Leprosy
Hansen's disease

 
Buruli ulcer - http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs199/en/ - "Buruli ulcer, a disease caused by infection with Mycobacterium ulcerans, is one of the most neglected but treatable tropical diseases. The causative organism is from the family of bacteria which causes tuberculosis and leprosy but Buruli ulcer has received less attention than these diseases...
HISTORY - In 1897, Sir Albert Cook, a British physician working at the Mengo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, described skin ulcers that were consistent with Buruli ulcer (BU). In 1948, Professor Peter MacCallum and his colleagues in Australia provided a detailed description of the disease among 6 patients from the Bairnsdale area near Melbourne. They were the first scientists to isolate the causative organism, Mycobacterium ulcerans. In southern Australia, the disease is still referred to as the Bairnsdale ulcer. In the 1960s, many cases occurred in Buruli County (now called Nakasongola District) in Uganda, giving rise to the most widely used name for the disease – Buruli ulcer. Since 1980, the disease has emerged rapidly in several parts of the world, particularly in West Africa...
CAUSE - M. ulcerans is an environmental mycobacterium. Recent information suggests that the organism does not live freely in the environment, as previously thought, but is likely to occupy a specific niche within aquatic environments (e.g. small aquatic animals, biofilms) from where it is transmitted to humans by an unknown mechanism. Although slow growing, M. ulcerans can be cultured from human lesions on media used for mycobacteria, provided the incubation temperature is kept between 29–33 °C (lower than that for M. tuberculosis). There is some variation among strains of M. ulcerans from different geographical areas (Africa, America, Asia and Australia), but the relationship between the different strains and virulence in humans has not been established. M. ulcerans produces a destructive toxin, mycolactone, which causes tissue damage and inhibits the immune response. The toxic effects of mycolactone explain most of the virulence of this organism...
TRANSMISSION - The exact mode of transmission is still under investigation. Some patients state that lesions develop at the site of antecedent trauma. Research suggests that in Africa, some aquatic insects of the order Hemiptera (Naucoridae and Belostomatidae) can harbour M. ulcerans in their salivary glands and transmit the disease to experimental animals. More recent data from Australia suggest that salt marsh mosquitoes test positive for M. ulcerans DNA...
EPIDEMIOLOGY - Buruli ulcer frequently occurs near water bodies – slow flowing rivers, ponds, swamps and lakes; cases have also occurred following flooding. Activities that take place near water bodies, such as farming, are risk factors, and wearing protective clothing appears to reduce the risk of the disease...Unlike tuberculosis (TB), there is no evidence to suggest that infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) predisposes individuals to BU infection. There is also no evidence that the disease can be transmitted from person to person. There is little seasonal variation in the incidence of the disease...
PREVALENCE - Buruli ulcer has been reported from 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Western Pacific, mainly in tropical and subtropical regions. In Côte d'Ivoire, approximately 24 000 cases have been recorded between 1978 and 2006. In Benin, nearly 7000 cases have been recorded between 1989 and 2006; in Ghana more than 11 000 cases have been recorded since 1993. In Australia, more cases of BU are being reported recently – 25 in 2004, 47 in 2005 and 72 in 2006. Most of the recent cases have come from the State of Victoria and the town of Point Lonsdale. Increasing number of cases are being reported from Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Sudan, Togo and Uganda. After 30 years of no official report, an assessment carried out in south-eastern Nigeria in November 2006 confirmed some BU cases. Some patients have been reported from China, but the extent of the disease is not known. Recent reports suggest, for the first time, that Brazil may be endemic in the areas bordering French Guyana...
SIGNS and SYMPTOMS - Buruli ulcer often starts as a painless, mobile swelling in the skin called a nodule...Strains of M. ulcerans isolated from the different clinical forms of the disease in a particular geographical region appear identical...Conditions that may mimic BU include: tropical phagedenic ulcers, often referred to as tropical ulcers; leishmaniasis, particularly in South America; onchocerciasis nodules; and fungal skin infections...
TREATMENT - Treating about 300 patients in Benin, Cameroon and Ghana has shown that treatment with rifampicin and streptomycin (RS) for 8 weeks according to WHO guidelines leads to complete healing of nearly 50% Buruli lesions.
Leprosy - http://www.leprosy.org/getinformed/aboutleprosy/basics.php   "The medical name for leprosy is Hansen's disease. Dr. Armauer Hansen of Norway was the first to see the leprosy germ under a microscope. This was 1873, and Hansen's discovery was revolutionary. The evidence was clear: a (bacteria) germ (Mycobacterium leprae) causes leprosy. It was not hereditary, a curse, or from sin (in a former life)...In (America,) South Louisiana and Texas, some armadillos carry this bacteria. We do not know for certain if humans can get the bacteria from armadillos...When a person is placed on medication, most of the bacteria are killed within a few days. Within 2 weeks of starting the medicine, there is no risk of spreading the disease to anyone else...All newly diagnosed persons take 3 medications: dapsone, rifampin, and clofazimine. They may be taken for 6 months or longer...(Medication) side effects:
Dapsone: Some people may have a mild anemia. Very rarely, other blood problems have been reported. Rifampin: Sometimes rifampin will cause abnormal liver tests, but the problem clears when the medication is stopped. It may cause a harmless orange color in the urine, sweat, or tears.  Clofazimine: Clofazimine has virtually no side effects except some darkening of the skin. This effect slowly fades when the medication is stopped...Generally, dapsone and clofazimine can be taken during the pregnancy, but rifampin is usually stopped until after the baby is born. Patients on treatment do not transmit leprosy to their babies...
Leprosy can damage the peripheral nerves and nerves in the skin. This damage can lead to: 
  • Loss of sweat and oil gland function which causes dry and cracked skin on the hands and feet.
  • Loss of the ability to feel light touch or, with more severe damage, loss of protective sensation. Protective pain sensation prevents burns, cuts, and exposure to dust, and exposure to destructive pressures to the hands and feet.
  • Weakness of the eyelids, preventing proper closure of the lid which protects the eye.
  • Loss of strength in the hands and feet. With severe nerve damage of the hands and feet, there is paralysis of the small muscles, leading to 'clawing' of the fingers and toes."
Science/history of leprosy germ (Mycobacterium leprae) - http://www.leprosy.org/LEPhistory.html   Chaulmoogra nut oil may help reverse/slow down the disease.
 

