Rightfully so, people around the world are concerned watching the devastating effects the Ebola outbreak has had on those who have come in contact with it. While the virus seems to be mostly contained to West African countries, its destruction could quickly span around the globe.
We asked scientist Michael Donaldson, PhD., Research Director for the Hallelujah Diet, to provide insights on the disease. Below, Dr. Donaldson explains why a strong immune system is paramount for both prevention and survival. While the protocol outlined by Dr. Donaldson is primarily focused on the Ebola virus, the approach he has outlined also significantly enhances the immune system when facing other health challenges as well.
The bottom line? A strong immune system, while always important, is especially vital when we find ourselves in the midst of a widespread health crisis.
The Ebola Virus: The Gravity and the Consequences
Since its discovery in 1976, the African hemorrhagic viral infection known as Ebola has struck terror into West Africans and anyone else in its path. With a mortality rate ranging from 50% to more than 90%, it is a virus you never want to meet. There is no available vaccine for this virus, no cure and no medical treatment that has proven to be effective against Ebola virus, which can wipe out entire villages and could frighten entire cities to a standstill. Isolation of victims and avoidance of contact is the only proven way to stop the Ebola virus.
What Is Ebola?
According to the CDC, “Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).
What Are the Ebola Virus Symptoms?
The CDC states the Ebola symptoms are:
- Fever (greater than 101.5°F)
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Pain in the stomach
- Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)
After being exposed, symptoms appear in 8 to 10 days on average.
How Is the Ebola Virus Spread?
The Ebola virus is spread the same way as other common viruses. Airborne droplets of bodily fluids are the most common transmission, apart from direct contact. What is different about Ebola virus is that it is highly contagious. Only one to ten virus particles are needed to cause an infection in a person. Common preventive strategy calls for avoiding direct contact and airborne droplets of body fluids. Ebola virus, during an acute phase of infection, is present in the blood, saliva, stool, semen, breast milk and any bodily fluid containing blood due to hemorrhaging.1 Casual contact with a person’s skin is not likely to pass an infection. Ebola virus can be spread like the HIV virus, except that the Ebola viral infection can rapidly kill you.
How Can You Prevent or Cure the Ebola Virus?
There is no medical cure for the Ebola virus. Quarantine and isolation is crucial to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, or of any other virus. However, when quarantine and isolation have already failed, there are natural products that can help your immune system from being depleted when you face a lethal Ebola viral attack.
There are four supplements that are excellent for immune system support when dealing with Ebola virus, similar viruses or even the common cold virus. They are selenium, nascent iodine, liposomal vitamin C and colloidal silver.
Note that these substances are not being given to people to treat, cure, prevent or mitigate diseases of themselves. These substances provide excellent support for the God-given abilities of the immune system to conquer any infection it is presented with when properly and adequately supported. A strong infection requires a strong immune system. We often vastly underestimate the depletion of the immune system caused by strong infections, so we also underestimate the amount of support that is required to mount a sufficient immune response.
Selenium plays a vital role in our immune system. Though we don’t have a lot of experience with Ebola virus, many lessons can be learned from the HIV virus, which is very similar. Both of these viruses thrive in West Africa in areas known to have selenium-deficient soil. When the infected person has a high selenium status, as well as an overall high antioxidant state, viral replication is slowed, but when selenium status is low or deficient, it causes the virus to multiply furiously and causes more mutations leading to even more virulent strains. Experiments with animals have demonstrated that fairly benign viruses can mutate into much stronger viruses when a selenium-deficient host is infected.2 The selenium status of the infected person also affects the outcome of the viral infection. This effect may be direct effects on the virus as well as indirect effects via strengthening the immune system. For HIV-infected people, better selenium status lead to fewer hospitalizations and lower mortality.3
Iodine, in the correct molecular form, has properties similar to chlorine. The difference is that iodine can be taken internally without the biological destruction of chlorine but with the same sort of germicidal properties. Iodine has been known to be used by white blood cells (leukocytes) to kill bacteria for nearly 50 years.4More recently, nascent iodine specifically was shown to be particularly useful in strengthening the immune response to malaria. A simple treatment regimen of nascent iodine enabled people’s immune systems to successfully fight off the malaria parasite. In a clinical study in India, nascent iodine was given to people diagnosed with malaria. Every four hours, 10 drops of nascent iodine were taken in 100 mls of water, away from food. Fevers subsided within 24-48 hours for most of the subjects. By one week, 91% of the men, 78% of the women and 77% of children had a negative malaria test.5 No other form of iodine has had this kind of effect, though the power of iodine to kill germs is well known.
