing disease") and VZ (Varicella Zoster Virus, the cause of "shingles").

Many other members of the medical profession have written off olive leaf extract as just another food supplement one can add to his or her diet. Actually, as a pharmacist for more than 70 years, I have come to recognize olive leaf extract as the best antibiotic available today. And you don't need a prescription.

Benjamin K. Souler

BS, MS, RPh. Retired

Prescott

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