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(Updated: July 9, 2009.)
The emerging threats of the H1N1 Mexican Swine Flu and the still-present Asian Avian Flu Virus (AAV H5N1) brings into sharp focus the vulnerability of modern, highly mobile and technological societies to viral or bacterial infectious diseases. The last major flu outbreak, (H2N2 in 1957, which killed 69,800 people in the United States) took five months to reach the United States. With the advent of global jet travel, it is now likely that highly virulent disease strains will be transmitted to population centers around the world in a matter of just a few days. This what happened with H1N1.
In this article, I will describe how you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can protect you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势rself and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r family from the next great pandemic. Although the likelihood of H1N1 mutating into a more virulent strain is relatively low, the potential impact if this were to occur would be devastating. The current strain of the virus has a low lethality rate for humans. But even if H1N1 turns out to be a “non-event”, in the next few decades there is a very high likelihood that some other disease will emerge and suddenly make a pandemic breakout. The odds are against us, because influenzas have tendency toward antigenic shift. Because influenzas are viral and are spread by casual person to person contact, the majority of the world’s population will be exposed in just a few weeks or months. Even today, more than 30,000 Americans die each year from flu complications–mostly the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
Here are the key things that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 need to do to protect you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势rself and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r family, and to help restore order during a pandemic:
A.) If appropriate, Raise Your Immune Resistance. (Only for non-cytokine storm variety flus–see the following discussion)
B.) Be Ready to Fight the Illness
C.) Avoid Exposure.
D.) Stockpile Key Logistics.
E.) Be Prepared to Dispense Charity From a Safe Distance
Raise Your Immune Resistance
There are two philosophies to fighting off influenza viruses. The first and mostly prevalent is to raise the body’s immune response. The other is to maintain normal immune response to prevent a collapse caused by over-response–a ““. Unless you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are immuno-suppressed, do not raise you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r immune resistance for an influenza where cytokine storm has been reported to be causing a significant number of deaths.
To raise you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r immune resistance to disease it is important that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 stop smoking. If you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are a smoker you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have already realized that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are much more susceptible to respiratory infections. Smokers are at high risk to develop complications. Get plenty of exercise, eat healthy foods, drink only in moderation, get plenty of sleep, and use top quality vitamin supplements (from a company such as .) If you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are overweight, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 need to alter you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r diet get down to within five pounds of normal body weight. You need to change you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r diet for two important reasons: First, unhealthy foods weaken you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r immune system. Cut out refined sugar. Avoid candy, snack foods, soft drinks, and any processed foods with preservatives, artificial sweeteners, or MSG. Avoid store-bought meat, which is often tainted by the hormones and antibiotics used in commercial livestock feeds. Wild game or 500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势-raised livestock is much healthier! Lastly, pray. Why? Anxiety is a form of stress that weakens the immune system, and prayer is a proven way to relieve anxiety and stress. And more importantly, as a Christian I believe that it is crucial to pray for God’s guidance, providence, and protection.
Be Ready to Fight the Illness
There are some symptoms that distinguish between colds and flus: Flus typically cause fever, chills, achy feeling (malaise), headaches, and extreme fatigue. Cold symptoms are usually restricted to the upper respiratory tract while flu symptoms tend to involve the entire body.
Influenzas tend to kill most of their victims in two ways: dehydration and lung congestion. Even the Avian flu, which is respiratory usually starts with stomach flu symptoms. Stomach flus usually induce diarrhea which rapidly dehydrates the victim. To fight this, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 need to stock up on both anti-diarrhea medicines (such as Imodium AD–an anti-spasmodic) and electrolyte solutions such as Pedialyte. (The latter is available in bulk though large chain “warehouse” stores.) The various sports type drinks (such as Gatorade) can be used as oral rehydration solutions (ORSs) too. However, I prefer to dilute them about 50% with water, they have a lot of glucose in them which will exacerbate diarrhea symptoms.
If commercial ORSs are not available, I have read that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can make an emergency solution as follows:
• 1/2 teaspoon of salt
• 2 tablespoons honey, sugar, or rice powder
• 1/4 teaspoon potassium chloride (table salt substitute)
• 1/2 teaspoon trisodium citrate (can be replaced by baking soda)
• 1 quart of clean water
Imodium is a trade name for Loperamide. It can be purchased generically for relatively little cost, at such places as warehouse stores. The generic (house brands) are just fine. Stock up on Acetominophen (Tylenol) and Ibuprofen (Motrin) as well – for treating fevers. These two antipyretics can be taken together or on an alternating 4 hour schedule (take each every 4 hours but split them, for example at 8 AM take acetaminophen, at 10 AM take ibuprofen, etc. This makes it easier to monitor the patient and get them to drink fluids, if they’re up every 2 hours they will have to drink some fluids). Either have a traditional glass thermometer for each person, or a digital thermometer with lots of disposable sleeves. The thermometers are a couple of bucks at most drug stores. The sleeves are a buck or so per hundred. Don’t cross-contaminate you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r patients.
