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Soursop stories still creating stir

Soursop stories still creating stir

Published: Saturday | November 3, 2012
Raymond Kirlew, Yvonne Kirlew of Discovery Bay, St Ann, and Florida radio host Dr Dennis Grant, hold leaves and a soursop from the fallen soursop tree behind them. The tree was uprooted by Hurricane Sandy.
US radio host visits cancer survivor
Paul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer-Photos by Paul Williams

 ON THE verge of death Yvonne Kirlew was, nearly a decade ago. The chemotherapy to destroy her lymphatic cancer was apparently killing her too.

But her husband, Raymond, was determined that she wasn't going to leave him. He nursed her through a dreadful time of pain and near-death moments, and the cancer went into remission.

But, alas, it came back. And Raymond's war on the cancer started all over again, and this time around he went to nature for help. He acted upon the information that the leaves, stem and bark of the soursop tree, found all over Jamaica, were more powerful and less debilitating than chemotherapy. Daily, he has been feeding Yvonne the drink extracted from the leaves and the bark of the soursop tree, and Yvonne has been cancer-free since January 2010.

Well documented
Yvonne and Raymond Kirlew's story is well documented by this newspaper. The reaction to the articles was overwhelming. Readers from all over the world called or emailed seeking further information and to get in touch with the Kirlews. The last article was published in The Gleaner on Saturday, August 20, last year, but the fascination with their story cannot seem to die.
But the information on the healing properties of the soursop tree has long been in the public domain. It was sent to south Florida radio host, the Reverend Dr Dennis G. Grant, about five years ago, and he posted it on his home office wall. Dr Grant is the host of a very popular two-hour Saturday show called 'The Love Hour' on WAVS 1170.

In April, the native of St Mary, Jamaica, who has about 35 fruit trees in his yard in Florida, also began to boil the leaves from his own tree. "I started to take it (the drink) myself, figured it was working. My high blood pressure, my cholesterol are now normal without medication," he told The Gleaner.

Then someone sent him the August 20 article.
"And when I looked at the article I saw your name - and that's when I picked up the phone and called you," he told this writer, whom he had met earlier this year at an event called 'Kingston Pon Di River', "and I started to do my own research, my own investigation, and I told my radio listeners about it."

Totally healed
Subsequently, Dr Grant began bottling the drink extracted from his own leaves.

"On a Saturday, after my radio programme or during my radio programme, we don't have hands to get rid of it,"
he said, "and now we are getting testimonies: My insurance agent, diagnosed with gall bladder problems and prostate cancer, he's now totally, totally healed by drinking the soursop.

So it has been working miracles. We have numerous, numerous testimonies."

Yet, there are sceptics. "A lot of people have read your article. I have emailed it to thousands of people. A lot of them don't believe that this is really factual. As a radio host, I wanted to come and meet the Kirlews myself," Dr Grant said.
- So, to remove some of the doubts, Dr Grant flew in from Florida last weekend to visit the Kirlews at their home at Dairy, Discovery Bay, St Ann.

But unbeknown to Dr Grant, the big soursop tree that seems to be sustaining Yvonne and keeping the Kirlews happy was blown over by Hurricane Sandy. Some of the roots are still firmly embedded in the ground, and the leaves are still fresh and green. It will be propped up soon by Raymond. Just as it was with Yvonne, death is not an option.
After a warm reception by the Kirlews, they gave Dr Grant a synopsis of their story, and some of the soursop portion from the fridge, which they drank on the spot. Then, it was time for Raymond, always the enthusiastic storyteller, to give anecdotes of people whose cancer was cured by the soursop tree, and those who chose chemotherapy over the soursop, and had since made the transition.
At 10 o' clock, via telephone, Raymond and Yvonne were interviewed live on Dr Grant's radio show.
With the fallen soursop tree as the backdrop, Yvonne, Raymond and Dr Grant spoke for about 10 minutes.
At one stage, a smiling Yvonne Kirlew exclaimed, "I feel great!" to which Dr Grant replied, "And you're looking wonderful! If they could just see how wonderful and healthy you look."

After the live interview, Dr Grant told The Gleaner,

"I can go back and now say, I have met them, I have seen them.
They have told me how it's done, what it has done.
They have the medical records right there in the home.
I am a believer.
I now believe even more that this soursop cured Mrs Kirlew, and it is a miracle drug.
If my visit saved one life - this visit from Florida to Discovery Bay, Jamaica - just one life, it would have been worth it."


why brew graviola tea & soursop tea?

The first step in brewing graviola tea, also called soursop tea in English, is to think about why you want to drink this tea. This question is important because it will directly impact which method you use.
There are two main reasons for drinking soursop teas. First is for the pleasure. If you are a tea enthusiast who wants to enjoy tea, blends, and infusions, primarily for their taste, then this method is for you. The second, is to extract the maximum health benefits from the graviola. If you drink soursop tea for health reasons, this second method may be best, although it is more time consuming.

brewing for flavor

Brewing soursop tea for flavor is much like brewing a regular cup of herbal tea. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite Graviola Tea Company blend, Add boiling water and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the leaves before drinking.
If you are using Whole soursop leaves, take 2 to 3 graviola leaves for one to two cups of tea. Add leaves to water and let simmer for at least 10 minutes. Remove leaves before serving.
This short brewing time allows you to extract the enough flavor from the leaves and herbs for a well balanced cup of tea.
Brewing for flavor works best with the Graviola Tea Company's "Citrus Edge" and "Samosir Blends", or with "Pure Graviola - Shredded Soursop Leaves".

brewing for health

Brewing soursop tea to extract the maximum health benefits requires more time.
Here are three useful methods:
1. If using a blend, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of tea per cup of boiling water and let steep for a minimum of 10 minutes. You can steep for up to 20 minutes, but may have to reheat the tea before drinking. A tea candle is useful to keep the tea hot while infusing. You may want to try a few different brewing lengths, so as to achieve your preferred extraction of flavors. Generally you can steep our blends for less time than the Pure Graviola Whole Leaves as these have already been cut, making the extraction process faster.
2. If using "Pure Graviola - Whole Soursop Leaves", add 1 to 3 leaves, depending on their size, for 1 to 2 cups of water. Cover pan and simmer the leaves for 20 to 30 minutes.
3. A third method is to add the whole graviola leaves or blend to a pot with one liter (one quart) of cold water. Bring the water to a boil and and let boil uncovered until the water has been reduced by half.
The additional steeping time extracts more of the benefits of the graviola leaf. You can either drink the tea at room temperature or reheat it. The downside to this method is the additional time from tea-pot to tongue.

video: how to brew soursop tea

For those of you who are more visual oriented, here is a short video that explains two basic brewing methods:

tea brewer's tools

Graviola tea and blends can be brewed directly in a cup or a teapot and then strained into a cup. A metal straining spoon also works well. We recommend using a straining spoon or metal filter with very small holes, as soursop can leaves a fine residue which is less pleasant to drink.
You can also try a reusable cloth tea filter or a disposable, non-bleached paper filter.
If pan-boiling whole leaves, filter the tea when serving


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