I'm glad to know that you're continuing your work with traditional medicines. Valuable stuff gets lost when a culture changes the way it has on STJ. Good that some people are trying to keep it alive. There are fewer and fewer elders left there and much of their knowledge and wisdom seems to be passing with them.
Arona Peterson's books and recipes were so much a part of the culture of the Virgin Islands where cooking and herbal remedies were concerned and she used to write a column in the Daily News in local dialect which was always such a pleasure to read. Her books are still available (I think Dockside Bookstore at Havensight still carries them.) Modern medicine derivatives of all those basic herbal remedies cost a bloody fortune. All hail progressive pharmaceutical companies for engineering basic herbal remedies in tablet form at a huge cost to the consumer and all hail to the consumer who succumbs to the media hype.
Unfortunately it's becoming harder and harder to find all those local herbs as development overtakes our islands and razes those "weeds and trees" (and animals) which developers trash along the way. Concrete and a/c and artificiality are the norm these days in order to give visitors and new residents the home comforts to which they are accustomed.
Mind you, it's not happening just here in the Virgin Islands, it's happening everywhere. However, we're a very tiny community here, just a little couple of specks on the geographical scale. If our government had had any kind of foresight and knowledge aforethought even 20 years ago, things might have turned out differently but the intelligentsia were shot down so many times while the majority voted into power those who offered the best fish fry nonsense.
Sorry if I'm going off-track here but this is my home and has been for 25 years now. Time to shut up! Cheers!
Victor, good to hear that you'll be selling your herbals. We'll stop by in November.
hi RickG! Good! I'll be looking out for you! By the way, I wrote a little something about the herbs and my "herbal" research history. i hope you like!
7/18/2008 3:51 AM
MY HISTORY OF HERBS
MY HISTORY OF HERBS
First let me say that I was the biggest skeptic about herbs. I had never come across in my readings in high school or even college about the healing powers of herbs. In fact,I equated herbs to mean the same as spices. Really.
It took a personal experience of having a common cold and later 2nd and 3rddegree burns to realize herbs amazing powers to speed up healing.
Eventually this led to shipping herbs to Aids victims in San Francisco, London,New York City, Miami, Key West, Costa Rica, and supplying locally to a St Thomian Aids victim. I sent the data of clinical blood tests to The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland USA, and immediately I received an important phone call from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Health. When he called, he asked to speak to Dr. Victor Hall. I told him I was not a doctor, to which he replied"you are kidding me!", and "you are pulling my leg!" I told him I was not, so he said "Mr Hall, you have single-handedly shamed the United States of America!" I asked him "why" he said that, and he replied,"well, let me ask you some questions..."
I said "ok, go ahead".
"Mr Hall, have you ever studied medicine formally?"
I replied "no".
"Have you ever worked in the medical field?"
Again I said "no".
"Have you ever been funded for medical research?", he asked.
Again I said "no".
"Mr Hall, one more question, "how much money did it take to produce these results of aids patients data you have submitted?
I told him " three or four thousand dollars".
The director then went on to say, "these are the reasons why you have shamed America!"
"We are spending millions of dollars in aids research and we are unable to produce the results you have submitted.",he said.
He continued with: "you are now in history for producing the most t-cells ever in human beings, and the fact that you have done this with aids victims, is astounding!."
He then went on to secure grants from the Office of Aids and the Office of Alternative Medicine to fund invitro testing at the University of Puerto Rico.
Sadly invitro testing showed no activity of the tea on white blood cells , but since no blood cells were harmed, the tea was deemed to be non toxic, and deemed safe for clinical trials.
However, to this day, no clinical trials have been performed.
The invitro testing was completed in Apr 1998 , by Mikhail Antoun RCMACA.....
In the following years I found that the tea I formulated helped many people in a number of areas, and speeding up healing at a fantastic rate:
raising t-cell counts in aids victims
fungal infections such as finger nail and toe nail
toothaches and abcess
fish poisoning ,
lower extremity major swelling
brown recluse spider bites
genital and facial herpes outbreaks
worms and parasites
sorry! Dr Anthony Fauci is the Director of NIAID National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Hey Victor, no music jams on Sundays?
Hey Ron! I am afraid not! You can buy my music cds though......
Good afternoon Victor,
Your stand looks cool. I am looking forward to stoping by. :@)Thanks for the link. Melanie
Hi Ronnie! Guess what??!!??