Note: There is a difference of opinion on in medical circles about suppressing a fever with an non-seasonal influenza. It all depends on the particular strain. Before using aspirin (for adults) or Acetominophen (for children and adults), check the literature on the current flu strain. If there are widespread reports of “” reactions by patients, then suppressing a fever might be a good thing.
Statistically, the largest group that were killed by the 1918 flu were 16 to 25 years old–those with the strongest immune systems. Those patients often died because their bodies fought the virus too vigorously, in a cytokine storm. Aspirin can help suppress the response that leads to a cytokine over-reaction. Again, there is still considerable debate in medical literature over the issue of fever suppression versus the risk of cytokine over-reaction in treating influenzas.
Because influenzas are viral rather than bacterial, most antibiotic drugs (antibacterials) are useless in combating them. If you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 suspect that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are coming down with influenza get bed rest! Too many people ignore their symptoms because “that project at work just has to get done.” Not only do they risk their own health, but they infect their co-workers! Liquids help ease congestion and loosen phlegm and are of course crucial to rehydration. Just a fever alone can double you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r body’s dehydration rate.
Respiratory flus such as the Swine Flu and Asian Avian Flu kill mainly via congestion. Buy a steam-type vaporizer. Stock up on expectorants containing guaifenesin as the main ingredient.
You will need to watch carefully for any symptoms of pneumonia develop. These include: difficulty or painful breathing, a grunting sound when breathing (quite distinct from the wheezing of bronchitis or the “barking” of croup), extremely rapid breathing, flaring nostrils with each breath, or coughing up rust-colored phlegm. Pneumonia can be a deadly complication of the flu and is the main cause of flu-related death. It is important to note that pneumonia is typically a co-infection that can be either viral or bacterial. In case of a bacterial pneumonia, antibiotics are crucial for saving lives. If it is viral, there is not much that can be done. While antibiotics can clear infection they cannot remove secretions. The patient must cough them all the way back up the respiratory tract. Do not use cough suppressants–anything with active ingredients like dextromethorphan or diphenhydramine. A “productive” (wet) cough that produces phlegm is a good thing! This is where you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 may need expectorants. One that works well is Robitussin (the original type of Robitussin without any capital letters after the name). These are also available as generics, and quite cheap, so stock up. You should also read up on postural drainage and percussion techniques for chest secretion clearance–for instances when you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r patient cannot or will not cough effectively.
Aside from being actually coughed or sneezed upon by an infected person, the most common way to catch the flu is by touching something which has been coughed on or sneezed upon by an infected person. For instance, the person that used the shopping cart before you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 had the flu. They covered their mouth with their hand when they coughed then used that very hand to push the cart around the store. Now you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r hands are touching the same place. Without thinking while shopping, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 rub you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r eye or nose and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have introduce the virus to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r most vulnerable point of infection. When you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are out in public do not touch you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r eyes or nose. Wash you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r hands frequently to remove any germs you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have picked up. Teach you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r children this as well.
Even though the chances of a full scale “nation busting” pandemic are small, the possibility definitely exists. A full scale pandemic that starts taking lives on a grand scale may quite reasonably cause you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 to take some extreme measures to protect the lives of you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r family members. You can cut you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r chances of infection by more than half if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 prepare to live in isolation (a strict “self quarantine”) for an extended period of time. You need to be prepared to avoid all contact with other people during the worst of the pandemic. The self quarantine period might last as much as three years, as successive waves of influenza sweep through the country. Think this through, folks. What would you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 need to do to successfully quarantine you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r family? Grab a clipboard and start making some prioritized lists.
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To make self-quarantine effective, it is essential that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are prepared to live in isolation for many months, and possibly years, to avoid contact and subsequent risk of infection. This can be practical for anyone that is retired or self-employed in an occupation that does not require regular face to face contact with clients or customers. (For example 500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势-based mail order, self-publishing, recruiting, medical/legal transcription, or telecommuting.) But for anyone else it may mean having to quit you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r job and live off of you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r savings. So it is essential that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 get out of debt and start building you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r savings, ASAP. If you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can possibly change jobs to something that will allow isolation or semi-isolation, do so as soon as possible. For most of us in the middle class, this may mean “doubling up” with another family to share resources.
To protect you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势rself (at least marginally) from infected spittle, wear wrap-around goggles and buy or fabricate surgical style masks, in quantity. Note that even an N100 gas mask filter will not stop an airborne virus, since the viruses are too small. But at least a cloth mask will give you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 some protection from virus-laden spittle. Once the pandemic breaks out in you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r region, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 won’t look out of place wearing these, even on a trip to the post office. Stock up on disposable gloves. Note that some individuals are allergic to latex. So do some extended wear tests before you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 buy gloves in quantity. Wear gloves whenever away from you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r retreat, and wash you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r hands frequently, regardless. Keep you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r hands away from you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r nose and eyes at all times. Stock up on soap and bottles of disinfecting hand sanitizer.
