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REDUCE YOUR FEAR OF BIOTERRORISM
By George V. Dubouch, Ph.D.
One of the major health concerns that has recently developed is the threat of attack by terrorists using chemical and biological weapons. In November, 2001, at the U.S. House Government Reform Committee hearing, Chairman, Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), held a full committee hearing entitled "Comprehensive Medical Care for Bioterrorism Exposure." The panel consisted of a Major General from the Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, a representative from the Department of Defense and M.D.s and Ph.D.s from various other agencies. The hearing was covered on C-Span television. H. Reg McDaniel, M.D., one of the presenters, whose topic was "Evidence Supporting the Potential for Glyconutrients and Micronutrient Dietary Supplementation to Support Natural Defense and Healing Mechanisms to Ameliorate Bacterial, Viral and Fungal Infections." As part of his testimony he was asked, ". . . to provide an outline of nutritional issues relating to improving immune response and possible nutritional solutions to complement treatments for most biologic agents." In the executive summary of this hearing it said: ". . . [glyconutrients] are predicted to be effective against war-grade modified organisms, bacterial and viral."43 More research was discussed to prove this preventative and therapeutic approach that could be designed to thwart bio-terrorism infectious agents which are designed to destabilize the society of America and its allies.
The purpose of the hearing was to review the medical options available to deal with bioterrorism exposure. They discussed how current knowledge has changed as a result of the anthrax exposure. Discussions included nutrition and complementary treatments and what vaccines and antibiotics could be used against biological agents such as anthrax and smallpox. Questions were raised about which antibiotics offered the fewest side effects and whether large-scale use of antibiotics would promote antibiotic-resistant bacteria. No governmental response to Dr. McDaniel's proposal has transpired.
Health officials estimate that there are up to 20,000 cases of antibiotic-resistant infections annually. Many health officials view them as a harbinger of worse to come. Bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics because they evolve so rapidly, two or three times an hour. If a few bacteria develop genes that can protect them from antibiotics, those few resistant microbes can become millions overnight.
You have heard it said, "forewarned is forearmed"; but the major media have decided that scaring people with predictions of chemical and biological warfare makes good news. Omitting important balancing facts that would water down and diminish the news stories apparently is not cost effective for the media (the more viewers, listeners and readers, the more money is made). I am grateful for the media in general for keeping us informed, but this is one area where a more balanced view needs to be presented. These news stories should not be all that doom and gloom, and, yes, we should be concerned; but not become panicky. Panic is brought on by fear. Here is what Wordsworth wrote about fear: "What are fears but voices awry? Whispering harm where harm is not. And deluding the unwary."
In the mid-1990s there was a series of nerve gas attacks on crowded Japanese subway stations. Given there were perfect conditions for the attacks, less than 10 percent of the people were harmed and most of them were okay within a few hours. Only one percent of the injured died. This made big news, even here in America. I don't mean to minimize or make light of the incidents; the perpetrators (murderers) should be appropriately dealt with. These weapons are about terror; but if you keep your immune system in good condition, remain calm and listen to the proper authorities, you will be giving yourself a fighting chance. I believe this to be far less scary than the media portrays. Serious, yes - boot-shaking scary, no. There are things you can do to protect yourself against chemical and biological terrorism.
Chemical weapons are categorized as nerve, blood and blister incapacitating agents. Contrary to the hype of reporters, they are not weapons of mass destruction. They are "area denial" and terror weapons. When you leave the area that is infected, you almost always leave the risk. These are not gasses; they are vapors and/or airborne particles. The agent must be delivered in sufficient quantity to injure or kill, and that defines when and how it is used. Since they are vapors and airborne particles, these nerve agents are heavier than air, so they will seek low places like ditches, basements and underground garages. The toxins, for the most part, will not be effective when it is cold (freezing) and it does not last long when the temperature is high (hot) and the wind spreads it too thinly and too fast. It almost has to be dumped on you, or you have to directly inhale it for it to cause any serious damage. The concentration of chemicals has to be quite high to kill you unless, of course, your immune system is already compromised and weak. If exposed, your best protection is to stay calm and get out of the area and into fresh air.
