A Bird’s and Dog’s Eye View
Tick Bite – Bacteria and Viruses
Bentley: Leo, while hiking in the mountains this weekend I got a tick bite on my paw. It really hurt! I went to the doctor to pull it out and clean my paw. I needed a blood test and then I was started on an antibiotic. Do you know why I needed to take an antibiotic?
Leo: The reason you needed a blood test was to see if the tick that bit you carried Lyme Disease. And then you needed an antibiotic because ticks carry all different types of bacteria and viruses and they can pass them on to whomever they bite. Since the year 2000, bacteria and viruses have become much more prevalent and destructive than ever before.
Bentley: Well, thank goodness I received the care I needed. My blood test for Lyme Disease came back negative.
Leo: Oh that’s great, Bentley. I’m glad you are okay. You know, scientists are working very hard to understand viruses and bacteria. They are finding that viruses not only liquefy, break down or destroy their host, but they can also communicate or transform. They take something away as if to destroy its host, only to allow something new. Scientists are starting to learn how to work with viruses in a way that heals, changes and revises to makes room for new experiences and new growth.
Bentley: Wow, fascinating, Leo. But what can you tell me about bacteria?
Leo: Scientists are finding that bacteria have intelligence. So would that mean that all living things are a part of the information in a greater Intelligence? It’s now known that bacteria have the ability to interact, communicate as well as to anticipate, understand and react to the information structure of its host, which is generally considered the DNA or the genetic structure. So bacteria is being discovered that is actually interacting, transforming, changing, interrupting, and redesigning the fundamental structure of all living things. That includes you and me!
Bentley: Well, I think bacteria and viruses sound a little scary. Maybe best to try to avoid, eradicate or prevent them?
Leo: That might be true in some circumstances. Some scientists focus on learning how to prevent or treat bacteria and viruses. Other scientists, however, consider them to be a basic piece of Creation and wonder that if they are placed in a different environment of discovery, what might we learn from them? So, one scientific approach is the exploration of bacteria and viruses and how they are destructive and kill. While the other approach looks at them as a part of Creation and considers what are their greater values? What more is it in Creation, why is it here and what can it do in all living things? Could be that we haven’t even begun to touch on the benefit and potential of bacteria and viruses.