53 Cholera

Good Morning,

Did you ever wonder why we have so many diseases? The answer is huge but we can understand this (in part) with an example. Organisms were designed to do certain things but sometimes they get into the wrong places. A great example of this is the cholera bacteria (vibrio cholera).

Cholera is a horrible, deadly condition where you become dehydrated because of severe diarrhea and vomiting. The job of the vibrio cholera is that of recycling the shells of copepods (tiny crustaceans). They clean up the ocean when the copepods shed their shells as they grow. This is a perfect system that would keep the ocean clean… we don’t want an ocean full of copepod shells, do we?

How is this bug responsible for a terrible, killer disease? Cholera epidemics are associated with poor water management, warm water, monsoonal floods and algal blooms and are spread by water contaminated with human feces. Algal blooms love the nutrients provided by the feces. More algae means more copepods; more copepods means more vibrio which are always attached to the copepod shells; they are not in the water looking for someone’s intestines.

Before Noah’s flood when there were no rains and no floods, the bacteria could not proliferate because there would be no algal blooms getting the nutrients from human waste, no excess of copepods (who love to eat algae) and no excess of vibrio to recycle the shells. There would be no way for the bug to get inside a person and there would be no cholera. The vibrio does what it was designed to do and when it is in your stomach it still does what it was designed to do but your stomach is not supposed to be recycled like the copepod shells. The problem is that we have good bacteria in the wrong place. That was not God’s plan; what He created was a perfect system.

We must be mindful of what we allow into our stomach… it could cause problems. So, let’s…

 

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