Vaccines and disease and causes and cures

English: American author and speaker Michael C...

English: American author and speaker Michael Crichton speaking at Harvard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Salk later in life warned against his own creation:

In an article in Science, March 4, 1977, Jonas and Darrell Salk warn that. “Live virus vaccines against influenza or poliomyelitis may in each instance pro­duce the disease it intended to prevent—the live virus against measles and mumps may produce such side effects as encephalitis (brain damage).”

The most effective prevention of disease is the immune system.

All of the bad diseases you’ve heard about most, like polio, measles, and the rest, the most effective prevention method is good health, especially a healthy immune system. Those viruses and bacteria are ALWAYS present in some number, kept in check by the immune system. Infections happen when there is a weakness in the body of some kind, they are opportunistic but always ready. That’s why people that get AIDS are always hit by infections that nobody else gets.

One of the last editions of Omni magazine carried a story about a medical researcher who wanted to find a solution to this puzzle, because bodily weaknesses didn’t explain quite the role of contagion, because the body’s weakness doesn’t explain it in every case. Somebody with a bad case of a contagious disease might be a vector.

So they posited some kind of –call it Factor X– that sometimes carried it from person to person in some way. It was really a fuzzy concept and defies specificity from memory, but I remember thinking it was strangely like something spiritual-sounding.

But of course the doctor that originally sounded the warning blasts with his “germ theory” of disease, and who reported getting dramatic improvement in recovery rates by just having everybody wash their hands, that guy was shouted down. The scientific “consensus” at the time said there was no such thing. They finally put him in an insane asylum.

No wonder Michael Crichton hated the argument from authority when scientists invoked “consensus” as proof enough of some idea of “scientific” dogma.


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