Here we go, again. Remember the widely-reported chaos over the bird flu? The recent "outbreak" of approximately 20 cases of swine flu is whipping the country into a nationwide panic. European officials have advised citizens not to travel to the US unless necessary and children are staying home from school. Should we all move to code red? Respected author and vaccination researcher, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny says not so fast!
In her article posted yesterday about the swine flu "epidemic", Dr. Tenpenny takes us on a walk through recent history and illuminates the concerns vaccination critics have about the outbreak and hard-hitting questions about who may benefit from the frenzy. And she's not alone. Recent editorials from around the world (such as this one from New Zealand or commentary on PajamasMedia) try to put a little perspective on the issue. Yes, influenza can and does kill people every year. To date, none of the 20 victims diagnosed with the swine flu in the United States have died, although reports indicate that 81 people in Mexico died as a result of infection. Cause for concern? Perhaps. But why isn't the media in a frezny because 44,000 to 98,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical errors? Or because 1 in 38 American boys has autism?
Health-conscious parents can take a proactive approach and seek out natural ways to increase resistance to flu bugs and other viruses. This week, Dr. Mayer Eisenstein will even host a webinar to help calm fears and give practical advice for maintaining health. It's time for some rational thought and calm. Fear-mongering is not the answer.