Seven Facts You Should Know About Ebola

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If you have been following recent headlines, you know that it has been asserted that the first case of the Ebola virus travelling aboard a commercial passenger airline has been confirmed.

According to the article, “Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world’s deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa’s largest city with 21 million people.”

Since I am neither a health care professional nor a scientist, I cannot confirm one way or another whether the Ebola virus can be spread in this manner.  What I can do, and encourage you to do, is to read up on the topic and come to your own conclusions.  Furthermore, rather than go into “pandemic panic mode”, be prepared to hunker down if Ebola lands close to your homeland, wherever that may be.

Ebola

Be Prepared for a Pandemic!

How to prepare for a pandemic?  The usual: plenty of food, water, first aid supplies, face masks, and something to keep your mind occupied in the event you are confined to close quarters.  Examples include books, playing cards, and board games.  I also recommend essential oils but more about that in a moment.

You should also be prepared to physically isolate yourself.  If a pandemic is even rumored, isolate yourself from large crowds, avoid commercial travel, and head out to your bug-out-location if you have one.  If you work outside the home, plan to telecommute if you can and if not, take some vacation time.  Above all, use common sense and keep a level head about you.

A Medical Doctor Weighs In On Ebola

You might remember Dr. James Hubbard from a recent Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  He is the author of Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival and DuctTape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together.  He had this to say:

Ebola is a horrible disease but, from what I understand, it is passed only by direct contact through bodily fluids. You don’t get it by breathing the air or casual contact with someone. There have been instances in the past of air travelers having it, and no one else traveling got it. If someone with it comes to the U.S. and gets sick, chances are very good they’re going to be sick enough to go to the hospital and become isolated.

The only ones with big-risk would be the ones who had been living with, or caring for, her/him. Since it’s not airborne, it’s very unlikely a widespread epidemic would break out here in the U.S.

Or is it?  Airborne, that is.

When I asked him about this, he pointed to some information posted on his website and gave me permission to share it here on Backdoor Survival.  Here are his thoughts including seven facts you should know about Ebola.

Unprecedented Ebola Outbreak. Could It Spread Here?

A new outbreak of Ebola is going on in Africa, and Doctors Without Borders is calling it “an epidemic of a magnitude never seen before”—not because of the number of cases or deaths. There have been more in previous outbreaks. It’s because of how the disease is spreading.

In the past, Ebola has always stayed confined to a small region. This time the same strain of the virus has been found infecting people several hundred miles from the original area.

The questions on the minds of many people who don’t live in Africa are, could it come here? If so, how do I prevent it?

What is Ebola?

Ebola is that horrendous viral disease in Africa (so far). It’s the disease with a death rate of up to 90 percent of those infected. The one where the victims sometimes bleed out of every orifice before they die.

But other than for humanitarian reasons or if we’re going to Africa, should we be concerned?

Well, for one thing, Ebola is on the U.S. list for potential bioterror agents. That’s because it’s highly contagious and there’s no vaccine or effective treatment. Also, though this is rare, people have traveled internationally with it before their symptoms started—including to the United States.

Stopping the Spread of Ebola: 7 Facts to Know

If Ebola becomes a problem, here are some key facts you’ll need to know to reduce your chance of getting it.

1. It seems to start in animals and meat.  No one’s for sure, but it’s thought the disease starts in bats. They can have the virus without getting sick. Then they infect other animals, who do usually get sick.

People kill the other animals and contract the virus while either preparing the meat or eating it poorly cooked. Then the virus starts spreading from person to person.

2. After exposure, Ebola can kick in early or late.  After someone is infected, the symptoms start anywhere from two to 21 days later.

3. Ebola doesn’t spread like the flu.  This is the only good thing I know about this awful disease.

Flu: You can be contagious before you get sick.
Ebola: You’re not contagious until you have symptoms.

Flu: The virus can spread through fluid droplets in the air (like from a sneeze).
Ebola: Although it’s theoretically possible for Ebola to spread this way, it doesn’t seem to.

