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‘Selenium’

1996: Is Selenium Deficiency Behind Ebola, AIDS and Other Deadly Infections?

Jack Challem 12/04/96 The latest Ebola epidemic in Zaire may be over, but it’s probably only a matter of time before this supergerm returns – and still others emerge. The reason: Ebola and other deadly viruses, including the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1), might be stimulated by deficiencies in the mineral selenium. And Zaire – where the Ebola and HIV-1 viruses first appeared – may be a viral “hot zone” because of low selenium levels in the soil and widespread selenium deficiencies among people living off that land. Too strange to be true? To the contrary, a similar connection has been established in China, where a common virus mutates into a dangerous form when it infects people deficient in selenium. Selenium, an essential mineral, functions as an antioxidant and a component of another… Read More

2011: Selenium deficiency increases heart disease and cancer incidence

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by: John Phillip Researchers reporting in the FASEB Journal found that selenium deficiency in the American diet may be a significant foundation for the rampant proliferation of heart disease and cancer over the past several decades. By analyzing data from hundreds of published studies, Dr. Bruce Ames of the Children`s Hospital Oakland Research Institute determined that selenium-dependent proteins deprived of the essential mineral pave a path toward chronic disease early in life that may threaten our long-term survival past our reproductive years. We need to obtain selenium in the proper form from an early age to dramatically lower the risk from heart disease and cancer in later life. Dr. Ames subscribes to the newly developed `triage theory` that explains why age-related diseases like heart disease, cancer, and dementia may be “unintended… Read More