As the novel coronavirus is spreading fast and threatening the lives of millions of people around the globe, I’ve read stories about people infected with the virus making a full recovery by reciting “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance is good.”
While I don’t know what the specific mechanism is behind the seemingly miraculous recoveries, I did remember some bacteria experiments that another Falun Dafa practitioner did in her microbiology classes.
The Two Blank Bacterial Culture Slides
Deyuan was born in Germany. She was introduced to Falun Dafa, an ancient spiritual discipline, by her parents in 1997. She is currently studying at a medical school in Germany.
Deyuan said that, in her first microbiology class in college a few years ago, each student was given a few agar slides and asked to put their fingers on the plate to see what bacteria were on their hands. After a few days of culturing in the incubator, most of her classmates’ slides had some bacterial colonies growing on them. But Deyuan’s slide was blank.
She was puzzled, “I didn’t remember washing my hands before the class. But why didn’t anything growing on it?”
During the next class, the teacher asked them to test the bacteria on the surface of an object. This time, Deyuan went with a piece of a banknote, which is known to have many microorganisms on it. But to her surprise, her experiment “failed” again – nothing grew on the slide.
Finally Seeing a Colony
In her third experiment, each student was required to do a throat or nose swab on themselves and then culture the bacteria on the agar slide. Deyuan chose to do a nose swab.
This time, she finally saw a bacteria colony on her slide. She was very happy.
The teacher identified the bacteria species for each student and talked about their bacteria’s specific characteristics. While many of her classmates had a similar throat or nose microbiome, the species that Deyuan had, Staphylococcus lugdunensis, was different from all of them.
While talking about Staphylococcus lugdunensis, her teacher became very excited. He said that it was a newly-discovered species. Although it can cause severe infection in humans, this bacteria is also known to produce a novel antibiotic that can kill another pathogenic species, Staphylococcus aureus.
The bacteria Staphylococcus aureus is usually found on human skin and nasal passages. Some of the strains, known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), have been found to be superbugs that carry resistance to some antibiotics.
In a paper published in the journal Nature in 2016, titled “Human commensals producing a novel antibiotic impair pathogen colonization,” a group of scientists in Germany found that Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus lugdunensis rarely exist in the nose together.
They also found that a substance produced by Staphylococcus lugdunensis, named as Lugdunin, has the ability to kill MRSA and another type of dangerous bacteria called VRE, or vancomycin-resistant enterococcus.
The scientists propose that by introducing harmless Lugdunin-forming bacteria, it may be able to prevent deadly infections in patients.
Positive Energy from Practicing Falun Dafa
After the three experiments, Deyuan began to wonder why the bacteria she carried was different from her classmates, because they were all exposed to similar microorganisms in the environment.
Because there has been some research studying the positive energy flowing in a person’s body during meditation, and she also saw the health of many Falun Dafa practitioners she knew improve tremendously after taking up the practice, she wondered if it was the energy from Falun Dafa meditation that changed her microbiome into a more “beneficial” combination.
If this is the case, maybe this could explain why people infected with the novel coronavirus recovered after reciting “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance is good,” as it may be doing something to their body energy that then killed the viruses.