Science is a great thing and I’m very happy to have brilliant fine-tuned minds available to make life better for most and remedy dangerous situations. I am not, however, so happy with some of the experiments that are supposed to make our lives better. Many do work and are beneficial. But ingesting, injecting or otherwise assimilating foreign and synthetic substances into the body is too often harmful and dangerous. Unless massive deaths, disfigurements or mental disorders occur, there is little said about research that went wrong. Even then, often there are cover-up explanations or diversions.
I recall hearing in the mid to latter 1960s about soldiers exposed to LSD as early as the ’50s and how the results were in no way what was expected. Experiments gone wrong caused multiple deaths and destroyed many other lives because the men were not told of the potential consequences. In some cases the subjects were not even aware they were participants in an experiment. The soldiers who became test animals suffered long-term mental disorders due to their exposure to the chemical combination.
Long before and since then, science has been instrumental in creating such oopsies as HIV, GMO foods, Ebola and now Zika virus.
Early recognition of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) dates back to the 1920s. This was brought about by attempts to eradicate a similar strain among non-human primates. Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), first encountered in West and Central Africa, was seen as a potential threat to humans, so scientists began working to eliminate the threat. The result of their efforts was the mutation of SIV to human immunodeficiency virus or HIV then AIDS as the virus adapted to the serums offered.
Thanks to millions of dollars in various donations to government and incessant lobbying by DOW Chemical and Monsanto, we now have Genetically Modified Foods. Also known as GMO for genetically moidified organisims, the new seeds offered by the chemical companies contain 2,4-D herbicide. Compound 2,4-D is one of the main ingredients, and half of the recipe, making up “Agent Orange”. For those of you too young to remember, Agent Orange is the defoliant used to clear areas of vegitation in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia to expose enemy troops. It has also caused various cancers that have killed and disabled tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans and Asian civilians who came in contact with it. Now you’re eating it!
Much like HIV, the latest pandemic mutation to come from the pointy-heads in lab coats messing with nature is the Zika virus. Zika virus produces neurologic conditions in adults and microcephaly in babies born to mothers who have contracted the virus. Microcephaly is the name for a substantially smaller than normal head size that compresses and deforms the brain in unborn babies.
Zika origins include, again, Africa and Asia and the virus is closely related to dengue and yellow fevers. It is resistant to vaccines and drugs used to treat those fevers and is believed to be resultant of attempts to eliminate those mosquito-borne diseases that were once confined to rhesus monkeys. Zika virus is the latest global pandemic.
Any wonder remaining in your mind regarding how Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) came about? But then, unless you’re currently infected with the life threatening faux pas, “What difference, at this point, does it make”?