Thursday, January 19, 2023

How the CCP Cultivated Fertile Ground for Viruses to Thrive

So far, you do want to be vitimin C saturated.  Which is a heaping teaspoon or so of ascorbic acid.  There may well be better ways, but fruit provides a small fraction of this.  The science is not really there for you and been saturated is a good plan because your body eliminates a real surplus.

I do like soaking your feet before you go to bed.  This is a major and useful stimulation of your whole circulatory system.

And very easy now you know why.

How the CCP Cultivated Fertile Ground for Viruses to Thrive

Take better care of your immunity with these 11 tips

Jan 11 2023

An electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects), which causes COVID-19, emerging from cultured cells. (NIAID)

In an internal meeting on Dec. 21, China’s National Health Commission reported that 248 million people were likely to have been infected with COVID-19 in the first 20 days of December.

It’s shocking yet not unexpected because China, over the past three years, has unfortunately cultivated fertile ground for viruses to thrive. A viral outbreak needs three factors: sources of infection, routes of transmission, and a susceptible population. In China’s unique geopolitical environment, these three conditions are fully met.

Since the virus outbreak, China has claimed to have very low or zero COVID cases and deaths. However, the Chinese regime does not transparently provide data, and the rest of the world has no way of confirming the actual number of COVID cases in China.

There may have been hidden outbreaks in China during the past years, and there could already be multiple SARS-CoV-2 variants plaguing the country.

A sudden reversal of the zero-COVID lockdown, coupled with a high-density population, makes for perfect routes of transmission and presents big challenges for vulnerable populations.

For three years, Chinese people have been under the equivalent of “house arrest” or in even worse situations. The lack of medication and necessary medical care, plus the Chinese regime’s high-pressure governing, have affected the population’s emotional and mental health, weakening people’s immune systems, and making them more susceptible to viruses.

The larger the infected population is, the higher the chance of viral mutation will be. Mutated viruses are capable of escaping natural immunity and can spread quickly. According to Dr. Shan-Lu Liu, a professor in the Department of Microbiology at Ohio State University, the BF.7 variant with strong immune escape capacities has been reported in China. Dr. Yunlong Cao also tested the fastest-spreading Omicron variant XBB.1.5 in his lab in China and posted his results in a study.

Meanwhile, the more susceptible the population, the more likely variants causing more severe diseases can be generated.

During the past years, a vicious cycle of viral mutations and weakened immunity could have incubated the current surge of viral outbreaks in China. Therefore, it is not totally unexpected that COVID-19 is spreading like a tsunami in China.

There could also be other factors contributing to the sudden surge in China, as described below.
People Are Not Equal When Exposed to the Virus

The 1918 pandemic (known as the Spanish Flu) is considered the worst pandemic of the 20th century, killing between 20 and 50 million people worldwide.

During that pandemic, to find out how the virus spread from person to person, doctors in Boston conducted an experiment to study the transmission of the flu virus.

Mucus from the noses or throats of flu patients was dropped in the healthy volunteers’ eyes, noses, and mouths.

The ethics of this experiment are beyond the scope of this article, but the outcome is worth mentioning.

None of the 62 participants became infected by the flu virus. The only person who got infected—and died—was a doctor who conducted the trial.

None of the 62 healthy subjects were infected by the Spanish flu virus in 1918. (The Epoch Times)

Doctors in San Francisco repeated the experiment in 50 healthy subjects and noted the same results of zero infection.

The experiment tells us that people are not equal when exposed to viruses. Although given the same exposure to the virus, the internal environment—the antiviral capacity of the immune system—can determine the fate of whether one will be protected or infected.

As mentioned earlier, a variety of circumstances have likely weakened the Chinese people’s immune systems. When immunity is severely weakened, the mutated viruses can invade from the nose to the throat, to the trachea, to the bronchi, and finally to the lungs, causing severe symptoms, such as the “white lung.”

The “white lung” syndrome has been reported in China. In CT scans or X-rays, healthy lungs appear mostly black as they are filled with air. White lungs mean the lungs are filled with fluid caused by inflammation. Patients with white lungs usually have dangerously low blood oxygen levels.

As for the external environment, severe air pollution in China can worsen the spread.
SARS-CoV-2 RNA Can Hide Inside the Body Like a Ticking Time Bomb

Unlike the influenza virus or the Hepatitis A virus, SARS-CoV-2 is not easily cleared from the human body. The RNA of the virus can still be detected months after a person has recovered.

According to the central dogma of molecular biology, the genetic information goes from DNA to RNA (termed “transcription”), then RNA to protein (termed “translation”).

