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Environmental Impacts of the Loliondo-Samunge's "miracle cup"

Discussion in 'JF Doctor' started by Nzi, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Nzi

    Nzi JF-Expert Member

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    I came across an article in the Tanzania Journal of Science by Professor Senzota. The article discusses how the 2011 rush for "miracle cup" caused some environmental damages. Here is the abstract:

    Starting early 2011, people from all over Tanzania, Africa and overseas flocked Samunge Village in northern Tanzania, to drink a cup of Carissa spinarum concoction claimed to treat diseases hitherto known to be incurable by conventional medicine including HIV-AIDS, hypertension and diabetes. The big number of visitors resulted into vivid environmental impacts including trampling on plants and animals, unplanned discarding of drink and food containers, haphazard sanitation undertakings and overall change in panorama. The present study made some quantification on environmental status in the village during the peak visitor days in March 2011. There was widespread trampling and denudation of vegetation up to 200 m around the road leading to the village centre where the medicine was being administered. Small animals were trampled by vehicles and humans. Litter from mineral water and food containers was significantly more concentrated nearer the road than further away, but was spread to over 200m from the road as was human refuse resulting from sanitary undertakings. The hitherto panorama of alternating green hills and lowlands became bisected by a long chain of different types of vehicles including large and small lorries, large and small buses, Land Cruisers, Land Rovers and saloon cars. There was widespread tree and shrub harvesting for firewood, temporary shelter and medicine. To reduce level of environmental impact the road needed improvement to ease vehicle movements, the number of vehicles and people going to the village for the medicine needed to be regulated and sanitary facilities installed along the road.

    Key words: Samunge, Medicine, Incurable diseases, Environmental status.

    You can read more on this link: http://www.ajol.info/index.php/tjs/article/viewFile/79849/70120
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    Nali JF-Expert Member

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    Terrible! Thanks INZI ! Is the medicine cured the patients? Any research under taken so far?
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    Kamuzu JF-Expert Member

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    Hivi samunge sasa hivi pakoje, maana naona kuna haja ya kufanya utalii wa ndani. Usafiri ukoje kwa sasa na je bado kuna foleni? lol
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    Determine JF-Expert Member

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    Ukimwi umethibitishwa kuwa unasababisha matatizo ya akili,na kwa vile viongozi wetu wa juu wengi walienda loliondo na kwa vile hawakutaja magonjwa yaliyowapeleka Loliondo,mimi nimeamua kuhusisha moja kwa moja uongozi mbovu unaodiliki kuua watu na ugonjwa huu hatari wa Ukimwi.
    Source mimi mwenyewe
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    msweken Senior Member

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    Acha unyanyapaa.. huko mbele unapoelekea utatuambia waathirika wa UKIMWI wabaguliwe katika ajira, wanayofanya viongozi wetu hayahusiani na ugonjwa wa UKIMWI, Haujafa.. haujaumbiaka mkuu!!!
  6. Nzi

    Nzi JF-Expert Member

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    I don't know; and I am not sure if there is any research that has been undertaken to study the curative powers of the Kikombe.
    You should peruse NIMR's website or offices for authoritative information.