Written by Julie Taylor
Here is a FREE Pandemic Survival Guide to keep you safe, printed below. Ebola news is everywhere and is frightening to say the least. I keep reminding myself: don't panic. Take a deep breath.
I sincerely believe that all of the illnesses we have in our society are 'hyped up' by the media in order that drug companies can sell vaccines and sell more drugs. That's not to say that they aren't very real too but a healthy body and mind can deal with just about anything.
Sometimes we absolutely do need medical help and through our society and our taxes we have built an amazing medical system here in the west. All said and done though, the strongest medicine is within our own bodies and our job is to keep them as fit as possible.
I like transparency and honesty and I see a conflict of interest when the panels to safeguard the public are funded by the very businesses they are supposed to control. I also have a problem with the obvious attempt to control me, with fear. And those who know me know that I don't do well with being pushed and forced and controlled!
Bottom line, for any disease I think, is to try to prevent it, prepare for it and stay as healthy as you can. And if the worst comes to the worst and if we do catch it, to take sensible steps to minimize the severity. Of course we can use all the help we can get.
Dealing with reality, day by day is I believe, the best we can do. Of course in the longer term, keep all 5 of the ReBuildingYou 'colours' in mind. To be in good health, mind and body, means taking care of 1. the body with good nutrition, supplements and exercise 2. keeping joy alive in our hearts and lives all of the time 3. an honest and realistic understanding of what's happening 4. talking about our fears but never forgetting hope and the fact we are well prepared 5. preparation and financial resources enough to see us through a crisis, should there be one for us.
A group primarily involved in giving excellent advice on investing, Laissez Faire, has put together this book for their readers... AND IT'S FREE!
There is also a longer version of the book available - contact me if you would like to take out a subscription.
Here is the result of their research and their short book - best and most complete infornation I've found so far:
Laissez Faire’s Ultimate
Pandemic Survival Guide
Here at Laissez Faire, we aren’t satisfied with waiting for the government
or news outlets to provide us with answers for anything. We know from
experience that most of the time, that’s just not going to happen.
So when the current Ebola crisis began in West Africa and we were told
time and time again that it would never affect us in the U.S., we knew
better. And we started searching for an answer to our No. 1 question.
What do we need to do to protect ourselves and our family if Ebola makes it
to the U.S.?
Turns out we were right to be skeptical. We’ve already seen countless
mistakes by the CDC since the first case was diagnosed on U.S. soil.
And that’s in just one month.
In an official CDC Aug. 6, 2014, press release, director Tom Frieden,
“ To keep America safe, health care workers should isolate and
evaluate people who have returned from Guinea, Liberia, and
Sierra Leone in the past 21 days and have fever or other symptoms
suggestive of Ebola. We will save lives in West Africa and
protect ourselves at home by stopping Ebola at the source.”
Clearly, that didn’t happen.
There are still plenty of people out there declaring that an Ebola outbreak
in the U.S. is not something you should be worried about. If we’re lucky,
they’re right. But we aren’t willing to bet our lives on luck. Not with a
virus that kills 50–90% of people that it infects.
According to the CDC, Ebola cases in Liberia are currently doubling
every 15–20 days, and the deadly virus has the potential to spread to
1.4 million victims by Jan. 20, 2015. We aren’t naive enough to believe
those numbers will stay contained in the region, and we don’t think that you should be either.
In light of the current situation and what we believe could very well be a
coming crisis, we put our team to work to prepare a guide for how you
can best protect yourself and your family. What’s contained in this report
is the outcome of round-the-clock research, interviews with specialists,
and the opinions of our very own editors. It’s our Ultimate Pandemic
Guide, containing all the information we feel is necessary to improve
your chances of survival.
Our goal is to keep you one step ahead of the crisis. Once everyone
realizes they need to prepare, it will be too late to acquire the goods
they need to be safe.
Here in our Baltimore offices, almost every editor we have has covered
the development of Ebola. And research on how best to protect ourselves
and our families has been the topic of many conversations.
Even our very own Laissez Faire Club director, Doug Hill, has taken
his preparations seriously. He and his wife have stocked up on three
months’ worth of food to sustain their family, just in case.
We all certainly hope that by the end of the Ebola epidemic, that food
is still sitting untouched in Doug’s basement.
There is certainly research to support that Ebola will not spread throughout
the United States and that we are more equipped to deal with it. But there
is also enough reason to doubt it, and that is a risk we do not want to take.
We know that you’re anxious for solutions, and we’re ready to share
with you what we’ve found. Without further ado, here is our Ultimate
The Truth About the Virus
People are already beginning to panic about Ebola. It’s almost impossible
to turn on the television or surf the Web without being bombarded by
stories and “facts” about the disease. While it’s critical people pay
attention to new developments, it can be difficult to sift through reality
versus hype. That’s why I’d like to start by laying out what we have
found to be true through our research.
The Big Debate: Is Ebola Airborne?
One thing that the CDC and other organizations keep pointing to in order
to stop panic is that Ebola is, supposedly, hard to catch. As it currently
stands, you have to come in direct contact with the bodily fluids of an
infected individual in order to get the virus. That means you would need
to touch their sweat, saliva, vomit, feces, urine, mucus, or blood.
However, that is the case only for now. And taking even stringent precautions
did not seem to help two nurses from Dallas who became infected.
The truth is that Ebola, just like any virus, can mutate. This chance only
gets more prevalent in situations where there are many cases. “The danger
exists,” explains our own Ray Blanco, editor of Technology Profits Confidential,
“since we now have so many infected individuals, that this virus
will either mutate to acquire the ability to become airborne or be able to
acquire genetic material from a different virus that is airborne-capable and
get it that way.”
