Our hypothesis is simply that fasting for 24 hours when the first symptoms of Ebola appear – headache, sore throat and fever – could weaken the development of the Ebola virus in the body and abort the full development of the disease. Our research interest in ADAM: Africana Drug-Free Alternative Medicine derives from lifelong research and documentation on this theme reflected in the book of the same title. Some of the symptoms of Ebola are similar to the symptoms of other viral infections successfully treated with ADAM methods. Case reports about survivors and victims of Ebola contain clues about this cost-free hypothesis.
The methodology will be consistent with Rubin’s Counterfactual Model of experimentation according to which:
An observed treatment (fasting and bowel-movement skills tips) is given to an experimental group of 100 volunteers (50 may try water-only fast and 50 may try water and fruits fast). The outcome of that treatment is Y(1)
The counterfactual is the outcome that would have happened Y(0) if the group did not receive the treatment, control group of 100 volunteers (no fasting).
An effect is the difference between what did happen to the experimental group and what happened to the control group (measured in intensity of Ebola infection):Effect = Y(1) – Y(0) (cited in Shadish, Cook and Campbell, 2002).