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Fighting Infectious Diseases - Lessons from Free-living Animals in their Natural Habitat
I don’t remember any narrative of a case of epidemic or pandemic, properly investigated and correctly and substantively confirmed outbreaks of infectious diseases in animals living freely in their natural habitat. I am thinking of an equivalence in humans of epidemics or pandemics of infectious diseases such as cholera, HIV AIDS, Tuberculosis, Ebola etc. The explanation on the differences in infectious diseases occurrence between humans and free-living animals most likely lies in evolving lifestyle-related changes, which is significantly remarkable in humans than in free-living animals, such as nutritional changes (from ancestral foods to modern diets). In present times, to fight infectious diseases, as humans, we need antibiotics, free-living animals don’t; we need immunizations, free-living animals don’t; we need highly trained professionals to help us fight infections diseases, free-living animals don’t, etc. Humans can learn a bit more and potentially apply some of the sustainable approaches to fight infectious diseases existing in free-living animals in their natural habitat. A Link that might bring forth more insights on how animals deal with infectious diseases is found at: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20140807-how-animals-deal-with-infection
The concepts of nature cure as a natural health approach was well elucidated in the early 20th Century by one of the first pioneer authors Henry Lindlahr, in one of his book series of nature cure as follows: “ It is vastly more than a system of curing aches and pains; it is a complete revolution in the art and science of living. It is the practical realization and application of all that is good in natural science, philosophy and religion. “The philosophy of Nature Cure is based on sciences dealing with newly discovered or rediscovered natural laws and principles, and with their application to the phenomena of life and death, health, disease and cure”. Use of nature cure as an enabler for being the boss of your own health (taking charge of your own health) is based on the simplicity of the nature cure approach as compared to the orthodox medical approach in addressing health matters. Lindlahr (1922) argues that nature cure is considered an “exact science”, which reduces com
Most of our health care providers including some M.Ds, nutritionists, dieticians, etc believe and/or would want us to believe that we can get adequate nutrients for optimum health through eating a balanced diet. My guess is such beliefs are based on assumptions derived from Dietary Reference Intake values, accepted as science-based by the biomedical community and policy makers. Of course DRI values are so low that it makes sense to believe that you can meet your nutrient requirement from food intake through eating a variety of foods (given, for example that one orange can provide approx. 65 mg which is within the DRI range for adults). The challenge is: can we achieve optimum health through getting our nutrients from food alone? I argues we don’t, because daily nutrients intake from food alone are ridiculously low ( Hickey and Roberts, 2004), to achieve optimum health. Nutrition is an essential component of our health and that of any living matter. The science of nutrition and heal
The talk of the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treatment of COVID-19 is often advocated for by those physicians who use it in combination with Zinc (a common nutritional supplement). Many studies, including a recent report by Horbym and Landray (2020), however have indicated that hydroxychloroquine has not been shown to be effective in treatment of COVID-19. The question then is, on what grounds are those claiming hydroxychloroquine being effective in treatment of coronavirus infection emanating from? Advocates of effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine claim that evidence is obtained from their practical clinical practices. They use hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc and have witnessed a hands on life-saving experience, attributing treatment success to hydroxychloroquine. However, are these assertions true? Apparently yes - a combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc is believed to be effective in treating COVID-19, but of the two entities, the main player in the tr