October 12th, 2014
in Op Ed
by Chris Campbell, Daily Reckoning
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The information provided below could save your life in the event of an all-out pandemic. It will also show you how the world's governments and health officials aren't reacting appropriately to this crisis... and why you shouldn't depend on them to save you.
Toward the end of today's episode, you'll learn what you can do to help weaken the virus (and have a much better chance of surviving) if the Battle of Ebola comes to your hometown.
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Our in-house tech maven Stephen Petranek wrote yesterday to his Breakthrough Technology Alert readers:
"I am sick of the jibber jabber about Ebola,"
"The focus on how many people a foreigner has touched, the incredible naivete we are seeing in the reporting about the disease that simply is not helpful or informative or smart and the unfocused hysteria.
"We're in far more danger than the pundits can even guess.
"...if the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected..."
"So much so that the time has come to start thinking about what you will do if a major Ebola virus outbreak occurs in the United States. That's not because there's a case in Dallas or that the person infected may have come in contact with 100 different people.
"It's because Ebola is out of control, and the significance of the numbers behind it is not being reported.
"When President Barack Obama committed 3,000 U.S. troops on Sept. 15 to help contain Ebola in West Africa, he was on the right track.
"At a press conference, he said, 'In West Africa, Ebola is now an epidemic of the likes that we have not seen before. It's spiraling out of control. It is getting worse... And if the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected, with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us. So this is an epidemic that is not just a threat to regional security - it's a potential threat to global security.'
"You should reread every word in that statement.
"Unfortunately," Stephen goes on, "most of the world's health organizations have been playing catch-up with Ebola, and that U.S. commitment of 3,000 troops is still catch-up.
"The Cubans, Chinese, French and British have sent fewer than 500 health workers - total. A few months ago, 30,000 workers might have stopped the disease. Now it may require the commitment of 100,000 nurses, troops, doctors and aid givers, but only if they get there soon. But they won't. Within just a few months, Ebola will likely be so out of control that it will finally get the attention it deserves, but then it may be too late.
"Here's why: Ebola cases are doubling about every 21 days, the amount of time a person can take to show symptoms after being exposed.
"You can start almost anywhere on any day since the outbreak began and then see that the numbers double every three weeks. That means that by the end of December, we should be looking at 300,000-400,000 cases, again with the number doubling within three weeks and then doubling again, etc. Even the Centers for Disease Control has predicted a worst-case scenario of nearly 1.5 million cases by the end of January.
"With a death rate that is probably running at least 70% (despite other numbers you may have read, Ebola cases are vastly underreported), it won't take 300,000 new cases of Ebola to cause most countries to shut their borders.
"We are in completely unknown territory with this epidemic."
"When President Obama talks about threats to national security, he isn't kidding. It is not beyond reasonable scenarios to think of entire cities or regions of the United States under military quarantine.
"Drugs can help, but they can't win this battle. Everything about fighting Ebola takes time and trained personnel and quarantining until the disease takes it course. Those 3,000 U.S. troops the military is trying to get on the ground in West Africa? They won't actually be there in force until well into November. We can mobilize for a war in a matter of days, but we have no infrastructure for public health. We've been ignoring it and spending less on it since the days of public bomb shelters in the 1950s and '60s.
"We are in completely unknown territory with this epidemic. The bubonic plague of the Middle Ages killed no more than a third of those who got it.
"This disease kills as many as 90%. Protecting the people who are trying to help has become a losing battle. About 75% of the health workers who have been fighting Ebola in Africa are dead from the disease. If Ebola gets out of hand in the United States, there aren't enough hazmat suits to go around.
"We saw what one case in Dallas could do to the stock market in one day.
"Start multiplying that sort of scenario and see where you end up. Ebola is a threat to world order, to national order and to civilization itself. We need to see this as the threat it really is - potentially far greater than anything we have faced - before it really is too late."
That's not all Stephen told us...
He shared his quick-and-dirty survivalist's guide with us too:
- Get out of any city when there are more than 10 Ebola cases, before it's surrounded by the National Guard.
- The ideal retreat is far from the madding crowd and has a water supply you can access without electrical power.
- You'll need at least six months of food (hint: You can fill that pantry quickly and easily and cheaply with a trip to Costco that involves 100 pounds of rice, 100 pounds of dried beans, several quarts of olive oil, 50 pounds of flour, a bottle of yeast and as many cans of tuna, tomatoes, beans and mushrooms as fit in your car. A few gallons of citrus juice and 10 pounds of dried fruits will keep the scurvy away. Don't forget the tea and coffee for comfort.)
You might not need to panic just yet, but it's good to be prepared. This is a nasty virus. And if it really gets moving, things could turn ugly very quickly...
"The virus attacks the body's soft tissues," Chicago Tribune correspondent Paul Salopek said during an Ebola outbreak in 2000, "a process some doctors describe, bluntly, as like watching a patient 'dissolve.'"
There's no cure. No effective treatment. And no vaccine to speak of yet.
But there's still hope, whether the vaccines roll in or not.
