This past weekend, I travelled to Indiana to give a lecture. During my driving time, I was thinking about the Ebola problem. Ebola eventually kills by causing massive bleeding. Patients suffering with Ebola may bleed out of every orifice as well as from the nipples.
To cure Ebola, the media has been reporting that there is a race to bring a vaccine to market. However, a vaccine probably won’t help those already infected with Ebola. Other pharmaceutical companies are researching anti-viral drugs that will kill Ebola.
At present there is no Big Pharma treatment for Ebola. The CDC recognizes this fact. The CDC states, “Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response (my emphasis). People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.”
In this case, I agree with the CDC. What we should focus on is supporting the immune system so that it has a chance to fight back against viruses–like Ebola–and other foreign invaders. How is that accomplished? Supplying the immune system with the nutrients it needs is the best way to ensure that it can fight off foreign invaders.
Let’s go back to the first paragraph in this post–Ebola kills, in part, by causing massive bleeding. Not everyone bleeds with Ebola, but it does occur late in the course of the illness.
Scurvy is a condition of severe vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms of scurvy include diarrhea, fever paralysis and bleeding. All of these symptoms occur in an Ebola infection. Perhaps the Ebola infection is causing a scurvy-like syndrome as the body’s store of vitamin C is used up fighting the infection. Remember, we cannot manufacture vitamin C–we must ingest it from our diet. Acute scurvy-like illnesses have been described in other infectious cases.
If I had only one therapy to prescribe to Ebola patients, it would be vitamin C. It is too bad that most (>99%) doctors have no clue on how to use vitamin C both orally and intravenously to enhance the immune system as well as to fight an infection. However, most doctors are skilled at prescribing toxic drug therapies that do not aid the immune system’s ability to fight back against infection.
For over 20 years, I have been giving IV vitamin C (along with other nutrient IV’s) to sick patients. IV vitamin C is a remarkable treatment for many conditons, especially viral infections. I say, give the populations in West Africa oral vitamin C and treat sick Ebola patients with both IV and oral forms of vitamin C. The same treatment should be used anywhere Ebola is being treated.
There are other nutrients that may synergistically work with vitamin C such as vitamins A and D as well as iodine. Ultimately, to win any battle against a viral infection, a strong immune response is required. This can only be achieved by supplying the immune system with the essential nutrients it requires.
How much vitamin C should you take? If you tolerate it, 3-5,000 mg/day should be the minimum. During acute infections, the body’s need for vitamin C increases. In these situations, vitamin C can be taken orally to bowel tolerance. IV vitamin C can be used from 5,000-75,000mg increments in the hands of a skilled health care practitioner.