MERS: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

How Can We Protect Ourselves and Our Loved Ones?

Could MERS be the next shoe to drop?

Years ago, numerous health care experts wrote about the next shoe to drop. When you live in an apartment, and every night you hear the neighbor upstairs take off the first shoe and drop it, you know there is going to be a second shoe drop soon. In health care, the next shoe to worry about is the super bug that there is no treatment for.

Is it possible that MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus is that next shoe to drop? Because of the lack of ability of the worlds health care systems to improve immunity, a disaster has been waiting to happen. The over use of antibiotics is believed to increase the possibility of this happening.

What is MERS?

MERS is a superbug. It is a drug resistant coronavirus, that at this writing in April of 2014 is circulating in the Middle East. Then it entered Egypt.

In mid 2015, it showed up in Korea. As of June 8th, there were 95 reported cases and seven deaths.

These superbugs are 100% immune to medical treatments according to the leading health authorities. There is not an antibiotic nor vaccine that will help. There is no drug, no treatment and presumably no way to stop these bugs.

Is it time to challenge the medical paradigm? We think so. The discovery of Oral Re-hydration Therapy (ORT) challenged the status quo and saved lives. In the absence of anything better, what if there was a natural way to treat it? What if it was a better way?

Consider our options. It will be deadly for those who have weak immune systems.

But it does not have to be that way? Not everyone dies so far. What if we could improve the odds and even reduce the risk?

How It is Spread

The way it is spread is not fully understood. The respiratory system is the most likely such as when one coughs.

It is also spread in the hospital setting by those caring for people who are infected.

Those with weakened immunities are at greatest risk. Boosting the immunity with diet is probably the most important single action we can take to prevent community acquired MERS.

Science has begun to embrace what the holistic health community has known for years. Research is supporting the idea of nutritional and supplement directly effecting the bugs that can make us sick. If we are nutritionally deficient, they have an easier time infecting us. Likewise, we can be protected by supporting a healthy immune system.

While one study looked at vitamin D, doctors are now recommending D3 along with K2 (MK-7) to help prevent illness. Likewise vitamin C is being looked at. Some doctors recommend up to 6000 mg per day, although it has to be spaced out to be effective, taking 500 mg per hour throughout the day.

In addition to diet, hydration plays a role in disease processes. There is a growing body of research pointing to both even mild dehydration playing a role in developing various morbidities and management of fluid and electrolytes eliminating disease.

Commonalities and Differences

Through history, not everyone dies when pandemics strike. Those who survive, even when exposed or when getting infected, often have stronger immune systems. This can be from a number of reasons. There are some commonalities.

Of the most basic things we can do to boost our immunity, boost our glutathione. More on how to do this can be found at Glutathione or GSH is the master immunity booster of our body.

A second important aspect is maintaining proper hydration. This can only be accomplished if we consume both water and salt.

You can follow the Water Cures Protocol to accomplish this.

The commonality, those who survive pandemics have strong immune systems. Hydration plays an important role in maintaining immunity.

The difference, those who do not survive pandemics have weak immune systems.

Boost Your Immunity: Thinking Outside the Glass

One simple way to boost your immunity is by boosting your Glutathione or GSH. This can be done a number of ways. One simple and inexpensive way, N-acetyl-cysteine or NAC. Taking 1 capsule in the AM and one around mid day will do the trick. Also, eat about 2-3 Brazil nuts a day to get selenium.

Vitamin D-3 is also good but if you can get 15 to 20 minutes of sun a day, that is even better.

Why NAC? Again, looking at commonalities, there is a big one in the make up of the virus. It has a commonality to H5N1.

Replication of Emerging H7N9 Influenza Viruses. J Virol. May 2014

There are similarities between Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Influenza that suggest NAC could be an effective prophylactic. NAC also helps improve immunity. So, although we do not know for sure, this could be one of the best ways to protect ourselves.

At this writing, there is no other option. There is no research on the use of NAC at this time for MERS.

Things for additional research: The role of Zinc in immunity. The importance of selenium. Alkalizing with bicarbonate of soda (used in 1918-1919 during the Flu pandemic.

A Supplement for Influenza A (H5N1) in Humans. Med Hypothesis April 18, 2006

We will continue to watch this and keep you informed on the latest information.

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