Interesting article: http://www.science20.com/news_articles/obesity_virus_can_ad36_cold_virus_make_kids_fat There is evidence that some viruses might play a strong role in the development of obesity. Thoughts?
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Paul and Shou-Ching from the perfect health diet talked about this:
Here are some wise words from them:
I certainly wouldn???t avoid contact with obese people for fear of contracting AD-36. These pathogens are everywhere and infection is inevitable. Most elderly probably have hundreds of chronic infections.
The key to health is not avoiding germs, but maintaining a powerful immune system that prevents pathogens from causing disease. That means a healthy diet, good nutrition, and immune-enhancing practices like fasting and ketogenic diet days.
Does this virus only exists in the Anglo-American sphere? (US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand)
And will the pharmaceutical companies come up with a pill / vaccination to protect us from this virus?
I don't know enough about immunology to make a really cogent argument, but is there a possibility here of reverse causation (e.g. metabolic damage -> poor health -> infection)?
Just to run some numbers:
As the article reports, given that you have AD-36, you are quite likely to be obese.
P( Obese | AD-36 ) =~ 78%
From the numbers reported (and a few conditional prob. calculations), it seems that:
P( AD-36 | Obese ) =~ 22%
P( AD-36 | Not Obese ) =~ 6%
So if you are obese, you are over 3x more likely to have AD-36 then the non-obese. Interesting stuff.