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What I would do with Ebola….

Like anyone else with anything to do with natural health care, I have been drowning in questions about herbal and other “natural” approaches to Ebola. A couple of thoughts and some info follow. Remember that I am not a doctor, so I am not trying to diagnose or prescribe for anybody’s disease, just sharing my personal thoughts and ideas.

Ebola is not a new disease. It has been around for ages, and over the last 38 years there have been 25 confirmed, significant outbreaks in West Africa. Prior to this year, the cumulative number of people who had died in those outbreaks totaled 1037; in Canada over 1500 people died of the flu in the last two years. About 40 million died in the flu outbreak if 1918, including nearly  700,000 in the US, so hopefully that gives some perspective. This outbreak has obviously been much larger than most, but we wouldn’t even know about it if an American hadn’t gotten sick. Ebola is not more contagious than other viruses, just more deadly if you do contract it.

What to do about it? As with any virus, the best defense is a strong immune response. Of over 40 people who had direct, even intimate contact prior to his hospitalization with the first victim to die in the US, none have developed any symptoms of the disease and all were released from 3 weeks of quarantine today. Granted, two nurses did develop the disease, but 40 people who had no protection did not. As one doctor in West Africa put it, we are fighting two diseases, one is Ebola, and one is fear of Ebola! If you are still particularly concerned simple things like adding colloidal silver (quality is critical here, since most home-made and many commercial solutions have particles large enough to also kill good bacteria, and should be 18-20ppm) to your water, or diffusing Guardian essential oil blend in your home or office have been shown to reduce pathogens, and thus your likelihood of contracting anything. Eating well, getting plenty of rest, and taking adaptogenic herbs like Suma and Astragalus are no-brainers. One study years ago found that white vinegar was more effective than chlorine or peroxide solutions at eliminating HIV virus from hospital surfaces, so don’t stress your body with chemical cleaners and synthetic anti-bacterial products. Maintain a great probiotic level with a good variety of cultured foods, and consider adding a supplement if foods like kefir and kimchee haven’t been dietary staples (I like Probiotic 11). None of these treat any disease-but your body will recognize and eliminate foreign entities more effectively if you take care of it appropriately.

Specific supports I would look at are based on what I know about how the virus works. In all hemorrhagic fevers, the mucous membranes seem to be compromised. They constitute the first responders to any kind of foreign element, from a piece of dirt in your eye, to pollen or viruses in your nose, to toxins in the food you eat, so I would support mine with Marshmallow root, which coats, soothes and provides materials to rebuild compromised tissues. I have read that the virus disables the body’s ability to recognize invaders and replace normal cells, and stimulates reproduction of itself instead (interesting; that is how cancer works, and many researchers believe cancer is actually virus-instigated!). To trigger immune response I would be thumping my thymus gland (in the center of the chest, a la Tarzan). I would take lots of (cider) vinegar baths, which help to maintain hydration, especially when people can’t keep enough in orally, and keeps the acid mantle high enough to fight pathogens. Most of all, I would live in faith, not fear!



News article this morning about pending FDA regulation that would require farmers who spread manure on their fields to wait nine months-more than a growing season-before harvesting foods planted in manure-fertilized fields in order to ‘protect’ consumers from possible, potential, risk from salmonella organisms because they “don’t know how long it actually lives in the soil”.

Salmonella is like any other organism in that it requires correct living conditions or it dies. Living in the soil is natural, being able to live in the body is not. It requires a combination of factors that are obviously not extremely common, given that even in salmonella “outbreaks caused by” spinach or strawberries only a miniscule number of the tens or hundreds of thousands of people who eat the product actually get sick. Those factors include low levels of stomach acid (usually instigated by antacids) which is exacerbated by chlorinated (and otherwise alkalinized) water, combined with extremely low levels of gut bacteria. The acidity and enzymes of the stomach exist in part to kill harmful pathogens before they get any further into the body, and intestinal flora finish the job. Unfortunately, we have been killing both with our diets. We need a huge variety of live cultures, so eat real yogurt, kimchee, kefir, live vinegar, etc. (Check a previous post for info about the artificially engineered probiotics!) Eat lots of fresh foods, even (especially!) grown organically in manure, since they contain active enzymes that help break the food down for you. An exciting new study released in July showed that even people undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for leukemia and other cancers, who had previously been directed to avoid fresh fruits and vegetables because of the germ risk, did better when they ate them.

