How Ebola Kills You

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

One opportunity in the Ebola hysteria is to learn the basics about how the immune system works. There are two basic components of the immune system–humoral immunity and cellular immunity. An excellent analogy is “weapons of mass destruction” vs “Boots on the ground”. When our military goes on the attack, ISIS or the Taliban, for instance. The initial assault is an air campaign, dropping bomb/missiles from the sky (Shock and Awe). As sophisticated as satellite guided weaponry is, air campaigns cause lots of casualties from what is called “collateral damage” or “friendly fire”. We kill lots of our own from these WMD’s and kill lots of civilians. This type casualty is lessened by “boots on the ground”. If soldiers are sent in to make direct contact with the enemy, we do a more efficient job of wiping out the enemy and can stop the damage done by bombings sooner.

Inside your body, your immune system has a similar response. As the article below explains, your immune system can produce WMD’s (Cytokines) of varying potency. Some cytokines such as histamine can cause symptoms as minor as a runny nose or hives. Leukotrienes cause the airway constriction we see in asthma. Prostaglandins cause fever. The immune system produces these chemicals in order to kill critters, reduce their ability to multiply, or hasten their departure from your system (This is the case with the production of xylitol in mucous and diarrhea).

More powerful WMD’s can also be produced by the immune system. What I had to deal with in the emergency room is a condition called “anaphylactic shock”. This is a potentially fatal condition when your immune system goes nuclear. Blood pressure collapses and patients go into shock. This can be caused by an overwhelming infection or in response to an allergen such as peanuts.

The cellular, boots on the ground, component of the immune system is marshalled by immune cells called “macrophages”. Macrophages are the cells that are on patrol 24/7 for critters. When a macrophage comes in contact with a critter, it engulfs it like PacMan. Once engulfed, the critter is digested in cell compartments called “lysosomes”. Lysosomes contain around 50 different enzymes that will cut up critters like a paper shredder. These enzymes are pH dependent and work best in acid. Another reason hydrochloric acid is so important to overall health. These critter bits are then regurgitated to the outside of the cell membrane. These critter bits (antigens) are used for two purposes. One, is they are presented to foot soldiers called “B cells”. The job of the B cells is to create antibodies specific to each critter they get exposed to. This is the basis of vaccines, natural and synthetic. An antibody to a specific critter will attach to that critter and let the immune system SWAT team (Killer T cells) know where to strike. A baby cow or any other mammal is “vaccinated” by drinking the mother’s colostrum which contains critter antibodies. Each organ system in the body has its specialized macrophages. The “dendritic cells” discussed in the article are one set. Kupffer cells (Liver), mesangial cells (Kidneys), and osteoclasts (Bone) are others.

Critters are not passive and this war against the immune system has been going on since the beginning. Critters have learned that the key to their success is to knock out macrophages. Without macrophages, you can’t make antibodies and your killer T cells are “blinded” as to where the enemy is. Your only defense becomes using your WMD’s.

As explained in the article, with Ebola, your immune system produces WMD’s that destroy blood vessels in “friendly fire”. This causes Ebola patients to die from internal/external bleeding. A similar condition happens with infections from other viruses such as the flu virus. The generic term for the release of WMDs is “cytokine storm”.

The take home here is that whether the critter is Ebola, D68, H1N1, West Nile, Candida, or even cancer, your best bet is to have a balanced attack from with your WMD’s and your foot soldiers. Foot soldiers depend on thyroid hormone, hydrochloric acid, selenium, vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin A and zinc. You’ll note that Ebola is only about 50% fatal. What is the difference between those that survive and those that die? Same answer as to why some died of polio, the 1918 swine flu, and flu viruses in general. It’s not the critter that kills you, it’s an incompetent immune system. Boost your immune system.


How Ebola Kills You: It’s Not The Virus

August 26, 20144:07 PM ET

Too strong, too late: A person's immune system eventually gets its act together and mounts a massive attack against Ebola. But in the end, the immune system overreacts and causes huge amounts of collateral damage.

Ebola has a nasty reputation for the way it damages the body. It’s rightfully earned.

“At the end stage of the disease, you have small leaks in blood vessels,” says Thomas Geisbert, an immunologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “You end up with essentially no blood pressure. Your body temperature drops and you go into shock.”

Read the rest of the article here.

(MSU is a commonly used Robyism that typically stands for “make science up” or “make sh*t up”. “Critter” is commonly used to reference Candida yeast overgrowth and inflammation.)

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