The old Pickles Bar and Deli in Coral Bay St John is now THE ST JOHN BAR AND RESTAURANT, and I am the new Manager!! And........we are finally opening OCTOBER 31st with all day and night HAPPY HOUR prices!!!
and of course we are going to have KITE BAR- like open mic jamming plus bands from time to time! In fact, around 4 pm Saturday we are going to have the Famous Carl Freeman on Steel pan as a guest appearance.... I am also hearing that we are going to have HAPPY HOUR prices everyday and night!!!!!!!!! How about that!! I hope to see ya soon! Victor
Where can we find the St John Bar and Resturant and what can we expect on the menu? We will be returning in November.
the ST JOHN BAR AND RESTAURANT is located right before the DOMINO GAS STATION in CORAL BAY ST JOHN about 8 miles east of CRUZ BAY ST JOHN US VIRGIN ISLANDS.....
for now all I know is that we are going to have GREAT FOOD! so otherwise, the menu for now includes great drinks and music and aregoing to havefood serving OCTOBER 31st..from noon. I just have not received the menu from the cooks yet.....
I do know that we will be having HAPPY HOUR prices for drinks EVERY-DAY and EVERY-NIGHT!!!! 🙂
so there! ,
Victor Hall manager of the St John Bar and Resaurant
Holy moly, I just saw this post that I did under my "old" name years ago, what a shock! That being said, Hubbie and I talked wistfully just the other day about wishing we had spent time at the original Kite Bar when we first visited about 25 years ago. Looks like this next visit in December (under 6 weeks now!) will get us over to the former Pickles place and see what's going on. Lucky for us, we'll be staying on the Coral Bay side again! Formally, KarrieB
GREAT!! see ya soon! victor
hi all! Well we had a kind of house warming opening on Halloween that was nice..... Carl Freeman played lovely melodies on his steel drum and everything was good! The menu right now is a kind of fast food mixed with fresh orders.....
THE ST JOHN BAR AND RESTAURANT CORAL BAY IS OPEN UNTIL 1 AM DAILY 7 DAYS A WEEK
The menu right now is fast food mixed with fresh orders.....
from 11 am UNTIL 6 PM we have:
STEAK and STEAK SANDWICHES
CHICKEN LEGS CURRIED , DEEP FRIED OR BAKED
FISH DONE IN VARIOUS WAYS LIKE MANGO AND FRUIT TILAPIA
FRENCH FRIES AND VARIOUS SALAD SIDES
to give you some idea of prices...... chicken with fries is $7.00 and Lunch is $10.00
Lunch is cooked by Robert Kowatch........ until 6pm....... former
employee of the former KITE BAR who plays his guitar and responsible for having the former KITE BAR
featured in The NEW YORK TIMES GOURMET section...
BOBBY BLUES entertains some afternoons playing guitar.. here....
FROM 7PM UNTL MIDNIGHT:
for DINNER chef we have "BOOZY" CHRISTIAN , son of CRUZ BAY'S ST JOHN "ERICS HILLTOP
BOOZY is the island favorite CHEF for ANY PIG ROASTS you have EVER heard of on ST JOHN.....
his specialty is also Fresh caught FISH, WHELKS AND CONCH AND SOON LOBSTER
STEAK DINNERS, CHICKEN DINNERS, GOAT STEW, SHRIMP ......
FAST FOOD MENU IS AVAILABLE UNTIL MIDNITE:
CHICKEN, STEAK, OR FISH WITH FRIES
SPECIAL: ALL BEERS DOMESTIC AND IMPORTED $2.00 !!!!! EVERYDAY/NIGHT
BLENDER DRINKS AVAILABLE FROM $6.00 AND UP....
WELL DRINKS $3.00
This sounds great Victor. Hope to see you soon!!
yo ron! Guess what??!! We are having a BOOZIES PIG ROAST BIRTHDAY BASH WITH ST JOHN'S INNERVISIONS REGGAE BAND NOVEMBER 22ND IN CORAL BAY ST JOHN Sunday AFTERNOON at THE ST JOHN BAR AND RESTAURANT aka "THE KITE".
I absolutely loved reading this thread. And how wonderful what you have done with herbs. So..the question is, do you have a website for your store? If so, could you please post the link. It would be great to purchase your herbs. Believe me..I would much rather come back to the island and buy them directly from you and meet you but, not quite in the budget just yet. Good luck with the continued research of your herbs and congrats on the restaurant! 🙂
hi Fran. No, no website yet for selling herbs........ but can be ordered from me. $50 a bottle that covers most things like flus, toothaches, infections etc...... cancer seems to take about 4 bottles....... thanks for your interest, Victor