Ebola-know the facts versus the hype

education wednesday 10-22-14

I think it’s pretty safe to assume that at this point most Americans are quite aware of the Ebola crisis.

The media has certainly done its part to spread the word, and as a result, millions of Americans are disturbed, concerned, worried, panicked or out and out terrified.

But before you resign yourself to spending the next several years quarantined in your home or investing in a plastic bubble to wear in public places out of fear of contracting this potentially deadly virus, it’s important to understand the real facts, my friend.

Not the hype—but the facts.

Let’s start with…

The raw numbers

As of this writing, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the total number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola virus is 8,033 with 3,865 deaths.

All but four of those cases have occurred in the African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

Three of the cases are in the US—the first one being transported into Texas by a 45 year-old gentleman coming from Liberia who in turn infected two nurses that cared for him.

The fourth case not on African soil has been reported in Spain.

What the numbers don’t say

The 99.95 percent of Ebola cases (8,029 out of 8,033) have occurred in African countries that have very weak health systems, lacking both human and infrastructural resources, and have only recently emerged from long periods of conflict and instability.

In other words, the absolute worst places in the world to get sick because your care will be inadequate or basically non-existent.

The one case that “traveled” from Liberia to Dallas, Texas was carried by a gentleman who lied about his exposure to the virus.  Although his chart at the Dallas hospital that treated him noted his recent travel to Ebola-stricken Liberia, he was taken at his word and sent on his merry way with antibiotics.

Unfortunately, his condition continued to deteriorate.  Eventually he returned to the hospital and infected two nurses who took care of him before he subsequently passed away.

And arguably the biggest issue with the numbers is that there is no way to tell if all of those reported Ebola cases are truly Ebola, because the testing is not 100 percent accurate.

You see, the standard test for diagnosing Ebola is the PCR, which has been shown to have flaws that can render it unreliable and misleading.

Even a Department of Defense manual states, “The PCR test should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Results of the PCR are for the presumptive identification of the Ebola Zaire virus (detected in the West Africa outbreak in 2014).”

So in other words, it is entirely possible that many “Ebola” cases are not Ebola at all, but instead things like flu, illness from drinking contaminated water, parasitic infections, other viruses, etc.

What are my risks?

Hopefully you may be feeling some reassurance now based on the facts I’ve quoted above that Ebola is probably not knocking on your front door, but still it’s important to know how it’s is transmitted to begin with.

According to Dr. John Salerno of the Salerno Center for Complimentary Medicine in Manhattan, the Ebola virus is spread from direct contact with contaminated blood, feces, and vomit, and the virus has a short lifespan.

Even if someone had the condition, they would only be contagious when the individual has a high fever and is very ill—at which point they would not have the strength to walk around in public and would most likely be confined in a hospital setting.

Therefore, it’s extremely unlikely that you are going to run across someone strolling along who will infect you with Ebola as you’re walking down the street or going to the grocery store.

Dr. Salerno also states that it would actually take a large, wet cough from an infected person directly into the eye or mouth of someone else to effectively transmit the virus–not by a simple handshake or hug.

Moreover, the Ebola virus is not as much of an issue once it dries out and dies in the air. Depending on the surface and humidity of the environment it subsides in, the virus quickly loses its potential for infection within a 24-hour period of time.

What about an Ebola vaccination?

Although currently two drug companies are developing Ebola vaccinations, that’s not exactly a cause for celebration.

You see, all vaccinations actually suppress your immune system functioning (you know, that bodily system of yours that protects you from infections and viruses) for up to several weeks.  So you are effectively far MORE susceptible to contracting illnesses of all kinds following vaccination.

Plus vaccinations all contain large protein molecules that are directly injected into your bloodstream, instead of being properly broken down by your digestive tract.  These “too-large protein chunks” in turn can taunt your immune system into overreacting.  That’s why vaccinations have been shown to trigger allergies where there were none before.

Vaccinations also contain various toxins which have the opportunity to wreak havoc with all of your cells, tissues and organs as they freely cruise through your bloodstream following injection.

Lastly and most significantly, there is no proof that they work.

The only testing that is ever done on vaccinations is to see whether or not they prompt your system to develop an antibody to a certain condition.  There is NO PROOF that those artificially-created antibodies actually protect you from the condition in question.

And as a matter of fact, there is mounting evidence to the contrary.  Just look at the growing numbers of people who contract the very conditions they were vaccinated against.

Your best bet: Prevention

Your best bet against Ebola and all other illnesses and diseases lies in prevention—in other words, to embrace the power of your immune system and ensure that it is in tip-top shape.

The power of the immune system is largely the reason why less than half of those who are infected with Ebola actually succumb to the virus.

Here are seven ways to help enhance your immune system and keep it sharp and strong:

1- Stay away from foods that nourish harmful bacteria

Avoid fast food, processed food, sugars, refined carbs and excessive alcohol consumption.

