Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Potatoes and Bubonic Plague

Potatoes and Bubonic Plague
Andre Willers
21 Feb 2012

Synopsis :
Potato eyes contain chaperone molecules that lock the human CCR5 receptor site .
Bubonic plague pandemics accordingly decreased with potato usage .

Note that Bubonic Plague was the one single pestilence that did not hit the Native American populations post-Columbus .

How does it work ?
High-altitude plants are subject to significantly higher mutation rates due to higher radiation .
They counter by putting sensitive stem cells under ground (shielding) , and surrounding them with chaperones (DNA editors and portal blockers)

CCR5 is one of the major entry-ports into the cell , and has been hijacked by numerous diseases .
It still persists because it plays a major role in fertility (ie allowing entry to strange genetic material during fertilization) . We thus have an intriguing combination of factors: the actual fertilization rate in humans drop as potato consumption increases , but the number of surviving children increases due to better health and food . A population spurt , followed by a decline . The pattern observed everywhere after the potato was introduced on a large scale .

Mongolia :
Bubonic plague central .
Potatoes are now the second staple foodstuff . Their birthrate is very sustainable .
The old high death rate due to plague has been offset by fertility control by the potato.

China :
China is now the largest potato producer in the world (by a factor of 4) .
Note the single-child policy . This is mostly a result of the introduction of potatoes .

But what is in it for the plant?
Remember , humans and potatoes co-evolved during this process of domestication . The arable areas were small mountain valleys . Over-production of either humans or potatoes were not desired . Variety was and disease resistance was .

And your burger fries ?
Sigh .
Nary an eye in sight . I doubt if the chaperones would survive frying .
But they have been engineered to survive boiling , especially at lower altitudes (ie 90C)

Spanish Flu in 1918
To increase efficiency , varieties of potato were bred without eyes . These were fed to the troops and populace . Rendering them extremely vulnerable to an opportunistic CCR5 predator.
We still have them today Correlate the incidences of things like bird-flu , H1N1 , etc with eye-potato intake .

Optimizing :
How to lock your CCR5 receptors .
1.Take a potato with eyes that has not begun to germinate . Make sure it is not green .
Dig out the eyes (3-5 eyes) . Pour a bit of 90C water over them .
(Boil the water and wait a bit)
2.Squeeze a garlic clove over it and drink immediately .
The allicin in garlic decreases opportunistic bacteria trying to achieve a quorum to hijack the CCR5 receptor site .

Why 90C water and not raw ?
Co-evolved plants can only recognize their partners by an action that is unique . Boiling water is unique to humans . It also tells the plant partner to switch off defensive systems . Note teas , etc .

If you don't do that , the plant defensive systems trigger allergies , especially in subterranean seeds like peanuts . Note refined (ie heat-treated) peanut oil is not allergenic , even to sensitized individuals .

The plants have evolved at high altitudes , where the boiling point is lower .This tells the enzymes involved to uncoil in a precise way . Note the Coffee effect , especially with high-altitude Arabica .(Optimal temperature is about 92-98 C depending on altitude .)

Mongolian Potatoes
Batu (circa 1279 AD) loved meat and potatoes in butter .
After translation , this is horse-milk butter and the potatoes were taro's . Taro was a tuber like a potato , but it only grew in hot , humid climates . Ideal for a potentate to show off a really expensive dish in the Arctic .

If China or the Mongols had potatoes in the 13th century , the whole history of the world would have been different . We would most probably be talking a pidgin of Mongolian-Chinese , instead of the present pidgin of French-German. (Your beloved English .)

It is interesting that sweet-potatoes made it from South-America to the East via the Pacific Islands long before potatoes colonized Asia .

Why did the potato originate in south-America ?
Because the Andes run North-South .
Similar evolutionary conditions prevailed in Tibet , but the mountain ranges run East-West .
See Jared Diamond's arguments about climate effects of latitude-longtitude .

But , we should be able to find interesting tubers in the Rockies , Altai , Urals , Alleghenies.
High diversity biologicals more valuable than that of a rather uniform Amazon .
The Alleghenies should be particularly valuable . Biological pockets older than most mountain ranges on Earth .

Look and you shall find .



Appendix I
Some interesting Tibetan Biologicals
Major ones include tuber of elevated gastrodiae, safflower, bulb of fritillary, pseudo-ginseng, rhubarb, root of hairy asiabell, large-leaved gentian, root of red-rooted salvia, glossy ganoderma and reticulate millettia. These medicinal herbs are so high in production that, after satisfying the needs of the Tibetan-inhabited areas, there is still a surplus to be exported to other parts of China. Some are even sold overseas.
Appendix II
The Champ
Later genetic testing of the wide variety of cultivars and wild species proved a single origin for potatoes in the area of present-day southern Peru (from a species in the Solanum brevicaule complex), where they were domesticated 7,000–10,000 years ago


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