There have already been studies that support Blanco’s view.
Scientists in Canada performed an experiment on pigs to determine
whether they need to come in direct contact with one another to pass
the disease. Their findings showed that the disease could have been
spread either by inhalation of aerosol or larger droplets, or by droplet
inoculation of eyes.
They stated that in conclusion, “The present study provides evidence
that infected pigs can efficiently transmit ZEBOV [Zaire Ebola virus]
to NHPs [nonhuman primates] in conditions resembling farm setting.
Our findings support the hypothesis that airborne transmission may
contribute to ZEBOV spread, specifically from pigs to primates, and
may need to be considered in assessing transmission from animals to
humans in general.”
This is, of course, only a hypothesis. However, there are a few realities
to keep in mind.
Dr. Peter Piot was a part of the original team to identify Ebola during
an outbreak in 1976. He went on to do leading research on the virus
and help develop ways to contain it. Thanks in part to his work, that
first outbreak, which took place in Zaire, was contained. Ebola became
an afterthought to developed nations, so much so that Piot went on to
dedicate his life to fighting AIDS, not Ebola.
“I always thought that Ebola,” he says, “in comparison with AIDS or
malaria, didn’t present much of a problem, because the outbreaks were
always brief and local.”
Today, however, he believes we’re seeing a “perfect storm.” In fact, he
fears Ebola will mutate.
The chances of different mutations happening vary, but according to
Piot, “a mutation that would allow Ebola patients to live a couple of
weeks longer is certainly possible and would be advantageous for the
virus. That would allow Ebola patients to infect many, many more
people than is currently the case.”
According to him, it’s “clear that the virus is mutating.”
And since we don’t have a cure for even the current strand of the virus,
the idea of a mutation is frightening. However, there is hope when it
comes to containing the disease. More on this in a moment.
First, we want to discuss one common misconception…
Ebola technically hasn’t killed a single one of its victims… here’s
the truth about what really does
Professor Edward Oparaoji wrote a great article for the Sahara Reporters
news site titled “Ebola: A Dangerous Virus, but How Does It Really Kill?”
We’ve included an excerpt from his article below to give you a little more
information on how the virus actually works. Technically speaking,
Ebola has never killed someone on its own:
Ebola can, however, be deadly, primarily because of the way it
invades the body “under the radar.” It disguises itself and stealthily
evades detection and “arrest” by the “security guard” — dendritic
cells and macrophages. Once inside and secured, the virus disarms
the “security guard,” rendering them incapable of sending signals
for help to the protective “commandoes” — the antibodies and
cytokines — to eliminate the “suspect” Ebola. As a result, the virus
starts to multiply and invade more cells with reckless abandon,
unchallenged, causing cells to die and explode.
It is at this stage that the (host) immune system suddenly
becomes aware that it has been overrun. It then begins a belated
over-the-top, uncoordinated defense, launching its entire immunological
arsenal at once through massive release of cytokines
— the (host) immune system equivalence of “shock and awe”
response to the already widely spread virus. This most extreme
immune response, which also signals the terminal phase of the
infection, is referred to as the “cytokine storm.” It is this cytokine
storm, the host response to the Ebola, that kills. During this
condition, the (host) immune system turns on itself, attacking
every organ in the body, bursting blood vessels, and making the
infected person bleed both internally and externally, through the
orifices (eyes, nose, etc.).
This also involves vomits and diarrhea, causing severe low blood
pressure and/or hypotensive shock and, subsequently, death.
Typically, death occurs in six–16 days. While some viral infections
like the dreaded bird flu and severe acute respiratory syndrome
(SARS) have the capacity to drive the immune system this wild,
none does it like Ebola.
As Ebola attacks from the inside out, it does a frightening job of breaking
down your immune system. You don’t necessarily die from Ebola;
you die from your body’s overreaction to the virus. The most drastic and
deadly of those reactions, as Oparaoji says, is the cytokine storm. Yet
research exists that could help calm these cytokine storms and dramatically
increase your chances of survival if infected. We’ll cover this in
more detail soon.
How to Recognize an Ebola Patient — The One
Symptom That Sets It Apart From the Common Flu
One of the more worrisome aspects of Ebola is the fact that it when it first
begins showing symptoms, it can easily be confused with the common flu.
A study done in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the 1995
outbreak stated, “The disease began unspecifically with fever, asthenia,
diarrhea, headaches, myalgia, arthralgia, vomiting, and abdominal pain.”
In the current crisis, we would encourage you to be extremely cautious
around any of these symptoms. However, there is one that could be a
little easier to spot and tends to appear in the early stages of the virus.
That is a rash.
The study on the 1995 outbreak, published in The Journal of Infectious
Diseases, tracked observations of 103 patients and the symptoms they
developed. The study outlines:
Three of the early-onset manifestations appeared more suggestive
of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF): bilateral conjunctival injection,
a maculopapular rash, and sore throat with pronounced
pain on swallowing (odynophagia). Rash appeared around the
end of the first week, beginning on the lateral sides of the trunk,
groin, and axillary spaces; after a few hours, it spread to cover the
entire body except the face.
There’s a very common myth about Ebola victims, and we believe that
it’s a result of the most horrifying aspect of the disease. People who do
not know as much about Ebola symptoms seem to be on the lookout
for people who are bleeding terribly from their skin, nose, and mouth.