4. Ebola is highly contagious.  You can catch it by coming in direct contact with any bodily fluids, including blood, semen, urine, saliva, vomit, or feces.

5. The symptoms make prevention more difficult.  Symptoms make it hard for caregivers not to come into contact with those bodily fluids.

There’s profuse vomiting and diarrhea. And the victim’s blood can’t clot. So you can’t stop bleeding from the smallest scrape, prick, or bruise. Sometimes people spontaneously bleed out the nose, mouth, rectum, or urethra.

6. Ebola is still contagious after symptoms stop or the victim dies.  Ebola doesn’t stop being contagious with death or recovery. Victims’ dead bodies still carry the disease, and people who recover may continue to be contagious for up to two months or more.

7. There are ways to protect yourself.  It’s essential to protect yourself at all times if you’re caring for someone who may have the disease so you don’t come into contact with the bodily fluids.

Basically, cover yourself in impermeable products from head to toe. Think goggles, mask, disposable gown, gloves, and shoe covers. If you’re using needles, use them once only and dispose of them immediately.

Also disinfect your environment. Clean any exposed furniture, walls, or floors with a disinfectant, like a chlorine bleach solution, before future use.  This may not all be possible during a long-term disaster, but do the best you can.

Essential Oils for Protection from Ebola and Other Viruses

In addition to healing, I am a huge believer in using essential oils to build up immunity  in order to prevent sickness.  I use essential oils myself and through trial and error, learn what works and what doesn’t.  I read as much as I can so that I can learn and make informed choices.

All that being said, I keep a spray bottle with Shield protective blend and witch hazel with me at all times for use as a hand and gizmo sanitizer.  I spray it everywhere, including on my phone, my keyboard, on pillows and bedding, and more.  If I feel a sniffle or a runny nose coming on, standalone Shield goes in the diffuser 24/7.

But what about protection from Ebola or other deadly viruses?  The jury is out but as far as I am concerned, staying healthy with a strong immune system can not hurt.

One thing I did do when the recent Ebola headlines hit was do some research to find studies that specifically addressed Ebola and essential oils.  I had some help but neither one of us could pull up any verified studies.  On the other hand, there have been some studies and articles linking Cinnamon and Ebola.  I like the cinnamon link since the Shield Blend I use contains Cinnamon Bark in addition to Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.

I plan to keep searching for some credible information on the use of essential oils to mitigate Ebola, but in the meantime, any of the antiviral and antibacterial essential oils would be good to have on hand.  Some examples are Thyme, Melaleuca, Oregano, Cinnamon and, of course, Shield.

How to Make An Essential Oil Protective Spray

Here is the recipe I use to make “Shield Protective Spray”.  This spray makes a terrific hand sanitizer, room freshener, and all around disinfectant and protectant.  This is so darn simple, it is embarrassing.

Take a 2 ounce glass spray bottle and add 30 drops of Spark Naturals Shield Blend.
Top with Witch Hazel.
Shake before using.

That’s it.  Were you expecting something more difficult?

One more note.  Shield Blend is actually an ancient blend based upon a legend that has its roots in 15th century England during the time of the great plague. Grave-robber thieves developed their own blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary to protect them while robbing the plague victims.

If you would like to try to make your own, here is a version that includes Lavender from Contributing Author Rebecca Schiffhauer at Camp Wander.

DIY Shield or Thieves/Robbers Blend with Lavender

Ingredients
45 drops clove essential oil
35 drops lemon essential oil
25 drops eucalyptus essential oil
20 drops cinnamon essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil

Instructions
Combine the all essential oils and store in a dark 15 ml glass bottle

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The Final Word

I am sure you will agree that when it comes to a dread disease, Ebola is horrific.  Will it become a global pandemic?  Will we be exposed?  That is anyone’s guess.  The best we can do is to limit our exposure to others and to be prepared for physical isolation.  This is one of the few instances were moving to a bug out location or to a friend or relative’s home in the boonies would be a wise idea.  For any type of pandemic, voluntary isolation is a good thing.

