As preppers, we are carefully watching the Ebola Virus. I received this article from our friend and master herbalist, Dr. Kyle Christensen. You can visit his blog at DrKyleChristensen.blogspot.com or his website for more information.
I share his article, The Ebola Virus, with his permission …
Pretty scary stuff we are reading about these days. What concerns many of us is that we are too often not told the truth. We have learned from sad experience that the media (news reporting agencies) and the marketers (those trying to sell products) are more motivated to manipulate our behavior than give us honesty and truth. As a result, many of us have become skeptical, suspicious and cautious of what we are being told.
And so it is with this latest outbreak of the contagious disease – Ebola.
Firstly, I tend not to trust what the American Media is telling us, especially in the face of what is being reported overseas. We are not being told about the American Biowarfare company that has been kicked out of Sierra Leon who was working with Ebola. We are not being told about the research suggesting that this strain of Ebola is different from the one that first surfaced in 1976. We are not being told of documented cases contracted without direct contact – meaning that it was and can be spread through the air. And it is not being discussed what we (as individuals and families) can do to prevent or avoid exposure. [They don’t want the populace to get all riled up – just keep telling them they are comfortable and safe].
Truth be told, we do not know if it’s the truth (or lack of it) that we are being told. Most people are simply too busy to bother with “all of the negative news”. Wars, financial crises, fires, immigration debates, terrorism (that was just in 2001 right?) – It is all so negative. We’ve got kids to get ready to get back in school, family reunions, parties and social gatherings, water skiing on the lake, hiking in the woods, training for the next race, etc. Nope, no time for negative stuff.
Now I am not suggesting that THIS is it. That this ebola outbreak will spread to become the next worldwide pandemic – the last being the 1918 Spanish Flu which killed millions (that was with a 2.5% death rate). However, real or not, I believe this is an opportunity for us to discuss and prepare for the WHAT IF.
First, understand that prevention is far better than grappling for a cure. This ebola virus is scary and can kill up to 90% of those infected. Your number one strategy for this and any other contagious disease is referred to as social distancing. Honestly, nothing else has proven effective. This can range from wearing a protective mask and keeping your distance to walking into your house, closing the door, and not come out for 90 days (and not let anyone or anything else in). Period.
Wow, that is kind of harsh. However, if a potentially deadly contagious disease becomes widespread, you need to prepare and have the ability to exercise every option. If you do not have the personal resources to take care of yourself, you risk exposure.
As a natural health care practitioner, I hear a lot of talk (and read A LOT) about peoples natural remedies. Understand, that there is not one remedy that will cure-it-all. We must understand the nature of the enemy (the disease). In the case of Ebola – it is a virus. Medicine does not have an effective drug or treatment for viral illnesses. Generally, the goal with viral infections is to keep the person alive long enough for their own immune system to finally kill the virus.
Here is what Ebola does that is fatal: It gobbles up all vitamin C in the body. No one actually knows the exact mechanism involved in how this is done, but that is what is observed. Scientists know that vitamin C drops to zero and all the symptoms of Ebola are consistent with a complete loss of vitamin C.
“The very first symptoms of Ebola are exactly the same as scurvy, which is caused by inadequate vitamin C. With the absence of vitamin C, blood vessels become very weak and start to leak losing blood. Ebola causes massive internal bleeding, loss of blood, and shock resulting in death (up to 90% of the time). Some researchers suggest this can be stopped simply by taking enormous doses of vitamin C until the immune system succeeds in killing off the virus.”
Characteristic skin lesions or sores develop, which are actually multiple tiny areas of bleeding into the skin that surround the hair follicles. With Ebola virus and other viral hemorrhagic fevers, the disease tends to reach epidemic proportions in areas where vitamin C deficiency and malnutrition are more prevalent. Such as some of the African countries (or possibly to those whose diet are less than nourishing). Because of this, it would make sense to ensure that you are getting plenty of vitamin C and are eating a diet that promotes a healthy immune system. Understand that consuming sweets and sugar will compromise a strong immune response.
When treating for an infectious disease (Ebola or just the common flu), Vitamin C is taken to bowel tolerance. Plainly put, this mean that you keep taking vitamin C until you get the runs (diarrhea). This signal from the body tells you that you have got enough. When I was in school in the early 1980’s, studying the work of Linus Pauling (winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1954), I decided to put this to the test. I wanted to see how much Vitamin C I could take in a day for the flu I had contracted. 75,000mg (that’s 75grams) of vitamin C before I reached toleration! And I was well by the end of the day, while some classmates were sick for 3 weeks.
Understand that there have been no published trials or studies with Ebola or hemorrhagic fever and Vitamin C. It has been suggested that a disease of this nature and intensity could requires as much as 500 grams (that’s 500,000mg of Vitamin C – classically used as Ascorbic Acid) per day to reach bowel tolerance. Again, there is no cure for Ebola. The goal of any and all treatment strategies is to support the person by keeping them alive long enough for their own bodies immune system to win the raging war against the virulent infection.To date there is “no cure” for Ebola other than the bodies natural immune response. So the best strategy is to support the bodies internal immune response. No, the best strategy is to avoid risk of exposure.
While many in the natural healing arena suggest their favorite remedies as being the cure for practically everything. Whether it be essential oils, colloidal silver, hydrogen peroxide, oregano oil, Anti-Plague Formula, Elderberry syrup or whatever, I would suggest having some Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) on hand. I would suggest getting plenty as it can be stored for a very long time and is inexpensive. Here is a link of some Vitamin C to consider.
The rule at our house is that when anyone gets sick, EVERYONE takes the medicine (that’s herbal medicine). In the case of Ebola – there is a 2 to 21 day incubation period (most often 4-9 days). This mean that a person can be infected with Ebola and actively spreading the disease BEFORE they ever have a symptom.
While medical reporters in the United States continue to assure us that infection can only occur from direct person-to-person contact there are several published studies that suggest this viral has been spread from aerosol droplets (a sneeze or cough). The Public Health Agency of Canada warns of this on their website. O CANADA
In preventing and treating conditions with so many unknowns, I recommend using several approaches simultaneously. Take your herbal remedies to boost and strengthen the immune system. Use your silver and essential oils. But also consider Vitamin C. Refer to my Blog Article Preparing for the Flu.
Sorry to be so negative. But we care about you and being prepared “just in case” may be prudent advice.
Dr. Kyle Christensen
August 7, 2014
We are going to keep eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to strengthen our immune system, stockpile some vitamin C, inventory our medications and make sure we have fresh supplies, beef up our medical supplies, and make sure we are prepared to isolate our family, if necessary. For us, self-isolation would require having systems in place to telecommute along with all the supplies we need to avoid going to the store for at least 3-6 months, maybe even an entire year. Should the virus hit the population really hard, we might expect public utilities to be impacted.
We will hold a family council and review basic common-sense precautions such as practicing good hand washing techniques, no sharing of food or drinks, avoiding individuals who are coughing or sneezing, etc. We will review our self-isolation plan together so that everyone clearly understands what the plan entails and is on board.
We hope for the best and prepare for the worst. I agree with Dr. Christensen and think that now would be a really good time to make sure you have your preparations in order.