Monday, April 27, 2009

Swine Flu Panic

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.


  1. Well, I don't remember there ever being 20 cases (I hear its 40 now, actually) all together of the bird flu. Not that I think its time to panic over swine flu, I don't, but I think its unfair to compare it to bird flu. When people worry about bird flu, they're worrying about a virus that hasn't really affected humans yet, except for a few really random cases, most of which involved people sleeping in their chicken coops or working with poorly kept, dirty chickens, as in giant factory farms.
    I don't think the swine flu should start a vaccination rush either. There's no vaccine for this particular virus. Getting the current flu shot in an attempt to prevent swine flu would be kind of like getting the current flu shot in an attempt to prevent HIV. Anyone who thinks the swine flu is a reason to vaccinate would just be stupid. There's no vaccine for swine flu, so if you believe vaccines work, even then, vaccines won't solve this problem.

  2. There's a great article on how to naturally prevent and treat swine flu holistically here:


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