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dc.contributor.authorKostoff, Ronald N.
dc.contributor.authorBriggs, Michael B.
dc.contributor.authorKanduc, Darja
dc.contributor.authorPorter, Alan L.
dc.contributor.authorBuchtel, Henry A.
dc.description.abstractCommunicable disease is a misnomer. The disease is not communicable; the microbe mainly associated with the disease is communicable. Whether the recipient of the microbe develops the disease depends on the health of the recipient’s immune system. Our model of COVID-19 development starts with real-life exposures to multiple toxic stressors degrading the immune system. This is followed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus exploiting the degraded immune system to trigger a chain of events ultimately leading to COVID-19. To prevent or treat infectious disease, the health of the immune system must be maintained or improved. One major component of maintaining and improving immune system health is removal of those factors that contribute to immune system degradation. A previous monograph identified many factors that contribute to immune system degradation (Contributing Factors (CFs)). It was hypothesized that many of these CFs to immune system degradation were identical to those that past studies have shown were CFs to chronic diseases. To test this hypothesis, a proof-of-principle demonstration was performed to identify the commonality between CFs to immune system degradation and CFs to Parkinson’s Disease (PD). A very streamlined approach was used, and approximately 500 CFs were found in common between the two diseases. Since COVID-19 (and other infectious diseases) results from immune system degradation in our model, this means COVID-19 and PD are enabled by many of the same toxic exposures and toxic behaviors. Thus, many of the measures required to strategically treat and prevent infectious diseases are similar to those required to strategically treat and prevent chronic diseases. This is a major paradigm shift for orthodox Western medicine, but is required to achieve major advances in global population health.en_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsAttribution 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectSevere Acute Respiratory Syndromeen_US
dc.subjectParkinson's diseaseen_US
dc.subjectImmune system degradationen_US
dc.subjectContributing Factorsen_US
dc.titleCommunicable diseases are not communicableen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameGeorgia Institute of Technology. School of Public Policyen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameUniversity of Bari, Italy. Department of Biosciencesen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameUniversity of Michigan. Department of Psychiatryen_US

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