Viruses like sugar. They bind to sugar. But it’s not a simple matter of dietary sugar. This article explores susceptibility to injury, including lethality, by measles and vaccination. It may come down to sugar.
Roald Dahl, candy man author of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has done more to promote sugar consumption than any person in the history of art and literature. And he tragically lost his daughter at age seven to measles in 1962. What’s the connection? Intestines and the immune system.
After his young daughter passed, Dahl wrote a moving essay promoting measles vaccination. Measles vaccination is likely most effective of all childhood vaccines, but the MMR vaccine is also associated with injury including autism. This article explores susceptibility to injury, including lethality, by measles and vaccination. It may come down to sugar.
Viruses like sugar. They bind to sugar. But it’s not a simple matter of dietary sugar. It’s the sugar produced through our genetic code called glycans which also feed our gut flora. These host glycansare the genetic aspect of our individual microbial balance.
But perhaps more importantly, viruses bind to the sugar in the cell wall of our microbes.Some types of microbes are more attractive to viruses than others. The types of microbes a person has can make them more susceptible to injury by viral infection. Might this be an effective way to screen infants pre-vaccination for safety? And also a way toward keeping measles a mild childhood disease leading to lifelong immunity?
A little known fact is that up to 95% of all polio cases are asymptomatic. Why would that be? Why do most people walk around with polio and don’t even know it? And why do the unfortunate few succumb to disease? Could it be their microbial makeup?