The central dogma of molecular biology: genetic information goes from DNA to RNA “transcription,” then RNA to protein “translation.” (The Epoch Times)

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discovered that SARS-CoV-2 RNA could be reverse-transcribed and integrated into the genome of the infected cells. That is one of the reasons patients can continue to produce viral RNA after recovery from COVID-19.

Their research article was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in May 2021.

Exons are the part of the genome that expresses the proteins. It appears that 29 percent of the virus’s RNA goes into exons, suggesting potential changes in our immunity and other cellular functions.

The SARS-CoV-2 RNA alters human DNA. Exons are the part of the genome that expresses the proteins, which affect a person’s appearance, weight, immunity, and other bodily functions. (The Epoch Times)

The viral RNA inside human bodies is like a time bomb. When one’s immunity is strong enough, the body’s cells will eradicate the virus components immediately, giving them no room to materialize. However, when a person’s immune system is compromised, the virus can replicate itself inside the body’s cells, thus being reactivated.

It is documented in studies that chronic stress weakens one’s immunity and increases the risks of viral infection. China’s zero-COVID policy has caused chronic persistent mental stress to Chinese people, which has weakened their antiviral immunity.

Li Junlong, a scientist from China Aerospace Academy, was confirmed to be infected by COVID-19 and then recovered. Later he developed a fever, entered the ICU in the morning, and died that afternoon. He was 58.

Famous dancer Zhao Qing and other prominent Chinese officials have also died of the virus, along with untold numbers of people whose obituaries do not appear in news reports.
Serious Safety Issues Exist With China’s Inactivated COVID Vaccines

Bad antibodies bind to viral surface proteins, thus promoting viral invasion into healthy cells. This effect is called antibody-dependent enhancement. (The Epoch Times)

There are good antibodies and bad antibodies.

A virus infects a healthy cell by binding its surface protein and the receptors on the healthy cell. Good antibodies kill the viral surface proteins. Bad antibodies bind to viral surface proteins, thus promoting viral invasion into healthy cells. This effect is called antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE).

Scientists from Shenzhen University in China published a study in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases in November 2020, speculating that ADE may exist in SARS-CoV-2.

Scientific research has proven the existence of ADE in coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. SARS-CoV-2 shares the same viral receptor and similar genome sequence with SARS-CoV; thus, ADE may exist in SARS-CoV-2.

The existence of ADE indicates a potential risk in the vaccine application.

Inactivated vaccines contain inactivated viruses. Once such a vaccine is injected into the human body, the body’s immune system is expected to produce antibodies to fight against the virus. But the inactivated viruses are not entirely dead. It’s just that their efficacy and replicative capabilities are suppressed. Inactived type I polioviruses have been shown in studies to release activated viruses from cell cultures.

It’s difficult to control the quality of China’s inactivated vaccines, given that 2.4 billion doses were injected in Chinese people, and another 1 billion doses were injected across 110 other countries, according to Nature.

The COVID-19 vaccine Vero Cell manufactured by Sinopharm and Sinovac contains the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus strain from the original outbreak; this vaccine targets the lower respiratory tract. Most people in China took the inactivated COVID vaccine. This could explain the “white lung” syndrome which is not explainable by Omicron infection, as well as the extremely high rate of infection in China during such a short time.

Moreover, vaccines can suppress the immune system function. This can trigger the reactivation of other dormant viruses in the body, such as the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). Researchers from the Central South University in Hunan province, China, reported patients with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases developing VZV after COVID-19 vaccination.
Zero-COVID Policy Caused Chronic Fear and Stress, Weakening People’s Immunity

In a previous article, I reported on a study using an animal model to research the health impact of chronic fear and stress caused by repeated social interaction: a group of smaller, weaker rats was put into the cage of stronger, aggressive rats.

An animal model to research the impact of chronic fear and stress on health. A group of smaller, weaker rats were put into the cage of stronger, aggressive rats. (The Epoch Times)

The researchers found that the weaker rats not only had psychological stress but also presented a biased, increased level of T-helper type 2 cells in the body and increased pro-inflammatory cytokines. These lead to chronic inflammation.

Fear and stress increase pro-inflammatory cytokines, leading to chronic inflammation. (The Epoch Times)

The psychological impact on one’s immunity is a well-researched topic. A research paper published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity explains how depression can weaken immunity. Depression results in the central release of corticotropin releasing hormone, which activates the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis and the sympathetic nervous system. Subsequently, antiviral and anti-tumor immune functions are suppressed, leading to inflammation and decreases in lymphocyte (white blood cell) responses. In turn, such immune changes have implications for infectious disease risk and the occurrence of inflammatory disorders.

Depression weakens immunity. (The Epoch Times)

An article in the journal Nature Reviews Immunology details how the immune system communicates with the central nervous and endocrine systems and how these interactions impact health.

