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Title: Sickle Cell Anemia Nearly Impossible with African Diet
Post by: on January 26, 2016, 02:31:23 pm

     I know I said I would write an article about an herb with a special ability for people with Sickle Cell Anemia, but I will instead write about 2 nourishing foods with such a quality. Henceforth, Sickle Cell Anemia will be referred to as SCA (the anemic disease) and the Sickle Cell Trait (i.e. the genetic potential for developing SCA) will be called SCT. Between 1925 and 1950, there were fewer than 100 cases of documented SCA in the entire continent of Africa, according to a study published in 1986 by Dr Oji Agbai. Dr Agbai found this to be truly noteworthy because “Tropical Africans” are three times more likely than African Americans to carry SCT; yet African Americans who carry SCT are relatively more likely to develop SCA than their “Tropical African” counterparts. Dr Agbai writes, “The ratio of SCA to SCT is 1:50 for African Americans, and less than 1:1,000 for tropical Africans.” That is to say that only 1 person will develop SCA for every 1,000 mainland-Africans who carry the potential in their DNA. Dr Agbai attributed this difference to their diet, and he even suggested that SCA be henceforth treated as “thiocyanate deficiency anemia.” Thiocyanate, in case you were wondering, is a nutrient found in certain staple foods in Africa: African Yams (“Dioscorea sp”) and Cassava (Manihot esculenta). At the time when Dr Agbai’s research was published, it was estimated that the typical African diet contained about 1 gram of thiocyanate daily, which is “about twice the dosage used to effectively resolve cases of sickle cell crises,” writes Dr Agbai. Similarly, Jamaicans with SCT exhibited less incidence of SCA than African Americans due to their consumption of “farine” (a cassava-based dish) UNTIL they came to America; they often mysteriously found relief upon returning home. Doctors Torrance and Schnabel successfully used potassium thiocyante to resolve two SCA crises as early as 1932.
     Cassava is commonly referred to as “Yuca” by Spanish-speakers, but this is not the same plant as “Yucca” (an ornamental plant with no edible root). Cassava root is widely eaten for its starchy roots, containing many nutrients like Vitamin C and Calcium. Its leaves also contain protein, lysine, and carotene. That being said, Cassava contains enough cyanide to cause cyanide intoxication and other potentially severe side effects if not prepared properly. Medicinally, cassava has its traditional uses as well. It is used to treat fertility, arthritis, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, flu, headaches, stamina, and inflammation. A poultice can also be applied to wounds to promote healing.
     Yams have an impressive herbal reputation among indigenous Americans as well. Dioscorea villosa (“Wild Yam”) can both be employed for contraceptive purposes, as well as to prevent miscarriage. It has a potent tonic effect on the uterus during pregnancy, and can relieve uterine cramps during the last trimester. Yams are known to be very effective for indirectly improving liver health by lowering blood cholesterol and blood pressure, which reduces stress on the liver. It also yields an alkaloid substance that relaxes the abdomen and stomach walls. It also produces a sedative-like effect on that region of the body. Also used for gas/flatulence, biliary colic, pains of gallstones, menstrual cramps, arthritic & rheumatoid pains, intestinal cramps, removing waste from the blood (in conjunction with blood cleaners), exhausted adrenals (comparable to famed licorice root), “male” hormonal imbalances in women, hot flashes & discharge issues, nervine (i.e. soothing to “bad nerves”), general pains during pregnancy, glandular imbalance and treating nausea in pregnant women.
     The other side of sickle cell anemia is that the carrier is resistant to malaria disease. If they only eat certain African staples, their cells would stop sickling. The pain isn't even necessary outside of Western medicine.

Praise TMH for his cures! B'H"

*More of my posts on holistic health can be found at
Agbai, Oji. “Anti-Sickling Effect of Dietary Thiocyanate in Prophylactic Control of Sickle Cell Anemia.” Journal of the National Medical Association 78.11 (1986): 1053–1056. Print.
“The Little Herb Encyclopedia; The Handbook of Natures Remedies for a Healthier Life. 3rd Ed.” by Jack Ritchason N.D.

*Powdered Cassava can be purchased at for your convenience. Look for it under the name "arrowroot".