Some of the symptoms from exposure to chemical nerve agents are sudden headache, dimness of vision (if the person you are looking at has pinpointed pupils), difficulty breathing, runny nose, excessive saliva or drooling, tightness in the chest, stomach cramps, a twitching of the exposed skin where a liquid has made contact. If you are in a public place and you start experiencing these symptoms, ask yourself: Did anything out of the ordinary just happen, like a loud pop, or did someone spray something on the crowd? Are other people getting sick? Is there an odor of newly mowed hay, green corn, something fruity or camphor where it shouldn't be? If the answer is yes, then calmly (if you panic, you breathe faster and inhale more air and consequently more poison) leave the area and head upwind or outside. The quickest antidote is fresh air. If you have a blob or splash of liquid on you that looks like molasses or Karo syrup, scrape or blot it off and get it away from you with anything disposable.
Blood agents are cyanide or ricin which affect your blood's ability to carry and provide oxygen to your tissue. The scenario for attack would be the same as nerve agents. Look for a pop or someone splashing or spraying something and people around you getting woozy and falling down. The telltale smells are bitter almonds or garlic where it would not be expected. The symptoms are blue lips, blue under the fingernails, rapid breathing. Fresh air as soon as possible is your best antidote.
Blister agents (distilled mustard) are so nasty that nobody even wants to handle them, much less use them. Because it is almost impossible to handle safely and may have delayed effects of up to 12 hours, the attack scenario is also limited to the things you would see from other chemicals. If you do get large, painful blisters for no apparent reason, do not pop them. If you must, be very careful not to let the liquid under the blister get on any other area of your body, as the toxic substance will continue to spread. It is just as likely to harm the user as the target. Soap, water, sunshine and fresh air are this toxic substance's enemy.
The bottom line on chemical weapons is that they are intended to make you panic, to terrorize you, to herd you like sheep to the wolves. You are more likely to be hurt by a drunk driver on any given day than be hurt by one of these attacks.
Biological weapons are vectored (any organism that is the carrier of disease-producing viruses) in bugs and rodents, from one person to another, and with contaminated material. Keep the garbage in your environment to a minimum externally and internally. Do not leave standing, stagnant water (such as in ditches or unused kiddie pools) around to provide breeding room for mosquitoes. Basic personal hygiene and sanitation will go a long way toward preventing an environment that is conducive to these vectors. A healthy immune system is your very best defense and the nutraceuticals (glyconutrient complex, phytonutrient complex and phytosterol complex) are prime nutrients needed by the body to build a healthy immune system. To learn more, go to www.glyconutrient.com. If, after all I have said on this matter, you still want a gas mask, go get one; but I am not getting one. Terrorist weapons are made to cause panic, terror and to demoralize us. If we do not run around like scared-to-death sheep and do not give in to media-hyped isolated incidents, the terrorist will not get much mileage out of his or her crime and will become discouraged and quit. I want to thank retired military expert Red Thomas for his input on this nasty bioterrorism business.
On June 20, 2002, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) held a meeting with the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP). The subject, decisions and testimonies were on the recommendations for smallpox vaccination currently being considered by the CDC and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). For some reason, major news media neglected to report on this important meeting. What has come to light because of this and other meetings on a similar subject are the four generally accepted facts about smallpox that are all wrong! Here are the four myths:
Myth #1: Smallpox is highly contagious.
Joel Kuritsky, M.D., Director of the National Immunization Program and Early Smallpox Response and Planning at the CDC, said: "Smallpox has a slow transmission and is not highly contagious." This is an obvious contradiction to what we have been told about smallpox.
The symptoms after contracting the disease do not occur immediately. It has an incubation period of 3 to 17 days; the first of several symptoms will be the development of a high fever (101°F. or higher). This would be accompanied by nausea, headache, severe abdominal cramping and vomiting, and also low back pain and a rash.
An infected person is not contagious, even with a fever. Not until a rash appears (in two to four days) is a person contagious. The characteristics of the rash are not difficult to diagnose, says Walter A. Orenstein, M.D., Director of the National Immunization Program (NIP) at the CDC. The smallpox rash is a round, firm pustule. The lesions can develop over the entire body but appear to manifest more often on the soles of the feet, on the face and on the palms.
Myth #2: Smallpox can be spread by casual contact with an infected individual.
Smallpox will not spread rapidly, even after the development of a rash. When it does spread, it is usually because the infected person sneezed or coughed directly on another individual. Dr. Orenstein said, "Smallpox will not spread like wildfire; the spread of smallpox to casual contacts is the exception to the rule." The transmission of smallpox occurs only after close, constant exposure, within a few feet of each other for about a week of steady contact.
