From the October 2001 Idaho Observer:

Chlorophyll: The Blood of Plants for a Superior Blood Bank

After the events of September 11, 2001, the Red Cross quickly organized a national campaign to solicit donations for their human blood banks. It made me wonder if the Red Cross is now obsessed with filling blood banks just as the public health departments are now obsessed with pushing vaccines. Think about it. Many restaurants in our area do not comply with basic public health sanitation practices. And yet the health department appears more interested in Hepatitis A vaccine compliance among employees even though adherence to basic protocols of hygiene and sanitation have proven to be more effective in preventing the spread of Hepatitis A, than the vaccine. Wasn't the original intent of the Red Cross to assist the victims of natural and man-made disasters? In these times of disease-scare, it is more important than ever to understand how our bodies work in both sickness and in health and be empowered with the simple, inexpensive remedies that nature provides us.

by Ingri Cassel

It could be said that the secret of all life on earth depends on a special process that only the green plants possess. This process is called photosynthesis. All green plants absorb energy from the sun, take water and minerals through their roots and air through through leaves en route to maturity. Using the energy from the sun, plants utilize water, minerals and carbon dioxide to make starches, fats, proteins, vitamins and everything they require to grow.

It was little more than a century ago that chemists isolated a green pigment from the green leaves of plants that they called chlorophyll. It wasn't until 1913 that a German chemist, Dr. Richard Willstatter, correctly identified the true function of chlorophyll. Dr. Willstatter pointed out that all energy comes from the sun and that green plants alone possess the secret of how to capture this solar energy. Out of this process stems much of what we know as life and growth. Man and animals consume this energy from plants as food. Dr. Willstatter's discoveries revolutionized the scientific world's understanding of the relationship between the sun and life on earth, but something even more amazing has since been discovered:

The chlorophyll molecule bears a striking resemblance to hemoglobin, the red pigment in human blood. The red blood pigment is a web of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen atoms grouped around a single atom of iron. Nature's green pigment is a similar web of the same atoms, except that its centerpiece is a single atom of magnesium.

This discovery was a challenge for scientists to find out if chlorophyll, so closely related to our human blood, had any possible medical uses.

Emile Burgi, a research scientist from Switzerland, experimented with the application of chlorophyll medicinally and found that it was helpful in improving various anemic conditions, improving the action of the heart, reducing abnormally high blood pressure and improving one's overall health.

Since the discovery of chlorophyll's healing properties, many other therapeutic applications of this green substance have been tried successfully. My experiences with the chlorophyll derived from young alfalfa plants is with Bernard Jensen's products, sold in health food stores in pint glass jars. I have used it primarily for supplementation while pregnant and nursing.

I had also heard that liquid chlorophyll, taken orally, can be used as an alternative to blood transfusions. When I was living in Washington state, a friend referred a family to me that was in a panic over their son being scheduled for a blood transfusion the following day. The boy had been in the hospital with leukemia and had already undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments. I told them to purchase a pint of chlorophyll from the health food store and have him drink the entire bottle before he fell asleep that night.

In the morning, when the nurses checked his blood, they were amazed that his blood count and platelet levels were normal.

The following year I received another call from a friend who was in the hospital. The health professionals at the hospital had told her that she would need a blood transfusion the following day. She did not want a blood transfusion and was willing to do anything to avoid one. I told her the same thing - drink a full pint of chlorophyll before retiring and she would not need one.

Again, the nurses were amazed that her blood was normal in the morning and had to cancel the blood transfusion.

Although I have heard of direct blood transfusions using chlorophyll, I have no personal experience or documentation of this being done. In Bernard Jensen's book, The Healing Power of Chlorophyll, he claims there have been numerous experiments with chlorophyll on rats. In one such experiment, the blood was extracted from a rat and replaced with liquid chlorophyll. The rat went right on living.

