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I just read an article in the New York Times that anyone thinking of taking Lariam (mefloquine hydrochloride)—a popular drug that supposedly protects against malaria—should read. It’s recommended by the Center for Disease Control in spite of frequent and serious side effects. The FDA has finally admitted that it does have extremely serious side effects and now the drug will have to have a warning label.

On a much brighter note, there is someone who has convincing evidence of a cure for malaria. It’s fast, cheap and easy. And the FDA has no interest in approving it because it won’t make it’s sponsors (the big pharmaceutical companies) any money. Here’s more information about it.

Artemisia annuaAlso, Chinese herbalists have used the leaves of the Artemisia annua, or sweet wormwood shrub, to effectively and safely treat malaria for more than 1,500 years. Unfortunately, this is an herb that seems to be in extremely short supply.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor and this is not intended as medical advice. I only hope to inspire readers to do their own research about prevention and cure of malaria.

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