SCI/TECH: Bird Flu, and the "Neglected Epidemic"

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posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 12:02 PM
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The world's leading medical journal on infectious disease, The Lancet, just released a series called "The Neglected Epidemic." The series is about chronic disease, which accounts for 52% of deaths in the world today, as well as rampant disability and debilitation. The Lancet says it is critical to intervene early in the epidemic's course, stating "There is an unusual opportunity before us to act now to prevent the needless deaths of millions." The series' lead article laments the fact that reducing chronic disease is not a Millennium Development Goal (MDG).
 



www.thelancet.com
Chronic diseases represent a huge proportion of human illness. They include cardiovascular disease (30% of projected total worldwide deaths in 2005), cancer (13%), chronic respiratory diseases (7%), and diabetes (2%). These ...diseases ...are not the exclusive preserve of rich nations. ...Research into chronic diseases in resource-poor nations remains embryonic. But what evidence there is shows just how critical it will be to intervene early in the epidemic’s course. There is an unusual opportunity before us to act now to prevent the needless deaths of millions. Do we have the insight and resolve to respond?

The Lancet aims to fill a gap in the global dialogue about disease. It is a surprising and important gap, one that health workers and policymakers can no longer afford to ignore. The call by Kathleen Strong and colleagues for the world to set a target to reduce deaths from chronic disease by 2% annually - to prevent 36 million deaths by 2015 - deserves to be added to the existing eight MDGs.

Without concerted and coordinated political action, the gains achieved in reducing the burden of infectious disease will be washed away as a new wave of preventable illness engulfs those least able to protect themselves.



Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


The Lancet series is good - as far as it goes. But it begs the issue, and does not admit outright that chronic disease is infectious, or that most chronic disease results from underlying infection with a prion called "a-smooth muscle actin" (ASMA). Instead, it echoes populist claims that chronic disease results from "lifestyle" and is a "personal responsibility." Accordingly, the series promotes educating people on the dangers of tobacco use and bad diet - towards a 2% reduction in deaths by 2015.

Granted, avoiding contaminants in water, food, and medicines is nigh impossible, while individuals do have some hope of controlling tobacco use and bad diet. And avoidance is good advice - there is no doubt that common contaminants speed progression of the underlying disease, cause mutations, and create new disease-causing prion strains. And maybe, it really is too late to clean this filthy barn we call a planet. But. Must we continue to blame the victims?

Most noticeably, The Lancet skirts the biggest health issue facing the world today:

1. Many people in the world - and almost 100% of Americans are infected with an underlying prion disease;
2. Prion diseases use the immune system to spread through the body, and progression speeds up dramatically in the presence of inflammatory illness like the flu;
3. When bird flu hits, the real problem is not the expected fatality rate, but the fact that survivors will become progressively more debilitated and disabled with chronic disease - and may live for decades as unproductive members of society.

Our leaders are NOT bringing this information out into the open, and fostering a truthful open dialogue - instead, they are priming the public to accept the already-chosen solution: euthanasia. Ie., see here:

Execution of the Old People

So this is how it is:

1. Chronic diseases already are epidemic, and result from underlying prion infection(s);
2. Bird flu - or any other inflammatory disease - helps prions hijack the immune system, and spread rapidly through the body;
3. Anyone who gets infected but doesn't die will become progressively more debilitated, and eventually, disabled;
4. US bird flu victims will be detained in federal quarantine camps, and readily available for euthanasia - despite the fact that quarantine won't do diddly squat to stop bird flu's spread;
5. There won't be any rich and powerful people in quarantine camps.


Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture?


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posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 01:03 PM
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The next years will be funny guys!


I hope is just propaganda



posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 01:41 PM
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Is this an OP/ED?

Why is the article and intro shorter than the opinion "paragraph" at the end?

Why even bother with the article? Just use the Op/Ed format and go to town.



posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 03:39 PM
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Chronic disease, of which I suffer from is a drain on medical authorities with various test proceedures, doctors visits, home help, assistance and medication. Chronic disease keeps doctors in the style they are accustomed to.

Chronic disease is also a strain on the work force with sick leave and reduced quality of life for sufferers. People with chronic disease are a strain on the economy.

I have Crohns disease and while five days out of seven I may be fine, the other two days I am either curled up in bed trying to control the pain.

There is no cure. Instead for every doctors visit I am encouraged to take more and more varied medication including pain killers and steroids and cortisone shots. I do not bother seeking help now and try to maintain a normal life as possible with the use of diet control (not eating peas is good) and clean living. I refuse to take the medication that I know will mask the symptoms, not cure me and possibly cause other side affectas and issues on top of what I already deal with. As it is I have been told of reduced life expectancy.

Testing proceedures for chronic disease is outdated with the cost going into the thousands even before diagnosis of any underlying illnesses. Overall chronic disease of which there is no cure helps line the pockets and assists everyone excelt the person suffering the illness.