Dr. Tom Mack, from the University of Southern California, said, "In Pakistan 27 percent of cases demonstrated no transmission to close associates. Nearly 37 percent had a transmission of only one generation." The second person contracting smallpox did not infect anyone else. This is a direct contradiction to the predicted spreading to the millions.
Dr. Kuritsky said at the CDC's public forum on smallpox on June 8, 2002, in St. Louis, Missouri: "Given the slow transmission rate and that people need to be in close contact for nearly a week to spread the infection, the scenario in which a terrorist could infect himself with smallpox and contaminate an entire city by walking through the streets touching people is purely fiction."
Myth #3: There is no known treatment for smallpox.
A more correct statement would be that there are no pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment of smallpox. There are about 300 antiviral drugs and they are testing one that is used for HIV patients. It is very potent and the potential side effects could be extensive. A more natural, safe and effective approach would be to use the metabolic glyconutritional discovery, utilizing all three nutraceuticals (glyconutrient complex, phytonutrient complex, phytosterol complex) - www.glyconutrient.com. H. Reg McDaniel, M.D., said, "Research on this safe, economical, potentially effective approach is warranted."
Myth #4: The smallpox vaccine will prevent a person from getting infected.
There is no clinical proof that vaccines are effective. Vaccines have never been scientifically proven to prevent anyone from getting smallpox. Dr. Harold Margolis, Senior Advisor to the Director for Smallpox Planning and Response, said in Atlanta: "The vaccine decreased the death rate among those vaccinated by modifying the disease, not by preventing infection." Neutralizing antibodies are reported to reflect levels of protection, although this has not been validated in the field.
I think we should be very careful in accepting inoculations of dangerous ineffective experimental vaccines. A national massive smallpox vaccination campaign could set the stage for a health disaster. According to the world health records in England, Germany, Italy, the Philippines, British India, etc., devastating epidemics followed mass vaccination. The worst smallpox disaster occurred in the Philippines after a 10-year compulsory vaccination program. Ten million people were vaccinated, resulting in 170,000 cases of infection and more than 75,000 deaths from smallpox in a country having only scattered cases in rural villages prior to the onslaught of vaccines.
Think about this also: If the terrorists have biological smallpox, what is the chance that they have other weapons of biological destruction . . . those for which we do not have a vaccine? The government does have many different kinds of vaccines, but are we going to be subjected and injected with all of them? Did you know that the toxic mercury in most vaccines is dozens of times in excess of the EPA safety levels? Did you know that all 696,000 Gulf War personnel were inoculated with 3 completely untested vaccines, resulting in 80,000 of them contracting a disease known as Gulf War Syndrome? Vaccines are not thoroughly tested before they are put on the market and American children are the most vaccinated group, not only in the world, but in all of history. Does the fact that vaccines are a multi-billion dollar business in the United States have any bearing on what's happening here?
In an editorial, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) co-founder and president, Barbara Loe Fisher, criticizes a federal plan urging state health officials to use the state "militia" to arrest, imprison and force vaccination and medication on Americans and then to be exempt from liability for any injury or death that results. The proposed legislation would also give health officials control of all roads and the power to seize homes, cars, telephones, firearms, supplements and even food. It has already been introduced in Massachusetts. Get educated and spread the word that our freedoms are under attack NOW! The NVIC (http://www.nvic.org) serves as a consumer watchdog on vaccine development and policymaking. NVIC advocates the institution of safety and informed consent protections in the mass vaccination system. They also advocate basic science research into genetic and other biological factors which place some individuals at high risk for vaccine injury and death.
To stay healthy and protected, follow some basic common sense responses to an attack, listen to the proper authority and stay calm; don't listen to hysterical people and don't cower down to news stories of pending doom. Y2K predictions of disasters never happened, but if you got somewhat prepared, you are all the better for it. Yes, forewarned is forearmed, whether it is for smallpox, SARS or any potential problem. Realize that you are not helpless. There are positive things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.
