First encounter with the Aloe

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In 1970, a letter (from Ephraim Shemesh, Jerusalem) arrived to the Weizman Institute of science, which was forwarded to the "Volcani" institute – department of herbs and medicinal plants. The letter described the healing of a bone cancer patient using the Aloe plant. None of the institutes’ researchers took the letter seriously. My father – Ephraim Slor – a researcher in the subtropical department of the agriculture research sector, being a kind and caring person, was asked to reply the letter. Ephraim answered the letter and even met with "heroes" behind it. Here forth is the story of Tzila (1970) that was verified by her ill brother:

"I come from Latvia. The only members of my family who survived the holocaust are my brother Zalman and myself. Six years ago, Zalman was brought to a hospital in Riga for tests and there it was determined that he had cancer and that his condition was hopeless. My brother did not know about his illness. His condition worsened until his attending physician determined that he only had a few days left to live. Despaired, I cried and then, like in fairy tales, an old woman approached me and said that she had a plant from which to make a remedy for my brother's illness. I'm not superstitious, but I had nothing to lose. I received a number of leaves from her, I made an ointment from them as she prescribed and went back to the hospital to consult with a physician. The latter said that nothing could no longer harm him, but warned me of illusions. With no illusions, but with hope and prayer, I gave him the drink according to the instructions of the old woman. Three days later his condition improved. Five days later he was released from the hospital. His recovery was rapid and three months later he returned to work.

After a while, about five years ago, we immigrated to Israel: Zalman, his wife and I. We stayed in Jerusalem. We continued to receive the remedy and the plant through acquaintances who came from Riga. Several times we tried to grow the plant but we were not successful and we needed to depend on the leaf supply from Latvia. Recently immigration from Latvia stopped and we remained stayed the remedy. Within a week Zalman fell ill, hospitalized at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and Professor Hochman stated that he had cancer. I told him about the remedy from the "Aloe" plant but the doctor did not address it.


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My brothers’ condition deteriorated rapidly, until signs of dying appeared. Despaired, I burst into tears. A woman, one of the cleaning personnel, came up to me – she was Ephraim Shemesh's wife – the one who wrote the letter – as it turned out later. I told her about my tragedy of inability to get the plant. Here the woman excitedly interrupted me and said:
"What do you mean this plant is not in the country? That can't be. This is the Holy Land and here we should have everything. What is the name of this plant?"
I told her that the plants' name is "Aloe".

"I do not know what it is," she said. "Draw me the plant."
I drew it for her and then she abruptly said: "This? I have this plant at home as much as you want. Come and take it."

I rushed to her home and indeed I found a similar plant. A glimmer of hope lit in me. I took a branch and showed it to my sister in law – my brother's wife. We prepared the remedy and returned to the hospital. We enthusiastically told the doctor that the plant was found and we brought the remedy. The doctor gazed at us in contempt and pity but let us give the remedy. We gave Zalman the remedy three times a day, according to the instructions. He claimed that the juice of the original specie was more viscous and feared we have not found the real plant. On the 8th day Zalman began feeling better. His appetite came back and so did the color to his face. On the 16th day he was released from the hospital. The doctor did not consider the remedy to be a factor in the recovery and claimed that in this disease it sometimes happens that even though the patient feels better for a while, the end is nevertheless known. Now, after two months, Zalman is feeling a lot better, but is still weak".

Up to this point is the amazing story, sounding like a children's fairy tale. How does this amazing story become an actual research? I recommend continuing to: “From Story to Research”.