Swine Flu – 2nd Pass on Stuff You Need to Know to Stay Well
Not to long ago I provided some information on some suggestions on how to avoid Swine Flu (H1N1) infection.
I do not want to repeat myself but there are some serious information what is worth expanding on and one is a prediction of sorts. The intent here is to suggest some effective solutions instead of harping on future problems. There is no satisfaction for anyone with the announcement of future suffering and possible death when maybe it will never occur.
The big news is the Swine Flu has become a pandemic. Let me be clear and define what exactly a pandemic is. A pandemic is defined as a infectious disease that rapidly spreads around the world. I have mention from time to time that it will be a "when" not "if". In other words a pandemics will occur, Swine Flu is what is happening now, tomorrow it will be something else. It's always something. Given enough time we will see all varieties of disease.
There's a lot of media hype. You have to look past that to the facts. The media must sell itself to stay in business.
I would like to make some suggestions that go beyond whatever I said previously.
For your information the WHO (World Health Organization) has increased the alert level from 3 to 5 in late May, early June. As of today's date June 14, 2009 the WHO alert level is 6. This is the highest level. Their is none higher. Here is the definition of a level 6 as provided by WHO. (Level 5 is also provided as background).
"Phase 5 is characterized by human- to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization , communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.
Phase 6, the pandemic phase, is characterized by community level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region in addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5. Designation of this phase will indicate that a global pandemic is under way. "
The pandemic has arrived, according to WHO, by announcing level (phase) 6.
Only time will tell is this is the ultimate big one. The last one was the influenza pandemic of 1918. More people died in this one in a single year than died in the Black Death Bubonic Plague (4 years) from 1347 to 1351. Somewhere between 20 to 40 million people died in 1918. This was more than died in World War I.
We need to take this very seriously. (Information may be verified at Stanford Edu)
Remember that prevention is much more effective than a cure.
So let's look at the precautions and some basic supplies that should be on hand at all times. All that I about to recommend are "natural" solutions and these not only work against the Swine Flu but any flu.
Also these same solutions work in case you do become infected.
Let's make one thing clear. You can not become infected by consuming pork products. If any pork should be infected it is destroyed by cooking it thoroughly.
First, I do not recommend vaccines. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports that the current vaccine was not formulated for this strain of swine flu. So forget any vaccination. Anyway it has been shown time and time again that flu vaccines do not work. They can do more harm than good.
Some of you may remember the big flu problem in 1976. Just in case you do not, a small number of people got sick with what was then also called the Swine Flu. The CDC embarked on a massive vaccination program. Not only did it not protect the people from the flu, but it finally resulted in about 500 people getting something called Guillain-Barre syndrome. This was a degenerative nerve disorder directly caused by the flu vaccine used at that time. So forget any vaccination.
Did you know that the pharmaceutical companies now have complete immunity from any legal attacks from people that experience side effects from any vaccination, whether it be public or private? Even if someone dies from a vaccine, the heirs can not sue the pharmaceutical, so say the Supreme Court of the United States.
The current drugs prescribed for the flu are Tamiflu and Relenza. The H1N1 virus has developed almost total to Tamiflu and probably has to Relenza as well.
So let's get on with what you can do, naturally.
- Get plenty of rest and sleep. This will allow all your energy to be directed to your immune system so it can fight the virus.
- Wash your hands frequently. ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAP IS NOT EFFECTIVE, DO NOT USE IT. After rinsing you hands in water, splash some hydrogen peroxide over your hands and let them air dry or use paper towels for drying. Do not use cloth towels as they could be infected.
- If you have an outbreak in your area get some N95 or N100 facial masks to wear when you in crowds, in meetings or in the doctors office. the N100 Mechinical filere respirators is best as it provides more filtration.
Let's discuss your health and nutrition.
It is basic good health to maintain the good bacteria population in the lower bowel. Do not use antibiotics as they kill the good bacteria as well as the bad. Help these good bacteria to survive with the consumption of live yogurt and a good daily probiotic supplement.
Make sure you are getting enough of Vitamin D. If you are not outside in full sun with at least 30% of your body exposed for a period of 30 minutes daily, you need to supplement with Vitamin D. At least 2,000 IU daily is suggested for adults. For children and increased dosage for adults (Altern Med Rev 08.13: 9-20)
BTW, sardines are an excellent source of vitamin D. Be very selective. Of the two sources that I deem excellent, Norway and Portugal, Portugal is the highest quality. Sardines are provided in all kinds of sauces. Forget them. Select your Portuguese sardines packed in either water or olive oil only.
As a side benefit you will be getting one of the best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Selenium – Make sure your daily supplement includes 200 to 400 micrograms (mcg). Also selenium is an excellent supplement for men's prostate health.
Make sure you eat a healthy quantity, only lightly steamed, of a combination of any 2 or 3 of the following: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, mustard greens or collard greens.
Vitamin C – This is a must and should be taken daily and increased when diseases like the swine flu is announced. The dosage of vitamin C varies widely depending on each person. The best form is "pure ascorbic acid crystals (a powder). The suggestion is to start out with 1,000 mg daily. If this dosage caused loose stools (bowel) then cut back until the stools return to near normal. Then increase slowly as long as the stools remain normal Some individuals can tolerate as much as 5,000 mg daily of vitamin C.
Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungus – There is one product that has all these qualities – Colloidal Silver. It is available in spray for the throat; vertical for the nose (nasal passages) which is very important. During flu season I would suggest using the nasal spray 3 times a day and if you are in an infected area use whenever you are in the company of other people. Use often. Colloidal is know to destroy over 650 bacteria, virus and fungus.
There you have it. All the information, precautions, and treatment to stay healthy and possible disease-free during this critical phase of the swine flu pandemic.