However, bleeding is a very late-stage symptom. It’s a direct result of
the “cytokine storm” professor Oparaoji explained earlier, which
causes your immune system to run out of control and tiny blood
vessels to burst all over your body. (We’ll get more into how to prevent
that in the following chapters.)
The truth is, the study states: "In this outbreak, bleeding occurred in
only 41% of the patients and did not distinguish those who died from
those who recovered.
Although no clinical laboratory information was available,
blood loss in patients never seemed massive except during
abortions, during which immediate volume replacement was
required. Bleeding signs generally manifested as oozing from the
punctured skin, the gums, and the nose. Prolonged bleeding at
intravenous puncture sites was sometimes the first clue to the
diagnosis of EHF.
Basically, don’t walk around thinking an infected person has to be
bleeding to be diagnosed with Ebola. The virus becomes contagious
long before that.
Anyone with Ebola can infect you, even if they have no symptoms.
The government is telling you that you must be symptomatic to spread
Ebola. Symptomatic means you are showing outward signs of being
The outward signs of being infected are:
• Clotting from internal bleeding.
But David Heymann, one of the world’s most renowned Ebola experts,
disagrees: “Ebola can spread throughout the world in people who are
still healthy in their incubation period, so there is a threat whenever
people from this part of Africa travel to other parts of the world.”
“Any physical contact,” says Richard Cummings, chair of Emory’s
Department of Biochemistry and director of the National Center for
Functional Glycomics, is “very dangerous.”
In short, according to Heymann and Cummings, you don’t need to
be showing symptoms to spread Ebola. Anyone who has the Ebola
virus can spread the disease.
And you don’t need much virus to spread Ebola. Ebola experts estimate
that it takes only one–10 particles to infect you.
That means the things we are being told to do to prevent the spread of
Ebola are bogus. In an effort to keep us calm, the CDC must appear to be
in control of the situation. Indeed, we hope they are. But as we said earlier,
we prefer being responsible for our own protection in times of crisis.
So here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your family.
Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Avoid Ebola
Ebola experts estimate that the Ebola virus can survive on surfaces for as
long as two days. That means that even though the disease is not airborne,
there is a real risk of catching it should a public place become infected.
Agora Financial’s FDA Trader editor Paul Mampilly’s solution for this is
“What can you do to avoid Ebola? Wash your hands every single time
after you are in public places where Ebola could be. You know, airplanes,
airports, etc. I told a friend who is taking a flight this week to carry
sanitary wipes with bleach. Wipe down the hand rests and the serving
tray with these wipes. Bleach kills the Ebola virus.
“Finally, if you live in Dallas or a place with Ebola, stay out of public
places till it’s clear the Ebola is gone.”
The Simple Trick People Use In Liberian Hot Spots
To Contain The Virus With Limited Supplies
Don’t trust what our government is telling you about Ebola…
Ebola is frighteningly easy to catch. Just listen to what reporter Lenny
Bernstein, stationed in Liberia, had to say of Ebola.
“You just can’t be sure where the invisible, lethal Ebola virus might be.
Once the virus is on your fingers, it would be frighteningly easy to rub
an eye and infect yourself.”
Bernstein touches no one in Liberia. He’s terrified of being infected. You
see, even a droplet of body fluid (sweat, spit, urine, feces, blood, semen,
vomit, nose snot) has 500,000–1 million Ebola particles in it. That’s the
viral load in a person’s body right before they die of Ebola. Viral load is
medical jargon for the total amount of Ebola virus in your body.
Medical Products to Have on Hand
First, let’s take a moment to remind ourselves how people become most
vulnerable to the disease. It’s clear that there needs to be direct contact
with an infected person in order to catch Ebola. To take it a step further,
the CDC has outlined the four most vulnerable points on your body that
you need to be conscious of. In their words, “Ebola is spread through
direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for
example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with:
• blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine,
saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a
person who is sick with Ebola
• objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated
with the virus
• infected animals
• Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or, in general,
by food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a
result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food)
and contact with infected bats. There is no evidence that
mosquitoes or other insects can transmit Ebola virus. Only
mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys, and apes)
have shown the ability to become infected with and spread
If you are going to be in a public place and Ebola has come to your town
or city, you will absolutely need a few common items to keep yourself
safe. If an infected person is around you coughing and sneezing, you
come into contact with those fluids and become infected.
We recommend buying filter masks rated either N100 or P100 by the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Each mask
provides up to 40 hours of protection and costs about $7–10.
Wearing waterproof eye protection, like goggles, is also recommended.
As you can see in the list above, the CDC names eyes as one of the
easiest areas on your body through which Ebola can be transmitted. An
infected person coughing or sneezing could infect you if droplets of
body fluid get into your eyes or if you come in contact with them on a
surface. For that same reason, we recommend you always wear disposable
Below are a few online sources where you can purchase the proper
items to protect yourself from contracting a virus.
How to Prepare Your Home for a Pandemic
So far, we’ve been evaluating studies about the virus, as well as speaking
theoretically about the possibility of a widespread Ebola outbreak
in the United States. However, we also want to make sure we provide
you with actionable tools to take care of yourself if it does become a
To start, there are two vital things you need to do to survive a
panic scenario: Stay calm, and make sure you’re always one step
ahead of the masses.
If an Ebola outbreak becomes too out of hand, we may find ourselves
in a quarantine situation. Hopefully, for all of our sakes, these quarantines
go over better here than they have in West Africa. However, if it
does come to that, it’s important to be prepared for such a scenario.
