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Wolbachia – The Next Frankenstein?

Transmission electron micrograph of Wolachia within an insect cell

Credit:  Public Library of Science/Scott O’Neill

The latest in the effort for world domination over bugs and the diseases they carry is Wolbachia, a Gram-negative bacterium of the family Rickettsiales first found in 1924 and in 60% of all the insects, including some mosquitoes, crustaceans, and nematodes (worms). For those that like numbers, that’s over 1 million species of insects and other invertebrates. It is one of the most infectious bacterial genera on earth and was largely unknown until the 90’s due to its evasion tactics. It’s favorite hosts are filarial nematodes and arthropods.

Wolachia obtains nutrients through symbiotic relationships with its host. In arthropods it affects reproductive abilities by male killing, parthenogenesis, cytoplasmic incompatibility and feminization. However, if Wolbachia is removed from nematodes, the worms become infertile or die. These abilities are what make it so appealing for insect controlcytoplasmic incompatibility, which essentially means it results in sperm and eggs being unable to form viable offering.  (Nifty slide show here)

It also makes it appealing for use in human diseases such as elephantiasis and River Blindness caused by filarial nematodes, which are treated with antibiotics (doxycycline) targeting Wolbachia which in turn negatively impacts the worms. Traditional treatment for lymphatic Filariasis is Ivermectin but they also use chemotherapy to disrupt the interactions between Wolbachia and nematodes. This anti-Wolbachia strategy is a game-changer for treating onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis.

Lyme/MSIDS patients often have nematode involvement.  Both Willy Burgdorfer, the discoverer of the Lyme bacterium, as well as Richard Ostfeld, an animal ecologist found nematode worms in ticks. Since then, some provocative research involving nematodes, Lyme/MSIDS, dementia, and Alzheimer’s has been done.  Yet, according to many, Wolbachia is the next eradicator of Dengue Fever and possibly Malaria, chikungunya, and yellow fever because it stops the virus from replicating inside mosquitoes that transmit the diseases. The approach is also believed to have potential for other vector-borne diseases like sleeping sickness transmitted by the tsetse fly.  Evidently, Wolbachia does not infect the Aedes aegypti mosquito naturally, so researchers have been infecting mosquitoes in the lab and releasing them into the wild since 2011. The article states it hopes that the method works and expects infection rates in people to drop and hopes that the mosquitoes will pass the bacterium to their offspring, despite it disappearing after a generation or two of breeding and needing to “condition” the microbes to get them used to living in mosquitoes before injecting them. They also state Wolbachia is “largely benign for mosquitoes and the environment,” and “To humans, Wolbachia poses no apparent threat.” Their work has shown that the bacterium resides only within the cells of insects and other arthropods. They also state that tests on spiders and geckos that have eaten Wolbachia mosquitoes are just fine and show no symptoms. An independent risk assessment by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organizatioin (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, concluded that, “Release of Wolbachia mosquitoes would have negligible risk to people and the environment.”

Interestingly, trials are underway in Vietnam, Indonesia, and now Brazil.

They state that scaling up operations to rear enough Wolbachia mosquitoes is too labor-intensive and in Cairns they are going to put Wolbachia mosquito eggs right into the environment. Evidently, other researchers are wanting to release genetically modified (GMO) mosquitoes that carry a lethal gene, and they’ve done it, and it’s causing an uproar:  As of July 14, 2017, Google’s bio-lab, Verily Life Sciences,  started releasing Wolbachia laced mosquitoes in California as part of project, Debug Fresno to reduce the mosquito population.  Numerous studies show unexpected insertions and deletions which can translate into possible toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and other changes.  Science can not predict the real-life consequences on global pattens of gene function.

So, why question the use of Wolbachia as a bio-control?

For Lyme/MSIDS patients, 3 words: worms and inflammation.

