Debunking the COVID Story #1: do viruses cause disease?

by | Aug 5, 2020 | Investigations

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Contrary to what most people believe, there are no pathogenic viruses. The claims about the existence of viruses and viral diseases are based on historical misinterpretation.

– Dr. Stefan Lanka, PhD

Over the last few months, the entire world economy has been shattered and millions of people’s lives have been destroyed due to government-mandated lockdowns.

This has all happened, we are told, because of a new coronavirus called ‘Sars-Cov-2’ which has spread rapidly, causing terrible illness and infecting millions of people worldwide. This is what will be referred to as the ‘official story’.

This series of articles presents an alternate view on COVID-19 and the pandemic we are currently facing – one that differs dramatically to the official story propagated by mainstream sources. It is for this reason that the reader is advised to maintain an open mind while reading this article.

This series of article have been taken from a 25-page report that we wrote titled ‘Debunking the Official Story: an examination into the true cause of COVID-19’. The report has been split into a series of articles in order to make it more manageable for the reader. However, if you would like to download the full paper, we encourage you to do so. It can be found here:

Is there a new coronavirus causing illness?

The official story on COVID-19 tells us that there is a new coronavirus that was discovered in Wuhan. Supposedly this virus jumped from a bat (or was it a snake?) to a human and began rapidly infecting people in Wuhan before spreading to nearly every other country in the world.

This whole story rests on two premises.

  1. Viruses cause disease and can be transmitted from one person to another and;
  2. There is a new virus, causing a new disease.

The discussions in this article will examine the question of whether or not viruses are really the disease-causing pathogens that we’ve been led to believe.

First, it is necessary to explore the foundation on which modern medicine has been built.

The germ theory

The idea that viruses are pathogenic (i.e. cause disease) is so incredibly ingrained into our society and our medical establishment that if someone were to question that idea, you might think they were a ‘quack’.

The current medical establishment looks at all illness through the lens of the ‘germ theory’ of disease. The germ theory states that illness is caused by specific microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi etc) which ‘infect’ humans and animals, causing disease symptoms.

The germ theory of disease was established in the 1800s by a French chemist named Louis Pasteur.

Evidence shows that the germ theory is highly flawed and is clearly an inadequate explanation for the cause of disease. There were and still are many scientists who question the germ theory, as will be discussed.

The terrain theory

The alternate theory to the germ theory is the ‘terrain theory’ which states that it is the state of one’s inner ‘terrain’ that determines health, and that microbes are born from inside the body where they function in decomposing diseased-matter.

The terrain theory states that all illness is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, accumulation of toxins, eating overly acidic foods, thinking bad thoughts and other factors that bring about dis-ease in the body.

The terrain theory can be thought of like this – if a fish were ill and swimming around in dirty water, would you give the fish some medicine or would you change the water in the tank?

Changing the fish’s water is akin to detoxifying the body of unwanted chemicals and waste and allowing the inner environment to return to a state of balance, free from disease.

To end off the discussion on the terrain theory, it seems pertinent to quote the father of modern pathology, Dr. Rudolph Virchow, who said:

“If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat – diseased tissue – rather than being the cause of the diseased tissue; e.g., mosquitoes seek the stagnant water, but do not cause the pool to become stagnant.”

An alternate view on viruses

Dawn Lester and David Parker, the authors of a brilliant book titled What Really Makes You Ill: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Disease is Wrong, show through meticulous research that much of the ‘information’ about viruses that is promulgated by the mainstream medical establishment is based on nothing more than assumptions which have never been proven.

Viruses are not classed as ‘organisms’ and are not thought of as being ‘alive’. Instead, they are inert, particles, unable to carry out metabolic processes outside of a host cell. A virus is essentially a DNA or RNA fragment encased in a layer of protein.

This then presents a problem – how is it that viruses can ‘infect’ host cells when they aren’t even capable of moving around?

The mainstream acknowledges that the current understanding of how viruses ‘infect’ host cells is severely lacking. An article published in 2015, titled A Non-enveloped Virus Hijacks Hosts Disaggregation Machinery to Translocate across the Endoplasmic Reticulum Membrane, notes:

“How non-enveloped viruses penetrate a host membrane to enter cells and cause disease remains an enigmatic step.”

A second question then arises – how is it that a virus can jump from one person to another? The truth is that the transmission of viral particles through saliva or mucous from one person to another has never been observed and is purely an assumption.

In fact, during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, which was supposedly caused by a deadly strain of the influenza virus, experiments were carried out attempting to prove contagion. Sick men would cough and sneeze into the mouths of healthy men, yet the healthy men never got ill.