Medical

 
Dr. Vijay Pannikar, former Team Leader of the World Health Organization’s Global Leprosy Programme
Dr. Paul Saunderson http://www.who.int/buruli/tag/saunderson/en/index.html
 

Medical Alerts

 
http://dgalerts.docguide.com/florida-usa-leprosy-human-armadillo-transmission-susp?nl_ref=newsletter&pk_campaign=newsletter 3/2015
 

Medical Missions

 
American Leprosy Missions - http://www.leprosy.org/ - http://www.leprosy.org/getinformed/aboutalm/almhistory.php
Brand, Dr. Paul - Reader's Digest 6/1966 magazine - Sahib Doctor - the Healing Surgeon of Vellore - condensed from Dorothy Clarke Wilson's Ten Fingers for God
Brand, Dr Paul Noted Surgeon and Author Paul Brand Dies at Age 89  biography http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/julyweb-only/7-7-41.0.html
"Born to missionary parents in the mountains of southwestern India in 1914, Brand attended London University, where he met his wife, Margaret Berry. The 2 surgeons returned to Vellore, India, to teach at the
Christian Medical College and Hospital.
While working as the school's first professor of orthopedics and hand research, Brand pioneered surgical work with those suffering from Hansen's disease, a bacterial infection more commonly known as leprosy. He was the first surgeon to use reconstructive surgery to correct deformities caused by the disease in the hands and feet, and developed many other forms of prevention and healing from the disease.
Before Brand, it was widely believed that those suffering from Hansen's Disease lost their fingers and feet because of rotting flesh. Instead, Brand discovered, such deformities were due to the loss of ability to feel pain." 7/2003  http://www.schizophrenia-info.info/so_u_want_2_b_a_missionary.htm
Autobiography - Life in the Blood -
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/julyweb-only/7-7-46.0.html
Guthrie, Nancy - Suffering - Yancey, Philip - The Gift of Pain http://www.monergismbooks.com/pdfs/bestillmysoul.pdf - "Dr. Paul Brand, a missionary surgeon...headed the rehabilitation branch of America’s only leprosarium (at that time)  'If I had one gift which I could give to people with leprosy, it would be the gift of pain,' Dr. Brand said...If a rat chewed off a finger in the night, they would not discover it until the next morning. (In fact, Brand required his departing patients to take a cat home with them to prevent this common occurrence.)  His discovery revolutionized medicine’s approach to leprosy...'Thank God for pain!' he says.  Doctors once believed the disease of leprosy caused the ulcers on hands and feet and face which eventually led to rotting flesh and the gradual loss of limbs. Mainly through Dr. Brand’s research, it has been established that in 99% of the cases, leprosy only numbs the extremities. The decay of flesh occurs solely because the warning system of pain is absent."
Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation -
Joyce Meyers https://www.joycemeyer.org/broadcasthome.aspx?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=hero&utm_campaign=IndiaLeprosyMissions 12/18/2015
 

HEALINGS

 
Berndt, Jodie  in Celebration of Miracles shares the story of God healing a leper as Saint Francis washed the decaying limbs. www.amazon.com
Chavda, Mahesh  The Hidden Power of Healing Prayer  Chavda in chapter 2 The Power of the Gospel shares that a 44 year old (suffering from leprosy for 14 years) was healed instantly. www.watchofthelord.com
Copeland, Kenneth - Kenneth Copeland Ministries - John G Lake - www.kcm.org - Lake shares that many lepers were healed by God in South Africa during his ministry there.

