has always been a part of our lives in America. We were born of a Revolutionary
War, preserved by a Civil War, and made safe by a series of wars against our
enemies, beginning with the Indians and now with terrorists. Violence is one
the first principles of our nation.
Our bodies are also periodically
involved in warfare. Bacteria and viruses constantly invade us and could cause
us to be seriously ill were it not for the immune system in each of us that
deals with most of these agents before they can bother us. When we do get signs
of an infection we generally rely on antibiotics to help us destroy the invading
Our economy flourishes during
wartime. National debt goes up to support the war economy, whether the war is
cold or hot.
The pharmaceutical and health care industry benefits
from a person's illness. But neither our bodies nor our immune systems can go
into debt. When we get infected we get sick - and there is a real link between
illness and poverty.
Technology has played a large part in
who wins our wars. Rifles won out over the bow and arrow, guided missiles over
artillery. The arms race is the attempt to maintain a position of strength with
our enemy. But even when the race is over and one side is clearly dominant there
is always a way to fight back. One-sided overwhelming technical superiority
breeds unconventional warfare as we have seen with guerrilla warfare and
terrorism. These methods were effective in our Revolutionary War and they will always be
effective when fighting against a dominant power.
Our arms race with bacteria reflects
our use of antibiotics to kill the infecting agent and the agent developing ways
to get around them. This resistance prompts the next generation of more potent
antibiotics, and the cycle continues. Beside developing resistance these
infecting agents may even fight back. In a 22 year period in the midst of this
war the CDC listed 22 previously unknown agents or infectious diseases. Some
of these are guerrilla fighters, like the bacteria that causes ulcers and the
that causes AIDS, that remain camouflaged while they infect us. One is even a
suicide bomber - the Ebola virus kills the host so rapidly that the virus doesn't
have time to spread to another person.
When we define an enemy we have to
make them evil in order to justify killing them. We did that with the Indians
and Hitler did it with the Jews. The enemy must be evil as in the "evil
empire" or the "axis of evil". We also brand them as ignorant
and not worthy of consideration, like Hitler did with Einstein. But to see the
differently should not necessarily make one evil; and our enemy generally shares
the same degree of intelligence that we have.
We also see bacteria and viruses as
evil. We want them all dead. We sell antibacterial soap and bleach our
countertops to kill germs that may be there. And they are there. Bacteria are
everywhere. Ten percent of our body weight is bacteria and at least fifty
percent of our DNA is from bacteria. They, like our macro enemies, are not
necessarily evil. Bacteria are totally responsible for creating the balance that
allowed life on this world and they are primarily responsible for maintaining
that balance. Nor are they ignorant. By releasing chemicals in a process called
quorum sensing bacteria are able to communicate with each other and act like
much larger organism. When left alone they make biofilm that is often as
elaborate on a bacterial scale as the skyscrapers of New York. They also help
each other by sharing genetic information, not only among their own type, but
with any bacteria they come in contact with. Not having an interest in
intellectual property rights this cooperation is one reason we
are always playing catch-up in our arms race with them.
As a nation we fought a
preventive war. When under pressure we always go back to our first principles.
But as Lord Acton, who spent his life studying the history and development of
freedom, said: "Institutions are destroyed, in the end, by an excess of
their first principles." The question is, "Are we as a nation violent
to excess?" The average European seems to respond overwhelmingly in the
affirmative. The average American appears not to think so.
