Why We May Need Viruses More Than Vaccines

Why We May Need Viruses More Than Vaccines

A groundbreaking study published this month in Nature challenges a century old assumption about the innate pathogenicity of these extremely small, self-replicating particles known as viruses. 

Titled, “An enteric virus can replace the beneficial function of commensal bacteria,” researchers found that an “enteric RNA virus can replace the beneficial function of commensal bacteria in the intestine.” Known as murine (mouse) noravirus (MNV), researchers found that infecting germ-free or antibiotic-treated mice infection with MNV “restored intestinal morphology and lymphocyte function without inducing overt inflammation and disease.”

The researchers found:

“Importantly, MNV infection offset the deleterious effect of treatment with antibiotics in models of intestinal injury and pathogenic bacterial infection. These data indicate that eukaryotic viruses have the capacity to support intestinal homeostasis and shape mucosal immunity, similarly to commensal bacteria.”

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Scientists Discover Chinese Herbal Cure Secret

Scientists in the United States on Sunday offered a molecular-level explanation for how a Chinese herbal medicine used for more than 2,000 years tackles fever and eases malaria.

The herb is an extract of the root of a flowering plant called blue evergreen hydrangea, known in Chinese as chang shan and in Latin as Dichroa febrifuga Lour.

Chang shan’s use dates back to the Han dynasty of 206 BC to 220 AD, according to ancient documents recording Chinese oral traditions. (more…)

Five Supplements for Phase Two Nutrition

(Health Secrets Newsletter) There is no getting around it: a best quality, plant sourced multivitamin like Daily Balance is the first step for anyone making the decision to take charge of his or her health. Multivitamins like Daily Balance provide a broad spectrum of minerals in quantified amounts as well as cofactors that aid absorption and help alkalinize the body. Daily Balance provides a solid nutritional foundation on which to build. It’s an easy one-decision beginning. But once that decision is made, discovering what to do next to take your revitalization to another level is not nearly so clear. (more…)