Aloe Vera & Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
Excerpt from "Aloe Vera: A Mission Discovered" by Lee Ritter
The third study that I think is most significant wasn't even done on humans. It was done on cats. I refer to it elsewhere in my book to dispel any theories that would attribute aloe vera treatment to a placebo effect. But here I want to point out the profound results the study reflected for aloe vera in a terminal viral disease.
The 1991 study was a joint study between the Animal Medical Hospital, Irving, Texas, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University. Like AIDS, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus. Forty percent of cats are dead from the disease within four weeks and 70% within eight weeks. The disease is considered the most important severe cause of illness and death in domestic cats.
The study included 50 cats, all of which were serologically positive for feline leukemia. The cats had failed to respond to conventional treatment. All of the cats were severely ill. The cats were injected regularly with a solution containing acemannan, a product derived from aloe vera. The study results reflected:
At the end of the 12-week study, 29 acemannan-treated cats were known to be alive. Two of the original 44 were lost to follow-up and one other died of an unrelated cause, giving a 71% survival rate for those cats that completed the study.
Of 15 cats that died of FeLV-related disease, five died from malignancies or marrow aplasia within nine days of entering the study. These cats can be considered to have been terminal--beyond rescue by any available therapy. Seven other cats died during the 12-week study, and three died within four weeks of completing the study. Analysis of 11 historical controls at the same clinic indicated that nine cats died or were euthanized within two months, and one other was dead within five months of being diagnosed with FeLV.
All owners of surviving cats reported that they were pleased with the results of treatment, stating that their cats had returned to their normal state of activity and were healthy, happy pets.
The study is most significant for two reasons. First, 29 cats that should have, according to all previous scientific studies, been dead were still alive after 12 weeks and apparently were normal. Second, based upon the study and other documentation, the Department of Agriculture has approved the use of aloe vera in treating the disease. This is the first time that internal usage of aloe vera in the treatment of disease was approved by a regulatory body.
Who told the cats about the marvelous curative history of aloe vera or that they were even being injected with acemannan (aloe vera)? There is no placebo effect in cats!