Corral, Michelle - https://sidroth.org/television/tv-archives/michelle-corral/?src=weeklybroadcastemail_051120&utm_campaign=weekly-broadcast&utm_medium=email&utm_source=luminate 5/10/2020 (edited/paraphrased)
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MICHELLE: When I was 17 I experienced the power of God being saved. I was listening to an altar call touched by the power of the Holy Spirit,
but a battle was going on within me, not because I didn't want to receive Christ, but because I think my situation, my battle is like a lot of people.
You wonder if you go to the front to receive Jesus, can you live for God? I didn't want to be a hypocrite. I thought, oh, I would love to receive Christ…
I felt 2 hands lift me up…and before you knew it, I was in the front weeping and weeping…lasted 3 days…When you’re washed by the blood of Jesus, you (sometimes emotionally &/or physically) experience (being) born again (but always spiritually, for God’s “Snow White” love kiss awakens our human spirit to Him)…After I got saved, mother…noticed such a difference in me that she wanted to go to the place that I was going. She and my entire family became born again
MICHELLE: After I had the baptism in the spirit…I did not know what it meant to feel the anointing…When I went to (Katherine) Kuhlman's service, I saw the presence, the glory of God in that meeting. I was up on the 3rd balcony, she started calling out someone that was blind…
The room turned dark. I saw a rod of lightning starting on one end of the pew all the way to the other end. It touched a little boy who had been blind from birth.  He was completely healed in that service. It changed my life forever.
MICHELLE: Every single thing in my life especially as a minister, but in everyday life, we have to yield ourselves to Him. The Bible says in Romans chapter 8, we know the special witness of the Holy Spirit helps lead. I've learned to depend on that witness more than I depend on anything in the natural. If somebody tells me something, a certain date, time, appointment, I always ask Holy Spirit 1st, "Is that going to happen, Holy Spirit? Is this the way it's really, really going to be?"  If I feel the anointing, I know that's what He's leading me toward. If I don't feel the anointing, I don't pay any attention to it.  If I feel a block, then I know it's not His will.
MICHELLE: I was invited to this meeting where Mother Theresa was going to be. The house was jammed. It was a little house on Edgeware Street in Los Angeles…There was about 100 people jammed in the house, nowhere to sit. I came in a little bit late. They ushered me in right next to Mother Teresa…talking. I started weeping and weeping. I couldn't control myself. I started feeling the power of God and started feeling something I've never felt to that degree before.  I thought, I'm going to make a fool out of myself in front of Mother Teresa…But she kept looking at me as if to say, I understand why you're crying, and know what's happening. She didn't say it, but I know she knew it…
But after that experience, I noticed a tremendous difference in my own life.  From that very next meeting, people began to be healed, set free.
When I would travel in the nations, people would be getting out of wheelchairs and so on. One time I was going to the Philippines for a huge meeting in the Araneta Coliseum…But as the plane landed, I heard Him say it so clearly, I sent you for one. I knew the Lord was telling me He's not going to bring that one to me. I need to look for that one, because that's what I learned from Mother Teresa. To go out and look for the souls. To seek for the lost, hungry, broken, those who don't have anyone to love them.
MICHELLE: The next day, I decided to go to a place called Tala a leprosarium. I felt in my spirit that that person would be in the leprosarium. So I asked the nurse permission, "Can you take me through this leprosarium? Just take me through. I would like to give little gifts to the people, pray for them." I knew in my heart I would find that person there…I was on a mission from God. So I went from ward to ward praying for the people. I thought, is this the end? So I asked the lady, I said, "Is there 1 more ward?" She said, "Yes, but they're not all leprosy patients. There are some other patients. I didn't know if you'd like to go to that ward." I said, "Oh yes, I would." All of a sudden she said, "Half of the ward is leprosy. Half the ward is other diseases." I walked in and there she was sitting there. She looked like she was 10 years old. She was covered with leprosy from her head to her foot. Her particular type of leprosy was very painful. She had marks all over her face, arms, everywhere. I stood there for a few minutes and said, "Hello sweetie. Would you mind terribly if I put you on my lap and igot to meet you?" She said, "No ma'am.  Of course."  I put her on my lap and began to just stroke her head, asked her how old she was, how long she'd been there, and what her name was. I'd been there for about 10 minutes and knew I had to leave. They were telling me, you got to get back because it's 2 hours back to Manila. So before I left I thought, I said, I'm going to put my name on these little stickers (that she had). I'm going to write, "Jesus loves you, and Auntie Michelle loves you." So I put stickers everywhere I could.  I assigned someone from the Philippines to look after her and visit, because later I found out she was an orphan. So I left her there. I assigned someone to follow up on her. I got an email 2 weeks later, she was totally healed of her leprosy. Hallelujah…As she grew up, she got her degree in teaching. She's a teacher now. She's married, and she's joined my ministry in the Philippines. She prays for people over the phone.