This regulation is acknowledged as a ‘war’ between relatively small and larger farmers. Earthbound Farms (interesting article at http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable-news/Report-Dead-end-for-Earthbound-Farm-sale-227100231.html) is for it; the smaller farmer they interviewed this morning said there has never been a problem in literally millions of pounds of produce they have shipped over the last 40 years and is against it. Current regulations require a wait time of four months, which is in line with traditional farming practices. Here’s the deal: FDA is encouraging the use of a processed, heated, pelletized manure, which costs three to four times as much as fresh. It would be interesting to follow the supply chain; my guess is that many of the huge industrial farmers are also processing manure….

The other problem with that type of product is that it is not just nutrients that soil needs. More and more researchers are discovering the profound significance of live micro-organisms in the soil, just as they have found in our bodies. Fresh manure has them; commercially heat-processed manure doesn’t. They allow the nutrients to be taken up into the plants. Did you know that ground which has been paved at any point remains sterile for 100 YEARS before it will support plant life??? Remember that “sterile” means more than just evil-germ-free-it means life-free. We need a huge variety of life to be healthy, and we need to get it from our food. PLEASE contact the FDA and let them know you think that mankind has not survived for this many thousands of years by doing everything wrong. The manure cycle is fine if we will just allow it to work as it has since the beginning of time!


GMO Enzymes and Patented Probiotics!

Any time you see a patented or trademarked notice on a product you are buying something that has been altered in such a way or to such a degree that it does not exist in a natural state. That reality extends even to “natural” products, since “natural” does not have any legal definition. As I explained to a client this morning in response to an inquiry about a new  “natural” anxiety supplement, “I’m always cautious with patented products-to me, any “patented, standardized” product is a drug, not an herb. It no longer has the balance with which it was created. After all, vodka is just a “standardized” extract of potatoes, and I know people who swear by it for stress relief!”

While most people agree that eating cultured foods like kimchi, yogurt and kefir, and taking probiotic supplements are good ideas, very few know where their cultures come from. You may be surprised to learn that most commercial products in those categories are also patented! In 2011 DuPont acquired Danisco, the largest producer of enzymes and cultures for the food industry. The patented ingredients include a huge list of acidophilus and other cultures, including “starter cultures for color, texture and flavor development and to maintain microbiological quality.” From the Danisco website:  “The DuPont™ Danisco® range encompasses the broadest portfolio of ingredients for the dairy industry. Today, every third cheese obtains its well-defined flavor and texture from our leading cultures.” The same is true for many other products-and not just dairy products, to settle the anti-dairy “told-you-so” voices! Dairy and meat substitutes are using the same engineered cultures, and so are supplement manufacturers.

Patented supplement ingredients include more than just probiotics. Vitamins, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, fiber, and phytosterols are also in the Danisco  lines. DuPont-the company responsible for fostering genetically modified foods-made big  business news with their “New Harvest” Omega Three; it’s selling well on the grounds that it’s sustainable and vegan! They even offer to help companies work with regulatory agencies in whatever country they are interested in doing business to get their products approved.

The solution? Get your nutrients as much as possible from real, whole, organic foods. I have a great kombucha-type culture that generated itself when I kept a bottle of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar near my stove. That is a live food! If you need supplements, generally use herbs rather than isolated nutrients-we were designed to digest plants-from a company that does serious quality control of its own. Be wary of wonder supplements with names you can’t pronounce, and question the source of foods and supplements. Buy local where possible, and support smaller companies who are less likely to use the engineered enzymes and cultures.