MD Getting Closer to Understanding Disease Causation...

After my intro, I have reproduced an article from Medium titled, "The Coronavirus Took Advantage of Our Weaknesses." "A physician explains the nature of opportunistic infection.


TJL Intro: The article states that we are vulnerable and full of chronic conditions that make us susceptible to severe COVID symptoms. What the doctor got wrong - is that most of the modern degenerative diseases we have are already causes by opportunistic infection. That is, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's are ALL infectious diseases.


Please take a good hard look at this chart that we published. It's based on a search of PubMed and I think it is extraordinarily revealing of the causes of chronic conditions.



I hope you find this correlation as STUNNING as do I!
Proof Infection is Linked to Chronic Diseases

I hope you find this correlation as STUNNING as do I!


But...... There is a difference between these diseases and an infectious disease like the flu - to some degree. The difference is, the etiology (progress) of the disease was already being established at the time of the infection becoming well established.



Suggested reading to support this.... the work of Paul Ewald. I recommend the book "Plague Time," or a more easy read -

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1999/02/a-new-germ-theory/377430/


Here is the article from Medium.


text in "blue" are statements that are either misleading or inaccurate IMHO




The Coronavirus Took Advantage of Our Weaknesses

A physician explains the nature of opportunistic infection

Austin Perlmutter, MD

In 1971, a professor of epidemiology named Abdel Omran proposed the epidemiological transition theory. He concluded there have been three main “stages” of human health concerns. First, in the pre-modern era, we dealt with widespread pestilence and famine. This time period was characterized by a high mortality rate and a low average life expectancy — around 20 to 40 years. Major causes of death included infections, malnutrition, and complications of childbirth.

Next came stage 2, dubbed “the age of receding pandemics.” Average life expectancy increased, averaging between 30 and 50 years. Infections remained a significant issue, but epidemic peaks became less frequent.


Finally, early in the 20th century, we reached stage 3. Omran called this “the age of degenerative and man-made diseases,” when chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes became our principal problems.

Scholars have debated the specifics of Omran’s theory, but the basic premise is sound: The burden of illness in humans has largely moved away from infectious concerns and towards chronic, often preventable diseases. Worldwide, high blood pressure, smoking, high blood sugar, and obesity are four of the top five risk factors for death. Of course, this doesn’t mean that infectious diseases have completely gone away. HIV/AIDS remains a major health threat, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hundreds of thousands of people also die of malaria each year. Still, in industrialized nations, the overall threat from pathogens like bacteria, parasites, and viruses is now relatively low.


This pattern has been turned on its head in 2020. (TJL Comment: No - we are just becoming aware of the connection.)

As we’ve all learned in frightening, real time this year, the 2019 coronavirus strain (SARS-CoV-2 virus) rapidly spread from Wuhan, China to wrap its way around the world. Globalization fueled a steady viral march across countries and continents. By mid 2020, millions of people had been infected with the pathogen — a significant problem, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus can of course cause a potentially lethal disease: Covid-19. Unlike pandemics in times past, the interconnectivity of the modern world allowed for transmission of the pathogen across massive distances in a short amount of time.

As the pandemic rages on, scientific data has emerged indicating the virus does not affect everyone equally. Some people, especially those with pre-existing medical issues, are several times more likely to suffer severe complications from Covid-19, including death. Even early on in the spread of infection, we saw that conditions like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity, and even smoking were associated with an increased risk for serious complications and death from the virus. These risk factors, of course, mirror the list of top contributors to death worldwide. As a broader understanding of Covid-19 evolved, people with preexisting conditions were told to take extra care in avoiding possible exposure. In our haste to protect people, we may have missed the most valuable takeaway from this growing pattern.


In medicine, certain infections are considered “opportunistic.” The causal pathogens in these cases are thought to take advantage of people with weakened immune systems. It’s a simple concept: These bugs don’t cause problems in healthy people, but can wreak havoc on someone with immune dysfunction. What if we looked at Covid-19 from this perspective? Could the increased risk conferred by chronic health conditions like high blood sugar represent an underlying immune dysfunction? What if Covid-19 was conceptualized as an opportunistic infection?


Long before 2020, scientific research had progressively shed light on a rather stunning discovery: immune dysfunction was at the core of many non-infectious diseases. Scientists have demonstrated that everything from heart disease to cancer can be understood through mechanisms of faulty immunity. It’s then unsurprising to note that high blood sugar,