Viruses and cellular nutrition: an immunologist’s perspective

Studies as far back as the 1960s and 70s looked at the higher rates of infection in malnourished children in developing countries in comparison with those who were adequately nourished. These were epidemiological (population) studies. But laboratory research has been demonstrating the role of micronutrition in cellular immunity for decades, too.“There’s no virus that can penetrate a healthy cell fed with nutrition at optimal levels.”

“There’s no virus that can penetrate a healthy cell fed with nutrition at optimal levels.”Dr Myron Wentz, PhD Microbiology, specialty in immunology

This was the bold statement made by Dr. Myron Wentz in 2019. On the face of it, this seems like a fairly outrageous claim. But the word “healthy” is key. What if the pandemic is showing us that there is a deeper underlying problem with the health of millions of people (and their cells) on this planet? As individuals, given the situation we are faced with, perhaps now is the time to be listening to the messages being shared by specialists in viral behaviour at a cellular level, and not just the epidemiologists and the creators of computer models looking at viral spread in populations. Dr. Myron Wentz’s credentials as an eminent microbiologist and immunologist put him in the first category.

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