Dr. Travis Honeycutt describes the origins of Vfense

Bad news with harsh consequences

Today, more than ever, there needs to be a frank discussion about the control of viral epidemics.  My friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens have become routinely and innocently dependent upon the information provided either by our governmental agencies or our professional healthcare industry to warn and advise us about viral dangers.  Unfortunately, frank discussion from these sources has been limited, not because of a lack of compassion, but because of the consequences that may arise from being frank.  Bad news with harsh consequences is cautiously disseminated in this litigious world.   Bad news with harsh consequence is impossible to disseminate quickly in a regulatory world where every new idea must be filtered through a very slow bureaucracy.   Bad news with harsh consequences does not fit the talking points within the “happy hope” and “feel good” atmosphere spouted from contemporary clarions.  Bad news with harsh consequences has become somebody else’s job.

Well, I am taking upon myself to be the harbinger of bad news with harsh consequences.  But within this bad news message, I intend to offer you a product for your own personal safety providing measures to help shield against those harsh consequences for you and your family and your friends.  If you are a healthcare professional, you probably already know the bad news as well as the harsh consequences, so you are invited to skip the intervening narratives.

The product that I have designed as a virus shield is called  Vfense™.  It is a topical, skin application specifically designed as a longer-lasting, fragrance-free, safe, and natural shield against virus contamination.  Vfense™ alters the complex protein structure found in all viruses to inhibit their penetration into human cells. All ingredients used in Vfense™ are generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the FDA.  Vfense™ contains no alcohol, microbiocides or toxic materials.

Before I describe Vfense™, let me offer some educational facts about virus and bacteria protection and elaborate more fully about the bad news and the potentially harsh consequences concerning “anti-germ” protection today.  (Read more)

Germs, bugs, bacteria and viruses

“Wash up before you eat, you’ve got germs all over your hands.”

“Johnny has a bug today, so I’m keeping him out of school”

“Make sure you use that anti-bacterial hand sanitizer.  There’s no telling what you’ve touched today.”

“The virus affecting those people is not airborne, but it seems to be transmitted by actual contact.”

If today you heard one or more of those common statements, are you be able to understand what is actually meant by the terms, “germs, bugs, bacteria, and viruses”?  More importantly, do you understand what they don’t mean?  I invite you to look up articles on the internet  about these words, especially “Bacteria” and “Viruses” to see for yourself in as much detail as you wish.  But, allow me to give you a brief education.

What are germs?

First of all, the terms “germs” and “bugs” are merely common vernacular for those unseen creatures that are up to no good once they take up residence in our bodies.  Whatever they are, we want to avoid them.

There are many commercial products that use those terms in their advertising literature and on their labels.  An authoritative paper written by a scientist or a health care professional would seldom use the words, “germs” or “bugs".  Rather they would use the terms “bacteria” or “viruses”, maybe “fungi” or “spores”.   Since there is no specific meaning for these words, advertisements and labels using the unscientific terms, “germs” or “bugs”, can be describing both bacteria and viruses, or merely describing only one or the other.  However, let me point out here that it would be a very unusual product that uses the term, “germs”, as a valid reference to both creatures.   Bacteria and viruses are two very dissimilar “germs”.   Their existence, their activity and their destruction are extremely different, and should not be used interchangeably.

What are bacteria?

Bacteria are living organisms.  In high school science we learned about these little animals and plants.  (I am including plant spores and fungus as bacteria for this discussion.) We viewed bacteria through microscopes and saw that they were encapsulated structures with an internal spot that our science teacher told us was the “nucleus”.  Generally, they were active little creatures moving around randomly.  We saw that they sometimes divided to become two identical organisms.  Though it was difficult to see, we learned that they absorbed nutrition for energy to sustain their life.

We learned that they could be defined as living creatures.  They have life.  They do all the basic things that are common to all life forms.  They contain the complexities of genetic structure like all life forms.  They live, they die, and they may be killed.  That’s where antibiotics enter the picture.  Antibiotics and antiseptics are intended to kill bacteria.  By the way, antibiotics are for internal use while antiseptics  are for external use.

Of course, we also learned that some bacteria are up to no good in our bodies, i.e., pathogenic bacteria.  Other bacteria are essential to our good health.  One of the challenges for modern medicine is to create treatment for pathogenic bacteria without harming those good bacteria.  Further, many pathogenic bacteria have successfully become resistant to formerly effective antibiotics.  Most  bacteria still succumb to the same antiseptic treatments used for ages.

What is a virus?

