It’s hard to know what to believe when reading or hearing about Ebola. Will it wipe out a large portion of the world’s population or is that idea a media invention? (Probably the latter since deaths from Ebola have averaged forty-one per year over the thirty-seven years since its discovery, most of them occurring in central Africa.) Is it spread by contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids or simply by proximity? Do only people with obvious symptoms transfer the disease or can nonsymptomatic people spread it? Are Ebola cases in Africa limited to those who have received treatments and injections from the Red Cross? Or is Ebola just a form of malaria, which has been a scourge in Africa for millenia? We hear all of these viewpoints in the news and on the Internet, plus a huge amount of scaremongering. But one thing no one is talking about is nutrition. Ebola is caused by a virus and the main thing viruses do is deplete vitamin A. Vitamin A-rich foods such as liver, grass-fed butter, and cod liver oil—or even just vitamin A capsules—should serve as the basis of prevention and treatment. Vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin C, zinc and even LDL-cholesterol play a role in helping the body fight infection. An interesting article by Bill Sardi points out that the major drugs given to Ebola patients deplete one or more of these critical nutrients. Acetaminophen—sometimes up to three grams daily—given to Ebola patients depletes the body of glutathione and indirectly of vitamin C as this nutrient is required to maintain glutathione levels. Antibiotics such as amoxycillin, ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and ceftriaxone (Rocephin) deplete vitamin K. Anti-malaria drugs such as quinine also deplete vitamin K (and increase death rates up to 100 percent). As Sardi points out, vitamin D (and vitamin A) pills cost pennies, yet they are not offered to Ebola patients. One thing for certain, eating a WAPF diet rich in nutrient-dense foods is a prime defense against all illness, including Ebola. (www.knowledgeofhealth.com, July 29, 2014)


This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2014

Sally Fallon Morell is the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk. She is the author of the best-selling cookbook, Nourishing Traditions (with Mary G. Enig, PhD) and the Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care (with Thomas S. Cowan, MD). She is also the author of Nourishing Broth (with Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN).

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