Dogs treated for heart worm (D. immitis) have trouble due to the heart worm medication causing Wolbachia to be released into the blood and tissues causing severe Inflammation in pulmonary artery endothelium which may form thrombi and interstitial inflammation. Wolbachia also activates pro inflammatory cytokines. Pets treated with tetracycline a month prior to heart worm treatment will kill some D. immitis as well as suppress worm production. When given after heart worm medication, it may decrease the inflammation from Wolbachia kill off.

The words worms and inflammation should cause every Lyme/MSIDS patient to pause. Many of us are put on expensive anthelmintics like albendazole, ivermectin, Pin X, and praziquantel to get rid of worms and are told to avoid anything causing inflammation due to the fact we have enough of it already. We go on special anti-inflammatory diets and take systemic enzymes and herbs to try and lower inflammation.

Seems to me, many MSIDS/LYME patients when treated with anthelmintics, will have Wolbachia released into their blood and tissues causing wide spread inflammation, similarly to dogs.

And that’s not all.

According to a study by Penn State, mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile – which will then be transmitted to humans.“This is the first study to demonstrate that Wolbachia can enhance a human pathogen in a mosquito, one researcher said. “The results suggest that caution should be used when releasing Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes into nature to control vector-borne diseases of humans.” “Multiple studies suggest that Wolbachia may enhance some Plasmodium parasites in mosquitoes, thus increasing the frequency of malaria transmission to rodents and birds,” he said.  The study states that caution should be used when releasing Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes into nature.

So besides very probable wide spread inflammation, and that other diseases may become more prevalent due to Wolbachia laced mosquitoes, studies show Wolbachia enhances Malaria in mosquitos. Lyme/MSIDS patients are often co-infected with Babesia, a malarial-like parasite that requires similar treatment and has been found to make Lyme (borrelia) much worse. It is my contention that the reason many are not getting well is they are not being treated for the numerous co-infections.  Some Lyme/MSIDS patients have Malaria and Lyme.

Regardless of what the CDC states, all the doxycycline in the world is not going to cure this complicated and complex illness.

Lastly, with Brazil’s recent explosion of microcephaly, the introduction of yet another man-made intervention (Wolbachia laced mosquitos) should be considered in evaluating potential causes and cofactors. And while the CDC is bound and determined to blame the benign virus, Zika, there are numerous other factors that few are considering – as well as the synergistic effect of all the variables combined. Microcephaly could very well be a perfect storm of events.

I hate bugs as much as the next person, but careful long-term studies of Wolbachia are required here.  “Despite the intimate association of B. burgdorferi and I. scapularis, the population structure, evolutionary history, and historical biogeography of the pathogen are all contrary to its arthropod vector.

In short, borrelia (as well as numerous pathogens associated with Lyme/MSIDS), is a smart survivor.

While borrelia have been around forever with 300 strains and counting worldwide, epidemics, such as what happened with Lyme Disease in Connecticut are not caused by genetics but by environmental toxins – in this case, bacteria, viruses, funguses, and stuff not even named yet.

Circling back to Wolbachia.

Hopefully it is evident that many man-made interventions have been introduced into the environment causing important health ramifications: Wolbachia laced mosquitoes and eggs, GMO mosquitoes including CRISPR, and in the case of Zika in Brazil, whole-cell pertussis vaccinations (DTap) for pregnant women up to 20 days prior to expected date of birth, a pyriproxyfen based pesticide applied by the State in Brazil on drinking water, as well as aerial sprays of the insect growth regulators Altosid and VectoBac (Aquabac, Teknar, and LarvX, along with 25 other Bti products registered for use in the U.S.) in New York (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx) to combat Zika. “We feel it’s critical that the scientific community consider the potential hazards of all off-target mutations caused by CRISPR, including single nucleotide mutations and mutations in non-coding regions of the genome … Researchers who aren’t using whole genome sequencing to find off-target effects may be missing potentially important mutations. Even a single nucleotide change can have a huge impact.”

All of this is big, BIG business.

Is the introduction of Wolbachia another puzzle piece in the perfect storm of events causing or exacerbating human health issues?

