Friday, November 14, 2014

Ebola - A Simple Integrative View

Despite previous examples of hyped-up viruses and bugs threatening to wipe put the entire human species, the media and the public yet again repeat this history, obviously having failed to learn from the past. This is not to say that Ebola is not a serious disease, but that ignoring some basic facts is causing unnecessary anxiety to a significant number of people.

First of all, Ebola has exposed the terrible health conditions endemic in Africa. With good medical support Ebola patients are likely to survive,[1] much like Cholera infections. Given aggressive fluid replacement[2] and other basic health care, these and many other previously overblown infections are not lethal.

If you are anxious about Ebola, how about changing your diet? If you have been reading this website you know that processed foods, particularly refined sugars, supress the immune system. Eat a lot of veggies, handle stress in mature ways and clean up the environment around you as much as possible. Ebola is more likey to infect and result in a worse outcome if you cannot lick your sugar addiction.

Supplements to boost the immune system: Pomi-T, probiotics, vitamin D3, and zinc  are my favorites.

And, observe basic hygiene measurements to cut down on exposure.

Good luck to you.

[1] “The ebola outbreak, fragile health systems and quality as a cure,” JAMA 2014;312:1859

[2] Epub NEJM Nov 12 2014