How reliable is the PCR test for viral diagnosis? A review

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HOW DO WE BUILD A HUMAN BEING?

Ian Johnston  is a Science Correspondent for the Independent. 

He explores the question, how do we build a human?

Ask a biologist, a chemist and a physicist… What’s the body made of?

“Water,” says the biologist, giving a reply that has surprised generations of schoolchildren who understandably may have expected something more solid.

“Oxygen,” insists the chemist, raising the insubstantiality of our existence a step further.

“Nothing,” retorts the physicist, clearly winning what seems like a competition to make humans disappear in a puff of logic.

So, what is the real answer?

Chemically? “The human body is made up of a long list of ‘ingredients,’ with the most abundant being oxygen (65% by mass), carbon (18%), hydrogen (10%), nitrogen (3%), calcium (1.4%) and phosphorous (1.1%),” Elisabeth Ratcliffe, of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Biologically? “The human body is made up of trillions of cells. Importantly, all of these cells contain a lot of water, meaning that humans are in fact around 65 percent water. The water in cells helps with chemical reactions, transports oxygen and waste, and acts as a shock absorber.” We are also a host to trillions of other micro-organisms that can promote or hinder our internal harmony and homeostasis. This includes the Microbiome and Virome.

Physically?, Dr Jess Wade, a physicist at Imperial College London, admitted that while about 99.9% of an atom was “empty space”, it was “cheating” a bit to describe this as the main constituent of humans – as this is also true of all other forms of matter. 

Simply speaking, we are more nothing than something and we have 37.2 trillion cells that regenerate themselves at a rate of 50 million cells per second. Think about that for a second. As you read this your bodies innate wisdom successfully replaced and regenerated 50 million cells in your body, without conscious thought. All whilst dancing with trillion of bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms living in and on us.

This is important to comprehend, especially when being offered an “anti-biotic”, a “vaccine” or any other human made silver bullet intervention. Considering viruses alone, without considering the gut microbiome, our overall health and wellbeing, our immune system and even our daily lifestyle choices that ignite epigenetic pathways with unlimited potential. Would be extremely reductionist and unconsciously incompetent.

We need to consider each individual in the context of their own life and the environment that they spend the most time in. It means that we a human, nature and spiritually energetic approach to the challenges of 2020. Co-creating and focusing on solutions for each local community and then the global community as a whole. Being mindful that what works for one person or community, may not be relevant and meaningful to another.  

8 ways to understand the meaning of COVID and the global pandemic in the context of your own life.

  1. Understanding all the micro-organisms already co-existing with us
  2. What role do viruses play in our health and wellbeing
  3. Who invented the PCR test?
  4. How is the PCR test relevant to our personal health and wellbeing
  5. PCR test and COVID
  6. Elephant in the room, have the numbers been exaggerated?
  7. The real challenges for 2020
  8. Virus aside, when will we stop missing the point .

1. Understand the micro-organisms already co-existing with us!

David Pride is the Associate Director of Microbiology, a physician-scientist studying the human microbiome shares that;

“If you think you don’t have viruses, think again.”

It may be hard to fathom, but the human body is occupied by large collections of microorganisms, commonly referred to as our microbiome, that has evolved with us since the early days of man. Scientists have only recently begun to quantify the microbiome and discovered it is inhabited by at least 38 trillion bacteria.

More intriguing, perhaps, is that bacteria are not the most abundant microbes that live in and on our bodies. That award goes to viruses.

It has been estimated that there are over 380 trillion viruses inhabiting us, this is a community collectively known as the human virome. But these viruses are not the dangerous ones you commonly hear about, like those that cause the flu or the common cold, or more sinister infections like Ebola or dengue.

In the study of microorganisms, bacteria frequently steal the limelight. During an influenza outbreak in late 1800, it was the bacterium Haemophilus influenza isolated from sputum that was first presumed to cause disease.

During the 1918 influenza pandemic, urgent efforts to isolate this causative bacterium failed and it was not until the 1930s that a filterable agent, a virus, Influenza H1N1, was identified as the culprit.

Similarly, in the pursuit of understanding co-existing microorganisms in our human body, the last 20 years of research has focused almost exclusively on bacteria and their regulation of our immune and nervous systems.

