Doctor's discovery gives hope to those scarred
by Blythe Seinor
Sunshine Coast Daily, Queensland
17 January, 2009
Dr. Chris Reynolds
at home in Queensland
Dr. Chris meets one
of the participants in his
leprosy ulcer clinical trial in Indore, India
A single conversation can change your life. For
Chris Reynolds, one such conversation took place on a ship
on its way from Fremantle to Darwin in 1985.
Dr Reynolds was 24 years old at the time and had
worked in the merchant navy since he was 16. He was the third
male on the ship and he told the second mate it was time for
a change. "1 wasn't really happy at sea and I said 1
wanted to gel out." Dr Reynolds recalled. "I said
I'd sell vacuum cleaners. I didn't care."
The second mate suggested he get a degree. "1
knew nothing about tertiary education - so I said, centigrade
or fahrenheit'. Dr Reynolds said. "He said, 'no, you
go to university'." Dr Reynolds asked the second male
what people studied at university. "He said, 'you study
arts'," Or Reynolds said. "That's the only degree
When he came off duty, Dr Reynolds went to see
the ship's chief engineer to discuss the matter further. "He
was like a father figure to me," Dr Reynolds said. "I
breezed into the nest and said, 'I'm chucking it in'."
The chief engineer asked Dr Reynolds what he was
going to do with his life. "I said, 'study arts at university
of course'," Dr Reynolds said. "He looked al me
and puffed on his pipe. I was standing there expectantly waiting
for him to say something. "He said. I think you're a
The chief engineer said, as far as he was concerned, medicine
was the only worthwhile thing to study at university. So Dr
Reynolds decided that was what he would do.
He took all the relevant tests and was told he had scored
high enough to study whatever lie liked. He even managed lo
gain a scholarship. A few years later he was a doctor. "And
that's how I got into medicine," Dr Reynolds said. "Somebody
can make a passing comment and your whole life changes."
Another turning point came in his life some years
later when he was introduced to a Catholic nun. Sister Rosmina,
in Melbourne. Once again, a single conversation set him on
a path he had never imagined. By the time he met Sister Rosmina.
Dr Reynolds had been using wheatgrass to treat ulcers on patients
in Australia for more than a decade.
He discovered the healing properties of wheatgrass
by chance, when treating an ulcer during a house visit in
1995. Sister Rosmina asked Dr Reynolds if he thought wheatgrass
could he used to treat the ulcers caused by leprosy. While
leprosy can be cured with drug therapy, the ulcers often remain
for years, which causes sufferers to be ostracised from their
Dr Reynolds set up a pilot study in India, which
has gained him national news attention on the sub-continent.
All 20 of the patients involved in the study have shown significant
improvement, including several who had ulcers more than 30
He returned from a visit to India last week and
described his work with the leprosy patients as the pinnacle
of his career. "I love what I'm doing," he said.
"It's helping a hell of a lot of people.
"I'm flying to India and seeing a large number of people
I can actively help. "Wound healing satisfies my basic
urges. "I'm an impatient old bugger and 1 like to see
the results of my efforts."
He said he felt fortunate to have made his discovery
about wheatgrass. "I feel like the luckiest doctor on
the planet - how it happened, where it's taken me and how
it's helped so many people," he said.
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