The name of the disease comes from the word “influence” as it was thought to be caused by the influence of the cosmic bodies; the sun, moon and stars.
The correlation between sun spot activity – which is electromagnetic in nature – and influenza epidemics is seen in the following article from the magazine Nature.
In 1901 Nicola Tesla was granted a patent for harvesting radiant energy. In earlier lectures Tesla explained that this radiant energy was caused mainly by radiation from the sun. I’m bringing this up here to establish that cosmic electromagnetic fields have been understood for at least 120 years. You will see in a few paragraphs the link between historical influenza and these natural EMFs, which paves the way to understanding what happened in 1889.
For more details on Tesla’s radiation harvesting patent see: https://teslauniverse.com/nikola-tesla/articles/nikola-teslas-radiations-and-cosmic-rays
Previously in 1888 Tesla invented the polyphase AC motor which was to revolutionise industry allowing them to use alternating current for power, not just lighting and telephony. The industrial use of AC spread like wild-fire.
And now to quote from Arthur Firstenberg’s masterful history:
In 1889, most historians agree, the modern electrical era opened. And in 1889, as if the heavens had suddenly opened as well, doctors in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia were overwhelmed by a flood of critically ill patients suffering from a strange disease that seemed to have come like a thunderbolt from nowhere, a disease that many of these doctors had never seen before. That disease was influenza, and that pandemic lasted four continuous years and killed at least one million people. Influenza is an Electrical Disease. Suddenly and inexplicably, influenza, whose descriptions had remained consistent for thousands of years, changed its character in 1889. Flu had last seized most of England in November 1847, over half a century earlier. The last flu epidemic in the United States had raged in the winter of 1874–1875. Since ancient times, influenza had been known as a capricious, unpredictable disease, a wild animal that came from nowhere, terrorized whole populations at once without warning and without a schedule, and disappeared as suddenly and mysteriously as it had arrived, not to be seen again for years or decades. It behaved unlike any other illness, was thought not to be contagious, and received its name because its comings and goings were said to be governed by the “influence” of the stars.
But in 1889 influenza was tamed. From that year forward it would be present always, in every part of the world. It would vanish mysteriously as before, but it could be counted on to return, at more or less the same time, the following year. And it has never been absent since.
Like “anxiety disorder,” influenza is so common and so seemingly familiar that a thorough review of its history is necessary to unmask this stranger and convey the enormity of the public health disaster that occurred one hundred and thirty years ago. It’s not that we don’t know enough about the influenza virus. We know more than enough. The microscopic virus associated with this disease has been so exhaustively studied that scientists know more about its tiny life cycle than about any other single microorganism. But this has been a reason to ignore many unusual facts about this disease, including the fact that it is not contagious. In 2001, Canadian astronomer Ken Tapping, together with two British Columbia physicians, were the latest scientists to confirm, yet again, that for at least the last three centuries influenza pandemics have been most likely to occur during peaks of solar magnetic activity—that is, at the height of each eleven-year sun cycle.Pages 80–81 of The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life
Most people (I was one of them) PRESUME that flu is transmitted from person to person. Did you know that there is no clinical evidence to support this position? Dr. Sam Bailey does a great job at exposing the lock of evidence in the video below.
Influenza now looks like an electrical disease that presents with a virus. So are viruses contagious; and what actually is a virus? These questions opens up a whole new fascinating world – or at least it did for me. This is a wonderful rabbit hole to dive into. There has been a wealth of research for over 100 years which has run parallel to the mainstream popular theories of contagion and germ theory. Other theories like exosome theory and terrain theory fit better with empirical data. To make a start down this rabbit hole I can recommend you check out Dr. Andrew Kauffman and Dr. Tom Cowan. Look these guys up.
https://roguemale.org/2021/03/24/the-great-virus-swindle This articles looks at the biological fact that viruses are not living entities and the theory that they are simply intracellular particles which are the building blocks of cells.
In the video below there is a 22-minute explanation by Dr. Andrew Kauffman. The virus in question is not influenza but the exact same mechanisms apply.
For more in-depth look at the history of electricity, and the ailments that have followed – check out The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life by Arthur Firstenberg.