Dr. Tom Cowan wrote the book “Contagion Myth” to share his findings on the history of contagion.
The concept of diseases being contagious dates back to ancient Greek observations, but the agent responsible was unknown. Traditional medical systems like Chinese medicine and Ayurveda did not consider diseases to be contagious. In the 1800s, there was a significant observation of epidemiological spread, leading to the belief in contagious diseases.
Dr. Cowan questions the common assumption that a large number of sick people or spread between locations necessarily indicates a viral cause. The scurvy example highlights the limitations of epidemiological observations in proving causation.
Scurvy highlights the limitations of epidemiological observations in proving causation because, for a long time, the observation of sailors falling ill one after another led to the belief that the disease was contagious. However, it was later discovered that scurvy was not caused by a contagious agent but rather by a deficiency of vitamin C. This example demonstrates that the mere observation of a pattern of illness and its spread does not necessarily provide conclusive evidence of contagion or the involvement of a specific infectious agent.
Non-Western Medicine doesn’t believe in Contagious Diseases
“Western medicine is not the only stream of thought going on in those two thousand years, right? There’s Chinese medicine, there’s probably traditional Iranian medicine, there’s Native American medicine, there’s Ayurvedic medicine. These are very old successful medical systems, and what you find is none of them thought diseases were contagious. None of them.”
“There is no concept in Chinese medicine that something unseen passes from one person to another, and in no other system did that exist. Now, of course, that doesn’t mean it’s true. They could have all been wrong, but when I looked into it, I thought that was sort of interesting.”
“So then we get to around the 1800s, and now we’re really talking about 1850, and there was what I called the “first Eureka moment,” right? So we’re thinking, one person is sick, another person gets sick, there must be something spread, and that observation is what’s called epidemiological observation.”
“Now, I just want to point out something here. This contagion theory was applied to the following disease: there were a bunch of sailors who got sick, and one sailor after another got sick, and their teeth fell out, and then they went into heart failure and died, and this happened in the thousands and thousands of people, and it was usually one ship after another, and for 100 years, they said, “This must be contagious.” And then somebody ate a lime, and the whole thing went away because it turns out it was scurvy, and the reason I point that out is epidemiological observations like “this person got sick and then somebody else got sick” is well accepted in medicine. That is not how we prove causation, and you hear this now all the time. “Well, a lot of people in one place got sick, so it must be a virus.”
“Well, they blew a bomb off in Hiroshima, a lot of people got sick, and nobody thinks that was a virus.”
They also say, “If it spreads from one place to another, that proves it’s a virus.”
- Chernobyl nuclear incident: Many people died, and got sick, and it started spreading into eastern Europe, and then western Europe, and that is not evidence of a virus.
- The idea that a lot of people in Spain or on the cruise ship or whatever got sick, those are Epidemiological observations. The purpose of which are to generates theories which can be tested for causation. i.e. we should investigate if there is an infectious cause or an unseen agent.
Louis Pasteur and anthrax
- Sheep were getting sick and some people who were handling the sheep got sick, so there must be something.
- The first Eureka moment in history was they could see bacteria under the microscope.
- Anthrax Bacteria found in the sheep. End of story. That is what caused the sheep to get sick.
- But here’s what happened:
- Pasteur isolated anthrax bacteria, gave them to other sheep, but they didn’t get sick.
Analogy with a cow
- Feeding a cow improper food, glyphosate, and poisons.
- All of that stuff comes out in the milk.
- If someone drinks the milk and gets sick, that’s contagion.
- If Listeria bacteria is found in the milk, the bacteria is considered the possible culprit for illness.
- If you then look in the stool of the person, and they also have Listeria bacteria, the bacteria is blamed for illness.
- But the cause of sickness could be the toxins in the milk from the sick cow, rather than the bacteria in the milk.
- Role of bacteria in nature:
- Bacteria biodegrade poisons, algae eat toxins, fungi decompose dead trees.
