Rosemary and hydroxyurea

24 Apr
Published by rayonsoleil

Hydroxyurea is a possible treatment for toxoplasmosis:

FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2000 Apr 1;185(1):79-82. Hydroxyurea inhibits intracellular Toxoplasma gondii multiplication. de Melo EJ, Mayerhoffer RO, de Souza W.

With this in mind, I went looking to see if there were anything that an average person might use --or that a doctor, caring for patients with no financial resources, might use, in lieu of unavailable prescription drugs.

One thing did turn up. Rosemary, the herb, the plant (Rosmarinus officinalis L. - Lamiaceae). It contains 3-BETA-HYDROXYUREA-12,20(30)-DIEN-17-ON-ACID.

List, P.H. and Horhammer, L., Hager's Handbuch der Pharmazeutischen Praxis, Vols. 2-6, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1969-1979.

One has to wonder . . .considering how common it is to serve lamb rare, or medium rare, is it possible that tradition has provided a sort of 'immediate antidote' -- in case the lamb contains T. gondii?

Food for thought, as they say.