In closing, I would like to thank James for allowing me to share his work.  For more information, visit his website at the Survival Doctor and his most recent article, 12 Things You Must Know About Ebola.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Comments

Seven Facts You Should Know About Ebola — 48 Comments

    • Claire – wishing you and your loved ones health and hoping the authorities get this Ebola problem under control quickly!
      Please keep us updated!

        • Well, no update on Ebola out here but we just got hit by a 5.8 mag earthquake here in Johannesburg. Really a wake up call for how UNprepared I am….

          • Claire – Please know that myself and the rest of your friends at Backdoor Survival are thinking of you and hoping that you stay safe. Also, when it comes to being prepared, do not browbeat yourself over the past and what has not been done prepping-wise. Instead, simply go forward with a renewed vigor to prep a little bit each day. You will get there,

            Be well…Gaye

  1. Thanks for the extra information on ebola. I, too, have been trying to determine if essential oils could fight it. One thing that I have shared with my own blog readers during other pandemic warnings sounds gross but could, potentially, be a life saver. That is urine therapy — an extremely ancient practice of (yes) drinking one’s own urine. People have reportedly cured themselves of everything using this method, including terminal cancer. Unlike feces, urine is sterile. The idea is that it works almost like a homeopathic remedy, a diluted version of everything going on in the body. Then your body can reverse engineer a solution to your health challenge.

    Obviously, most people won’t go there with the pee drinking, but if any of my loved ones or I get exposed to some kind of pandemic, urine therapy will be a first line of defense, in addition to all the other preventative, immune strengthening measures. I’m not giving medical advice, but imho it’s worth consideration. In a life or death scenario where traditional medicine can’t do anything for us, are we really going to turn our noses away from nature’s most basic homeopathic remedy? Personally, I’d rather live.

    Blessings and best of luck to all,
    Laura

    • Hi Laura.
      Check out something called “nigella sativa” also known as “black seed”.
      It’s the best thing I know about for these kinds of issues.Google it and see what you think,
      All the best in your quest for optimum health.
      Saeed

      • Thanks Saeed, yes, I’ve heard of nigella sativa, and have thought of growing it. Oddly enough, this is the second mention in two hours of something in the Ranunculaceae family. I had heard of the nigella sativa but didn’t know it was in that family until just now. I’ll have to explore it more. Thanks much!

  2. I never rely on one or two plans. I do like the essential oils as one method. I will also be using local herbs and foraged items which may work in combo. The big addition I’m adding to my first aid gear for illnesses such as Ebola, but also if it were necessary to handle the dead or dying.
    1. Shoe covers—- rubber boots would be great but I’m buying several Dollar store shower caps instead. They work for keeping clothes clean when traveling, they should work for this too.
    2. Gowns—-I’m buying some heavy duty yard garbage bags to work in a pinch but also some of those Dollar store ponchos for space saving purposes.
    3. Gloves—-I have 3 boxes of disposable gloves but thinking a couple of pair of dishwashing gloves would be handy since they are long and more durable. For this, bigger is better
    4. Goggles—- I have some cheap store ones, but now, I’m also going to store some face shields to cover the whole face even with :
    5. Masks— I need a few more of those N99 masks to wear with the shield depending on what’s happening (if I know specifically, if not, wear anyway for caution).
    6. More Duct Tape…which may be need to create isoloation units and/or sealing outfits to keep contamination low. real fashionable I know.
    7. Tarps or big roll of plastic for creating those walls for isolation units.

  3. The information you wrote is essentially correct. However, I want to clarify one thing regarding transmission. Even small droplets of exhaled, sneezed or coughed fluid can carry the disease. For example, one of the women who had the disease refused treatment, left the clinic, and got in a jitney cab with multiple passengers. Four additional women contracted Ebola and have since died. I suspect that Ebola is not as difficult to contract as we have been led to believe. With an incubation period of up to 21 days and relatively minor initial symptoms, people could travel across the world and potentially infect others. Just my thoughts.