- So how do you know that the Listeria bacteria isn’t there to digest the poisons in the milk? Just as bacteria shows up to digest a dead squirrel in your compost pile.
- Two very clear explanations for what might of happened:
- It’s either the Bacteria or it’s the Posion/Toxins that could be the cause of sickness.
- The bacteria may not be causing anything; the bacteria might be there to help you out – eat/clean up the poison/toxins (aid in detoxification), as they do in nature.
- Pasteur Experiment: Isolating Listeria from milk and testing its effects on animals for 40 years.
- No evidence of sickness: No animal or person gets sick from isolated Listeria.
- Bechamp said it’s not the bacteria, it’s the terrain.
- Robert Koch: established Koch’s postulates, simple guidelines for proving causation of disease.
- Koch’s postulates:
- Take a group of 100 individuals or animals with the same disease, identify the same organism in all of them.
- Take the organism from the sick, isolate and purify it, give it to healthy people, and if they get sick, causation is proven.
- Lack of proof: No case in the medical literature has fulfilled Koch’s postulates.
- Reports claim valid fulfilment, but there is no isolation of the organism, no sickness in animals, and no proper application of Koch’s postulates.
Failed to prove causation with any bacteria, and now they have diseases where they could not find bacteria causation, so they said it “must be something smaller than bacteria” to prove it was an infectious agent. i.e. Polio:
- Polio as a case study: Couldn’t find bacteria, so they assumed it must be a smaller infectious agent that is poisoning these people, and they called it a “virus”.
- They didn’t see a virus. They just said there “must be” an infectious agent.
- Attempts to isolate and cause contagion failed:
- Brain tissue from dead polio patients was filtered and fed/injected into animals, but none got sick.
- Instead of looking for an alternative cause, they concluded there was no animal model for polio.
- 1907 Contagiousness experiment:
- Injected half a cup of filtered spinal tissue from a child with paralyses into two monkeys’ brains.
- One monkey died, one got paralyzed.
- No control group.
- This was their proof that Polio was a transmissible disease.
- No consideration as to whether 1/2 cup of any kind of crap being drilled and injected into the monkey’s brain might be the cause of death/paralysis.
- Study based on two monkeys, questionable scientific approach.
- The belief that polio is caused by an unseen, filterable agent continued.
- Later they discovered lead, arsenic and DDT causes the same symptoms as Polio.
- 1918: Spanish flu outbreak, millions died. “Highly contagious disease.”
- A study during the Spanish flu era:
- Boston Health Department study: 100 volunteers divided into three groups.
- Group 1: 10 minutes of breathing hard into open mouth.
- Group 2: 10-15 minutes of direct coughing in their face.
- Group 3: Mucus extracted from nose and injected into volunteers’ noses.
- Conclusion: None of these methods were able to transmit the flu-like symptoms. Only one out of 100 volunteers got sick (experienced a runny nose).
- Boston Health Department suggested a need for more aggressive exposure, but it’s unclear how considering they were pretty aggressive already in trying to cause contagion.
- This suggests that transmission of sickness or illness through these methods was not successful.
Colds, sickness, Chickenpox, Cancer
- In everyday scenarios, it is common for family members or people in close proximity to get sick when one person falls ill. Dr. Cowan says that Epidemiological observations alone do not prove a contagious causation (as seen in cases like scurvy, Spanish flu, anthrax, and polio).
- To establish causation, you need to prove the isolated culprit can transmit disease i.e. Koch’s postulates. Scientists have been trying to prove that viruses or bacteria cause specific diseases for 150 years, but they have not been successful in demonstrating this.
- Observations of people getting sick after being exposed to others who are sick do not necessarily prove that a microbe is the cause.
- Physiological responses can occur due to various factors, such as toxic exposure or resonance phenomena, without the presence of a virus or bacteria.
- The virus theory of disease is based on observations, but it lacks scientific evidence to support it.
- The phenomena we label as “colds” or “sickness” may have other explanations beyond viral or bacterial infections, such as detoxification.
- Understanding the complexity of disease causation requires going back to the fundamentals and examining the evidence and scientific methods used to establish causation.
