Infectious diseases pose a severe health threat for all nations especially developing countries with undernourished populations. In recent years, chronic diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis have reached epidemic proportions with emerging diseases such as bird flu or swine flu posing an impending global threat.
The conventional approach to the treatment of infectious disease relies on the use of expensive pharmaceutical drugs, which have limited efficacy and are associated with serious side effects often resulting in prolongation rather than mitigation of disease.
A healthy immune system forms the best defense against infections and its optimum function determines the positive outcome in fighting a disease. The production of white blood cells and their function requires an optimum quantity of a variety of micronutrients, such as vitamin C, B vitamins, selenium, zinc and many others.
Their optimum dietary supplementation provides a safe, cost-effective and efficacious approach in infectious diseases where nutrient abnormalities or malnutrition are often underlying causes. Towards that end, cellular medicine research conducted with specific micronutrients and nutrient combinations has demonstrated the power and potency of these natural compounds in blocking the multiplication and spread of infectious agents linked to human influenza, bird flu, tuberculosis and AIDS.
Here, we summarize the salient finds from this research utilizing a nutritional approach targeted at control of these deadly infectious diseases through a natural means.