Lake, John G - http://2011.ekklesia.lt/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/The-Christmas-Angel.pdf from http://2011.ekklesia.lt/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/
Basuto sickness (leprosy)
Osborn, Tommy Lee (TL)  Why? Tragedy, Trauma, Triumph  www.osborn.org - Chapter 4 Commemoration shares healing of Miriam Gare who had leprosy and paralysis.
Sister Li, a Chinese missionary married 3 weeks - http://backtojerusalem.com/v3/2011/12/december-2011-newsletter/
God instructed her to go to Tibet where God directed her to hug the person covered with burlap blankets, who turned out to be a leprous woman. 
She nursed her and in the process God performed a miracle and healed the leprosy.  Hooray for God. (scroll pages using dots)
Walters, Kathie  Celtic Flames  www.goodnews.netministries.org  Biographies of numerous early AD Catholic monks who operated in the power of the 12 disciples. 
"A leper came to the monastery and came across Comgall kneeling with his hands upturned to heaven.  As he watched him, he was healed immediately."  Another time,
a "man, Aedian by name...found that his own body was struck with leprosy... Comgall instructed him to bathe in the same bath-water (belonging to Comgall) and when he (Aedian) stepped out of the bath he was totally cleansed from leprosy."
 

SPIRITUAL

 
Scripture = Exodus 4:6-7, Leviticus 13,14,22:4, Numbers 5:2,
Numbers 12:1,10 TLB in Kwikscan
  1One day Miriam and Aaron were criticizing Moses because his wife was a Cushite  woman...10The anger of the Lord was kindled against them. Behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow. Deuteronomy 24:8,
2nd Samuel 3:27-29
TLB in Kwikscan 27When Abner arrived at Hebron, Joab took him aside at the city gate as if to speak with him privately; but then he pulled out a dagger and killed him in revenge for the death of his  brother Asahel.  28When (King) David heard about it he declared, "I vow by the Lord that I and my people are innocent of this crime against Abner.  29Joab and his family are the guilty ones.  May each of his children be (cursed:) victims of cancer, or be lepers, be sterile, die of starvation, or be killed by the sword!"
2nd Kings 5 TLB in Kwikscan    25When he went in to his master, Elisha asked him, "Where have you been, Gehazi?"  "I haven't been anywhere," he replied.  26Elisha asked him, "Don't you realize that I was there in thought (spirit) when Naaman stepped down from his chariot to meet you"  Is this the time to receive money, clothing, olive farms, vineyards, sheep, oxen, and servants?  27Because you have done this, Naaman's leprosy shall be upon you, upon your children and your children's children forever."  Gehazi walked from the room a leper, his skin as white as snow.
2nd Kings 7,
2nd Kings 15 TLB in Kwikscan    3Azariah was a good king and he pleased the Lord just as his father Amaziah had, 4but like his predecessors, he didn't destroy the shrines on the hills where the people sacrificed and burned incense.  5Because of this, the Lord struck him with leprosy, which lasted until the day of his death; so he lived in a house by himself.
2nd Chronicles 26:17Azariah the rabbi went in after him and with him fourscore (4x20=80) priests of the Lord...18They withstood Uzziah the king and said unto him,
"It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the Lord, but (appertaineth) to the (ordained) rabbis, the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense; go out of the sanctuary, for thou has trespassed.  Neither shall it be for thine honor from the Lord God." 19Then Uzziah was wroth and had a censer in his hand to burn incense.  While he was wroth with the priests, leprosy rose up in his forehead...20...Behold he was leprous in his forehead and they thrust him out...21Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death and dwelt in an an isolated house, being a leper; he was cut off from the house of the Lord.
Matthew 8:2-3 Look! A leper is approaching. He kneels before Him, worshiping. "Sir, the leper pleads, "If You  want to, You can heal me."  "I want to," He says.  "Be healed."  Instantly the leprosy disappears.
Matthew10:7
Go announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.  8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure the lepers, and cast out demons.  Give as freely as you have received!  9Don't take any money with you." Matthew11:4Jesus told them, "Go back to John and tell him about the miracles you've seen Me do. 5The blind people I've healed, the lame people now walking without help, the cured lepers, the deaf who hear, and the dead raised to life." Matthew 26:6Jesus now proceeded to Bethany, to the home of Simon the leper.
Mark 1:41,14:3 and Luke 5:12,7:22,17:12
 