- It is important to challenge and question the prevailing beliefs and theories in order to gain a deeper understanding of the true causes of illness.
“So essentially, what happens is this: you’re well, then you usually get a fever or some other symptom. After that, you get a runny nose, mucus, cough, or some sort of congestion. Then, you start feeling better.”
“In fact, studies have shown that when children go through stages like having chickenpox, they end up having better long-term health outcomes – they are better for life. They have lower rates of asthma, eczema, cancer, osteoarthritis, and heart disease.”
“Similar findings were observed in the treatment of cancer using Coley’s toxins in the 1920s. If someone with cancer develops a fever due to supposed infection, they tend to have better outcomes, with some even being cured.”
“So, this process of getting sick is essentially a detoxification reaction.”
“It occurs when the body needs to eliminate toxins caused by various factors such as emotional stress, poor diet, household toxins, glyphosate exposure, or electromagnetic fields. All of these things distort the gels in our cells and the body has to flush them out.”
The body detoxifies by producing fever and generating mucus, which we commonly label as infectious disease. However, it is just a detoxification reaction. When you treat sickness as a detoxification reaction, it leads to better outcomes and long-term health benefits.
Another interesting aspect is that when cells or tissues are poisoned, they release small packages of genetic material called exosomes as a detoxification method.
This is similar to how trees communicate with each other when one is under attack by beetles – they send out a signal and the other trees make a defensive response.
Similarly, a child can start the process, which sends out signals to other children, and maybe even the parents, which triggers a defensive detoxification response.
Unfortunately, we often misinterpret these reactions as sickness, including mistaking exosomes for viruses, but exosomes are not contagious or infectious; they are simply how the body communicates what’s happened, and detoxifies.
- So doc, how do I get sick?
- There are four mechanisms of getting sick:
- Injuries: Examples include breaking a leg from a fall.
- Starvation: Lack of essential nutrients.
- vitamin C i.e. Scurvy)
- vitamin B1 i.e. Beriberi
- niacin i.e. Pellagra
- or collagen or other nutrients where the tissues start to break down and excrete these poisons to essentially try and detoxify.
- Poisoning: Exposure to toxins in the environment, such as chemicals, air pollution, and electromagnetic fields, can cause sickness.
- Just like the milk, the bacteria come and eat the poison.
- Thinking bacteria being there is the cause of the problem is like seeing town on fire, seeing firemen, and thinking the firemen are causing the fires.
- The firemen are there to put out the fire.
- The bacteria are there to biodegrade dead and dying tissue.
- Bacteria in the body are not the cause of sickness; they are present to biodegrade dead and dying tissue. Why is it dead and dying? It’s been poisoned.
- Emotional toxicity: Negative thought patterns and a belief that the world is against you can contribute to illness.
- The world should be seen as a cooperative venture rather than a survival of the fittest model.
- Developing a healthy terrain and resisting sickness involves understanding these principles and adopting a collaborative perspective.
- “I have a healthy terrain and I’m resistant to sickness”
How current virologists “prove viruses are pathogenic” is flawed:
- To prove viral contagion, modern virologists:
- take mucus from a sick individual
- centrifuge it (which is not purification, you have all kinds of cells and stuff in there, not a pure virus)
- then you take that “stuff”, and you inoculate it on tissue cells (like a monkey kidney cell or a foetal cell or an immortalized lung cancer cell) to see if it grows and kills the tissue.
- The problem is – it doesn’t. That is the problem with virology. They figured out they had to ‘starve’ the tissue, and poison it with antibiotics and oxidizing agents, and only then would this so-called virus kill the tissue. Then they get this material from the breakdown of the tissue “See, the virus killed the tissue”.
This is the same model as how we get sick:
- They starve and poison the tissue, just as we are starving and poisoning our own tissues.
- We breakdown and create these particles which are unfortunately called “contagious viruses”
- Virologists prove virus causation the same way that how humans and animals get sick – through starvation and poisoning.