Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hogging the Headlines: Swine Flu is Makin' Bacon!

Love me, love my pig!I'm not buying into the global panic surrounding Swine Flu, a panic that seems to have escalated in some quarters to near-hysteria following the WHO's labelling of it last week as a *gasp* "pandemic".
But "pandemic" doesn't mean what many people think: we're not talking worldwide death, plague pits, contaminated bodies being incinerated on village greens. "Pandemic" simply means an epidemic that is geographically widespread. But doomsayers hark back to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic which killed 20-million people globally, and attach that innuendo to Swine Flu.
The fact is that malaria kills 3,000 people every day, and it's only regarded as a "health problem". Of course, no drug company has a malaria vaccine...which could make billions of dollars in a very short time. But for Swine Flu, there's Tamiflu, which governments are shipping in by the truckload! It's sure bringin' home the bacon for the giant pharmaceuticals.
I don't wish to sound like a Conspiracy Theorist, but I do advocate reading some medical articles about this current pandemic. Investigate what happened during the 1976 swine flu outbreak... and how many people fell ill and/or died FROM THE VACCINE itself, not the flu. Or fly back to the 2005 Bird Flu flap: US President (at the time) George Bush said up to 2-million Americans would die as a result. What happened? Nothing. But this time around, panic is causing bizarre behaviour globally e.g.: 350,000 pigs are being slaughtered in Egypt, despite no swine flu being reported there. Poor pigs...and what a waste of good pork chops!
Here's food for thought: in January 2009, a member of the Utah Mormon community emailed a friend of mine, warning of a pending global Swine Flu pandemic...TWO MONTHS BEFORE IT HAD EVEN BEGUN! When I consider how influential some of those Mormon businessmen are and how powerful the American drugs alliance is, I wonder about the timing of that email.
All I'm saying is: don't panic. Do your homework. Maintain normal daily health precautions. Carry on living. Oh yes, and wait for someone to produce T-shirts that say: 'I Went To Mexico and All I Got Was This Lousy Swine Flu!'.
...and read my Swine Flu update of 05 July 2009!

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