Ebola is a virus. A single-stranded RNA virus to be specific. While a source of infection for those at risk, Ebola has become a greater source of fear and misunderstanding than true public health risk to most. Transmission of Ebola requires close contact between someone infected and a hospitable host (person). This means it is relatively hard to transmit and you are protected unless your primary, innate immune system is too weak to do its job.
A person must have a significant deficit in innate and acquired immune response systems to become infected. Identifying and correcting such deficits is a first line response in infection control that is unfortunately under appreciated and under utilized.
Innate immune responses provide robust defenses against infection as long as cells don’t become too acid or deficient in antioxidants. Protective antioxidants get eaten up and depleted by distress and oxidative stressors. The total or allostatic load of stressors for too many people grows in both number and amount, leaving them susceptible to ‘whatever is going around’.
Three Host Factors for Infection Control
1. Viral infection risk can be assessed through phagocytic index (phagocytosis test). This test is widely available including from DoctorsChoice.net
2. Assessment of oxidative stress / allostatic load – An index of oxidative stress and allostatic load is the amount of ascorbates – of buffered, natural vitamin C – based on individual ‘C Cleanse’. More…
3. Assessment of cell mineral buffering capacity – Cell minerals, particularly potassium, magnesium and zinc, buffer metabolic acids and prevent cells from losing their alkaline reserves and thus switching from elective protective mode with higher cell energy to survival modes with lower cell energy.
A global, non-invasive assessment of cell metabolic acidosis risk is available in the first urine after six or more hours rest (usually the 1st AM urine). The goal range is if pH of 6.5-7.5. This means cells have enough minerals to activate the catalysts that keep cells functioning efficiently and resistant to infection. More on test…
So… only hospitable and susceptible people become infected; those who have healthy immune systems recycle invaders without harm.
We recommend a protocol that includes a combination of ascorbates, natural polyphenolics like quercetin, vitamin D3 and zinc for immune support as mentioned here : Flu and Virus protocol
hsCRP: Global Indicator of Risk
Given the increasing recognition of inflammation as a common denominator of ill health, measurement of hsCRP is suggested as a global indicator of “at risk status”. The healthy or goal value for hsCRP is <0.5 mg/dl. Values above this level indicate increasing risk of host hospitality to infection. More on hsCRP and all 8 Predictive Biomarkers.
A healthy immune system can identify, eliminate and recycle viruses like Ebola efficiently and completely. Stressed and nutritional compromised people are at risk. Neurohormone balanced and nutritionally competent people are not at risk. We know enough to identify weakened immune defense and repair systems and what to do to restore them to reduce infectious risks.
This approach is evidence based, inexpensive, low risk and able to be used in the field as well as in the research lab.
Additional note: Healthcare workers are often the most sleep deprived and over stressed while being under engaged in keeping their immune defense and repair system healthier and how to know when it needs more antioxidant, mineral or other essential nutrient.
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