There are a few different manufacturers of nascent iodine as well. Hallelujah Diet’s nascent iodine is exactly the same product that provided efficacious immune system support in the clinical trial in India.
Providing your body with vitamin C and other antioxidants is a very important aspect of overcoming an Ebola infection. One important note about the Ebola viral infection is that it induces a very acute case of scurvy, which leads to internal and external bleeding. When all of the vitamin C and antioxidants has been used up in the body, there are none left to maintain the integrity of the blood vessels. This mechanism, coupled with the severe selenium deficiency discussed above which causes clots to form in capillaries, raises the local blood pressure and puts excessive strain on the weakened vessel walls, which ensues in massive bleeding.Liposomal vitamin C is a new oral form of vitamin C that is proving very effective at replenishing the body’s depleted stores of vitamin C. Because they appear as lipids to the body, they are easily absorbed from the digestive tract and also into the cells and organs.
Silver is a natural antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and anti-parasite. Bacteria does not develop resistance to it, and it was in use long before modern antibiotics were developed. There are many companies selling colloidal silver solutions, and you can purchase units for home use to make your own colloidal silver. However, developing a silver product that lives up to its claims as an antibiotic and antiviral requires testing, retesting and substantiating claims. One company has excelled at this process—American Biotech Labs, the makers of Silver Biotics in the USA, and products containing its SilverSol™ technology worldwide.People were given the patented nano silver for immune support against human ailments in Ghana, West Africa, both externally and internally. Ailments included malaria (two teaspoons three times a day; symptoms clear within five days), upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, sinusitis, vaginal yeast infections, eye, nose and ear infections, cuts, fungal skin infections and sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea.6 Immune system response was effective in all of these examples, with resolution of symptoms, sometimes a day or two faster, or a day slower, were similar to those seen with the 11 malaria cases reported. One patient with HIV was given 5 ml twice a day as immune system support with resolution of symptoms in five days.
Protocol: Selenium, Nascent Iodine, Liposomal Vitamin C & Silver Biotics
These products all have been used individually to help a person mount an effective immune response, but they can be combined for additive and possibly synergistic healing effects as well.
Except for the selenium, the other products are most effective on an empty stomach taken separately from food. The Liposomal Vitamin C can be taken with the Silver Biotics, but both of them should be separate from the Nascent Iodine.
For effective immune support, begin with Nascent Iodine, taking 10 drops in about 100 ml of purified water. About 15-30 minutes later, take 1-2 grams of Liposomal Vitamin C and 1 teaspoon of Silver Biotics. Wait about 30 minutes before consuming solid food. Repeat this every 4 hours: First thing in the morning before a morning meal, before midday meal, before evening meal, before retiring for the night and twice during the night as needed while fever and symptoms are present. This will give up to 6 doses a day of these 3 supplements. Take the selenium supplement with food. High doses of selenium as selenomethionine (>1,000 µg per day) can be taken for a several days, but the long-term tolerable upper limit for selenium is 400 µg per day. High doses of selenomethionine are safer than sodium selenite. Continue the supplements at high doses (at least 3 times a day for Nascent Iodine, Liposomal Vitamin C & Silver Biotics) for several days after any fever has broken to prevent any recurrence and promote complete restoration of health.
People who are in direct contact with victims of Ebola should not wait for symptoms to occur before beginning this immune-boosting protocol. Using the Nascent Iodine, Liposomal Vitamin C, and Silver Biotics 2 to 3 times a day, and getting 400 µg of selenium a day, can go a long ways to preventing any loss of energy and vitality while helping others with their infections.
Keeping up a high intake of natural antioxidants and phytochemicals from a very high intake of fruits, vegetables, fresh vegetable juice, and a plant-based diet will also be helpful for staying hydrated and maintaining energy during stressful times.
Both historically and currently, we have primarily associated the Ebola virus with its rampant outbreaks in African countries. However, it is an illness the rest of the world is susceptible to. What’s more is that some scientists are still unsure if the Ebola virus can or cannot be transmitted via air, and victims have already been identified in the U.S. While there is no medical cure, the best we can do is to optimize our immune systems so our bodies are prepared to fight the virus and maximize our chances of recovery and survival.
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