Today I discuss paradoxes of influenza, raising questions about how it is transmitted and how this should impact what we do about it.
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Hello everyone, Dr. Stillman here today to ask you some thought provoking and paradoxical questions about the nature of influenza, which of course, is the the viral disease that people use when they’re looking at Well, how do seasonal viruses affect human health? or What should we think about them in terms of how to create optimal public health? Let’s just leave it at that. This paper on the epidemiology of influenza john Cannell and his colleagues put out a long time ago, actually, almost 13 years. And they have some paradoxes in here that I think it’s really important for people to understand because, you know, the the mainstream thinking on influences like you know, get vaccinated wear a mask, control your exposure to other people with a flu. And that’s it. And I see this on, I mean, I just saw it in the window of a shop the other day, talking about these were the steps that you can take to prevent infection with a virus. And I think that it’s really a disservice to, to society to leave it at that because there’s so much more that we can do. And what more we can do is really way more than I can tackle in this. But the justification for doing things other than just simple containment lies in these paradoxes that I think defy what a lot of people assume, and are taught to believe, by mainstream authorities, about infectious diseases, particularly viruses. All right. So here are the conundrums that we face with influenza that don’t make sense in that don’t make sense from a traditional infectious disease standpoint, right? Why is influenced both seasonal and ubiquitous? And where is the virus between epidemics? You ever asked that question? Where does flu come from? Right doesn’t come out of the ground doesn’t come to us from outer space, it reactivates inside of us? That would imply that there’s something about you that determines whether or not it activates, again, to Why are the Epidemics so explosive? This has been commented on many times in history, that sometimes the Epidemics explode in this way that just defies the, what we what we know about viruses replicating within cells. It’s like it’s spreading faster than should be physically possible. This is very well established, it’s not controversial. And people should ask, why is there something about the environment that induces or can create or cause to different people totally unrelated, seemingly in, you know, physically, to activate influenza virus within themselves at the same time, the epidemiological literature would suggest that there is such a, there are such influences, right? Many of them being electromagnetic, of course, which is a whole other literature. Why do they end so abruptly? another great question, why do they end so abruptly, they do seem to just crater. And guess what they crater when ultraviolet light comes back into the environment, because ultraviolet light has all these effects on you, your immune system, and what your body does with and to microbes. What explains the frequent coincidental timings of epidemics and countries have similar latitude. And what they’re commenting on here is the fact that sometimes you have outbreaks of influenza at similar latitude in in geographically distant locations, which is just, you know, obviously suggests that there’s solar, and really meteorological reasons for this. Why is the serial interval obscured? This is really about like, why do we not understand why influence is going to come back next year or this year? You see, if you look at the at the flu data, these massive changes, and how many people die each year? Why is that you also see differences in when it shows up? You know, some years it shows up early, some years, it shows up late. Why is that? Again, they address this in this paper? Why is the secondary attack rate? solo not going to get into that one? Because it’s
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I don’t have time. Why did epidemics and previous agents spread so rapidly? Despite the lack of modern transport, this is a really interesting one, right? Today, we can explain the spread of contagious diseases by a well, you know, so and so got on a plane and they flew halfway around the world, they didn’t know they were infected. And so they expose all these people through the airport through their plane, you know, through the taxi that they took to the hotel to the hotel and all these different things, right. But when you go back to the literature, and in history, when we had viral outbreaks, people clearly documented that sometimes the flu would show up in a city or a town faster, or before it could have possibly been transmitted from an outbreak in a neighboring town. Again, this goes back to why do we see outbreaks, coincidentally, in disparate places geographically, and this of course, goes back to the influence of the sun and electromagnetic forces on your immune system, which are very important. It’s the whole point of this video. All right, why does experimental inoculation of seronegative humans fail to cause illness in all of them? volunteers, and what they’re talking about here is that you can inoculate somebody with a virus who doesn’t have any immunity, either seronegative and not cause disease, right, which is, you know, weird, you would think like if if avoiding other people is the key to not getting infected with something, then you would think that if you are exposed to the virus itself, and you don’t have any antibodies running around, that can neutralize it that you would get sick because you don’t have any theoretical immunity. And this would also suggest that if you’ve had a vaccine to something, and you then don’t develop that disease, that the vaccine may not actually be working. And what is in fact happening is you have some inexplicably immunity to that disease. That’s why, you know, I know personally many people who’ve been exposed to viral illnesses who have not contracted them, the transmission rate is not 100%. At the end of the day, what this means is that the individual has a unique susceptibility that is that is unique to them. And it’s determined by things other than prior exposure and the presence of circulating antibodies. Nine Why is influenced mortality of the aged not declined as their vaccination rates have increased. A lot of literature on their on the flu vaccine is not conclusively effective. And there are obviously potential downsides to to influenza vaccination, as many of my patients tell me. All right. So that’s basically these conundrums. I’m not going to get into all behind all the data and evidence behind these conundrums. That’s what this article is about if people want to read more about it, but I just wanted to ask people these questions and really explained to them why this whole idea of just avoiding other people is the key to staying well, that’s not the key to staying well. Can you reduce your risk of a transmissible disease by limiting exposure to people? Yes, but you also need to primarily focus on improving your immunity by creating an optimal diet, lifestyle, environment and mindset for you. Yes, that is the ultimate approach. So thanks, everyone for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe to my email newsletter. And as always, take care
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