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  • Pat

    Did they compare infected people who exercised with those who didn’t. If they ate the same amount of food as non-infected people, the fat had to come from somewhere, perhaps because less muscle was being made or sustained- and that, perhaps due to a lack of exercise. Or perhaps the virus slows down the rate of metabolism while leaving hunger at the same level. Exercise would likely return the metabolism to the correct rate. Even if more stem cells convert to fat cells, what’s filling these cells with fat if they eat no more than normal and especially if they exercise. I’d like to see a study done to test the effect of exercise of various kinds on infected people.

    • Jocelyn

      I’m thinking even better would be to eliminate the virus all together….

      • Dasaniyum

        Yeah we shouldn’t be having this virus in the first place. It would be nice to know how exercise or an increase in plant intake would impact the effects of the virus though.

        • Jocelyn

          I’m wondering how elimination of meat intake has an effect on the virus.

          • Larry G Maloney

            If you don’t eat chicken meat you don’t get the virus (not so far, anyway.)

        • Larry G Maloney

          So, your plan is to eat chicken and “protect” yourself by throwing in some green veggies and doing pushups? That didn’t work for the polio virus.

    • Larry G Maloney

      Exercise doesn’t prevent other viruses from spreading. Regardless, it’s not likely avid exercisers were culled out of the study.
      Considering we are an obese population of epidemic proportion, how would we survive if the chicken fat virus could mutate and transfer from human to human.

  • Doctor Dave

    Dr G – Is this the same adenovirus that is attacking kids here in Colorado, or is it a different strain? Viruses are some of the smallest living things, much smaller than a human cell. I wonder if adv36 has adapted to the point where it can control the fat mechanisms in the human body so it is able to hide there to avoid the immune system? It is clear that viruses can and do hide in the human body – as demonstrated by the ability of the chicken pox virus to hide for decades, then re-emerge as shingles decades later. No sign of the virus in between, and the adaptation of the immune system to destroy it in the first place does not work for the later shingles version. What does this say about ebola, which is also a virus?

  • Ren Homick

    Why poultry showed highter gains might also be due to meateaters eating more chicken nowadays in response to all the red meat scares. Either way, best to not eat meat at all.

  • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

    Big pharma is coming! Antiviral therapy for obesity…NOT! Even better, blend antiviral drugs into ground meat together with a statin drug.

    • Don’t give them ideas… :-)

      • Jocelyn

        Exactly – sad but likely this is making many see $$$

      • Larry G Maloney

        Big pharma is probably already working on a therapy already.

        • Dasaniyum

          It’s probably going to be another spice again. They take the spice, modify it a bit, and then call it a drug.

  • Issie

    It may be that our immune systems are compromised due to issues with virus, bacteria and Protozoa (specifically FL1953) that live in and is protected by biofilm. Fat feeds this protozoa and makes it stronger. Until we can lower the fat not only in our diet but also on our bodies our immune systems can’t detect these pathogens that hide in this fat and biofilm. A good portion of our immune system lie in our guts. The one thing that ONLY WE have control over is our diet. But sadly it’s the one thing many sick people refuse to change. They are looking for a pill to “fix” things without making any lifestyle changes. Becoming a low fat, whole food, vegan is our key toward better health.

    Issie

  • bob
    • Issie

      Methylation dysfunction causing some issues with mutations in gene function, maybe.

      Issie

  • Charzie

    Wow, the implications of this are staggering, even beyond the obesity factor. The whole virus thing in relation to factory farming alone is enough to scare one away from eating animal products, even if they had no ethical or previous health concerns! HINT HINT!

    • Larry G Maloney

      I’m sure it will be on the nightly news this evening so Americans are warned to stop eating chicken. Media has our backs. (snicker)

  • Arjan den Hollander.

    The ” I’m big boned ” excuse just got a little kid sister! ^^

  • Adrienne Mann Youmans

    My question is — does the virus eventually die off, or is there anything that people who already have this virus can do to get rid of it? Does dietary change make any difference after the fact? Thank you!

    • theslaw

      That is my question, too. You’ve presented a problem.That many of us may already have. How do we treat/cure this?

  • theslaw

    Dr. G,

    Steve here, in San Diego. I moved your car once to prevent a ticket.

    Anyway, you’ve presented a problem that many of us may already have.

    How do we treat/cure this?

  • Gregory Overcashier

    Does’t cooking the chicken kill the virus?