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Updates: The most complete version of this article is available at the following location

http://intjhumnutrfunctmed.org/publications

Copyrights: Copyright © 2014 by author(s) and International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

www.ICHNFM.org

Citation: Vasquez A. Unified Antiviral Strategy published by ICHNFM.

Int J Hum Nutr Funct Med

2014;v2(q4):p1 (ASIN: B00P5AB5RW)

Unified Antiviral Strategy published by ICHNFM

Alex Vasquez DC ND DO FACN

in Bogota, Colombia

History and Perspectives

What we as doctors learn in medical school about viral

infections is summarized within the following course

titles: Microbiology, Pathology, and Pharmacology.

Following this instruction, the treatments that we use are

sanitation, vaccination, and antiviral drugs, respectively.

Based on training and my experience with other doctors, I

suggest here that most medically-trained doctors are—at

least per their formal training—unable to see beyond these

blinders and limited options. My intention in writing this

article is to broaden those conceptual and therapeutic

horizons via the outlining of a structured antiviral strategy

that includes the previously mentioned sanitation,

vaccination and antiviral drugs but extends well beyond

those limited options. Additional citations, support, and

clinical details (e.g., dosing and contraindications) for this

strategy are available in a digital format constantly

updated

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; the purpose of this article is to structure the

strategy, to shift the paradigm.

The fact that most doctors learn nothing about the

science of Nutrition in medical school is well known

publicly and within medical school academics.

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Typically,

most medical students read one chapter about pathologies

caused by extreme nutritional deficiencies, but they learn

essentially nothing about therapeutic nutrition and how it

can be applied in the prevention and treatment of disease.

Does ignoring Nutrition force doctors

by default

to over-

rely on drugs and surgery? Would not public health be

better served if information were distributed on the

nutritional prevention of viral infections, so that patients

and doctors alike would have more options?

What I have noticed through the various doctorate

programs I have attended is that clinical training in the

management of viral infections remains mostly

Editor's note: Given the international viral crises occurring in

late 2014, publication and distribution of this article is a

priority; the fact that these viral-infection health crises exist is

prima facie evidence of the failure of current systems and the

need—not for new treatments within the same model—for a

new model better suited for international distribution, disease

prevention, and broad-spectrum effectiveness.