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Sunday, July 17, 2011

HIV/AIDS Not Cured by Geckos

Posted by Dr Prahallad Panda on 11:17 AM Comments

Still, blind belief goes on. It spreads its root from ignorance and lack of reach of news or developments in science to them.

I know several believed to be miracle cures practised in India too.

To name a few;

1. Taking medicated live fish for cure of asthma.

2. Mantras and folk remedies for snake bites, gets its belief from the cure of bites from non-poisonous ones.
Flying Geckos make interesting pets.Image via Wikipedia
3. Magically removed gall stones by some so called spiritual healers through no-bleeding surgeries. Of course, it fades away with time.

And so many.
Amplify’d from

Geckos won't cure AIDS, Philippines officials warn

(CBS/AP) Are geckos grimy, gross creatures to avoid?
No, say plenty of folks in Asia, who use geckos as medicine based on folklore that the reptiles can treat diseases such as AIDS and impotence. But the Philippines warned Friday that this custom may put patients at risk.
In folkloric practice, geckos are dried and pulverized to use as traditional medicine for asthma, AIDS, cancer, tuberculosis and impotence - and also as aphrodisiacs. Philippines wildlife official Mundita Lim says there are also anecdotal accounts of the saliva or internal organs being collected.
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Still, people are using the wall-climbing lizards as medicine all over Malaysia, China and South Korea, where geckos are exported from the Philippines.
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje earlier warned that collecting and trading geckos without permit can be punishable by up to four years in jail and a fine of up to 300,000 pesos ($6,900).
Geckos feed on insects and worms, and larger species hunt small birds and rodents. A healthy population of geckos is needed to regulate pests and maintain the fragile ecosystem, said Paje.

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