This is part 8 of a series. For part 7, click here.
By now, I’m pretty sure that everybody has heard of Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s civil servant of the year (2020), and the highest-paid person in the entire United States government (yes, even more than the President).
Dr. Fauci rakes in four hundred thousand dollars of taxpayer money every year as the head of the NIAID or National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
But why are allergies lumped in with infectious diseases?
Are allergies contagious? No.
Can you “infect” someone else with your allergies? Definitely not.
Yet almost no one ever bothers to ask why infectious diseases (caused by microorganisms) and allergies (which are NOT caused by microorganisms) are being handled by the same institute, the one headed by America’s most famous medical expert.
What Are Allergies?
Officially, they are known as “allergic diseases,” but most people just say “allergies” or “an allergic reaction” to refer to a condition in which the immune system overreacts to a typically harmless substance.
The WHO, specifically, refers to it as “hypersensitivity,” which is another way of saying the same thing – the body overreacting to something which isn’t dangerous.
Not every allergic reaction is the same. Some people get a stuffy nose while other people get severe skin rashes.
What is the same is that an allergic reaction literally means that the body’s immune system is going haywire for no good reason.
And sometimes, that overreaction can kill you.
In short, anything can be an “allergen” (something that causes allergies), but it’s never really the allergen to blame for the body’s overreaction.
Thus, the same bag of peanuts that is food for me can be a life-threatening danger to another person, but the peanuts themselves are not the “guilty party” here. It’s the immune system of the person with the allergic reaction that is to blame for their illness.
Peanuts (and shellfish, tree nuts, et al), therefore, are neutral.
For me, they’re a beneficial source of nutrients. For another person, they may be a real danger to their health and wellbeing.
Once more, for the sake of being pedantic, an allergy is a (bad) reaction to something that is a normal part of the environment.
The “allergen” is not some vicious, evil substance that wants to sicken people. It’s the allergic person who is overreacting to something that is quite normal.
Allergens are neutral. It’s people’s immune systems that determine whether peanuts are good (nutrition) or bad (trigger allergic disease).
The mainstream medical understanding of allergies is quite objective and accurate. So why can’t doctors apply the same standards to viruses?
Especially when they’re being studied at the same institute.
It really doesn’t make much sense until you remember that Dr. Fauci has a very poor understanding of how to use an electron microscope.
Viral Diseases = Allergic Reactions
If viruses are “security patches” for updating DNA, then it makes perfect sense that they are disseminated very efficiently.
And, just as designed, most people receive the update (“get infected”) and pass it on to others (“transmit the infection”) without any problem.
Unfortunately, occasionally, something gets jammed up in the works, and an allergic reaction gets triggered. If a virus is what trips the alarm, the body’s reaction is called an “infectious disease.”
But the chain of events that occurs inside the immune system in the event of an allergic reaction is exactly the same as what happens when a person infected with a virus gets sick.
They are identical reactions.
In short, something called mast cells and basophils release chemicals into the blood which are then supposed to act as “firefighters” to put out an inflammation (“attack the invader” in Germ Theory parlance).
Those chemicals create IgG molecules (immunoglobin G). In a healthy response, only a certain quantity of IgG is produced. But in an allergic reaction, an overabundance of IgG molecules are put into action.
The overabundance of IgG molecules then can cause a so-called cytokine storm, known in layman’s terms as “the immune system goes nuts and attacks the body.”
Peanut allergy or H5N1 influenza, the body reacts in the same way.
The only difference between allergies and viral diseases is the vector (a viral disease is “transmitted” by a virus while an allergy is “transmitted” by a peanut).
Different allergies/viruses cause different symptoms (and different levels of severity of those symptoms), but the pathway or etiology of both allergy and viral disease symptoms is the same.
Don’t believe me?
Look it up yourself.
Then you’ll know why it’s the NI-A-ID.
Begging the Question
Allergies affect millions of people every year. So do infectious diseases. They can both cause serious problems for people.
Just ask anyone who has ever suffered from eczema. It isn’t life-threatening, but it can ruin your life.
And yes, occasionally, allergies can even cause death, even in rich countries with good health care.
So why aren’t allergies and viral diseases treated in the same way?
Why are allergies just shrugged off as a bit of misfortune for a small number of people while viruses are treated as potentially dangerous for everyone, including healthy people who have never experienced an allergic reaction in their life?
We know the reason why.
Science fucked up 200 years ago when it put viruses in the same category as (infectious disease-causing) bacteria and parasites, which are living organisms that sometimes intentionally cause harm to their hosts.
Allergies and viruses are normal, everyday parts of the environment, not living organisms competing for resources. It’s only the overreaction to the presence of allergies/viruses that causes people to get sick.
Viral diseases and allergies should be treated equally, and that includes removing all references to “malice” in how they are described. Just as ragweed pollen isn’t “out to get you,” neither is a virus.
But instead of remembering that allergies and viral diseases are two sides of the same coin, we got friggin’ World War 3 instead.
How Are Allergies Treated?
If you’re allergic to something, people feel sorry for you and are usually glad to help minimize your exposure to known triggers.
As for medical treatment, the first piece of advice given to anyone with a known serious allergic reaction to something (the “allergen”) is strong encouragement to avoid contact with that allergen.
If peanuts trigger your allergies, avoid peanuts. And if you have to walk through a peanut factory for some reason, wear a mask.
In rare cases where people are in cramped quarters with a lot of other people for long periods of time, such as in an airplane or a jail, precautions should be taken by management to avoid introducing known allergens into the environment, even if most people aren’t allergic to them.
And if you are allergic to something and want to reduce your sensitivity to it, slowly introduce small amounts of it into your system. Over time, your body will get used to the allergen, and it may no longer overreact to it at all.
In some cases, people only need one or two exposures to an allergen to get their immune system desensitized to it.
The allergen will then “transform” from something that causes you to get sick to something that is harmless (or even beneficial).
All of the above is gold-plated mainstream science. You can read all about it on the NIAID website.
It’s only the webpages on viruses that are full of medieval superstition and hysteria.
What a shame.
You know, it is more than a little ironic that the man who has donated more time and money than anyone to eradicate (human) viruses once presided over a tech company that made products that regularly succumbed to (computer) viruses.
But then again, a computer virus is a malicious thing designed to intentionally cause harm. It’s definitely evil and definitely something you want to prevent from infecting your system.
But real viruses aren’t evil or destructive or malicious. They are just messages being sent between cell nuclei. Yet computer viruses and real viruses are called by the same name.
It’s no wonder he’s gotten real and computer viruses mixed up.
He’s been battling viruses for 50 years now. He’s probably haunted by them in his sleep.
Poor deluded bastard.
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One difference between a peanut and a virus is that the virus reproduces and multiplies in a body.
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