Story I: SMON 
Back in the 1950s, a frightening epidemic struck Japan. The mysterious neurological disease affected middle-aged individuals, mainly women, causing progressive paralysis and in some cases led to slow agonizing death. Due to the symptomatic resemblance with polio, doctors suspected that the disease is caused by a similar virus. Still, nothing could be done to stop the epidemic and the annual number of cases was steadily on the rise.
In 1964, the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine assigned a formal name and standardized diagnosis to the newly born -yet still mysterious- disease, Subacute MyeloOptico-Neuropathy (SMON). With time, evidence started piling up against the virus theory: for instance, some researchers noticed that the disease did not cause any detectable change in biological fluids, almost never affected children, wasn’t accompanied by rash, fever, or inflammation (the usual signs that the immune system is fighting an invading pathogen), and most intriguingly, a survey showed that all patients were prescribed some form of anti-diarrheal medication before the appearance of their symptoms. Nevertheless, this information and collected data were brushed aside, simply because they did not fit into the agreed-upon “theory.”
It took years for researchers to finally investigate the possibility that SMON symptoms are the side effect of Clioquinol, a medication commonly used mainly by Japanese women to control diarrhea. They found that the epidemic started shortly after the approval of the drug production in Japan.
I believe that what saved the day was the humility of the people in charge. Reisaku Kono, the doctor assigned for the investigation of the disease, although a virologist himself, he wasn’t reluctant to investigate alternative hypotheses. And, in early 1970, the Japanese Ministry of Health took the prompt action of releasing the newly found information to the press causing many physicians to stop prescribing Clioquinol even before the drug could be officially banned in Japan by a later date this same year. The number of cases dropped drastically henceforth and by 1973, the epidemic was over.
Story II: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) first appeared as an outbreak in the mid-1930s. It affected 198 hospital staff (surprisingly not patients) at the Los Angeles County General Hospital. For years, it remained a mysterious illness and was given the name Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), which was later, despite the objection of the sufferers, changed to CFS. Labeling it “fatigue” somehow carried underlying blame suggesting that the patients are lazy and ultimately referring them to psychiatrists.
In 2009, Judy Mikovits and Frank Ruscetti isolated a newly discovered retrovirus XMRV (Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-Related Virus) and demonstrated its association with ME/CFS. Their research showed that the retrovirus, which is originally found in mice, made its way into the human population. But, how? The animal virus has been there for years and humans have been in contact with mice forever. Why did this jump happen now? And, how?
Other curious researchers started digging deeper into early data only to reveal that the entire medical staff at the Los Angeles County Hospital where ME/CFS first appeared had received polio vaccination just prior to the outbreak. What was different, though, was that, for the first time, the polio vaccine preparation used mice brain tissues to grow the virus. Additionally, the hospital staff was injected with an immune booster carrying a mercury-containing preservative.
Dr. Mikovits suggests that the jump to humans happened through the contaminated vaccines. And, if this is the case, then by now more than 10 million Americans are carrying the virus… a dormant ticking bomb that could be activated at any time by an immune system disruptor such as stress, inflammation, infections, immune boosters, toxicity (mercury, lead, Asbestos, pesticides…), or, guess what, more vaccinations. Additionally, most retroviruses (like HIV – the virus linked to AIDS) are known to affect the immune functions increasing susceptibility to various diseases including cancer.
And, there is more. Dr. Mikovits’ subsequent research suggested that mothers affected by ME/CFS are at an increased risk of having their children falling on the autistic spectrum. In one of her studies, fourteen of the seventeen children with Autism whose mothers suffered from ME/CFS tested positive for the virus (XMRV). Dr. Mikovits sees that “those findings dovetailed with parental reports of autistic regression following vaccination [which might have activated the dormant virus that was passed from mother to child]. Subsequent studies linked XMRV to epidemics in leukemia, prostate cancer, autoimmune disease, and the explosion of Alzheimer’s disease.”
Story III: HIV
Scientists agree that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that is currently linked to AIDS, originated from the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV), a monkey or chimpanzee virus. But, again, the question remains how did SIV make its way into the human population? The theory that we have been told (or sold) is that the virus jumped into humans through Africans eating under-cooked chimpanzees. But, Africans have been cooking and eating monkeys and chimpanzees for thousands of years. Why now?
