Zika Virus - What Should We Do in The Face of This Threatening Human Tragedy?
OK, so the name comes from the Zika Forest in Uganda, where the virus was first isolated in 1947.
Its an Arbovirus, which means its been around as long as humans. Zika Virus is usually transmitted between monkey and arthropod vector e.g. mosquito.
So this is yet another disease that has entered the human race via the ingestion by unthinking morons in Africa of Bush Meat. The list is quite long now, you can check it out for yourselves but of course EBOLA is right up there near the top.
I would just like to say, it makes me totally sick that their excuse for eating bush meat is 'poverty'. Why not keep chickens or grow vegetables instead? Why go out and eat our 'cousins' when you know diseases are introduced to humans that way?
During the Siege of Leningrad people were reduced to eating dead family members. That was extreme, isolated and not to be recommended due to blood brain barrier pathogens (see also ancient funereal cannibalism.) Basically if you eat the brains etc of family members, you end up with brain disease and death. This is simply because 'proteins' (basic unit of life) cross over and become abnormal.
What is a virus? - you got it: A PROTEIN.
We are not supposed to eat monkeys, they are too close to us in evolutionary terms, why can't those stupid people get this fact into their heads?
Forget Nuclear Wars for the moment and think: Bush Meat Viruses + Cheap Air Flights = HELL ON EARTH!
If someone wants to write to me and shout me down, do it! Because I'm ready for you.
If The West was responsible for this kind of spread of disease, there would be a whole different take on this.
Thank Goodness this disease doesn't have anything to do with The Fertile Crescent either. Because if that happened, can you imagine the state of the planet?
The big question is 'why has this virus suddenly mutated into such a virulent strain?'
In my humble opinion: it was bound to happen because they are evolving, just like us and it was only a matter of time.
Areas that are densely populated are hot seed beds for such threats. Considering that's an accurate description of most of the world now, is it any wonder our future hangs in the balance?
We all know that blood transfusions offer a perfect environment for pathogens to transfer to new hosts. Think Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease.
Its no surprise to me that this has happened, because if you think about it, a mosquito is like a tiny mobile blood transfusion unit, combining various strains of whatever. And furthermore, in warm climates, a blood borne virus can easily be kept warm enough to survive.
(When AIDS first appeared, I was always worried that mosquitos might spread it person to person . The thing with AIDS is however, once it cools down from its optimum temperature for survival, it dies, rather like Hepatitis on a toilet seat. )
Not so with Zika Virus!
I say, let's try and keep calm, but also let's get to work trying to protect ourselves.
Viruses just adore a host that is not fully well. You might think your general run-down physical state is something we all put up with. But what I've learned is that nutritional deficiencies open the way for pathogens, and lots of them.
The first vital nutrient to consider in our fight against viruses, whether introduced to our bodies by insects, air-borne transfer, skin to skin, or transmitted by exchanging bodily fluids variety, etc. is Vitamin B12.
If you were bitten by a lot of insects last Summer, then you can be pretty well certain you are low on Vitamin B12.
B12 is another of those nutrients that our ancestors ate in abundance as its contained in such huge quantities in organ meats, but we struggle to source it these days, due to modern diets.
Get yourself a bottle of Methylcobalamin, which is the best sort of B12 that's out there, and eat one of those pills daily, under the tongue, tastes of cherry - you wont be bitten by insects again this Summer.
But if you are....then read on.
Let's assume that B12 is not enough to keep Zika Virus away. Good, because that's precisely how I'm going to proceed with this threat.
Secondly start taking Zinc.
Zinc is absolutely essential in our fight against ALL viruses, including the common cold, influenza etc. Since I've been taking zinc daily, I've not had a cold, I kid you not.
This means for about the last 5 years or so I haven't had a cold. The same goes for my husband.
(We did catch a very bad chest infection from someone who had been receiving chemotherapy and came out of hospital with the most horrendous cough. We inadvertently gave this person a lift in our car for 3 hours, with the windows shut while they coughed their guts up. Exactly 7 days later, my husband and I started coughing violently, but most interestingly, neither of us had any fever and didn't need any medication to get rid of the pathogen.)
Zinc will deplete Copper if taken over a prolong period, so its best to buy a preparation that combines the two.
Mosquitos hate zinc! It basically kills them. So in our fight against Zika Virus, Zinc is right up there as something you need to be taking.
Zinc also promotes thymic hormone, which is produced by the main organ in your body to help you fight viruses, called the Thymus Gland. Do not underestimate the essential need to nurture your Thymus Gland!
The next thing you need to address is Vitamin C.
This vitamin should be taken in its natural form, bound up in a food molecule. The pills don't cure scurvy, so forget the pills, they won't cut the mustard! Vitamin C is all but destroyed by cooking.
Vitamin C is involved in several enzymatic chain reactions, mainly because it donates vital electrons.
Vitamin C is found in high concentrations inside immune cells and its role in cancer prevention is paramount. Studies on the pill form and cancer prevention are always pessimistic. However studies with food derived vitamin C always seem to be hushed up.
Everyone I know that has had cancer, has also been deficient in Vitamin C!
There's a lot of money to be made with those pills, even though very few people realise Vitamin C pills do not cure scurvy.
Most people remain just above the threshold of Vitamin C deficiency due to their consumption of potatoes.
Vitamin C increases the body's production of interferon in the face of a viral attack. It also enhances Phagocyte production, which mops up viruses and other kinds of threats and detritus.
So there you have it, while they are trying to eradicate the mosquito population (some hope), we can all be doing something to keep ourselves safe.
My heart goes out to the mothers and their poor little babies that have been infected with this dreadful pathogen.