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Philosophy of Medicine: Everything Is a Relationship
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This story about microbes but once I started writing about microbes, it required to talk about the theory of relationships and overall philosophy of medicine and life. So here we go.
Everything in life is a relationship. We are in a relationship with the spiritual world and the physical world, with our own soul, with other people, and yes, with microbes.
Good and evil
I have written about it in great detail in the past but to recap my thoughts, I believe that habitually, we define “good” and “evil” in terms that are relative to us. It is a measure of compatibility with our perceived well-being and what we hold dear.
For example, if somebody robs you, he is evil. If, on the other hand, he robs invisible people in a faraway land and then uses a small part of the loot to “butter” you and gain your support, is he evil? Or is he just a sensible contemporary politician doing what needs to be done?
Or, if you subscribe to the magical industry slogan that vaccines and especially COVID vaccines save lives, then a German nurse who in 2021 injected over 8000 people with saline in place of COVID injections has committed a cruel and heinous crime. If, on the other hand, by 2021, you have looked into pharmaceutical fraud and harm, the “warp speed” sleight of hand performed against the backdrop of manufacturer immunity, or the pitiful sanitary state of the manufacturing plants, you would see the nurse as a hero who took risks to save lives (and furthermore, you would try to avoid getting any biologics injected into your arm for the rest of your life because, well, just my thoughts).
An interlude about the nurse injecting saline
That particular story was from 2021.
A German nurse is being investigated for allegedly injecting thousands of people with a placebo instead of the coronavirus vaccine. […]
Based on witness testimony, police investigator … said there was “a reasonable suspicion” that the rogue medical professional had administered shots of saline solution to up to 8,600 patients who were slated to receive the COVID jab. […]
It’s unknown why the shot-blocker — reportedly a Red Cross nurse — had injected people with blanks; however, she had reportedly broadcast anti-vax views on social media, investigators reported. […]
In order to prevent casualties from the fake shots, authorities are imploring thousands of people to get a
case of coinciditissecond jab. […]
Unfortunately, the nurse isn’t the first medical practitioner to express anti-vax views. In June, a Texas hospital suspended 178 employees for two weeks without pay for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine.
Yeah, about that. Earlier this year, I interviewed the whistleblowers at that Texas hospital—and what do you know, the Chief Medical Officer at Houston Methodist was allegedly privately offering fake shots to the physicians he liked, while publicly proselytizing for the life-saving qualities of the Holy COVID Vaccine.
On my end, I believe that the German nurse likely saved many people from suffering. At the same time, I believe in the sanctity of free will and the existential right of adults to make choices that may send them on a journey that involves pain. In this world, such choices are often made under the influence of bad actors—past or present—but even so, people have the right to choose.
A third category: useful
In addition to good and evil, there is a third category that I only came to understand a little bit in the recent times. This category is very hard to see when in pain, it usually comes to the forefront when the senses clear. The this category is “useful,” defined as whether something helps the person walk their destiny and grow—or not.
For example, if someone is helping you, protecting you, and making your life sweeter, it is good for you. If you react with aliveness and gratitude, you are making it useful to you as well. If you, however, react by becoming complacent and growing more and more arrogant by day based on how good your life is, then at some point, the help stops supporting the most important purpose of your life—the growth of your soul. And then life makes it so that helps disappears until you sort it out.
On the other end of it, when a hostile entity tries to steal from you or to harm you, they are evil, yes, and they will be dealt with in a spiritual way in due time. But it is also true that through the act of overcoming that harm, you hopefully leave behind the persistent bad habits, get better vision and strength, and learn what you need to learn to live your best life (or your best next life).
Relationships and interactions: visible and invisible
We are interacting with a lot of living beings of different kind. We are aware of some of those relationships, and unaware of others.
Examples of good relationships/interactions that we may not be aware of:
Our relationships with the spiritual world to which we may be ignorant
A relationship with a person who is helping without advertising his or her help;
A relationship with good bacteria in the gut if a person doesn’t think about this topic at all.
Examples of bad relationships/interactions that we may not be aware of:
A relationship with a person who lies to you, attempts to secretly harm you, or tries to sway you away from your highest good in order to take good things or your general well-being away from you;
A relationship with a hostile microbe whose presence you don’t suspect due to lack of knowledge or prey naivete;
A relationship with political or corporate leaders whom you believe, out of goodness of your heart, to be overall decent human beings and at most, just moderately corrupt, etc.
Our relationship with microbes
Let us take our relationship with microbes. Microbes represent the majority of life on Earth. We, human beings, largely consist of microbes (there is more microbial DNA in us than human DNA).
