Christopher Phillips has been diagnosed with leukemia. One of the pioneers in the efforts to make rare pepper seeds available here in the United States, Christopher Phillips is why many of the peppers we grow are available. Without his hobby turned obsession, seed stock just wouldn’t be available. Everyone who love super hot peppers should at a very minimum keep him in their prayers and well wishes. If you can, there is another way to help. He is facing enormous medical expenses.
According to Web MD, the active ingredient in capsicum, called capsaicin, is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for topical use to treat the painful symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritus, psoriasis, and shingles. It may also be an effective topical treatment for back pain and fibromyalgia.
No it doesn’t. But I do think hot peppers and other foods have important health and wellness benefits even if they do not cure plague. More over, I think a body kept healthy by various measures is much more likely to fend off disease. So while I was just joking about my hot pepper relish being able to cure plague, maybe there is something to the various claims about hot peppers being a benefit to health and wellness.