Native American Wildcrafted Carnivorous Pitcher Plant (SARRACENIA PURPUREA): A Remedy For Small-Pox, As Archived By The Lancet (1862)

We live in truly strange and interesting times.

Supervillains of ScienceFaction Hollywood-mythos, ostensibly philanthropically aid in the health and well-being of humanity’s longevity. Presciently posturing to protect the public from superbugs — like small-pox. Magickally, in real time pox pops up in lock-step with the prognostication of “terrorists” exploiting the dark matters of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice window to the Gates of Hell.

And just in time, as if guided by Good, an opposing event of equal and opposite force is presented as a solution to the gordian-knot predicament of manufactured pandemic.

Heretofore an intentionally (?) obscured amelioration of the disease that ravaged yesteryear’s populace.

We would do well, as Dr. Z said, to start mass production and stockpiling of the remedy described below.

Unfortunately and shamefully, there is no Abstract for the The Lancet white paper, locked behind a pay wall.

I believe it was Dr. Z or maybe Dr. L. Merr!tt that pointed out the sad state of Science that restricts all this information by selling the research.

Is not much or all of this tax-payer funded research?!

The bibliography (via the Social Media link, PlumX) is all that is open to public access. (Even with a user account, no more information or Abstract is available.)

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The Lancet

Bibliographic Details

DOI10.1016/s0140-6736(02)41525-5 URL ID;;;;;;;;;; AUTHOR(S) Miles, Charles PUBLISHER(S) Elsevier BV TAG(S) Medicine

A little digging leads to this link on the subject, FULL TEXT downloadable PDF …

Medical Appropriation in the ‘Red’ Atlantic:

Translating a Mi’kmaq smallpox cure in the mid-nineteenth century

Farrah Lawrence-Mackey

University College London

Submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in History and Philosophy of Science Department of Science and Technology Studies



This thesis answers the questions of what was travelling, how, and why, when a Kanien’kehaka woman living amongst the Mi’kmaq at Shubenacadie sold a remedy for smallpox to British and Haligonian colonisers in 1861. I trace the movement of the plant (known as: Mqo’oqewi’k, Indian Remedy, Sarracenia purpurea, and Limonio congener) and knowledges of its use from Britain back across the Atlantic. In exploring how this remedy travelled, why at this time and what contexts were included with the plant’s removal I show that rising scientific racism in the nineteenth century did not mean that Indigenous medical flora and knowledge were dismissed wholesale, as scholars like Londa Schiebinger have suggested. Instead conceptions of indigeneity were fluid, often lending authority to appropriated flora and knowledge while the contexts of nineteenth-century Britain, Halifax and Shubenacadie created the Sarracenia purpurea, Indian Remedy and Mqo’oqewi’k as it moved through and between these spaces. Traditional accounts of bio-prospecting argue that as Indigenous flora moved, Indigenous contexts were consistently stripped away. This process of stripping shapes Indigenous origins as essentialised and static. Following the plant backward to its apparent point of origin highlights the more complex reality.

This work is undertaken within the broader framework of ‘Red’ Atlantic history, that seeks to bring complex Indigenous histories into broader accounts of medicine in the Atlantic World. I will highlight that the ‘Red’ Atlantic approach, when undertaken by non- Indigenous historians, requires recognition and honesty about of the historian’s own position. This is not Indigenous history. Due to the constraints of distance, time and funding I was unable to obtain testimonies from current members of the Mi’kmaq community. Histories that do not include this important resource, from oral historical cultures, cannot claim to be Indigenous histories. Though revisionist, my work is informed by my position as a white woman educated in western academia therefore it remains “American Indian history largely from the white perspective.”1

1 Angela Cavender Wilson, “Indian History or Non-Indian Perceptions of American Indian History,” American Indian Quarterly 20, no. 1 (1996): 5

Sarracenia purpurea – Wikipedia

Sarracenia purpurea, the purple pitcher plant, northern pitcher plant, turtle socks, or side-saddle flower, is a carnivorous plant in the family Sarraceniaceae.

Carnivorous Pitcher Plant

H/T Dr. Z on the @lex Jon3s Sh0w! (Dec. 1, 2021)

Revelation 22:2 (KJV)

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.

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