In response to my blog “Is Coronavirus Contagious?” and the book The Contagion Myth, in which my co-author, Tom Cowan, and I have explained that so-called “viruses” are actually helpful exosomes, which do not cause disease, but which the body makes in response to toxins, starvation and injury—in response to these surprising claims, I received a chiding email.

Myxomatosis in Wild Rabbits

“As a young girl, living in rural Manitoba, Canada, my brother would harvest wild rabbits for our winter protein.  When my brother was skinning the rabbits, he was extremely careful to check for bubbles under the skin and in the meat.  If he found bubbles, he knew that the rabbits had a virus, due to over population.  We were not able to eat those rabbits that year. . . and would have to wait until nature had taken its course. My point being, there is no 5G or anything that would support your theory.”  The writer also describes TB among the northern Inuit, “which had taken hold, due to living in crowded conditions and of course eating the foods that the Europeans had introduced to them. Killing people off with fast foods and the likes has brought us to where we are. This Covid virus is just the beginning of the major viruses that are just around the corner.” She also referred to very crowded and filthy living conditions in China, presumably in connection with diseases like cholera.

The rabbit disease to which she refers is called myxomatosis and since I am an English major, I know about this disease from a famous poem by the British poet Philip Larkin. He wrote Myxomatosis in response to the introduction of the myxomatosis disease to the wild rabbit population of Britain during the 1950s. The poem describes what happens when Larkin encounters a sick rabbit and kills it with a stick. He puts the animal out of its misery instead of letting it slowly die of the disease.


           Caught in the center of a soundless field
            While hot inexplicable hours go by
            What trap is this? Where were its teeth concealed?
            You seem to ask.
            I make a sharp reply,
            Then clean my stick. I’m glad I can’t explain
            Just in what jaws you were to suppurate:
            You may have thought things would come right again
            If you could only keep quite still and wait.

But I digress. . .

The official view is that a virus carried in the saliva of fleas, mosquitoes, and other insects causes myxomatosis, with overcrowded populations the most vulnerable to illness. Symptoms include swelling at the site of the “infection”—the insect bite—followed by fever, swelling in other areas (eyelids, face, base of ears, anogenital area), skin lesions, ocular and nasal discharge, respiratory distress, hypothermia, closure of the eyelids due to swelling, and death.  These are some very miserable rabbits!

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A typical study cited for a viral cause of myxomatosis is “The pathogenesis of infectious myxomatosis; the mechanism of infection and the immunological response in the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus),” published in the British Journal of Experimental Pathology, 1953. The researchers were able to make rabbits display the symptoms of myxomatosis including death by injecting them with “virulent myxomatosis.”  The recipe for this witches’ brew includes ground up organs and heated blood of sick flea-bitten rabbits, “passed through” other rabbits, which are then bled to death to obtain the serum, then grown on chicken embryos. Healthy rabbits injected—often several times—with this “virulent myxomatosis” usually do sicken and die.

The Wikipedia entry for “myxomatosis” includes a discussion of how to diagnose this so-called viral disease, hinting at the problems involved.  According to the article, usually the basis of a myxomatosis diagnosis follows a description of the characteristic clinical appearance—in other words, you can tell by the symptoms. For further confirmation, “researchers have turned to histopathology, electron microscopy, and virus isolation. . . Histopathologic examination of affected skin typically shows undifferentiated mesenchymal cells within a matrix of mucin, inflammatory cells, and edema. Intracytoplasmic inclusions may be seen in the epidermis and in conjunctival epithelium.” In other words, they don’t see isolated virus, just messed up cells.

Negative-stain electron microscopic examination allows “rapid visualization of poxviruses, but does not allow specific verification of virus species or variants.”

“Virus isolation remains the ‘gold standard’ against which other methods of virus detection are compared.” This is true, virus isolation is the gold standard. “Theoretically at least, a single viable virus present in a specimen can be grown in cultured cells, thus expanding it to produce enough material to permit further detailed characterization.” Theoretically, yes, but in practice, pure virus introduced into animals or animal cells has little effect. Only “virulent virus” will appear to multiply and cause disease.

That’s why scientists use “The more recent development of molecular methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time polymerase chain reaction assays [for] faster and more accurate methods of myxoma virus identification.  Real time PCR simplifies the diagnosis of myxomatosis by allowing nasal, ocular, or genital swabs to be quickly tested.” The problem is that PCR does not identify specific viruses, only snippets of genetic material. So while this method may be fast, it is certainly not “more accurate.”

Even if scientists do isolate the pure virus, they still need to show that this pure virus can make healthy rabbits sick. During the 1950s, myxomatosis was intentionally introduced in Australia, France and Chile to control wild European rabbit populations. Brought to these countries to serve as a food source in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and having few enemies, these rabbits bred like. . . like rabbits. . . and soon overwhelmed the countryside, eating every green thing in sight.

