West Nile Virus & Fly-fishing
Friday, August 01, 2014
We fly-fishers love trout because they mostly live in exquisitely beautiful places. It’s been written by writers of prose that we go fishing when we need to stand in a stream or river to exclude the outer world. Moving water helps us find our center.
As all catch-and-release folks know, the most productive fly-fishing times are dawn and dusk—also the time when mosquitoes love to feast heavily on a few of us more than others. Science has never explained why.
The July 2014 CDC West Nile virus activity by state suggests this is not yet a particularly bad year for the virus, however mosquito populations have tripled this year in Colorado and in other states experiencing heavy summer rains like we are in Colorado.
August and September are the two biggest months for West Nile diagnoses.
As of this past week, infections in humans have been reported to CDC from the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Three human cases of West Nile were reported in Colorado in July.
The Good News
Most mosquitoes do not carry West Nile and most folks bitten by West Nile infected mosquitoes do not get sick. The virus seems to adversely affect people over the age of 50 far more than younger people.
Nevertheless, everyone should seek medical care immediately if severe headaches or confusion occur after mosquito bites. Early treatment dramatically lessens the risk of severe illness or death from West Nile virus.
EpiCor for Fishers
Although no clinical studies have specifically been done on EpiCor and West Nile virus, it makes biological sense to me and the rest of our science team that having our immune system properly balanced or modulated would lessen a reaction to the virus, should we be bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile.
EpiCor has been proven in a number of clinical studies to activate natural killer (NK) T cells to help ward off foreign invaders (one of our esteemed scientific advisory board, Dr. Jerre Freeman, refers to these killer T cells as Navy Seals or Commandos).
If invaders get past this first line of defense, research also shows that EpiCor works further down the line where the adaptive immune system kicks in and activates B cells that support antibody production specific to the invading pathogen.
EpiCor is also a powerful antioxidant that further supports a healthy body by scavenging dangerous free radicals and it stimulates significant anti-inflammatory activity.
A recent in-vitro clinical trial found activation of natural killer cells plus an increase of serum antioxidant level within two hours of taking EpiCor.
The results of this new study convinced me that taking 500 mg of pure EpiCor daily, plus an extra 500 mg before dusk or dawn fly-fishing should lessen the chance of having a severe inflammatory reaction to a West Nile virus mosquito bite.
Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, and the Biosyntrx staff