(News & Editorial/ Defense against airborne, communicable disease)
A. Confirmed! Flu Vaccine INCREASES Risk of Serious Pandemic Flu Illness
18 Sept 2012, Food Consumer, by Dr. Mercola
Pasted from: http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Non-food/Drug/pandemic_flu_illness_0918121227.html
How to Protect Yourself Against Influenza So the question is, why do we continue doing something that has been proven ineffective and risky? As Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This certainly could be said to apply to the practice of getting a flu shot every year and expecting to be protected against the flu without taking a health risk.
While the media is sure to continue hyping potential pandemic influenzas, remember that a healthy immune system is your best and primary defense against any viral threat. The following simple guidelines will help you keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you’re far less likely to acquire influenza or other respiratory infections to begin with or, if you do, your immune system will deal with it without complications:
- Optimize your vitamin D levels. As I’ve previously reported, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds. This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take. I would STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50-70 ng/ml year-round.
- An inexpensive option to get your vitamin D levels checked on a regular basis is to join the GrassrootsHealth D*action Project.
- Avoid Sugar, Fructose and Processed Foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.
- Get Enough Rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. Be sure to check out my article Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep for some great tips to help you get quality rest.
- Have Effective Tools to Address Stress. We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness. If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as the Emotional Freedom Technique, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.
- Exercise. When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads.
- Take a Good Source of High Quality Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils that are trans fats and in processed foods as it will seriously damage your immune response.
- Wash Your Hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Remember that antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary and cause more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.
- Use Natural Antibiotics. Examples include oil of oregano and garlic. These work like broad-spectrum antibiotics against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in your body. And unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, they do not appear to lead to resistance.
- Avoid Hospitals. I’d recommend avoiding hospitals unless you’re having an emergency, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds and could be one of the likeliest places you could be exposed to any new bug. Also keep in mind that virtually all vaccinations have the potential to reduce the effective functioning of your immune system, NOT make it stronger!
B. NIH Director On Sequestration: ‘God Help Us If We Get A Worldwide Pandemic’
23 Aug 2013, HuffingtonPost.com, by Sam Stein
Pasted from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/23/nih-director-sequestration_n_3804089.html
President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Francis Collins (L) before announcing $5 billion in grant awards as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at the NIH in Bethesda, Md., in 2009. ( JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BETHESDA, Md. — In his first-floor office in the main building of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the institutes, has hung a series of framed pictures.
Placed in two equal-length rows of three pictures, they show him sharing the stage with President Barack Obama, talking with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and standing side-by-side with conservative columnist George Will. There is a photo of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius looking into a microscope during a visit, and another of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) leading a congressional tour of the NIH campus.
It’s a cross-ideological collage that illustrates the broad support the NIH has and continues to enjoy. You’d never know from looking at it that over the past year, Collins and the institution he leads have been bulldozed by the political system.
An already stagnant budget was made worse this spring  when Congress and the White House failed to prevent sequestration. The NIH was forced to cut $1.7 billion from its budget by the end of September, lowering its purchasing power about 25 percent, compared with 2003.
Roughly six months into sequestration, however, the situation is worse than predicted. Internal NIH estimates show that it will end up cutting more than the 700 research grants the institutes initially planned to sacrifice in the name of austerity. If lawmakers fail to replace sequestration at the end of September, that number could rise above 1,000 as the NIH absorbs another 2 percent budget cut on top of the 5 percent one this fiscal year.
“It is so unimaginable that I would be in a position of somehow saying that this country is unable to see the rationality of covering what biomedicine can do,” Collins said, in an interview with The Huffington Post. “But I’m not sure from what I see right now that rationality carries the day.”
The real-world implications of irrationality, Collins added, are quite grave. His most vivid example is the flu vaccine, which he says could be as close as five years away from discovery. NIH officials are working to insulate that program from budget cuts. But sequestration will, at the very least, mean that research goes slower than it could.
“If you want to convert this into real meaningful numbers, that means people are going to die of influenza five years from now because we don’t yet have the universal vaccine,” he said. “And God help us if we get a worldwide pandemic that emerges in the next five years, which takes a long time to prepare a vaccine for. If we had the universal vaccine, it would work for that too.
“The clock’s been ticking on the potential of the next eruption of a pandemic outbreak from South Asia or wherever. And we’ve gotten lucky so far [that it hasn’t happened]. But are we going to stay lucky? So, how can you justify doing anything other than pulling out all the stops in that kind of circumstance? And yet we’re prevented from doing so.”
Talks with Collins — at least these days — tend to be a mix of depressing and utterly terrifying. But that’s probably to be expected from someone who was placed atop the NIH during a time of promising scientific discovery, only to watch the financial rug pulled out from beneath him.
“It’s intensely frustrating,” he says of the current landscape. As for what the landscape will look like 10 years from now if sequestration isn’t fixed, he doesn’t mince words. “I think we’ll be no longer the world leader in the production of science, technology and innovation. You can’t look at the curves and say, ‘oh, well, it’ll be fine,’ if we stay on this track. It will not be. China is coming up so fast, they are so convinced that this is their pathway toward world leadership; they’re not going to slow down.” Tall and thin, with full head of gray hair, a mustache and glasses, Collins resembles the classic conception of a scientist (he is a physician-geneticist). His career has been filled with achievements in the field, most notably as head of the Human Genome Project, an extensive research effort to map human genes.
