How dangerous is the ebola virus?

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questioning doctor(NaturalHealth365) Along the Ebola River and in Sudan in 1976, two simultaneous outbreaks of the Ebola virus were discovered by microbiologist, Peter Piot leading to just below 400 fatal cases. Piot says of the most recent West African Ebola virus outbreak, in an interview with NBC news in London, ITN, “I never imagined the Ebola outbreak could evolve into such a big epidemic and, actually, a humanitarian crisis.”

He credits the severity of the outbreak with a delayed global response and has told numerous news sources the numbers of people affected so far could have been avoided.

This current Ebola crisis has Americans and people all over the world asking, Is widespread Ebola avoidable here? Does it impose a widespread threat?”

According to a recent Kaiser Foundation tracking poll, 48 % of Americans are still confused about the fact that the virus cannot be contracted unless the infected person they come into contact with is eliciting signs and symptoms. However, according to a Harvard poll released three days ago, about 80 percent of people said they were confident that if a person in their community contracted the virus and it was caught early, they could survive.

Shifting our focus to empowering immunity and away from fears of Ebola

Ebola becomes most dangerous when the public’s knowledge of the virus is outweighed and clouded by their fears. According to the World Health Organization, It’s important to understand that many West Africans are already suffering from compromised immunity as a result of parasitic and malarial infections; poor nutrition and unhealthy living conditions.

However, according to the journal Nature, a person with a normal functioning immune system has a much greater opportunity to fight the virus and experience recovery. They note that 30-50 percent of people infected in Africa are recovering on their own because of this.

Like the seasonal flu, people usually do not die as a direct result of the virus, but rather the body’s immune response to the virus – when the body starts pumping out mass quantities of cytokines, what results is referred to as a “cytokine storm.” I help patients understand that enhancing cellular immunity is the route to beating this deadly situation.

How to lower the risk of infectious disease and eliminate viruses naturally

While scientists attempt to perfect Ebola medication and vaccination treatments, you can actively protect yourself now with well-researched preventive nutraceuticals.

Check your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D3 status significantly improves your immunological response to potentially pathogenic invaders. The antimicrobial carrier protein for vitamin D3 reduces the likelihood of developing a cytokine storm through cellular differentiation and its ability to directly eradicate viral activity.  If you don’t know your vitamin D level, get blood tested today.

Zinc and vitamin C: Similar to D3, zinc and C together enhance immune activity both at the skin defense level and cellular response level. Deficiency is associated with increased inflammation and decreased ability to fight infection.

In particular, take a good look at the ‘multi-C protocol’ for bacterial (or viral) health-related issues. And, of course, ask your integrative healthcare provider to suggest a therapeutic dosage appropriate for your personal circumstances. If they have no experience with natural remedies – find another doctor.

Is hand-washing really that important?

Yes, hand-washing is “that” important. Apparently hand-washing doesn’t go without saying.

According to a KRC Research poll, men wash their hands less than women, 58 percent leave bathrooms without washing their hands and 39 percent do not wash hands after sneezing.

Skipping hand-washing increases your chances of spreading and receiving human fluids with others. I recently had a patient who is a nurse working in a hospital tell me that she only washes her hands at work, but rarely does outside of work, citing that she believed it made her immune system stronger.

To be clear, no data exists to support this notion. When you use the bathroom, visit a hospital or health facility, re-enter your home after school, work, sports, wash your hands with soap and water to avoid the transmission of human fluids from person to person. And, of course, avoid antibacterial (toxic) soaps.

Editor’s note: Recently, I was told by a physician, visiting Sierra Leone with the hope of helping people recover from Ebola, that everyone washes their hands (with bleach and water) before entering stores or restaurants. Bottom line, never underestimate the power of good hygiene and nutrition, in terms of helping to avoid dis-ease.

About the author: Christine M. Dionese L.Ac, MSTOM is an integrative health expert, medical journalist and food writer. She’s dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health. Christine practices, writes and speaks on environmental functional medicine, personalized medicine and epigenetics, food science and sustainable living.