Twersky, Isadore - A Maimonides reader - Google - Jewish insights through the eyes of Rabbi Maimonides - pg 152 Uncleanness of Leprosy
 
Callahan, Philip S - Para-magnetism - Rediscovering Nature's Secret Force of Growth - www.acresusa.com
"PICAM, Photonic Ionic Cloth...constructed by soaking wool-linen cloth or burlap in seawater...
Harry Kornburg, my patent co-author, translated the Hebrew which describes such a piece of cloth worn by the Jewish High Priest.  It enhanced his immune system in order that he could safely examine lepers like those sent to him by Christ...It was worn as a long ribbon wrapped around the high priest's body." 
It created an (ELF) extremely low frequency field around the Rabbi. Scripture seems to contradict above hypothesis Read Exodus 28. Mandate is to weave holy garments of pure linen.
Exodus 44:17 KJV  It shall come to pass, that when they (rabbis) enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen (flax/plant) garments; no wool (neither fur nor skin from slain animal) shall come upon them, while they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.
Leviticus 19:19 NJB You will not wear a garment made from 2 kinds of fabric (linen and wool).  Deuteronomy 22:11 NJB  You must not wear clothing woven part of wool, part linen.
 
Spiritual Lepers by Steve Porter - 3/2015 - "I'm calling you out of your isolation; you're not to dwell alone another day! I see your pain and how your soul has become vexed because of the poor choices you've made. You contaminated your soul with the filth of this world and now you feel you can never be accepted again. And though you've asked God to forgive you, you believe you are too far gone to ever be forgiven, too lost to be found, and so you cry out "Unclean! Unclean!" You expect others to run away in disgust, because you're a spiritual leper...The foul smell of your past still lingers upon you when He (But the Lord Jesus) lifts your chin, and with eyes full of love He looks deep into your soul and says these amazing words, 'Because you have repented and come back to Me, I have made you clean. I have made all things new. You are no longer a leper or an outcast, instead you are my child.'" www.findrefuge.tv
 
Stone, Perry - http://lit4ever.org/revivalforum/index.php?action=printpage;topic=13008.0 - www.voe.org "His well was in the Biblical wilderness of Zin, and water had healing properties, (their very water could have cured Moses’ sister from leprosy)."
Stone, Perry - http://www.schizophrenia-info.info/god_is_not_dead.htm
 

BIOGRAPHY

 
Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai - a leper colony in Hawaii - Book by Gavan Daws
King, Patricia  Spiritual Revolution - www.extremeprophetic.com - Pat shares her challenge/example of Todd Bentley who bought a ticket to Africa to obey the dictate of scripture to cleanse/cure/minister to the lepers, which he could not find in Canada.
Molokai: the Story of Father Damien - DVD - visit the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
White, Neil - In the Sanctuary of Outcasts - http://www.neilwhite.com/ - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSCpTrLDIgI - - http://www.mswritersandmusicians.com/writers/neil-white.html - http://www.readonebook.org/files/2010guide.pdf -
"Neil White, a journalist and magazine publisher, wanted the best for those he loved—nice cars, beautiful homes, luxurious clothing. He loaned money to family and friends, gave generously to his church, and invested in his community—but his bank account couldn’t keep up. Soon Neil began moving money from one account to another to avoid bouncing checks...FBI discovered his scheme and a judge sentenced him to 18 months in federal prison.  But it was no ordinary prison. The isolated, beautiful colony in Carville, Louisiana was also home to the last people in the continental United States disfigured by leprosy.  Hidden away for decades, this small circle of outcasts forged a tenacious, clandestine community, a fortress to repel the cruelty of the outside world. It is here...amidst an unlikely mix of leprosy patients, nuns, and criminals, that Neil’s strange and compelling journey begins."
Wilbur, Paul - works with Operation Blessing International in ministering to those with leprosy. http://www.integritymusic.com/worship/artist/6-99.html