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Posted July 29, 2014: by Bill Sardi
An article published in The New York Times says villagers in the central African country of Guinea, the center of the current outbreak of Ebola virus, are quarantining their own populations and warning visiting doctors to stay away. The people in Guinea are said to have more faith in witch doctors than physicians who come visiting from the international aid group Doctors Without Borders. [New York Times July 27, 2014]
There may be good reason to prohibit western doctors from entering into these vulnerable villages in central Africa. The doctors come bearing unrecognized poisons in their effort to treat symptoms and save lives. The backfire treatment is revealed upon scrutiny of a review article of treatments for Ebola published in 2012. [PLoS ONE Dec 2012]
Ebola is characterized by a raging fever, vomiting, diarrhea and uncontrolled hemorrhaging leading to rapid death.
The uncontrolled bleeding is a tip off this virus and its treatment may induce vitamin C and K deficiencies.
The symptoms of scurvy (frank vitamin C deficiency) and Ebola are very similar. These central African populations are already plagued by malnutrition. Is there anything visiting doctors bring with them that induces further depletion of vitamins C and K?
The primary suspect agents are paracetamol (acetaminophen, aka Tylenol) and antibiotics.
Up to 3 grams (3000 milligrams) a day of acetaminophen is given to Ebola patients to quell their raging fevers and only half of the patients given this anti-inflammatory drug survive Ebola. Acetaminophen depletes the body of glutathione, a key protective antioxidant. Vitamin C is required to maintain glutathione levels. [American Journal Clinical Nutrition July 1993]
Amoxycillin, ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and cenftriaxone (Rocephin) are antibiotics commonly prescribed for Ebola patients and are known to deplete vitamin K, a blood-clotting factor. [Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook]
Aspirin is not advised for Ebola patients because of the threat of bleeding. [Patient.co.uk] Yet antibiotics or anti-inflammatories that may interfere with blood clotting or induce a vitamin C deficiency that can result in uncontrolled hemorrhage are employed without hesitation.
The symptoms caused by Ebola virus are similar to those caused by malaria which is also very common in central Africa. When Ebola patients are misdiagnosed and given anti-malaria drugs, artemether /lumefantrine (Riamet/Coartem) and quinine the death rates are 67% and 100% respectively. Quinine depletes vitamin K. [WebMD]
Intravenous dextrose (sugar) also induces a 100% death rate and sugar is known to deplete vitamin C. [Integrative Cancer Therapy March 2005]
Earlier this year this author linked the rising death toll from the flu virus in California to the indiscriminate use of aspirin and acetaminophen. [LewRockwell.com March 5, 2014]
Modern medicine cannot fathom use of vitamins and herbal remedies to cure disease. These natural agents are considered unproven and then go untested, but they are never disproven.
What doctors want is an Ebola vaccine. However, “There is no vaccine or licensed treatment to counteract Ebola virus.” -[Expert Review Vaccines April 2013]
An Ebola vaccine would be a little bit of the disease itself sealed in a syringe and injected through a needle. All vaccines carry with them the inherent risk of vaccine-induced disease. Vaccine makers know this and shy away from developing a vaccine that could kill as the death rate from Ebola virus ranges from 50-100%. Even if a relatively safe Ebola vaccine were developed, it would result in a massive over-vaccination program like has occurred with the polio vaccine. There are now more vaccine-induced cases of polio in Africa than normally occurring cases. [Knowledge of Health March 14, 2014]
Until modern medicine can profiteer from a blockbuster vaccine or drug, nothing more than treatment of symptoms will be offered to patients with Ebola virus.
An example is adenosine, a molecule naturally produced in the human body that is available as a drug to treat heart rhythm problems. [Drugs.com] A synthetically-made adenosine-like molecule has been successfully tested for the treatment of a class of viruses known as filoviruses of which Ebola is the most well known. [Cell Research June 2014]
Why does modern medicine wait to make a synthetic version of an already-FDA approved drug before it is introduced into use? (1000-milligram of adenosine monophosphate powder sells at Amazon.com for $12.00 US; a 50 mg dose would cost ~60-cents.)
