“The Democratic Republic of the Congo has marked an official end to the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which killed 2,280 people over nearly two years.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
At the time of the previous 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 most recent outbreak in the DR Congo, one scientific fact continues to essentially be ignored: the Ebola virus causes 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, these animals are protected from it.
In contrast, humans cannot produce a single molecule of vitamin C in their bodies and frequently suffer from micronutrient deficiencies due to an 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. Governments in Africa should therefore take advantage of these lifesaving scientific facts and promote them as primary public health measures in order to contain any future Ebola epidemic.