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One way to defeat viral illnesses is with a type of medication called 'antivirals' - an example of which is Hydroxychloroquine, whose effects on COVID-19 were well-publicized before any vaccines were rolled out. However, by far the most popular method of controlling a viral outbreak is through the use of vaccination. When a person is given a vaccine, what this does is to expose their body to a partial or weakened version of the virus to be protected against. The aim is to teach at person's immune system how to mount a most effective defence against the virus if that person becomes infected. - It is, essentially, a preventive medicine.
It is important to emphasize that vaccines are a preventive medicine - they are successful if they manage to teach a person's immune system how to defeat an illness, in advance. If, however, a person becomes infected before they receive a vaccine or too soon afterwards for the vaccine to have been effective, then that person may still succumb to illness. Time is of the essence.
Vaccination is rarely likely to give anyone 100% immunity from a viral threat, but it does give an increased level of immunity that should prevent a person from falling severely ill. The word 'Immunization' is actually a quite general term that includes increasing the body's level of immunity by other means that just vaccines - for example, it includes the ingestion of antiviral foods.
People have been taught the importance of monitoring what they take into their bodies - for example, in the cases of Nicotine and Cholesterol. It is no wonder then, that some people are concerned if they hear that a vaccine contains preservative chemicals that can be poisonous if absorbed by the body frequently. Others are naturally and humanly cautious about instantly accepting vaccines based on new, unregulated technologies, such as the mRNA and DNA vaccines. What does not help, is when vaccine information is not readily available. In the case of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, a comparative table has been provided below:
When someone is given a vaccine - most commonly as an injection, though some are taken orally - they are 'infected' with a small amount of the pathogen that causes the illness. In essence, a person is given a mini-version of the illness and in so doing, the body's immune system becomes acquainted with the illness and learns how to combat it. It is like giving the body a training session in overcoming the illness, and if the person becomes infected with the full version of the illness later on, that person's body knows how to fight it and manages to beat it off.
The first forms of vaccination (against Smallpox) originated in 16th Century China and Edward Jenner successfully immunized an eight-year old boy against that same illness in 1796 by infecting him with a small amount of Cowpox material. In fact, the word 'Vaccination' derives from this practice, as the latin word for cow is 'Vacca'. The word 'Immunization' is used interchangeably with 'Vaccination', though the latter emphasizes the fact that there is increase in the ability of the immune system in the process.
Most countries in the world currently run vaccination programs in which their populations are routinely administered with a series of vaccines from shortly after birth. Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis ('Whooping Cough'), Measles, Mumps, Rubella ('German Measles') and Polio are some of the most well-known diseases against which people are immunized in their early years. Smallpox - which is estimated to have killed over half a billion people in the past 100 years - had successfully been eradicated via the use of vaccines by the 1970s. One great benefit of immunization programs is that when the immunity of a population rises to over 80%, then that group as a whole takes on what is known as 'herd immunity', and even those who might be too vulnerable to receive a vaccination benefit from a degree of protection.
The science of 'Nutritional Immunology' has been intensively examining the way in which food chemicals can affect the a person's ability to defend against infections. Some nutritional immunologists are particularly interested in the way that people's immune systems can be made more effective against viral threats through changes in diet. In times like these, living through a pandemic, it is especially important to learn what advice those scientists are able to give us in terms of optimizing our immune systems so as to defeat the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Can what we eat and drink affect how susceptible we are to COVID-19? - Can we increase vaccine effectiveness through ingesting specific dietary ingredients? And if so, which ones?
Prof. Margaret Rayman, distinguished Chair of Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey, and Philip Calder, Professor of Nutritional Immunology at the University of Southampton, have submitted evidence before the United Kingdom's parliament in the form of a document entitled 'Optimising COVID-19 vaccine efficacy by ensuring nutritional adequacy' (2021).
The professors' submissions to parliament are solidly detailed and extensively reference the most up-to-date and relevant research in regards to 'Nutritional Adequacy'. The special focus of their evidence is what may be done to improve the nutritional levels of the elderly (56 years upwards) so that their immune response - including vaccine response - will be improved.
The document - provided in its entirety below - explains exactly which vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients are able to increase 'nutritional adequacy' and, as a result, improve the immune responsiveness of the elderly. However, even though the evidence has been set out with older people in mind, the vital nutrients named are just as important for all ages.
To find out about key evidence in support of over fifty anti-viral dietary ingredients, based on the research work of more than 1000 scientists, visit the free database - with 800+ live links - at theantiviraldiet.com.
Vaccinations are one effective form of protection against viruses and viral illnesses - however, without a good level of nutrients in the body, a human cannot achieve their highest level of defence with a vaccine.
In addition to the importance of several dozen key nutrients - increasing vaccine efficacy, decreasing side effect risks - there are dozens of dietary ingredients which offer additional defence against many viruses.
'Anti-Viral Dietary Ingredients' explored in Phase 1 of the 'AVD' Program exert several different effects: Disarming viruses' ability to infect us, optimizing immune response, improving vaccine efficacy and more.
'AVD' is a 3-Phase Research Project launched by The Academy of the Third Millennium (A3M). Phase 1 of this scientific inquiry is now complete and a summary of the findings are presented in the volume 'AVD: The Anti-Viral Diet' (2020/2021) available from this site. Information about the progress and purpose of Phases 2 and 3 of this ongoing A3M research program will be shared at the NEWS page on this website.
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