The white-throated monitor is a rare lizard found in Africa. It is a special creature, thanks to its miraculous ability to heal people. In fact, this special lizard has been known to help with anything from skin and kidney infections, to diabetes; from heart conditions to gall bladder problems, and many other health issues according to veterinary doctors at Makerere University. But, can it cure something as dangerous and fatal as the AIDS virus? According to some testimonies, it can.
Miracles of this animal (to the natives know it is known as a lepe) are said to happen often in Africa, usually in the Yumbe District of Uganda. Normally, a person will inject themselves with the lizard’s blood in hopes that this reptile will heal AIDS or HIV. But why? And does it really work?
The natives have become restless as they wait for an official cure for AIDS, and upon hearing the strange phenomena of the white-throated monitor, they in turn will purchase the reptile on the Black Market, usually for around $177. Locals will even turn away from their AVR treatment (anti-retrovial drug) that has actually been scientifically proven to help treat AIDS. According to the district health officer, Dr Alfred Yayi, about three out of ten people who are on this drug treatment have now decided to replace it with the white-throated monitor’s blood.
Unfortunately, to this day, there has yet to be a scientific conclusion that the monitor is healing AIDS. In fact, most researchers have found that it usually does more bad than good. Upon hearing about so many horrifying incidents in which people-men, women and children-are all injecting themselves with the blood, they are now having town councils in Yumbe, reporting that this fad has reached all rural sub-countries. But why do people use this lizard blood if it isn’t proven to actually work? The head of the Organizational Psychology at Makerere University, Professor Peter Baguma, explains, “People with chronic health problems, irrespective of where they live, look around for all sorts of treatment, including dangerous options. They may get temporary relief by using lizard blood; of course they won’t heal of Aids and will only become worse off economically” (Daily Monitor).
Despite the fact that the blood of the white-throated monitor might not actually cure AIDS, its “healing abilities” have been backed up by several testimonies. One story includes a man, his two wives, and a daughter all of whom claimed to have the AIDS virus. After injecting themselves with the lizard’s blood (and dining on the rest of the body) they were said to “feel better.” Another incident involves a woman who had served one of the cooked monitors to her child all the while thinking that it was a poisonous reptile. Originally she had planned to have her daughter die quicker than die slowly by AIDS. But instead of killing her child, the scaly meal supposedly caused the girl’s recovery.
Yet just because there are stories out there about a lizard helping to make people “feel good” when they have the AIDS virus, doesn’t mean it’s an actual cure. There have also been numerous cases in which the individual who had taken the blood was worse off than before. One incident involved a woman who had shortly passed out afterward. Another horrific event revolves around a man who had been using the monitor’s “healing liquid” for some time and had eventually developed gangrene on his leg.
Baguma explains that this “AIDS curing” phenomenon is simply not all it’s cracked up to be, and that it really only has a strong impact not physically, but rather psychologically on those who use it, drilling into their heads false hope about something that doesn’t go further than being a simple placebo for those who are suffering from a real disease.
Safari Lands (http://www.safarilands.org/index.php/people_culture/more/ugandans_turn_to_lizard_blood_for_aids_cure/)