For the last two or three weeks, several people have contacted and asked me about Ebola. Understandably, the media reports are a reason for concern, but once again, as with the other recent outbreaks of viral infections—including H1N1, SARS, MERS, etc., I must remind you to take a deep breath and consider that once again, the likelihood of your contracting this infection is infinitesimally small, and that the conditions that exist in West Africa, are quite different from those in other nations, in terms of health care/public health infrastructure, as well as the health status (nutritional in particular) of the citizens.
So to sum it up, don’t lose sleep over Ebola—your chance of having a car accident, or experiencing a chronic disease is much, much higher than your likelihood of developing this disease, and a strong, healthy immune system, can ward off any type of infection.
Remember there is no such thing as a 100% penetration (meaning infection rate), with exposure to any virus, bacteria or other type of infectious agent. It depends on your state of health as well as the virulence (the ability to cause an infection) of the virus.
Vitamin C Reverses Life-Threatening H1N1
A few years ago I shared this remarkable H1N1 recovery story with you, but I think it’s a good time to share it again. A New Zealand farmer contracted H1N1 influenza in 2009. Well-documented on New Zealand’s version of 60 Minutes, this individual had progressed to the point of being on life support, and the doctors had nothing further to offer.
A family member contacted physician and he advised administering intravenous vitamin C, 50 grams or more daily, immediately. He didn’t think there was any chance that the hospital or doctors would allow such treatment.
After an enormous struggle, the family finally got the doctor in charge to give vitamin C before “pulling the plug.” 25 grams of vitamin C was given intravenously the first day, 50 grams the second day, 75 grams the third day, and then 100 grams daily for 4 to 5 more days. At that point a new doctor in charge of the case discontinued the vitamin C completely, for unclear reasons, even though the patient was clearly responding, waking up, and dramatically clearing up the previous “white-out” state seen in chest X-rays of his congested lungs. A full week later, intravenous vitamin C was restarted at a mere one gram twice daily. The gentleman ultimately recovered and went home!
Centers for Disease Control: Ebola information:
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University of Michigan-Vitamin C research studies:
Vitamin C and Polio