When your immune cells don’t have enough sulfate, they can’t kill bugs

“People get really worried if they didn’t get their flu shot, they’re afraid they’re going to get some horrible flu. The fact is, actually, when you look at what the flu virus is doing, when you catch the flu, it goes into the muscle cells, and it tells the muscle cells to stop providing itself with sulfate, and instead to put the sulfate around the virus.

So there’s these little tiny bugs inside the cell, and the cell goes right to work giving those little tiny bugs a nice coat, which contains sulfate, and then, eventually, that cell dies and releases all those viruses, and they go into the blood, and they hand that sulfate over to the macrophages. So the immune system attacks those viruses, eats them up, and says thank you very much for the sulfate you’ve given me, because that will revitalize the immune system and make it work.

So what’s happening is, when you have a weak immune system, your immune cells don’t have enough sulfate… If they don’t have enough sulfate, they can’t kill bugs, so you become susceptible to disease. You get a virus, the virus goes in and steals the sulfate from the muscles and gives it to the immune cells, because it’s more important for your immune cells to have the sulfate than it is for your muscles… to keep you from dying.

So the immune cells can now work better than they used to be able to work, because they’ve been given all this sulfate, [but] your muscles get wrecked, you’ve got muscle aches and pains, because of the flu, cause your muscles are being deprived of their sulfate in order to feed it to the immune cells, and the viruses are mediating that transfer.

So you really need to think of disease, infectious disease as a mechanism by which viruses come in and solve a problem for you that is otherwise going to be fatal. I think of infectious disease as a way to help you heal, help to redistribute the sulfate to places where it’s urgently needed, when there’s not enough.”

— Stephanie Seneff, PhD

Note: Dr. Seneff is Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She has degrees from MIT in both biology and computer science. Her recent interests have focused on the role of toxic chemicals and micronutrient deficiencies in health. She has published 20 peer-reviewed journal papers over the past few years on these topics.


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