Ebola is a nasty virus, but contracting it does not always kill people because in many people the immune system outsmarts and kills the virus before the virus can kill the host. The medical media of course focuses all the attention on how many people are dying but it is the living that hold the key for the rest of us who are worried when the outbreak might come to a place near us.
The two Americans who became infected in Liberia and were evacuated to an Atlanta hospital for treatment had been discharged and are now virus-free. Ebola’s survival rate in the current outbreak is slightly under 50% — with 2,473 cases and 1,123 survivors. The mainstream press and the World Health Organization have a hard time understanding how people survive the disease, which attacks people’s organs and thins blood vessels.
Seems like doctors and medical officials alike need some basic lessons in medicine to increase their understanding. So far, the media would like to focus our attention on death and the reason for such high. In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone they are blaming comparatively weak health care systems that keep many patients together in a single space and health care workers have neither enough protective equipment nor resources to provide the supportive care that patients need — like isolation rooms, clean linens and replenished fluids and electrolytes.
There is no cure or treatment for Ebola, according to every medical official and every mainstream news source. Thus, the immune system itself is presently conquering the disease in all the survivors. Some drugs are being tested and vaccines also will probably come out in a rush next year but neither drugs nor vaccines are going to help anyone right now or in the foreseeable future.
Brantly and Nancy Writebol received the experimental drug ZMapp. However, their physicians say since they were the first human patients to get the drug, there’s no way to tell what impact it had. A missionary priest with Ebola died. in Madrid after the so-called “miracle serum” ZMapp fails to save his life. A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of ZMapp has also just died. Mapp Biopharmaceutical says it will take time to replenish its exhausted stocks of ZMapp and scientists say it is too early to confirm the value of the medication that has been tested on laboratory animals but not previously on humans.
“When a person is infected with a virus, their immune system starts to create antibodies to attack it. If the person is strong enough and their body sustains that strength long enough, their immune system can eventually neutralize and clear the virus on its own,” says Time Magazine. In the worst possible conditions, almost 50% of people are living through the Ebola infection.
Approximately 50% live for a reason even though they are not receiving real medical care since doctors do not believe there is a treatment so they sit around, risking their lives just to keep patients flush with fluids. From a medical point of view doing very little to support the patients still keeps almost half-alive. Imagine what would logically happen if they gave the immune system direct support.
Everything positive doctors and families can do will lead to more survivors and a diminishing of the perception that one has to be afraid because we are all going to die. There are many strong things one can do to increase the chances of surviving the Ebola virus but nothing to do if one’s mind is closed to all options. If you believe there is little or nothing to do, which is what doctors and health organizations believe, that is exactly what you and they will continue to do even if it means literally adding to the death rate because of one’s limiting beliefs.
Quarantine Police: shoot-on-sight order given to soldiers in Liberia
If humanity’s health organizations do not get this right things potentially could get quite nasty if the virus does take hold in the first and the rest of the third world. Liberia’s armed forces have reportedly been given orders to shoot people trying to illegally cross the border from neighboring Sierra Leone, which was closed to stem the spread of Ebola. Soldiers stationed in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties, which border Sierra Leone, were to ‘shoot on sight’ any person trying to cross the border, said deputy chief of staff, Colonel Eric Dennis, according to the local newspaper the Daily Observer. The order comes after border officials reported people continued to cross the porous border illegally.
The body of an Ebola victim is left in an open ditch filled with water in Liberia. The virus could now be spreading through the ecology of another country – making future efforts to contain an outbreak nearly impossible. Perhaps medical officials are right and it will not take hold in the first world because certainly we will not be burying our dead this way. That said, the Ebola virus scare reaches Germany, as a woman is tested in Berlin and 600 people are quarantined. In addition, two suspected Ebola patients flee a hospital in Saudi Arabia – and a Nigerian doctor, released and said recovered from Ebola drops dead. Also in the news, an Ebola test has been ordered on a British-Nigerian woman found dead in her apartment in Austria after she returned from a trip to Nigeria.
