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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

The Origins of the Spanish Flu

Flying Bat

You may have noted that the Pandemic has taken its greatest toll on human life in regions of the world that are also the most polluted and impoverished. Have you wondered why? Of course, there are numerous reasons, including malnutrition, stress, poor housing and vitamin D deficiency. Combine this with excessive reliance on immune-suppressing drugs, plus an ageing population and people are ripe for the taking!

The above scenario reminds me of the Spanish Flu Pandemic which took the lives of mostly young men and women. What can we learn from the Spanish Flu that might help us get through the current Pandemic?

Researcher, Maurice de Hond, in his lengthy paper, "Ozone, the hub of everything!? goes into great detail about the origins of these killer viruses and the ozone connection.

To help you, I have cut and pasted his last sentences below:

"Now that I've explained how it might work, it's time to consider the origin of viruses. You often end up at caves or rainforests, with bats. Nocturnal animals that actually spend their entire lives in ozone-deficient environments. Some species live under the canopy of a rainforest with very little ozone, which is due to the very large amount of isoprene that the trees emit during the day to protect themselves against ozone damage. Isoprene predominates, the ozone and the other reactive substances derived from it react with it.

And other bats live during the day in a cave, where there is little ozone, and no hydroxyl radicals or UV radiation. They only become active again at night, the period with the least ozone, to quickly fly back to their ozone-less cave in the morning before the sun rises.

Ozone-free environments seem to be the breeding grounds for new viruses with a lipid envelope. Perfect conditions for this type of virus to float peacefully through the air and mutate in search of another bat, maximum survival, unhindered by ozone. And bats in particular are known to be reservoirs of coronaviruses, without being much affected by them. An indication that they have become accustomed to this type of virus in evolution.

Think back to the great Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918, an influenza virus. It did not originate in Spain, it was war and a political decision was taken to cover up the origin of the virus, neutral Spain was assigned to keep morale high among the front soldiers. Because in reality it probably originated many months before in France, at the front. In the trenches.

In a hospital for wounded soldiers, a mysterious new virus emerged in late 1916. Even then very deadly, but it remained a local outbreak. Another outbreak in 1917, in an army base in England.

It wasn't until March 1918 that it was officially given a name, the Spanish Flu, when it showed up in Kansas, again at an army base. One after another died.

Perhaps the virus mutated in a presumably ozone-less environment with smoke and air pollution and the mutagenic mustard gas, only to spread around the world as a near-perfect virus. The virus proved especially deadly to young adults, as it may have adapted to the immune systems of the young soldiers at the front. Under very low ozone concentrations due to the dirty air, it was able to mutate until it was successful enough for the rest of the world. Soldiers brought the virus home with them. The pandemic was born, perhaps one day originated in an ozone-less environment.

The climate was very cold and rainy from 1914 to 1919, sometimes said to be due to a lot of fine dust in the air from shelling. Many condensation nuclei, cloud formation and precipitation. We now know what that does to ozone.

In summary, a remarkable series of factors that we recognize in viral infections of coronaviruses and influenza are almost 1 to 1 equal to that of the ozone concentration."


Where did the Spanish Flu go?

"An unthinkable 50 to 100 million people worldwide died from the 1918-1919 flu pandemic commonly known as the “Spanish Flu.” It was the deadliest global pandemic since the Black Death, and rare among flu viruses for striking down the young and healthy, often within days of exhibiting the first symptoms. In the United States, the 1918 flu pandemic lowered the average life expectancy by 12 years.

What’s even more remarkable about the 1918 flu, say infectious disease experts, is that it never really went away. After infecting an estimated 500 million people worldwide in 1918 and 1919 (a third of the global population), the H1N1 strain that caused the Spanish flu receded into the background and stuck around as the regular seasonal flu.

But every so often, direct descendants of the 1918 flu combined with bird flu or swine flu to create powerful new pandemic strains, which is exactly what happened in 1957, 1968 and 2009. Those later flu outbreaks, all created in part by the 1918 virus, claimed millions of additional lives, earning the 1918 flu the odious title of “the mother of all pandemics.”



With the end of WW1, thousands of stressed, exhausted, injured and malnourished young men, crammed into troopships, returned to their families in New Zealand to infect their loved ones. Their loved ones, dealing with grief and poor nutrition, dropped like flies. One can also assume that those who survived the Spanish Flu were robust and were eventually less stressed, better fed, and not so crowded together as life returned to some normality.

With naturally acquired immunity or immunity gained from most traditional vaccines (not the mRNA ones), there is broad and lasting immunity, sometimes for as long as one's lifetime. Broad-based immunity discourages "viral escape". Those mutations that do happen and those of them that become dominant, are the ones that are less fatal than the ones before it. This explains why and how the killer Spanish Flu quickly evolved into a background flu: the original version killed off too many people for it to be a viable virus!

The immunity gained from the mRNA vaccines is far too narrow, such that they encourage viral mutations and the narrow immunity has waned significantly within six months. The public is fast realising that these vaccines are not going to save us: to the contrary, they could ruin us by encouraging the proliferation of variants of the original strain and some of these may be very nasty. Instead of the usual evolving towards being innocuous, we may be encouraging more lethal mutations. Masks must still be worn by the vaccinated, lockdowns imposed and a never-ending cycle of boosters are in store for us all if we continue with the singular lie that the vaccine is our salvation. This is not just the fault of the vaccine, but also because we have not dealt with our equivalent conditions to those of the trenches and deprivations of WW1.

Unless we deal with the underlying drivers of disease, we will remain forever at the mercy of this virus and the next one and the next one.

There are many beneficial lessons we can take from history as a whole, WW1 and the Spanish Flu included. Unfortunately, as we have seen repeated numerous times, Afghanistan being a good example, our leaders show an appalling understanding of history and are at risk of repeating the mistakes of the past. It is you and me who pay for their ignorance and stupidity.

I'll be writing more about this matter and how we can escape from this prison we have created for ourselves, and how to do so without a single life being lost. Keep a watch out for the next instalment. Lockdown or not, I'm off for a run now!

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