Friday, August 28, 2009

Speaking of Epidemics

On a daily basis we hear about the upcoming epidemic of H1N1 - erroneously referred to as Swine Flu. While there is little evidence that the word epidemic applies in this case, people are certainly getting an ear full from the MSM. Being cautious is a good thing, but can we take it too far? At what point does being cautious spill over to being fearful? When we live in a state of fear, we tend to make quick, rash decisions that can have lasting effects on our lives.

As we transition from summer towards fall there is a good chance the fires of fear will be stoked to a frenzy. As I have pointed out before, the "normal" flu kills about 36,000 people each year. That's right, each year an entire small city-sized portion of our population passes away because of the flu. Yet this flu, which is part of our world every year, is taking a back seat to the propaganda espousing that Swine Flu / H1N1 is the real danger. Common sense would suggest that the illness with a confirmed yearly kill rate in the US of 36,000 would gain more attention.

The Mainstream Media, er propaganda machine, that consistently blasts its fairytale version of reality out to the masses clearly is not interested in the scientific facts underlying this entire episode. For example, just today on the website anyone who is interested can clearly find the following facts:

1) The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was below the epidemic threshold.

2) A total of 7,983 hospitalizations and 522 deaths associated with 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses have been reported to CDC.

3) The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was below national and region-specific baseline levels.

Now I am not an expert on communicable disease but it appears that the CDC's own fact sheet shows that the H1N1 Flu is not a serious and widespread illness that is consistent with the word epidemic. But if using the word epidemic is more profitable to the media networks and their big-pharma advertisers (who by the way will be in line for as much as $50 billion in yearly profits) then we are just going to have to get used to it.

Only 522 people have died in the US from H1N1 since its appearance in the media during April 2009. So in the five months since it began, we have an averaged monthly total (including August and excluding April) of 130 deaths each month. Now if we take the "normal" flu and compare we come to a figure of 3,000 deaths each month on average. So H1N1 Flu is killing people at a rate of merely 5.0% of the typical flu. Yet despite this mathematical and scientific disparity, it remains on the front page of media outlets worldwide.

Maybe the real epidemic we should concern ourselves with is that of misinformation and lies being promoted as journalism. It will be impossible for us as a society to move forward, with meaningful change, if we remain subject to a fantasy world painted for us daily by the powerful industries behind our media networks.

When faced with a world that seems full of danger and chaos, that doesn't seem to make sense, remember to follow the money. If you follow the money you will then be pulling back the veil and can more easily identify those who stand to gain from the hysteria and chaos. People don't make the best decisions when they are hurried and stressed. If you wish to profit from people making poor decisions, it is in your best interest to maintain an atmosphere of fear and danger to ellicit the behavior that will make you rich.

Lastly we should all remember to ask the question, Cui bono? In latin this phrase is meant to ask "to whose benefit?". Clearly big pharma gains financially. And the federal juggernaut gains more direct control over what goes into our bodies. But faced with several innoculations that contain such toxic substances as mercury and squalene what benefit, if any, is there to subjecting oneself to a vaccination program that hasn't proven to be safe or effective? And when you consider that makers of the H1N1 vaccine have been granted complete legal immunity for any damages that will arise from the use of their could anyone willingly go along with this scheme?

Ultimately it is a choice about freedom. The freedom to be healthy is at the top of that list. When a government no longer protects its citizens from the predatory practices of powerful organizations, and in fact enables their behavior through legislation, then it is up to the people to stand up for themselves. We might remember it is "government for the people, by the people", not "government against the people."

Stay positive, healthy, and strong. These are interesting times and those who remain cool, calm, and collected will surely do the right thing.

Yours in Health,