In comparison, very little is known about eukaryotic and prokaryotic viruses that also inhabit asymptomatic humans

Given that the name virus was coined from the Latin word meaning slimy liquid or poison and that viruses are considered obligate pathogens, a possibly “beneficial virome” is surprising to many.

Overall, when it comes to understanding viruses and virome. These are the early days.

“We know of only a minuscule fraction of the viruses out there, and our questions about the viral world are profound,” says Edward Holmes, a virologist and professor at the University of Sydney in Australia.

Microbiome

If it purely came down to numbers, no accounting for size.

We are more Bacteria than Human.

Bacteria are microscopic single-celled organisms that thrive in diverse environments. They can live within soil, in the ocean and inside the human gut. Humans relationship with bacteria and other microbes is complex.

Professor Shirley Hodgson, a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and an expert in the genetics of cancer at St George’s University of London, explained:

“The human body is made up of trillions of cells. humans are also not entirely, well, human. Some of these cells are our own, and form our organs, muscles and bones, but a surprising number of them are bacteria. All in all, we are host to millions of bacteria, particularly in the gut.”

The Good“Bacteria are very helpful in improving our immunity, and are vital for the digestion of food. ”

The Bad Sometimes bacteria can also be harmful, destructive and cause diseases like pneumonia and MRSA, where they can alter and impact normal cellular pathways causing dysfunction or dis-ease.

However, there is a remarkable mutual benefit from our coexistence. In the same way, the human microbiome needs to learn to coexist and support a healthy earth biome, the microbes living on and in our body must do the same. A healthy planet supports healthy humans, in the same way, healthy humans support the balance of good: bad micro-organisms living in and on our body. Harmony between all that is living and non-living is key. It is about balance and homeostasis.

One could argue that humans are a parasite to the earth biome, yet the natural landscape continues to seek harmony for by being our primary life support system. Perhaps we could learn a thing or two about mother nature and apply it to our own human vessel an experience. 

What we do know is that, when each of the living biomes, big or small is out of balance, issues, problems or challenges arrive. It doesn’t matter whether it is the larger earth biome or the microbiome that is the living human or the even smaller microbiome in the digestive system. Everything needs to coexist. Even you and me.

VIROME

The human virome is the collection of all viruses that are found in or on humans, including both eukaryotic and prokaryotic viruses.

A virus itself, is a small parasite that cannot reproduce by itself. Once it infects a susceptible cell, however, a virus can direct the cell machinery to produce more viruses. Akin to a virus on a computer. Most viruses have either RNA or DNA as their genetic “code” material. The simplest viruses contain only enough RNA or DNA to encode four proteins. The most complex can encode 100 – 200 proteins. But not all are bad!

The Bad: Eukaryotic viruses clearly have important effects on human health, ranging from mild, self-limited acute or chronic infections to those with serious or fatal consequences. Prokaryotic viruses can also influence human health by affecting bacterial community structure and function. Therefore, definition of the virome is an important step toward understanding how microbes affect human health and disease

The Good: Surprisingly, some viruses are good. We actually borrowed some DNA along the way from viruses. Not all the useful DNA in your chromosomes comes from your evolutionary ancestors – some of it was borrowed from elsewhere.

These are a kind of virus that makes use of the cell’s mechanisms for coding DNA to take over a cell. At some point in human history, these genes became incorporated into human DNA. These viral genes in DNA now perform important functions in human reproduction, yet they are entirely alien to our genetic ancestry.

However, most viruses are not helpful to the human microbiome. When certain genes carried by cancer-causing viruses integrate into chromosomes of normal cells, the normal cell can be converted to a cancer cell. These cells replicate and grow beyond their normal borders. At the same time, we have many epigenetic pathways and mechanisms to ensure that our bodies continue to live in a state of good health. Perhaps if we all focused on longevity & community, rather than disease. We would solve many of the global health challenges by default. 

2. Viral role in human health and wellbeing

In the field of virology, evidence shows that we have only explored less than 1% of the extant viral diversity.

Which means that we don’t really understand the role that viruses play in our overall health and wellbeing.

It is important to understand this when you tune into information from friends, family, media and even government institutions. You will be able to discern fact from fiction very quickly. 

