Published in Sunday Times on 15 Feb 2004


040215st - Lemon is not a Vegetable.

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Health Minister uses a parliamentary briefing on ARVs to promote her alternative remedies.

Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang emphasizes the importance of nutrition more than the use of ARVs by people living with HIV and ...

Statements from Manto Tshabalala-Msimang:

  • "People say 'your stall is great'. I don't know what they are reporting on at home. We haven't shocked the world, we have told the truth...I don't mind being called Dr Beetroot." - Health Minister Tshabalala-Msimang, responding to criticism of South Africa's garlic, lemon and beetroot exhibit at the International Aids Conference in Toronto...2 vials of pills were hurriedly added to the stand on Sunday after journalists posed questions about the absence of antiretroviral drugs.
  • "Shall I repeat garlic, shall I talk about beetroot, shall I talk about lemon... these delay the development of HIV to Aids-defining conditions, and that's the truth." Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said in debate on her department's budget vote.
  • "Nutrition is the basis of good health and it can stop the progression from HIV to full-blown Aids, and eating garlic, olive oil, beetroot and the African potato boosts the immune system to ensure the body is able to defend itself against the virus and live with it. I am sure that loveLife will continue to raise that."
  • "I don't know how many [South Africans] with HIV would want to take anti-retrovirals."
  • "Raw garlic and a skin of the lemon - not only do they give you a beautiful face and skin but they also protect you from disease."

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