Stop screwing with viruses, please

Just read an article in Nature titled “New way to tame a virus“. Yeah, I’m not sure we ought to be in the business of “taming” viruses. First of all, viruses are live organisms that have the same primary instinct as any live organism—survival. By trying to kill or tame a virus, what we may inevitably end up doing is creating a new strain of the virus—one that is more aggressive and potentially more deadly to humans. Then, of course, there is that starting assumption that having a virus is an inherently bad thing. False, and clearly not based on science. Here’s an amazing quote from chiropractor Ben Kim of Toronto:

By and large, the viruses that cause the common cold and the flu infect mainly your weakest cells; cells that are already burdened with excessive waste products and toxins are most likely to allow viruses to infect them. These are cells that you want to get rid of anyway, to be replaced by new, healthy cells. So in the big scheme of things, a cold or flu is a natural event that can allow your body to purge itself of old and damaged cells that, in the absence of viral infection, would normally take much longer to identify, destroy, and eliminate.

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