You have two major defensive postures you can take. First, is to stay away from infected people and stay clear of infected areas. That is not always possible, but it would be prudent. The second is to stay healthy by keeping your immune system healthy. As I said in the beginning of the book, Science or Miracle?, which is available on www.amazon.com, or for wholesale price, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org: If you catch the flu easily or often, if you are run down, if you are under constant stress, you worry a lot, you are in a state of depression, you don't sleep well, you feel weak or high strung (explode easily), then your immune system could be compromised. This is especially true if you have a constantly low level of energy. These are red flags, and if you have two or more of these symptoms, it might be wise to contact a nutritionally oriented medical doctor, naturopath, chiropractor, or nutritionist who is familiar with and utilizes nutraceuticals, and particularly glyconutritionals as talked about in the book Science or Miracle? which is subtitled "The Metabolic Glyconutritional Discovery." It is easy reading, science-friendly and highly endorsed.
The scientist and microbiologist, Dr. Kanatjan Alibekov, developed some of the most heinous biological weapons known to mankind, including the world's most deadly strain of anthrax. The doctor was seeking a remedy for his years of creating weapons of mass destruction. So, in 1999, the CIA helped Dr. Alibek (the name I believe he now uses) to defect from the Soviet Union to the United States. Dr. Alibek is now helping the U.S. find ways to defend against bioweapons. He says, "In the event of an attack, hormones inhaled or injected could quickly fortify the immune system against many different pathogens."
The doctor is on the right track; your best defense is supporting and building up the immune system, bringing it into a homeostasis condition (into balance). Our phytosterol complex (sometimes referred to as phytogenins or phytohormones) is a precursor to the mother hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). This would be a perfect nutrient to accompany the glyconutrient complex and phytonutrient complex. I would not be surprised if Dr. Alibek agreed. There is no substitute for the plant phytosterol, which is much safer, compared to taking a synthetic DHEA hormone. There is a correlation between low DHEA levels in the body and degenerative diseases. Julian Whitaker, M.D., states in his Health and Healing Newsletter: "DHEA is the closest we can get to the fountain of youth." I think it definitely helps. Scientific research reveals that adequate DHEA in the body can slow the aging process, preventing, and even reversing, disease conditions. Taking these three nutraceuticals together is the metabolic glyconutritional discovery that will do more to build and balance your immune system beyond anything else on the market, according to my research.
Dr. Alibek is an expert scientist on anthrax and other bioterrorism agents. He acknowledges that treating these pathogens with antibiotics is not the best answer. In the event terrorists bioengineer an anthrax organism to resist antibiotics or in case antibiotic supplies are exhausted during an epidemic, there must be some other recourse. He believes the best defense is a healthy immune system.
In my opinion, the best antiviral against anthrax, West Nile virus, SARS, smallpox or any life-threatening microorganism is taking the basic three glyconutritionals I have been writing about here. I have elaborated on each of these nutraceuticals in my book, Science or Miracle?
This can be a terrifying world we live in today; we are constantly hearing about wars, the dangers of nuclear weapons, chemical and biological terrorism, about earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, global warming and ozone depletion. Diseases are on the rise and crime is prevalent throughout the country. If you want to worry and make yourself sick, there are plenty of reasons - and I am sure you can think of more as well. But, in the midst of it all, God promises to be a refuge and a fortress to those who will trust and dwell in Him. "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling." (Psalm 91:7,10) He made that promise thousands of years ago to those who believe, when man had not even invented weapons to destroy thousands of people all at once. Today, these calamities are possible and a real threat; but God wants to be your protector and the first name you call on when trouble beseeches you. He is our shelter and refuge. (Refuge means we are inaccessible to the enemy.) No matter how terrifying things around you seem to be, call on Him and trust God. Pray for wisdom and discernment, and by all means, have faith. Seek His guidance; then peace, health and long life will be yours.
An Excerpt from Dr. George Dubouch's book: "Science or Miracle?"
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Dr. George Dubouch is a passionate speaker on the metabolic glyconutritional discovery with a B. A. degree in community health and a Master of Science in nutritional science. He lectures at churches, colleges and universities here and overseas. Dr Dubouch earned his doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in communications from Columbia Pacific University in 1983. E-Mail: email@example.com
Chemical weapons are categorized
as nerve, blood and blister incapacitating agents. Contrary to the hype
of reporters, they are not weapons of mass destruction. They are "area
denial" and terror weapons. When you leave the area that is infected,
you almost always leave the risk.