Yep. SageBrush was spouting off again...Durandal wrote:Wow, this thread went seriously OT.
It seems that our resident physician (and everyone else here) is completely ignorant of the important interaction between measles disease and the human immune system: Measles acts like a "reset cache" button for the immune system, causing it to completely forget everything which it had previously identified as harmful. So is this good or bad? It's certainly bad if you are subsequently exposed to a dangerous disease that you previously had immunity for. OTOH, if the immune system has incorrectly targeted part of the body instead of an invader, then this could be an extremely valuable function.
Here are my predictions:
1) In the near future, drug companies will start marketing measles as a "miracle cure" for autoimmune disorder.
2) Drug companies will never admit that the rising epidemic of autoimmune disorders was caused by preventing measles using the measles vaccine.
That way, they can sell BOTH the measles vaccine AND measles as a treatment for autoimmune disorders.
And, yes, Dr. SageBrush, you read it here first.