Okay - we promised from the beginning that this blog would be used to try and be a voice of reason in the world. Calling out the shenanigans we see every day. Well.....IT'S TIME TO CALL SHENANIGANS! This one will be a doozie...
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We've been hearing about swine flu, swine flu, swine flu every time we turn around. From the TV news, on the radio, in the newspapers, on any "informative" website out there (msn, yahoo, etc...), politicians are throwing out there 2 cents...AS WELL AS, from close family and friends, random shop owners who bring it up, the cashiers at restaurants...EVERYONE is talking swine flu.
Does anyone know why? Do you know why? What's the word they're using most often when talking about it? It always comes right after the words "swine" and "flu"..... it's "EPIDEMIC". (the really frightened ones are utilizing the much more severe description of "PANDEMIC".)
Well...being a compulsive truth-seeker, I've learned that the media is rarely ever "dead on". (So sad that people can walk by their tv set, hear a snipit about a breaking story, and take it at face value and start the whole..."did you hear that...." trend.) I hope I can inspire some of you to become truth-seekers. Not taking my word. Not taking the word of MSNBC, CNN, or Fox News. Not taking the word of our politicians. Either way...let's get into this one....
FROM THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION:
Want to see how severe your REGULAR OLD FASHIONED GRANDMOTHER'S FLU is? I went ahead and used the CDCP to gather some data about the Classic Influenza vs. Swine Flu.
It is estimated that about 36,000 people died of flu-related causes each year, on average, during the 1990s in the United States. During these years, the number of estimated deaths ranged from 17,000 to 52,000.
Death rate extrapolations for USA only from REGULAR Flu:
63,729 per year
5,310 per month
1,225 per week
174 per day
7 per hour
Between 3 and 5 million people experience severe illness due to regular, seasonal flu around the world each year, and between 250,000 and 500,000 die as a result.
Let us put it into context....Remember the BIRD FLU pandemic that was sweeping the world? We were told that the threat was emminent and severe, right? Only 300 people have ever been affected by the bird flu (most in indonesia) and of those 300....about 2o of them were "confirmed" dead from the bird flu. 20. Twenty. Two-Zero. Yet it was a pandemic????
As of last night, there had been 20 confirmed cases of swine flu in the United States, 19 in Mexico, and six in Canada. But in Mexico "the infection is suspected of causing as many as 86 deaths and more than 1,300 illnesses". I will also note here, that the MAJORITY of cases of "confirmed deaths" were of indivudals who already had major illnesses that weakened their immune systems, or of babies who's immune system struggles with the common cold. All other healthy individuals simply went home and got over it the same way that they did from classic influenza.
You'll also start to see the differences in confirmed and suspected. Person A coughed a couple times before dying...therefore I suspect he had swine flu. Now, the news (being the stand-up reporters they are) isn't reporting the confirmed cases too often, are they? You're more likely to hear the climing death toll and hospitalizations SUSPECTED to be caused by swine flu. Please know...this is intentional.
So we have a pandemic on our hands...do we?
A little history....In 1976, the Swine Flu pandemic was supposed to sweep the world. (Hey, much like a global FREEZE was emminent in the 1970s and everyone needed to go green and change their lives. Do we really not learn from these things?) Well, congress decided that they needed to do something to save the people. They voted to give out immunizations to the public. (sidenote: only two perceptive congressmen voted against this idea. Both were actual physicians.) That year...26 people died related to the situation. One was SUSPECTED to have died from the swine flu. The other 25 died from complications from the immunization that the government provided.
Anyways...to wrap this up - we'll do a little short list of facts:
1. The Swine Flu is no more lethal than the Classic Influenza Virus.
2. The Swine Flu is no more contagious than the Classic Influenza Virus.
3. The Swine Flu is passed along the EXACT SAME WAY that the Classic Influenza Virus is passed.
4. The Swine Flu has the EXACT SAME symptoms of the Classic Influenza Virus.
5. The Mortality Rate of the Classic Influenza Virus is .96 per cent - The Mortality Rate of the Swine Flu is .04 per cent.
6. You have a significantly stronger chance of winning the lottery twice than dying from the Swine Flu.
7. You have a signfiicantly stronger chance of contracting and dyning from HIV/AIDS or Tuberculosis than dying from Swine Flu.
What's my point with all of this? NOT AT ALL to downgrade the severity of this or any illness, but to simply reason out the HYSTERIA. The CLASSIC INFLUENZA is a lethal, dangerous, and severe sickness. If you have a weak immune system, it can be deadly....just as much as the swine flu. So rather than freaking out, cancelling everything you have planned, and being afraid of the outside world....simply start taking some responsibility to take care of your body and your health.
By the way...Is anyone else still waiting for the Killer Bees to come, bringing a Global Freeze in their wake, followed by the Bird Flu Pandemic, proceeded by the Global Warming, and topped off by Y2k?
:) Yah, me either...
Here are some videos that will be the small glimmer of reason you see on mainstream media sources.