(Swine, H1N1, Bird, Monkey, Camel, Seasonal, or whatever…)
Health authorities worldwide monitor the spread of influenza outbreaks. No matter how the media seems to heighten alarm, panic isn’t helpful. In fact, jumping on some of the ballyhooed bandwagons may cause more harm than good. It’s better to sort the matter out calmly and logically. Some of the information below is conventional medical wisdom, but also check out the links above and below for reliable non-mainstream data and to learn about natural anti-virals and how to support your immune system year round.
News: Find the latest statistics, areas of outbreak, travel advisories: U.S. Centers for Disease Control
The danger: Many flu outbreaks aren’t as dangerous as they are portrayed by sensation-hungry 24-hour TV cable news or by authorities who don’t want to be caught looking too casual. Many hyped outbreaks in fact turn out to be less deadly than the annual flu. Of course, even that it is not so tame. Some years the garden variety flu kills over 30,000. Those victims are typically already compromised in some way—for example, they have another disease or are nutritionally deficient or they become compromised by something like dehydration.
How are the viruses spread? It varies depending on the original source (e.g. the H1N1 “Swine flu” got started by contact with infected pigs) but close contact with a person who has the disease is the usual means.
Symptoms : Again, varies with the strain, but typically, cough, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, severe headache, fatigue, possibly vomiting and diarrhea. The deaths are usually from pneumonia secondary to the flu.
Who is affected? Influenza is typically more serious in infants and the elderly. With H1N1 many thought the air pollution over Mexico City made that city’s population more vulnerable. Avoiding dehydration is also a big factor in survival. In certain types of flu, an overreaction from a young person’s immune system is the real threa.
How to help control the spread of viruses. Viruses can go, well, viral. CDC and conventional medical authorities warn that during an outbreak we should avoid crowds and close contact with sick people. Surgical masks may offer some protection against spreading. We are also to wash our hands frequently, stay home if we are sick and throw away tissues after use. That is good advice, but glaringly omitted is any suggestion to support our immune systems.
Vaccine Effectiveness: The evening news makes it sound as though an immunization is a guarantee you won’t get the flu. However,
- Actually a fair percentage of vaccinated people still do get sick—some perhaps not as ill as they would have been.
- The annual flu vaccine often does not cover us for specifically what happens to go around that year because they have to guess what is coming.
Vaccine Risks. If there were no risks it would be a no-brainer to gamble on the flu shot.
- There must be a good reason that there is a federal fund for compensating those who are injured by immunizations.
- Immunizations for the 1976 swine flu outbreak caused 500 cases of paralysis and 25 deaths.
- In this interview Russell Blaylock, MD discusses his contention that because of their mode of action and added toxic ingredients, vaccines of all kinds may create lasting irritation in the brain.
- And just for the record, it is now thought that during the 1918 pandemic the deaths were not from the virus but from secondary bacterial infections that could be effectively treated today.
Your wonderful immune system: Many people exposed to these communicable diseases do not come down with them. And most who do contract the flu recover quite quickly. Obviously, you want to be in one of these two groups—not in the grim statistics of those who perish due to weakened immunity. Learn more about supporting your immune system.
Link: Dr. Blaylock’s view of Swine Flu. Note, select “Swine Flu Data” from the menu at the top.
Copyright 2014 by Martie Whittekin, CCN