[edit on 6-10-2005 by Mayet]



posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 04:42 PM
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Sorry - I buried the main point, which is quite real, and IMO - very important:


When bird flu hits, the real problem is not the expected fatality rate, but the fact that survivors will become progressively more debilitated and disabled with chronic disease - and may live for decades as unproductive members of society.

The preferred solution is currently euthanasia.

I think that sucks. I also believe there are numerous alternatives: all smarter, and more scientifically defensible.



posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 11:31 AM
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Originally posted by Hamburglar

Why is the article and intro shorter than the opinion "paragraph" at the end?





Because it's an article. Not a Press Release.


More coverage:

WHO: Chronic Disease May Kill 400M by 2015

www.hindustantimes.com...

Plea for action on chronic diseases

news.bbc.co.uk...



posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 11:48 AM
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Chronic diseases, not 'chronic disease'. The Lancet it talking about disease which are chronic and have no real treatment, like heart disease, etc, not a 'mystery disease' that is chronic. I understand that the implication here is that these 'chronic diseases' are all infact caused by an unknown agent (or at least an agent the knowledge of which is surpressed), but thats not what the Lancet is saying.

Just to be clear.



posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 11:59 AM
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Originally posted by soficrow

1. Chronic diseases already are epidemic, and result from underlying prion infection(s);
2. Bird flu - or any other inflammatory disease - helps prions hijack the immune system, and spread rapidly through the body;
3. Anyone who gets infected but doesn't die will become progressively more debilitated, and eventually, disabled;
4. US bird flu victims will be detained in federal quarantine camps, and readily available for euthanasia - despite the fact that quarantine won't do diddly squat to stop bird flu's spread;
5. There won't be any rich and powerful people in quarantine camps.


Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture?


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Yes. I do. This is the Illuminati at work, trying to save the world by killing most of the people in it. They think we're overpopulated, even though we're anything but. For example:

Lets say we give all 6 billion people on the planet 1,000 square feet each, did you realize that they all would fit very easily into the state of Texas (with over 1,300 billion square feet left over!).
Sounds amazing doesn't it? Don't believe me? I will PROVE it!

* Texas has 262,015 square miles of land
* Which equals 7,304,558,976,000 square feet (262,015 x 27,878,400*) in Texas
* Each person gets 1,000 square feet of land
* The world population is currently almost 6 billion people (as of 1999)
* 6 billion x 1,000 square feet per person equals 6,000,000,000,000 square feet needed

Square feet in Texas

Square feet needed for 6 billion people 7,304,558,976,000
(subtract)
6,000,000,000,000
Left over space 1,304,558,976,000


These people are dangerous (the Illuminati) and they have no loyalty to this country or to the people in it. Their loyalty is to themselves only. They are consumed with greed and want to own everything, kill most of the people, and keep a few of us around as their slaves, slaves to be kept on a very short leash by the way.

Our government is full of them, including GWB, Cheney, Condi, all of them. The Dems are just as bad or worse. They run the military, the media, control education, finance, everything. The last steps in their plan to kill most of us and take over the world is almost ready to be carried out.



posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 02:28 PM
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Originally posted by Nygdan
Chronic diseases, not 'chronic disease'. ...

Just to be clear.



"The neglected epidemic of chronic disease"
Horton R - (DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(05)67454-5)

Straight from the Lancet. Just to be clear.




...But you are right - as I lamented, no one is owning up and telling the truth. Yet.



posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 05:39 PM
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Originally posted by Mayet
Chronic disease, of which I suffer from is a drain on medical authorities with various test procedures, doctors visits, home help, assistance and medication. Chronic disease keeps doctors in the style they are accustomed to.



I am very sorry to learn that you suffer from Crohns disease, calling some illness Chronic will ensure long lasting treatment and miracle drugs to be tested on the patients.

Like you said it helps maintain doctors standard of living and pharmaceuticals profiting from the patients with long term treatments.

As usual is easier to keep people on long term medications than finding a cure to the problem.



posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 07:37 PM
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Mayet

I'm sorry - I didn't mean to diss you. I'm sorry that you're suffering. It's not easy. I've been thinking about you, and was going to u2u. But... FYI - I was diagnosed with Crohn's a few years ago, now it's downgraded to IBS. I keep it under control by treating it as a prion disease: drinking green tea, cooking with sage and curry, and taking ranitidine (an antihistamine targeted to the gut) - and no processed food, etc. When it's bad, I live on Ensure for a while, with the ranitidine. Works. I was in excruciating pain 24/7 from 2001 through 2003. Now, I have very few episodes, and none that are so extreme. I'm quite sure it's the "prion inhibitors" that keep me (relatively) pain free.

Good luck. And you are not alone.





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