posted on Apr, 28 2009 @ 03:22 PM
The reasoning that, since we're water, ultraviolet rays will kill germs within us, is not sound.
First, our water is contained primarily within cells or in our bloodstream. We've got some sweat and other secretions, but for the most part, cells
and blood. In order to kill viruses in our bodies, we'd have to irradiate our cells - all of them. And we'd have to irradiate our blood. For this
to effectively kill the viruses, we'd have to sacrifice our cells and our blood. UV radiation strong enough to kill the viruses, would also kill our
cells, blood cells, and damage the chemicals within the blood.
Think of it this way: boiling kills germs, and in particular, it kills flu virus. We're mostly water, so boiling ourselves would kill the flu
virus. That's true - it would destroy the flu virus. But we'd be boiled, and dead long before the viruses were killed.
As for TB, yes, UV was used as a treatment for it. People were encouraged to get out into the sun as much as possible. Special lamps were used, and
even shined into a person's throat (trying to shine into the lungs) to kill the bacteria. People died of TB anyway, because the treatment was
Like many diseases, TB had a variable and unpredictable course. Some people recovered quickly and went on to lead normal lives. Others dragged on
for years, never healthy, but not sick enough to die of TB. And of course, many people died. When you have this sort of variable result, it is to be
expected that some people under any treatment will recover. That would make it look like the treatment was a success, when most of the time it had
little to do with the recovery.
Although ultraviolet was used to treat TB for decades, there were few recoveries until the development of Isoniazid and other TB-specific drugs. Had
the UV truly been effective, there would have been no need for drugs.