In summary, when pivotal immune cells (including T-cells and natural killer cells) are weakened, the body’s antiviral immunity decreases, making people vulnerable to viral and bacterial infections.

Depression can also increase the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, leading to a chronic inflammatory state. These cytokines can easily trigger or aggravate a series of chronic diseases; this can lead to further deterioration of the body’s immune function and can further reduce the body’s antiviral immunity, adding to the vicious cycle and making people more susceptible to new infections.

This helps explain the harm of the unreasonable zero-COVID policy in China. People were treated in an inhumane manner, and their lives were more threatened by the lockdown policy than by the virus itself.

In addition, chronic stress can cause neurodegeneration by changing gene expression, resulting in a decline in neurocognitive function, brain atrophy, or dementia. This further weakened most Chinese people’s normal ability to think freely and independently.

Chronic stress can cause neurodegeneration by changing gene expression, resulting in a decline in neurocognitive function, brain atrophy, or dementia. (The Epoch Times)

Multiple Lines of Stress Increase the Likelihood of Viral Infection

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine described 394 healthy participants who were given nasal drops containing one of five respiratory viruses (nasal rhinovirus type 2, 9, or 14, respiratory syncytial virus, or coronavirus type 229E). Another 26 subjects were given saline nasal drops.

The results showed that along with the increase in psychological stress, the rates of respiratory infection and colds increased. Furthermore, the effects of stress are independent of other confounding factors, including age, sex, education, allergic status, weight, or the season, for susceptibility to respiratory infection.

Higher psychological stress leads to higher rates of respiratory infection and colds. (The Epoch Times)

Another study demonstrated that the more chronic the stressor, the higher the rate of contracting the common cold.

The longer the stressor is, the higher the rate of contracting the common cold. (The Epoch Times)

And it doesn’t matter where the stress comes from (interpersonal, work, or other sources).

The same link stands regardless of where the stress comes from. (The Epoch Times)

The high-pressure zero-COVID policy caused chronic stress and fear in the overall Chinese population. Mass vaccination with the inactivated COVID jabs and potential reactivation of past infections have also played a significant role in the current spike of COVID infections in China.

Watch Out for These Symptoms

For people in or outside of China, it is advisable to remember the following signs or symptoms that may indicate a severe type of COVID infection.

Fever: Persistent fever might indicate COVID-19-related lung infection. Be mindful that overuse of fever-reducing medication might cover the symptoms, suppress the immune system, and worsen the illness.

Difficulty breathing: Monitor blood oxygen level. If below 93 percent, seek medical help.

Feeling lethargic, indifferent, confused, irritated, or slow to react: These could also indicate low blood oxygen levels.

Persistent digestive disorders such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea: These also indicate potential infection with COVID-19.

Worsening underlying diseases, such as recent uncontrolled blood pressure, unstable angina, uncontrolled blood sugar, etc

Protect Your Immunity With These 11 Tips

People outside of China may be afraid of being exposed to potential variants from China, but there is no reason to weaken your immunity with unnecessary fear. However, it is sensible for people to take better care of their immunity by following this list of 11 tips:

Ensure sufficient nutrients, such as vitamins C and D, and calcium, which can strengthen antiviral immunity.

Avoid alcohol and smoking as they are harmful to the antiviral state of epithelium cells.

Monitor salt intake, as too much salt might kill good immune cells in the gut.

Avoid artificial sugar, which damages the immune system.

Try to control body weight and reduce fat, as too much fat is connected with chronic inflammation.
Avoid high intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as they might compromise immunity.

Get enough sleep. Soak the feet in warm water before bedtime. The feet have a lot of blood vessels and energy channels linked to the body’s internal organs; soaking them in hot water can promote blood circulation throughout the body and thus help clear body waste during sleep.

Relax, don’t be anxious. No matter what issues you are facing, try to be calm and stay connected with peaceful, calm, and positive people.

Stay connected with nature; walking and forest bathing help increase the number and function of natural killer cells.

Select a type of meditation to help health and boost immunity. Good meditation can adjust our immune genes in a holistical way and thus elevate the overall antiviral function.

Stay connected with the media transmitting positive energy and information. Watch movies and TV shows that promote kindness and traditional culture.

Five actions that boost antiviral immunity. (The Epoch Times)

Regardless of how severe the viruses are, we bear in mind the fact that our God-given immunity is always protecting us against those viruses. The most important antiviral secrets reside in strengthening our immunity.

In an experiment conducted by Harvard University psychologists, an audience’s immunity was increased by watching movies that encourage kindness and goodness.

People with a more altruistic view of well-being have better antiviral immunity and are not as easily infected by viruses.

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More actions that boost antiviral immunity. (The Epoch Times)

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