All of these feed the harmful bacteria in your gut, which makes it easy for them to flourish and crowd out your friendly flora, which then can greatly hamper your immune function.

2- Chill out

Stress causes your body’s protective mucosal barrier to become less effective at defending against unfriendly bacteria and dangerous pathogens.

That’s why many people get sick when they’re really stressed–their bodies literally can’t fight off illness as well.

There are many ways to help de-stress: Meditation, exercise, taking up a hobby, counseling, deep breathing, prayer, adopting a pet, volunteer work and seminars, to name a few.

Make a concerted effort to reduce stress now—don’t put it off for another day.

3- Nourish your friendly intestinal flora

It’s crucial for the health of your immune system as well as your overall health to eat a balanced diet of foods that your body can efficiently break down and from which crucial nutrients can be assimilated and absorbed.

When you focus on consuming good carbohydrates (like whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes), get enough fiber, and have healthy sources of fats and proteins, you not only encourage better digestion and overall health, but also you help nourish the friendly flora in your gut.

The Great Taste No Pain health system can help make this a snap for you.

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In Great Taste No Pain, I show you how to choose good, healthy sources of carbs, fats and proteins, and how to structure meals that are easier on your system to break down.

I also explain the dangers of refined, processed foods and bad fats that are literal poisons to your body (and deadly to your immune system).

Note: If you’re gluten sensitive, Great Taste No Gluten is for you:

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4- Take a high quality probiotic supplement

If you want to ensure a strong “immune army” you need to recruit enough “troops.”

And Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is as good as it gets for recruiting the force you need.

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Two of the powerhouse strains in Super Shield probiotic formula, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus acidophilus, have been shown to be extremely effective in fighting infections, as well as many other dangerous microbes.

And Super Shield’s 11 other potent strains support L. rhamnosus and L. acidophilus in keeping your intestinal flora in a healthy balance, ready and able to keep dangerous bacteria in check, fight off harmful microbes, and strengthen your intestinal walls.

5- Make sure you have enough B12

In addition to helping your body generate energy and keeping your thinking sharp and clear, Vitamin B12 is also essential for a strong immune system.  B12 is crucial for the formation of red and white blood cells, which help boost your immune function.

Problem is, many people are deficient in B12 and don’t know it.  Especially vulnerable are people over age 50, people who take acid reducers, vegetarians and people who have Crohn’s, colitis or IBS.

And even if you eat foods that are rich in B12 or take oral supplements, B12 is not always easily absorbed through the GI tract…so you may be getting a LOT less than you think.

The easiest way to help ensure you are getting the B12 you need is to supplement with an oral spray form of B12–like Hydroxaden 2.5.

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Each daily dose gives you a full 2.5 mg of B12, comprised of two quality forms–hydroxocobalamin and adenosylcobalamin (the form of B12 most widely used by your brain).

6- Get enough rest

Lacking sleep on a regular basis can greatly hamper your immune system functioning.

So if you’re regularly arising with less than seven to nine hours of sleep under your belt, you are most assuredly cutting your own throat in terms of health.

Turn off the TV, stop poking around on Facebook and get some decent rest.  It just may save you from a very serious virus!

7- Get enough Vitamins C, E and D

Vitamins C, E and D are superstars when it comes to enhancing your immune system functioning.  Here are some great ways to make sure you’re getting what your body needs:

Vitamin C:

Good food sources include parsley, broccoli, bell peppers, strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens and Brussels sprouts.

If you wish to supplement, look for Vitamin C as ascorbic acid and try to get a formula with bioflavonoids, as they help the absorbency.   Recommended doses are 1,000 – 3,000 mg. a day.

Vitamin E:

Good food sources are natural (unprocessed) vegetable oils, nuts (especially walnuts and pecans) spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens, mustard greens, cayenne pepper, almonds, sunflower seeds, asparagus and bell peppers.

If you wish to supplement, recommended doses are 400-800 IU per day.

Vitamin D:

Vitamin D helps regulate your immune system activity by helping to prevent excessive, inflammatory immune responses (such as those seen in autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s, colitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, Type 1 diabetes and Graves’ disease).

Your body naturally produces Vitamin D when you’re exposed to sunlight.  Generally speaking, reasonable (not excessive) sun exposure (about 20-30 minutes 2-3 times a week) will help your body create the Vitamin D you need.

Natural food sources of Vitamin D include shrimp, milk, cod and eggs, and if you want to supplement, typical recommended doses are between 200-1,000 IU per day.

 

Congratulations!

Now you know the facts versus the hype about Ebola, as well as some take-to-the-bank strategies that will help enhance your best protection against Ebola (and all other sicknesses and diseases)—your immune system.

Treat it like the gold it is and it will return the favor handsomely.

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