    • The article stated this is the same virus as before, it is not. It has mutated and according to an article I read the other day, while 97% identical to the Zaire Ebola, it has several mutations, I believe the article said three mutations, and that might explain why the older methods of protection no longer work. Also as the person above wrote, they now know that it can be spread in droplets when a person sneezes, so it is airborne to a degree. A friend of mine, in the medical field told me that when mutations occur naturally, there is usually only one mutation at a time, for there to be three mutations at one time in this virus, she suspects genetic splicing or a manmade weaponizing of this virus.
      We have been told about the two Ebola patients being brought to the US from Africa, we have not been given much information about all the other people being evacuated from Africa, flying home on commercial airliners, and being in quarantine, mostly at their own homes, for at least 21 days after their last known exposure to Ebola. ABC had a story about a doctor who is in quarantine in Morristown (?) after having returned from Africa due to the epidemic. I am sure there are many others we have not yet heard about.
      Also Obama signed an EO the other day to allow for the detainment of people with respiratory symptoms and CDC has established 20 Ebola quarantine areas, three of which are in my state, Texas – El Paso, Houston and Dallas. People coming in on intercontinental flights are being screened, those who might be sick are being detained. However, all the illegals flooding the country have overwhelmed the system to the point many are not getting even the basic screenings and vaccinations most people get when entering the country, and they are then being dispersed all over the country, and that has the potential for several really nasty diseases being spread all over the country with them, to include the possibility of ebola. If a foreign power wished to cause a pandemic and had people willing to die to do so (any powers come to mind?) then they could send said person or people through our now open border and take out a whole lot of us. Things to think about.

  4. There is a underground science lab and living unit under builing 49 at JSC in Houston (NASA). It is deep underground and was built in case astronauts brought a disease back from the first moon landing.

  5. Re: your recipe:

    “Take a 2 ounce glass spray bottle and add 30 drops of Spark Naturals Shield Blend.

    Top with Witch Hazel.

    Shake before using.”

    Please elaborate on Step 2 – “Top” with Witch Hazel…quantity, please?

    Thanks.

    • The 30 drops take up very little space so topping the 2 oz. bottle would require just under 2 ounces of witch hazel. You can adjust both the drops of essential oil and witch hazel to other sized spray bottles.

  6. Great article, Gaye. In addition to the spray bottles, I also put some of the Thieves or Spark oil in each liquid soap dispenser (I use unscented pure coconut oil soap and/or Dr. Bronner’s. Also, If you make your own spray cleaners, always add this oil. It has a great scent and works well on surfaces.
    Keep up your excellent, essential work.

    • Yvonne – I tend to use cheap oils in hand and body soap products since the benefits are more aroma oriented than healing oriented. Definitely though, my household cleaning products utilize my best and most powerful EOs. I really need to do some research as to how much of the beneficial qualities of essential oils are retained after washing one’s hands.

  7. “Ebola is a propaganda operation.

    Choices are being made: what to emphasize, what to ignore, what to use in order to invoke fear.

    Producing fear, one way or another, is a standard element in exerting top-down control over the population.

    When people are afraid, they’re compliant, they’re obedient to authority.

    And that’s the agenda.”

    http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/is-it-ebola-or-is-it-psychological-warfare/

    “Here’s another point you won’t see discussed on the mainstream news: the reliability of tests used to diagnose Ebola.

    Two of those tests—antibody and PCR—are notoriously unreliable. […]

    Bottom line: huge numbers of people on whom these tests are done are going to be falsely diagnosed with Ebola.” …

    • While I agree with Jon Rs assessment (how many “potential pandemics” have we had lately), your statement that PCR is ‘notoriously unreliable’ is a fantastically ignorant statement. PCR is fantastically simple and reliable. This fact it is the sole basis for the growth of a trillion dollar global industry behind genetics, genomics and disease research.
      What you may be meaning to say is that INTERPRETING PCR data requires skill, understanding and good assumptions. And many have failed her. But PCR itself is unassailable. And since it’s used in the diagnosis of many diseases and in determining the best treatment for them, it is highly irresponsible of you to mislead people with your ridiculous and factless assertions.