References:
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/ebola-co-discoverer-peter-piot-says-crisis-was-avoidable-n228371
http://tinyurl.com/KaiserFamilyPollEbola
https://cdn1.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2014/10/Ebola-II-Press-Release-Slides-15-October-14_final.pdf
https://cdn1.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2014/10/Ebola-II_Topline_15-October-2014_final.pdf
http://www.nature.com/news/largest-ever-ebola-outbreak-is-not-a-global-threat-1.15640
http://www.nature.com/icb/journal/v85/n4/full/7100062a.html
http://www.hindawi.com/journals/scientifica/2014/903680
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/68/2/447S.full.pdf
http://www.krcresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/SCA-Handwashing-Infographic.pdf

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  • Anthony Braum

    Jonathan, great article with a wonderful link to your “multi-C protocol.” This link is a must read for anyone that takes their health seriously. Instead of panic all the information in the article should be at everyone’s fingertips.

  • Ben Okawa

    If you notice the advice in this article is not anywhere else. The news has covered this 24/7 yet has not mentioned anything one can do to protect themselves. I would have to guess they have no clue to what the public should do in case they come in contact with the virus.

  • JoAnn

    This article makes one wonder if the virus is as dangerous as the news makes it out to be. My guess it will be front page news until it slows up and turns out not to be the threat it is make out to be.

  • Ida Lopez

    How dangerous is the Ebola virus? I don’t think we really know, with the news making it sound like a looming large threat, and the real life healing of the few cases treated in the United States, it seems we don’t really have a handle on the danger.

    That is why this article is a sensible approach giving the public the information without exaggerating the risk and danger of the Ebola virus.

  • mary

    if you can only get it through bodily fluids, then there no need to disinfect your hands, duh. This whole thing is a massive hoax, no different from all the ones before, hiv, sars, bird flu, swine flu. how many times do we have to fall for this same chinese fire drill?

  • Bill

    Unfortunately for Ms. Dionese, there is this one missing piece that neither she nor almost all in the news media are leaving out and, or are conveniently forgetting.

    So let’s take a look under the covers and see that Operating out of South Africa during the Apartheid era in the early 1980’s, Dr. Wouter Basson launched a secret bioweapons project called Project Coast and even the Wall Street Journal as well as The New Yorker magazine both who wrote an article about him which I have noted below.

    The goal of the project was to develop biological and chemical agents that would either kill or sterilize the black population and assassinate political enemies. Among the agents developed were Marburg and Ebola viruses.

    Basson told Pretoria High court in South Africa that “The local CIA agent in Pretoria threatened me with death on the sidewalk of the American Embassy in Schoeman Street.”

    According to a 2001 article in The New Yorker magazine, the American Embassy in Pretoria was “terribly concerned” that Basson would eveal deep connections between Project Coast and the United States.

    In 2013, Basson was found guilty of “unprofessional conduct” by the South African health council.

    Bioweapons expert Jeanne Guillemin writes in her book Biological Weapons: From the Invention of State-Sponsored Programs to Contemporary Bioterrorism, “The project‘s growth years were from 1982 to 1987, when it developed a range of
    biological agents (such as those for anthrax, cholera, and the Marburg
    and Ebola viruses and for botulinum toxin)…“

    Basson’s bioweapons program officially ended in 1994, but there has been no independent verification that the pathogens created were ever destroyed

    The order to destroy them went directly to Dr. Basson. According to the Wall Street Journal, “The integrity of the process rested solely on Dr. Basson’s honesty.”

    And I’m sure most are fully aware that our government also has a patent with one of the strains of the Ebola virus. But just in case you do not remember, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does hold a patent on one strain of Ebola. However, it is not the type that is causing the current outbreak, according to David Sanders, professor of biological sciences at Purdue University.

    The CDC’s patent on a strain of the Ebola virus, Ebola Bundibugyo (EboBun),
    was granted in 2010. The agency had applied for it a year earlier. The CDC’s genetic sequencing of the virus, which is found in Uganda, was performed in 2007, according to the patent application.

    So there you have this tiny little piece of information and if you doubt it, you have all the links necessary to do your own research which I always recommend that you do.

  • Albert G

    The Ebola virus will be quite dangerous, but it may not be in the way we think. Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny from the U.N. health agency has said doses of a vaccine could be available soon enough. They claim the two experimental vaccines being developed are safe. They know this even though they have been tested for a very short time.

    They are being developed by GlaxoSmithkline. Let us not forgot they have a record of not reporting the potential dangers of many of their drugs.

    We can look forward to a massive roll-out of vaccines once their “efficiency” is proven. These experimental Ebola vaccines may not always be similar to the strain taking hold. There are quite a few strains and how they change along the way may be a problem.