Flu Pandemic...Run and Hide!

The World Health Organization says, “We can't delude ourselves. The threat of a pandemic influenza has not diminished.” Quick, head for the hills! More from the Associated Press:
Keiji Fukuda, coordinator for the World Health Organization's Global Influenza Program, spoke to a meeting of around 150 health experts from governments, WHO and other agencies to update WHO's pandemic influenza preparedness plan.

Scientists fear that the H5N1 strain of bird flu virus — which began ravaging Asian poultry stocks in late 2003 — could mutate into a form that spreads easily among humans, potentially sparking a pandemic that kills millions. So far, most human cases have been linked to contact with infected birds.

Fukuda said more than 150 countries had some kind of national preparedness plans but some of them were merely a piece of paper acknowledging the risk.

He said it was crucial that all levels of society were involved in the preparations and that everyone knows where to go for information.

"If somebody is sick in the family for example and it's difficult to get to hospital, they need to know what sort of advice might be available," Fukuda told The Associated Press.
Now, I’m not worried about the flu. I had the flu last year and my nutrient-dense diet kicked its butt in a few days. Me quoting me:
A couple hours later it was pretty obvious, I had the flu. Sure, I was mad that I was sick, but I was more upset that my year-plus streak of not getting ill had come to an end. Nevertheless, I battened down the hatches and prepared to fight this virus head on. After all, I’m an Eat to Liver. My body is equipped and ready to smack the stuffing out of an intruder like the flu, right?

Absolutely! Tuesday and Wednesday I got the brunt of the virus; fever, chills, cough, the sweats, headache, and that horrible malaise. What did I do? Not much. I planted my well-bundled butt on the couch, turned on The Price is Right, drank lots of water, and ate bunch of water-rich fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapple. In fact, at times my symptoms were so mild that I actually made a trip to the supermarket to buy more fruit. Not to mention, I didn’t miss a beat on DiseaseProof—thank you very much. So what happened next?

Thursday morning I woke up feeling a lot better! The only symptom still hanging around is a slight a cough and few sniffles, but nothing serious.
In truth, the flu isn’t really that scary. According to Dr. Fuhrman if you’re body is fortified by a healthy diet, you’ll survive. From Dr. Fuhrman:
Unfortunately the majority of Americans eat a diet style that weakens their normal resistance to simple viral infections. In spite of advances in science that reveal the critical importance of thousands of protective micronutrients in the natural plant kingdom, much of the modern world consumes a diet rich in processed grains, oils, sweets and animal products. In the United States, for example, less than five percent of total calories consumed come from fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. These are the foods that are richest in micronutrients.

Those of us who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) have a very low nutrient (per calorie) intake. This chronic malnourished condition is the true life-threatening epidemic in the modern world, resulting in a medical care crisis and untold tragedies. And this ubiquitous malnourishment may also eventually enable the Avian influenza viruses to spread more easily and develop into virulent forms. With the ubiquitous consumption of fake foods such as white bread, pasta, oil and sugar, nutritional incompetence is the norm.

The flu is a simple viral illness which a healthy body has scores of adequate defenses against. No flu, including the bird flu, is any match for a well-nourished immune system.
So, bird flu, monkey flu, elephant flu, beetle flu, kangaroo flu, dog flu, zebra flu, and hippopotamus flu—BRING IT ON!
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Melody Scherubel - May 7, 2008 9:33 AM

Bird flu ain't your ordinary flu. Your smugness is misplaced here. This flu is not "a simple viral illness which a healthy body has scores of adequate defenses against." It is a serious, dangerous disease.

Gerry Pugliese - May 7, 2008 11:24 AM

Hey Melody-

Granted, I am a little smug about my health, but bird flu isn't as scary as its made out to be. Check this out:



Melody Scherubel - May 7, 2008 2:02 PM

Hi Gerry. I read the article in the link you provided and do not have any quarrel with it. I do agree that an ETL diet can provide protection. Just not absolute protection. And bird flu, if it does become easily transmitable between humans has the potential to be very deadly. Are you familiar with Michael Greger's book, Bird Flu, A Virus of Our Own Hatching. You can read it online for free. Some call him an alarmist--who knows. But it seems to me to be an issue of legitimate concern and a good reason to avoid meat and eat plants!

So my only source of disagreement with you is one of degree. Bird Flu is a serious, dangerous disease. Let's hope it does not spread like so many predict. And I'll have a double green smoothie tonight for supper, just in case.

Monty - May 8, 2008 4:09 PM

How about all these Purell dispensers that have spontaneously popped up all over the place to protect people against germs? Put it on your hands to kill germs hiding in doorknobs, handles and handshakes. But what about airborne germs? Are you supposed to stuff this into your nose? Or into your ears to protect against auditory germs? What is it really selling?

Sepra - May 10, 2008 10:24 PM

I have also been following this epidemic for work (I work on a avian flu database for my clients) and Melody is right. This flu is not normal, not with a 50% kill rate in Indonesia and higher kill rates in Vietnam and Egypt. These are countries that already eat a lot of vegetables and such as staple foods in their diet.

The avian flu is scary stuff and while I do think that eating this way will help, I can't believe that it will really provide 100% protection against this if it decides to spread.

FYI: I think it was in Pakistan that the WHO thought it had spread from human to human - but it was through body fluids, not airborne. So, hygiene may be an important factor in halting it.

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