Atypical pneumonia and vegetarian food
In recent weeks, the whole world is in panic about the so-called “SARS”. Meanwhile, the term “atypical pneumonia” entered into practice as early as the 40s of the 20th century and was used to characterize pneumonia, which are difficult to treat with sulfa drugs and penicillin. In recent years, the group of “atypical pneumonia” has been replenished with pathogens that are very different in their biology. The infections they cause are significantly different in the clinic, epidemiology, the conditions of the pathogen circulation and the ways of their transmission. Despite these circumstances, the term “atypical pneumonia”, not being a strictly scientific definition, is quite firmly established in medical practice.
The world meets with the atypical pneumonia epidemic with horror, especially panic, because the new virus has baffled medical scientists (it has unusual genes, it can exist for a long time in a latent, that is, hidden state). And therefore it is already clear that it will not be possible to cope with it quickly. But microbiologists have been struggling for several years with infectious diseases that flare up here and there. The whole thing, apparently, is that environmental changes have a dangerous effect not only on humans, animals and plants. They bring unpredictable changes into the invisible “living microworld”, in which many carriers of deadly diseases inhabit. The press of different countries is sounding the alarm in connection with the new environmental threat looming over mankind.
In different regions of the world there are outbreaks of previously unknown diseases. So, in 1976, an epidemic of hemorrhagic fever broke out in South Sudan and North Zaire. In Sudan, about 300 people fell ill (151 died), 237 people fell ill in Zaire, of whom 211 died. A virus was isolated in an area near the Ebola River in Zaire, hence the name Ebola.
In 2001, there were several cases of hemorrhagic fever of unknown type in residents of Samara and the Samara region. The main foci of infection were the Krasnoglinsky district of Samara, as well as the cities of Zhigulevsk and Pokhvistnevo. According to the experts of the regional center of the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance, the majority of patients contracted a dangerous infection through airborne or fecal-oral routes through its carriers – field mice. For several years now, foci of hemorrhagic fever have occurred in the Stavropol region that have claimed many lives; the same outbreaks of diseases were noted in the Omsk and Izhevsk regions. In all these cases, the sanitary and epidemiological authorities confirm that disease carriers are ticks, rodents and other unpleasant animals.
Supporters of vegetarianism believe that the main reason is rooted in animal husbandry, or rather, in its one particular feature. In many countries, including China, pigs and ducks are kept nearby, pigs are often raised directly in the living quarters, and human and bird viruses infect pigs and exchange antigens in the pigs, resulting in new strains. No one is immune to these new types of virus, and so many people are infected.
Methods of infecting a person are not precisely established, but, apparently, it occurs when inhalation of contaminated dust. Doctors believe that the SARS virus is transmitted by airborne droplets, as well as acute respiratory infections or influenza. It is believed that it is also possible to get this disease through “dirty hands”. Occasionally, food is a factor in virus transmission. Infection is possible through hands contaminated with secretions of infected rodents, or by contact when cutting carcasses of infected rodents, when the pathogen enters the body through microtrauma of the skin or mucous membranes. This is the way doctors recognized the most common. Since the virus infects a person when it enters the mucous membrane of the mouth or nasal cavity while breathing, the virus is likely to enter the body when it touches the nose, lips, eyes of polluted hands.
Naturists treat the panic news of bacteriologists and infectious diseaseists very specifically: they are calm for themselves, and others are a pity. On the other hand, under the pressure of a new virus, it may be possible, rather, for humanity to achieve something that cannot be interpreted in any way “in a good way”? Is it possible to forget the first lesson of the founder of natural hygiene Sylvester Graham: during the cholera epidemic in the USA in 1832, not one man among the followers of Graham who followed his nutritional advice fell ill!
What do infectious disease specialists write about microbial diseases? “The human body is not indifferent to the action of the pathogen. It uses all its natural capabilities to destroy it, neutralize the toxic products of its vital activity … An infectious disease is the result of a marked antagonistic relationship between the parasite and the organism affected by it. either becoming its victim and perishing. “