Ebola has been in the news of late, but just how deadly is it? Should we be concerned about it and the possibility of it infecting us or family members?
For many years I have shared how important it is to maintain our immune system in tip top shape so that we can resist germs, viruses, bacteria and cancer.
The below article by Dr. Russell Blaylock, which appeared in the December Issue of ‘The Blaylock Wellness Report’, confirms the importance of maintaining a strong and healthy immune system with respect to ebola:
While it is true that Ebola can have a very high mortality rate
– as high as 90 percent in Africa – the present outbreak in West Africa actually has a survival rate of about 50 percent. The question I am most asked is if the disease will be as deadly among Americans
as it is among Africans. The answer: NO!
Many people, even doctors, think that death from viruses is based solely on virulence of the microorganism. But in truth, virulence depends on many variables
, such as a person’s NUTRITION STATUS
and pre-existing IMMUNE STATUS
, as well as current infections
If death were caused by the virulence of the virus alone, every infected person would die. How important is a person’s health to the risk of death in cases of infection. Consider that in Africa, measles can have a death rate of 15 percent among children
. But in the U.S, the death rate from measles is about one one-thousandth of 1 percent.
However, when health officials gave some African children vitamin C, the death from measles rate was cut in half
. When they also added zinc supplements
to the children’s health regimens, the death rate fell by 80 percent.
So we see that deficiency of just two nutrients can dramatically increase the ability of a virus to kill. The same is true for Ebola, as well as more common viruses.
Recently, studies have shown that vitamin D3 deficiency significantly increases the death rat
e from the influenza virus. Though vitamin D3 deficiency is common in the U.S., it is very high in Africa, mainly because dark-skinned people require twice as much direct sun exposure
as light-skinned people to produce the same amount of it.
The parts of Africa with the highest death rate from Ebola are the poorer areas, where even the most basic public health measures, such as clean water, sewage control, and decent living conditions are lacking.
Because these conditions play such an important role in the risk of dying from viral diseases, the mortality rate from Ebola outbreak in the United States would almost certainly be much lower.
For those who live a healthy lifestyle, there would be a much lower risk of death.
Rev. Malkmus Comments:
For almost 40 years, maintaining a strong immune system has been extremely important to me. As a result of maintaining a strong immune system, I have not experienced as much as a single cold or the flu in all of these years.
In addition to a mostly raw plant based diet, drinking lots of distilled water and lots of exercise, I also supplement my diet with 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily, a thousand units of vitamin C and some zinc daily.