The Food You Eat Controls Potency of Viral Infections
Poor nutrition leads to mutations that
create more dangerous forms of the influenza virus and may contribute to
newly virulent outbreaks of viral epidemics ranging from the common cold to
AIDS and Ebola hemorrhagic fever.
Deficiencies of selenium allowed the human influenza virus to mutate into
more virulent forms in mice, and a similar mutation is likely to occur in
Once the mutations have occurred, even
mice with normal nutrition are more susceptible to the newly virulent strain.
nutritional status may contribute to the emergence of new viral strains and
might promote epidemics.
In the study, groups of mice with normal
and selenium-deficient diets were exposed to Influenza A Bangkok, a mild
strain of human influenza virus. Although investigators had expected the
malnourished mice to be sicker than the well-fed ones, they confirmed that
the virus also mutated to a greater degree in these mice.
Selenium, which is found in meat, is a
component of an antioxidant enzyme that helps the body fight off infections. Most people in developed countries would not need
to supplement their diet to maintain adequate levels of the mineral.
The study focused on the flu virus, which
hospitalizes more than 100,000 people each year in the United States alone. The research also confirmed earlier
studies into the causes of mutations of a virus, Coxsackie B3, linked to a
heart disease known as Keshan disease.
The disease, once found in China among
children and women of childbearing age with diets low in selenium, was
largely eradicated by dietary supplements.
Journal June 2001
Most people are stuck in a belief
system that puts most of the responsibility for illness on these big bad
infectious bacteria and viruses.
Nothing could be further from the
Even Louis Pasteur, on his deathbed,
realized that it was not the infectious agents, but the terrain in which they
worked, which was responsible for their ability to produce illness.
The most significant contribution to
one's biological terrain would be the foods that you eat. This is one of the
reasons why one should seriously consider implementing the optimal health food choice program. The program
eliminates sugars and most grains that break down to sugar. It is these
sugars that serve as fuel for the growth of pathogens that will cause
As the above study suggests, other
factors are involved. Selenium is a major player for viral infections. As the
first link below shows, selenium is a potent inhibitor of viral replication
and is an important part of effective natural regimens for control of hepatitis
However, one must be aware that medical
science is at a very rudimentary stage of its understanding of nutrition and
it interaction with human physiology. There are likely dozens, if not
hundreds, of other micronutrients and factors that are responsible for
decreasing the risk of infection when one eats natural unprocessed whole
And if you think a flu shot is a good
option for preventing the flu, you have not read Chet Day's excellent summary
on that issue below.
Non-Drug Approaches to Hepatitis C Ignored by
Why I Never Get Flu
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