The End of Horse Pox?
Many people don’t actually realize the role that horses played in clearing the smallpox virus from our world.
The human version of the disease was eradicated by the World Health Organization in the 1970s, after centuries of killing millions of people over thousands of years. It was by administering a simple vaccine that they managed to achieve this important task of extinction of a species and the name of the vaccine in question was Vaccinia.
This great success story also has an equine twist that few people know about. First of all, you need to look at the origins of the word vaccine. If you know your French, you might spot the similarity of the word “vache”, meaning “cow”. It’s a Latin derivative, of course – the Latin for cow is “vacca”.
It was the British scientists in the 18th century who hit upon the discovery that you could protect yourself from smallpox by giving yourself a bit of substance from a cowpox lesion. This kind-of follows the basic tenet of homeopathy: that recommends giving yourself a little of what ails you.
It is interesting, in fact, because the notion of vaccination is where the principles of homeopathy and so-called “conventional” medicine cross paths, illustrating very well how the battle between these two is a nonsense based on the greed of chemical companies.
In France, meanwhile, they were more inclined to used horses, rather than cows, to get some of their cures. You could say, in fact, that the French were using “equination” as well as vaccination.
So, long before chemical companies started to create these in laboratories, the French were using stuff from infected horses and cows to make themselves immune to smallpox without ever having come into contact with another infected human. The equine version gave very similar symptoms to the human version of smallpox – fever, bumps, etc.
From the 1940s onwards, the smallpox vaccination began to be developed in laboratories. Just about everyone believed at the time that it was the bovine version that formed the base of their creation, but it was the equine one that they worked upon.
Horsepox disappeared of its own accord. It was gone from most of world a hundred years ago, but persisted until the mid-1970s in places like Mongolia.
So in other words, horsepox became extinct by the centuries of the practice of organic control of diseases affecting horses over the centuries. We forget sometimes that organic pest control is something that has gone on for centuries, whilst the chemical version is something of a Johnny-come-lately invention whose long-term effects we’re still unsure of. In fact, messing with nature in this way is probably more the reason why the advent of fly infestation is so common now. For flies getting rid of them, there is a wealth of knowledge going back over the centuries yet it’s only recently that many have become aware that the best mosquito repellent is actually a natural substance and that the only mosquito spray to use is made from natural material.