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Ebola – Catastrophic Pandemic

Published on August 3, 2014

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If you are not taking the threat of Ebola seriously, you are making a big mistake. President Barack Obama takes it very seriously and has just signed an amendment to an executive order allowing him to mandate the apprehension and detention of Americans who merely show signs of “respiratory illness.” The executive order, titled Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases, amends executive order 13295, passed by George W. Bush in April 2003, which allows for the, “apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases.”

This video says that merely the suspicion of a limited Ebola outbreak in the United States would give the green light for federal authorities to seize draconian powers and detain Americans not even infected with the Ebola virus.

The director-general of the World Health Organization warned Friday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading quickly and the consequences could be “catastrophic” if greater efforts to control the outbreak aren’t put into place now. “This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” Director-General Margaret Chan told the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Ivory Coast at a gathering in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. “If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socioeconomic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries,” she said.

On this USA video report they say that most people are going to die and in the same breath say, it is not that contagious. The media is giving confusing signals. Other headlines read, “Ebola can spread like ‘forest fire,’ US warns.” That sounds contagious! Alarmingly, as the Public Health Agency of Canada explains, "1 – 10 aerosolized organisms are sufficient to cause infection in humans." That sounds extremely contagious meaning if a badly infected patient gets on a plane or bus and sneezes or vomits it’s all over for many people.

Global medical charity Doctors Without Borders has given warning that the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unprecedented, absolutely out of control and can only get worse." Bart Janssens, the charity’s director of operations, warned there was no overarching vision of how to tackle the outbreak.

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Has air travel doomed humanity to a pandemic outbreak?

Airline travelers are not being screened for Ebola. The World Health Organization isn’t recommending screening airline passengers leaving the region of Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. Screening is costly and detected few cases after an outbreak in 2003 of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, that began in China. Sick people are urged not to travel. Because Ebola’s incubation period is two to 21 days and early symptoms aren’t specific, using thermal scanners to detect fevers is costly, unlikely to detect anyone infected with Ebola "and is not encouraged," according to the WHO.

The problem with Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is that symptoms typically start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus meaning that people can be boarding planes already infected without them or medical officials’ knowledge.

Natural News gives us a look at what the Director-General is talking about and what we might see happen these next days and weeks. “Air travel creates the "perfect storm" for Ebola to devastate humanity. It all starts with these irrefutable facts about air travel:

1) All passengers are confined to the same enclosed space.

2) All passengers are breathing THE SAME AIR.

3) Ebola can become airborne via very small particles in the air, and just a single Ebola virus riding on a dust particle is sufficient to infect a human being.

4) Following the flight, infected passengers then intermingle with thousands of other people at the airport, each going to a different unique destination somewhere else across the country or around the world.

5) The speed of air travel vastly out-paces the speed of governments being able to deploy infectious disease prevention teams.”

Though only a small condolence, one cannot be contaminated just by sitting next to an affected person in the early stages of infection. People only become contagious once they begin to show symptoms. If one does not have the proper nutritional status to fight this off, which most people these days don’t, especially not the people from these regions of Africa it would be exceedingly difficult to survive this disease because strong immune response is very dependent on nutritional status as well as stress and other factors like toxicity loads.

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A patient with the deadly Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. The “hospital has a specially-built isolation unit to treat patients exposed to certain serious infectious diseases,” Misty Williams wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Set up in collaboration with the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the unit is physically separate from other patient areas and is one of only four such facilities in the country.”

Doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff who work on such dangerous cases are “specially trained,” and a statement from Emory indicated that the hospital and its staff “are fully prepared for this type of situation.” One-misstep though and America risks creating a beachhead for Ebola on American soil. Doctors at Emory are confident in their ability to isolate and not let one virus escape.

It Has Already Happened – Justified Fear

Fears of a global Ebola pandemic are ‘justified’ as Nigerian health officials try to trace 30,000 people at risk of contracting the deadly disease following the death of Patrick Sawyer. Panic sparked by Mr. Sawyer’s death is ‘justified’ says Dr. Derek Gatherer of the University of Lancaster, claiming the virus is as infectious as flu. Professor Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, disagrees with Gatherer saying the virus, although deadly, is ‘in theory easy to contain.’

Dr. Gatherer said, “Anyone on the same plane could have become infected because Ebola is easy to catch. It can be passed on through vomiting, diarrhea or even from simply saliva or sweat – as well as being sexually transmitted. That is why there is such alarm over Mr. Sawyer because he became ill on the flight so anyone else sharing the plane could have been infected by his vomit or other bodily fluids.’

Initially health officials wanted to trace only a few hundred passengers on two planes, which had carried victim Patrick Sawyer. But – as Cabinet ministers held an emergency Cobra meeting in London – the search was widened to find up to 30,000 people who could be hosting the organism. The list includes anyone at one of four airports visited by Sawyer, and those in contact with him in Nigeria’s capital Lagos, home to 17 million, where he died five days ago.

Although the death rate in previous outbreaks in Africa has reached 90%, the current outbreak has killed about 60% of known infected patients so far. Western contemporary medicine admits it does not have the correct treatments for this horrendous disease. The virus, which emerged in March of this year, is devastating the population of Guinea, is tearing the nation apart, destroying almost every life in its reach and path.

Ebola, transmitted by contact with an infected person’s blood or other fluids, is an excruciating disease of high fever, diarrhea and often profuse bleeding from body orifices and even the skin’s pores. Unfortunately, early symptoms of Ebola hemorrhagic fever are nonspecific and include the following: fever, headache, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach discomfort, decreased appetite, and joint and muscle discomfort. As the disease progresses, patients may develop other symptoms such as a rash, eye redness, hiccups, sore throat, cough, chest pain.

