My Gran's Miracle Cure
New Nation, 3rd August 1998 by Ross Slater
Thousands breathe easier thanks to old lady's ancient African asthma remedy
A POSTMAN may be about to stamp his name in the history books by marketing a first-class cure for asthma that also works for hayfever. Already over 2,000 customers claim to have been cured of their breathing problems after sprinkling Jerry Yamoa's magical African dust on their food.
And now Yamoa Powder is set to take the drug stores by storm after the Medical Control Agency gave it the green light. Jerry Said, "This is the answer to one of the greatest problems of the modern world." Remarkably, the Royal Mail man,who still works in a South London sorting office, has his amazing Ghanaian granny to thank for the remedy that is set to make him a royal mint.
TIME WAS RUNNING OUT - GRANNY WAS 104 AND NO-ONE KNEW HER SECRET.
Jerry tells New Nation of his drama dash to Africa that uncovered and asthma cure for the world.
Jerry Yamoa knew that his grandmother in Ghana held the secret to the battle against asthma. During his youth on subsequent trips 'home' he had seen her 'cure' thousands of sufferers in the village of Agogo in the Ashanti region. 'They would queue up outside the house every Friday,' he recalled. 'The doctor at the village hospital would refer them all to her.' But Jerry, who came to Britain in 1973, also knew that time was running out and feared his grandmother who was over 100 years old, would take the secret cure with her to the grave. 'From 1989 onwards I made numerous trips back to Ghana to try to persuade her to reveal the secret,' said Jerry. But she was very stubborn. The doctor in the hospital had tried, everybody wanted to know.'
"Finally in 1991 I said to her, 'Listen, this could be our future. It could give the whole family a better life. I'm going back to London in two days time and this might be the last time I see you.' She thought about it and the next morning she told me, 'I'll show you this evening.' She led me to a tree at the bottom of the garden and pointed to the bark. My grandmother kept on serving out the cure until she died aged 107. She would collect the bark every Thursday evening and powder it ready for the sufferers to come the following day." Since bringing the magic powder to Britain, Jerry has tried in vain to interest the big pharmaceutical companies. Boots said they weren't ready to market it, Glaxo-Wellcome said they already had a cure in the pipeline and the Virgin Health Foundation turned him down flat. It has only been since linking up with the Natural Herb Company in Weybridge, Surrey and organising a regular supply of the mysterious bark from West Africa, that he has started to serve customers. "Now, I'm the most popular guy in the sorting office." he joked. "We have served over 2,500 bottles and had no complaints at all. People who take it say that after they complete the course the symptoms have gone." Pharmacist Ashok Patel, who works with Jerry, admitted: "I didn't believe it but after I tried it out on some patients they told me they were astounded." The powder has now been cleared by the Medical Control Agency and tested for any poisonous side-effects. Already chemists and herbal shops are queueing to put it on the shelves and academics at King's College University want to do a research project on it.
Patel added: 'This will make Jerry a fortune. Everybody wants to know a cure for asthma and they would prefer to take something natural than the steroids they are offered.' Postwoman Margaret Amissah, who gave it to her 11-year-old daughter, said: 'She had asthma and very severe hayfever in summer - really badly itchy eyes and she really is cured now.' And Prafula Soni from South London added: ' Since taking the powder I have had one asthma attack in two years and that was when we had builders round the house and lots of dust. Before that I'd sometimes be off work for 10 days at a time.' The powder can be sprinkled over food or in a drink and needs to be taken morning and evening for four weeks. After a week the symptoms will start to subside and eventually disappear completely. Jerry added: 'I'm not pretending that I know how it works, only that it does.'