The Avian Menace

We’ve been told to prepare for a bird flu pandemic, but none has emerged. What’s happened since the initial reporting?

What was happening in Southeast Asia, where the majority of problems seemed to occur?

The major media has compared the the possibility of a flu-epidemic with what happened in 1918, at the end of World War 1. Is this a reasonable comparison?

We’ve been told that vaccinations and Tamiflu will help us, but is that true?

In sum, I haven’t heard these questions asked or answered by the major media or public health offices:

How many people have been affected, and to what extent?

  • What are the medical journals describing as human illness that being diagnosed as avian flu?
  • How does it differ from non-avian flu, toxicological poisoning, drug poisoning, or other illness?
  • What treatments have been implemented in Asian hospitals where putative flu patients have been treated?
  • What proof is being offered that the illness is bird-flu?
  • How is avian flu being diagnosed in humans? Purified virus, PCR, Antibody tests or clinical findings (or combination)?
  • What are the clinical symptoms?
  • Are they consistent?
  • Are they speculative?

1918 – It Was a Very Bad Year.

  • The 1918 flu – what Do we know?
  • What Don’t we know?
  • What were the living conditions at the time in areas that suffered most?
  • Water quality, Food Availability, Medical Interventions?
  • What was the effect of World War 1 on the general population preceding and affecting mortality from the flu?
  • Infrastructure Damage, Food Supplies, Famine, Chemical Warfare, Polution, etc?

South-East Asia – What are the environmental and toxicological issues facing Vietnam and Hong Kong today?

  • Pesticide use, Chemical residues, recent history of chemical and biological warfare
  • What do we know?
  • What are we ignoring?

The World Health Organization, Drug Companies, and Profiteering

  • What is the WHO doing in South East Asia?
  • How do WHO interventions disrupt local and national economies?
  • What do we know about Tamiflu?
  • What do we know about experimental flu vaccines?

There are certainly more questions. I’ll be covering this issue in an ongoing series.