Enteric hypothesis


Wow, I haven’t posted anything in a really long time. College takes up 99, if not 100% of my time, frankly. But today I couldn’t help but make a comment on something. See, today in histology class, we were discussing the gastrointestinal tract, focusing on the stomach at the point in time when I gained this piece of information (surprised I gained anything from that class). we pointed out that within the layers of the stomach wall, there are two nerve plexuses: the submucosal nerve plexus and the myenteric nerve plexus, that send and receive impulses from the muscles of the stomach wall. Then, the lecturer said that the gastric nervous system, which I just very briefly described, has been recently found to work independent of the central nervous system/brain. I immediately wrote that down, because the first thing that came to mind was zombies. We have already theorized that zombies won’t have brain function, yet still they have the ability to attack and eat other people. but we never tried to understand why that is. Maybe I found the answer in class today. The gastric nervous system would still have function in zombies, giving them their ability to continuously eat (flesh) by receiving, maybe, hunger impulses or something. Yeah, this hypothesis is still shaky, but it’s just something that crossed my mind. Kinda valid, I’d say.

Gotta get back to studying. Oh, vet school.


Limited thoughts.


I haven’t posted anything in a while, because exams have been taking up most of my time. So anyway, I was walking to school one morning, and these Jehovah Witnesses stopped me and handed me this little booklet and suggested I read it. Of course, the title of it captivated me- Doomsday: Fact, Fiction and Fantasy- so I decided to read a bit. It was the Awake! September 2012 edition, and as I read I came across a line that said: “There seems to be no end to the forces ready to pounce upon and lay waste to humanity-killer robots, monsters of all sorts, aliens, zombies, ghosts, dragons, apes, birds, mutant rats and giant wasps.” (The Fascination With Doomsday, Awake! September 2012) They said that people would not take these stories seriously, but I believe we know it is the contrary. In fact, people wouldn’t hype over it so much if there wasn’t even a glimmer of belief present, maybe a bit of fear. For me, it was the word “zombies” that caught my eye. Being a topic that I am very sensitive to, I decided to look into it a bit more. They also stated “First, they are based on the speculation of men, and humans have a far-from-perfect record when it comes to guessing the future.” (Doomsday May Not Be What You Think, Awake! September 2012) Now I should state that we are not trying to predict anything when making our theories about zombies. We are, however, looking at the possibility of something of that nature occuring at some arbritrary point, and brainstorming every possible way in which that would happen. We aren’t saying yes, the world will definitely end by the hands of zombies, but we are saying that it is very real that something of that nature and magnitude would have the ability to wipe out the human race (and maybe a couple other species as well). There was one line that I agreed with, which stated “Concerning that day and hour (when the world will end) nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.”-Matthew 24:36 So we see that no one can predict it. But that does not mean that they should label everyone else’s theories as to the way in which it would happen as being wrong. I didn’t say that the Undead Hypothesis was right at all. But you know, they’re religion.
I am a Christian, however, so I do agree with everything the Bible has to say about this matter. Just saying.
But the zombies can come, and as I always say, non-believers are the first to die.

P.S.: There was a line that said “The upright are the ones that will reside in the earth, and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it. As regards the wicked, they will be cut off from the very earth; and as for the treacherous, they will be torn away from it.”-Proverbs 2:5, 6. Think about that for a moment. Would that, in your opinion, determine who succumbs to the zombie Apocalypse? And what defines uprightness and blamelessness? I should be studying right now…


Something I considered…


Wow, haven’t been here in a while :P Ok, so I’ve been thinking right, and being a medical student and all, I think I have a pretty good idea of how the human body (in terms of physiology in relation to gross anatomy) should work under ideal circumstances. Any changes to the regular morphology or function of even the tiniest part of the body (DNA sequence) would alter the way the body works, and since the body won’t be at “optimum”, it wouldn’t have the capacity to function for a very long time, if even at all.

So, considering that the body of a zombie is simply the human body with a couple changes to the morphology and physiology, I’d say that a zombie won’t live very long. If it’s a change in the functioning of the brain, central or peripheral nervous tissue, there’s no way in which nerve cells won’t possibly die, even if at a slow rate. eventually, the positive feedback mechanisms would completely degenerate the tissues, and then there’s infarction and necrosis. That’s why I conclude: zombies won’t have long life spans.

A horse stepped on my foot today. Ouch.


A bit of time off…


Ok I’m gonna give my blog a break, since I’m having a few technological difficulties (literally), so I have to wait for my beloved netbook to return to me. May take a few days. Until then, watch out for the zombies…


Defects in gene technology, and a method of spread.