Do the scientists have a good idea about the microbial “roster” inside us? Have they "counted” them all? No.
(On a personal note, I am getting increasingly suspicious of the field of modern genetics because under the presentable hood of scientific precision, there seems to be a lot of assumptions, conventions, human error, computer error, and modeling goo. There is merit to identifying genetic signatures when done accurately (and not used for eugenics) but it seems like a lot of “counting” happens using computer-generated models, based on arbitrary decisions on what to ascribe to whom, what bit of material to use for counting what, etc. I don’t know enough technical detail about the process to make up my mind in a solemn way but, based on the general features of modeling and the prevalence of wrong assumptions in human minds, I believe that the jury is very much out on how precise the “counting of microbes” is.)
The composition of the human gut microbiota is linked to health and disease, but knowledge of individual microbial species is needed to decipher their biological roles. Despite extensive culturing and sequencing efforts, the complete bacterial repertoire of the human gut microbiota remains undefined. Here we identify 1,952 uncultured candidate bacterial species by reconstructing 92,143 metagenome-assembled genomes from 11,850 human gut microbiomes.
Is the process based on “metagenome-assembled genomes” reliable? I most certainly don’t know but here is one opinion:
Regardless, we are packed with microbes like Earth is packed with us (and microbes :).
Some microbial relationships are very good for us. For example, it is known that bifidobacteria are our great friends who help us fight pathogenic microbes and do many other things that are good for us (thank you);
Other relationships are neutral or harmless in a healthy and properly nourished body as helpful microbes and our own immunity don’t allow the optional visitors to occupy more space than we can comfortably afford them—but it can go south if our body gets overpoisoned or overstressed, and they go all over the place;
Some microbial relationships are straight out adversarial from the get-go as those microbes come to us as robbers, they want to use us and toss us out.
Some of the adversarial ones are more like classic conquistadors and mobsters who seek to murder you and take away your stuff (perhaps they want to return you to the soil, and have a feast as they do that), and some are more like modern day industrialists and politicians who would have you naively tag along in a half-alive state and work for them until you are no longer useful and can be tossed out. (They probably act much quicker and more noticeably when they are ushered directly into the bloodstream, but even in those cases, no one typically looks for them—in part due to “prey naivete” and in part due to the lack of accurate diagnostic tools—while the doctors look for all sorts of other offenders and scratch their heads).
The bugs who can persist as spores or cysts and “hide” from the immune system for long periods of time are possibly some of the more vicious ones for westerners because they disguise themselves, hide out, wait in ambush until the person gets weaker (which tends to happen during stress, extra poisoning, or older age), and then unleash. Meanwhile, there is an ungrounded perception of western cleanliness (except for the breath of the antivaxxers, of course), a medical education system that doesn’t teach doctors to pay attention to what matters , and no culture of using antifungal / antiparasitic foods or herbs.
A few theoretical thoughts
Let us think out loud about a COVID symptom we’ve heard about a lot three years ago, “broken glass opacity” lungs. Here is a relatively sensible Insider article from March 13, 2020.
Of course, “broken glass opacity” lungs can result from many causes.
Mind you, doctors exist for a reason as they are supposed to use their observation, experience and gut to diagnose precisely, and good medicine is an art as much as it is a science. (Hats off to all the good doctors, including my brave and beautiful friends, who practice medicine in this way. It is really difficult to figure out what is happening inside human body, and a medical gift is a must.)
It super sucks that genuine medical talent is being driven out of our lives by the moneyed predators. It is very unfortunate that the new type of robo doctors had their curiosity and creativity (and also a large chunk of their logical thinking) murdered at the altar of the establishment talking points. Yes, we are living through interesting times, yes, it’s a logical consequence of the choices made centuries ago but this is very unfortunate none the less because our health…. I digress again.
What other things besides COVID can cause “ground glass opacity” in the lungs?
Here is one of the things that can allegedly cause it, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, also known as farmer’s lung. It’s a lung disease associated with exposure to organic dust. To oversimplify, it can be triggered by exposure to mold. Is there a lack of mold? No. You can do an experiment and spray hydrogen peroxide on, say, the rubber part of the washing machine at the laundromat, and see it foam, which indicates that the surface is covered in live organic matter, most likely mold. On a side note, they say that mold can also grow in the lungs. And I bet you that until they come up with a lucrative injectable product to push on us, it is not going to be a “thing” to test for without the patient begging (and let’s pray that the injectable product they come up with is not contaminated with … mold, like those J&J vials).