We have only just become aware of their existence. Which doesn’t mean that viruses have not been there. It’s just that we didn’t have a way of talking about them yet. It’s important to remember that in 2008 scientists finally agreed that animals were conscious, thinking beings. If we waited for science to give us the answers, it would take decades before we all finally agree on anything. So in the meantime, let’s celebrate the natural world, our curiosity and be aware of our own conscious biases and incompetencies. 

However, we do know that they are there and that they do play a role. Dissecting individual viruses, without considering the whole person in the context of their life will lead us down a rabbit hole of misinterpretation.

Along with new species, investigators are turning up vast stretches of what they call dark matter (remember we are more nothing than something) — They are finding more viral sequences (the other 99%) unlike any seen previously.

Early findings have shown already that viruses can play essential as well as harmful roles in human health.

Ideally, virome research will lead to biomedical payoffs, such as new therapies, “vaccines”, and opportunities to head off new disease outbreaks.

But it is good to acknowledge that we don’t really know the role that viruses play in our overall health and wellbeing. It is it multi-factorial and multi-dimensional. Researching the virome must always include the interconnectedness of all things, including humans and the natural world.

Jim Rohn

3. How the PCR test was invented with Dr Kary B Mullis.

 Today, the PCR test is an important tool for identifying viruses in the human genome.

The paradox is that we can find almost anything in anyone and people can remain healthy and asymptomatic even when host to many viruses. Presence does not equal causality. The presence of a virus does not mean its harmful or that you are infected with a harmful pathogen.

Keeping in mind that we, with our limited senses and human consciousness, have only started to understand the virome in the last 20+ years. We need to be mindful that we are only just on the frontier of understanding what nature has been doing for millennia and being able to apply this knowledge to our own health and wellbeing.

Let’s explore this further with the inventor of the PCR test and Nobel prize-winning laureate – Dr Kary B Mullis, who won the Nobel prize for chemistry in 1993 for discovering the polymerase chain reaction. 

He shares that “I was working for Cetus, making oligonucleotides. They were heady times. Biotechnology was in flower and one spring night while the California buckeyes were also in flower. In this moment I came across the polymerase chain reaction.”

“I was driving with Jennifer Barnett to a cabin I had been building in northern California. She and I had worked and lived together for two years and were an inspiration to me during that time as a woman with brains, in the bloom of her full womanhood. That morning as we drove up to the cabin she had no idea what had just occurred. I had an inkling. It was the first day of the rest of my life.”

“From there it’s a single sentence. I worked as a consultant, got the Nobel Prize, and have now turned to write. It is 1994.“

What he discovered is that An organism\’s genome is stored inside DNA molecules, but analyzing this genetic information requires quite a large amount of DNA.

In 1985, he invented the process known as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), in which a small amount of DNA can be copied in large quantities over a short period of time. By applying heat, the DNA molecule\’s two strands are separated and the DNA building blocks that have been added are bonded to each strand. With the help of the enzyme DNA polymerase, new DNA chains are formed and the process can then be repeated. 

PCR has been of major importance in both medical research and forensic science. However, lets explore its use in 2020 and ask him directly what he feels about its use in the pandemic.

4. How is the PCR test used for health and wellbeing analysis?

Excerpt from the Interview with Dr Kary B. Mullis

 VIDEO speaker: I want to ask this to Kerry. “How do they misuse PCR to estimate all these supposed free viral RNAs that may or may not be there?” 

Dr Kary:
“I don’t think you can misuse PCR. The results are quantitative, but how these results are interpreted and applied is the real challenge.. See, with the PCR test, if you do it well;

 You can find almost anything in anybody, it starts making you believe in the Buddhist notion that everything is contained in everything else. Right?”

“I mean, if you can amplify one single molecule up to something that you can really measure, which PCR can do, then there are just very few molecules that you don’t have at least one single one of them in your body, okay?

So, just because something is present “posiitve” in the human body does not mean that it’s meaningful.

This is where PCR could be misused, in the interpretation of the results we find or create.

Simply speaking, the presence of a virus indicated by a positive PCR test, does not mean causality for harm or disease.

