Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Some alternatives for two old infectious disease notions

Having the flue really badly, maybe this is the time to write a bit about infectious disease. Many decades ago, I learned a few things by original thinkers that made a lot of sense to me. However, the old notions happily seem to live on. Time to spread the word again.

I was honored to have been a student of Professor Van Gool of the Wilhelmina Gasthuis. He taught pathophysiology. This was decades before the Internet and, as so often with important old stuff, I don’t find his name or his philosophy online, while the most meaningless nonsense of today is covered in great detail.

Wikipedia has an entry Pathophysiology, but it only contains North-American ideas. It has no Dutch page, and since Van Gool had a colleague in Switzerland, I think, who did the same kind of thing, I looked in the German page, but that also doesn’t capture it. What was his novel vision?

The old idea was: at sickness the body dysfunctions.

His idea: at sickness the body functions differently.

In illness the machine is not broken but rather has different goals.

So when the body generates a fever and makes you feel exhausted, that’s what the body needs to do. To hamper the microbe’s proliferation and by making you too tired to move to reserve all your energy for the creation of anti-bodies.

I also learned that the flue with medical consultation takes a week and with not seeing the doctor seven days.


Half a century ago, I read a few pages from a smart booklet that gave an alternative for an old idea.

The old idea was: an infectious disease is an attack on the body by an alien invading enemy. The enemy thinking of: we are good and evil enemies are out to get us.

His idea: an infectious disease is a welcome by the body of foreign DNA/RNA to see if this could be useful to incorporate.

We don’t get sick from plant-microbes. The pathogens that make us ill are very much in tune with us, and our body has a great affinity with them.

We see that many cells incorporated all kinds of foreign pieces of nuclear material and even cell inclusions with complete sets of DNA, like mitochondria that give animal cells energy and Chloroplasts that give all green plants their energy. Without these inclusions, none of these cells could survive. Little wonder then if the Evolution was scared to close the door on new potential additions.

However, we can safely say that this procedure of trial and error to find useful enrichment for the human cell is obsolete. If there is anything useful to add, we can very well insert it by medical science. So, I think that it’s high time that medical engineers start to block all microbes from a foothold in our cells.

The future is not that we’ll be able to conquer all infections with unbeatable antibiotics but rather that we change the cell mechanisms that have welcomed microbes for thousands of generations.

And then maybe, when our immune system doesn’t need to busy itself with building immunity against microbes, it can use all its energy to stop cancer cells early.

We’re going to a future without disease, than without aging and then without death. Just as the Sages predicted.

That is, if we also muster the psychological advancement of not killing each other anymore.

Just hang in there, and you may be part of the first generation that will never gets sick, never ages and never dies.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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