With the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the transport of two Americans with the illness back to the U.S., there are great concerns about this illness coming to the States. The CDC has assured us that this is highly unlikely. They may be right, but it's good to take precautions just in case. Here are a few ways to protect yourself against most viral and bacterial infections.
Let me start by saying that Ebola shouldn't be your biggest fear. You're far more likely to contract an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection in one of our hospitals. Fortunately, many of these treatments will fight against both.
For instance, a recent study found that clay is one of the most effective ways to kill off antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In this study, researchers used clays from a volcanic deposit near Crater Lake, Oregon. Scientists have found that the clays from this region are the most potent against illness. These particular researchers wanted to see if the clay would kill the bacterial species Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis. These two bugs commonly cause digestive and skin infections, respectively.
Not only did the researchers find that the clay could kill the bacteria, they also found out how. Apparently, the clay floods the bacterial cells with iron. When it does this, it overwhelms the cells and eventually kills them. While this study was on bacteria, other studies have found that clay can kill viruses as well. So it's a great product to have around. While supplements with the Oregon clay are hard to find, there are other highly effective clays that are easy to find on the Internet and in some health food stores.
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To my knowledge, no one has ever tested these clays on Ebola. So there's no guarantee that they will cure the bug if you contract it. In fact, I probably wouldn't rely on just a supplement to treat any life-threatening bug. I'd throw everything I can at it. And perhaps the best treatment that could handle these nasty bugs isn't a supplement. It's a doctor-administered set of treatments called oxidation therapies. These include IV hydrogen peroxide, ozone therapy, and high-dose vitamin C IVs. These oxygen therapies are your best line of defense once you contract a killer disease. Oxidation therapies can kill bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. You can find more information about these treatments and a doctor trained in these techniques by going to either www.acam.org or www.oxygenhealingtherapies.com.
Of course, the people who are most susceptible to Ebola or any other infection are those with compromised immune systems. So it's vital you keep your immune system strong with a multivitamin and other nutrients I've discussed in these pages.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.