Did you know that there are many ways to kill Ebola? A recent article we uncovered explains how:
2014 will forever be marked as the year that Ebola hysteria touched down. It is impossible to escape news of the tenacious virus wherever one goes, as flashing news headlines insistently scroll across TV screens or computer monitors at all times of the day.
Whether or not Ebola is really a serious public threat is debatable by many, however one cannot refute that the virus is real. That being said, something the public should know is that the virus can be killed in a number of clever and simple ways.
The following is a list of 10 things that immediately kill the Ebola virus, after which I discuss important natural defence tips.
A CDC report entitled “Ebola-Associated Waste Management” mentions that “Ebola-associated waste that has been appropriately incinerated, autoclaved (sterilized), or otherwise inactivated is not infectious, does not pose a health risk, and is not considered to be regulated medical waste or a hazardous material under Federal law.”
Just a 3 percent solution of acetic acid kills Ebola on contact, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. This organic acid is what gives vinegar its characteristic pungent taste. Most vinegars should therefore kill Ebola, but percentages of actual acid content vary.
Boiling the virus for five minutes kills it, the PHAC reports. This is not the most effective way to destroy Ebola, however, because some of the living virus could escape as water vapor before the liquid reaches a boiling point. A properly fitted lid will help ensure that the vapor is contained until boiling point.
Ebola is susceptible to “alcohol-based products,” according to the PHAC. Most hand sanitizers contain alcohol. Ebola, however, can enter through tiny cracks in the skin before hand sanitizer, or other alcohol-based products, takes effect.
Glutaraldehyde is an extremely pungent, oily liquid. A product containing 1-2 percent of it can kill the Ebola virus, according to both the PHAC and a fact sheet created by the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. Glutaraldehyde in small amounts is often found in wart removal products.
Bleach that most of us have at home is powerful stuff when it comes to killing germs. A solution with just 5.25 percent bleach destroys Ebola, according to the World Health Organization, the PHAC and the CDC. Chlorine powder, commonly used to disinfect swimming pool water, kills Ebola too.
How about a simmering soup of Ebola? No one wants that, but simmering Ebola for 30-60 minutes at 60 degrees C (140 F) , according to the PHAC, can inactivate and/or destroy the virus.
8) Radiation + Disinfectant
Ebola surprisingly appears to tolerate some amount of radiation, which is why contaminated items are not usually just zapped clean.
Gamma irradiation plus a bit of glutaraldehyde kills Ebola, though, as does substantial UVC radiation, reports the PHAC.
Under development now is a virus-killing robot called “Little Moe.” Tests conducted by its manufacturer, the San Antonia-based company Xenex, suggest that the pulses of ultraviolet light that it emits can disinfect Ebola-contaminated surfaces in mere minutes.
In an “Information to Travelers” alert, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control mentions, “Ebola virus is easily killed by soap.” It goes on to advise that travelers should “wash hands regularly, using soap or antiseptics.”
The problem again is that Ebola and other viruses can enter through small skin cracks before an individual washes his or her hands. While soap can kill the virus on contact, hand washing with soap is not sufficient enough to prevent transmission, but still an effective supplemental practice to add into everyone’s daily habits.
10) The Sun
On a surface exposed to direct sunlight, the Ebola virus dries and dies, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Epidemiologist Emily Landon of the University of Chicago agrees, and adds that, when isolated from its human or non-human animal host, Ebola is a relatively easy to kill pathogen.
How Do We Protect Our Body Against The Virus?
The only proven system to help fight the Ebola virus once in your body is your body’s immune system, and it is of primary importance to start strengthening its response now to give yourself the best chance of successfully fighting off an infection.
The only way to work with your body’s natural defenses is to give it what it requires in order to function at optimal performance.
Start by consuming more antibacterial foods. Even though Ebola is a virus, lessening the amount of bad bacteria in our bodies will leave more energy available for our immune system to fight off other pathogens.
Antibacterial foods include:
Oregon grape root
Stock up on antiviral herbs:
Una de Gato (Cat’s Claw)
Ditch these foods or behaviours which suppress the immune system:
Sugar (especially refined)
Corn, soy, and wheat (gluten)
Excess animal protein
Excess flour intake
Highly processed foods
Excessive EMF exposure
Limited sunshine or vitamin D supplementation
An Important Reminder
Something I’ve noticed with Ebola in the media is that there seems to be a lot of talking (or yelling) heads wondering who is infected and who’s flying where. There’s hardly ever a solution but plenty of worked-up fear. I feel that a more productive conversation could be better leaned towards proper public education of the Ebola virus and what we really have to worry about.
And what do we really have to worry about? The truth is that most people do not have to worry within North America. There isn’t going to be a pandemic of walking Ebola-zombies anytime soon. As we’ve seen, Ebola is a relatively easy to kill pathogen. I think for now the best thing we can do is to 1) have properly equipped and designated hospitals that are ready to deal with potentially infected patients and 2) teach the public about natural immune defenses.
Many of us have forgotten that our bodies are innately amazing machines and in doing so have given away our power to protect and heal ourselves from disease. Let’s remind ourselves of this again moving forward.
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