FAQs

How can I get a copy of Virus Mania?

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Can I make an appointment with Dr Sam?

I’m not currently seeing any patients and have no plans to return to clinical practice at this stage.  My platforms have allowed me to connect with more people than ever before and I’m passionate about continuing on this path.  My videos and published material are for general information only.  As you are not under my care I am not able to provide you with specific medical advice but hope that my contributions and explanations of scientific research allow you to feel empowered when it comes to your health and wellbeing.

But this paper shows the virus was isolated doesn’t it?

Sometimes after watching (or maybe not watching?) one of my videos I get a viewer sending me a link to a paper claiming that a particular virus has been isolated.  An example would be “Virus Isolation from the First Patient with SARS-CoV-2 in Korea”.

Firstly, the term “isolation” is used loosely even within the virology community and its meaning is not what most people might think.  It does not mean that a virus was able to found (e.g. in a blood or sputum sample) in a person said to have a particular condition.  Because attempts to obtain viruses from people fail, virologists have resorted to indirect techniques to “isolate” alleged viruses.  These indirect techniques include:

  1. Detecting genetic fragments with the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).
  2. Observing cytopathic effects (CPEs) in laboratory tissue culture experiments and “viruses” coming out of the cells.
  3. In silico “genome” sequencing of crude patient samples or lab tissue cultures.

With the results of the above, the researchers may declare that they have “isolated” a virus, but no virus is required to produce these outcomes.  The methodology itself can produce the “evidence” without any virus at all:

  1. The PCR is simply a process to amplify target genetic sequences.  The PCR does not tell us where the genetic fragments came from or if the person is infected with anything.
  2. CPEs can be observed in cells that are stressed in test tubes through manipulation such as the addition of toxic antibiotics and “passaging” of the cells – i.e. no virus required.  The nanoparticles that are observed budding from cells cannot be distinguished from extracellular vesicles outside of arbitrary declarations that they “look like viruses”.  Another step is required, and that is demonstrating that these particles, by themselves, are capable of infecting a host and causing disease.
  3. These alleged “genomes” are constructed from mixed tissue samples containing millions of genetic fragments – they are not from purified virions.  There is no proof that the computer software assembled “genome” comes from a virus or that the fabricated genetic strand exists in nature.

These themes are explored in more detail in Virus Mania, as well as many of my videos.

Has any virus ever been isolated?

Bacteriophages and giant viruses can be found in nature and have been truly isolated.  However, as Dr Stefan Lanka has suggested these do not appear to be pathogenic (disease causing) in nature.

I’m not aware of any alleged virus that has been directly isolated from a human or any other animal.  The virologists seemed to give up on trying to isolate viruses from diseased tissue in the 1950s and in the modern era they focus almost exclusively on indirect molecular detection techniques.  Rather than actually truly isolating alleged disease causing viruses, they changed the definition of the word ‘isolation’ – see “But this paper shows the virus isolated doesn’t it?” for some examples.

The definition of a virus is a tiny particle consisting of proteinaceous coat within which is its genome (DNA or RNA).  It needs to be able to infect and replicate inside a host organism, causing disease.  However, it has never been demonstrated that any of these observed particles in their purified state are able to infect or cause disease in organisms such as humans.  This brings into question the whole theory of “viruses” as the cause of disease and is discussed in more detail in Virus Mania.

What do you think about vaccines?

Medical interventions should be an individual’s choice after they are fully informed of the real risks and benefits.  Like many people who have dedicated time to researching vaccines, there is no current vaccine that I would allow to be injected into myself or my children.  This was not a decision I made overnight and resulted from months of studying the literature as well as co-authoring Virus Mania.  I am not “anti-vaccination” in the sense that I don’t wish to tell other people what to do with their bodies.  I’m always happy to consider new evidence, but for me personally, I don’t believe any current vaccine can provide health benefits for myself or my loved ones.