Virus # 26:Chapter 44 “the luck of the Irish”

Chapter 44 “the luck of the Irish!”

As a physician I am a man of science but being a practitioner of yoga and mindfulness, I do have somewhat of a spiritual side of me that is willing to accept non scientifically phenomena. Like when I was doing my cardiology residency the head of the cardiology department once told us in our group meeting that there was something in Irish whisky that sparked arrythmias of the heart. He thought it was the Irish water. And indeed several of my patients complained that Irish whisky sparked arrythmia!

So as Virus # 26 made its rounds it did not hit Ireland as bad as it did the rest of Europe. Based on some incomplete studies coupled with anecdotal evidence it was thought that daily consumption of three shots of Irish whisky saved the souls of many of the Irish.

Perhaps it was something in the water. How could it be that Virus # 26 that caused wild and deadly arrhythmias of the heart could be beaten back by a drink that caused arrythmia!  Unfortunately despite the proliferation of illegal stills and increased capacity of the legal distilleries there was barely enough to keep the remaining survivors in Ireland alive. I tried to mimic this by giving some of my infected patients arrhythmia inducing pharmaceuticals. It failed.

There really is not much humour about Virus # 26 but at times pot smoking and drinking Irish whisky being more effective than Big Pharma’s vaccines! Party on dudes to avoid your death. My grandmother was in the Temperance movement in Toronto and I can remember my non-Temperance mother singing songs like “Lips that Touch Liquor Will Never Touch Mine”. Harold and Kumar and Cheech n Chong survive Virus # 26 was a screenplay I should have written than this piece of literature!

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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