Typically patients experience decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. At this point, most patients exhibit severe bleeding and coagulation abnormalities, including gastrointestinal bleeding, rash, and a range of hematological irregularities, such as lymphopenia and neutrophilia. Patients also often have difficulty breathing and swallowing. Symptoms may appear from about two to 21 days after exposure (average is eight to 10 days).

Ebola virus infection runs its course within 14 to 21 days. As the infection progresses cytokines are released contributing to exaggerated inflammatory responses that are not protective. Damage to the liver, combined with massive viremia, leads to disseminated intravascular coagulopathy. The virus eventually compromises vascular integrity. The terminal stages of Ebola virus infection usually include diffuse bleeding and hypotensive shock that accounts for Ebola fatalities.[1]

"Haemorrhaging symptoms begin 4-5 days after onset, which includes hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, pharyngitis, bleeding gums, oral/lip ulceration, hematemesis, melena, hematuria, epistaxis, and vaginal bleeding," reports the Pathogen Safety Data Sheet from the Public Health Agency of Canada. That same publication also explains, "There are no known antiviral treatments available for human infections." [2]

Death through Nutritional Depletion

A comparison of immune parameters in survivors and non-survivors of infection has provided clues into the constituents of an effective immune response. Survival is dependent on the initial or innate immune response to infection. Survivors exhibited more significant IgM responses, clearance of viral antigen, and sustained T-cell cytokine responses, as indicated by high levels of T-cell-related mRNA in the peripheral blood. In contrast, antibodies specific for the virus were nearly undetectable in fatal cases.

Increases in the levels of inflammatory cytokines IFN-γ, IFN-α, interleukin-2 (IL-2), IL-10, and tumor necrosis factor alpha were associated with fatality from Ebola hemorrhagic fever (40). Whether the effects of cytokines are protective or damaging may depend not only on the cytokine profile but also may represent a delicate balance influenced by the route and titer of incoming virus as well as factors specific to the individual host immune response.[3] Bottom line is patients who die usually have not developed a significant immune response to the virus.

Ebola could impose an unprecedented selenium demand upon the host, potentially leading to severe lipid peroxidation and cell membrane destruction. This could also contribute to the characteristic hemorrhaging caused by intravascular blood clotting, due to the thrombotic effect of Se deficiency. Selenium, as we shall see in the Natural Allopathic Treatment section is one primary answer for cytokine storms.

Ebola is probably the best known of a class of viruses known as hemorrhagic fever viruses. The Cecil Textbook of Medicine notes that these diseases are characterized by capillary fragility, which translates to easy bleeding, that can frequently lead to severe shock and death. These diseases also tend to consume and/or destroy the platelets, which play an integral role in blood clotting. The clinical presentation of these viral diseases is similar to scurvy, which is also characterized by capillary fragility and a tendency to bleed easily. Characteristic skin lesions develop, which are actually multiple tiny areas of bleeding into the skin that surround the hair follicles. some cases even include bleeding into already healed scars.

In the classic form of scurvy, which evolves very slowly from the gradual depletion of vitamin C body stores, the immune system will be sufficiently compromised for infection to claim the patient’s life before the extensive hemorrhage that occurs after all vitamin C stores have been completely exhausted.

Ebola virus and the other viral hemorrhagic fevers are much more likely to cause hemorrhaging before any other fatal infection has a chance to become established. This is because the virus so rapidly and totally metabolizes and consumes all available vitamin C in the bodies of the victims that an advanced stage of scurvy is literally produced after only a few days of the disease.

The scurvy is so complete that the blood vessels generally cannot keep from hemorrhaging long enough to allow an infective complication to develop. In addition, the viral hemorrhagic fevers typically only take hold and reach epidemic proportions in those populations that would already be expected to have low body stores of vitamin C, such as are found in many of the severely malnourished Africans.

In such individuals, an infecting hemorrhagic virus will often wipe out any remaining vitamin C stores before the immune systems can get the upper hand and initiate recovery. When the vitamin C stores are rapidly depleted by large infecting doses of an aggressive virus, the immune system gets similarly depleted and compromised.

Conclusion

At this point we need to pray that worst case scenarios are not in our collective future. On the brighter side we are used to annual influenza scares, which seem little more than vaccine promotion campaigns. In the case of Ebola there is no vaccine and no treatment to promote but that does not mean we will not be surprised after a period of time that they do come out with a vaccine that they say will work but does not, just like a regular flu vaccine with toxic mercury included inside.

Some have speculated through the years that both the AIDS and Ebola are actually man made viruses, but at this point that is academic. Ebola exists and it kills like the bubonic plague.

In Part Two we will examine solid sane treatments that should be a no-brainer for doctors and patients based in large part on certain natural substances that are used in the best emergency rooms and intensive care wards. Why the medical establishment is not using these powerful safe drugs to prevent death is beyond the pale. As the above information about selenium and vitamin C indicate there are treatments that will save many lives if the medical establishment and the alternative medicine community can get their act together and really look at what is practical to apply to this problem. Bottom line is that western medicine does not have a cure or even reasonable treatment for Ebola and that is why so many people are dying. People with Ebola are treated with only general therapies meant to support the ill patient. Natural Allopathic Medicine has a core protocol that can be put together based on solid science, not speculation.

Ebola Part Two is out! Ebola – Saving Lives with Natural Allopathic Medicine

[1] http://jvi.asm.org/content/77/18/9733

[2] Pathogen Safety Data Sheet of Canada; http://wwCw.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/ebola-eng.php

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