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2: Research

Some Questions

2019 and a 'new' virus is attacking the human respiratory system. It is highly contagious and has a high level of mortality.

Questions 
  1. Where did it come from and why?
  2. How is it transmitted?
  3. Why is the virus highly contagious?
  4. Why are some infected people recovering while others are not?
  5. The immune system would normally defend you but for some it isn't. Why?
  6. What makes someone an 'At Risk' candidate?
  7. Why are there variants?
  8. What are the solutions being presented?
  9. What is a vaccine?
  10. What are the possible effects of the vaccine?
  11. How does the world progress?

I know a little, but nowhere near enough. I need to study. What follows is the sequence I used to discover and accumulate the knowledge to form an educated opinion. 

I have provided references to the resources to show my appreciation for the people who have spent so much time and effort to help us become educated. We will be developing our opinion from the efforts of many thousands of people. 

Take your time, click on the links and learn, so that you can understand the topics as much as I now do.

Note: Unfortunately the videos may have advertisements in them. Sorry but these were the best videos I could find that provided the best explanations. Join YouTube Premium on their special free month offer and you can always unsubscribe before being charged. Personally I find it impossible to go back to watching adverts.   https://www.youtube.com/premium

1: What is a Virus?

A virus is a sub-microscopic infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses infect all life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea.

REF: https://youtu.be/bKIpDtJdK8Q


  • COVID-19 = The disease
  • SARS-CoV-2 = The virus
  • SARS = Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
  • COVID = CoV = Coronavirus disease 
  • 19 = The year it was discovered

2: What is SARS and how does it compare with SARS-CoV-2
Link Ref: Mayo Clinic

SARS appeared in 2002 in China. It spread worldwide within a few months, although it was quickly contained. SARS is a virus transmitted through droplets that enter the air when someone with the disease coughs, sneezes or talks. No known transmission has occurred since 2004.
Fever, dry cough, headache, muscle aches and difficulty breathing are symptoms.
No treatment exists except supportive care.

Differences between SARS and COVID-19

Link Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7235519/


Questions: 
  1. Why do these viruses come from China?
  2. SARS was >2 x more lethal than COVID-19, why?
  3. Why was there an age infection difference?
  4. Wuhan and Guangdong are 1016 km apart
  5. Wuhan Institute of Virology and Wuhan South China Seafood Wholesale Market are 30 mins away from each other. Why would the virus start here and why have they not found the host?

I am not trying to investigate the origins. We just need to understand why and if we need to get the jab.

3: What is the SARS-CoV-2?

a) How the Novel Coronavirus Infects a Cell: Science, Simplified


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/dA70ZdYhhCg

b) Coronavirus Anatomy Explained: Science, Simplified


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/8hgc2iZflTI

4: Technical Deep Dive

This is a technical description of the Genomic RNA (RNA [positive]) virus.
It is technical and you probably don't need to watch it. Just know that I have.


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/zvuYJTL90J8

5:  Gain of Function and Variants

To understand why there are variants, we need to understand 'Gain of Function'.

Any organism can acquire a new ability or property, or "gain" a "function." This can happen through natural selection or a researcher's experiments.


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/zvuYJTL90J8


A problem for SARS-CoV2 is the mutations\variants.
Date: June 17 2021: Mutations to be concerned about: (see above vid from 4:00 mins >)

DELTA Mutations:

  • L452R (increased transmission rate)
  • E484Q (reinfection capabilities) > GAMMA
  • E484K (reinfection capabilities) > BETA
Virologist: "If we want to stop the variants, we need to stop the virus"

The Delta variant is more infectious and can re-infect people who have already recovered from the main virus.

Defence from  viruses comes from the immune system. The immune system comes from what you ingest/eat. If you have a bad diet, consume medicines, don't sleep well, and lack exercise, your immune system will not function optimally.

6: Immune and Complement System

Since the beginning of our ancestors' existence, our immune system has been defending us from bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins. It is millions of years of evolution and has defended us from all that nature could throw at us. But suddenly, it can't. Why?

There are two systems designed to defend you:

Your Immune System:


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/lXfEK8G8CUI

Your Complement System


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/BSypUV6QUNw


Take home: Proteins are the key

"Protein is also a critical part of the processes that fuel your energy and carry oxygen throughout your body in your blood. It also helps make antibodies that fight off infections and illnesses and helps keep cells healthy and create new ones." (Ref: https://www.webmd.com/diet/benefits-protein#1)

Milk has changed a lot in the past 20 years. It is an important source of nutrition.


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/oakWgLqCwUc

Milk has been 'separated' into other products so 'whole milk' is no longer the common 'milk' and other products gets added in production.


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/o6w7vH31cN0

How many antibiotics are included in New Zealand milk?

7: Bacteria and the Microbiome

You are what you eat. Your Microbiome is your immune system. It's like putting diesel in your petrol car. If you do not eat correctly, your immune system and everything else biological, is going to be affected. 


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/VzPD009qTN4


Notes:
  1. Children born by C-section have a higher rate of asthma, immune diseases, and leukemia.
  2. Does this resolve over time?
  3. It takes 2 years for individual biome to form
  4. 380,000 Billion bacteria live in the average human
  5. 5,000 different species
  6. Digest food and pull nutrition from foods
  7. Gut is protected by our immune system
  8. Gut biome may even talk directly to our brain
  9. 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut
  10. Vagus nerve (10th cranial nerve)
  11. Gut Science. Your gut bacteria control you, intelligence, mood
  12. Gut Science linked to autism, schizophrenia, cancer, Parkinson's
  13. We are what we eat
  14. What we eat determines our ongoing food desires
  15. Eating healthily evolves a desire to eat healthy
  16. Eating unhealthily evolves a desire to eat unhealthily
  17. Craving comes from this cycle

8: Vagus Nerve

I was unaware of this nerve. Somehow it is all connected.
The vagus nerve, historically cited as the pneumogastric nerve, is the tenth cranial nerve or CN X, and interfaces with the parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract.


