Not the Virus but the Environment
Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
The news admist all of this year’s hype about flu shots:
According to NPR, this is because the flu strain they chose for mutated.
“The mutation just happened to be in a very bad spot on the virus to make it essentially be a mismatch for the vaccine,” [Anthony] Fauci [director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases] says.
But even though it’s a mismatch, you know what the powers that be have to say.
“Even 10 percent effective is better than nothing, and a lot of it has to do with herd immunity — the more people are protected from it, the more other people will also be protected,” [Dr. Pardis Sabeti of Harvard] said. “In fact, in a year where it’s low effectiveness, it’s even more important that everybody get it so we can get as much resistance and we don’t allow the virus to thrive and grow and keep changing.”
Yet research has suggested that, in fact, the virus alone isn’t sufficient to cause illness. It has to have the right environment.
So instead of playing guessing games and hoping that the chosen virus won’t mutate, wouldn’t we do better to focus on controlling the environment – the biological terrain – so that it remains inhospitable to viruses and other pathogens? As we noted before,
In and of themselves, “germs” don’t cause disease. Rather, disease – and health – are dictated by the state of the body’s internal environment, the biological terrain. When it’s healthy, clean and well-ordered, a person resists disease with a robust immune response. When it’s not, the body can’t self-regulate as it evolved to do but still tries to recover from injury or the assault of toxins, be they natural (like a flu virus) or human-made (like chemical residues). We experience this failure as illness.
In either case, the body responds. There’s always a reaction. The question mark is what kind of reaction it will be. Illness is one response; fending off illness is another.
And on that note, we’ll be taking a bit of a break from blogging to enjoy the holiday season and get back to posting after the start of the new year. Until then, all of us here at Dr. V’s office wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season!