The jury’s still out, but it’s not looking good – particularly for the chronically ill.

Michigan Study Finds Anti-Zika Chemicals Impact Infant Motor Skills

June 8, 2017  Laurel Thomas Gnagey:  Michigan News

Researchers at the U-M School of Public Health and U-M Center for Human Growth and Development tested children in China and found exposure to the chemical naled via their mothers during pregnancy was associated with 3-4 percent lower fine motor skills scores at age 9 months for those in the top 25 percent of naled exposure, compared to those in the lowest 25 percent of exposure. Infants exposed to chlorpyrifos scored 2-7 percent lower on a range of key gross and fine motor skills.

Girls appeared to be more sensitive to the negative effects of the chemicals than boys.

Naled is one of the chemicals being used in several U.S. states to combat the mosquito that transmits Zika. Chlorpyrifos, around since the 1960s, is used on vegetables, fruit and other crops to control pests.

Both are insecticides called organophosphates, a class of chemicals that includes nerve agents like sarin gas. They inhibit an enzyme involved in the nerve signaling process, paralyzing insects and triggering respiratory failure. However, they may adversely impact health through other mechanisms at lower exposure levels that are commonly encountered in the environment.

“Motor delays in infancy may be predictive of developmental problems later in childhood,” said first author Monica Silver, graduate student research assistant and research fellow in the School of Public Health Department of Environmental Health Sciences. “The findings may help inform policy as the debate over use of these chemicals continues.”

The only studies to date on naled health impacts have taken place in occupational settings, not with exposure in the general population, Silver says. Previous chlorpyrifos research has found ties to delayed motor development in children and a host of health issues for those who handle the chemical, including nausea, dizziness and convulsions.


This is another great example of a myopic view on a problem to the detriment of public health.  Much like the Lyme vaccine which uses OspA and causes chronic Lyme symptoms in many people, many pesticides are wrecking havoc on public health as noted by the University of Michigan. and many, many other sources.

Why?  Scott Adams, author of Natural News, has come up with five industries with agendas that stand to gain from a Zika scare including: chemical companies, vaccine makers, biotech industry (GMO mosquitoes), and Planned Parenthood and the condom industry since the disease is believed to be spread sexually.

Let us not forget governmental agencies and researchers as they typically obtain grant money for their research that is highly dependent upon what I call “curb appeal.”  In other words, the best way to get money in the 21st century is to whoop something up using the media to obtain funding as well as career advancement, prestige, and essentially power.  Even though nearly 80% of scientists acknowledge that science news coverage doesn’t distinguish between well-founded and not well-founded findings.

For a refresher of how it all went down with Zika: Despite the CDC initially denying a causal link between Zika and microcephally, CDC authors then plopped one paper into a formula of which the paper only met 3 of 7 criteria and they did an about face.  

For more on Zika:

What can really cause microcephally, not to mention cancer?  

Naled’s breakdown product DICHLORVOS (another organophosphate insecticide) interferes with prenatal brain development. In laboratory animals, exposure for just 3 days during pregnancy when the brain is growing quickly reduced brain size 15 percent.

DICHLORVOS also causes cancer, according to the International Agency for Research on Carcinogens. In laboratory tests, it caused leukemia and pancreatic cancer. Two independent studies have shown that children exposed to household “no-pest” strips containing dichlorvos have a higher incidence of brain cancer than unexposed children.

Aerial applications of naled can drift up to one-half mile. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, naled is moderately to highly toxic to birds and fish. It also reduced egg production and hatching success in tests with birds and reduced growth in tests with juvenile fish. convulsions, paralysis, and death.”

UWM – Center of Excellence Vector Borne Diseases

University of Madison-Wisconsin News

MADISON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $10 million to a consortium of Midwestern universities to establish a new research and training program to stem the spread of disease carried by vectors like ticks and mosquitoes.

The Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases which will be led by University of Wisconsin–Madison medical entomologists Lyric Bartholomay and Susan Paskewitz, is aimed at elevating the understanding of vector borne diseases and improving public health response to diseases like Zika, West Nile and Lyme disease.

Part of a larger push by CDC to buttress the nation’s public health infrastructure to thwart vector borne diseases, including emerging diseases like Zika and West Nile, the new center will involve scientists – public health entomologists, epidemiologists, virologists and vector control experts – from UW–Madison, the University of Illinois, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan and the Minnesota Department of Health.

A key objective of the new center, says Bartholomay, a professor of pathobiological sciences in the UW–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, is to foster collaboration not only between university experts, but also with public health organizations at the local, state and federal levels. The goal, she explains, is to boost surveillance, prevention and response against the backdrop of a trend toward the emergence of new diseases and old diseases – like Zika and West Nile – in regions far from their places of origin.

The Midwest, according to Paskewitz and Bartholomay, is a “national hotspot for disease emergence and endemic transmission of vector borne disease.”

“There is a trend toward new emerging disease,” says Paskewitz, who chairs UW–Madison’s entomology department. “We’re seeing invasions of new species and pathogens. It is these new things moving around.”

The deer tick is one of the most important disease vectors in Wisconsin and will be under the microscope as a new center for vector borne disease takes shape at UW–Madison.

For example, not only are new tick species such as the lone star tick showing up in places like Wisconsin, places where they didn’t live before, but they are carrying a wider variety of disease. When Paskewitz joined the UW–Madison faculty in 1991, Lyme disease was the only known tick-borne disease endemic to Wisconsin. Today, she says there are at least half a dozen diseases that can be transmitted by the blood-sucking arachnids found in the Badger State.

There are likely a number of reasons why new vector borne diseases are on the rise in the Midwest. Changes to the landscape such as deforestation and urbanization, shifts in animal populations such as white-tailed deer, and changes in climate all are likely contributors, according to the Wisconsin scientists. Another possibility, says Paskewitz, is that scientists are simply getting better at finding new invasive species of mosquitoes and ticks and their bacterial and viral pathogens.

The new CDC-supported center will have three primary objectives:

*Grow the cadre of public health entomologists. Increased opportunities for graduate training in the field, and a new certificate program that will equip students to better identify vectors, conduct disease surveillance and use the appropriate tools to reduce insect populations.
*Create a network of scientists, mosquito control, and public health experts and officials at the local and state levels to better coordinate and facilitate surveillance and response to outbreaks of disease.
*Conduct research to improve and devise new methods to predict disease emergence and outbreaks as well as to optimize surveillance networks and pathogen detection. Research will also focus on evaluating and improving methods for controlling disease vectors like mosquitoes and ticks, with the ultimate goal of reducing human risk and exposure.
“Our vision is to provide training at all levels, including the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels,” says Bartholomay. “We hope we can provide a conduit of really well trained people who will be positioned to respond to outbreaks.”

The certificate program and training opportunities will be available at all of the partner institutions.

Research, say Paskewitz and Bartholomay, will be essential, as changing environmental conditions allow vectors and the diseases they carry to exploit new geographic regions and susceptible human and animal populations. “We don’t want to look for only what we expect,” explains Bartholomay. “We want to look for new diseases and understand the threats they pose.”

UW-Madison, she adds, is well positioned to do this through existing faculty, staff and technical resources, such as next-generation gene sequencing technologies that can be used to identify viral and bacterial pathogens associated with ticks and mosquitoes.

The new center will also have an outreach component. The idea, say Bartholomay and Paskewitz, will be to give the public access to region-specific information about tick and mosquito activity, ways to accurately identify vectors, and information about the pathogens transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes.

