You can hardly have failed to miss the scaremongering that is going on around the Ebola virus at the moment. I have personal views on the situation itself, but this is not the time or place to go on about that. What would be more helpful is information about how you might be able to protect yourself from it, naturally. So what can we do to help our immune system from not only this virus, but any number of viruses that abound in the winter months?
Well I came across this great article written by Dr Dave McCarthy, and he writes so eloquently what I believe to be true, so I won’t re-invent the wheel, and will let you read the ful article here
He explains that the late symptoms of being infected with the Ebola virus, is very similar to scurvy. In the late stages of both of these 2 diseases, a haemorrhagic stage persisits, where the body has multi-organ failure and bleeding from multiple sites, ultimately leading to death. The treatment may be the same in both of these diseases too. Vitamin C, pure and simple. Dr McCarthy explains why.
When a human experiences a demand for Vitamin C (ascorbate) that cannot be met by intake and the stores become utterly depleted, cells are unable to be repaired or replaced. Organs initially struggle to function and ultimately fail. Viral infections routinely deplete vitamin C stores. Some viruses are particularly adept at quickly reducing the stores of vitamin C. Certain common medications, such as acetaminophen, interfere with the production of glutathione, which is required for the recycling of inactivated vitamin C. As vitamin C gets expended in the fight against the virus, the use of agents that deplete glutathione, hasten the end.
I believe that when vitamin C levels are checked in patients with end stage Ebola, the levels will be undetectable. Given the high load of viral particles nearing the end of the disease, use of oral vitamin C would be futile, as the demand would exceed the ability to absorb it. If administered early enough, intravenous (IV) vitamin C could demonstrate remarkable efficacy.
Now for those of you who may be reading this in the US, the penny may have already dropped, but for my UK readers let me point something out here. Acetaminophen is sold in the UK under the name, Paracetamol!
Ok so let’s just take a look at that again.
Paracetamol interferes with the production of glutathione, which is required for the recycling of the inactivated Vitamin C. ie as Vitamin C is used by the body to fight the virus, the use of medications that deplete glutathione hasten the end. Now go take a look in your medicine cabinet, if you have one, and have a look at the list of ingredients in your Lemsips, or any other ‘flu remedy that you may have in there. Do you see Acetaminophen/Paracetamol as 1 of the ingredients? Can you guess what I think you should do with those remedies now?
So how do you lower your risk of becoming ill to the usual viruses that abound at this time of the year?
Let us look at our immune system. We have 2 types of immune defence. 1 is “Adaptive defence” which utilises the pre-formed anti-bodies and anti-viral cells, and 2 “Innate Defence”. This second type of defence allows us to defend an attack by an organism previously never encountered by our body. Both defences are highly reliant upon the availablity of Vitamin D3. Let me remind you, if you need reminding that Vitamin D is often referred to as the “Sunshine Vitamin” because it can be made via the skin, when we are exposed to sunshine. Now do you begin to see the relationship between winter ‘flus, coughs and colds, and the Vitamin levels in our bodies? When the sun is limited the virus’ come out to play.
So my advice to those of you who live in the Northern hemisphere, where the nights are about to get longer with the clocks going back to GMT this weekend, is to make sure that you are having adequate intake of Vitamin D and keep your levels of Vitamin C up too. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so a regular intake is required.