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
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.
"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)
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
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
- 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.
Pannikar, former Team Leader
of the World Health Organization’s Global Leprosy
Dr. Paul Saunderson -
American Leprosy Missions -
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
"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
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
Autobiography - Life in the Blood -
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
the extremities. The decay of flesh occurs
solely because the warning system of pain is absent."
Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation -
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.
Copeland, Kenneth - Kenneth Copeland Ministries -
John G Lake -
Lake shares that many lepers were healed by God in South Africa during his
Corral, Michelle -
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
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
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
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
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…
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 -
Basuto sickness (leprosy)
Osborn, Tommy Lee (TL) Why?
Tragedy, Trauma, Triumph
Chapter 4 Commemoration shares healing of Miriam Gare who had
leprosy and paralysis.
Sister Li, a Chinese missionary married 3 weeks -
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
Biographies of numerous early AD Catholic monks who operated in the power of the
"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."
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.
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
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
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.
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."
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 -
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 -
"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
- 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.'"
Stone, Perry -
- 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 -
Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai
- a leper colony in Hawaii - Book by Gavan Daws
King, Patricia Spiritual Revolution -
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 -
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.