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HEALING HERBS: What about an island of miracle berry?

Annette Maynard-Watson

HEALING HERBS: What about an island of miracle berry?

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“Maynard-Watson, we like we gine get a whole Island to plant silent doctors”.

Last week the news spread like wild fire when Sir Charles (COW) Williams discussed the article I wrote titled “Make it an herbal Paradise” on Getting Down to Brasstacks.

At the point in time when I was bombarded with the sudden news I nearly fainted because I thought that he had indeed acceded to my request. What a thing! The request was that they name one of the four soon to be constructed islands “Silent Doctor Paradise”.

I was even more relaxed and full of confidence when most of the persons whom I spoke to recognised that my request was serious and not based on whim and fancy.

As a herbal educator and a teacher it is my duty to educate persons about the world of silent doctors. Furthermore, it is very important to the development of global herbalism and greening the world that we rally Sir Charles and his team to ensure that we develop that island dedicated to nature, holistic health and healing. Sir Charles we know that we can depend on you.

I will now strengthen my case by introducing to Barbadians another exotic silent doctor which can be grown in abundance as a tourism attraction and a healer.

Silent doctor miracle berry/miracle fruit; scientific name Synsepalum dulcificum. The popularity of this fruit is spreading worldwide but its origin is African. On the website it states that “Miracle fruit has little taste, but it performs magic in your mouth. The key ingredient in the fruit is a protein known as miraculin, which binds strongly to the sweet taste receptors on the tongue.

Further yet, “When an acidic food is consumed, the miraculin protein changes shape in a way that turns on the sweet receptors it binds to, creating an ultra-sweet sensation without affecting the other flavours in the food.”

In essence it can make a lime taste sweet.

Miracle berry is an astounding fruit. Research shows that it can treat diabetes and cancer. It can improve stamina and well-being. It can assist those who are going through chemotherapy and can assist with weight loss.

It is a food enhancer and can assist those who want to drink dog dumpling juice to do so. It can also change the awful taste of some necessary prescribed healers.

Imagine an island loaded with these exotic super fruits like rambutan and cupuacu, enhanced with known Caribbean silent doctors, minus the concrete jungle. In the words of Sam Cooke “What a wonderful world this would be”.  

Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via [email protected] or by telephone 250-6450.

DISCLAIMER: It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific claims for any products. Any attempts to diagnose or treat real illness should come under the direccton of your health care provider.