But the real misuse of it is testing for 1 of 10,000+ retroviruses that are unnamed also in the subject. To test for that one and say that has any special meaning is what I think is the problem. Not that PCR has been misused. 

Q: What are they using, an estimation?

Dr Kary;

“It’s not an estimation, no. It’s a really quantitative thing. It tells you something about nature and about what’s there, but it allows you to take a very minuscule amount of anything and make it measurable and then talk about it in meetings and things like that.”

Again, that’s not a misuse of the PCR test. That’s just sort of a human misinterpretation of what the results mean for individuals and humanity as a whole. 

The 2020 pandemic is a great example. It would be good to reflect on how positive PCR test results for COVID-19 have been perpetuated through the academic literature, the media and even in your day to day discussions. Remembering that presence does not mean causality for harm or disease. Also bearing in mind that when done well, we can find anything in anybody.

All of this suggests the PCR test is good at what it does. It can find the presence of viruses in our human vessel. The challenge is how we as human beings use that information and share what it means for others. Do we perpetuate fear, change government legislation and even promote prolonged and forced isolation. Fearing a virus that has always been there? Or do we focus on the solution for humanity as a whole? Promoting good health and wellbeing practices, thriving communities and legislations that actually empower the good health and the wellbeing of all humans (explore the 12 medicines), not just some.

5. PCR test and COVID

So what does a positive PCR test result mean?

Dr Kary B Mullis shares that “those tests are all based on things that are invisible and the results are inferred in a sense. PCR is separate from that. It’s just a process that’s used to make a whole lot of something out of something. That’s what it is.

“It doesn’t tell you that you’re sick, and it doesn’t tell you that the thing you ended up with really was going to hurt you or anything like that. It’s the application that matters.”

Torsten Engelbrecht and Konstantin Demeter looked into a bit further too and found that “COVID19 PCR Tests are Scientifically Meaningless.”

They shared that “Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify “positive” patients, whereby “positive” is usually equated with “infected. But looking closely at the facts, the conclusion is that these PCR tests are meaningless as a diagnostic tool to determine an alleged infection by a supposedly new virus called SARS-CoV-2.“ 

Dr. Shiva is a scientist who holds four degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) also shares his thoughts on the use of the PCR test. He stated briefly that the PCR Test was something that could not be used as a benchmark for detecting the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

“What they get from the PCR Test is they take a sample from inside your nose and the sample comes out in the form of mucus and so on. What they are looking for if there is a coronavirus will be a chain of RNA sequences. They get what they call ‘primary’. Something they think is the same. with COVID-19. It’s kind of like a pattern match. Then they find a match here, and you test positive, “he said in a talk on YouTube . However, if we consider what was mentioned previously, we can find a pattern match for almost anything in anyone. Which means the test may in fact be meaningless when considered in isolation.

Dr Shiva also asked the inventor of the PCR Test, Dr Kary Mullis to share his thoughts.

He too warned that this method was not for detecting viruses but for nucleic acids. If a certain pattern is present we infer that the virus is present too. We can’t accurately determine whether it is new to the system, or part of the other 10,000 retro-viruses in our system already.  Either way if there is a pattern match, the test will be positive.  

“PCR is not quantitative but qualitative. So, the primers they are looking for are probabilistic, not definitive.” Again, presence does not equal causality and harm.

The conclusion from the PCR test inventor and a range of experts in their field seems to be the same.

“Just because the test result is positive doesn’t mean you have the virus. It doesn’t mean there is no virus, but this has been infiltrated by interests for America and the rest of the world.” 

So why are we hearing a different message? Is there an agenda? Is it a new realm of understanding? Are we unconsciously incompetent of the solution? Are we simply reacting from fear and misinterpretation? 

To answer these curious questions, let’s look at the USA and the meaning they have been creating from the positive PCR test results. You might find this very intriguing 

 

6. The elephant in the room; Have COVID death tolls been over-exaggerated?

According to new data, the U.S. currently ranks first in total COVID-19 cases, new cases per day and deaths? 

But why is that? Are they simply testing more people? or is the virus more present? Are the hospitals actually overrun with COVID patients? or is something else going on? 

A simple answer would be to consider the total deaths this year and compare it to previous years, right? One would assume that adding a “pandemic” on top of last years challenges would mean more deaths?

Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Hopkins, sought to answer this question. 

She critically analyzed the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths using data from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in her webinar titled “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data.” Her article was removed, but we saved it here for you. The article attracted mixed reviews. Primarily because she was a masters student and not the likes of Dr Kary B Muller. However, we applaud her courage to seek alternate truths and see things from all angles. Here is what she found using readily available government data..

The CDC classified all deaths that are related to COVID-19 simply as COVID-19 deaths.

“Even patients dying from other underlying diseases but are infected with COVID-19 count as COVID-19 deaths.”

This is likely the main explanation as to why COVID-19 deaths drastically increased while deaths by all other diseases experienced a significant decrease.

“All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers compared to previous years. We found no evidence to the contrary,” Briand concluded.

Which begs the question, did we experience a pandemic at all? or was it simply a misinterpretation of the science, propagated with some fear of the unknown. Resulting in forced isolation and economic collapse?

Throughout the talk, Briand constantly emphasised that although COVID-19 is a serious national and global problem, she also stressed that society should never lose focus of the bigger picture — death in general and more importantly the value of every life. 

Briand explained.

  • The death of a loved one, from COVID-19 or from other causes, is always tragic,
  • Each life is equally important and we should be reminded that even during a global pandemic we should not forget about the tragic loss of lives from other causes.

According to Briand, the over-exaggeration of the COVID-19 death number may be due to the constant emphasis on COVID-19-related deaths and the habitual overlooking of deaths by other natural causes in society.

During an interview with The News-Letter after the event, Poorna Dharmasena, a master’s candidate in Applied Economics, expressed his opinion about Briand’s concluding remarks.

“At the end of the day, it’s still a deadly virus. And over-exaggeration or not, to a certain degree, is irrelevant,” Dharmasena said.

When asked whether the public should be informed about this exaggeration in death numbers,

Dharmasena stated that people have a right to know the truth. However, COVID-19 should still continuously be treated as a deadly disease to safeguard the vulnerable population.

I feel that this is a well-rounded perspective on the COVID related deaths and how the PCR is used or misused to create positive test data and the interpretations and meaning we create from that data. 

It would be interesting to see how many people have been admitted to hospital for respiratory-related infections this year, how many tested positive to the COVID virus and how many died directly form that infection, and not due to underlying pathologies. 

7. The real challenges to focus on.

Like you, I’m sure that you are sick and tired of the pandemic media. I too would prefer to focus on living life and solutions for humanity.

But If we want to have a conversation about death.

Let’s look at 56.9 million deaths worldwide in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes; 

Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, accounting for a combined 15.2 million deaths in 2016. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years.

This suggests, that If we were to fear anything in 2020, perhaps we should fear those franken-foods and FDA approved food-like substances in your local supermarket that we choose to consume and feed our children each day. Not to mention the stress and emotional suppression in our lifestyles, and the type of environments we are co-creating for each other and choosing to live in. 

Just an FYI. In 2020, here (in order) are the 4 leading causes of death.

  1. 41 million people : Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) or lifestyle related diseases (heart disease, stroke, mental health burden, cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes) kills 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally.
  2. 13% of global burden: Rising mental health burden (anxiety, depression, suicide etc.) – Untreated mental disorders exact a high toll, accounting for 13% of the total global burden of disease. They frequently lead individuals and families into poverty and hinder economic development at the national level. A recent analysis estimated that the cumulative global impact of mental disorders in terms of lost economic output will amount to US$ 16 000 billion over the next 20 years.
  3. 4 million people: Communicable disease: HIV, tuberculosis, COVID-19,, malaria, neglected tropical diseases and viral hepatitis affect billions of people around the world, and cause more than 4 million+ deaths each year.
    • COVID-19 is only one of many communicable diseases.
    • Bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases cause approximately 163 000 deaths in the developed world annually (mostly among the elderly and those with compromised immune systems)
    • Its possible that they account for ~ 9.2 million deaths (mostly among children) in the developing world .
    • Communicable diseases cause 56 percent of 1.4 million deaths in the poorest fifth of the world compared to only 8 percent in the richest fifth
  4. 1.4 million: Road injuries killed 1.4 million people in 2016, about three-quarters (74%) of whom were men and boys. With the forced isolation and less people on the roads, we may see a decrease in this area too.

