Pneumonia And SARS (Atypical Pneumonia)
Pneumonia is perhaps the most serious of all respiratory illnesses. Virtually any type of germ can cause it. Often, it is caused by a particular bacteria, known descriptively as pneumococcus. This germ normally lives in the nose, sinuses, and throat. If it does get into the lungs, in the normal individual it is rapidly destroyed. However, if the immune system is compromised, the germ may overgrow, causing severe infection and inflammation. This most commonly occurs in the weak and debilitated. Hospitalized patients, especially those with cancer or AIDS, are the most vulnerable to developing this serious disease. In fact, pneumonia is the primary cause of death in these individuals.
There are numerous types of pneumonia. These types may be caused be a wide range of germs, including various bacteria as well as viruses, yeasts, molds, and parasites. This is why the diagnosis of pneumonia, that is which microbe is responsible, is often so elusive. Medically, for proper treatment to be dispensed the exact cause must be known. Otherwise, the wrong medicine may be given. This may, in fact, aggravate the illness.
Pneumonia is often a secondary effect of other conditions. For instance, let’s say an elderly but healthy person has a hip fracture. The individual is hospitalized in a weakened state. Hospital food is notoriously of poor quality, which further compromises resistance. Thus, the patients condition continues to deteriorate. Pneumonia develops and often kills the individual.
Hospitalized cancer patients are also particularly vulnerable. Their resistance is compromised, plus they often undergo toxic therapies, such as radiation or chemotherapy, which greatly depress immunity. When the powers of the immune system decline, which is the ultimate consequence of such toxic therapies, the lungs are readily colonized by a host of pathogens such as Candida albicans, pneumococcus, staph, E. coli, molds, and/or various parasites. As a result, the individual rapidly succumbs.
Drug-resistant highly pathogenic germs abound in hospital environments. The air ducts and room air are fully contaminated. Patients inhale the germs, which may rapidly infect them. Tuberculosis may also be spread in this manner. These germs aggressively attack the body, causing life-threatening infections. There is far less risk for fatal pneumonia in cancer patients treated outside the hospital than those treated within it.
Hospitals house a vast number of pathogens, many of which are highly virulent. The fact is such germs are freaks of nature. These biochemical freaks are the consequence of the overuse of antibiotics and are known medically as mutant bacteria. The mutants cause frighteningly severe infections, which rapidly induce fatality, plus there are no medical cures against them. Recently, (March 2003) a new and highly infective type of pneumonia has developed. Known as ‘atypical’ pneumonia this is probably due to a virus.
Outbreaks of atypical pneumonia occur yearly. Often, the source of the outbreaks is animal virus. The most likely animal reservoir is poultry or swine. However, the virus has mutated, so that it infects humans. There is no possible vaccine or drug for such an infection. Here, natural medicines are the only possible cures.
This type of pneumonia has recently been re-named. Known as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) it first developed in early 2003 and is wreaking havoc throughout the world, although the primary damage is occurring in Asia. There, dozens of people have died and hundreds have been hospitalized, many in intensive care. Hospital care workers are particularly victimized. As they became sickened they spread the infection among the public.
This type of pneumonia, like many others, is disseminated through close contact, via coughing and sneezing. However, people at considerable distance have also been infected. Yet, anyone in close proximity to an SARS victim will readily contract this disease. As indicated by the name SARS is particularly aggressive: even young vital adults, as well as athletes, are succumbing. The scope of this dilemma is denoted by the Financial Times, March, 2003, which calls this germ a ‘virulent’ cause of a global epidemic.
The symptoms of this condition are similar to the flu but more severe. However, the effects on the lungs are dissimilar. In SARS there is significant breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, and even wheezing, which are rarely seen in flu. The fact is in SARS people simply cannot breathe. In contrast, the flu makes people sick, but it rarely causes pneumonia, that is except in its global pandemic form. Other symptoms of SARS include high fever, chills, dry cough, lack of appetite, headache, and malaise.
