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H1N1 – The Science Does Not Support The Panic

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Panic seems to be spreading faster than the H1N1 (swine) flu. Since the H1N1 strain was identified in late April of last year Egypt proposed killing all the pigs in the country and China was quarantining Mexican nationals without any sign that they might be sick (Mercola, 2009). Just yesterday I received a letter from the school district warning of large outbreaks in schools across the country advising parents to have their child immunized. What the letter doesn’t tell you is that the science doesn’t add up to the panic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publicly asserts that 36,000 Americans die every year from the flu. However, the CDC’s own official records show that only a few hundred (in the U.S.) die from influenza on an average year. This is where the scientific data seems to be misleading. (CDC, 2010)
A New York Times report (23 Nov 2004) further explains: “Another reason for these skewed figures is that the system for obtaining this death toll number is complex, imprecise and anonymous. In fact, in 2002, city health officials estimated there were roughly 2,500 deaths in New York caused by the flu virus. The actual number of deaths … Read the rest

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Time to Take Responsibility For Your Own Health

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Here is the bottom line. Health is full of vested interest and information can be easily selected to support a particular view. We need to be questioning of the pronouncements of governments and experts. They do not always know what is best for your health even if they are well meaning.
The person primarily responsible for your health is you. You are best placed to make decisions about your health based on your own circumstances. There has been a tendency over the last 30 years to see governments as having the primary responsibility for our health. This is seen in calls for the government to “do something” about problems like obesity and smoking to name but two.
Personally I do not have a huge amount of faith in the recommendations of government departments and some of the “experts” that they draw on. Regular readers will be familiar with my view on the response to the advent of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus and how billions of dollars were wasted and needless fear was generated. As it turned out many of the experts recommending mass vaccination of the population had financial ties to manufacturers.
There is now a push to vaccinate … Read the rest

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Typhoid – Mary Mallon

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She was an ignorant, ill-tempered woman, but an excellent cook. However, Typhoid Mary Mallon’s refusal to accept the fact she was a healthy carrier of the deadly typhoid bacteria helped cause of deaths of at least three people.
Mary Mallon was born in 1869 in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland, (now Northern Ireland). She emigrated to America in 1884 and worked in a succession of menial jobs, until she discovered she had an exceptional talent as a cook (It was reported she made a delicious peach ice cream). No one knows when the anomaly occurred, but sometime in the early 20th century, Mary became a healthy carrier of the typhoid bacterium (Salmonella typhi). Mary never got sick herself, so it was beyond her comprehension (or maybe she didn’t want to believe it was possible) that she was a monumental cause of extreme physical distress to other people, who just happened to come into contact with her while she worked at her cooking profession. (Washing her hands properly before cooking and serving food wouldn’t have hurt much either.)
Typhoid fever is a world-wide bacterial disease “transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the feces of an infected person, containing … Read the rest

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Bedbugs – A Growing Problem

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Abercrombie and Fitch had to close a second store recently due to an infestation of bedbugs. New York City put them in touch with the Health Department after they asked for help and pledged their cooperation, but basically they’re on their own, says the City. In fact, we’re all on our own when it comes to these annoying and oftentimes debilitating creatures.
It wasn’t always that way. DDT, a very effective pesticide, was able to effectively get rid of them, but because of presumed environmentally toxic side effects, its use was discontinued. These reddish, oval, brown and flat seedlike insects (red because they are engorged with your blood) like to inhabit cracks and crevices in your beds, headboards, walls, floors, bed springs and frames. They also like curtains, upholstered chairs, cracks in furniture, the corners inside dresser drawers, and mattresses. Hotels and hospitals are two easy places to pick them up anywhere where there is a high turnover of “guests”. Their bite is painless, but they itch and when you scratch them they can become infected. Symptoms of their bite are small flat or raised bumps on your skin with swelling and redness. These bites are often sequential, and are … Read the rest

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Health Review – Fat Burning Brownies

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Can Fat Burning Brownies help you lose weight?
Is it truly a health food? Just try out the Fat Burning Brownies Recipe and check out for yourselves if it works or if it is just another fad. What we found is great news for individuals who want to quickly lose weight without spending a fortune and going under the knife. The good part of this product is that it is good value.
For those who are in a country like USA and those who are concerned about health in USA this could be good news.
Additionally, we have looked at other websites which offer weight loss products on health in USA and found Fat Burning Brownies has received special reviews. It has been aiding individuals across the globe helping them in changing their lives with a healthier body and mind. They are getting fitter and on their way to getting the body they desire.
If you read some of the reviews on Fat Burning Brownies on some other websites you’ll find testimonies from tons of people who have found success consuming them. There are hundreds of such stories out there on the web.
By the same token, there are thousands … Read the rest