A pal of mine and I were discussing, over at wickedzombies.com, the possibility of zombification being caused by a man-made virus. He explained to me that since vaccines are just mild forms of the same virus, it would be possible for vaccinations to be the factor that initiates the spread of a virus so strong that it causes zombification. I thought for a second, and what I came up with next seemed plausible as well. So here’s my Recombinant DNA Hypothesis. For an illness like diabetes, we mass produce insulin using gene technology, where they cut out the portion of DNA that codes for insulin in humans, then add it to the plasmid DNA in the E.Coli bacterium, forming recombinant DNA that, when the bacteria multiplies to the millions, would produce large amounts of insulin. The same insulin is injected into the human. What if there was a change in the DNA sequence? Or what if the bacterial DNA mutates, or evolves? Let your imagination fill in the blanks.

Also, my bud came up with a very realistic (and freaky) way in which the zombie infection could spread. And I quote, “the human mouth is the second most toxic environment in the world. the Komodo Dragon holds the title for #1 most toxic mouth in the world. now take the second most toxic mouth in the world and put it in the mouth of a slowly rotting reanimated corpse. now you have your spread factor. between the naturally toxic bacteria in the human mouth and the bacteria from decomposing human flesh. then add the decomposing flesh left behind in a bite wound from prior victims. is it any wonder why a person dies between 24 to 48 hours after a minor bite to the hand or arm let alone a bite to an area where a major artery is?”

This guy is genius. Just genius.


This hypothesis seems too possible…


A colleague and I were discussing the idea of some Government creating a super-virus that could result in zombification (since right now Governments around the world are creating weapons that use biological materials). Now what we came up with is that the “super-virus” would be a cocktail of a few viruses that could enter somatic cells, reproduce, become infectious and also take over the brain cells. I thought a little about this idea, and I had a few conflicting thoughts about it (sorry, bro), but then I was studying biochemistry (class tomorrow) and I came across a line that stated: Many viruses have genomes of RNA instead of DNA. Then I remembered that scientists are now able to change genetic sequences, turning genes “on” or “off”. Then I put 2 and 2 together: scientists have the ability to alter the genetic sequences of certain retroviruses, changing their genotypes and therefore giving them characteristics that could make them so powerful that….. well, you know what happens next.

I think they should stop trying to build bio-weapons, because one day there would be a biohazard that they started, and that they would have no idea how to reverse.


More relevant to worldwide Governments


Now, if the Zombie Apocalypse does occur, there is a good chance that the zombies won’t be the only ones planning to wipe us out. It would be such a drastic event that when the highest powers see what’s happening around the world, they may simply see it as an unstoppable plague. And so they think: Why don’t we go to our last resort? We can’t save everyone, and the population is already exposed to it, so they’re going to die anyway. So, the world’s most powerful Governments would tuck their leaders and the people they consider “most important” away safely (much like they depicted in the movie 2012), then they would analyse the situation, look at the extent to which the “disease” has spread, and ultimately, they would drop bombs on us all. Zombies are considered a big threat to mankind, and drastic times call for drastic measures, right? Now this is a very biased hypothesis, I know, but it is sooooo possible. Think about it.

Oh, right, I realize I need a gas mask. How to afford one right now……. yeah…


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Zombies as another species…


This thought came to me while I was cleaning my closet. Now the obvious thing is that the entire body is controlled by action of the brain/central nervous system. What people may think is that zombies are brain-dead, as in, their brain is no longer functional, so they are practically walking dead people. That may not be the case, because the only way the body can even work is by command of the brain. This means that the brain of a zombie isn’t dead, it is simply working differently. Now in theory, zombies aren’t as smart as normal people, they act mainly by instinct (without thinking at all), and they also have no sense of coordination or specific speech. This would mean that the part of the brain that controls voluntary action is dysfunctional, and the parts that control thought, speech and other non-instinctive factors are completely denatured. This decreases the capacity of the brain being used from the normal human brain capacity.

Basically, the most functional areas of the zombie brain would be the areas that control the five senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and most importantly, taste. And because they would run only on instinct, they can be likened to animals. And if we consider them as animals, that would mean they are of a different species to humans completely. Of course, no real assumptions can be made, because zombies can be the new species that would come to replace the human race, being an evolved and superior species.

Well, we’ll find out someday. I’ve got to study the function of nucleic acids right now.


A couple suspicious zombie cases:


http://www.undeadreport.com/2012/07/chinese-zombie-attack-drunken-man-leaps-upon-eats-womans-face/

http://www.undeadreport.com/2012/05/miami-police-shoot-kill-naked-man-eating-face-of-victim/

http://www.undeadreport.com/2011/01/mass-animal-deaths-strange-and-unsettling/

I’m pretty freaked out now…


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