"The picture we have of viruses and their significance for human beings and nature has fundamentally changed in the last two decades but with hardly any of this more widely known although this Organism has occupied the headlines for many months. Viruses are the oldest, the most common and the most broadly distributed organic structures that evolution has ever created. Viruses basically are the most ancient building blocks of life; without this knowledge we will not be able to understand their role and the part they play in the course of illness." (T. Hardtmuth)
With this backdrop, Dr. Thomas Hardtmuth tackles issues related to the current Corona pandemic. We need to thoroughly understand the significance of viruses, not just as causes of illnesses, but also as a medium, under the right conditions, for building and maintaining health and as a carrier and modifier of genetic information in the service of evolution. The more we view them merely as enemies to be fought, the more we consign and limit ourselves to battleground stations. As Dr. Hardtmuth writes, this is perhaps even truer of Covid-19.
The latest research and understanding is leading to very different conclusions. For generations, we have been deeply influenced by the domination of pathogenic studies of viruses, whereas the most astonishing recent research shows viruses--in their mutability and in their ability to change our DNA--to be essential life forms for maintaining health and allowing human beings to adapt to new situations--indeed, to evolve.
How does this apply to illnesses and a pandemic? The simplistic view that viruses attack us and make us ill is outdated. Their effects depend on the situation and the host organism--us. It is not a simple matter of cause and effect.
This is just one aspect of Hardtmuth's discussion. This short book takes the discussion further, delving in detail into subjects such as the PCR tests and the so-called Ct (or amplification) values; the psychology of fear and power; the inner-outer relationship between human health and environmental health; and the effects of fear as well as other factors on the immune system.
In addition, the author introduces the welcome subject of alternative therapies and the controversial subject surrounding the uses and risks of vaccination, both in general and more specifically with regard to the current Covid vaccines. On the latter he details the processes by which the different types of vaccines are produced and their various means of affecting human cells and immune systems. He also considers the significantly shortened testing processes for Covid vaccines, the potential risks, and the immunological responses in the organism through vaccines in comparison to responses arising naturally through actual infections.
Most important, the author explores these issues from an open-minded and holistic perspective, presented in an accessible way for the general reader.