But Collins, 63, is too complex to be pigeonholed. He founded the BioLogos Foundation, which promotes the integration of science and religion, and was appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences by the pope in 2009. He rides a Harley Davidson to work (his black helmet sits behind his desk), consumes Diet Dr. Pepper (not exactly the world’s most medically sound beverage) and plays in a band. This past June, he strummed the “sequester blues” on his guitar to draw attention to the budget cuts.
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Recently, his job has required him to wear a political hat. When he meets with lawmakers, including those whose pictures are on his wall, he becomes a sort of lobbyist of sorts, urging an end to sequestration.
“I’ve probably visited in the last year with over a hundred members of Congress, either by having them come here or meeting them down on the Hill,” he said. “I can’t tell you a single one of those meetings that went badly …
“Whether I’m talking to Republicans or Democrats, and whether it’s the Senate or the House, they all kind of go, ‘yeah, you know, you’re right.’ But, there’s always a ‘but,’ and then they say, ‘But there’s not really much we can do because we’re at this sort of national impasse about what to do about our fiscal situation. And then various people will say whose fault that is. And nothing happens.”
Sitting at a round table in his office — tucked in the building where President Franklin D. Roosevelt first dedicated the NIH’s Bethesda campus Oct. 31, 1940 — Collins recounted a talk he had with a group of young scientists not long ago. At the same table, he addressed the fact that the field of science has become increasingly inhospitable, and that funding shortages are driving a generation of researchers to other countries and professions.
“This is really tough. I would like to be able to say, ‘You know, we’ve had ups and downs in the past. There’s a long tradition here of a roller coaster that NIH has to ride on. This just happens to be a tough interval. It always got better before; it’ll get better this time.’ But as I say those things, I’m not sure I’m completely right, or convinced that I’m telling the truth.”
C. Accessory Kit Protecting Against Spread of Pandemic Flu is Best-Seller for St. Louis Firm
11 Sep 2014, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, by JMD
Pasted from: http://interact.stltoday.com/pr/business/PR091114074018560
St. Louis, Missouri…A new emergency accessory kit that contains effective supplies to protect from the spread of pandemic flu is proving to be a best-seller for St. Louis-based Quake Kare, which packages and distributes the kits individually or as an accessory to its home emergency survival kit.
“We are experiencing substantial increases in sales of our pandemic flu emergency protection kits as consumers anticipate the onset of flu season in the U.S. and express concerns about potential threats of Ebola virus,” said Brian Houser of Quake Kare.
Flu viruses are constantly changing and it’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear. Although flu season typically peaks in winter months, the annual season often begins in October, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
“We attribute Quake Kare’s increased sales of pandemic flu protection kits to precautionary warnings about pandemic flu by municipal and government authorities across the U.S. and extensive publicity about the Ebola virus, although Ebola is apparently not a threat in this country at this time,” Houser said.
“While the current epidemic of West African Ebola virus that has killed more than 2,000 people to date is not considered a risk to U.S. citizens according to most healthcare experts, so long as precautions are taken by overseas travelers, the potential for a pandemic flu is always a concern,” Houser said.
A pandemic flu is emergence of a new influenza virus that would be more serious than flu viruses in a typical flu season because people would not have much, if any, natural resistance to the new strain. Pandemic flu likely would affect more people, be more severe, and cause more deaths than a “normal” season influenza. Because it would be a new strain of flu virus, no vaccine would be quickly available for a pandemic flu, healthcare experts say.
Quake Kare’s ER™ Emergency Accessory Kit contains the most effective supplies for protection from the spread of the pandemic flu. Designed for small adults and children. Its contents are the type recommended by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
(1) Tyvek Suit – DuPont hooded coveralls w/ elastic wrists, ankles, and nonskid socks (small). [See paint stores and paint department at Lowes & Home Depot]
(1) Safety Goggles – Eye shield protection. Adjustable head band. [Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, most hardware stores] (4) N95 Particulate Respirator – 3M quality. Compact and very effective. [See, as above]
(1) Liquid Bandage Spray – 3 oz. Protects against infection and help wounds heal quicker.
(12) Antimicrobial Wipes – Disinfectant wipes prevent spread of germs and maintain sanitary conditions.
(2) Tissue Packs – Multi-task sheets. [ Any grocery store with Kleenix, Walmart]
(2) Pair of Nitrile Gloves – 5 mil. thick industrial grade. [Most grocery stores, Amazon.com]
(2) Biohazard Bags – For sanitary disposal. [http://www.amazon.com/Biohazard-Bags-Approved-24×24-package/dp/B005MS4NOO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1410522310&sr=8-3&keywords=biohazard+bag]
(1) Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Gel – 4 oz. Maintains sanitary conditions, prevents spread of germs. [Drug store]
(1) ER™ Survival Guide – Designed for All Emergencies and Locations.
(1) ER™ Plastic Sheeting – Shelter-in-place for protection from contaminants. Easy to follow instructions.
(1) Roll of Duct Tape – For use with plastic sheeting.
(1) Packaged in ER™ Flip-top Waterproof Container
The kits is available from Amazon.com for $36.95 + $11.49 shipping. [Mr. Larry]
See the product description at: http://www.amazon.com/QuakeKare-Deluxe-Pandemic-Flu-Kit/dp/B00A29ISHQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1410523516&sr=8-2&keywords=Quake+Kare+kit
“Stopping a pandemic flu after it begins is impossible,” said Houser, adding. “People infected with influenza can be contagious for six to eight days, making it easy for the virus to infect many people. Reducing risks to exposure to a pandemic influenza virus is the best protection.”
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