Part of the reason that many of the conclusions drawn about viruses remain unproven is because ‘viruses’ have only ever been observed in the laboratory, under an electron microscope.

Furthermore, when virologist observe ‘infected’ cells dying under a microscope they conclude this to be the ‘disease process’ induced by the ‘virus’. The authors of the above-mentioned book point out that this is a highly flawed assumption.

Firstly, millions of our cells die every day, it is a normal process, not a disease process. Secondly, virologists do not consider the possibility that it is the laboratory procedures, which include staining, irradiating and the use of toxic chemicals, that may be responsible for the death of the cells.

Torsten Engelbrech and Dr. Kohnlein explain this dangerous oversight in their book Virus Mania:

“This phenomenon is particularly virulent in bacterial and viral research (and in the whole pharmaceutical development of medicines altogether) where laboratory experiments on tissue samples which are tormented with a variety of often highly reactive chemicals allow few conclusions about reality. And yet, conclusions are constantly drawn – and then passed straight on to the production of medications and vaccines.”

It is well known that many people who test positive for a virus do not get ill. The mainstream conveniently explains this away by saying that viruses can go into a ‘dormant state’, yet no explanation is offered of how or why this occurs.

Lastly, it is important to understand that the presence of a virus within the body cannot be detected directly. This point is expanded on in detail further below, with reference to the current COVID-19 situation.

German high court rules no proof of a measles virus

Dr. Stefan Lanka, PhD is a German virologist and in 2017 he demonstrated, through a public challenge, that there is no such thing as the measles virus.

Dr. Lanka, fed up with the current scientific establishment and its blind adherence to the germ theory of disease, decided to offer 100,000 euros to any scientist that could prove the existence of a measles virus.

A German doctor took up the challenge and submitted six scientific papers which he believed constituted proof of the existence of a measles virus. Dr. Lanka, already familiar with the various papers, rightly refused to accept them as ‘proof’ of a virus.

Eventually, the case ended up in the German high court, where experts concluded that the papers that the doctor had submitted in fact did not constitute proof of a measles virus and Dr. Lanka did not have to pay the money.

This fascinating story was not reported on in the mainstream media for obvious reasons. However, the lack of proof of a measles virus clearly shows that our understanding of viruses and ‘infectious disease’ is completely wrong.

Dr. Lanka’s findings on viruses can be summed up in an article written by him in January of 2020 titled The Misconception Called Virus. In that article he states:

“Contrary to what most people believe, there are no pathogenic viruses. The claims about the existence of viruses and viral diseases are based on historical misinterpretation.”

‘Misinterpretation’ occurs because the laboratory procedures carried out by virologists to examine viruses and prove that they cause disease are highly flawed.

Virologists culture ‘viruses’ in host cells and when they see the cells dying, they ascribe this to the presence of the virus. This is incorrect, as Dr. Lanka explains:

“All scientists who think they are working with viruses in laboratories are actually working with typical particles of specific dying tissues or cells which were prepared in a special way. They believe that those tissues and cells are dying because they were infected by a virus. In reality, those prepared tissues and cells are dying because they were starved and poisoned as a consequence of the experiment in the lab.”

Dr. Lanka’s assertion emphasises the point made above. Namely, that it is the laboratory conditions and procedures which cause the observed cells to die, not a virus.

Are ‘viruses’ just normal constituents of our own cells?

Dr. Lanka’s revelations are confirmed by Dr. Andrew Kaufman, MD, who analysed various scientific papers (including studies done on Sars-Cov-2) that had claimed to ‘isolate’ a virus and came to the conclusion that what they had identified were not viral particles but exosomes (particles that our cells naturally release).

Dr. Kaufman explains that exosomes are often released from cells when one is ill, in a state of fear, or exposed to toxins. In the lab, virologists often mix cell cultures with antibiotics and other toxic substances which have been shown to induce the release of exosomes.

Moreover, on paper, viruses and exosomes are staggeringly similar. They both contain genetic material (DNA/RNA), they are both the same size and they both look identical under an electron microscope (which, again, is the only way scientists are able to see ‘viruses’).

The below image was taken from Dr. Kaufman’s video presentation. The image on the left is an electron micrograph of a COVID-19 cell. Those small dots are supposedly virus particles inside the cell. The image on the right is a nerve cell and those small dots are endosomes (exosomes before they the leave the cell).

Can you tell the difference?

You would think that scientists would be a little better at differentiating between disease-causing pathogens and harmless particles but apparently, they’re not.

