The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern”.
At the time of the last major Ebola outbreak in 2014, Dr. Rath described how the epidemic provided an opportunity to embrace natural medicine. Today, despite widespread media coverage of the current outbreak in the DR Congo, one scientific fact about it continues to essentially be ignored: the Ebola virus is causing disease and death only in humans and nonhuman primates. Other natural hosts of this dangerous virus are not known to develop the disease. Remarkably, even though some animals can carry the Ebola virus for many years, they remain unaffected by it.
There is an explanation for this. Most animals synthesize vitamin C in their bodies in huge amounts. Vitamin C, being one of the most powerful antiviral agents of nature, is apparently able to prevent, or at least limit, the disastrous health consequences of the Ebola virus. In the case of fruit-eating bats, an animal unable to synthesize vitamin C, their diet consists almost exclusively of fresh fruits that are high in vitamin C content. Thus, although carrying the virus, they are protected from it.
In contrast, humans cannot produce a single molecule of vitamin C in their bodies and frequently suffer from vitamin deficiencies due to insufficient dietary intake. This makes the human body susceptible to Ebola and other viruses. Thus, it is not surprising that the characteristic symptoms of the Ebola infection – massive blood loss through leaky blood vessel walls – bear a striking resemblance to the well-defined vitamin C deficiency symptoms of the sailors’ disease, scurvy.
The antiviral properties of vitamin C and certain other micronutrients have been proven beyond any scientific doubt. It is therefore time for the World Health Organization to take advantage of these lifesaving scientific facts and promote them as primary public health measures to contain the Ebola epidemic in the DR Congo.