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Swine Flu Might Not Be Worse This Fall

Some claim the swine flu will return worse this fall, but others disagree. New findings in Journal of the American Medical Association say the next wave of swine flu will probably be about the same:

"In doing so, it is difficult to find evidence of 1918-like waves herald waves, or other such phenomena," they noted. The most recent flu pandemics, occurring in 1957 and 1968, "generally exhibited no more than one (mostly seasonal) recurrence" before settling down into relatively innocuous seasonal flu, [experts] said.

Overall, "examination of past pandemics reveals a great diversity of severity," Morens and Taubenberger said, adding that "some newer evidence [is] casting doubt on original herald wave theories."

One infectious-disease expert called the new analysis "absolutely correct."

Looking back at 20th century flu pandemics, "secondary waves have pretty much been either the same or even of less epidemiologic significance than the first wave," said Dr. Pascal James Imperato, dean of the school of public health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City.

Next to John & Kate, swine flu has been the story of the year, with reports like swine flu reaching 1 million cases in the United States and becoming the first pandemic of the 21st century. If you're worried about the flu, here' some advice from Dr. Fuhrman:

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.

The key to health is nutrition per calorie. 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.

Via HealthDay News.

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Claudia - August 14, 2009 9:55 AM

Excellent quote from Dr. Fuhrman! Most people really don't get the concept that we really CAN take control of our health destiny, and easily avoid maladies like the flu. It is good that Dr. Fuhrman is making this point, because this is an important message that we don't normally hear. So refreshing to hear this recognition of the innate power of our body to defend us against disease, when properly cared for and nourished.

Personally I feel really good about the fact that I never get the flu anymore since eating this high nutrient diet-style. It is just so good have a strong, healthy body, and not have to worry that I might get sick if I don't get a flu shot. I see others around me getting their flu shots, and they act as though I'm taking some sort of risk by not getting one. I think they don't quite understand my completely self-assured attitude that I have absolutely no chance of getting the flu. They can't quite fathom the depth of my confidence and certainty. It feels really good to be so sure of myself and the choices that I have made.

Jemoiselle - January 27, 2010 12:35 PM

I have to agree, and add that everyone in my family had this virus EXCEPT FOR ME. I had no vaccine, just the power of eating a plant based whole foods diet! As someone who used to be the first to get sick and the last to get well, I honestly can say I feel disease proof and forever changed. Better yet, I am at my goal weight and look as incredible as I feel, pardon the bragging! Everybody DESERVES to be happy with themselves =) Thank you Dr. Fuhrman!

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