What else can cause “broken glass opacity” in the lungs? One of the organisms that can cause it is toxoplasma, via pulmonary toxoplasmosis (also see the bolded text, please):
(I wrote about it earlier, it has the attention of psychologists and popular science writers for how it modifies the behavior of rats. It is very prevalent in the Western populations (theoretically estimated at 10-90% depending on the country). associated with dementia when they actually look, poorly diagnosed due to the fact that the traditional diagnostic methods are highly inaccurate—and, excessive professional confidence notwithstanding, rather poorly understood.)
For the 51 pulmonary cases, the main clinical presentation was pneumonia or pleural effusions in 94% (48/51) and respiratory failure in 47% (24/51). For the 46 CNS cases, the main clinical presentation was encephalitis in 54% (25/46), meningitis in 13% (6/46), focal neurologic findings in 24% (11/46), cranial nerve palsies in 17% (8/46), Guillain–Barre syndrome or Miller Fisher syndrome in 7% (3/46), and Brown–Sequard syndrome in 2% (1/46) of cases; more than one clinical manifestation could also be present. Among the 41 CNS cases reporting the CNS imaging findings, 68% (28/41) had focal supratentorial lesions and 7% (3/41) had focal infratentorial lesions. Brain abscess-like/mass-like lesions were seen in 51% (21/41) of cases. For the 36 cardiac cases, the main clinical presentation was myocarditis in 75% (27/36), pericarditis in 50% (18/36), heart failure and/or cardiogenic shock in 19% (7/36), and cardiac arrhythmias in 22% (8/36); more than one manifestation could also be present. Illness was critical in 49% (44/90) of cases intensive care unit care was needed in 54% (29/54) of cases among those reporting this information, and 9 patients died. Conclusion: The diagnosis of severe toxoplasmosis in immunocompetent hosts can be challenging. [my point]
Toxoplasmosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of immunocompetent patients presenting with severe illness of unclear etiology with pulmonary, cardiac, CNS, or multiorgan involvement/failure, or prolonged febrile illness, even in the absence of common exposure risk factors or common manifestations of toxoplasmosis (e.g., fever, mononucleosis-like illness, lymphadenopathy, and chorioretinitis). Fatal outcomes can also rarely occur in immunocompetent patients. Prompt initiation of anti-Toxoplasma treatment can be lifesaving.
Another thought, myocarditis
Let me offer a humble peasant thought (and I feel very humble as I bow before the alive-in-the-soul doctors who have spent years and years learning about the human body and mastering the amazing art of healing people with all sorts of issues and from all walks of life.)
My humble peasant thought: So, myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle, a microbial battle field that happens specifically in the heart muscle. The inflammation (which really is an expression of the battle field) can be triggered by many adversarial microbes, some of them we know, and some we probably don’t. That same protozoan, toxoplasma, can cause myocarditis, as do many other bugs.
Everyone looks at the spike protein—and given the complexity of life, I would bet that there are multiple factors at play and multiple ways to skin the… no, I like animals, so let’s not skin it.
It is good that each of us focuses on what we find the most interesting to us so that we can compare our theories, etc.
But methinks, many of those pathogens (whom most doctors aren’t looking for, and most patients have never heard of) would simply love it if the pharmaceutical industry were corrupt enough to allow their presence in the vials.
The bad thing is, it is all pretty screwed.
The good thing is, our bodies are wise, and we do have friends among the microbes.
There may not be fast solutions, and we may be stuck with the prospect of figuring out the world from scratch like babies, and learning to love ourselves in our entirety— and respect our friends in different realms and make ourselves available for help.
I believe it is not a coincidence that many of the herbs and alternative medicines that seemed to help with “COVID” (whatever it is) also seem to assist the good microbes while eating at a plethora of adversarial microbes, from fungi to some bacteria to toxo to perhaps a slew we have never heard of. There is a whole world out there, a complex world with its relationships, loves, friendships, and battle fields. The medical culture and even the diagnostics are very far behind.
Outside of emergency medicine and surgeries, what we thought was a shiny palace of western medicine is a mob-run hut. It is better to have the situational awareness though, and it’s a start.
And here is an excellent Soviet cartoon that demonstrates the cultural value of counting. :) The plot goes like this: the little goat learned how to count, and so he started going around counting other animals and ascribing individual numbers to them. Each counted animal got mad at the little goat and tried to chase him for retributions. In the end, the little goat had to jump onto a boat that was parked by the shore. As all the other animals jumped onto that same boat, the boat started sinking. The desperate captain, the goose, issued an urgent plea to count all the passengers since the boat could only hold ten individuals. The little goat them stepped forward and counted the animals. This time around, in crisis, each animal complied with enthusiasm. As soon as the little goat established that the total number of passengers was ten, the boat cooperated with the science and automatically stopped sinking. Everyone rejoiced.
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