SARS and other deadly super-bugs: Breaking out of the outbreaks
I've come to the conclusion that the recent outbreak of Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) will not be the end of the world (that is, TEOTWAWKI--The End Of The World As We Know It). Not that it couldn't have been--and I suppose it still might be. But for right now, at least, public health officials worldwide seem to have done an excellent job of containing this killer disease. (I hate to say nice things about these pinko medicrats, but it appears they have done the kind of job you usually see only in movies starring Richard Dreyfus. Don't get me wrong; I know that appearances can be deceiving--especially when it comes to the medical industry. But for the time being, things seem to be under control.)
Of course, none of this semi-accolade applies to the Chinese bureaucracy: Because of the Chinese government's desperate attempt to cover up the SARS epidemic when it started there, the disease advanced perilously around the world before the rest of the world even became aware of it. Basically, China didn't give us a chance to stop SARS before it spun out of control.
But even though we've got a handle on it now, it's important to know a bit about what caused this outbreak and to be prepared in case something similar ever happens again--which it undoubtedly will. As I mentioned in the April 22 edition of Daily Dose (subject line: "A SARS is born"), SARS appears to be either a new strain of the virus that causes the common cold or a mutated version of the virus responsible for measles and mumps. And it also appears to be frighteningly similar to the killer influenza of 1918 that killed millions of people worldwide. We don't know for sure that SARS is similar to the 1918 monster, because we don't know for sure what the original virus was. Today's epidemiologists just got a little lucky since SARS isn't quite as infectious as the original 1918 influenza. In 1918, it seemed that if someone just looked at you, you caught it. SARS takes a good sneeze in the face to infect you (or so they say).
Beyond SARS--what's next?
But SARS isn't the only deadly microorganism out there: There are plenty more lurking just beneath our radar, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. For example, there's the Nipah virus, a killer you've probably never heard of. (I hadn't either until I read about it in a financial report! These weird and deadly diseases are good for the biomedical industry since every one of them "requires" its own vaccine.) This virus is characterized by the all-too-familiar flu-like symptoms of high fever and muscle pain, but it can also lead to swelling of the brain, convulsions, and coma. The death rate is roughly 50 percent. Nipah killed a few Chinese farmers in the late '90s and disappeared. But I can assure you it's still out there somewhere.
Then there's our old adversary--the black plague. The plague is officially known as Ursinia pestis, and it certainly was a pest all right--one that killed millions of people over three centuries. We thought we had the plague all figured out when we learned what causes it--it passes from rats, to fleas, to humans--and how to control those factors. But not only is it possible for this disease to mutate into new deadly strains that we aren't prepared to handle, but now it's also being seriously considered as a biowarfare agent. I've heard claims that psycho scientists out there have managed to bioengineer the plague so that the rat and the flea have been eliminated from the transmission chain. So now it can be spread by coughing and sneezing. These claims may well be true. Here's what the American Medical Association has to say about it: "Given the availability capacity for its mass production and aerosol dissemination difficulty in preventing such activities, high fatality rate and potential for secondary spread the potential use of plague as a biological weapon is of great concern."
But even though the psychos out there may have gotten their hands on the black plague--and even though you've heard me say this numerous times--I still have to ask: why would the terrorists of the world bother making more weapons of mass destruction when they already have one of the greatest killers of all time sitting in vials on the shelf, all ready to go? Smallpox is easily transportable, highly contagious, and has a dynamite, ghastly death finale right out of a Hollywood horror flick: blood from every pore and orifice; hideous, scabby sores; blindness; insanity; and death. What more could a lunatic want? Russia has hundreds of gallons of this stuff, but, of course, they're our friends now, right? They wouldn't do that to us, would they? They've inoculated the entire Russian population--but that was only because the Russian people LOVE to be stuck with needles, right?
Super-bugs: If you can't beat 'em treat 'em
Anyway, whether we come under attack from man (as in the case of weaponized smallpox) or nature (as in the case of super viruses like SARS), the point is, these diseases are here to stay. They cannot be eradicated from the face of the earth as the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaims. Although our response and protective methods have improved impressively, nothing can completely stop marauders like smallpox and influenza: All we can do is prepare ourselves to fight them.
My reason for writing this article is to warn you not to depend on the U.S. government to give you a solution to the SARS problem, or any other epidemic. There are two simple, safe, and effective methods to treat deadly viral diseases, but you won't hear about either of them from public health authorities.
At the first sign of infection--sore throat, malaise, sniffles, or cough--start taking a homeopathic influenza formula. Homeopathy involves using formulations made from diluted strains of viruses and bacteria to build the body's resistance. The concept has met with its share of flak from the medical establishment, but don't underestimate the power of this form of treatment. If you have doubts, read the May issue of Dr. Douglass' Real Health Breakthroughs. You'll be amazed at how effective homeopathy can be. And if it works for a disease as serious as smallpox, I'm sure it can tackle influenza, too.
My second recommendation is photoluminescence. This treatment involves withdrawing a small amount of blood from your body, exposing it to UV irradiation, then re-injecting back into the body, where it carries the UV light's antiviral and antibacterial power with it. It isn't painful, and each session only takes about 20 minutes. Photoluminescence is our No.1 hope against all biological agents.
Actions to take:
(1) Find a homeopathic doctor who can help you determine your options for fighting deadly strains of flu. To locate one in your area, contact the National Center for Homeopathy at (703)548-7790 or visit their website at www.homeopathic.org.
(2) Contact the Foundation for Light Therapy (561-274-7078; www.fflt.org) for a list of physicians and clinics in the U.S. and abroad that perform photoluminescence. (Please note that I am not affiliated in any way with any of the clinics or physicians listed.)
(3) Stay on top of news like this by signing up for my free Daily Dose e-mail service. Visit www.realhealthnews.com for details. RH
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