Doing Away With Amphibians

LA Times, Saturday, May 7, 2011  page A13:  “Tracking a Killer Fungus”  This article by Amina Khan describes the dangerous decline in amphibians over the last 40 years, apparently from a “killer fungus.”  “By some estimates, about 40% of amphibian species are in decline” according to the article.  Some species have already become extinct.

You might think the world would be ok without a a bunch of these funny looking creatures.  On the contrary, they are important parts of the whole ecological picture in that they are predators for some animals and provide food for others.  I also wonder what this relatively recent infestation means for the rest of us.  Why does a whole population of animals become so fragile.

I can’t help but wonder if there is not some connection to all of the chemicals our earth has been increasingly exposed to since World War II.   We know the chemicals are spread world-wide because they are found all over the earth and in the oceans, even though they are not used in that particular area.  There is increasing evidence that toxicity in our environment is contributing to the epidemics of cancer and autism in humans.  Is there also a connection to mass die-offs in the animal kingdom?  I suspect animals and humans are becoming more vulnerable to infections and to toxins because of the toxicity in our environment.

In my experience, fungus is associated with “stagnation” in my patients.  The stagnation may be physical as a result of lack of adequate nutrients or as a result of toxicity impairing adequate physiologic responses, or the stagnation may be emotional.

As I have commented before, I fear humans are stuck in a downward spiral of competition for power and money individually and on the corporate level.  “I have to get my share or someone else will take it away” is behind much of human behavior.  We fear scarcity.

In reality, humans are marvelously creative and could be solving problems more than we are creating them.  There is plenty of abundance to go around for everyone if we were to cooperate.  Then we would become responsible and mature stewards of our earth for the sake of all animals and plant life.  For more about these ideas, check out written by Terry Anne Preston, PhD.

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