Most state governments do have the legal authority to quarantine cities
in the event of a public health emergency, in order to try to stop the
spread of the disease.
If that should happen, you would be legally required to stay in your
home. That means you would need to have enough water and food to
keep yourself and your loved ones alive for two full incubation periods
of the disease.
For Ebola, an incubation period is 21 days. That means you should
have at least 43 days’ worth of goods stored.
Below are a few easy-to-remember tips that will help make sure you’re
prepared for a quarantine.
• Follow the “10” rule to ensure you have enough emergency
water stored. In an average emergency, it’s recommended that
you have enough water for each person to have 1 gallon per
day, and 10 days’ worth of water per family member. For
Ebola, you’re going to want to stock up more than that,
since a potential quarantine period would be longer
• Many people forget about one crucial aspect of the food they
choose to store for a pandemic or other widespread emergency.
Just to be safe, be sure that you can prepare the food without
electricity. Also, make sure you try it first. This is what you’ll be
eating long term if the situation becomes dire. Since it’s going
to be necessary for your survival, you want to make sure you
can stomach it
• There are two other categories that people forget about when
preparing for an outbreak. Make sure that you have activities
for your entertainment, as well as hygiene products. Board
games, decks of cards, soap, shampoo, and other necessities
will help provide at least small comforts in a dire situation.
Stephen Petranek’s Survival Tips: How to Prepare
and When to Get Out
“When President Obama talks about threats to national security, he
isn’t kidding. It is not beyond reasonable scenarios to think of entire
cities or regions of the United States under military quarantine,” our
in-house tech maven Stephen Petranek wrote to his readers:
Drugs can help, but they can’t win this battle. Everything about
fighting Ebola takes time and trained personnel and quarantining
until the disease takes it course. Those 3,000 U.S. troops the
military is trying to get on the ground in West Africa? They won’t
actually be there in force until well into November. We can
mobilize for a war in a matter of days, but we have no infrastructure
for public health. We’ve been ignoring it and spending less
on it since the days of public bomb shelters in the 1950s and ’60s.
We are in completely unknown territory with this epidemic.
The bubonic plague of the Middle Ages killed no more than
a third of those who got it.
This disease kills as many as 90%.
Stephen shared his quick-and-dirty survivalist’s guide with us as well.
1. Get out of any city when there are more than 10 Ebola
cases, before it’s surrounded by the National Guard.
2. The ideal retreat is far from the madding crowd and has a
water supply you can access without electrical power.
3. You’ll need at least six months of food (hint: You can fill that
pantry quickly and easily and cheaply with a trip to Costco
that involves 100 pounds of rice, 100 pounds of dried beans,
several quarts of olive oil, 50 pounds of flour, a bottle of yeast
and as many cans of tuna, tomatoes, beans, and mushrooms
as fit in your car. A few gallons of citrus juice and 10 pounds
of dried fruits will keep the scurvy away. Don’t forget the tea
and coffee for comfort.)
The soap you have in your home may not be as good at killing
germs as you think.
A study was done in 2004 that monitored 238 households in New York
City. Half of the households were assigned antibacterial products for
cleaning, hand washing, and laundry, whereas the other half were
assigned nonantibacterial. The conclusion states that “the tested
antibacterial products did not reduce the risk for symptoms of viral
infectious diseases in households that included essentially healthy
persons. This does not preclude the potential contribution of these
products to reducing symptoms of bacterial diseases in the home.”
We did a little more research and determined that you should get “chlorhexidine
gluconate” hand soap/sanitizer. That is what is commonly used
in hospitals and is proven to work. A gallon usually costs around $15 and
can be purchased online on Amazon.
Steps to Boost Your Immune System
and How They Could Save Your Life
Ebola is a deadly disease that kills 50–90% of the people it infects. If
you catch it, there is only one thing that seems to separate the survivors
from those who succumb to the virus: the immune system. This
was a vital takeaway from a comprehensive study out of the National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland.
Building your immune system is something that you can do as a
pre-emptive measure to protect yourself. Below is a list of “super
foods” that can help to boost it.
This list was put together by an author for The Daily Independent in
Nigeria, Ayo Oyoze Baje. It is an excerpt from his new book, titled
Food for Health: Eat Right Every Day.
The escalating fear over the deadly and debilitating effects of Ebola
virus triggered a question on my mind: What about the 10% of infected
people who survive the attack of the virus? What makes them different
from the helpless victims? The answer lies in how powerful our immune
system is. And how protective it is against any external attack. To understand
these assertions consider your body as a country and the immune
system as the soldiers, performing their constitutional responsibilities. If
a country has a set of strong, well-trained and equipped army, it would be
difficult for foreign invaders to defeat it on the battlefield. So also are our
antibodies and the capacity to ward off disease-causing microorganisms
To understand this further, if two groups of people who live in the same
environment [are breathing] in contaminated air, water, and food, the
group that does not fall sick easily is made of people with high immunity.
You must have observed that there are some families in your
environment whose members hardly get sick or go the hospital for
frequent treatment. The answer lies in the wise choice of the food they
eat regularly as well as their general lifestyle.
Foods That Boost Immunity
It has been discovered by scientists that some foods are powerful in
contributing to the body’s immunity. We need to know them and eat
them regularly in this age when new diseases such as acquired immune
deficiency syndrome (AIDS), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS),
and now Ebola virus have become prevalent.
Listed below are immune-boosting foods and their functions. Please
note that I do not refer to them as foods that kill Ebola virus. No!
