This was posted on Mike Akins’ Facebook page, 2-3-16.
“Thank you Jamie for the important question about transfer factor and the Zika virus. I was asked this question by one of my distributors from India. Below you will find my response.
Yes I believe transfer factors will be very useful in helping the immune system destroy the virus quickly.
The Zika virus belongs to the Flaviviridae family and genus Flavivirus and is related to the dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and West Nile viruses.
Snce the virus is spead by mosquitoes, the mosquitoes bite cows and chickens. The West Nile virus is very wide spread in the USA. This means there is a very good chance that some of our cows and chickens have transfer factors programmed to recognize a relative of the Zika virus. Since transfer factors do not have to have an exact match of the antigens of a virus (like antibodies do) then transfer factors have the potential to recognize any related virus to the West Nile virus.
Also the Zika virus has already mutated some according to a study by the group of scientist listed below and published in BioRxvi.
The key to the immune system response is recognition and how quick the response is. Transfer factors help the immune system skip the normal process of macrophages bumping into a foreign invader, consuming it and presenting it to another immune system cell type such as the CD4. Then the antigen is presented to B cells that manufacture antibodies that roam the body searching for a match and then attaching itself to the virus and signaling other ” immune cells such as Natural Killer cells to destroy the viruses.
Transfer factors skip this process and bump into a virus and directly alert other immune system cells to come to the kill as well as cause B cells to produce antibodies to join the fight.
There are no studies on transfer factors and the Zika virus. This is my personal theory.
Now keep in mind that transfer factors do not treat or cure the Zika infection but alerts the immune system to do its job. The FDA has not evaluated these statements and do not normally evaluate statements concerning nutritional products before they are made.
The faster the immune system recognizes a virus and kills the viruses the better. Thank you for the question. Be blessed. Mike
Freire, Caio Cesar de Melo; Iamarino, Atila; Neto, Daniel Ferreira de Lima; Sall, Amadou Alpha; Zanotto, Paolo Marinho de Andrade (25 November 2015). “Spread of the pandemic Zika virus lineage is associated with NS1 codon usage adaptation in humans” (PDF). BioRxiv: 032839. doi:10.1101/032839.”
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