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February 24, 1978 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-02-24

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Friday, February 24, 1918 43- 7

Israel's Tel Aviv University Sows Seeds (17z 3aT9
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for Medicinal Plant Cultivation

in the plant, the
adaptability of the plant
to Israel's climate, the
most favorable condi-
tions of cultivation, and
the possibility of hybridi-
zation of such plants for
better results.
The fact that plants may
have medicinal properties
should not be surprising.
Plants, like man and ani-
mals, have certain built-in
mechanisms to ensure their
survival against external
dangers. As protection
\ against insects and pred-
ators, plants produce chem-
icals or poisons of antibiotic
activity, which can be
therapeutically useful to
man.
The drug industry extra-
cts beneficial chemicals
from plants, based on their
insect-repelling ability and
on ethnobotanical informa-
tion on medicinal plant use
in tribes still living in na-
ture.
The reasons for trying to
cultivate medicinal plants
in Israel are manifold. As
world medical care reaches
new areas of the globe, and
as life expectancy and world
population increase, the
market for medicinal plant
ingredients is rising stead-
ily.
In the pharmaceutical
world, a particular plant
ingredient may occa-
sionally be bought up on
t'wr'491-
a massive scale by the
larger pharmaceutical
companies, leaving the
smaller ones unable to
obtain the ingredient and
paralyzing their produc-
tion lines.
The difficulty of Israeli
pharmaceutical companies
in obtaining medical ingre-
dients is compounded by the
political factors which can
close markets in countries
that refuse to trade with Is-
rael.
Until recently, medicinal
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TEL AVIV — When the ple, treated stomach pains
medicine man of the tribe with essential oils of plants,
treated his "patients" with which are used to this day
an exotic potion of weeds by medical doctors to treat
and bird's dung, supple- - stomach disorders. The Af-
menting the treatment with rican tribesman hunting his
dramatic andiervent incan- food relied not only on
tations, he was, it appears, marksmanship but on
relying partly on psycholog- spearheads potently
ical suggestibility, partly in poisoned with strychnine,
"bobe meises", partly on commonly used today as rat
the help of some super- poison extracted from the
human power, and, at least strychnos tree.
To be sure, not all tribal
sometimes, on real, medi-
concoctions' are medically
:ally effective ingredients.
The Bedouins, for exam- effective, but as Tel Aviv
University Pharmacog-
nosist Dr. Jacob Friedman
O L ARRY FREEDMAN says, "Anything is worth
checking." Plant-extracted
rchestra and Entertainment
medicines are a multi-
billion dollar business to-
day, and Dr. Friedman of
TAU's botany department
has been checking into the
feasibility of cultivating
certain medicinal plants in
Israel.
In a joint agreement be
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tween
Tel Aviv Univer-
INVITATIONS
sity, Plantex Ltd. Chnmi-
cal and Pharmaceu tical
Invitations For
Works, and the Ministry
Every Occasion
of Commerce and Indus-
try, Dr. Friedman screens
DEBBIE
various local and foreign
WEISSERMAN
medicinal plants, deter-
mining the concentration
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In testing medicinal
plants, Dr. Friedman first
cultivates the seeds col-
lected in nature or
brought from abroad
under highly controlled
laboratory conditions. If
they demonstrate suc-
cessful development, he
places them in green
houses under controlled

conditions, and then the
final testing ground is di-
rectly in the open field of
Tel Aviv University's bo-
tanical gardens, under
the direction of Prof.
Jacob Galil.
Among the medicinal
plants in the botanical gar-
dens of TAU are both local
and foreign plants, such as
the decorative flowering
plant Vinca rosea, com-
MISS BARG
monly known as the
Mr. and Mrs. Al Barg of
periwinkle, whose roots are
used to regulate heart ac- Oak Park announce the en-
tivities and whose leaves gagement of their daughter,
are used to retard cancer, Diane Rochelle, to Steven
and the solanum, whose Thomas Budaj, son of Mr.
leaves are used for birth and Mrs. Nick Budaj of Oak
Park.
control.
Miss Barg was graduated
Potentially, Israel is a
suitable source of medicine, from the University of
and Tel Aviv University's Michigan. Her fiance is a
Dr. Friedman, the unique senior at the Detroit College
doctor with the green of Law.
An August wedding is
thumb, is planting the seeds
planned.
of future success.

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3nai Brith Activitie

PISGAH LODGE is or the Bnai Brith Women's
conducting a paper drive. Council office, 354-0146,
For pick up appointment, daily.
* * *
call the Bnai Brith office,
354-6100, or Sam Lipson, Single Women
342-8830, or Rod Burke,
Bnai Brith Focus
641-9028, after 7 p.m.
The Bnai Brith Women's
* * *
L'CHAYIM LODGE Council of Metropolitan De-
will have a fund-raising troit is seeking to meet the
games night 7 p.m. Satur- needs of single, divorced or
day at Sans Souci Hall. Tic- widowed women with the
kets will be sold at the door. formation of two new wo-
men's chapters.
* * *
One chapter is geared for
FRANCES SOLOVICH
CHAPTER will have a women age 25-40, while the
membership games night 8 other is designed for women
p.m. Monday in the home of age 40 and up. For informa-
Joyce Berenstein, 22040 tion about the groups, call
Sloman, Oak Park. Re- Michelle Passon at the Bnai
freshments will be served. Brith office, 356-0146.
* * *
Friends are invited. For in-
formation, call Ms. Berens- BB Presidents
tein, 399-3514, or Rhoda
Brunch Aids JNF
Segal, 548-8830.
* * *
The 12th annual Bnai
WOMEN ON THEIR Brith Presidents' Brunch
OWN CHAPTER will will take place 9:30 a.m.
have a "Springy Brunch" April 2 at Adat Shalom
noon March 5 in the home of Synagogue. It will be held in
Michelle Passon, 5276 cooperation with the Jewish
Kingsfield Dr., West Bloom- National Fund.
The brunch will honor the
field. For information and
reservations, call Melanie presidents of the Bnai Brith
Simon, 557-3858, evenings, Men's and Women's Coun-
cils, as well as the presi-
Turkey Burgers dents of the 24 lodges and 25
chapters and units. Tree
By NORMA BARACH
and tribute chairmen will
(Copyright 1978, JTA, Inc.)
Leftover turkey always receive citations.
The brunch will celeb-
presents a dilemma. By the
third day everyone has had rate the 30th anniversary
more than enough. Try this of Israel's statehood with
new way to try and "recycle" a special program in
your leftover turkey. • honor of Israel's birth-
2 lbs. ground cooked turkey
day. The goal is to com-
3 medium potatoes, grated
plete the Jerusalem
1 medium onion, grated
Reunited Forest, the fifth
2 eggs (extra large)
Detroit project, which
garlic powder, pepper to taste
will be located in the Bnai
oil
Brith
Martyrs Forest.
spaghetti sauce
Mix turkey, potatoes, onion, The martyrs forest was
eggs and spices. Form patties established in Israel by
and fry. in oil. Put In a cas- Bnai Brith as a memorial
serole. Cover with spaghetti to the six million victims
sauce. Bake 20 minutes. Serve of the Holocaust.
All presidents, tree and
immediately.
tribute chairmen are in-
Club to Gather vited to a planning break-
Moadon Ivri, the Hebrew fast which will be held 10
Club, will meet 3 p.m. Sun- a.m. March 5 in the Zionist
day in the Jewish Commun- Cultural Center. For infor-
ity Center 10 Mile branch. mation, call the Bnai Brith
The public is invited.
Council office, 354-6100.

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