(Natural News) It has long been believed that enveloped viruses – viruses like Herpes simplex, chickenpox and the flu virus, which have an outer membranous envelope – are not very stable, and are only infectious through direct and speedy aerosol transmission. A new study by scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and the Institut fur Virologie of the Freie Universitat Berlin, published in the journal Scientific Reports, blows that theory out of the water.
For their study, researchers spiked a body of water with the equine herpesvirus over the course of a three-week period and in different conditions. They then looked at whether DNA could be extracted from the water, and if the virus was still infectious after the three weeks. They found that the virus was, in fact, able to survive for that period, and that it remained infectious. The only exception was when soil was added to the water; the soil seemed to pull the virus from the water and then contain it.
The study helps to explain why animals that are susceptible to the equine herpesvirus, like polar bears and rhinos, have been infected in spite of having no direct contact with an infectious host. It would now appear that shared water is likely to blame for these infections, many of which have proved fatal.
Though the study was only conducted on the equine herpesvirus, it seems logical to believe that many other enveloped viruses, including chickenpox and the flu virus, could likely also survive for extended periods in water. This has obvious implications for humans, and highlights the need for properly filtered, pure water. The problem is, very few filters – even the very high-end ones – can filter out viruses.
There is one water filtration system that claims to filter out viruses, along with pathogenic bacteria, parasites, amoeba and even heavy metals and other toxic elements. That system is the Big Berkey, arguably the world’s best gravity water filter. The Big Berkey’s ceramic filtration technology filters out even tiny impurities, because its filters contain micro-pores that are so small that these impurities simply cannot get through.
This latest study once again reinforces the importance of building our body’s natural defenses against viruses. Though the mainstream medical community would argue that the most important defense is to be vaccinated, evidence is mounting that shows the uselessness of the government’s vaccination schedule. Even people who have received all their vaccines get infected with viruses like mumps, making an increasing number of people skeptical about the value of getting them. The many side effects of vaccines also have lots of people searching for a better solution.
The best long-term solution is to alter your lifestyle in a way that shores up your own natural defenses. There are several things you can do to strengthen your immune system – the body’s own defense system – including:
- Stop smoking – or better yet, don’t ever start.
- Increase your intake of organic, non-GMO fruits and veggies.
- Make regular exercise part of your daily routine.
- Lose weight if necessary, and then stay within your healthy weight range.
- Drink alcohol in moderation – the resveratrol in red wine makes it an excellent choice.
- Make sure you get enough sleep.
- Avoid infection by cooking meat thoroughly and washing your hands properly.