Viewer Question: Cilia
Jeff Green - 09/01/2022
In response to my last article "Science Confirms My Writings on Viruses", Nicky asks:
“Do you have an opinion about the role of cilium in virus/cell infection? I always imagined cilium as being like the hairs on our arms sensing the surrounding temperature etc. And reasoned that this might be happening on a microscopic level (i.e. sensing information and responding accordingly). Would love your thoughts.”
Hi Nicky, the cilia are indeed hair-like projections that line most eukaryotic cell and their tissues. These fine hairs are nearly invisible. When modeled in 3D, their behavior can be shown properly. They are wonderful teaching modes, however, do remember that their scale is much exaggerated in order to show their behavior. In reality, cilia hairs are incredibly tiny. Keep this in mind if you view 3D recreations of cilia. Remember also that many diagrams in science, such as for the cell and its organelles and components, are exaggerated and enlarged or dissected in half to teach students the makeup of the cell. One must differentiate between diagrams, and as it appears in reality.
This seems to be a very greatly missed aspect of science and the diagrams therein by many people. At the micro level, diagrams are used to teach the functionality of a component, not to replicate the exact appearance of a component.
Cilia and their components also contain receptors and have sensory roles. Motor proteins allow for waving motion inherent in cilia to occur. The bronchus in the lungs is lined with cilia that move debris out from the lungs. When cilia are disrupted and laid flat against the lung tissue, debris begins to form and cannot be expelled from the lungs properly. This normally occurs during respiratory illnesses, especially in those that lack adequate nutrition and protein to formulate mucus to line the airways. This gives rise to the need for viral detoxification.
Dryness leads to many such issues. Dryness is due to inadequate mucus formation from a lack of protein and nutrients to formulate mucus. This stems from a lack of nutrition, usually due to a previous extended detoxification wherein the body utilized great amounts of nutrients over a period of time to bind with toxins.
By the resolution phase, when the body begins to increase the dissolution of toxins, the body will have previously utilized most of its nutrients and can no longer carry through to the final stage of the resolution in the same way. This, therefore, gives rise to issues like pneumonia where drying of the lungs occurs. In those cases, you will see an increase in viral illness manifestation where cells convert into survival mode and begin to multiply their own solvent enzymes (virus) to deal with toxicity. Along with this, fluid naturally increases and floods an area to help dilute toxicity where there is not enough mucus lining airways to bind with toxins.
Thus, this gives a pathway for viral infection to occur in toxic cells from being surrounded by their own debris, and the debris breathed in from the external environment. This gives rise to the need for viral detoxification in epithelial cells (like alveoli) in the lungs to help dissolve those substances when other expulsion pathways are repressed in the lungs.
Cilia receptor pathways give rise to viral infection in unhealthy cells that must either be entirely dissolved or parts of the cell must be dissolved to restore homeostasis to the cell. Weakness in the cilia receptor pathways would not be present in optimally healthy cells but would occur in those that have openings due to weaknesses, and thus are less cellularly stable.
Note: ACE2 receptor protein, for one example, is expressed in the motile cilia of the airways of the lungs.1
To reiterate: Viruses do not infect healthy cells indiscriminately, but respond to receptor information through contact, and act according to this information imparted by the receptors lining all cells and tissues within the body. No action occurs without the cell allowing it to happen.