For a more recent analysis by Dr. Kaufman and Nobel nominee Dr. Stefan Scoglio, see: Debunking Virology with Dr. Stefan Scoglio.

A study in 2015 titled Conserved and host-specific features of influenza virion architecture which aimed to understand more about the makeup of the influenza virus, concluded that:

“Influenza virions share an underlying protein composition with exosomes, suggesting that influenza virions form by subverting micro vesicle production.”

Another study published in 2016 titled Extracellular vesicles and viruses: Are they close relatives? makes a remarkable declaration about the similarity between extracellular vesicles (exosomes) and viruses. It states:

“It has recently been found that EVs [extracellular vesicles, in other words, exosomes] can have important biological functions and that in both structural and functional aspects they resemble viruses.”

This all leads to the particularly important question – Could scientists be mistaking normal constituents of our cells for viruses? It would seem the answer to that is ‘yes’.

The human virome undermines the idea that viruses are disease causing pathogens

No discussion on viruses would be complete without at least mentioning the human virome.

Most people know that we harbour billions of bacteria inside of our digestive system on our skin, but what they don’t know is that we are also host to a staggering number of viruses.

A study published in 2016, titled The virome in host health and disease notes that:

“It is becoming clear that the virome is part of a dynamic network of microorganisms that inhabit the body.”

A study published in 2017 titled The blood DNA virome in 8,000 humans analysed viral DNA sequences in the blood of over 8000 healthy people. What they found was quite astonishing.

The scientists carrying out the study were able to identify 94 different known viruses present in the test subjects. What is even more amazing is that this included viruses such as HIV, hepatitis B, and the papillomavirus.

None of the test subjects suffered from any infectious disease.

In an article published in Science Daily titled Viruses: You’ve heard the bad; here’s the good, the author quotes Marilyn Roossinck, PhD, a researcher who studies beneficial viruses. She says:

“The gastrointestinal tracts of mammals are plush with viruses. So far, little is known about how these viruses affect their hosts, but their sheer number and diversity suggest that they have important functions.”

The presence of the human virome should indicate to us that viruses are not harmful, disease-causing microorganisms, but are misunderstood, natural constituents of our biological makeup.

‘Viral infections’ shown to confer many benefits

A study published in 2014 found that an “enteric RNA virus can replace the beneficial function of commensal bacteria in the intestine”. The findings of the study added to the ever-growing body of evidence to suggest that viruses aren’t the disease-causing germs we’ve been led to believe.

The senior investigator of the study, Ken Cadwell, PhD stated:

“We have known for a long time that people get infected all the time with viruses and bacteria, and they don’t get sick. Now we have scientific evidence that not every viral infection is bad, but may actually be beneficial to health, just as we know that many bacterial infections are good for maintaining health.”

Although Dr. Lanka has demonstrated that there is no measles virus, the mainstream medical establishment still regards measles as an ‘infectious disease’ that must be eradicated.

In his book titled ‘Vaccines, Autoimmunity and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness’, Dr. Thomas Cowan, MD, states that children who successfully go through measles at the usual ages have less incidence of heart disease, arthritis, allergies and autoimmune diseases.

Moreover, scientific studies provide evidence of several conditions going into remission after a concurrent measles ‘infection’. These include intractable epileptic seizures, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile Hodgkin’s disease.

Viruses – the cash cows of the pharmaceutical industry?

Despite the ‘war on microbes’ imposed by the mainstream medical establishment with its increasing number of childhood vaccines and pharmaceutical drugs, there is evidence to suggest that infectious diseases are on the rise.

In fact, an article published in 2014 titled Emerging zoonotic viral diseases, states that:

“The last 30 years have seen a rise in emerging infectious diseases in humans, and of these, over 70% are zoonotic [animal born].”

It would seem that the use of toxic drugs and vaccines to destroy innocent or non-existent ‘viruses’ is not the way to eradicate ‘infectious disease’.

In light of all this, why has the ‘germ theory’ (i.e. that microorganisms cause disease) not been abandoned or at least questioned by mainstream science? Dawn Lester and David Parker provide us with a possible answer:

“One of the reasons for the perpetuation of the fallacy that ‘germs’ cause ‘infectious disease’ is to support the pharmaceutical industry, which is a key member of the medical establishment, and to promote the need for medicines and vaccines to combat these diseases.”

The germ theory keeps the pharmaceutical industry in business. If it was revealed that viruses and other microorganisms do not cause disease, that would mean billions lost in profits for the pharmaceutical companies that develop vaccines.

[end of part one]

Go to part 2


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