Such hubris surrounds the false claim that vitamin and herbal remedies are of worthless value in treating infectious disease when the drugs that are employed to treat diseases like Ebola induce nutrient deficiencies themselves.
To ignore the nutritional status of these poor African patients stricken with Ebola seems callous. (FYI- the people in Guinea live on about $3/day.)
Dark-skinned Africans typically produce far less vitamin D from sun exposure compared to Caucasians and their immune system is often compromised. [PLoS One April 11, 2014] Vitamin D pills cost pennies and could be given to the masses in central Africa rather than waiting for a problematic vaccine. (A price check reveals a 5000 IU capsule of natural vitamin D3 from BioTech Pharmacal costs just 7.3-cents.)
Another potential natural remedy for Ebola is allicin from fresh-crushed garlic. Allicin has been demonstrated to inhibit the growth of all tested fungi, bacteria and viruses. [Current Opinion Biotechnology April 2012] Allicin is effective against viruses even when used at 1/800,000 dilution. [Chinese Journal of Experimental & Clinical Virology Sept 1997] Only allicin effectively kills off viruses. [Planta Medica Oct 1992] (Note: many commercial garlic products errantly indicate they provide allicin. Only an alkalinized garlic capsule that counters stomach acid degradation of the enzyme (alliinase) that produces allicin has been proven to produce allicin in a human study [Garlinex.com]) Though fresh-crushed garlic may be the most practical and economical option for central Africans.
The news media predictably creates sensationalized headlines to attract readers and viewers, like the recent news headlines about the possible spread of the Ebola virus.
“Second American aid worker is infected with Ebola in Africa amid fears biggest ever outbreak of incurable virus will spread around the globe.” [Daily Mail UK July 27, 2014]
The idea that Ebola could strike close to home is suggested by a report that two US citizens have been diagnosed with Ebola virus. [Bloomberg News July 28, 2014] Of course, both of them are working with diseased patients in central Africa, not in the USA.
Another report published at a popular US website says: “A Woman With Deadly Ebola Virus Escapes Quarantine, Now Loose In A City (Sierra Leone City) Of 1 Million.” [Salon.com July 25, 2014]
There are other fringe news sources that cook up all sorts of scaremongering about Ebola (“from the third world… to the whole world”). [dcclotheslines.com]
A report published in the Swiss Medical Journal in April of 2014 is entitled: “Why Does The Ebola Virus Not Scare Us?” This report notes that mortality rates among those infected with this virus ranges from 50 to 90 percent. However, while Ebola can be transmitted from human to human, it does not strike hundreds of thousands like the flu virus.
Since the first recorded outbreak of Ebola in 1976, only 1548 lives have been lost to this frightening virus. [Centers For Disease Control] Deaths from Ebola have averaged 41 per year over the 37 years since its discovery and most of those deaths have been confined to central Africa.
The report published in the Swiss Medical Journal says: “it is the lack of direct transmission through the air (aerosol) that the Ebola virus is not overly concerned with international health authorities.” [Revue Medical Suisse April 9, 2014]
The medical and research communities go along with the scare tactics because this loosens up funds for research and development of medicines and vaccines.
Some Central African medical authorities bemoan the attention being given to Ebola when the burden caused by malnutrition and other infectious diseases such as malaria, cholera and tuberculosis is far greater. [Medecine Tropicale April 2011]
As a dead body was carried off a truck in one African village a woman cried out: “There is no cure! There is no cure!” A gravedigger said: “We can do nothing. Only God can save us.” [New York Times July 27, 2014]
The Bible said it many generations ago: “The people perish for lack of knowledge.” [Book of Hosea 4:6] What harm could come from use of an economical vitamin D pill or a fresh-crushed clove of garlic? Unfortunately, these non-problematic remedies are not included in the armamentarium of modern medicine nor mentioned in news reports.
Let’s not forget the doctor who offered free vitamin pills to AIDs patients in South Africa some time ago. His efforts were condemned and he was mischaracterized as a money-grubbing vitamin pill pusher both by medical authorities and the news media. [Guardian UK Sept 12, 2008] What harm could have come from it when these populations are so malnourished? – ©2014 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.
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