A scientist thinks he can eradicate Heliobacter pylori bacteria, which are blamed for stomach ulcers. But he makes a variety of mistakes. The biggest one is to blame bacteria for diseases, instead of seeing them as friends with an important job. The importance of bacteria has been known for a long time, but this knowledge has seemed to have disappeared since scientists became obsessed with bacterial diseases.
“the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) which lives in around 50 per cent of humans.” Here’s the first indication that the bacteria are not responsible for the ulcers. Not a lot of people get stomach ulcers, but 50% of the people have the bacteria. So blaming the bacteria is clearly incorrect. At best the bacteria play a role in the disease, but that’s it. You don’t need to have a degree in science to see this.
“have identified how the bacteria produces a waxy shield which protects it from stomach acid” And why do you think the bacteria do this? Obviously prof. Marshall thinks that bacteria are just there to cause us trouble. It hasn’t occured to him that these bacteria might play an important role and need to protect themselves so that they can do their work. This is called tunnel vision, a common phenomenon among scientists. Ignore everything that doesn’t suit you.
“development of treatments to stop the bacteria surviving in the stomach,” And why, professor Marshall, do you think this will be a good idea? Do you think that these bacteria have evolved with the one and only goal to cause stomach ulcers in humans? Or could it possibly be that we need these bacteria badly? Eradicating them sounds like a recipe for disaster.
“we could screen thousands of different natural products that might inhibit the stickiness of the bacteria,” Natural products? Since when do scientists look for natural products? And why would anything that exists in nature stop bacteria from doing an important job? Nature is balance and nature knows that it can’t do without bacteria. Scientists might be stupid, but nature is not.
“H. pylori causes ulcers in around 10 per cent of people” So 90% of the people with the bacteria do not get ulcers. It would make an awful lot of sense to focus the research on the 90%, instead of on the 10%. Find out why those 90% live in perfect harmony with their bacteria.
“H. pylori is classified as a class 1 carcinogen in Australia,” I won’t ask for the research that has led to this classification. It’s just too absurd to even talk about. Bacteria are as old as the world. Cancer is a new disease, that was almost non-existent 200 years ago. The science behind cancer-causing germs is worse than quackery. It’s complete fiction without a shred of science or even common sense.
And for this people get a Nobel prize. But that’s not surprising. Loads of medical Nobel prizes have been awarded for things that later proved to be completely wrong and caused a lot of damage to patients. Will anyone ever learn from the blunders from the past? Not as long as there is a lot of money for medical research, I’m afraid.