  8. What are your thoughts on the doctor and nurse they are flying to Georgia for treatment? I believe that they can contain Ebola at that hospital, however, wouldn’t it have been safer to treat them where they were and send the necessary supplies there? My friend, who is often an alarmist, thinks that they (the government? terrorists? NWO?, who knows) will purposefully release a strain of Ebola here, blame it on a protocol mistake at the hospital, and start an epidemic. I can’t imagine WHY anyone would do that and to what advantage.

    • Nora – Let me put it this way. I am hunkering down in my home and gathering extra supplies such as N100 masks, duct tape, goggles and all of the other normal preps I would need to shelter in place. My hope/guess is that this is all a big waste of time, money, and effort. But on the small chance a pandemic is started (either organically or PTB motivated), I want to be ready to isolate myself in safety.

      • Like all prepping, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
        Pandemics do and have happened and could easily happen again. I did not believe or worry about the “swine flu” near as much as I’m worried about Ebola. And I’m kinda in a wait and see attitude with it. At least I’m far outside any city or town, so my exposure is very minimal anyway.

  9. This is a case where those hospital ships would be ideal for quarantining those infected or possibly contagious. In the meantime, how many know about the planned quarantine CDC centers and where they are?
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ebola-fear-increases-heres-map-153900672.html

    There will be those who hear the news and fear or begin to fear. There will be those who take the news, then use it to prepare with it in mind, knowing it’s just a possibility given other events going on in the world.

    • Gaye – Thanks for replying. In general I’m always a bit concerned about epidemics because I live in NYC. We have a LOT of people in a relatively small area. On average, we come in to contact with hundreds of people on the subway to work alone. Never mind all of the other daily contacts.
      Dee – I saw the map you’re referring to. Those CDC centers are nothing new. They’ve been around forever. In NYC, ours is at either Kennedy or LaGuardia Airport. They quarantine thousands of people flying into the U.S. every year. People just aren’t aware of it.

  10. I’m posting this here, not because I found any evidence it works against EBOLA but there is evidence it works for MERSA, so do a search for black seed. My daughter is having surgery mid month and pre-op and post op, she’s getting my black seed homemade extract. I’m also working on a Four Thieves Water/Vinegar Tonic for internal and external use. We sure know the pharmas aren’t working for a cure before many are gone.

    • Hi Dee, I have black seeds… How do you make a homemade extract and is this the best way to utilize black seeds? And what benefits does it have on pre-op surgery? As I’m going for a hysterectomy soon… I would be so grateful if you could reply…

  11. Hi,
    good information, but you are incorrect on the gas mask filtration levels…

    Here is the information from the CDC website on the NIOSH-Approved Particulate Filtering Respirators:

    N95 – Filters at least 95% of airborne particles. Not resistant to oil.

    Surgical N95 – A NIOSH-approved N95 respirator that has also been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a surgical mask.

    N99 – Filters at least 99% of airborne particles. Not resistant to oil.

    N100 – Filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles. Not resistant to oil.

    R95 – Filters at least 95% of airborne particles. Somewhat resistant to oil.

    P95 – Filters at least 95% of airborne particles. Strongly resistant to oil.

    P99 – Filters at least 99% of airborne particles. Strongly resistant to oil.

    P100 – Filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles. Strongly resistant to oil.

    Meaning, though the N100 is an excellent mask, it is the P100 that actually offers the highest level of protection as it is both oil-proof and 99.97% efficient.

    best regards.

  12. Hello everyone.
    I would like to post some information on Ebola treatment that might be helpful. This info needs further investigation but I am putting it out there to see if it can be confirmed by someone who might be in the know.

    From an anonymous doctor:

    Summary:
    “The very first symptoms of ebola are exactly the same as scurvy, which is caused by inadequate vitamin C. Though scurvy is seldom fatal as a primary condition, scurvy also represents only a partial deficiency of vitamin C, the body still has a LOT of vitamin C compared to zero, which ebola causes. Absent ANY vitamin C, blood vessels become very weak and start to lose blood, and platelets become ineffective and unable to trigger clots. So death by ebola is caused by massive internal bleeding and loss of blood, which can be stopped simply by taking enormous doses of vitamin C until the immune system succeeds in killing off the virus.”