Diarrhea may also occur. Often, it starts merely as a type of flu with muscle aches, fever, and a dry cough. As it progresses the infection lodges in the lower lungs, causing breathing difficulty. The virus also attacks the sinuses, causing congestion and bleeding. Diabolically, this bleeding may be far more extensive than the superficial symptoms indicate. Autopsies on SARS victims discovered evidence of bleeding of the internal organs, an ominous sign of the destructive powers of this virus.
The exact cause of this syndrome remains elusive, although a virus, known as a paramyxovirus, has been blamed. So have other viruses, notably flu-like viruses. Researchers at the CDC implicated a coronavirus, which is a cold virus. This appears to be the most likely culprit. The point is both are aggressive respiratory pathogens. Such viruses readily attack and destroy human cells, including the cells lining the respiratory passages. The fact is while researchers have been concerned about the return of a killer flu, SARS behaves like a killer cold. So says Nigel Hawker in the London Times, who writes that a ‘killer cold’ is a syndrome of the worst kind, because as everyone knows colds are easily spread and have no (medical) cure (parentheses mine).’
The virus responsible for SARS is highly infective. Medically, nothing can be done to stop it from infecting the tissues. The aggressive nature of this germ is due to the fact that it was in all likelihood originally a porcine virus. In other words, it is an animal virus, which has mutated to infect humans. Hogs serve as the reservoir. Think about it. If such a germ is tough enough to sicken or kill hogs, what could it do to humans? The fact is such hog-derived viruses are highly invasive and may quickly decimate the individual. Hog and human DNA are highly similar. Thus, hog viruses can quickly mutate into a human form. To halt this epidemic the hogs in the area of origin should be slaughtered.
While killer flus also originate from hogs, the SARS virus has proven equally diabolical. The fact is virtually half of all exposed individuals develop the infection in the form of life-threatening pneumonia. Here, the lungs become utterly infected, filling with fluid, germs, and, perhaps, pus. As many as 10% die, although the usual figure is about 4%, while a high percentage also suffer permanent lung damage. This damage can include permanent scarring of the lungs. The germ is spread readily through close contact. It is also spread by droplets, meaning it can infect individuals at some distance. Once the germ is disseminated, it remains infective for days. Entire rooms and buildings can become hopelessly contaminated. Plus, again, the fact is no one knows for sure the cause.
Globally, authorities have taken this epidemic seriously. At the time of this publication (April, 2003) it has developed into a virulent pandemic, creating intense fear and pandemonium. Currently, SARS is virtually everywhere, although the hotbed of infection is southeast Asia. In addition to China and Hong Kong, where untold thousands are infected, cases have been reported in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, South Africa, Thailand, England, Romania, Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, and the United States.
In the view of some ‘experts’ SARS is not as dire as many might believe. They claim that it is far from the type of diabolical killer they have been expecting to strike humanity, like the 1918 flu, which killed millions. However, such an attitude of minimizing the risks is itself dangerous. If a casual approach is taken by top officials and the public fails to take the appropriate precautions, this itself will greatly increase the risks.
Proper action must be taken immediately. Otherwise, SARS could become a brutal global epidemic, eventually killing thousands, even millions. Every effort must be taken to halt the spread of the disease. Otherwise, deaths which are potentially preventable will occur. The fact is at the time of this publication SARS, virtually by ‘surprise’, killed some 100 individuals, sickening thousands of others. Normal healthy adults have succumbed to it. None of these people were sick prior. Thus, this disease is a serious and diabolical killer.
The consensus is that SARS is an animal virus, which has mutated to infect humans. No one can be sure of the original animal reservoir. It is likely from pigs, but considering the source of the outbreak, that is southern China, virtually any animal could be the source, including chickens, ducks, cows, cats, dogs: even rats. In fact, in south China many people eat a wide range of carnivorous animals, such as dogs, birds of prey, and cats’even rats’regarding them as delicacies. Such dire habits are likely the origin of the infection. This is because the flesh of such animals, all of which are carnivores, is highly contaminated with microbes. These microbes cannot be fully killed by cooking. Thus, the carnivore-derived germs infect the cells of the eater, where they reproduce. There, they adopt the genetic structure of human cells, making them highly virulent.