Dr. Mark Sircus, wrote:
"Presently," one allopathic doctor we mentioned briefly yesterday, "Ebola treatments typically involve the use of intravenous fluids, antibiotics, and oxygen.
"Treatment may also include the use of medications to control fever, help the blood clot, and maintain blood pressure.
"Even with such supportive care," he writes, "death occurs in 50-90% of people with Ebola."
The Ebola virus, as mentioned yesterday, can cause the immune system to run out control and release a "cytokine storm."
This storm causes tiny blood vessels to burst all over the body.
...your odds of surviving an Ebola outbreak could largely depend upon the strength of your immune system.
This, in turn, can cause the blood pressure to plummet and lead to multiple-organ failure from the shock.
Here's how Sircus says we may be able to prevent that storm from happening in the infected, while also helping to keep the virus population weak...
"It has long been apparent that an increased susceptibility to infectious diseases is common in malnourished human populations,"
"This has been traditionally viewed as simply a consequence of the fact that the immune system must be maintained by adequate nutrition in order to function optimally.
"Only recently have data begun to accumulate in support of the idea that nutritional factors may sometimes have a direct effect on pathogens, and that passage through nutritionally deficient hosts may facilitate evolutionary changes in infectious agents."
We spoke yesterday about how your odds of surviving an Ebola outbreak could largely depend upon the strength of your immune system.
Sircus takes it a step further and suggests that nutrition plays a major role in who lives and who dies - and that weak immune systems could be making the virus stronger.
Has anyone raised the question why Ebola is so deadly in Liberia, a country with vast malnutrition and severely deficient immune systems (and, not to mention, rampantly poor sanitation)?
Last year, the Ministry of Agriculture reported that 35.8 percent of the country's population suffer from malnutrition.
If Dr. Sircus is right, that could mean that each host that doesn't kill the virus only gives it more strength. So not only is it spreading, it could be getting stronger.
This only solidifies what we said yesterday: Every health official on Earth should be encouraging the masses to get healthy and build a strong immune system.
By doing so yourself, you'll do your part in weakening Ebola's potential stranglehold on humanity. By raising your immune system, you're essentially becoming a "white blood cell" for the human race if Ebola comes your way.
According to Sircus, there are eight specific and essential natural medicines that could greatly increase your chances for survival (these are listed below).
Some are probably in your kitchen. A couple more maybe behind the mirror in the bathroom. They're inexpensive and extremely common.
Consider carefully what Sircus says about them, and then do your own research. The situation is not hopeless. There are things you can do in the event of a pandemic.
God forbid you get infected.
But if you survive and never reach Stage Two (and only experience the flu-like walk-in-the-park part of Ebola)...
Many top health officials claim you'll have active immunity for up to 10 years, maybe more.
By the time your immunity wears off, Ebola will have become a thing of the past.
Here's the key...
...it is inexcusable that medical and health officials continue to frown on the use of un-patentable medicines...
Dr. Sircus wrote:
"Patients who are critically ill with Ebola have high nutritional requirements that need to be addressed,"
"Nutritional feeding is critical to patient outcome."
There's a huge distinction between natural allopathic medicine, Sircus says, and contemporary medicine. Biggest one, they differ in opinions on what defines "treatment."
"Instead of using toxic pharmaceuticals that diminish the immune system by further driving down nutritional status," Sircus says, "we use, we treat and cure through the fulfillment of nutritional law.
"We do not need to develop expensive drugs waiting while millions potentially die. Right in the emergency room are already excellent medicines that doctors are familiar with that save lives every day.
"Nutritional medicine is safer and more effective than pharmaceutical medicine. Just ask any emergency-room or intensive-care-ward doctor right after he has injected magnesium chloride or sodium bicarbonate to save someone's life.
"With Ebola raging in Africa and threatening the rest of the world, it is inexcusable that medical and health officials continue to frown on the use of un-patentable medicines like the ones mentioned [below].
"The substances in the natural allopathic protocol for Ebola offer a power unequalled in the world of medicine that we can harness to save many lives of people infected with Ebola.
"However," Sircus opines, "some people would enjoy seeing millions, if not billions, of people die to reduce population down to a more manageable level.
"Others would rather stick with their professional pride or obedience to medical officials and let patients die than even think of what should work to decrease the death rate from Ebola.
"It really would be a shame if the medical world stands by and lets this pandemic take hold.
"The secrets of emergency room and intensive care medicine," Sircus says, "hold the key to resolving Ebola."
"Magnesium salts, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), iodine, selenium, and vitamin C are concentrated nutritional medicinals that have been used in the direst of medical circumstances.
"They are widely available, inexpensive and safe to administer round the clock at high dosages.
"The core of the natural allopathic protocol redefines the way emergency room and intensive care should be practiced on Ebola patients with proven fast-acting, safe, concentrated and mostly injectable nutritional medicines.
"If the Ebola infection truly gets out of hand, it is comforting for parents to know that they can legally administer these same medicinals if infected people are treated at home. All of the natural allopathic medicines can be also taken orally or used transdermally (topically) to almost the same effect if treatment is started early enough.