    Ebola is probably the best known of a class of viruses known as hemorrhagic fever viruses. In fact, Ebola virus was initially recognized in 1976. Other less known but related viral syndromes include yellow fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever, Rift Valley fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Kyasanur Forest disease, Omsk hemorrhagic fever, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever, Brazilian hemorrhagic fever, Argentine hemorrhagic fever, Bolivian hemorrhagic fever, and Lassa fever. The Ebola virus infection, also known as African hemorrhagic fever, has the distinction of having the highest case-fatality rate of the viral infections noted above, ranging from 53% to 88%.

    These viral hemorrhagic fever syndromes share certain clinical features. The Cecil Textbook of Medicine notes that these diseases are characterized by capillary fragility, which translates to easy bleeding, that can frequently lead to severe shock and death. These diseases also tend to consume and/or destroy the platelets, which play an integral role in blood clotting. The clinical presentation of these viral diseases is similar to scurvy, which is also characterized by capillary fragility and a tendency to bleed easily. Characteristic skin lesions develop, which are actually multiple tiny areas of bleeding into the skin that surround the hair follicles. some cases even include bleeding into already healed scars.

    In the classic form of scurvy that evolves very slowly from the gradual depletion of vitamin C body stores, the immune system will be sufficiently compromised for infection to claim the patient’s life before the extensive hemorrhage that occurs after all vitamin C stores have been completely exhausted. Ebola virus and the other viral hemorrhagic fevers are much more likely to cause hemorrhaging before any other fatal infection has a chance to become established. This is because the virus so rapidly and totally metabolizes and consumes all available vitamin C in the bodies of the victims that an advanced stage of scurvy is literally produced after only a few days of the disease.

    The scurvy is so complete that the blood vessels generally cannot keep from hemorrhaging long enough to allow an infective complication to develop. Also, the 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 is 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. However, this point is largely academic after hemorrhaging throughout the body has begun.

    To date, no viral infection has been demonstrated to be resistant to the proper dosing of vitamin C as classically demonstrated by Klenner. However, not all viruses have been treated with Klenner-sized vitamin C doses, or at least the results have not been published. Ebola viral infection and the other acute viral hemorrhagic fevers appear to be diseases that fall into this category. Because of the seemingly exceptional ability of these viruses to rapidly deplete vitamin C stores, even larger doses of vitamin C would likely be required in order to effectively reverse and eventually cure infections caused by these viruses.

    Cathcart (1981), who introduced the concept of bowel tolerance to vitamin C discussed earlier, hypothesized that Ebola and the other acute viral hemorrhagic fevers may well require 500,000 mg of vitamin C daily to reach bowel tolerance! Whether this estimate is accurate, it seems clear as evidenced by the scurvy-like clinical manifestations of these infections that vitamin C dosing must be vigorous and given in extremely high doses. If the disease seems to be winning, then even more vitamin C should be given until symptoms begin to lessen. Obviously, these are viral diseases that would absolutely require high doses of vitamin C intravenously as the initial therapy. The oral administration should begin simultaneously, but the intravenous route should not be abandoned until the clinical response is complete. Death occurs too quickly with the hemorrhagic fevers to be conservative when dosing the vitamin C. (from Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins:Curing the Incurable by Thomas E. Levy MD JD)

    • (Black Cumin Seed Oil, Fresh crushed garlic, High dose Vitamin C and Vitamin D3) all used daily is some of the most natural potent virus fighters on this planet!!!

