There are two different types of Tuberculosis conditions- latent Tuberculosis infection and Tuberculosis disease. Latent Tuberculosis means that the TB germs reside in the body but they are not active. The immune system builds up defenses against the germs and keeps them from becoming active. Active Tuberculosis disease happens when the immune system is compromised or weakened and the TB germs spread through the body, most commonly in the lungs.
Approximately 1/3 of the world’s population is infected with Tuberculosis. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, there were 11, 181 cases of Tuberculosis reported in 2010. Millions of Americans have latent TB infection, however, many of them will not develop Tuberculosis disease. (A person with latent TB cannot spread the disease to others.) Those who are at risk of developing Tuberculosis disease are persons who are HIV positive drug users, people who work at hospitals, prisons, or nursing homes, and people who have compromised immune systems (babies, young children, diabetics, people with organ transplants, or those with ill or unhealthy organs).
Tuberculosis (or TB) is spread through the air when the infected person coughs, speaks, or sneezes – spreading the bacteria through droplets. Most people get the TB germs from people who also have the germs, and who they spend a lot of time with.
According to the CDC,
“The general symptoms of TB disease include
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Night sweats
The symptoms of TB of the lungs include
- Coughing for 3 weeks or longer
- Hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
- Chest pain
Other symptoms depend on the part of the body that is
The most common treatment for TB is a course of prescribed medications for 6-9 months. Often these strong medications are toxic to the liver and can cause side effects such as :
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- A yellow color to your skin (jaundice)
- Dark urine
- A fever that lasts three or more days and has no obvious cause
There is, however, another treatment for TB. It is HEMP. The essential fatty acids in hemp help with cellular repair, strengthen the immune system, and help loosen mucus that builds up in the lungs from the TB.
The edestin protein in hemp was found to be so compatible to the human body that in 1955 the Tuberculosis Nutrition Study in Czechoslovakia stated that hemp seed was the only food that could combat the disease of Tuberculosis. After 30 years of research, it was found that a high protein diet was best for treating TB. And because hemp has edestin protein, the protein closest to human globulin (and easily digestible), hemp was found to be the BEST protein for treating TB :
“The children came to us in a state of more or less depressed nutrition. The tuberculosis (primary and secondary) was confirmed and checked by the Prague doctors, from whom we received the children. The children did not use any other medication, with the exception of colloidal extract of hemp seed. EDEZYM, which was described in part IV. Three times a day the children received soup spoon of Edezym, always a quarter hour before the meal (without a drink), then vitamin B1 and vitamin C. Since the whole group of 16 children were treated at the same time and by the same method, with results indisputably positive there is no doubt. that the treatment was effective. In all cases, without any other medication or treatment procedures, within a usually short time, a healing of the lung or glands disease was accomplished.
The ground hemp seed, extracted with milk, heated to a temperature between 60 to 80 degrees C will have, even in such small doses, an important healing effect. We are convinced that a child with tuberculosis is the best testing ground for medical nutrition based on hemp seed.” (1955 – ACTA UNIVERSITATIS PALACKIANAE OLOMUCENSIS – TOM. VI. Prof. Jan Kabelik – HEMP AS A MEDICAMENT Importance of hemp seeds in the tuberculosis therapy)
Because hemp is such a perfect source for edestin protein, a researcher writing an article for a 1941 edition of Science complained about the loss of easy access to the hemp seed and wrote, “Passage of the Marijuana Law of 1937 has placed restrictions upon trade in hempseed that, in effect, amount to prohibition.”
Hemp seed and hemp seed oil and their nutrients are vital to maintaining a healthy immune system; a healthy immune system may just be the protective measure against Tuberculosis.