A viral infection that used to be common in children, rubella (also known as German measles) is usually a mild infection.
The only instance that rubella becomes a serious concern is if a pregnant woman catches the infection during the first 16 weeks of her pregnancy, as the virus can disrupt a baby’s development and case a range of health problems, including:
- Eye problems, such as cataracts (cloudy patches on the lens of the eye)
- Heart abnormalities
- Brain damage
Historically children have been vaccinated with the combined MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) injection but there has been much controversy over its health risks and side-effects – particularly with its links to autism.
The suggestion that there is a link between MMR and autism has been one of the biggest health controversies of recent years.Dr Andrew Wakefield was the lead author of the controversial study, which suggested there may be a link between MMR and autism and bowel disease. In the early 1990s, he was working as a senior lecturer at the Royal Free Medical School in north London. He had published a number of studies which he suggested showed a link between measles and Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. By the mid-1990s, Dr Wakefield had started to consider whether there was a link between the three-in-one MMR vaccine and autism and bowel disease. His study focused on tests carried out on 12 children who had been referred to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead for gastrointestinal problems. At the same time, Dr Wakefield was paid to carry out another study to find out if parents who claim their children were damaged by the MMR vaccine had a case. Some children were involved in both studies. He was to advise parents against having their children vaccinated with the 3 in 1 shot. His comments and the subsequent media furore led to a sharp drop in the number of children vaccinated against these diseases. In 2001, Dr Wakefield resigned from his £50,000 a year NHS post, after 14 years in the job.
Speaking at the time, he said: “I have been asked to go because my research results are unpopular.” Dr Wakefield has since worked for the International Child Development Resource Center. The centre, based in Florida, is associated with the Good News Doctor Foundation, a Christian ministry. He has also continued to see patients at the Thoughtful House, a centre for autistic children in Texas, where he is currently the executive director.
Dr Wakefield remains adamant that the scientific results of his 1998 study are still valid.
In a statement, he said: “The clinical and pathological findings in these children stand as reported.” He also welcomed the decision by the General Medical Council to examine how he carried out his research.
Symptoms of rubella include:
- A distinctive red-pink skin rash
- Swollen glands (nodes)
- Cold-like symptoms, such as a sore head and runny nose
Rubella is caused by the rubella virus, which is spread in much the same way as a cold or the flu. Rubella is spread through droplets of moisture from the nose or throat of someone who is infected. These droplets are then released into the air when someone coughs, sneezes or talks.
If you inhale an infected droplet you can become infected, but it can take two-three weeks for symptoms to develop, although you will only be infectious to other people for one week before symptoms appear, and for up to six days after the rash has started.
Anyone with rubella should stay away from school or work for six days after the rash starts to avoid infecting others. It’s also important to avoid contact with pregnant women.
It is worth noting that once a person has had rubella they should develop a lifelong immunity against further infection.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, nutritional steps can help prevent or reduce the symptoms associated with rubella, or German measlea.
Fruit and vegetables are a valuable sources of nutrients, including antioxidants, which support a healthy immune system. The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests a diet abundant in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables as a means of protecting the body against the viral infection aspect of the illness.
Blueberries, strawberries, cherries, oranges, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, spinach, kale, apples and pears are all antioxidant-rich foods; try to seek a variety of fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables on a consistent basis. It’s worth noting that those deepest in color tend to carry the most antioxidant benefits.
Whole grains such as oats, barley, rye, whole wheat and spelt are grains that have not been processed or stripped of vital nutrients. Replace sugary cereals, enriched white or wheat breads, enriched pasta and instant rice with whole-grain equivalents; incorporating foods like this into your daily diet can help protect your body from acquiring rubella.
Choose unsaturated, plant-based fats, which are nutritious fats that support physical health. The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests plant-based oils, such as olive or vegetable oil, can reduce or prevent rubella symptoms, including inflammation and joint pain. Try olive oil, canola oil, flax seeds, flax-seed oil, nuts, fatty fish and avocados, which are all valuable sources of healthy fats that support wellness. Fat aids in nutrient absorption, so a modest amount of healthy fat served with nutritious meals and snacks will provide many nutritional benefits, such as a further strengthened immune system that can ward off the rubella virus.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef, www.grasslandbeef.com. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Try this home remedy to treat the cold-like symptoms of rubella www.homeveda.com/infections-and-allergies/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-common-cold.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Herbs and nutritional advice for rubella www.herbs-hands-healing.co.uk/Ailmentsnew/germanmeasles.html
Essential oils to boost immunity ezinearticles.com/?What-Are-Essential-Oils-That-Build-Immunity?&id=1338239
Natural remedies for rubella www.thehealthsuccesssite.com/german-measles-rubella.html
Foods for German measles www.livestrong.com/article/77507-foods-german-measles
Further Information (links and books)
Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna
The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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