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Here is an article that sheds light on Bechamp's idea that microzymas can turn into anything the body requires to fight disease.

'Lifeless' prion proteins are 'capable of evolution'

Abnormal prion proteins cause at least 20 fatal diseases

Scientists have shown for the first time that "lifeless" prion proteins, devoid of all genetic material, can evolve just like higher forms of life.

The Scripps Research Institute in the US says the prions can change to suit their environment and go on to develop drug resistance.

Prions are associated with 20 different brain diseases in humans and animals.

The scientists say their work suggests new approaches might be necessary to develop therapies for these diseases.

In the study, published in the journal Science, the scientists transferred prion populations from brain cells to other cells in culture and observed the prions that adapted to the new cellular environment out-competed their brain-adapted counterparts.

When returned to the brain cells, the brain-adapted prions again took over the population.

Charles Weissmann, head of Scripps Florida's department of infectology who led the study, said: "On the face of it, you have exactly the same process of mutation and adaptive change in prions as you see in viruses.

This is a timely reminder that prion concerns are not going away and that controls to stop abnormal prions being transmitted to humans through the food system or through blood transfusions must be vigorously maintained
Professor John Collinge, Medical Research Council Prion Unit

"This means that this pattern of Darwinian evolution appears to be universally active.

"In viruses, mutation is linked to changes in nucleic acid sequence that leads to resistance.

"Now, this adaptability has moved one level down- to prions and protein folding - and it's clear that you do not need nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) for the process of evolution."

Mammalian cells normally produce cellular prion protein or PrPC.

During infections, such as the human form of mad cow disease known as vCJD, abnormal or misfolded proteins convert the normal host prion protein into its toxic form by changing its conformation or shape.

"It was generally thought that once cellular prion protein was converted into the abnormal form, there was no further change", Mr Weissmann said.

"But there have been hints that something was happening.

"When you transmit prions from sheep to mice, they become more virulent over time.


Human prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt Jakob disease (CJD) can arise sporadically, be acquired by infection or be inherited because of a mutant gene coding for the prion protein
They are relatively rare but have occurred in epidemic form in Papua New Guinea as a result of brain cannibalism.
Animal prion diseases include scrapie in sheep and goats, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk and transmissible mink encephalopathy.
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) first appeared in UK in mid-1980s.
It is estimated that more than two million UK cattle were infected.
Variant CJD (vCJD) caused by the same prion strain as BSE was first recognised in the mid-1990s.

"Now we know that the abnormal prions replicate, and create variants, perhaps at a low level initially.

"But once they are transferred to a new host, natural selection will eventually choose the more virulent and aggressive variants."

Professor John Collinge, of the Medical Research Council's (MRC) Prion Unit, described the research as exciting confirmation of a hypothesis that he had proposed two years ago, that there could be a "cloud" or whole array of prion proteins in the body.

He called it the cloud hypothesis.

He said: "The prion protein is not a clone, it is a quasi-species that can create different protein strains even in the same animal.

"The abnormal prion proteins multiply by converting normal prion proteins.

"The implication of Charles Weissmann's work is that it would be better to cut off that supply of normal prion proteins rather than risk the abnormal prion adapting to a drug and evolving into a new more virulent form.

"You would do this by trying to block the sites on the normal prion protein that the abnormal form locks on to to do its conversion.

"We know there is an antibody that can do this in mice and the Medical Research Council's Prion Unit have managed to engineer a human antibody to do this.

Chemical libraries

"It is currently undergoing safety tests and we hope to move to clinical trials by the end of 2011."

Professor Collinge said the MRC was also trying to find more conventional chemical compounds to do this and has been collaborating with the chemical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

He said: "They have given us access to their chemical libraries, which contain millions of compounds, and we have already identified some that may work well.

"This is a timely reminder that prion concerns are not going away and that controls to stop abnormal prions being transmitted to humans through the food system or through blood transfusions must be vigorously maintained."

While the language employed is very different, the ideas expressed are extremely similar.

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Thank you for opening up this discussion Kavi. This is closely related to the way the meat processing plants produce ground meat for consumption. Here is a blog on 'Want to be a vegetarian' I'll have to find the videos about meat processing, if I haven't already posted here.
I love your discussion topic. Being a biologist and a pathologist we are taught that many "living" organisms are the cause of an array of diseases. Of course, the definition of LIFE is that said organism must be able to ingest, excrete, respire and reproduce. PRIONS don't fit into any of these categories!
We are discovering new prion diseases on a regular basis--- a prion is a chemical molecule- period- yet it can be transmitted from one organism to another- even be "infectious." Interesting how the scientific community can readily accept prion pathology but deny a host of other natural facts and observations that don't fit with their dogma!?
Shall soon post Bechamps view of things and the similarities immediately become evident. To me they seem to have the function similar to plasmids - carrying some chemical code needed for a particular purpose and triggered by subtle differences in gut, blood and cell pH, for instance.

These differences come about from the mind with its desires, hopes, fears expectations and disappointments, food, drugs and environment, in that sequence. Everything is dynamic and here again a particle is blamed for its mere presence, in the course of what is considered disease.

Elsewhere i have written that none of these are originators or even maintainers of disease, but merely its by-products. If scientists would pay closer attention to what they see, they would discover completely different things if they only could understand it. It is imperative first to understand the whole in which it takes place. If seen from the whole instead of the particle - that fragmented bit of knowledge - we could understand what exactly triggers the multiplication of certain molecules, germs and other substances or entities in our bodies.

Next we must understand that nothing in the body is made or out to kill us, but that all is part of the defense mechanism, commonly known under the misnomer "immune-system".
There is nothing immune about the system, because that same defense mechanism is a reactive system and not proactive. It first lets everything in, before it reacts and does its best to break down, throw out or digest the negative force we have allowed to enter.

The best this entire piece of speculative quackery has to offer is indeed that they have no problem with prions, because they can be seen. If it can be seen, it must be true. If it can be touched or heard as well, even better. If all te five senses can confirm the object to be accepted, it is given highest place. A childish way of investigating things - taking them apart in order to find out how they work - which will always end up with a non-working model based on their speculations on how they would like it to work.

However, in order to understand life, one must not investigate corpses.

By the time our opponents and detractors come to understand the last sentence, it will already be too late - for them, that is.


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