Medical researchers are completely obsessed with viruses. Every disease needs to be explained by a virus. And as viruses are everywhere you can always find one to blame if you search long enough. Now they say that coeliac disease might be triggered by a reovirus. I had never heard of reoviruses before, but new categories are invented all the time.
“New research suggests an infection with a common strain of reovirus, which is often symptomless, could be behind why some people’s immune systems react to gluten” The research suggest that it could be. Forgive me that I’m not impressed. Considering that viruses have never been proven to cause any disease, not even flu or measles, blaming them for gluten intolerance is at best a stretch.
“found mice engineered to be genetically susceptible to gluten intolerance”. Genetically engineered mice get sick easier. Why am I not surprised? Nobody knows what genes are or how they work, so messing with them will cause disease. You don’t need to have a degree in science to understand that. “were infected with the reovirus strain T1L ” Wait a moment here. I would like to know how the mice were infected, considering that viruses are not infectious. Were they injected with something? Did they sniff something that was infected? Did they eat infected food? These things make a huge difference.
“The virus in question is so harmless that people often don’t even realise they have been infected” I find the story of the undetected infection fascinating. How would you know you had this undetected infection? I assume they do an antibody test, which are known to be useless. It’s so annoying that antibodies have nothing to do with immunity or infection. It badly disrupts research involving germs. But as a scientist you can choose to ignore scientific facts and go on with your fantasies.
“But if the first exposure to a food with gluten occurs during a reovirus infection” Professor Dermody, I have a question here. What if that first exposure is at eight weeks old, because there are both traces of gluten and reoviruses in a vaccine? Would that be a good explanation for coeliac disease? Or maybe you don’t know that some vaccines contain gluten? Oops.
“research was a “big leap” in understanding how coeliac disease can develop.” Dr. Tye-Din, during the last few decades we have seen an explosion of auto-immune diseases. Don’t you think there could be a common cause? Or would it be more likely that every one of those have a different cause? If you repeatedly inject babies with cells from other humans, wouldn’t that be a good explanation for auto-immune diseases? I’m not a scientist, but this sounds a lot more likely than a virus that has been around forever.
“a reovirus vaccine could be developed for at-risk children”. And there we get the explanation for this particularly bad quality research. One reason for the obsession with germs is the quickly expanding and highly profitable vaccine market. There are vaccines in development against asthma, eczema, diabetes, epilepsy and a variety of other auto-immune diseases. Considering that vaccines are in most cases the direct cause of the diseases this is a particularly nice model for both researchers and pharmaceutical industry. But it has nothing to do with science.
“based on genetic predisposition” And how exactly would this genetic predisposition be determined? So far there is no vaccine on the market that takes predispostion into consideration and if there would be a vaccine against auto-immune diseases that would also be pushed onto everyone. There is no reason to expect something else. There is no money in a vaccine for a small group.
“It could help unlock the triggers for other food allergies and autoimmune diseases.” I wonder how difficult it is to do research with an elephant in your lab. Overstimulating the immune systems of babies is a highly likely cause of auto-immunity. Injecting cells of other humans is another one. That’s two gigantic elephants. But dr. Tye-Din prefers to ingore both of them.
The question is not where auto-immune diseases come from. That has been well-established. The big question is why there are still people who do not have auto-immune diseases. That is so hard to explain that I wonder if many vaccines made in China might actually only contain water. Right now this seems the most scientific explanation.
Most scientific research never gets published. This study was published, which is a strong indication about the scientific level of medical research. All this stuff belongs in the garbage bin. It’s not worth the paper it’s printed on. Or the MB’s on a computer.