The infected human acts essentially like the virus’ synthetic factory, where it reproduces by the billions. In other words, they adapt to the human genetic code, parasitizing it. This means that the infection, rather than originating from airborne spread, such as from a pig’s breath to a human’s lungs, is the result of highly destructive hygienic or dietary habits, that is the eating of the flesh of contaminated carnivores. Unless such practices are curbed, global epidemics of such a dire nature, true killers of humanity, will continue to develop, destroying much of the human race.In essence, SARS is a type of human plague, originating in contaminated animals such as pigs, ducks, rats, or wild game.
It was the Prophet Muhammad who first delineating the harmful consequences of such dietary habits. He categorically prohibited the consumption of the flesh of carnivores, including pigs. This is little surprise to true followers of scripture, who are aware of such prohibitions, that is from the Old Testament. Ultimately, such prohibitions are merely common-sense. Anyone who observes the dietary and hygienic habits of such creatures must conclude they are inedible. Obviously, as is demonstrated by the current experience, that is the SARS epidemic, these prohibitions are strictly for one purpose: the protection and health of the human race.
The actual cause of SARS has yet to be proven definitively. Certainly it is some kind of virus. Yet, what is definite is that there is no medical treatment. Antibiotics are useless, in fact, counterproductive. Now, it is being shown that a number of germs may be the cause.
This illustrates the importance of utilizing natural germicides, as well as natural virus killers, as the preferred treatment. This is because a wide range of natural compounds effectively kill viruses plus a host of other germs. What’s more, they are non-toxic, so they can be taken/applied in large doses at the needed frequency. They can be used aggressively even in the highly vulnerable, like newborns, infants, children, the immune compromised, and the elderly. Spice extracts are the most potent of these natural germicides.
In the fight against SARS, there are two natural medicines to rely upon: Oregacyn and Germ-a-Clenz. Oregacyn is the front line of defense. It is a powerful germ killer, truly lifesaving. It may be taken preventatively: one capsule twice daily. If exposed or sickened, it should be taken aggressively, like 2 or more capsules three times daily. In severe cases it can be taken even more aggressively, like 2 to 4 capsules every hour of two (Note: be sure to take it with food, juice or with plenty of water).
The Germ-a-Clenz is the ideal air sterilizer. Use it preventatively in all possible scenarios. Simply spray it high in the air in any room or region that may be contaminated. Spray in a tissue and breathe or, spray it directly into the mouth and/or nose. Use it for prevention in any area where people congregate. Keep both the Germ-a-Clenz and Oregacyn at ready access at all times. In the car, office, or other strategic places.
Never go anywhere without it. The point is if an individual gets SARS if at least he or she takes Oregacyn, premature death will be prevented. The Germ-a-Clenz can also prevent it, that is by destroying the germ in the air or on surfaces. Oregacyn will neutralize the SARS virus. Germ-a-Clenz can neutralize its airborne components. Also, use Oregacyn oil, rubbing it into the chest, back, and feet, as well as taking it under the tongue. Use also the Maximum Strength oil of oregano. It is also effective as a topical rub.
A study by Siddiqui in Medical Science Research is revealing. Here, spice extracts, such as those used in Oregacyn and Germ-a-Clenz, killed all viruses tested on contact. The researchers were so amazed that they described the spice’s destructive actions as ‘remarkable’.
The fact is the spice oils essentially disintegrated the viruses, even difficult-to-kill ones such as herpes. Thus, spice extracts offer the potential to cure a wide range of the plagues of modern humankind, including SARS and West Nile virus. Certain dietary restrictions may be necessary to curb this epidemic. Certainly, the intake of pork or pork products must be halted. During the epidemic the intake of commercial chicken or duck may need to be restricted. Ultimately, it is advisable to switch from commercial chicken/duck to organic or farm-raised types.
Also, avoid the consumption of foods which suppress the immune system such as sweets, white flour products, refined vegetable oils, deep fried oils, nitrated/processed meats, and, of course, refined sugar. Drugs which weaken immunity must also be avoided, particularly aspirin, ibuprofen, cortisone (including prednisone), and antibiotics.