Another theory was popularized by Edward Hooper in his book, The River: A Journey to the Source of HIV and AIDS. Hooper's research led him to an incident back in 1957 when scientists used chimpanzees’ kidney cells and sera to grow the polio vaccine. The produced vaccine was then administered orally to nearly one million Africans in the Belgian Congo. Could this be the route through which SIV found its way into the human population? This definitely sounds like a more probable theory, but one that would cost pharmaceutical companies and medical establishment billions of dollars in lost revenues and lawsuits. AIDS epidemic went on to affect 60 million people worldwide claiming the life of at least 39 million victims.
Ok, so now, let me put things straight. I am not against evidence-based science, pharmaceutical medications, or vaccines in general. And, I am not trying to convince anyone of anything, especially my fellow pharmacists who probably by now are calling me a crazy conspiracy theorist. Believe me, I know that the above stories, although totally genuine- are based on their own theories that bear their share of bias or speculations. All I am trying to do is to show you that there is a whole world outside the tiny virus or vaccination box that we are squeezing ourselves into.
- It has already been established that the population at high risk of contracting the COVID-19 are those having other health conditions, which most probably means that they have already been on other medications. Did anyone survey those conditions and those medications?
- We know that ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme) receptors are somehow involved in COVID access to the cells which raises the flag about ACE Inhibitors, the famous medications used for hypertension. Accumulated data is showing that the people at the highest risk are the ones suffering from hypertension and cardiovascular conditions. Did anyone investigate how many of the COVID victims were on ACE inhibitors?
- There are some studies concerning the role of vitamin D and mitochondrial involvement. Did we test vitamin D deficiency in victims? And, what about Co-enzyme Q10 deficiency caused by the famous cholesterol-lowering medications?
- Also, are diabetic patients more susceptible and immuno-compromised because of their medical condition or because of vitamin B12 depletion caused by the anti-diabetic medications they are receiving? As it is well known that vitamin B12 plays an essential role in human immune function.
- Further, why is the disease rampant in Long Time Care facilities? Is it because of the old age or are the elderly more likely to follow ministry guidelines of receiving the flu vaccine every year? Are we even willing to go there?
Vaccination is based on the idea that we could “prime our immune system with weakened or dead pathogens in order to deal with any challenges that might come our way over the course of a lifetime.” But, Dr. Mikovits raises the question of whether we are overkilling a good idea causing irreversible damage and catastrophic consequences. Two of the above stories involve the polio vaccine. Yet, mind you, “every vaccine has been grown in animal tissue, usually of several different species, including monkey, mouse, bird, and cow. Each one of these cross-species events has the potential to transfer a pathogen to humans or to create some new strain that can cause harm. We have fired several billion bullets of biological ammunition at the human species, and it is the height of arrogance to believe we have cause zero damage.”  And, then, there is the added risk of the chemicals in the vaccines, like mercury (which is still added to the flu shot) and aluminum (which is added as an immune booster to many of the current vaccines) and the other adjuvants and preservatives.
It is extremely difficult and even impossible to do proper research when the outliers are denied funding and their data is censored. It is extremely difficult and even impossible to do proper research when the whistleblowers are brutally silenced and the truth is lost among the loud noise of the propaganda spread by the money-making machines.
If we could learn anything from the SMON story (besides humility), it would be to never ignore the data that does not fit into our currently acceptable framework. I am not implying that there is no virus involved. But, what if the virus in itself is a weak, low-harm entity? What if it was a mere straw that broke the camel’s back? If the virus hadn’t put those patients at risk, 100s of other causes would have affected their already poor health and compromised immunity. Why, then, are we focusing on the straw and ignoring the whole load of sh*t that the camel has already been carrying for a long time?
Basically, this is what I am trying to say:
- There could be many causes for a disease or an illness – the virus is probably the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
- The disease model does not work – We need to shift our focus on a health and wellness model instead.
- The human system is way more complicated than Newtonian mechanics of cause and effect – we are not machines.
