Malaria is dangerous


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This is in general a plea to all not to take chances with malaria. Lots of our destinations are malaria areas and care should be taken.

My father-in-law (well known angler in Mpumalanga and also knows as "Captain" from his distinctive wear at price giving events) went on a business trip to Botswana and contracted malaria last week. He was in a hospital in Gaborone for four days and released, mom-in-law went to fetch him. He is now in ICU in Wilgers fighting for his live due to complications from the virus / treatment. He has inflated hart and respiratory complications.

Please take care of yourself and your family, most (including me) have become complacent with malaria, and although treatable it is still one of the deadliest viruses around. It's not nice to be where we're as a family, please take due care - prevention is better than cure!



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Not nice!! Wishing your farther in law a speedy and complete recovery.

I had malaria twice and believe me it is a terrible disease. Prevention is better than cure.


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All the best. Staying in malaria area we had it a couple of times as well. Once when my wife was pregnant with our youngest. and the uncertainty that followed is the worst time of my life.

Needless to say everything turned out great. and my wishes is that it will for you too.

Sorry to hear about your family, hope they get well and hoping for the best..

Have said it before and sorry for jumping in.. Reishi mushrooms are a wonder prophylaxis/ treatment for basically all infections of all types and most illnesses. There is too much to go into here but I'm hoping this may help you or anyone going to travel to places where things like this protozoa and others like ricksettia and tick borne guys. I have self medicated successfully too many times to remember for tick fever with reishi that I am pretty much immune to the fever now and get bitten daily. Reishi, turkey tail mushroom and shiitake saved me from a bout TB that evaded diagnoses, years ago... to tell the truth, I would not be here if it was not for those things..

The shroom in the pic is actually a pine ring, an awesome mushroom for eating and noted for its medical use since the days of ancient Rome, being documented for eating and medicine on the frescoes of Pompeii. The reishi is the king of medcinal mushrooms though and taking some with you when travelling and help prevent or treat most infectous illness you can encounter, from ebola to jippo-guts, from malaria to a cold or flu.. Strong doses of a tea cooked in stainless steel vessels (10g+ dried reishi) taken twice daily can bring someone from the brink of death with infectous diseases. I have experienced this and witnessed this too many times now to keep quiet.

Use it or loose it, now you know.

You can get reishi wholesale at the N1 city chinese wholesalers in cape town for decent quality and cheap but not always available as the secret is well out in the cape and there is big demand.

You can get highest quality organic reishi there that I can personally vouch for. Not the cheapest, but best.


Would most definately not advocate any of this bush medicine for Malaria.

If you suspect Malaria get tested ASAP and get medical help immediately. NO SELF MEDICATION, GET TO A HOSPITAL ASAP.

Falciparum malaria: The most dangerous type of malaria, which is caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Falciparum malaria is associated with high levels of parasites in the blood and has the highest death rate and rate of complications of all types of malaria. Red blood cells that are infected with the parasite tend to sludge and lead to microinfarctions (tiny areas of dead tissue due to lack of oxygen) in capillaries in the brain, liver, adrenal gland, intestinal tract, kidneys, lungs, and other organs. Patients should be treated in a hospital setting, using intravenous medications.

As for Tick fever or tick bite fever-it will not kill you(it just makes you sick) high fever and Malaria(flu) symptoms. Your body will make up anti bodies and you will become immune to it over time. The more you get bitten the less severe the symptoms are. So no mushroom magic here.

Malaria is not treated with antibiotics.

If you have Malaria get professional medical help. It would be dangerous and deadly to try any bush concoctions.

Malaria still remains the biggest killer in Africa.

Do a bit of reading before you shout "bush medicine". If I was stuck out in the bush, I could save my life against a whole spectrum of infectious ailments, lets hope you could say the same.

Not magic mushrooms, but mushroom magic..and a few herbs and succulents thrown in too. A lot of the cures for common and uncommon diseases live all around us, a little but of knowledge goes a long way. Maybe you trust the pills a bit too much. Anyway, this mushroom will help assist in recovery from any infectious aliment, use it or not..I do and am better for it. Of course, seek professional help too if you encounter strange infections, but that goes without saying. Having broad spectrum treatments with or being able to identify them in the wild may just keep you alive until you are diagnosed. In my case I had a case of TB that doctors could not diagnose for 6 months, after fruitless courses of strong antibiotics and bloodtest after bloodtest it took being able to ID turkeytail and reishi mushrooms in cecilia forest and knowing what they do, to save my life and put a halt to my wasting until I could get a correct positive ID on my illness and the correct treatment. The reishi thereafter helped my liver cope with the treatment cocktail and kept my immune system up while helping my body repair.

It is also effective against protozoa as noted in my first post. If you have malaria, take your meds that the doctor gave you and make reishi tea too, you will be better off for it. Of hundreds if not more medicinal "plants" that I know, reishi is on a par above all of them. If I was stuck in the wild with an unknown fever, or even stomach cramps and started going downhill fast, I would find the first big bracket fungi with pores, on a rotting hardwood, that I could and cook it up and start looking for more to keep me going till I found "proper" medical treatment. It is the same thing our ancestors would do as per the archeological record and it worked well enough for you and me to be here.


Hi, perhaps I mis-read your post and had the impression that this "mushroom magic" "Reishi mushrooms are a wonder prophylaxis/ treatment for basically all infections of all types and most illnesses", this I read as advocating that this Mushroom magic will either prevent or cure malaria. This was my understanding anyway and I feel that this is not only misleading but dangerous when it comes to Malaria.

You mis-read my first line.

Would most definitely not advocate any of this bush medicine for MALARIA.

So I was not referring to a "whole spectrum of infectious ailments" but specifically to somebody who has contracted or suspect he/she has contracted MALARIA.

Seems my reply has "upset" you for some reason and if this is the case, I appologise for that.

Plasmodium falciparum is a protozoan parasite, one of the species of Plasmodium that cause malaria in humans. It is transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito. Malaria caused by this species (also called malignant or falciparum malaria) is the most dangerous form of malaria, with the highest rates of complications and mortality. As of the latest World Health Organization report in 2014, there were 198 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2013, with an estimated death of 584,000. It is much more prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa than in many other regions of the world; in most African countries, over 75% of cases were due to P. falciparum, whereas in most other countries with malaria transmission, other, less virulent plasmodial species predominate. Almost every malarial death is caused by P. falciparum.

P. falciparum causes severe malaria via sequestration, a distinctive property not shared by any other human malaria. Within the 48-hour asexual blood stage cycle, the mature forms change the surface properties of infected red blood cells, causing them to stick to blood vessels (a process called cytoadherence). This leads to obstruction of the microcirculation and results in dysfunction of multiple organs, typically the brain in cerebral malaria.

Symptoms of malaria may include fever, chills, sweating, weakness, aches and pains, abdominal pains, diarrhea or vomiting. These symptoms are called “nonspecific” because they are not exclusively caused by malaria and are similar to those of the flu. If you experience some of these symptoms in the weeks following your recent stay in a high-malaria-risk country, “think malaria first” and see a doctor as soon as possible.

Prevention is definitely better than cure in the case of Malaria and Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended when visiting Malaria areas.

And yes, I have had Malaria once, Falciparim Malaria that put me in intensive care for 7 day's. I was luckily to walk away alive.

I would not wish this on anybody, so rather stick to recognized Malaria prophylaxis and if you still contract Malaria, get professional medical help, period,it is the only chance you have.