Eggs? Yes, eggs because they are packed with useful amino acids, zinc
and B vitamins. Contrary to previous belief, scientists at [Harvard
University] have proved with empirical evidence that eggs do not raise
blood cholesterol levels.
Eggs also build white blood cells (wbc) and antibodies, which the body
needs to fight off illnesses. Eat them boiled for maximum effect. An egg
a day increases blood levels of lutein by 26% and zeaxanthin by 38%,
without raising cholesterol. Eggs may not contain as much lutein and
zeaxanthin as… the eye-friendly antioxidants present in dark-green,
leafy vegetables, but [we] are better able to absorb them [in eggs],
according to nutritional biochemist Elizabeth Johnson.
[It’s practically a dessert, yet it can truly help to improve your health
and boost your immunity.] It contains probiotics that strengthen the
body’s immune system. In one [study], it was found that people who
drink three-quarters of a cup of yogurt daily for a year had 25% fewer
colds than those who didn’t.
3. Red bell pepper
One pepper contains a whopping 200 mg or more of vitamin C (an
orange provides 70 mg). It helps in both the building and protection
of body cells.
[Next up are the two surprising herbs we told you about that possess
unique antiviral properties.]
For centuries, the Chinese have used ginger as a cure-all for the
cold. Fresh ginger fights viruses by helping your body to sweat out
To enjoy it, peel it, chop it into small pieces, and add to shrimp mixed
with vegetables that are stir-fried. Make sure the ginger is fresh to
ensure the best results.
You don’t like the smell... However, it is nature’s own antibiotic.
This is because it contains sulfur-based compounds that keep your
body free of infection. Peel, crush it, and mix with mashed potatoes.
Garlic also has antiviral and antibiotic properties. Two cloves a day
will keep your immune system in top form. Do not cook for long to
keep it potent.
6. Raw cocoa and dark chocolate
Eating raw cocoa and dark chocolate is good for one’s health, as they
contain very useful antioxidants known as flavonoids that provide
numerous health benefits.
7. Sweet potatoes
Unknown to some people, sweet potatoes do not belong to the same
family as the common white potato. Like other brightly colored,
orange-yellow vegetables, they are rich in beta-carotene that enhances
good eyesight. They also contain potassium, folate, and some iron. They
possess plant sterols that assist to lower blood cholesterol because of the
excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber.
From the Stone Age period to modern times, mushrooms have been
known and used by man for medicinal purposes. Asians adore them.
The Japanese particularly have taken their time to study them. They
are natural flavor enhancers in dishes because of monosodium glutamate
(MSG). They are fat-free, low in calories, but rich in chemicals,
especially glutamic acid that boosts the body’s immunity.
In addition, they are powerful in fighting cancer, arthritis, and lupus.
Rich in copper, a single dose contains 20–40% of daily need. All mushrooms
contain good amounts of potassium, helpful in lowering blood
pressure. White mushrooms are sources of selenium that prevents
prostate cancer. It works with vitamin E to clean up the free radicals.
9. A mixture of carrot, apple, pear, and mango helps to clear the
body of heat and toxins, decrease blood pressure, and fight
In addition, one is also well-advised to live cleaner and healthier lifestyles.
Avoid being exposed to frequent smoke, dust, dangerous factory
chemicals and gas, carbon monoxide fumes from motor vehicles and
generators, and even the smoke from cigarettes and mosquito coil.
As the battle against Ebola virus begins in earnest, personal hygiene has
been advanced as an effective antidote to contacting it. Wash your hands
regularly with soaps and disinfectants. Avoid the eating of bushmeat, especially
animal vectors such as monkeys, chimpanzees, and fruit bats. Keep
away from people with clear symptoms of high fever, weakening muscles,
[and] sore throat that degenerate into vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and,
eventually, internal and external bleeding. Do not touch their dead bodies.
These are the painful realities of our current health challenge. A stitch
in time saves nine.
The Multivitamin Lie That Puts You In Danger of
Swallowing Useless Sugar Pills
If you think any vitamin bottle you grab from a grocery store’s shelves
is going to help you, think again.
Turns out in order to cut costs and make mass production easier, some
of the biggest nutritional supplement manufacturers use what are called
“synthetic ingredients.” This is when the laboratory creates its product
from isolated chemicals, rather than real foods.
For instance, you might see the ingredient “ascorbic acid” listed on a
bottle of vitamin C. This is a synthetic ingredient that is legally considered
to be vitamin C… but might not provide the same benefits. This is
because synthetic vitamins lack the antioxidants, phytochemicals, and
enzymes that assist the body in properly using the vitamins and minerals.
So how do you avoid them?
Here are a few guidelines identifying synthetic vitamins or formulations
that contain synthetic ingredients:
• “Time-released” vitamins
• Any B complex that states it contains no yeast
• Multivitamins that list vitamin C and “rose hips acerola”
(or “acerola”) in the same row
• Fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K with the word
“acetate” appearing on the label.
Here are some other things to look for on a multivitamin label that
mean you should avoid it:
• FD&C Yellow No. 5 or No. 6
• FD&C Blue No. 2 Lake
• FD&C Red No. 40
• Titanium dioxide
• Methylene chloride
• Triethyl citrate
• Magnesium stearate
• Sodium citrate
• Stearic acid
• Ethyl cellulose
• Microcrystalline cellulose
• Mineral oil light
• Silicon dioxide
• Croscarmellose sodium
• Sodium lauryl sulfate
• Lactose monohydrate
• Hydrogenated oil
• Butylated hydroxytoluene
• Chromic chloride
• Nickelous sulfate
• Petroleum-derived polysorbate 80
• Sodium metavanadate
• Sodium silicoaluminate
• Sorbic acid
• Polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polypropylene glycol (PPG).
