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Clarence “Lush” Lushbaugh, MD, PhD
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2012, 02:30:41 PM »
Clarence “Lush” Lushbaugh, MD, PhD, conducted research for the Atomic Energy Commission in 1952.  His work had a profound impact on Glycoscience but he did not live to see the results.

Lush, as he liked to be called, entered his PhD program in pathology in the 1940s with his thesis on the effect of alcohol on the resistance of rabbits to pneumococcus pneumonia.  In 1949, he became a pathologist at the Los Alamos Medical Center in New Mexico and a staff member in the Biomedical Research Group of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

Dr. Lushbaugh was a pathfinder in forensic pathology.  He studied the rate of body cooling to use in estimating the time of death and published a report of his findings in a law-enforcement publication that became known as the Lushbaugh method.  He authored or coauthored more than 150 scientific papers and book chapters.  Today, you evidence his work in the CSI forensic TV series.

The Atomic Energy Commission was seeking a solution to radiation dermatitis in humans.  Dr. Lushbaugh conducted research on experimental animals with his focus on biochemical changes in irradiated skin.  Rabbits seemed to hold great interest to him and his work with rabbits would hold a secret for nearly two decades.

In 1952, having become internationally known as an authority on radiation accident victims, he tested Aloe Vera on rabbits with six beta radiation burns.  He placed fresh Aloe Vera on two of the burns, week old Aloe Vera on two of the burns, and the other two burns were the control burns that received no treatment.  To his amazement, the two beta radiation burns treated with fresh Aloe Vera healed completely like fresh rabbit pink skin.  The two burns treated with the week old Aloe Vera did no better than the two control burns that received no treatment.

The Atomic Energy Commission was looking for something they could store in bomb fall-out shelters to treat people with atomic radiation burns.  Dr. Lushbaugh found it, but could not preserve it.  More than thirty-five years later, Dr Bill McAnalley, after reading Lush’s report, was attempting to discover what was the functional component, thinking it was a protein.

One day, almost on a whim, Dr. McAnalley placed some fresh Aloe Vera in a microwave and “nuked” it.  The message the “nuked” Aloe delivered to Dr. McAnalley was that the functional component was, indeed, not a protein, but a carbohydrate, a sugar.  He knew if the functional component were a protein, it would have been destroyed by the microwave.  But, it was not destroyed.  It was still functional.  Because the beta-mannan molecule was a sugar, the medical world scoffed at the discovery of a “beneficial sugar pill”.  Medical scientists, steeped in pharmaceutical education, could not accept the fact that a sugar had any functionality other than for storing energy.

It has been a long time coming; but today, the mainstream medical community is beginning to grasp the profound validity of Glycoscience.  Over half a century after Dr Lushbaugh’s paper, Glycomics is the new frontier of medical science.  Dr. Lushbaugh died at age 84 on October 13, 2000 from Alzheimer’s disease.
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