So whilst we focus on making meaning out of a virus in the 3rd leading cause of death, we neglect to shine the light on the real challenges of our time.

The question still remains. Why are some hospitals full and others empty?

You don’t have to be Rhodes scholar to understand and connect the dots. In 2020 we have co-created a world where 1 in 2 people are currently living with a compromised immune system associated with a non-communicable, or lifestyle related disease. Add in forced isolation, rising unemployment, financial stress, emotions, boredom and the rising mental health burden and it is clear to see that our global approach is really missing the point.

Whilst we hide from a virus that has always been there, we accelerate the other 2 leading causes of death by creating a scarce environment that goes against human thrival, let alone survival.

The good news too is that the Infection Mortality Rate (IFR) for COVID 19  ranged from 0.00% to 1.63%. Where The inferred infection fatality rates tended to be much lower than estimates made earlier in the pandemic. Which means that if 100 people tested positive, <1 person may die from the infection. Not accounting for underlying pathologies either or “covid – related death”.

This is perplexing because all the hype and fear from early data from China suggested a 3.4% case fatality rate and that asymptomatic infection were uncommon, thus the case fatality rate and infection fatality rate would be about the same. Which we now can acknowledge being severely wrong. A misinterpretation, as warned by Dr Mullis in previous sections. 

Acknowledging these limitations, based on the currently available data, one may project that over half a billion people have been tested positive with PCR tests (not necessarily infected) as of 12 September 2020. Where there are approximately 29 million documented laboratory-confirmed cases.

Most locations probably have an infection fatality rate less than 0.20% (which means that 99.8% of people survive and thrive if they test positive or experience an acute infection.

With access to appropriate healthcare, precise non-pharmacological measures that selectively try to protect high-risk vulnerable populations and settings, the infection fatality rate may be brought even lower.

Simply speaking, even if you get “the virus”, bearing in mind it may have already been there. You have a 99.8% chance that you will survive and thrive!

In the meantime, rather than waiting for a vaccine “silver-bullet”, maybe you could spend your time and energy empowering your own good health and wellbeing, and supporting others in your family and even your local community.

8. VIRUS aside, We need to stop missing the point for humanity.

 In medicine, a red herring is a prominent symptom that is irrelevant to the main underlying pathology and may confuse the diagnostician. It seems like everyone has been very confused this year. Whilst we focus on this virus, one of 380 trillion. We seem to be missing the point for humanity. It suggests that the virus and pandemic may have been a symptom, but ultimately is has been a red -herring for the real underlying challenges that we face as humanity.

Here is a brief snapshot of what has really been going on in 2020 

  • In Japan, more people died from suicide last month than from Covid in all of 2020. And women have been impacted most. Experts have warned that the pandemic could lead to a mental health crisis. Mass unemployment, social isolation, and anxiety are taking their toll on people globally.
  • Elderly Woman Euthanized to Avoid Anguish of Lockdown Loneliness. An elderly Canadian woman was killed by her doctor because she would rather be dead than go through another COVID lockdown.
  • On the bottom end, Extreme poverty set for first rise since 1998, World Bank warns. Extreme poverty is set to rise this year for the first time in more than two decades, with coronavirus expected to push up to 115 million people into that category, the World Bank. Before the pandemic struck, the extreme poverty rate was expected to drop to 7.9% in 2020. But now it is likely to affect between 9.1% and 9.4% of the world’s population this year, according to the bank’s biennial Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report.
  • On the top end, Billionaires see fortunes rise by 27% during the pandemic. UK economist Gerard Lyons said focusing on extreme wealth “does not always give the full picture” and attention should be paid to “making sure the economic cake is getting bigger”. Oxfam was right to single out companies that it believed fuelled inequality with business models that were “increasingly focused on delivering ever-higher returns to wealthy owners and top executives”.
  • What if we had a world of “Fair share“. We not just me, or business bottom lines. Oxfam’s Ms Wright said “People are angry and calling out for alternatives. They’re feeling left behind because however hard they work they can’t share in their country’s growth,” The charity is calling for “a more human economy” and is urging governments to crack down on executive pay and tax evasion and impose higher taxes on the wealthy. It also wants business leaders to pay a “fair share of tax” and has urged companies to pay staff the “living wage”, which is higher than the government’s National Living Wage. Or at least invest in social impact in their local communities.
  • “the Great Reset” now being proposed by the World Economic Forumnoting the involvement of “partners” such as Apple, Microsoft, Facebook. Dimon argued this: “Capitalism must be modified to do a better job of creating a healthier society, one that is more inclusive and creates more opportunity for more people. That means meaningful changes like rebuilding our education system and providing skills training, affordable health care policies, substantial infra­structure investment, and sensible immigration reform and climate policies. That’s just a start. I am optimistic that this is possible as we enter a new decade. In August, more than 180 CEOs of leading U.S. companies signed the Business Roundtable’s new statement of corporate purpose, committing to creating economic opportunity for all of their stakeholders: customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders. It’s a call to action to do more for everyone who works for us, and society in general. Many businesses are rethinking their role in society…“