Note that so far when I have referred to both bacteria and viruses together I call them ‘creatures’.  I avoid referring to them as ‘organisms’, because viruses are not living things.  A virus is a small, infectious conglomeration, rich in protein that replicates only inside the living cells of other organisms.  A virus does not have the requisite characteristics defined as “life”. Yes, we have seen the schematics of individual strains of virus.  They look a lot like bacteria cells.  Many are encapsulated, some are not.  Though they look like bacteria cells, they do not have cellular structure.  Viruses do not have the usual metabolism such as digestion and respiration.  In addition, they depend upon the host cells to produce  nourishment for the virus.  Also, viruses cannot reproduce outside of a host cell; in fact, they do not reproduce at all, but replicate their own structure time after time, and rather quickly at that.  Basically, because of their disruption within the living cells of their carrier, viruses generally are bad.

This may startle you, but antibiotics designed to kill living bacteria have little to no effect on viruses.  Antiviral drugs do exist.  However, the different viral strains have a propensity to mutate and become resistant to existing antiviral drugs.

I think that you might sense that there’s some bad news coming.

Preventing bacteria and virus contamination

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Modern medicine is continuously looking for cures for patients suffering with bacterial or virus-based diseases.  However, avoiding pathogenic bacteria and viruses entering into our bodies in the first place is a major measure for fighting the diseases brought on by either bacteria and viruses.  Good personal hygiene is paramount.   Don’t drink dirty water.  Don’t eat spoiled food.  Treat wounds immediately.  In other words, take measures to keep the bacteria and viruses out of your body in the first place.

Contact is the number one source of bacterial and viral contamination.

Contact is the number one source of bacterial and viral contamination. Fighting and destroying bacteria and viruses at contact points on the human skin should be the first line of defense.  For non-airborne pathogens this means protection of at least the hands and face.  Contaminated hands are the most common introduction of virus to the body, and the face is the most likely to be touched by the hands.  The mouth,  nose, eyes, and ears are welcoming entries for virus penetration.  Of course, airborne bacteria and viruses can enter the body directly through the mouth and nose as a result of natural breathing; however, airborne bacteria and virus can also come into contact with our skin and should be defended like a contact contaminant.

Bacterial antiseptics are useful but not sufficient for virus protection.

Bacterial antiseptics are an effective residual shield.  Again, bacteria are living organisms and obviously can result in some very bad diseases.  Cholera, Typhoid and Plague are diseases caused by bacteria.   However, on the skin, bacteria can be killed by a wide range of commercially available antiseptics.   Most antiseptic agents are not secondarily harmful to the human skin with moderate use.  Generally, antiseptic compounds destroy the cellular structure of the living organism upon contact.

Alcohol is a commonly used antiseptic.  Residual effectiveness is another matter, though.  Alcohol loses its effectiveness upon evaporation.  Soap is an effective bacterial fighter.  Frequent washing or alcohol applications is a good idea.  Generally, routine personal hygiene to kill bacteria before they are internalized is generally effective.

Effective measures for fighting viruses are not suitable for skin. 

Soap, detergents and even some antiseptics are good for fighting viruses by destroying the outer capsule of the encapsulated viruses.  Many viruses don’t even have an outer capsule.  So, unlike killing bacteria the complete and universal destruction of a virus is an entirely different matter.  In ‘virus talk’, the virus is not killed, it is “denatured” or “deactivated”.  “Virucide” is the activity of deactivating viruses.

Only a few of the effective virucides are appropriate for topical skin applications.  The World Health Organization categorizes  effective virucide procedures as:  pasteurization, dry heat, vapor heat, solvents, detergents, acid, precipitation, chromatography or nanofiltration.  Of course, the World Health Organization list of virucides is primarily for decontaminating foods, water, and inanimate surfaces; most are inappropriate for human skin.  For hand and face applications, I personally consider the WHO heat option of 80oCentigrade (179o Fahrenheit) to be quite intolerable though it’s an excellent treatment for processed food.  The high acid pH factors required for effective deactivation is unacceptable for keeping  a smooth complexion though it’s an excellent treatment for floors.  The nanofiltration is impractical, if not impossible to consider for hands and face, though it’s an excellent treatment of water.  The chromatography technique is questionable, though it may result in a fantastic tan.  Solvents are not universally effective on all viruses, as I previously explained.  Even so, solvents are the primary component of many commercial virucides in the market place today.  The solvent, formaldehyde is a common component in many virucides, which I consider acceptable as a topical skin treatment only if you are already dead.  Many of these solvents are highly flammable and dangerous.  So, for topical applications we are left only with precipitation and detergents as possible skin treatments. In other words rinsing off with soap and water is about a good as you can do.  The World Health Organization admits that even with a thorough scrubbing, soap and water have only modest results as a paeronal virucide.

Anti-bacterial hand sanitizers were not designed for viruses.

If you are hoping to find a product like your anti-bacterial hand sanitizer that fights and destroys viruses before they have a chance to get inside cells in your body to do their real damage, I have some bad news with harsh consequences to tell you.


There are no products, even hand sanitizers, that fight and destroy viruses before they have a chance to get inside your body to do their real damage.  Or at least, there were none before Vfense™