Following is a list of disease conditions that have either improved or cleared up entirely by using liquid chlorophyll in conjunction with a living foods diet:

Hepatitis and other liver diseases

All forms of anemia

Asthma and hayfever


Varicose veins


Ulcers - internal and external

High and Low blood sugar

Offensive body odors

Sore throat

Actually chlorophyll will assist in correcting any imbalance in the body due in part to its high bio-available iron content. This allows the body to utilize more oxygen, aiding in the removal of accumulated toxins. We also know that the internal use of chlorophyll strengthens the cells and inhibits bacterial growth.

In Dr. Theodore M. Rudolph's book, Chlorophyll: Nature's Green Magic, step by step instructions are given on how to use chlorophyll in various situations.

For diseases of the throat like tonsillitis and laryngitis, he suggests gargling with a solution of one part chlorophyll to nine parts warm water every two to three hours. He recommends that one NOT swallow this solution due to the germs and bacteria it may contain.

In cases of gastric or peptic ulcers, and other cases of gastritis, the use of chlorophyll can provide fairly immediate relief. The suggested dosage is one tablespoon of chlorophyll in a half glass of water taken every two hours.

Liquid chlorophyll is also appropriate for diseases of the female organs. A solution of one part chlorophyll to nine parts water is very soothing applied as a douche.

And from Bernard Jensen's book, The Healing Power of Chlorophyll, we are told that chlorophyll and green vegetables control the calcium levels in our body. He suggests that women replenish their calcium by consuming more green vegetables and supplementing with chlorophyll since menstrual blood contains up to 40 times more calcium than our normal blood. He also noted that vitamin K was originally discovered in alfalfa juice and that chlorophyll is one of the richest known sources of this vitamin. [For more info. on vitamin K and the harm from synthetic vitamin K injections, see the July, 1999 edition of The Idaho Observer at:]

As you can see, liquid chlorophyll is an essential item to have in your home medicine cabinet. The importance of keeping our bloodstream clean and blood count high is absolutely vital. Tim O'Shea, D.C. states this point well in his book, The Sanctity of Human Blood: Vaccination is Not Immunization:

“The condition of a child's blood determines the quality of an immune system that has to last a lifetime. The blood is the medium in which all the cells of the body are bathed, from birth till death. The amounts of oxygen and nutrients in the blood promote life, determine longevity. Anything foreign -- chemicals, bad bacteria and viruses, toxic foods, unproven injectables -- promotes death. It's that simple.”

And also from this same book: “By allowing the implantation of an attenuated virus or bacteria into the body, we have done something nature would never permit. We have violated the sanctity of the bloodstream.”

As we are being bombarded with the threat of bioterrorism, the stockpiling of smallpox vaccine and the creation of an AIDS vaccine, we are also being told how important it is to give the gift of life, BLOOD. Is it possible to actually get healthier after receiving a blood transfusion? Below are just a few of the most obvious physical reasons why I avoid giving or receiving blood or blood products:

1. Most people have had multiple vaccines and a diet consisting of processed, devitalized foods. This contributes to toxicity in the bloodstream and is passed from person to person through human blood products.

2. There are many pathogens that are blood-borne.

3. Our blood is a unique genetic marker just like our fingerprints and the irises of our eyes. Many naturopathic physicians who use a diagnostic tool called live blood cell analysis, have proven the uniqueness and individuality of our blood.

Though much more difficult to quantify, the spiritual repercussions of our bodies being forced to accept another person's blood, particularly when God has provided us with a natural alternative to blood transfusions. A few ministers have even suggested that receiving injections of another's blood is a form of cannibalism.

Over the last two and a half years we have explored how common ailments and chronic diseases can be remedied through the lifestyle changes and the application of certain principles that naturally follow a wholistic understanding of how the body really works. Only in a crisis or trauma situation would the issue of a blood transfusion arise, the principles of wholistic healing still apply.

Next month: How to assemble the essential components of a natural medicine cabinet. As our vitamins and herbal products become increasingly regulated, it will become more important then ever to make your own remedies from the herbs and weeds in your yard.

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