The current situation with Ebola and Enterovirus D68 – and the media frenzy that continues (10/19/14) – should be kept in perspective. Unfounded fear and panic driven by media has led to mass confusion. “Mass Media News” is about selling, not informing or educating. The following information is the clinically reasoned medical perspective of the staff of the Bio Medical Health CenterTM in response to increasing questions, concerns and/or requests for “advice.” Although the “media” is focused on Ebola, only two (2) confirmed cases have occurred within the U.S., versus the real and rapidly expanding epidemic of Enterovirus D68. The dual threat should be understood in context and put in perspective. There have been two (2) documented cases of Ebola originating in the U.S. as of 10/19/14. The number of Enterovirus D68 cases is in the thousands and is increasing.
Ebola virus (EBOV) was first described in 1976. It was first considered a possible new “strain” of Marburg virus. EBOV is one of five known viruses within the genus Ebola virus. Four of the five known Ebola viruses, including the two current U.S. cases of EBOV (aka Ebola virus Zaire), cause a severe and often fatal hemorrhagic fever in humans and other mammals, known as Ebola virus disease (EVD). EBOV virus has caused the majority of human deaths from EVD and is the cause of the 2013–2014 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, resulting in at least 9,216 suspected cases and 4,555 confirmed deaths (10/19/14).
The natural reservoir of Ebola virus is believed to be fruit bats. However Ebola viruses have NOT been isolated in bats. It is primarily transmitted between humans and from animals to humans through body fluids. Of real concern is the fact that one strain of Ebola virus (Ebola virus Renton) is transmitted through the air among monkeys. While this strain has not infected humans, it is genetically identical to EBOV now infecting Americans. Although “authorities” and “experts” insist transmission requires close contact with body fluids from someone who is “symptomatic”. The fact is that the current strain could become airborne.
There is no Allopathic treatment for EBOV. Homeopathic and Integrative treatments may be effective. They have been used successfully with past epidemics and pandemics (1918 Flu, London Typhoid epidemic).
While the current “Ebola situation” bears watching because of its high mortality rate (Up to 90% requiring Biosafety Level 4-equivalent containment), the ongoing problem with Enteroviruses is much more prevalent and worrisome clinically.
Enteroviruses (EV) were originally classified based on the diseases they caused in humans and animals. The genus EV originally consisted of four groups: Polioviruses, Coxsackie A viruses, Coxsackie B viruses and Echoviruses. More recently, Enteroviruses are identified using a numbering system (i.e. EV68, EV69, etc.). There are currently over 70 human EV types recognized by blood antibody testing. Enteroviruses are very contagious. They are typically spread by fecal-oral route (hand washing is important!), and can also be spread by respiratory routes, and from mother to infant. Hand washing is the most effective way to reduce the spread of EV.
Enteroviruses are associated with at least 26 different syndromes and diseases, including coronary heart disease, type 1 diabetes, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, encephalitis, herpangia, myocarditis, pleurodynia, ADHD, and central nervous system infections, such as polio, meningitis, encephalitis, chronic meningoencephalitis, and acute flaccid paralysis.
It is possible for an enteroviral infection to result in a multi-organ illness or a series of illnesses in different organs spanning several years. One unsettling fact about enteroviruses is that they can spread to various organs and persist in the body for years – potentially causing chronic disease long after the initial infection. There is currently no official explanation as to why, or what groups are at a risk. Curiously, the U.S. Defense Department (DOD) published research showing the exact strain of EV D68 in cultures on Central American children one year before the virus appeared in the U.S. and following the dispersal of similar illegal alien children without legally mandated health screening or quarantine. Why would the DOD identify a potential biological threat and then allow the unimpeded flow across the U.S. border?
Modern allopathic (“scientific”) medicine currently has no approved, effective treatment for enteroviral infections. There are effective Homeopathic and Integrative medical therapies for EV infections. The best way to stay healthy is a good diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, stress management, hygiene (hand washing, etc.) and, most of all, remain calm in the face of the toxic, for-profit media frenzy. Keeping your Vitamin D blood level between 55 and 70ng/dl (Vitamin D3 only, never take D2), taking Selenium (400mcg/day), and plenty of Vitamin C (500-1000mg 2-4X/day) will keep your neuro-endocrine-immune system functioning more effectively.
For prevention and/or treatment intravenous (IV) Vitamin C weekly to monthly, IV Ozone therapy, Ultra Violet Blood Irradiation (UVBI), and Homeopathic/Isopathic/Integrative Medical therapy have been effectively used to prevent and treat almost all EV syndromes. These therapies will also prove useful in EBOV disease should that unlikely situation arise.
The microbiome is “the ecological community of commensal (beneficial-healthy), symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that share our body space. The human body contains over 10 times more microbial cells than human cells. Modern research has found that microbes that make up an individuals’ microbiome determine overall health and what types of diseases they may develop. Most of these microbes are located in the intestinal tract. Enteroviruses make up part of the human intestinal microbiome (“entero” literally means “intestine”). Modern research has also documented that the most important part of the human immune system is the intestine (MALT/GALT*).
Radioactive fallout in food, water and air from nuclear testing in the 1940’s and 50’s led to disruptions of the microbiome and immune system in millions of children, and the polio epidemic of the 1950’s occurred shortly thereafter. Now following the Chernobyl atmospheric nuclear explosion and Fukishima nuclear meltdown, we have a massive outbreak of EVD68, the recurrence of paralytic EV infections and the increasing incidence of chronic EV disease. Protect your intestinal microbiome with the regular use of probiotics and brown algae (ModifilanTM) to naturally reduce stored and transiting environmental radioactivity now in our food, air and water.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus 19 October 2014.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterovirus 19 October 2014.
- http://enterovirusfoundation.org 19 October 2014.
- Garcia J, Espejo V, Nelson M, et al. Human Rhinoviruses and Enteroviruses in Influenza-like Illness in Latin America. Virology J 2013, 10:305.
- http//www.biohealthcenter.com/integrat.html 19 October 2014.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microbiome 19 October 2014
* Mucosa Associated Lymph Tissue/Gut Associated Lymph Tissue