The Infectious Myth
A Book Project by David Crowe
Why I Think Viruses Might Not Exist
Viruses were claimed to exist and to be the cause of disease through negative evidence. When materials could be forced through a filter so fine that bacteria could not get through, yet still cause disease when injected into an animal (often directly into the brain), it was claimed that a filterable virus was present.
Prior to the invention of the Electron Microscope in the 1930s it was not possible to see particles this small. With the electron microscope the new breed of virologists started to look at impure materials and claim that they could spot the viruses. The problem is that just by looking at a particle you cannot tell what it is or what it does without fulfilling Kochs postulates.
Kochs postulates were developed by the great 18th century German bacteriologist Robert Koch. Stated simply:
It is very important to note that these are logical postulates, not scientific laws. They are, in other words, just simple, straightforward, every day logic. Kochs brilliance was putting them into simple words and forcing those who promoted infectious disease theories (most of which were wrong) into a corner. Fulfill these simple logical postulates, or go home.
The problem for viruses was that, even into the electron microscope era, a top virologist was forced to admit that, It is obvious that Koch's postulates have not been satisfied in viral diseases (Rivers TM. Viruses and Koch's Postulates. J Bacteriol. 1937 Jan; 33(1): 1-12). So, instead of satisfying these simple logical postulates, he just proposed two new ones
These are obvious nonsense, but even today this paper is still referenced as seminal, and virologists spend more effort trying to rewrite Kochs postulates than to fulfil them.
It helps to know a little bit about how virologists work, getting past all the high-tech, sophisticated equipment, and into the logic. This is the approximate sequence of events, you will find repeated thousands of times in the virology literature:
On this basis virologists claim isolation of a virus, even though they have not logically proven that a virus is present, let alone a specific virus.
If anyone believes that Kochs postulates have been fulfilled for any virus, I would love to hear from you.
Copyright December, 2014 by David Crowe.