Enhanced healing from Infections

Each year, millions of people die preventable deaths. A 2004 study (Mokdad, A. H., Marks, J. S., Stroup, D. F., & Gerberding, J. L. (2004). Actual Causes of Death in the United States, 2000. Journal of the American Medical Association,291(10), 1238-1245.) showed that about half of all deaths in the United States in 2000 were due to preventable behaviors and exposures. Leading causes included cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, unintentional injuries, diabetes, and certain infectious diseases. This same study estimates that 400,000 people die each year in the United States due to poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle.

According to estimates (The Top 10 Causes of Death. (n.d.). Retrieved March 16, 2014, from World Health Organization website: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index2.html) made by the World Health Organization (WHO), about 55 million people died worldwide in 2011, two thirds of this group from non-communicable diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and chronic cardiovascular and lung diseases. This is an increase from the year 2000, during which 60% of deaths were attributed to these diseases. Preventive healthcare is especially important given the worldwide rise in prevalence of chronic diseases and deaths from these diseases.

Prophylactic: A preventive measure. The word comes from the Greek for “an advance guard,” an apt term for a measure taken to fend off a disease or another unwanted consequence. A prophylactic is a measure designed and used to prevent a disease from occurring.

Therapeutic: Having or exhibiting healing powers



Saudi J Biol Sci. 2011 Jul;18(3):273-81.

Protease inhibitor from Moringa oleifera with potential for use as therapeutic drug and as seafood preservative.

Bijina B1, Chellappan S, Krishna JG, Basheer SM, Elyas KK, Bahkali AH, Chandrasekaran M.

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1Microbial Technology Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin 682022, India.



Trees for Life Journal 2005, 1:5

A review of the medical evidence for its nutritional, therapeutic, and prophylactic properties. Part 1.

Jed W. Fahey,Sc.D.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Cancer Chemoprotection Center, 725 N. Wolfe Street, 406 WBSB, Baltimore, Maryland, USA 21205-2185



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