How water of a certain temperature range can forge a robust
immune system without any drinking or cooking required.
Have you ever heard of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club?
They’re an otherwise apparently sane group of individuals based in
Coney Island who strip out of their clothes and jump into freezing
lakes in the middle of winter. The oddness of this tradition isn’t lost on
the people who practice it — their website’s Q&A section begins: “Are
you folks nuts?”
But science shows they might not be.
A 1996 study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found
“stress-inducing, noninfectious stimuli, such as repeated cold-water
immersions” stimulate the immune system.
The good news is you don’t have to visit the Arctic Circle and take a
plunge in an ice hole. Something as simple as turning the heat off in
your shower for 30 seconds can do the trick. Don’t be surprised if you
feel more energized and actually begin to crave the experience.
Practice cold-water immersion regularly and your immune system will
be stronger for it.
The “Super 8” Natural Remedies That Can Boost
Your Immune System
Dr. Mark Sircus is the author of Treatment Essentials: Practicing Natural
Allopathic Medicine, a book that works to provide people with the
ability to take their health into their own hands affordably. We turn to
him to reveal some natural remedies to help improve your health.
Some of the natural allopathic medicines Dr. Sircus mentions below
are probably already in your home.
We’ve already discussed how your odds of surviving an Ebola outbreak
could largely depend upon the strength of your immune system.
Sircus takes it a step further and suggests that nutrition plays a major
role in who lives and who dies — and that weak immune systems
could be making the virus stronger.
Has anyone raised the question why Ebola is so deadly in Liberia, a
country with vast malnutrition and severely deficient immune systems
(not to mention extremely poor sanitation)?
Last year, the Ministry of Agriculture reported that 35.8% of the
country’s population suffers from malnutrition.
Furthermore, according to Dr. Sircus, each host that doesn’t kill the
virus could give it more strength. So not only is it spreading, but it
could be getting stronger.
It solidifies one thing: Every health official on Earth should be encouraging
you to improve your health and bolster your immune system.
By doing so, you’ll improve your chances of living if you do contract the
virus. Plus, you’ll do your part in weakening Ebola’s potential stranglehold
on humanity. By raising your immune system, you’re essentially becoming
a “white blood cell” for the human race if Ebola comes your way.
According to Sircus, there are eight specific and essential natural medicines
that could greatly increase your chances for survival (these are
Dr. Sircus believes that selenium could stave off the dreaded and deadly
“Selenium,” says Sircus, “is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that
can control the cytokine storms provoked from out-of-control infections.”
A certain form of salt that has a unique healing power to help beat
down infections hour by hour: magnesium chloride (magnesium oil)
According to Italian Dr. Raul Vergini, “Magnesium chloride has a
unique healing power on acute viral and bacterial diseases… A few
grams of magnesium chloride every few hours will clear nearly most
acute illnesses, which can be beaten in a few hours. I have seen a lot
of flu cases healed in 24–48 hours with 3 grams of magnesium
chloride taken every six–eight hours.”
Writes Dr. Sircus on his website:
Magnesium is an essential mineral used for hundreds of
biochemical reactions, making it crucial for health.
Massive magnesium deficiencies in the general population have led
to a tidal wave of sudden coronary deaths, diabetes, strokes, and
cancer. Even a mild deficiency of magnesium can cause increased
sensitivity to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression,
confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, and insomnia.
The modern diet, with an overabundance of refined grains,
processed foods, and sugars, contains very little magnesium.
Two Vitamins to Stock up On:
Vitamin C: “Because of the seemingly exceptional ability of these
viruses to rapidly deplete vitamin C stores,” says Dr. Sircus, large doses
“of vitamin C would likely be required in order to effectively reverse
and eventually cure infections caused by these viruses…
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 are
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
According to Dr. Thomas Levy, MD:
Many viral infectious diseases have been cured and can continue
to be cured by the proper administration of vitamin C. Yes, the
vaccinations for these treatable infectious diseases are completely
unnecessary when one has the access to proper treatment
with vitamin C. And, yes, all the side effects of vaccinations…
are also completely unnecessary since the vaccinations do not
have to be given in the first place with the availability of properly
dosed vitamin C.
Vitamin D: “Vitamin D reduces the risk of dying from a viral infection,”
Researchers from Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York,
found that giving supplements of vitamin D to a group of volunteers
reduced episodes of infection with colds and flus by 70% over three
years. The researchers said that vitamin D stimulates ‘innate immunity’
to viruses and bacteria. Very few have any idea that vitamin D can
be taken in high dosages like vitamin C can.
The pH secret for protecting your cells from disease: sodium
bicarbonate (baking soda):
In a letter to the Arm & Hammer Co. in the 1920s, Dr. Volney S.
In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the “flu” with the U.S. Public
Health Service, it was brought to my attention that rarely
anyone who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate
of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if
alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks. I have
since that time treated all cases of “cold,” influenza and “la
gripe” by first giving generous doses of bicarbonate of soda, and
in many, many instances, within 36 hours the symptoms would
have entirely abated.
Dr. Emanuel Revici, “the Einstein of medicine,” discovered that pH
modulation is the key to pain control and containment of deadly
disease. Alkalizing the pH of your body with baking soda, says Sircus,
“helps to contain pathology — by protecting nearby cells from chemical
burns from pH imbalance.”
After the 1918 influenza pandemic, this “forgotten” mineral —
make sure you have this at your disposal — was relentlessly
studied for its ability to kill the flu virus on contact: iodine.
