Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Christmas Trees: A Medical Miracle?

I think a “wow” story is in order.

We received a link to a story published by the Toronto Globe & Mail today. The story is about a company that plans to make something called shikimic acid, the main ingredient in a treatment medicine for influenza, from the needles of farm-grown Christmas Trees. This medicine is being championed as the first line of defense against a possible pandemic outbreak of bird flu.

Now that’s a “Wow!” story. Real Christmas Trees will be used to help stop the bird flu. That’s certainly not something the fake tree factories can claim.

Here’s the link to the story:
Link to Toronto Globe & Mail Article.

Merry Christmas!