Four years ago, German “biologist” Stefan Lanka went on his website and offered to pay $106,300 to any world scientist who could prove that the measles is indeed a virus. Now, the audacious anti-vaxxer must honor his pledge and pay up.
Lanka, who obviously obtained his biology degree 100 years ago, confidently says that the measles is a “psychosomatic illness,” and that people become ill after “traumatic situations,” according to BBC News. Basically, his unrealistic case suggests that measles do not exist; it is all caused by our emotions. Lanka’s delusional claim comes in the context of the recent outbreak of measles in Berlin. German newspaper The Local translates a statement by Lanka:
Because we know that the ‘measles virus’ doesn’t exist, and according to biology and medical science can’t exist, and because we know the real cause of measles, we want the reward to get people to enlighten themselves, for the enlightened to help the less enlightened and for the enlightened to influence those in power.
In a quest to prove him wrong and win the bet, German doctor David Barden did countless hours of research to disprove Lanka’s bizarre claim. Barden presented his evidence in an email to Lanka, but being the stubborn prick that he is, Lanka refused to pay up on the bet that he lost.
Luckily for Barden, a German court reviewed the research and concluded that the existence of measles is obviously certain. Lanka was then ordered by the court to cough up the large amount of money he owed the German doctor.
Lanka didn’t take the verdict very well and said that he would be appealing the court’s decision.
Nevertheless, measles was first discovered in western medicine as an infectious viral disease in the blood of patients in 1957. In the decade before 1963, nearly all children were exposed to measles around the age of 15. Measles, the disease that was to blame for the death of an 18-month boy in Berlin last month, has most recently spread throughout Germany and the majority of Europe. In Berlin, 782 cases were reported since last October, and health officials are debating on whether or not to make vaccinations against the disease mandatory. So, hate to break it to you Mr.Lanka, but measles is definitely not a “psychosomatic illness.”