  13. High dose vitamin C will likely take care of it…and much more.
    See Dr. Thomas Levy’s book: ‘Primal Panacea’.
    Must be high dose, take regular oral vitamin C daily 10 grams or up to bowel tolerance. If you have the disease it may be necessary to get intravenous vitamin C in 100 gram or more doses. Also, liposomal encapsulated C can be bought and is as effective as IV but it is easier to get higher doses by IV.

    http://www.amazon.com/Primal-Panacea-Thomas-E-Levy/dp/0983772800/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407079035&sr=1-1&keywords=primal+panacea

  14. Before jumping into this, allow my to introduce myself. I am an Internationally Certified Master Clinical Aromatherapist. Recently, I was introduced to this article & while I am THRILLED to see a doctor recommend oils, I would like to offer a little insight into the suggestions. Oregano is an antibacterial & long term use compromises the liver. There are several different types of thyme & not all are anti-viral, plus there is a better choice. Cinnamon is only an antiseptic, not anti-viral plus it has blood thinning effects & not recommended for those using blood thinners or even exposed to this virus. Clove oil is even more of a blood thinner and is a good antiseptic; although not anti-viral. I would eliminate lemon altogether as it inhibits the production of some very necessary chemicals in the body. Additionally, there are several different types of rosemary & eucalyptus with only 1 type of eucalyptus being anti-viral. The others are either expectorants or have other systemic effects depending on what we’re talking about plus rosemary should not be used for an extended period of time. Tea Tree is a good anti-infective; yet, not an oil I would use to protect against Ebola. Additionally, I never recommend ingesting the oils as digestion begins in the mouth & ‘we’ want the complete molecule to be taken into the blood stream. It doesn’t take a lot. 1 drop at the base of the throat as you will benefit from inhaling the oils as well as get it into the bloodstream plus a drop or two under the arms. Typically, I would encourage people to improve their immunity by addressing the variations in their genome; however, this is an aggressive virus & for people at risk, a blend of ravensare, hyssop decumbens & myrrh. Additionally, bolstering the body with custom organic teas that improve the health of the digestive system will make a tremendous difference as it also provides anti-oxidants & other nutrients…

    • Tammy – I very much appreciate your weighing in on this matter. As a point of clarification, the recommendation to use essential oils was mine and not Dr. Hubbard’s although if you follow his writing, you will see that he does promote essential oils for many ailments.

      Mainly, I want to thank you for suggesting using a drop of oil at the base of the throat and under the arms (I assume armpits). I had never heard that before but it does make perfect sense.

      Speaking for myself and the readers of this blog, we would love to hear more of your thoughts on the subject of building up the immune system to prevent illness and disease.

    • Tammy I believe the blood thinning properties of Cinnamon only applies to Cassia Cinnamon. Ceylon Cinnamon does not seem to have this issue. Plus Ceylon Cinnamon has ultra low Coumarin levels, so you can safely take it on a daily basis without damaging your liver.

      We do have an excellent Ceylon Cinnamon Tea infused with Cinnamon bark oil which not only tastes fantastic (we think it is the best in the World) but is also great for improving the health of the digestive system. Cinnamon is well documented to address a huge range of digestive issues from gastric cancers to bloating, better food digestion and eliminating bad gut bacteria.

      And for topical applications especially disinfecting we have a Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil with 75% Eugenol content that is extremely effective for many things including the toenail fungus. It is a powerful antiseptic, anti bacterial and anti microbial.

      Whether Cinnamon would work for Ebola is of course debatable and possibly remote. But in the absence of a cure, essential oils and cinnamon essential oils seems like a reasonable stop gap measure.

    • (Black Cumin Seed Oil, Fresh crushed garlic, High dose Vitamin C and Vitamin D3) all used daily is some of the most natural potent virus fighters on this planet!!!

  15. Please allow me to get my disclaimers out of the way. First of all, I am not a licensed health practitioner, so what I am sharing should not be construed as professional medical advice but as educational information, only. If you have any questions as to what is being shared here, please consult fully with your physician or health adviser. Secondly, I am affiliated with The Cellular Matrix Study as a sales distributor and market organic sulfur from my website…

    What caused the change in our biology to allow our “terrain” to be susceptible to infection? Man is the source of every virus and Ebola is a virus. The biology of the planet is being taxed by the greed of man. Messing with our biology is always dreadful, if not deadly.

    When Big Oil began to roll out their new chemical fertilizers in places like the West Nile Region of Africa at the outset of World War 2, they started to break the sulfur cycle. Breaking the sulfur cycle using inorganic fertilizers has led to all sorts of modern diseases, including West Nile Virus, Ebola, and HIV/AIDS.