“Extremely high doses of iodine can have serious side effects,” Canadian
Dr. David Derry writes, “but only a small fraction of such extreme
doses are necessary to kill influenza viruses.”
“Iodine,” Sircus says, “is a must when dealing with deadly viruses and
would go a long way in decreasing the death rate from Ebola…Deficiencies
in iodine have a great effect on the immune system.”
In conclusion, Derry writes, “Iodine incorporated into masks, solutions,
aerosols, and oral preparations could help to kill influenza viruses.”
Although Derry was referring to influenza, the same positive effects could
be seen with Ebola as well.
[Editor’s note: Many of you will find the next one controversial,
but here goes… This compound is a powerful immune booster and
According to Dr. Sircus, “All forms of marijuana have antioxidative,
neuroprotective, immunomodulation, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory
But “cannabidiol reduces the extent of damage, reported the National
Academy of Sciences. More effective than vitamins C or E, strong
antioxidants such as cannabidiol (CBD) will neutralize free radicals
without the accompanying high with regular marijuana used for
recreational and other medical purposes.”
This certain antioxidant helps your “killer lymphocytes” battle
virally infected cells… and the older you get, the less your body
According to Dr. Patricia Kongshavn:
Glutathione is required in many of the intricate steps needed to
carry out an immune response… It is needed for the lymphocytes
to multiply in order to develop a strong immune response,
and for killer lymphocytes to be able to kill undesirable cells
such as cancer cells or virally infected cells.
The importance of glutathione cannot be overstated. It has
multiple roles as indicated and, indeed, as one examines each
system or organ more closely, the necessity for glutathione
becomes increasingly evident.
Glutathione values decline with age and higher values in older
people are seen to correlate with better health, underscoring
the importance of this remarkable substance for maintaining a
healthy, well-functioning body.
“Glutathione,” Theodore Hersh, MD, said, “is the body’s master
antioxidant and best-kept secret to maintaining health.”
(You can read more from Dr. Sircus at http://drsircus.com/.)
What to Do if You or a Loved One Becomes Infected
We’ve given you all of the tools that we have found to try to minimize
your risk of contracting Ebola. However, if you or a loved one does
begin to show symptoms, the most important thing to do is to seek
medical attention immediately. The earlier you catch it and begin
treatment, the better your chance of survival.
For the safety of others, we would recommend contacting your local
hospital and the CDC to report your symptoms.
If medical attention is unavailable and the hospitals are overloaded,
you’ll have to take matters into your own hands.
Meaning you should keep in mind that you may have to prepare an
isolation area in your home as a last resort.
Here are some tips to keep you safe from infection while still being
able to help treat a family member or friend:
1. Create a sick room that is sealed off from the rest of the
house. Use a tarp to seal the doorway on the inside and
outside of the room.
2. Always cover up completely before entering the sick room
(gloves, shoe, and hair covers).
3. At the very least, wear an N95 mask (N100 masks have been
shown to be much more effective).
4. Keep the infected person hydrated, and replace their electrolytes
as often as possible. Just these two simple things have
been shown to dramatically boost an infected victim’s chance
5. Give the sick person disposable dishes and utensils. Burn all
garbage from the sick room outside.
6. Stay in the room: The infected person shouldn’t leave the room until a full
recovery. If there isn’t a bathroom connected to the room, a
makeshift one should be set up within it.
Learn more about preparing a sick room at these two links…
The Organic Prepper: http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/prepping-foran-
Ready Nutrition: http://readynutrition.com/resources/the-well-stockedsick-
Through our research, we have also found two promising treatments.
Although a vaccine would be a miraculous blessing, it’s a long way off.
The most promising vaccine in development won’t be ready until 2015,
which will be too late for potentially millions of people.
John Hunt is a long time Laissez Faire subscriber who wrote a book for
the Laissez Faire Club in 2012 called Higher Cause. John has worked
extensively in Liberia and is very familiar with the medical system
there. He is also an MD who ran a lab at the University of Virginia
studying exhaled breath components. When we asked for his take on
the current situation, he had a lot to say.
“The fear of Ebola will go away only when this outbreak is halted or
when therapy is devised,” John writes. “Vaccine development needs to
be a primary focus, yet my, what a dangerous concept, huh? Would you
like to do that research or be the test subject of an Ebola vaccine? The
work is not going to be easily accomplished. So drug therapy may be
the next answer.”
Below are the two most promising studies we found. Although neither
of them is a cure for Ebola, we have hope that they may lead to a more
Colloidal Silver: Complete Scam, a Possible Treatment,
or Something in Between?
Here’s a little background in case you haven’t heard of colloidal silver:
For thousands of years, silver has been known to possess unusual
powers for combating disease.
Herodotus, the “Father of history,” accounts that every ancient Persian
king drank water transported in silver containers only, which kept it
fresh for years.
Hippocrates, the “Father of Western medicine” (doctors today swear
allegiance to the Hippocratic Oath), used silver preparations for the
treatment of ulcers and to promote wound healing.
Turns out they were on to something. More modern science has proven
silver does indeed have antimicrobacterial and antiviral properties. This
includes inside the body, which is where the idea of “colloidal silver”
Put simply, a colloid refers to a certain kind of particle being filtered
into a larger medium in which bits of this particle are suspended and
cannot settle easily. A common example of this is milk: Milk is an
emulsified colloid of butterfat and water.
Colloidal silver is a colloid of silver particles and water.