"People who either choose home care or have no other option need to treat everyone in the home at the same time whether demonstrating symptoms or not. Waiting for the contagion to spread inside a family, or with health care professionals in hospitals and clinics, is unwise. The main idea is to get out in front of the virus."
Some of the natural allopathic medicines Dr. Sircus mentions below are probably already in your home. Here's what else he recommends...
"Selenium, is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can control the cytokine storms provoked from out of control infections."
Magnesium chloride (magnesium oil): According to Italian Dr. Raul Vergini:
"Magnesium chloride has a unique healing power on acute viral and bacterial diseases... A few grams of magnesium chloride every few hours will clear nearly most acute illnesses, which can be beaten in a few hours. I have seen a lot of flu cases healed in 24-48 hours with 3 grams of magnesium chloride taken every six-eight hours."
Dr. Sircus writes on his website:
"Magnesium," "is an essential mineral used for hundreds of biochemical reactions, making it crucial for health.
"Massive magnesium deficiencies in the general population have led to a tidal wave of sudden coronary deaths, diabetes, strokes, and cancer. Even a mild deficiency of magnesium can cause increased sensitivity to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, and insomnia.
"The modern diet, with an overabundance of refined grains, processed foods and sugars, contains very little magnesium."
Says Dr. Sircus said:
Vitamin C: "Because of the seemingly exceptional ability of these viruses to rapidly deplete vitamin C stores," large doses "of vitamin C would likely be required in order to effectively reverse and eventually cure infections caused by these viruses...
"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.
According to Dr. Thomas Levy, MD:
'Many viral infectious diseases have been cured and can continue to be cured by the proper administration of Vitamin C. Yes, the vaccinations for these treatable infectious diseases are completely unnecessary when one has the access to proper treatment with vitamin C. And, yes, all the side effects of vaccinations... are also completely unnecessary since the vaccinations do not have to be given in the first place with the availability of properly dosed vitamin C'..."
Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda): "In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the 'Flu' with the U.S. Public Health Service," Dr. Volney S. Cheney wrote to the Arm & Hammer Co. in the 1920s:
"It was brought to my attention that rarely anyone who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks. I have since that time treated all cases of 'cold,' influenza and 'la gripe' by first giving generous doses of bicarbonate of soda, and in many, many instances within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely abated."
Dr. Emanuel Revici, "the Einstein of medicine," discovered that pH modulation is the key to pain control and containment of deadly disease. Alkalizing the pH of your body with baking soda, says Sircus, "helps to contain pathology - by protecting nearby cells from chemical burns from pH imbalance."
Vitamin D: "Vitamin D reduces the risk of dying from a viral infection,""Researchers from Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York found that giving supplements of vitamin D to a group of volunteers reduced episodes of infection with colds and flus by 70% over three years. The researchers said that vitamin D stimulates 'innate immunity' to viruses and bacteria. Very few have any idea that vitamin D can be taken in high dosages like vitamin C can."
Canadian Dr. David Derry wrote:
Iodine: "Extremely high doses of iodine can have serious side effects. But only a small fraction of such extreme doses are necessary to kill influenza viruses."
"Iodine," Sircus says, "is a must when dealing with deadly viruses and would go a long way in decreasing the death rate from Ebola... Deficiencies in iodine have a great effect on the immune system."
[Many of you will find the next one controversial, but here goes...]
Medical marijuana: According to Dr. Sircus:
"All forms of marijuana have anti-oxidative, neuroprotective, immunomodulation, analgesic and anti-inflammatory actions."
But, "cannabidiol reduces the extent of damage, reported the National Academy of Sciences. More effective than vitamins C or E, strong antioxidants such as cannabidiol (CBD) will neutralize free radicals without the accompanying high with regular marijuana used for recreational and other medical purposes."
Glutathione: According to Dr. Patricia Kongshavn:
"Glutathione is required in many of the intricate steps needed to carry out an immune response. It is needed for the lymphocytes to multiply in order to develop a strong immune response, and for killer lymphocytes to be able to kill undesirable cells such as cancer cells or virally infected cells.
Dr. Sircus said:
"The importance of glutathione cannot be overstated. It has multiple roles as indicated and, indeed, as one examines each system or organ more closely, the necessity for glutathione becomes increasingly evident.
"These emergency room-class medicinals and therapeutic processes deliver lifesaving healing power..."
"Glutathione values decline with age and higher values in older people are seen to correlate with better health, underscoring the importance of this remarkable substance for maintaining a healthy, well-functioning body."
"Glutiathone," Theodore Hersch MD, said, "is the body's master antioxidant and best-kept secret to maintaining health."
"These emergency room-class medicinals and therapeutic processes deliver lifesaving healing power,"
"When one learns about the above intensive care medicines, and how to use them, one gains a lot of medical power and wisdom to overcome the complications and even discomforts of the worst viral infections.
"There are always other medicinals one can employ. However, when practicing emergency and intensive care medicine, one wants to select the most powerful substances that are quick acting and safe to take at high dosages.
"I also recommend that physicians and other healthcare professionals as well as every household have a good nebulizer and use a high-grade colloidal silver as well as a sodium bicarbonate glutathione product alternating between the two."