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Video Transcript: Were the Gifts From the Wise Men These 3 Healing Spices?
Ty Bollinger: Wow! That’s very interesting. Now one of the things that I heard you say earlier in your lecture was that the gold, frankincense, and myrrh in the Bible… the gold could have been turmeric?
Dr. Sunil Pai: Yes. From what we’re looking at historically the gold may be referenced as turmeric. Turmeric or curcumin specifically − the part of the turmeric. Turmeric was sold and cost more than gold at the time. This was during the Spice Trade or the Trade Route.
Ty Bollinger: Sure.
Dr. Sunil Pai: And it was always nicknamed the “golden spice.” And so, there’s a lot of reference that the myrrh—myrrh is guggul, which is not the website, but g-u-g-g-u-l. Some people hear of guggulipid as a product or products out there.
Guggul is an ayurvedic herb. It has anti-inflammatory effects and cardiovascular benefits like lowering cholesterol. And then, finally frankincense, which is Boswellia. So the three main herbs that were brought, you know, the gift of the magi came from wise men.
Ty Bollinger: You know, that makes sense.
Dr. Sunil Pai: The three wise men…
Ty Bollinger: I’ve never heard that before but that does make sense.
Dr. Sunil Pai: Right.
Ty Bollinger: …because before, you know, I always thought, okay, frankincense and myrrh, a couple of spices or natural substances. And then gold didn’t really match.
Dr. Sunil Pai: It didn’t make any sense, right.
Ty Bollinger: Fascinating! So you talked about Boswellia today…
Dr. Sunil Pai: Right
Ty Bollinger: …as well. Can you go into a few of the mechanisms of action for Boswellia. The way that it might reduce inflammation?
Dr. Sunil Pai: Sure. So Boswellia is also an NF-kappa beta. It’s also a 5-LOX enzyme. So there’s two main pathways: arachidonic acid pathway in terms of when we get omega-6s from our diet, which I talked about. We should be eating a plant-based protein diet. Meaning less animal protein as possible, and less highly refined oils.
But too much of those trigger more inflammation, and then people are taking pills that are blocking inflammation. Boswellia does that naturally on one of the main pathways called 5-LOX. It also has certain blocking aspects of what they call VEGF. These are vascular endothelial growth factors for cancer cells to grow. It also blocks a variety of transcription factors and enzyme processes. And the nice thing is that it’s also been tested in many tissues: breast and bone.
Brain, for example, is one of the areas that we study a lot where brain tumors like glioma and glioblastomas have been shown to actually shrink. And we have a handful of patients now that are the longest surviving glioblastoma recurrent patients in one of the big hospitals in New York State—of your state history.
Ty Bollinger: I’m sure I know which one…
Dr. Sunil Pai: Yeah, we all know.
Ty Bollinger: Yes. And that’s with Boswellia.
Dr. Sunil Pai: Boswellia.