Did scientists kill them off by introducing pure isolated virus or even “virulent” virus into the rabbits?  No, they introduced fleas. The fleas dutifully bit the rabbits and myxomatosis followed, killing off huge numbers.

Blood-sucking insects like fleas, mosquitoes and ticks contain an enzyme called apyrase in their saliva, which prevents platelet aggregation (clotting) at the site of the bite.  Apyrase keeps the blood liquid until the insect has had its fill.  The enzyme can overwhelm blood-clotting capabilities and act as a poison in an animal that is breathing bad air in overcrowded warrens, undernourished due to scarce food (including clot-promoting vitamin K in green fodder) and then bitten many times.  The point is that you don’t need an “infectious virus” to explain myxomatosis. Fleas and mosquitoes are one of nature’s ways of controlling overpopulation in various species of animals, and they do it by poisoning them.

Are researchers seeing “viruses” in their swabs and isolates, or helpful exosomes which multiply in situations of stress and disease?

Likewise, you don’t need to call on “infectious viruses” to explain human diseases like TB in the Inuit or cholera among the Chinese. Nutrient deficiencies, crowding and filth are perfectly capable of causing suffering and death without the help of “viruses.” Blaming a virus just encourages scientists and public health officials to focus on drugs and vaccines as a solution, instead of the tedious and unglamorous work of providing better food, clean water and a sanitary environment.

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Author: Sally Fallon Morell

Sally Fallon Morell is best known as the author of Nourishing Traditions®: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels.

17 thoughts on “Myxomatosis”

  1. Thank you for this easy to understand and clear explanation! Now i hope the emerging of higher frequencies can take this information all around the world and let it land into the peoples minds! May the truth set us all free!

  2. Thank you! I am convinced that poisoning and or nutrient deficiencies are the foundation of illness. As a lay person learning possible sources of both helps in reinforcing the need to ask the right questions. So grateful.

  3. Thank you Sally! This is first clue to why I have such strong reactions to “tiger” mosquitos this year! Big swellings and inflamation!

  4. Thank you, Sally. You are a gem for keeping us informed. Learning so much. Good clean food, attitude, and nature will do wonders!

  5. Please keep these blog posts coming…the idea of contagion being just a myth is quite a big idea for me to absorb despite being a long-time WAPF fan and having these examples, explanations and case studies helps a lot.

  6. Sally, in the book you both put a lot of weight on 5G being the main cause of the Covid disease – that’s how it comes across – but this is rather speculative considering its rather new, unlike the germ theory. How about there is no cause apart from the authorities closing hospitals allowing people to suffer and die without or limited medical care? Please can you expand on the 5G theory?

  7. I recently heard – was it from an interview by Dr. Cowan? – talk about how Nigeria has very low Covid rates, despite being predominantly poor, overcrowded, and having horrible air pollution. This would seem to confirm that it is something else. Is it 5G combined with glyphosate (being released into our air from jets and cars using biodiesel along with all the glyphosate in our food supply). I wonder why they don’t study regions that seem to defy everything they say about Covid?

  8. I just got around to reading this fascinating post and it makes perfect sense re the disease. I used to breed dogs at one point and had many friends who also bred. Our biggest concern was parvovirus. I remember one breeder who lost her entire litter to parvo even thought they had been innoculated, and the mother had been isolated and away from other dogs. She could not understand it, and needless to say we breeders were all concerned. Shortly thereafter I read a reply to a post on that suggested that parvo was not a contagious disease, but one of malnutrition. Dogs need much more vitamin E than humans do, especially when gestating and lactating. Without it, disease symptoms occur which include digestive distress. He suggested breeders give extra Vitamin E to their breeding dogs to prevent the problem. Nobody except me believed him. Vets certainly did not and he was criticized. I think he was on to something and it would explain parvo symptoms.

  9. Just read your book Sally. Great stuff. Wow! What an expose of a corrupt corporate medical system!!

    So when (even quite informed independent people) say that the virus was developed with gain of function capabilities in a lab and released, I assume that this is simply not possible???

  10. Lovely Sally ! I have been trying to figure out how to contact you for ages ! Your books have been life changing for me and my family . We love all of your recipes ! I have read the contagion myth 3 times along with scanning thru with the highlighter endlessly ! I also have it on the nook ! Your wisdom and that of standard process are much of what gave us our little 2 year old . I have some questions about you and Toms recent book as far an explaining things to my husband and sister but am having some trouble . I wish there was a way to contact you privately ! Thank you for all of your wonderful wisdom , love and care for tiny humans and the human race in general . Big hugs my friend !

  11. I feel it is criminal that this information isn’t taught in schools today. The stress and paranoia created by junk science and all the auxiliary products have become quite profitable. Still, at what cost?! Elderly left to die alone, without family by their side, because of a false contagion. Independent businesses have been crushed while conglomerates centralize into behemoths! The list goes on.

    At the center of all this, a lie, and like all lies, it is very feeble and must be defended at all costs to preserve the so-called sanctity of perpetrators of this hoax.

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