***If you are from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, or Minnesota, please call and make sure that a preponderance of this money is going into tick research.  When I spoke at the Wisconsin capital a year ago at the Evidence Based Health Policy Project: (please read), I spent considerable time discussing the plight of Lyme patients. That we are co-infected with numerous pathogens which make our cases far more complex than most realize. I spoke of borrelia, alone, and that it is pleomorphic with three shapes it can change into at will and that proper treatment needs to address this complexity and that 21 days of doxycycline, the current CDC standard of care is like throwing sand into the ocean. I spoke of 3 generations of Wisconsinites living under the same roof – all infected with MSIDS (multi systemic infectious disease syndrome). I explained that the myth that Lyme (borrelia) only causes a little joint pain and fatigue needs to be dispelled and that there is significant cognitive and psychological impairment with some suffering with severe anxiety, rage, confusion, depression, and memory loss.

I made it clear that Wisconsin should be focusing on ticks and the diseases they carry – NOT ZIKA, which according to Susan Paskewitz, Professor and Researcher, Medical Entomology Laboratory, UW Madison, Northern mosquitos can not even carry Zika. They have found some West Nile in mosquitos here.




A Bug for Alzheimer’s?

Please read the article above, written by Melinda Wenner Moyer, edited by Pam Weintraub.

A brief summary:

Robert Moir, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, believes that beta-amyloid, a key player in Alzheimer’s, might be a good guy who is actually protecting the brain from pathogens.

This idea is coming from numerous corners of the world and has been labeled ‘pathogen hypothesis.’ Others pointing this out are pathologist Alan MacDonald, neuropathologist Judith Miklossy, and microbiologist Tom Grier.

Moir has published mouse studies showing that their brains create amyloid plaques within hours of contracting infections and they actually kill pathogens.

This observation flies in the face of accepted dogma about beta-amyloid and it is rarely discussed in AD groups.

A meta-analysis of 25 published studies has shown that infected folks are 10 times more likely to develop AD, leading international researchers to co-sign an editorial begging others to consider pathogens in relation to AD.

But, the cabal isn’t having it. Moir’s 2016 paper was rejected six times without even a review before finally getting the nod.

The author reminds the reader that infections in the brain are nothing new and a short list of them includes: Syphillis, Herpes simplex encephalitis, tick borne disease, HIV, Toxoplasma gondii, Chlamydia pneumoniae, HSV-1, and Zika.

The journalist also points out that pathogen causation is not proven and that Alzheimer’s patients might be prone to infection but that some studies suggest the infections came first. She also says that the majority of folks suggesting the ‘pathogen hypothesis’ do not feel the infections work alone but rather can cause a domino effect that over time can accumulate causing AD.

And lastly, if beta-amyloid causes AD then removing these plaques should get rid of symptoms, but when 145 beta-amyloid-reducing drugs were tested, not one slowed progression of the disease.

Once again, proving a science cabal exists, Moir recounts how at a Korean conference, attendees were asked to raised hands if they thought infections played a part in AD and a majority of hands went up.

“Ten years ago, it would have been four guys in a corner, all huddled together, not talking to anyone else, Moir says.

Isn’t that sad?

2016 Vaccine News

MSIDS patients are hit with an onslaught of vaccine messages, often from the very pharmacies they must call to order life-saving drugs for tick borne infections.  These messages are always one-sided, telling patients to get their vaccine(s) now.

MSIDS patients often feel so incredibly lousy that they literally have a challenge putting one foot in front of the other.  The very thought of needing to research vaccine information sends the very stoutest to bed for a nap, and even if they manage to do a little sleuthing, they can’t remember what they have read just 10 minutes later.

It is especially for you that this post is written.

Published on Dec 10, 2013
Doctors say the human papillomavirus vaccine, Gardasil, may prevent cervical cancer, but two sisters say they believe the drug made them infertile.  They are now suing the manufacturer.

For more on Gardisil:

Deaths from live Polio Vaccine:

“Two children in the Tehsil Bara area of the Khyber Agency tribal region in Pakistan reportedly died last week ‘moments’ after receiving the live oral poliovirus vaccine. Another 11 children, who had been administered the vaccine in Tehsil Bara, fell unconscious and were taken to Hayatabad hospital in the city of Peshawar. Four of the 11 children remain in critical condition.  