However in terms of learning to treat viral infections like Ebola and any of the host of other viral infections and antibiotic resistant infections as well as fungal threats it would serve doctors and families alike to learn the basics of anti-infectious medicine. Natural Allopathic Medicine’s anti-infectious protocol can be practiced at home away from hospitals. Hospitals are becoming increasingly dangerous as this is where the worst infections gather and concentrate.
It is not Ebola alone we Need to be Concerned About
Signs warning of the bubonic plague have been posted in an open space area near Boulder’s southeastern border. A Colorado man is infected with pneumonic plague, the rarest and most fatal form of plague, an airborne version that can be spread through coughing and sneezing. It is the first case of pneumonic plague seen in the state since 2004, said Jennifer House, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) may have mutated to airborne agent. Health officials confirm they have been tracking two Utahans who came in contact with the deadly MERS virus as they traveled. Saudi Arabia reports a big jump in MERS cases, including 282 deaths expanded link: is this virus already out of control? Scientists are seriously concerned that healthcare workers may spread MERS across the globe.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Officials issued a warrant for the arrest of a young man, age 24, named Agustin Zeferino who recently decided to stop treatment for his highly contagious disease, a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis.
He hadn’t been seen at treatment for two weeks according to Santa Barbara County Public Health Officials. He has the most dangerous form of tuberculosis, which can be fatal if not treated. The drug-resistant form of tuberculosis generally takes 18-24 months of treatment, but is curable. Treatment cannot be forced upon a patient by law. The only power Health Officials have is to use the courts to try and isolate the patient from the public. Up to this point they have not been able to locate the missing 24 year old man. They are doing everything they can to find him and ensure the health and safety of the public. This disease is very serious and Public Health officials hope to find him before anyone else has a chance to get infected.
Outbreak accelerating: Ebola death toll surges to 1420, with more than 2600 cases. People are still surviving under the most primitive conditions. The magnitude of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has been underestimated, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, warning that unknown numbers of people were dying in “shadow zones” unrecorded by medical authorities.
At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola. A WHO report said that 592 people contracted the disease and 70 of them have died. Five health care workers, including one doctor, are among the dead. “This is not Ebola,” a WHO spokesman said.
The End of the Line for Many
After arriving by ambulance, people with suspected Ebola virus lie on the ground waiting for beds before being admitted to the Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, last week. The 120 beds in the center were filled almost immediately.
Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says. The study looks at past and present rates of extinction and finds a lower rate in the past than scientists had thought. Species are now disappearing from Earth about 10 times faster than biologists had believed, said the study’s lead author, biologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University. “We are on the verge of the sixth extinction,” Pimm said.
It is not just plants and animals that are vulnerable, we are too as Ebola and other infectious agents are threatening us. The medical industrial complex is not interested in answers that will protect us. We have no choice but to step out of their long and dark shadow and look at answers that make sense, are available and are safe.
Special Notes: A drug developed by researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory might be of great help in dealing with Ebola. I find it interesting that there has been not a word said about it in the news. The drug, called DRACO (for double-stranded RNA activated caspase oligomerizers), has already been tested on 15 viruses, MIT news reported. All of which, including the common cold, polio, H1N1, and a stomach virus, have been successfully killed by the treatment.
Dr. Peter Piot, the Belgian scientist who co-discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, said a "perfect storm" in West Africa had given the disease a chance to spread unchecked. "We have never seen an (Ebola) epidemic on this scale. In the last six months, we have been witnessing what can be described as a ‘perfect storm’ — everything is there for it to snowball. In addition, the public is deeply suspicious of the authorities. Trust must be restored. Nothing can be done in an epidemic like Ebola if there is no trust." In an interview, he castigated "the extraordinary slowness" of international organizations in responding to the outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) only woke up in July," whereas the epidemic began in December last year and health experts sounded the alarm in early March, said Piot. I cannot conceive of why anyone, in Africa or anywhere else, would trust health and medical authorities.
CDC Director Thomas Frieden, who is in Liberia to assess the Ebola outbreak, said today the contagion is “even worse than we’d feared. This is an absolute emergency,” Frieden told WSB Radio in a phone interview this morning. “We have never seen anything on this scale with Ebola before. Unfortunately, this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.