 

SUMMARY

The question remains, how can we

Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offence or the disadvantage of anyone.” Buckminster fuller.

let’s continue the dialogue by focusing on this question and shift our energy and resources towards the solutions for us all.

In the field of virology has explored less than 1% of the extant viral diversity.

We need to start the conversation by acknowledging this unknown without bias, ego or unconcious incompetence of what we “think we know”.

From here we can focus on the solutions together.

Which means that we don’t really understand the role that viruses play in our overall health and wellbeing. However, we do know that they are there and that they do play a role.

Dissecting individual viruses, with out considering the whole person in the context of their life and personal sense of wellbeing will lead us down a road of misinterpretation, red-herrings, and fear based reactions to something that has always been there and is even part of us. 

The ultimate goal of virome research is to first seek to understand. Then to translate findings into diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities.

With accurate mapping of the virome in different human tissues in healthy and disease states, we can begin to use certain viruses as biomarkers or attempt to manipulate virome signatures.

Moving from association to causation will confidently enable us to harness the healthy virome or disrupt the disease-associated one.

In the meantime, enjoy living your life. There is no point living in fear os something that has always been there with a 99.8% survival rate. Let’s remain vigilant and empathetic of vulnerable populations whilst working towards co-creating longevity hot spots globally. It is fitting to share the WHO covid dashboard, before they “fact-check” this blog as being misleading. Out intention is to flip the conversation into a positive bias and solutions that we can find together, as humanity. 

CALL TO EMBODIMENT

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Script or journal your answer to these questions in the next 24 hours.

 How do you now feel about the pandemic and COVID-19 conversation?

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In what ways can you ignite healthy epigenetic pathways hidden in your genetic human potential. How can you make better lifestyle choices today, to protect your cells of tomorrow!

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Rory Callaghan

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R ory is the founder of selfcare.global and author of SelfCare – Lifestyle medicine for the people. He has a background in sports science, human movement, exercise physiology, yoga, pilates and a masters degree in physiotherapy. He takes a human, nature and spiritually energetic approach to good health, wellbeing and longevity. Over time he has developed an integrated, holistic and functional tool belt that helps him consult with high performing humans and entrepreneurs. His passion is to merge ancient wisdom with the modern lifestyle. Empowering people on their own journeys, whilst co-creating thriving :blue zone” communities & longevity hot spots.

Solution Focussed

How is the human body made

Dr Jess Wade, a physicist at Imperial College London,

David Pride is the Associate Director of Microbiology, a physician-scientist

Edward Holmes, a virologist and professor at the University of Sydney in Australia.

Professor Shirley Hodgson, a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and an expert in the genetics of cancer

Dr Kary B Mullis interview

Dr. Shiva is a scientist who holds four degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Hopkins

In Japan, more people died from suicide last month than from Covid in all of 2020

Elderly Woman Euthanized to Avoid Anguish of Lockdown Loneliness.

On the bottom end, Extreme poverty set for first rise since 1998, World Bank warns.

On the top end, Billionaires see fortunes rise by 27% during the pandemic.

What if we had a world of “Fair share“. We not just me, or business bottom lines. Oxfam’s Ms Wright

“the Great Reset” now being proposed by the World Economic Forum

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