Jennifer Lake's Blog

July 30, 2009

Enter O Viruses

Enteroviruses can infect all tissues of the human body. The tropism of each virus for certain tissues is not well understood…”
Gut bacteria and viruses make perfect bioweapons. One of the world’s foremost influenza researchers, Frank MacFarlane Burnet, is on the record advising the Australian government to produce intestinal ‘agents’ for its weapons arsenal. The same year that Burnet made these statements publicly, 1947, he had helped in the ‘typing’ of polioviruses, a broad class of enteroviruses that is presently expanding.
The sensitive intestinal tract is home to an amazing array of organisms and viruses. The “friendlies” are those we can’t live without; aiding digestion and manufacturing essential nutrients, and the “unfriendlies” have a ready gateway to the bloodstream from intestinal disability and injury. Not without irony, one of the most damaging and vaunted technologies to ever come along, the X-ray, has a profound ability to harm the tissue of the intestines.
Back in 1896, Simon Flexner, who later became the director of the Rockefeller Institute in NYC, wrote up a paper for the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM) entitled “A Statistical and Experimental Study of Terminal Infections”. Excerpts from that paper, are in quotes below. The study subjects appear to be mostly autopsied victims of pneumonia infection, but the source of those infections may have surprised the researchers.
“The intestine, as will appear from these statements is regarded as the portal of entry not only of many of the bacteria found in the inflamed peritonaeum, but also of some of those present in the pleura, upon the heart valves and within the organs. This conclusion is based in part upon the behavior of those species which are known to be derived from the intestine, namely, the colon group of bacilli. It has been found that these bacteria wander through the intestinal walls with great regularity where lesions of the intestinal mucosa exist. The lesions present here need not for this purpose be considerable, as localized areas of hyperemia and small hemorrhages often suffice to open the way for their escape…
   The occurence of the colon bacilli in the organs is frequently unassociated with any lesion referable to their presence….In a few cases however, they were present so generally in the body and in such large numbers that they could not be disregarded, and in rare instances they were found in association with definite lesions in such manner as to leave no reasonable doubt of their pathogenic character…
   On the other hand, the frequent occurrence of the colon bacillus in combination with the pyogenic cocci is a matter of considerable importance…The majority of cases of acute pericarditis and acute endocarditis are found at autopsy to be associated with pneumonia, either lobar of lobular in nature…..
   Indeed, certain bacteria appear with such uniformity within certain organs that these must be regarded as presenting better opportunities for their growth than do others. Examples are afforded by the colon bacillus which is so commonly found in the kidneys and the lungs…”
In Sept. of 1897, more confirmation of these findings is given:
…”there can be no doubt that the bacillus coli communis possesses pathogenic properties, and that by artificial methods of treatment it may be brought from a condition of benignity to one of virulence”……………………………………………

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