Some companies took it upon themselves to offer colloidal silver, and
devices that make it, as an alternative to harsh drugs and treatments.
Predictably, the FDA stormed in and threatened these businesses with
raids, fines, and imprisonment if they kept claiming colloidal silver
had healing benefits.
As a result of their typical government bullying, the idea of colloidal
silver achieved martyr status among alternative health enthusiasts.
And therein lies the problem: Many people felt the FDA’s shrieking
about how useless and dangerous it was… along with its rich history
in medicine… meant colloidal silver was actually a miracle treatment
they were trying to hide.
But the real truth is somewhere in between. Silver was used for antibacterial
purposes for thousands of years because it was the best
technology ancient civilizations had available.
Modern antibiotics replaced it. But let’s be clear: Antibiotics are not
perfect. They lead to superbugs, and doctors abuse their right to
prescribe them on a massive scale. Plus, we’re not big fans of using
harsh chemicals in place of Mother Nature.
However, the science shows antibiotics are technically superior for
killing bacterial pathogens compared against silver products. The only
exception is a study showing that a combination of antibiotics and
silver works best.
Some scientists have found silver doesn’t work at all: A 2004 study
published in the Journal of Wound Care tested three samples of colloidal
silver, two of which were prepared in the lab and a third of which was
purchased on the Internet. All three were unable to stop the growth of
bacteria in vitro.
But this doesn’t matter anyway, because Ebola is a virus, NOT a
bacterium. So don’t use colloidal silver expecting it to be a silver
bullet to protect you during this Ebola outbreak.
The vast majority of studies measuring silver’s medicinal value are for
bacteria, including a 2013 study out of the Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine that found colloidal silver was effective in
inhibiting the growth of several different strains of bacteria and
fungi… but not viruses.
Some promising evidence contradicts this, however.
A 2013 study out of the International Journal of Nanomedicine showed it
fights the flu virus in vitro. Other studies have shown it fights herpes,
Tacaribe, HIV-1, and hepatitis B viruses in vitro.
There is also a declassified Defense Threat Reduction Agency report
making the rounds on the Internet. The actual results are difficult to
interpret just from the PowerPoint slides, but it appears to show
colloidal silver fighting Ebola in the laboratory setting.
Even though these studies show colloidal silver kills viruses, however,
they’re only in vitro results. In other words, they’re proving colloidal
silver might be able to kill Ebola in a lab petri dish. Which is a good
sign, but then again, soap can kill all kinds of viruses in the lab… but
that doesn’t mean drinking it will cure your cold, flu, or Ebola.
Which is why another study published in the International Journal of
Nanomedicine is so intriguing: Australian scientists treated mice infected
with the flu by giving them intranasal colloidal silver… and they had a
higher survival rate.
However, we still don’t know whether the amount of colloidal silver
needed to fight Ebola is tolerable… slightly toxic… or outright lethal.
As of now, there are zero animal or human studies showing it can help
fight Ebola. We hope some are done soon.
But for now, the bottom line is:
There is absolutely ZERO proof colloidal silver can cure an
But we definitely think it’s something to have “on your list.” Just don’t
make it the only thing on the list.
The scientifically proven super-molecule that helps guard cells against
Ebola like a loyal doberman
When we began our research to find a compound that has potential to
help fight Ebola, each of our candidates went through a litmus test
that filtered out 99%:
First, it needed to be backed by actual scientific research, not just
Second, the science had to include actual experiments, rather than just
epidemiological data (population surveys).
Third, the experiments had to include in vivo, not just in vitro, results.
In other words, we wanted to see research on actual living things, not
just results seen in a test tube.
Fourth, these in vivo results had to be seen not just with any virus, but
Only one compound survived this gauntlet:
Scientists from the National Cancer Institute’s Molecular Targets
Discovery Program, in collaboration with researchers from the U.S.
Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Diabetes
and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, have discovered a super-molecule
that helps guard cells against Ebola like a loyal doberman!
After proving its antiviral potential in the lab, scientists gave this
certain substance to Ebola-infected mice.
The full study details are not available to the general public, but we
got our hands on them and the results are shocking:
In the experiment, mice were infected with Ebola, and only some were
given this particular treatment. The others just got a placebo.
The mice who got the placebo all died within seven days.
On the other hand, 100% of the mice that got the super-molecule were
still alive after seven days.
In fact, almost 80% of the treated mice ended up living almost twice
as long as the other mice.
And more than 17% of them survived the Ebola infection entirely.
Based on their research, scientists now believe this molecule actually
binds to Ebola and blocks it from entering cells.
According to one of the study’s authors, Barry O’Keefe, Ph.D., “CV-N is
the first molecule known to inhibit Ebola infection by interfering with
the virus’s ability to enter cells.”
Here’s the best part: You can eat this super-molecule in the form of a
supplement available at most local health food stores! It’s included in
nutritional supplements that feature Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, also
known as AFA or blue-green algae. Spirulina contains it, as well.
How much should you take? There aren’t any studies on humans, so
there’s no way to tell if the same protective effect will extend to humans
for sure. However, it should be safe to take the multidose. If the worst
happens, stocking up on some bofsuttles could be a good idea.
Be Aware. Be safe. And take precautions before it’s too late. If you follow
the instructions we’ve laid out in your guide, the best-case scenario is
you’re overprepared and have a more robust immune system.
If it isn’t Ebola, it could be another virus down the road that threatens
you and your family. By taking steps to prepare today, you’re not only
investing in the future safety of your family; you’re also investing in the
peace of mind that comes with knowing you can weather any storm.
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