PureInsight | May 21, 2001
The discovery of antibiotics is one of the great breakthroughs in modern medicine. A lot of infectious diseases became effectively controllable. However, the increasing marketing and use of antibiotics made antibiotic resistance a serious problem in modern medicine. The speed of development of new antibacterial drugs could not catch up with the appearance of resistant bacterial strains. A lot of scientists started worrying about it and trying very hard to solve this puzzle.
During my work treating infectious diseases, I made an observation that happened to be the same as that reported in a lot of the scientific literature. That is that the patients infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria usually have a more severe clinical course. Those patients usually have a history of repeated use of antibiotics and also have a lot of other underlying diseases (1-3). This makes people feel that infections by resistant bacteria are much "tougher". Why is that? Is that because resistant bacteria are more virulent? A lot of clinical trials and in vitro tests of virulence have shown that there's almost no difference in virulence between resistant and sensitive strains. Then how can we explain this phenomenon?
My understanding about this paradoxical phenomenon comes from Falun Dafa, which told me that the real cause of diseases is from Karma (6,7). Karma is a black substance that exists in a deeper dimension; but presents itself in this dimension as bacteria or viruses. Antimicrobials can kill the bacteria and viruses in this dimension but cannot release or eliminate the karma in the other dimension. What happens after using antibiotics to treat the infectious disease is that the karma will be accumulated in the body. The patient with infection by resistant bacteria has repeatedly used antibiotics, which can cause the repeated accumulation of karma in the body. If again infected, the clinical course could be very severe. That is to say that the more severe or worse clinical course is due to the karma inside body, not the bacteria. If we can shift our object of study in infectious disease from outside factors like bacteria or viruses to an inner factor like karma, we will have a whole new understanding of diseases and their treatment.
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6. Li Hongzhi, 'Zhuan Falun'.
7. Li Hongzhi, 'Falun Dafa Essentials for Advancement'.
(Translation from: http://www.zhengjian.org/sci/sci/home/newscontent.asp?ID=8903)