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Did a virus make you fat?

by 20469 · October 21, 2010 at 02:59 PM

Interesting article: http://www.science20.com/news_articles/obesity_virus_can_ad36_cold_virus_make_kids_fat There is evidence that some viruses might play a strong role in the development of obesity. Thoughts?

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3482 · October 21, 2010 at 02:41 PM

Paul and Shou-Ching from the perfect health diet talked about this:

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=606

Here are some wise words from them:

I certainly wouldn’t avoid contact with obese people for fear of contracting AD-36. These pathogens are everywhere and infection is inevitable. Most elderly probably have hundreds of chronic infections.

The key to health is not avoiding germs, but maintaining a powerful immune system that prevents pathogens from causing disease. That means a healthy diet, good nutrition, and immune-enhancing practices like fasting and ketogenic diet days.

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1204 · October 21, 2010 at 10:29 AM

2 Questions:

Does this virus only exists in the Anglo-American sphere? (US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand)

And will the pharmaceutical companies come up with a pill / vaccination to protect us from this virus?

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223 · October 21, 2010 at 01:09 PM

I don't know enough about immunology to make a really cogent argument, but is there a possibility here of reverse causation (e.g. metabolic damage -> poor health -> infection)?

Just to run some numbers:

As the article reports, given that you have AD-36, you are quite likely to be obese.

P( Obese | AD-36 ) =~ 78%

From the numbers reported (and a few conditional prob. calculations), it seems that:

P( AD-36 | Obese ) =~ 22%

P( AD-36 | Not Obese ) =~ 6%

So if you are obese, you are over 3x more likely to have AD-36 then the non-obese. Interesting stuff.

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