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/fSN2CeDkslg


9:  COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine: Will It Change My DNA?


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/Kd-E95tXfsY

The molecule mRNA only contains the code to make the protein spike.
That is what is in the vaccine. Your cells are the factory that create the spike.
This is the area of question. I will make a separate research page on this as I expect it to be a sizeable topic.

10: Antigens and Antibodies



Link Ref: https://youtu.be/qCRwuxDpthY



10: Penicillin

One question I will be hunting down an answer to is 'why can't our natural immune system protect us from Covid-19?" I know the immune system is fed by the gut biome so anything that affects the biome is going to affect your immune system. Drugs are a good place to start.

What does antibiotic resistance look like? Watch this experiment.



Link Ref: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDa4-nSc7J8

How can we solve the antibiotic resistance crisis? - Gerry Wright



Link Ref: https://youtu.be/ZvhFeGEDFC8


Non-Antibiotic Drugs Affect our Gut Bacteria

This video is technical. 
It concludes that some non-antibiotic drugs ALSO affect the human Gut/Biome.


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/4NQAmYvBfRc


So both Antibiotics and Non-Antibiotic drugs changes the balance of our natural gut bacteria which can compromise the effectiveness of our Immune System.

11: What else affects our immune system?

The video below is unfortunately full of ads. I will give you a list from the video
  1. Artificial Sweeteners
  2. High fat food (Chips - biscuits - bacon - ice-cream - butter - chocolate - high fat meats)
  3. Additives/processed foods
  4. Charred meat (any meat cooked over a high temperature like BBQ)
  5. Fried foods (contain AGES), Takeaways
  6. OMEGA 6 fatty foods (walnuts/peanut butter/avocado oil)
  7. Salty foods (potato chips, frozen dinners, salt)
  8. ADDED SUGAR (the worst one)
  9. Refined Carbs (white bread, pastry, pasta)


Link Ref: https://youtu.be/NVDevGvOumU

You are what you eat but this list is tricky. So many people's diets contain these foods on a daily basis. Is it over the top? Although I know diet plays a major role with respect to Covid-19, I do not think this is the main issue. There are other things that weaken the immune system such as:

  1. Penicillin
  2. Pharmaceutical drugs
  3. Chlorinated drinking water
  4. Fluoridated drinking water
  5. Teeth hygiene and maintenance
  6. Exercise
  7. Sleep
  8. Stress
  9. Inflammation
  10. Leaky gut syndrome

12: Diabetes

Diabetes is number nine on the top ten causes of death (Ref: WHO)




"Diabetes has entered the top 10 causes of death, following a significant percentage increase of 70% since 2000 (in 20 years we have nearly doubles the diabetes cases) .

Diabetes and Prediabetes Rates in California: “A Storm is Coming”


13: Case Demographic


Looking at the mortality spread of Covid-19, it was similar to diabetes but these are just numbers.

These are the NZ Covid-19 cases



But why is it that Pacific people make up 70.5% of NZ cases?



NOTE: Has there been a study regarding micro biome and the covid-19 cases?




Q: Do people with diabetes have a higher chance of serious complications from COVID-19?

A: People with diabetes are more likely to have serious complications from COVID-19.
In general, people with diabetes are more likely to have more severe symptoms and complications when infected with any virus.

14: Inflammation

Inflammation is a process by which your body's white blood cells, and the things they make, protect you from infection from outside invaders such as bacteria and viruses.

But in some diseases, like arthritis, your body's defence system -- your immune system -- triggers inflammation when there are no invaders to fight off. In these autoimmune diseases, your immune system acts as if regular tissues are infected or are somehow unusual, causing damage.

Link Ref: Web MD

Of Note: 
Acute inflammation goes away within hours or days. Chronic inflammation can last months or years, even after the first trigger is gone. Conditions linked to chronic inflammation include:
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Alzheimer’s disease
So diabetes also affects your immune system which in turn affects your ability to handle a virus.

15: Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system, or lymphoid system, is an organ system in vertebrates that is part of the circulatory system and the immune system. It is made up of a large network of lymph, lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, lymphatic or lymphoid organs, and lymphoid tissues




Lymphatic system, part of the immune system, is compromised in diabetics.

Conclusions

Why was the number of Covid-19 cases so high in the Pacific People?

“Given the inequities that have persisted in health for Māori and Pacific peoples already, it was known from the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic that Pacific peoples and Māori communities were vulnerable to being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and would require prioritisation, especially for the vaccination roll-out. Vaccination rates for Pacific peoples collectively across Aotearoa New Zealand, remain of significant concern.

But diabetes is not so much an 'inequality' issue as it is a diet decision isn't it?

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one out of every two Americans suffers from a chronic disease, defined as a noncommunicable disease (NCD) prolonged in duration, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes."

I have personal experience here. If you have diabetes, consult a dietician and ask them if your diet is affecting you. They may give you a pathway to avoid or even better manage your diabetes.





Diabetes = Gut Biome Compromise = Immunity Compromise

Is Covid-19 a manifestation of our lifestyle decisions?
  • Foods & Drinks
  • Drugs
  • Society Stresses 
  • Lack of exercise
Time to start analysing.


Interesting Data

Henrietta Lacks is the reason for our human progress. 



WHO Media Resources

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/media-resources/science-in-5/episode-1


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