One thing we know for sure from all the years of virology studies: the ONLY conqueror of a virus – any virus- is our own immune system. Even a vaccine won’t do its job if you don’t have a healthy immune system. So, let’s do our part. Let’s focus on our health, on the load of sh*t we are carrying so that the straw would not break our backs, whether this straw is a virus, a bacterium, a UFO, or a genie from a lamp… It doesn’t matter! We need to deal with:
- The physical and environmental toxins (including the witch brew we are getting from vaccines)
- The emotional, spiritual, and mental toxins (including the fear-mongering propaganda)
- The nutrient deficiency and depletion (including the one caused by drug muggers, genetically engineered and empty-calories foods)
Scientists make mistakes sometimes. Good intentions do not prevent good scientists from erring and some of those errors cost us lives… Millions of lives.
During the past few decades, science has achieved amazing leaps in technology. Yet, we did not use this technology to build on the cosmological model of reality we inherited from thousands of years of traditional, religious, and cultural wisdom. Instead, we’ve torn down this colossal edifice and arrogantly replaced it with our newly born theories. We considered ourselves smarter than our predecessors and we placed human beings as the sole proprietors of this vast universe. Meanwhile, ironically, we denied these sole proprietors the dignity the Divine has bestowed upon them and we reduced them to mere animals on a Darwinian evolution chain with their only privilege being a frontal cortex that allows them to logically and analytically think and control nature. We robbed them of “The Rational Faculties of the Soul” that allows for imagination, estimation, abstraction, and reflection. Instead, we gave them a concrete, predictable, and linear Newtonian cosmos that further disconnected them from their Creator, from one another, and from their own souls.
All great traditional cultures and world religions bear a mystical, mythical component that takes human beings beyond the constraints of physicality and connects them to a Greater Power, a higher meaning, meanwhile grounding them in humility as they are constantly reminded of their human limitations and vulnerabilities. The Quran describes the believers as “those who believe in the unseen.” There will always be an “unseen.” There is a limit to our human knowledge. The idea that we are learning more and more every day until we will reach “The Theory of Everything” is pure arrogance. The craving for learning is weaved into our DNA, it is part of being human. But, let us not forget the fact that we are mere humans.
Being an advocate for tradition and for the restoration of the human “soul” does not make me less of a scientist. I am a scientist at heart. I am passionate about pharmaceutics, biochemistry, and human metabolic reactions. I’ve taught them for years. Holding on to tradition does not mean rejecting modern technology, evidence-based research, and scientific advancement. It means finding the balance. Restoring human position in the cosmos as guardians and vicegerents not as controllers and entitled dominators. It means restoring human dignity by reconnecting with “the breath of the Divine” we all carry within us … A breath that urges us to focus on “first do no harm” – no harm to human beings, to nature, to any of God’s creatures and creations … A breath that makes us set aside our political and economic agenda in order for us to be:
- Humble rather than arrogant
- Servants rather than entitled
- Compassionate rather than controlling
- Loving rather than destroyers.
Professor Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, the father of biochemistry and the Nobel prize winner for his isolation of vitamin C molecule, wrote in his autobiography: “Nature has no bottom. If Nature puts two things together she produces something new with new qualities, which cannot be expressed in terms of qualities of the components. […] At every level we find something new, a new breathtaking vista. So now, at 68, I am to work my way up again following electrons in their motion through more extensive systems, hoping to arrive, someday, at an understanding of the cellular level of organization.” This is what I call humility! And, this is what I see missing from the modern-day approach to nature, medicine, and the human body. Modern science has given us so many amazingly sophisticated and advanced wonderful tools that weren’t meant to rob us of our humility (or humanity). They were meant to show us this “new breathtaking vista” that should have made us even more humble.
To find answers to our current health crisis, we need to set aside our personal interests and political and economic agendas… We need to be humble enough to look outside the constraints of the been-there-done-that-I-am-the-expert box that we are squeezing ourselves into.
May God help and guide us all. Amen.
 Peter Duesberg. Inventing The AIDS Virus. Washigton, D. C. Regnery Publishing, 1996.
 Judy Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively. Plague of Corruption: Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2020.