Sometimes we fight preventive wars with bacteria by
taking antibiotics regularly. We do this when a person has a high chance of
being exposed to bacteria that could make them sick. Much of our antibiotics
are used in the cattle industry because of the unhealthy conditions in feed-lots.
are finding, however, that the benefit of reduced infections in humans and
animals is not worth the cost of the bacterial resistance that comes from the
increased exposure to the antibiotic. The most effective way to stop antibiotic
resistance is to reduce our reliance on and use of antibiotics. We are not doing
too well here; in 1954 we made about one-third of a pound of antibiotics for
every 1000 people in the United States and in 1996 we made 142 pounds. Better
feed and a cleaner, more natural environment are safer and more effective ways
of reducing infections, both in animals and humans.
tried and tested-
The most successful means of dealing
with infections is immunization. Vaccination has even allowed us to eliminate
smallpox from the entire world. When a person is immunized or vaccinated we
present a part of the infecting agent to our immune system - we educate our immune
system. Our immune system then knows the enemy and builds a defense against
We do the same thing when we educate
a person. Education was critical to the successes of the democratic revolutions
that flourished for a few years beginning in 1989 after the downfall of our
one-time enemy, the Soviet Union. The BBC, CNN and non-governmental
organizations functioning in these countries provided independent examples of
democratic principles in action that helped the people to identify the
principles they wanted and rebel against their opposites.
and cost effective, but not glamorous-
Ewald in his book, Evolution
of Infectious Disease, states that we can "domesticate [bacteria] so
that they can live with us in a less damaging way than they have throughout our
history." We can do this by addressing the problem areas that make it easy
for the infecting agents to get from one person to another. Ewald argues that
did this with cholera by public health measures that cleaned our water supplies,
and that we can do it for HIV with condoms and needle exchanges. These barriers
to spread actually change the outlaw agents to types that are less infectious.
This kind of isolation has never been
tried with outlaw nations. Our best efforts have been in economic blockades and
sanctions. The economic blockade of Cuba and the sanctions on Iraq have
destroyed the infrastructure of these countries, but the regime is the same.
education and a middle class are necessary for the spread of democratic values
they have probably done more harm than good. More in line with Ewald's public
health measures would be addressing the problems and the inequities that breed
the outlaw in the first place.
and reasonable, but uncontrollable and inexpensive-so not even tried
Nathan Sharon and his colleagues have
been arguing for at least twenty years that sugars can be effectively used to
prevent infectious disease. Sharon points out that bacteria and viruses attach
to specific sugar molecules on the cell surfaces in our bodies. If they can't
attach to these sugars they are washed out and don't cause infection. Feeding
specific sugars to the bacteria fills up their hungry hands leaving them with
no means of attaching; it decreases their adherence to the cells in our bodies.
Regular use of such sugars also isolates the infectious agents in Ewald's sense,
and selects for bacteria that cause less problems. The sugars in cranberries
select for bacteria that don't cause urinary tract infections. Xylitol decreases
the adherence of problem causing bacteria in the nose. Bacteria that live in
nose without causing problems, cause sinus, ear, and bronchial infections when
they move out of the nose. Feeding these sugars to our bacteria regularly allows
our bodies to remove most of the outlaws. The problem with these sugars is that
they have to be used every day, even when there is no sign of infection. Women
drank cranberry extract every day for 6 months, but they had protection from
urinary infections for a year. Our ancestor who first fed the wolf cooked meat
had to feed them every day, for a long, long time, before the wolf became dog,
and our best friend. Maybe we can do the same with bacteria.
I live in the Bible Belt in the
middle of the Texas panhandle. In our community we take pride in our Christian
heritage and that our nation is based on Christian principles. In searching for
what it means to be a Christian I keep coming up with the "Sermon on the
Mount" where Jesus says, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use
you, and persecute you." This difficult task is, to me, the litmus test
of a real Christian. I have been waiting since the tragic events of September,
to hear one of our government leaders, who are so willing to wave the Christian
flag when it will get them votes, suggest that we pray for the perpetrators of
these events. I'm still waiting. Doing good to our enemies by feeding them
worked in the Philippines, where guerrilla fighters were given jobs as they gave
up their arms. But most of the time we tend to feed others with armament rather
than addressing their basic needs.
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The spray only helps to clean your nose. The benefits come from
a clean nose. The only way people will learn about this practical
and sensible way to help the immune system wash pollutants from
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