Secrets of the Great Plague

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Secrets of the Great Plague 4.5
documentary about Black Plague

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When the plague hit London, Pope Clement told everyone not to bathe because he thought if you were rank, the plague wouldn't be interested.. That didn't work.
They also tried to "Cleanse the air" with gunfire, bells ringing and people screaming, that didn't work.
Then, they killed dogs and cats because they thought they carried the disease.. Come to find out, dogs and cats are natural enemies of the rat. With them gone, the rat and the fleas were able to spread with ease.

Автор — Raeyne Jaymeson

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I wouldn't say it was a great plague, it was ok.

Автор — Cymro Gog

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I hate to say this....but disease plays a vital role in human history.
It makes the next generation stronger, and it helps to cull our populations.
Look, the renaissance occurred After the black death!
Humans want to live without death, there can not be life!

Автор — equarg

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I can't understand why some of these men can't trim their eyebrows.

Автор — Bev B

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See? SEE? Tell that to anyone who says bacon is bad for you. T^T

Автор — Kendrahf

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The thing hat I am beginning to hate about these documentaries is the constant repeating of the same line.

Автор — Charles Clements

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more wealthy people survived because they could afford to move out of cities during epidemics.

Автор — P Heart

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Europe during this time period was basically the perfect environment for a Plague transmitted by fleas / rats. Modernisation had led to large concentrations of people in urban areas, yet the sanitation technology of the day was simply way too backwards to support this trend safely. London, in particular, was famous and well known all over Europe for it's extraordinary number of rats , as well as it's high population density areas of the poorer classes. It was simply a recipe for disaster, and it eventually happened.

Автор — Michael RedCrow

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To theorize that survivors of the plague were somehow different from those that succumbed is worthy line of investigation.  But to assume the difference lies entirely within their DNA is too limited.  

What I mean is this.  I know of two things that repel fleas, both of which were available during the time of the plague.  

The first is garlic which, when eaten regularly, permeates and flavors the skin and is something fleas notoriously hate.  Even today garlic is often recommended (in the proper dose) as an herbalistic method for preventing fleas on dogs and cats.  I have used it quite effectively myself.  

By the way, I believe this is also the foundation for the superstition that garlic repels evil spirits since, during the plague, it was initially thought to be caused by bad vapors, airs or spirits. Pre-sparkle, vampires were also thought to be evil spirits or demons.  Thus the connection to using garlic to repel vampires.  

There is another exterior influence that effectively repel fleas, along with many other parasites.  But it isn't a popular one.  Smoking, especially cigarette smoking since the habit is usually continuous, also permeates the skin affecting the skin's smell and taste.  Smokers generally are not bothered by fleas, gnats, bedbugs and possibly other parasites.    

These are just two natural flea repellents that may have kept survivors from the plague and had more to do with habit than DNA.  There may be other sources as well, some that were commonly available during the plague that have since been discarded in modern times.

Автор — Marige OBrien

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(40:22)
Who said our ancestors were stupid?
The latin word for 40, Quatum(?) became our modern word quarantine.
After the plague, ships coming from far away lands were required to tie off shore for 40 days.
If no one died in those 40 days the ship was deemed safe.
Hence the idea of quarantine.

Автор — equarg

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This disease was carried to Europe by people. Just like the plagues in Egypt and other parts of the world. The people with immunity carried it with them on their cloths, garments and bedding. That is why the carriers never got sick. This was well
documented hundreds of years ago. Do some research, it's all out there.

Автор — Peter Hart

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One question struck me watching this - why did the Black Death die out? Was 1665 the last time it occurred? What stopped it in it's tracks right across Europe? And, no, I don't think it was bacon!

Автор — Alan Moss

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the rich ate out of silver plates which made a form of colloidal silver a natural antibiotic

Автор — james thomas

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The argument is essentially Darwinian evolution - "The survival of the fittest" - which argues that within any population there will be individuals who are able to survive changes in the environment and then pass on that mutation to future generations.

Автор — Mike Chambers

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The scientists are not playing god. The are finding the cure for some diseases through genetics. We will still die of something. Just have a chance to live healthier until then. Isn't that what god would want? If god didnt want people to have the smarts to figure these things out he would have made all of us dumb. Not just some.

Автор — yancy kin

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Good documentary, but ignores the basic principles of immunology. The genes within B cells and T cells that encode antibodies and MHC molecules respectively randomly rearrange during fetal development. This ultimately determines the array of foreign antigens any given individual will be able to respond to and mount an effective defense against, and which they will not. These gene rearrangements are not hereditary.

Автор — John Smith

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One needs to watch the documentary on the "little ice age" to understand why the people of Europe were so susceptible to the Black Death. Cold, hunger and other diseases left the people with little resistance to this murderous bacterium.

Автор — indy_go_blue60

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Interesting but STILL, no one seems interested in the source of the plague in Asia.

Автор — fingalfin

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More than half of this video wasted time tip-toeing around genetics, as if genetics is an evil magic.

Автор — Ferris Vueller

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Bad hygieny and similar cause  was the hotbed of deseas.

Автор — Miklos Halasz