(NaturalHealth365) Now that the Ebola virus has spread to Europe and the United States, there’s an even greater fear expressed by world leaders that the latest Ebola virus outbreak is spiraling out of control. Current fatality rates among those infected with Ebola are around 70 percent, and many thousands may die before the outbreak is contained.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “good quality studies from previous Ebola outbreaks show that all cases were infected by direct close contact with symptomatic patients.” But, more recent news has suggested the possibility of the first airborne Ebola transmission – especially when you consider that the two American nurses caring for Thomas Eric Duncan (who died of Ebola) did wear protective gear and still got infected.
I know this article is a bit longer than what I usually do but, if you stay with me, you’ll understand why and learn how to protect yourself from serious infectious diseases.
Do CDC health officials have the situation under control?
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admitted that the second nurse to be infected with Ebola, Amber Joy Vinson, “should not have traveled on a commercial airline.” Even though the CDC will play this down, Vinson knew she had a ‘low grade fever’ and still was allowed to travel on a commercial flight. Of course, since the news broke, the CDC director ensures us that ‘no other individual who is being monitored for exposure undergoes travel’.
Don’t you think they should have thought about this a little sooner?
The Ebola virus should have been stopped at the beginning – when only a few countries reported cases with proper quarantine procedures, but somehow this viral infection was not contained properly. Dr. Russell Baylock, a retired neurosurgeon and author, describes some factors that led to Ebola getting out of hand and becoming an epidemic. They include the spread among family members due to contact with deceased infected victims, continuation of flights from the affected countries in West Africa to previously unaffected destinations, and insufficient preparation among healthcare workers.
In fact, one of the nurses in Dallas, Texas recently admitted that hospital staff received no ‘special training’ in the treatment of Ebola patients, prior to the arrival of Thomas Eric Duncan – the first person to die of Ebola in the United States.
Dealing with this crisis in West Africa is much worse. Dr. Baylock refers to African rituals of handling their loved ones before and during a burial. “Families were invading areas that they were told not to go into because they wanted to see their loved ones for the last time, and they underestimated the virus itself because they were wearing these HazMat suits and protective gear, but the virus still spread to them.” In addition, healthcare workers who were improperly trained, exhausted, or lacking proper personal protective equipment were vehicles for the spread of the virus.
The entire (6 minute) video interview is available online with Dr. Blaylock talking about Ebola airborne transmission possibilities. It’s a real eye-opening interview about who is most at risk in the United States and throughout the world for contracting any deadly virus.
Despite the person-to-person transmission among family members and healthcare workers, the outbreak still might have been contained if restricted air travel policies were put into place sooner. Flights continued out of Africa, and people who had been exposed to Ebola were on them. Inevitably, the first passengers carrying Ebola reached the U.S. and Europe. So, if you ask me, the Centers for Disease Control have nothing under control and I have very little confidence in their motivations to control the spread of infectious diseases.
Evidence suggests a possible shift to airborne transmission
So far, Ebola has been assumed to be transmissible only through direct contact of bodily fluids. But, some health experts believe, government health officials are not telling the whole truth. In fact, according to Dr. Baylock, “there’s evidence now from a Canadian study that in fact it may be airborne”. The scientists conducted an experiment where they separated animals and infected one group of animals – to see if the virus would spread to other uninfected animals without direct contact. Guess what … it did.
The news of a potential mutation of the Ebola virus and the possibility that it could be spread via the air is scary, but you’re not necessarily doomed. Shortly after publishing its statement that “airborne spread among humans is strongly suspected,” the Public Health Agency of Canada edited the text to read, “Airborne transmission has not been demonstrated between non-human primates.”
The first human outbreak of Ebola was documented in 1976 – in northern Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) in Central Africa; and another case in southern Sudan (now South Sudan). Make no mistake about it, Ebola is a highly-infectious virus – but the question remains, ‘how contagious is it’? And, what really matters, is to ask the question – ‘what puts people at risk for Ebola?’
Is this speculation or a ‘real’ possible cause for the Ebola outbreak?
Many natural health experts, including myself, believe that nutritionally-deprived people with suppressed immune function are at the greatest risk of contracting Ebola or any other infectious disease. When you think about it – the people of Sierra Leone or Liberia deal with considerably low mineral content in their soil; extremely limited access to health-supportive foods and experience widespread nutritional deficiencies – especially infected citizens.
For example, selenium is an essential mineral – which functions as an antioxidant – and, if deficient, can diminish immune function and lower your ability to fight off infections. Dr. Will Taylor, a viral researcher, has stated: “it is certainly intriguing that a number of viruses have emerged from these regions in Africa, which appear to be selenium deficient,” And, let’s not forget the aggressive ‘experimental’ vaccination programs in Africa. Are they really effective at improving quality of life?
I urge everyone to learn more about the healing power of trace minerals. Because without sufficient mineral levels, in the body, there is no life.
Simply put, mineral deficiencies will set the stage for disease. Melinda Beck, Ph.D., a virologist at the University of North Carolina, and Orville Levander, Ph.D., a nutritional chemist at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, noticed that coxsackievirus – similar to poliovirus – mutated into a deadly, rapidly reproducing strain when an infected person or animal was deficient in selenium or vitamin E. They noted no mutation in animals eating a selenium-rich diet.
How can I reduce my risk of infectious diseases?
My best advice, especially if you’re working within a hospital setting, is to do everything you can to keep your immune system strong. Caring for the sick, in particular, can be a very stressful situation and I acknowledge the efforts of every healthcare provider trying to contain this deadly virus. But, in order to stay safe from harm, we’ll need to do much more than isolate the sick and wear protective plastic suits.
Now, don’t get me wrong, we ought to quarantine infected Ebola patients and have the best quality medical care to remedy the situation – including the use of protective gear to protect healthcare providers. But, for the general public, boosting immune function should be a top priority. Here’s my best advice:
1. Get adequate amounts of rest – chronic stress is an immune killer.
2. Eat organic – as much as possible – to avoid the overconsumption of toxic (chemical-laced) foods which inhibit immune function.
3. Eat a mineral-rich diet. For example, on a recent episode of the NaturalHealth365 Podcast – we looked at the health benefits of sea salt.
4. Reduce your exposure to wireless technology. Because EMF pollution increase the production of stress proteins and weakens immunity.
5. Improve your digestion. 70% of your immune system is housed in the gut. Eat probiotic-rich foods on a daily basis like, sauerkraut, miso and kombucha.
6. Eat lots of antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits (every day) to help neutralize toxins and reduce the risk of oxidative stress. And, if you need extra help due to bacterial or viral infections, look into the ‘multi-C protocol‘ by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD
7. Avoid the ‘doom and gloom’ messages of mainstream television programming – this can have a profound impact on your subconscious mind and overall wellbeing. Although easy to make fun of this point – emotional well-being is intimately connected to physical health.
8. Learn everything you can about natural ways to detoxify the body. For example, beets are great to clean out the liver.
Ebola, or any other infectious condition, is preventable with better nutrition and living conditions. We need to focus more of our attention on improving the lives of those living in Africa, and throughout the world, in order to end human suffering. It’s the only ‘real’ solution in these troubled times.
About the author: Jonathan Landsman is the host of NaturalHealth365.com, the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show and the NaturalNews Inner Circle – a monthly subscription to the brightest minds in natural health and healing.
Reaching hundreds of thousands of people, worldwide, as a personal health consultant, writer and radio talk show host – Jonathan has been educating the public on the health benefits of an organic (non-GMO) diet along with high-quality supplementation and healthy lifestyle habits including exercise and meditation.