Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Ebola and selenium connection—how a deficiency of this important mineral can make you susceptible to infectious disease

(Vaccine Resistance Movement) Selenium is an essential trace mineral and anti-oxidant, a primary stop-gap which enables the human body to adapt to (overcome) any viral infections circulating in the environment, and helps to prevent the typical Ebola-type symptoms (chiefly excessive hemorrhaging) from taking hold and ultimately killing the host.

Selenium helps regulate thyroid function and your overall metabolism, primarily by preventing an over-abundance of free-radicals in the body, converts T4 (free thyroxine) to T3 (triiodothyronine), supported by Vitamin E. Selenium deficiency also inhibits the body’s ability to process nutrients effectively.

Natural sources rich in Selenium include:

- brazil nuts 
- sunflower seeds 
and food grade diatomaceo​us earth (“fossilized shell flour”).

Note: Selenium is a major piece in the puzzle; however, given the insidious nature of Ebola, proper guidelines respecting an overall holistic health protocol must be followed – therefore a balanced approach combining all essential trace minerals and antioxidants, including phytonutrients, is needed.

‘Ebola is classified as a “hemorrhagic fever” virus, and produces the characteristic hemorrhaging due to the formation of blood clots (“disseminated intravascular coagulation”), leading to the obstruction and rupture of small blood capillaries.

It is very well documented that Se (Selenium) plays a significant role in the regulation of blood clotting via its effects on the thromboxane/prostacyclin ratio.

Se (Selenium) has an anti-clotting effect, whereas Se (Selenium) deficiency has a pro-clotting or thrombotic effect. Se (Selenium) deficiency has been associated with thrombosis and even hemorrhaging, which has been documented in a number of animals with severe Se (Selenium) deficiency (often artificially induced), but is almost never seen in humans, probably because such an extreme Se (Selenium) deficiency is rarely attained due to the diversity of human diet.

... [A]nalysis suggests that severe Ebola infections could produce an artificial and extreme Se (Selenium) depletion, resulting in extensive cellular damage due to lipid peroxidation, combined with enhanced thrombosis. This could also contribute to the associated immune deficiency that has been observed in Ebola infections.

If viruses like HIV-1 (Aids), coxsackievirus B3 (linked to meningitis) and Ebola do encode selenoproteins, why does all the evidence suggest that dietary Se (Selenium) inhibits viral replication, whereas Se (Selenium) deficiency triggers replication?‘ Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 1995

Vaccine campaigns in Africa also have a strong correlation with Ebola outbreaks and other deadly infectious diseases such as AIDS, yellow fever and meningitis. Read more at Vaccine Resistance Movement.

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