Stockpile Key Logistics
To make long term self quarantine effective you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will need to buy a large quantity of long term storage food from a trustworthy vendor. Storage food is bulky and expensive to ship, so plan to buy locally or rent a truck and travel to a nearby state to pick up you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r storage food. In the eastern U.S., I recommend Ready Made Resources, of Tennessee. (See: ) In the western U.S., I recommend Walton Feed of Idaho. (See: ) It is also important to lay in extra food to dispense in charity–both to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r neighbors and to any relatives that might end up on you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r doorstep at the 11th hour.
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Build a sturdy gate to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r driveway and get in the habit of keeping it closed and locked. It may sound far-fetched, but in the event or a “worst case” you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 may have to repel looters by force of arms. Buy plenty of ammo, zero you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r guns, and practice regularly. Hurricane Katrina showed how fragile our society is and how quickly law and order can break down in an emergency. Plan accordingly.
With the consent of you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r doctor and his prescription, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 should stock up at least moderately on antibiotics such as penicillin and Ciprofloxacin (“cipro”) to fight co-infections. But they should only be used if it is abundantly clear that a co-infection has set in. (Again, watch for pneumonia symptoms.)
There are a few drugs that have been clinically proven to be useful in lessening the symptoms of viral influenzas, and shortening the duration of illness. These include (Zanamivir), (Oseltamivir phosphate), and . These drugs are used immediately after the onset of flu symptoms. Of the three, Sambucol–a non-prescription tincture of black elderberry– is probably the best. I predict shortages of these drugs in coming months, so stock up while they are still readily available!
Be Prepared to Dispense Charity From a Safe Distance
I already mentioned that it is important to lay in extra food to dispense in charity. I cannot emphasize this enough. Helping you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r neighbors is Biblically sound and builds trustworthy friendships that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can count on. To avoid risk of infection, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 need to be prepared to dispense charity from a safe distance–without physical contact. Think: planning, teamwork, and ballistic backup. While you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r family’s food storage can be in bulk containers (typically 5 to 7 gallon food grade plastic pails), you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r charity storage food should mostly be in smaller containers. Or, at least buy some extra smaller containers that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can fill and distribute to refugees. Also be sure to lay in extra gardening seed to dispense as charity. Non-hybrid (“heirloom”) varieties that breed true are available from several vendors including The Ark Institute. (See: ). By dispensing charity you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will be helping to restore order and re-establish key infrastructures. The bottom line is that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势’ll be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
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Postscript from Reader and Contributor “Dr. November“:
I’m not a big believer in Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) or the other neuraminidase inhibitors. It’s only demonstrated effect is to make the course of the flu slightly less long (on the order of 1-2 days less), but it has a critical requirement: IT MUST BE TAKEN within the first day or two of feeling ill. Most people (myself included) will just feel a little ‘off’ those first couple of days, or try to work through it. Tamiflu in this situation is pretty useless. Also, if someone is going to use it, they MUST have it on hand before they get sick: Getting the first symptoms, then deciding to call you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r physician and getting an appointment to get the prescription the week after next isn’t going to help. Finally, it’s pretty expensive (a standard 5 day adult dose is around $100 plus the physicians appointment). It’s also going to be in short supply as people start trying to get it (similar to Cipro following the anthrax attacks and scares). BTW, Mom’s old standby for respiratory infections (chicken soup) is as effective as oseltamivir. I doubt that it would be a good choice for an avian or swine flu pandemic, though.
I was favorably impressed with a study done in Israel about the efficacy of Sambucol. At least, it’s not expensive and won’t hurt anything.
So, what should people do? In addition to the suggestions you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势’ve offered, I have a few more: If the pandemic strikes, and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can’t avoid going out among people, wear disposable gloves (they don’t have to be surgical or sterile). You don’t know who last touched that … whatever (door knob, elevator button, etc). Carry and use several pair, and learn how to take them off without touching the outsides (ask a medically trained individual to show you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势).
Keep you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r hands away from you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r mouth, nose and eyes! If you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r hands become contaminated, don’t transfer the virus to mucous membranes. Wash you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r hands often (and also, BEFORE and AFTER using public restrooms, then don’t touch the door knob on the way out – use an extra paper towel). Hand sanitizer gels are OK but plain soap and water is fine too. If nothing else is available, a ‘dry wash’ (vigorously rubbing you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r hands as though you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 were soaping them up) is surprisingly effective in removing the outer dead layer of skin cells that harbor virus particles or bacteria. It won’t get rid of every single one (nothing will) but it’s a matter of odds – the fewer, the better.
Teach everyone (especially the dear little germ transport mechanisms we call children) to cough into their elbow or armpit – NOT to cover their face with their hands (and then what?) or use a tissue (and then what?). And to wash their hands afterwards.
I can commend a medical blog that has an excellent article (and link to a free New England Journal of Medicine article) on avian flu: and
– Dr. November
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, and I don’t give medical advice. Mention of any medical device, treatment, drug, or food supplement is for educational purposes only. Consult you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r doctor before undertaking any treatment or the use of any drug, food supplement, or medical device. is not responsible for the use or misuse of any product mentioned.
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James Wesley, Rawles is a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and a noted author and lecturer on survival and preparedness topics. He is the author of “Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse” and is the editor of –the popular daily web journal for prepared individuals living in uncertain times.