    How do we protect and repair the damage of Ebola? Believe it or not, it can be as simple as adding organic sulfur to your diet. Sulfur is nature’s detoxification mineral. As described on Pub Med, sulfur can protect and repair cellular damage caused by radiation. It can do the same for viruses as well.

    What is in short supply in the daily diet of many Africans is an adequate intake of protein. There are sulfur-based amino acids in protein (e.g., methionine, cysteine, homocysteine and taurine) that our biology needs to regenerate cells in a healthy manner.

    Led by its founding director, Patrick McGean, The Cellular Matrix Study that started researching this health topic back in 1999 strongly suggests that every man, woman, and child begin adding one teaspoon of organic sulfur twice a day so that we will not all bleed internally from Ebola and this virus will go dormant.

    This is a simple aspect of our biology. Sulfur transports oxygen to our cells so our cells can regenerate in a healthy manner. As documented decades ago by Nobel prize recipient Dr. Otto Warburg, the enemy of all viruses is oxygen.

    Got sulfur?

    • (Black Cumin Seed Oil, Fresh crushed garlic, High dose Vitamin C and Vitamin D3) all used daily is some of the most natural potent virus fighters on this planet!!!

  16. Dear Gustavo, you are entitled to your opinion regarding the efficacy of taking organic sulfur. However, I suggest that you also read up on the subject. Here is a link to one article posted on NaturoDoc that was posted by Jack Challem entitled, “Sulfur is unquestionably an essential nutrient. So why doesn’t anyone consider it that?”

    http://www.naturodoc.com/library/medsmats/msm/sulfur.htm

    Also, do a Google search for an interview that Dr. Joseph Mercola conducted with Dr. Stephanie Seneff about the importance of sulfur in our diet and what its role is regarding our health.

  17. I have read a few articles stating that Colloidal Silver would combat the Ebola virus. Has anyone else read or know of this being a remedy?

  18. My pantry has an array of thing with which to make condiments. For my bug out bag I have a small tupperware with individual serving size packets of: sweet and sour sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, various salad dressings, bullion cubes, and Cholula hot sauce.

  19. Okay, and for my mobility service dog Shadow, my bug out bag has Doggie Dust dry dog food flavor enhancer. He is most important right?

  20. One thing I’ve been extremely interested in is that, despite following the news regarding Ebola very closely for 3 months now, I’ve only seen one article in the mainstream news about the fact that this month (Sept 2014) over 10,000 college students have arrived in the USA from nations which currently have an Ebola outbreak. Now, this wouldn’t be any different from previous years as far as having many thousands of international students attending US universities. But this is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the only precautions in place to prevent Ebola from striking the US seem to be that several colleges are adding a minor health check (asking questions about if a student has been in any area where Ebola cases have been confirmed, and taking their temperature) for students from Ebola-stricken nations. I live in a city that has two large universities and several small colleges, and I have to take public transit to/from work. Currently personal hygiene and medical preps are my top priority!

  21. Virii may not like volatile oils, Vitamins or Silver, but none of these will do quite as much for you as not being exposed to the virus. Masks, Gloves and best of all, Isolation, are your absolute best bets for keeping your blood where it belongs, which is inside of you.

    The CDC is using political jargon like “Leaning Forward” and splitting hairs on definitions like Airborne, in an effort to downplay the consequences of what are really, horrible decisions, like importing large numbers of people from Ebola Infected Countries to work in American Prisons or with the many Illegal Children because African Prisons have such sterling records and having potentially infected people work with untraceable children before secreting them all over the country is absolutely brilliant.

    All that being said, this particular strain seems very survivable compared to others and while we can not vaccinate against it, we are seemingly producing a highly effective serum. Not enough for the masses of course, but I am sure we can produce enough to keep the very rich and powerful from suffering the same fate as the unwashed masses.

  22. (Black Cumin Seed Oil, Fresh crushed garlic, High dose Vitamin C and Vitamin D3) all used daily is some of the most natural potent virus fighters on this planet!!!

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