Birth of a virus
Once again I'm a little girl. Once again I'm at school listening to the teacher. She is teaching us the realities of life. Once again I have that same uncomfortable feeling. The feeling that what she says is not logical but if I ask embarrassing questions then I may be in trouble.
It is said that we are made of cells. A cell is a nucleus, fitted with a genetic code, surrounded by a protecting membrane. Inside the membrane, there is a physiological liquid filled with all goods things to live. But one fine day, a sadistic virus comes aboard. The virus is a nucleus, equally fitted with a genetic code. However it doesn't have a membrane, it is naked, it is in danger, it can only survive a couple of hours in open air, it needs a shelter. Therefore it attacks a cell to settle down comfortably in the membrane. As it is hot-headed, it messes up, it multiplies, the cell explodes. The virus and its offsprings surge to attack other cells. We become ill. If the virus spreads too much, we can even die.
It's a nice story but I felt uncomfortable with this explanation.
A virus can survive at least a few hours in open air. So how come that some illnesses disappear for ages before popping again when we less expect it? The virus cannot hide a in cave to wait for the right moment, it needs a living organism to survive.
Maybe it hides quietly in a cell and keeps a low profile. But a virus in a physiological environment cannot live for years either. It must reproduce itself. How can it remain in a cell, gently duplicating itself without making any fuss for many years, to suddenly go wild, become dangerous and destroy everything? Why does it become suddenly nasty?
And when we catch a virus, it's because a human or an animal has transferred it to us. How did this human or this animal caught that virus? He/she/it got it from another being and so on... So where does the first virus come from? We only pass on viruses to each others but these little critters must have been created at some point, right?
This virus thing doesn't make any sense. What puzzled me most when I was a child, was tetanus. I was living in Togo. In these African countries, medical propaganda can be found everywhere, with nice colorful pictures, to educate the populations. The information brochures would say that when we step on a rusted nail, we are at risk of getting tetanus. It's a paralyzing viral illness, it's deadly. How can it be?!? How can a virus live for ages on a rusted nail, quietly waiting for some people to come and wound themselves? How can an organic membrane-less nucleus live on rusted nail?!? Why settling down on a rusty nail instead of a new one? Who brought it there?
When I came to France, I heard about other viruses. Meningitis for instance is devastating. When we are hit by meningitis virus, we need to rush to the nearest hospital to be stuffed with antibiotics otherwise we may also die. But if I get this virus, it's because someone passed it on to me. Why do I become ill while others are safe? What about the one who gave the virus to the one who gave it to me? It's a cycling pattern. We don't know where the virus comes from, nor do we know how it hides so efficiently before striking.
Looking at the facts, led me to my own theory. We craft the viruses. Our own cells degenarate. They can thus be destroyed by chemical or electromagnetic attacks. They lose their membrane and their genetic code is altered. This instability can snowball in the organism, it depends on the consistency of our body.
Let’s consider tetanus for instance. Our blood is red because it contains iron. The iron of a new nail doesn’t harm us. But being wounded by a rusty object triggers a muscular tetany. We can infer that our blood cells react violently for their iron is not compatible with the oxidized iron in rust. They turn aggressive because of the poisoning. The poor little intoxicated hemoglobines break into their neighbours compounds to seek refuge, thus spreading vital panic from cell to cell. The whole organism is soon paralyzed because blood is meant to flow everywhere.
Year after year we can see that virus become more resistant to treatments. It’s logical. When we binge on medication, our body learns how to get rid of those toxic products. The day when our cells turn into viruses, they know exactly how to protect themselves from the chemical remedy, they are used to do so.
Viruses operate exactly like noxious ideologies in a country. When the people are pretty happy, a harmful ideology can only seduce the few unprivileged individuals. Its disappears in time, due to the lack of supporters. But if the people are treated like shit then the collective mind is restless, people tend to massively join in anything, out of despair, even if it means destroying themselves or the others. Where does the ideology come from? It can come from abroad or arise in the country itself, among the most desperate minds.
The biggest source of unbalance in our organism is emotion. Indeed external sources of unbalance often have a local or temporary effect. Our body can cope. If negative emotions are left unchecked then we are defenseless in front of chemical and electromagnetic pressure from outside. Things can go wrong inside the cells. The weakest ones are then damaged. Their membrane is destroyed. Their nucleus become aggressive to survive. Therefore it is important to focus on physical hygiene. We must regularly discard the wastes of our organism and protect it from external threats. But it is equally vital to take care of mental and emotional hygiene. The mind pilotes our body, the emotions make us move. If the stearing wheel and the engine are flawed, the risk of accident is high.
It could explain how an illness can disappear for many years or even several centuries before reappearing. It could explain why it’s so hard to identify the chain of contamination or to find patient zero in the midst of an epidemic. Shutting the border down doesn’t prevent the local population from making their own viruses, if the requirements to cells degradation are met. Destroying the viruses made today won’t stop them from striking back later. Of course our neighbour can pass his viruses on to us. Ideed an animal can give us his. No doubt that we can be contaminated by viruses coming from evil labs. But if our immune system is fully operational, it can sweep the threat away in the blink of an eye or at least control the damages.
When a highly devastating illness strikes somewhere in the world, one just needs to have a look around to see that the people live in distress, without any hope for the future. When social and private conditions are good then the body is able to cope with the vageries of life. Prevention is better than cure. What can we do?
On individual level, the best weapon against viruses is hygiene, not only physical but also mental and above all emotional. Winter is a critical time. When the cold weakens our cells, the diming light gnaws on our mood. This depresses our immune system. This season requires our vigilance at the physical and emotionel levels.
On collective level, on the one hand we need a good social atmosphere that fosters personal thriving. On the other hand we need to ban toxic and polluted goods, as well as ending environmental pollution which are likely to harm our cells
It would be good to also restrict medication to severe pathologies only. The more we take daily remedies, the more our organism gets used to them. The day when we are seriously sick, nothing can help us for our body has become efficient at throwing away the chemicals that are supposed to cure us
But I’m not so optimistic. In a world aiming at infinite growth, economic health prevails over human health. Cure is more profitable than prevention.