Samento - (TOA-free Cat's Claw)
Samento is a form of cat’s claw from the Peruvian jungle that is
superior to typical forms. The beneficial effects of most cat’s claw preparations are blunted by the presence of
TOA (tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids), which inhibit the real active agents, called POA (pentacyclic oxindole
alkaloids). The latter, more favorable compounds are known to modulate and up-regulate the immune system. Many
commercially available cat’s claw preparations contain up to 80 percent TOA. As little as one percent TOA can
reduce POA effectiveness up to 80 percent. In addition, the specific species of TOA-free cat’s claw contains
considerable quantities of quinovic acid glycosides. These compounds are what the latest generation of quinolone
antibiotics (such as Cipro) are based on. The natural compounds provide safe and significant direct antimicrobial
effects on Lyme disease.
Treatment with TOA-free cat’s claw isn’t an instant cure-all.
It can take a long treatment process because of the variety of forms of Bb, the long length of time it can
exist in the body in the CWD form, and because it can hide out inside cells. It is when they emerge that they
are susceptible to white cell attack and elimination. The mature spirochete form is sensitive to attack by
antibiotics or the immune system, as well as the improved cat’s claw. The organism can lie dormant for months
or years after infection. In fact, a 1998 Swiss study showed that only 12.5 percent of Bb positive patients
have symptoms. Conventional medicine has grown up thinking bacterial infections can be cured in 10-60 days.
They believe that if antibiotics don’t cure you, what remains can’t be Lyme. That is wrong. This mistaken
idea rests on the lack of knowledge about the characteristics of the cell wall deficient form of
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