OPV has long been known to actually cause vaccine strain polio paralysis in some individuals who get the vaccine, as well as cause paralysis in some who come in close contact with recently vaccinated persons shedding vaccine strain polio virus in saliva, urine and other body secretions. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Cases of vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis cases do occur in countries using oral poliovirus vaccine.”

While the US does not use the live polio vaccine any more, there has been an alarming increase in Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFM), a neurological disease that closely resembles the poliovirus in the U.S.  Eighty-nine people across 33 states have confirmed AFM.

“AFM affects a person’s nervous system, particularly the spinal cord. Patients present with a fever or respiratory illness, then develop temporary paralysis. Among the 121 cases reported in 2014, only three children recovered fully, although 85 percent recovered partially.”

The question begging to be asked is does the shedding of the live polio vaccine actually cause the AFM we are seeing in the U.S.?

Media claims “New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection.”

What really happened:

**5,643 adults and 194 children in the West African country of Guinea were in contact with people with Ebola.

**65% were given a single dose of the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine.  They reported no cases of Ebola after a designated window of 9 days.  Some did actually come down with Ebola but they weren’t counted because they assumed they were infected before vaccination.  (Remember the axiom, “Assuming makes an Ass out of u and me.”)

**35% were given the vaccine 21 days later.  These folks along with those who never received the vaccine had 23 cases of Ebola.

**The incubation period for Ebola is 2-21 days with an average of 8-10 days.  Is it good science to stop observation after 9 days on a disease that has a 25%-95% fatality rate?

**Two different sized groups are being compared. The group with no Ebola contains 16% less people than the group with 23 cases and may actually be greater than that, given that an unknown portion actually came down with Ebola but were not counted.

This is reminiscent of how the CDC suddenly decided that two fetal samples proves that Zika causes microcephaly:  A recent article in Forbes blames those choosing to forego the Mumps vaccine with causing mumps outbreaks even though most that contracted it had been fully vaccinated!  Here’s a great article showing the Forbes author doesn’t present any facts to bolster his claim but in typical form belittles anyone who choses informed consent in regards to vaccinations.

The take home:  Do your reading.  You are chronically ill with pathogen(s) that are already giving your immune system a run for its money.  Consider carefully what you allow into or onto your body.  As Dr. Burrascano has stated, “Now is the time for the very best of health habits.”

It’s your body.  You decide.



How Zika Got the Blame Article in link by Marco Caceres.

In early 2016, the CDC began to suspect a link between Zika and Microcephaly due to two placenta samples of babies who sadly died, but they admitted that additional studies with lab testing that may take years to complete was needed. As of April 1, 2016, the CDC, NIH, PAHO, and WHO, all agreed there was insufficient evidence to state that Zika causes Microcephaly.

Magically, in two weeks time, after numerous papers were published stating that large prospective studies following pregnant women infected with Zika were needed, they made an about face and stated emphatically that the existing evidence was now sufficient to state Zika causes microcephaly.

What happened in two weeks?

Were hundreds of thousands of hours spent in the lab testing women and babies?


Here’s what happened.

They took one paper (Rasmussen, Jamieson, Honein & Petersen)  and plopped it into a scientific formula called Shepard’s criteria which was developed by a pediatrician in 1994. Ironically, even Dr. Petersen, the director of the CDC’s division of vector-forne diseases, and one of the four authors in the paper initially denied a causal link.

Oh, by the way, did I mention that all the authors are CDC employees?

What is Shepherd’s criteria? Glad you asked.

1) Proven exposure to the agent at one or more critical times during prenatal development.
2) Consistent findings by two or more high-quality epidemiological studies, with control of confounding factors, sufficient numbers, exclusion of positive and negative bias factors, prospective studies if possible, and relative risk of six or more.
3) Careful delineation of clinical cases; a specific defect or syndrome, if present, is very helpful.
4) Rare environmental exposure that is associated with rare defect.
5) Teratogenicity in experimental animals important but not essential.
6) Association should make biologic sense.
7) Proof in an experimental system that the agent acts in an unaltered state.

