Obviously the topic of Ebola has been on every news outlet and headline everywhere. We all know about the two nurses who contracted the virus while taking care of patient zero. There is also a rumor going around Dallas right now that a doctor has been confirmed to have the virus as well but has not hit media outlets yet. That source being a nurse at Presby also said there are multiple other suspected infections waiting confirmation. But who knows if that's true, we all have played the telephone game. And a rumor is just that a rumor.
I did a brief blog a couple of weeks ago when the first patient Thomas Duncan was diagnosed, I was trying to help calm the situation because I had a lot of patients asking me questions and expressing a lot of concern and fear. I had said that I was confident that the CDC had it under control. Since then my opinion has changed. I also said at the end of the blog that this situation was primed for the introduction of an Ebola vaccine. The fear, the panic, it's a perfect situation to make billions. This situation just got a whole let better for that when the CDC let one of the nurses board a commercial flight while having a low grade fever the day before she reported to he hospital expressing symptoms. In my honest opinion, I think she was contagious on the flight back to Dallas. If by the chance, no one comes down with this after that colossal mistake by the CDC, which is only one of many. It is by pure luck and chance. She went through a busy Cleveland airport with a fever. Flew on a plane with 132 passengers with a fever. Went through DFW airport with a fever. Those other passengers went on to their other connecting flights, to their hometowns and cities. The plane went on to make 5 more flights. This is almost too unbelievable to make a Hollywood movie out of.
With all that said, I know the vaccine is coming. Here is why it would be a horrible idea to have an Ebola vaccine. To this date there have only been 3 cases of Ebola inside the US, only 2 contracted inside the US, which were caregivers of patient zero. Another clear mis handling by the CDC. But only 3 cases at this point. So if we starting vaccinating for this virus that only 3 people have had, millions will now be walking around with the live virus inside them. That's what a vaccine is. So instead of 3 now millions, and just like with measles, polio, and other diseases, there will be people who contract the disease from the vaccine itself. The only incidences of polio today in this country are from the vaccine itself. Second, because of the fear and panic this is causing, in a state of emergency this vaccine will be rushed to production. Bypassing some of the usually required testing, some of which is usually done in human trials in Africa and India which may have caused Ebola to begin with. So when are we going to find out about the possible side effects of this vaccine? Ten years down the road? Maybe sooner? Who knows....
I do know that the United States government holds the patent on the Ebola virus and no testing or production of vaccines can be done without their permission and their hand in it. And this is not conspiracy, this is fact, you can look it up. The bottom line is a vaccine is not an answer to this problem. It needs to be contained. Here is an example of what happened when an HIV vaccines was introduced when the virus first started popping up. "Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said "Sometimes vaccines not only don't work, they make things worse," Collins told HuffPost. "Look at the HIV step trial, where that vaccine not only did not protect [against] HIV, it increased susceptibility because it did something to the immune system that made it more vulnerable. That could happen here too." (The private sector, it should be noted, hasn't developed an Ebola vaccine for a variety of reasons, primarily financial ones.)" You can read the full article here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/12/ebola-vaccine_n_5974148.html. We have also seen other scares cause rushed vaccines that led to bad results. Like the swine flu scare of 1976, where the vaccine led to numerous side effects and death that cost the CDC director his job.
The only thing you can at this point is to improve your immune system. It is very hard to trust the CDC to keep this contained but what do we do, that is all we have. It has been said that your best solution to not catching the virus or how you respond once you have it depends on your immune system. When your body becomes a factory for reproducing the virus, how are your white blood cells going to fight back, it will be a war. We are having a FLU FIGHTER WORKSHOP at my office Adjust Dallas on October 29th at 6:30pm. The flu is a virus too, this talk may spill in to an Ebola talk before it is done. We are going to go over ways and tips to put your immune system in the best situation as possible. Call 972.701.WELL to reserve your seat. I hope this blog didn't scare you, that was not my goal by any means. The CDC in my opinion had been dishonest about this whole thing. Just like when they repeatedly say that this virus is not airborn. It may not be, but neither is the flu. Just look up what the definition of an airborn illness is, and then also look up what "droplets" are. So why then did some of Duncan's family not catch this while he was symptomatic? The only logical explanation that I can conclude is that their immune system did it's job. The Ebola virus is not something to be taken lightly, but if contained it will be fine. That is key though, if the CDC keeps it contained. I think at this point the CDC chief Dr. Frieden should step down, he has proven he is in over his head. I don't know him personally, he could be a great guy, but I think this process speaks for itself. Ebola is a threat, a real threat, but an Ebola vaccine would be a disaster.
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