Florida is reporting more cases of mosquito-borne Zika Virus which make 28 cases so far.
A new concern is one of the patients on Friday is located outside the one-square mile area of Miami, where the mosquito transmission is thought to be contained. Health officials still believe that active transmission is only occurring in the area north of Miami.
Zika is an RNA virus and passed on by the bite an infected Aedes mosquito. Zika is also transmitted by sex and has been found to remain in sperm for six months. Current guidelines recommend infected patients should use condoms or abstain from sex for at least six months after the onset of symptoms.
Early on researchers have said babies were most susceptible to the Zika Virus when a woman was infected early in a pregnancy causing microcephaly (small brain). Now researchers have found it can also affect babies late into a mother’s pregnancy and not become apparent until months after they are born.
Dr.William Dobyns, MD, professor of pediatrics and neurology at Seattle Children's Hospital who has been studying brain injuries in Zika-infected babies says, “A new late onset microcephaly has been discovered, where babies appear to have normally sized heads at birth, but their damaged brains have stopped growing. By about 6 months of age, they have developed microcephaly because their head size hasn't kept up with normal growth”.
If not enough, another new worry is Zika is suspected to also cause deformities in newborns where the joints of the arms and legs become contracted or curved called arthrogryposis.
As of right now the Zika Virus is carried by mosquitoes and there's no vaccine, The World Health Organization states the best way to prevent outbreaks is to prevent mosquitoes that carry the virus from biting people.
There are many natural anti-viral formulas we use with patients for typical viral infections like colds, and flu. I am not suggesting they could prevent or treat the powerful Zika Virus. However, I believe it is better than just using bug repellent and might potentially improve one’s odds against such a terrible virus, particularly when living in or traveling to areas of concern.
Natural Anti-Viral Supplements we use in our practice:
Colloidal Silver (10ppm) is made from pure water and silver, using electrolysis. It is microscopic-sized solid silver particles suspended in the water. The microscopic silver particles can more easily penetrate and travel throughout the body. Colloidal Silver works as a catalyst, disabling the enzyme that all one celled viruses, bacteria and fungi use for their oxygen metabolism. The presence of Colloidal Silver near a virus, fungus, bacterium or any other single celled pathogen, disables its oxygen metabolism enzyme, its chemical lung, so to say. Within a few minutes, the pathogen suffocates and dies and is cleared out of the body by the immune system. Colloidal Silver is of no harm to human enzymes or any part of the human body chemistry. It can be taken daily internally or used externally as a disinfectant and benefits last for 2-3 hours. Safe for all ages and does not interfere with any medications. Add 2 teaspoons to 8 oz. water and sip throughout the day & then replenish as needed.
Olive Leaf Extract has been clinically proven as an immune booster beneficial in the treatment of conditions caused by, or associated with, a virus, retrovirus, bacterium or protozoan. Studies have shown it to have a unique anti-viral mechanism. Oleuropein, the key nutrient, is most concentrated in the leaves than any other part of the plant. Olive leaf’s broad killing power includes an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production for viruses. It also has an ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses, by preventing virus shredding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane. Olive leaf extract can directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication. (should not be used by people with auto-immune disorders or transplants)
Oil of Oregano (capsules or liquid) eliminates pathogenic bacteria without disrupting beneficial bacteria. It is also an anti-viral and anti-fungal. The chief antimicrobial ingredient is carvacrol. Oregano Oil should contain at least 62-70% carvacrol content to be effective. Another antibacterial ingredient is terpenes. Oregano's antifungal properties come from thymol. Published in the Oct-Dec 2011 Brazilian Journal Microbiology, oregano oil and its main component, carvacrol, are able to inhibit different human and animal viruses in vitro.
For prevention: Adults- 1 capsule or 4 drops in a small amount of juice 2 x day before meals. For children ask your Naturopath the proper dosage for their age.
Anti-V with Echinamide (Natural Factors) capsules contains a combination of immune boosting herbs to help your immune system fight off viruses including triple standardized Echinacea purpurea, Lomatium dissectum, Astragalus membranaceus, Reishi mushroom, and licorice.
Monolaurin (Ecological Formulas) a powerful antiviral and antibacterial, is a monoester formed from lauric acid (medium chain fatty acids) derived from coconut oil. According the report “A Review of Monolaurin and Lauric Acid”, research has suggested that monolaurin exerts virucidal and bactericidal effects by solubilizing the lipids and phospholipids in the envelope of the pathogen causing the disintegration of its envelope. Recent evidence has also indicated that monolaurin disrupts the cell replication of the virus. Monolaurin has had good results in studies of Shingles, Herpes virus and Epstein Bar virus, which.
Virattack ( Herb Pharm) a liquid Anti-Viral formula. Proprietary extract blend: Lomatium root (Lomatium dissectum), St. John's Wort flowering top (Hypericum perforatum), Echinacea root (Echinacea purpurea), Olive leaf (Olea europaea), Lemon Balm leaf & flower (Melissa officinalis). Additional Ingredients include: Certified organic cane alcohol, distilled water & vegetable glycerine. Non-GMO & Gluten-free.
It is always best to speak with your Naturopath before taking any supplements for serious health concerns.
Jane Jansen Naturopath Tree of Life Wellness Center
Host of Holistic Healthline Radio