The researchers agreed that only 1, 3, and 4 of the criteria had been met.

There have been numerous Brazilian studies and reports questioning their conclusion.

The Author of the opinion piece asks some important questions: should criteria from twenty years ago be used to prove causality when numerous other factors have been proven to cause birth defects, and why should a historically harmless virus become abruptly virulent?

I’d like to add to the list of questions: why is the CDC hellbent on whooping Zika up into a national health crisis when we have plenty that are far more prevalent (Lyme Disease/MSIDS, opioid addiction, and antibiotic resistant bacteria, for a start). How can the CDC on one hand determine causality from two fetal samples when there are literally scores of studies – many animal – that show borrelia persistence despite antibiotic therapy? Why are ancient studies on everything from possible vectors/reservoirs to transmission times, to diagnostic myths such as mandatory EM rashes held in sacred honor and used to continually refute any information to the contrary?

And when are scientists finally going to admit they are often being used to further agendas that are neither impartial nor transparent?

For more on Zika:

Zika Puzzling Scientists

The latest saga in the Zika Chronicles is that the Post states scientists are bewildered that Zika is

“not producing the wave of fetal deformities so widely feared….”

For those of you just tuning in, please read:     The take home: 80% of those with Zika don’t even know they have it and 1 out of every 5 will have mild symptoms that last a week.  The take home: Brazil has been using WHOLE-CELL pertussis vaccines on impoverished pregnant women in the 27th, 36th, and up to 20 days of expected birth date. There is NO SIGN OF ZIKA in many cases of microcephaly and over 40 countries have Zika with no increased microcephaly. Brazil was spraying pyriproxyfen, a pyridine-based pesticide, on drinking water used by the affected population for 18 months prior to the microcephaly outbreak directly in that area. The transmission cycles for Zika in the U.S. is near zero.  The take home: Based on TWO fetal tissue samples, the CDC has stated that Zika causes microcephaly. Meanwhile Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed villages Argentina debunk this theory altogether and state it’s more likely that the pesticides and vaccines are causing the issue.

The Post admits that 75% of babies born with microcephaly are in northeastern Brazil, a highly impoverished region where nutritional deficiencies are the norm not the exception. Of course they are looking for other viruses to blame but quietly mention that environmental, genetic, or immunological factors – of coursecombined with Zika may be issues.

Although they are puzzled, researchers and health officials remain cautious about the low U.N. numbers showing just 142 cases of birth defects linked to Zika outside Brazil. The article admits that the condition was initially over diagnosed.

Ernesto Marques, originally from Northern Brazil, is now an epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh who states that the focus on Zika has changed from causing microcephally to being a smoking gun. He admits they don’t know who is pulling the trigger, but true to form he is working on a vaccine. As for what is pulling the trigger, he hypothesizes that northern Brazilian mothers might have fewer antibodies to Zika or perhaps that sexual habits and hygiene play a role. Researchers state it will take years to identify the dangers.

I say the one armed man did it.

Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine is complaining that they can’t even count how many actual people were infected because Congress didn’t approve Zika funding.

Now that’s the wisest thing I’ve heard all day.

Hotez is actually holding his breath to see what happens in the next few months.

Well, Peter, while you are holding your breath for something that isn’t going to happen, there are bodies piling up on the side of the road of people with tick borne illnesses that can’t get diagnosed, can’t get proper treatment, and if they miraculously do their medical insurance won’t cover a red cent.  Those who are chronically infected may lose everything trying to defeat an illness(es) that necessitates years of treatment.  Here we have Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan accusing the Senate of “partisan filibustering” by not approving Zika funding.  Mr. Ryan you’ve been in Washington for too long and have obviously forgotten your fellow Wisconsinites who are contracting TBI’s at an alarming rate.

Zika isn’t even on the radar here.