You Don’t Catch a Virus… A Virus Catches You: Part 1

By Dr. Sal Martingano, FICPA

How many of us can remember 10th grade, when “Virology” was first taught in school? I suspect for most, that was the ONLY time.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months, the word VIRUS, as in COVID-19, has become part of our vocabulary.  We have been bombarded with never before seen regulations placed on our population due to a virus of questionable origins, conflicting “expert” predictions and draconian measures that defy any previous viral or “flu” outbreak.

I have written extensively on COVID-19 and unfortunately, the mass hysteria caused by a total economic shutdown, social distancing, face masks and weeks of in-home lockdowns has numbed the brain and dulled our sense of reasoning.

Life seems like it may never return to normal. People are scared, confused, and are going into mental shutdown by the relentless exposure to confusing information.  This is dangerous because part of the human immune system is controlled by our thoughts and how we perceive our environment. 

Additionally, I have not lost sight of your overwhelming response and interest in my previous blog explaining the misconceptions of the 1918 Spanish Flu. Now, more than ever, “viral education” is paramount.

THE IDEA IS TO EDUCATE… NOT ALIENATE.

This blog is divided into 2 parts. Part 1 will be a simplified explanation about what viruses are, how they function and what you need to know to live safely in your environment. Part 2 will demonstrate how present environmental changes (like 5G) will affect our immune system’s ability to recognize and defend against viruses.  

So, let’s put aside political biases and agendas, take a deep breath, and allow me to bring you back to a more pleasant time in life; 10th grade. You are about to eavesdrop on Mr. Churnes’s biology class dealing with virology.  

*BTW: Mr Churnes was my 10th grade biology teacher. There will be NO QUIZ after the lesson, so pay attention!!

Let’s Call Part 1: “VIROLOGY FOR DUMMIES”

What the Heck is a Virus Anyway? 

  1. Despite popular belief, viruses are technically “non living” entities; like a seed not yet planted.
  2. Viruses cannot reproduce or carry on any metabolic activity because they have no nucleus (no hereditary information).
  3. Viruses must find and enter a “host cell”; (i.e., human cells), to get what is needed to survive and multiply.
  4. A virus has no respect for the host because after taking what it needs it kills the host cell. 
  5. The body can use a virus to help destroy damaged cells, then destroys the virus with antibodies before they multiply into uncontrolled growth.  

****** NOTE ******
Cancers are uncontrolled cellular growth; exactly what can occur when viruses go unchecked.
(Uncontrolled growth is covered in the upcoming part 2 of this blog.)

Click on the following link for more information:
https://www.livescience.com/10023-viruses-cancer-previously-thought.html

How Do Viruses Find and Invade a Host Cell?

  1. A virus must find and enter a ‘host cell’ through a ‘viral receptor” site (a damaged cell membrane).  
  2. Viruses proceed to take over all that it needs to replicate itself, while releasing its own DNA and RNA; essentially killing the host cell (biological domestic terrorism).  
  3. The host cell has access to the body’s “immune system catalog” of known viruses so it can quickly recognize and produce the appropriate antibody to fight off the viral attack.
  4. If the host cell has no record of the virus it can not fight off the virus and virus invades.
  5. When the virus successfully replicates itself, it bursts free from the dead host cell in the form of “virons” (immature viruses) ready to infect neighboring cells. 

Click on the following link for more information:
https://courses.lumenlearning.com/biology2xmaster/chapter/virus-infections-and-hosts/

What Happens When a Virus Infects the Body?

  1. When a virus enters the host cell, the mucous membranes of the body immediately alert the “immune system catalog” of the invader to identify and destroy.
  2. Our immune systems create a signaling protein called interferon to find and implement the correct antibody. 
  3. Interferon prepares the body’s built in immune response to find and destroy the viral invader (infection); and warns neighboring cells to prepare for a viral attack.
  4. The toxic waste that forms in the cell after the virus invades causes an unpleasant body reaction that triggers the illness. (essentially, you are poisoned)

Click on the following link for more information:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151201114803.htm

How Does the Body Recover from a Viral Infection?

  1. When the body finds the viral infected cell(s) it produces specialized enzymes which enter and kill viral infected host cells (biological euthanasia).
  2. Viruses are also being removed from the body by antibodies before they get the chance to infect a cell. (the immune systems Swat Team)
  3. Antibodies are specific proteins, developed from prior viral exposure.
  4. Antibodies encapsulate the virus and kills it, allowing the white blood cells of the body to collect the debris and send it out of the body.

Click on the following link for more information:
https://www.immunology.org/public-information/bitesized-immunology/pathogens-and-disease/immune-responses-viruses

****** NOTE ******
Vaccines bypass mucous membranes, by direct injection into the blood stream and do not alert the body’s “immune system catalog” of viruses. The body is blindsided by the vaccine and instead, fights off the vaccine as an invader.

Vaccines do not get the chance to produce “natural” immunity because the body doesn’t recognize it. As the virus mutates, the vaccine is rendered useless, whereas the body’s natural “immune system catalog” can predict and fight off variations of the virus. 

Removing Viruses Comes with a Price

  1. Once a viral infection sets in, the body goes into repair mode that can take up to a week or two. (not pleasant, but essential)
  2. The byproducts of antibodies, interferon, and dead cellular debris causes “inflammation”, which is the mode of escape from the body.
  3. Inflammation causes fluid build-up in all parts of the body, especially in the lungs (could lead to pneumonia), mucous membranes and lymph glands; used to safely transport the virus out of the body through coughing, sneezing and sweating.
  4. Inflammation triggers a fever, which immobilizes the body while recovery progresses. 
  5. Viruses and bacteria are very sensitive to sudden rises in cellular temperature, which essentially stops the replicating activity and helps kill the virus. 
  6. The higher the fever, the more virulent the virus.

****** HINT ******
Artificially lowering the fever prolongs the recovery battle.

So.. What are the Take-aways?

The body’s immune system can build its “immune catalog” of destructive bacteria and viruses (pathogens) is by exposure to the pathogen or via the antibodies passed on by the mother at birth.

Natural immunity is something you earn, is life long and protects against variations of similar viruses

Viruses are submicroscopic, usually float along air currents (aerosol) and are part of our environment. Hiding is futile.

OK… There’s the Bell… Class Dismissed!!

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Comments (3)

Hi, I really like how you organize your articles. having many pictures in between txt makes it a lot friendlier to read. They are also very interesting. You opened my mind to how the spanish flu crisis went on and from there on im always checking your site. Best

Emanuel, Thanks for the kind words. As a former teacher, HOW information is presented is as important as WHAT the information is. Keep checking my site, a new blog of interest is presented every week or two.

Emanuel, Thanks for the kind words. As a former teacher, HOW information is presented is as important as WHAT the information is. Keep checking my site, a new blog of interest is presented every week or two.

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