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Originally posted by Cloudsinthesky
Swine Flu Fears Decline
After a busy onslaught of concern about H1N1 Flu last week, Connecticut hospitals and community health centers reported a drop in people seeking flu tests.
N.J. experiences decline in cases of swine flu illness
Yesterday the state closed the hotline established for concerned residents and health care providers following the initial news of the swine flu outbreak. In some school districts, information on the illness is less prominent on their websites.
So I guess if I googled and read these reports I would think everything is going to be okay.........
Just out of curiosity, how many of you mapped places and printed out the maps / GPS coordinates for your "doomsday" kit? I mapped out:
1. Pharmacy warehouses and distribution hubs
2. Grocery warehouses and hubs
3. Produce warehouses
4. Hunting / Camping store warehouses and hubs
5. military armories, warehouses, supply chain hubs, airfields
6. Hummer and Jeep rail yard storage depots
7. small aircraft manufacturers
8. Halliburton airfields and warehouses
9. Yacht builders / repair marinas / docks
10. Private Islands with airstrips
H1N1 Death Reported On Reservation
POSTED: 4:49 pm MST May 19, 2009
UPDATED: 5:03 pm MST May 19, 2009
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed Tuesday afternoon that another person in the state has died of the H1N1 flu.
The person died on the Gila River Indian Reservation, the heath department said. Calls to the reservation were not immediately returned
The first H1N1 flu death occurred in Maricopa County. The female victim, who was in her 40s, was also suffering from a lung condition, authorities said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed two fatalities for Arizona on its Web site, but it was unclear when the second death occurred. In total, 488 confirmed and probable cases of H1N1 flu in the state
Take enough Vitamin D3 to get your 25(OH)D level above substrate starvation levels (50 ng/mL or 125 nmol/L). Levels of 50 ng/mL usually require at least 5,000 IU per day for adults, some adults will require more. Children should take 1,000 IU per every 25 pounds of body weight. After taking this dose for 3 months test your 25(OH)D level. Individual variation in dose response is great and natural 25(OH)D levels (50–70 ng/mL) are not assured by these doses. For reasons I will discuss below, I think it possible that Vitamin D levels of 30 ng/mL, which are often obtained by people taking low doses of Vitamin D (1,000–2,000 IU/day), may increase your risk of death from a 1918-like influenza virus.
In the macrophage, the presence of vitamin D also appears to suppress the pro-inflammatory cytokines. Thus, vitamin D appears to both enhance the local capacity of the epithelium to produce endogenous antibiotics and at the same time dampen certain destructive arms of the immune response, especially those responsible for the signs and symptoms of acute inflammation, such as the cytokine storms operative when influenza kills quickly.
Lab work has shown that lack of vitamin D is associated with weaker production of an antimicrobial peptide called hCAP-18, a protein that works with immune-system cells to kill pathogens. "We think that if you're exposed to a virus [and] you have sufficient vitamin D, those cells will be better equipped to fight off that organism so you don’t get an infection," says Ginde, an assistant professor of surgery in his university's department of emergency medicine. In people with vitamin D deficiency, it's possible that "those cells don’t work as well so you're more like to get a cold or infection or something more severe."
New research suggests that influenza is also a disease triggered by vitamin D deficiency. Influenza virus exists in the population year-round, but influenza epidemics are seasonal and occur only in the winter (in northern latitudes), when vitamin D blood levels are at their nadir. Vitamin D-expressed genes instruct macrophages, the front-line defenders in the innate immune system, to make antimicrobial peptides, which are like antibiotics (Science 2006;311:1770–1773). These peptides attack and destroy influenza virus particles, and in human carriers keep it at bay. (Neutrophils and natural killer cells in the innate immune system and epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract also synthesize these virucidal peptides.) Other vitamin D-expressed genes rein in macrophages fighting an infection to keep them from overreacting and releasing too many inflammatory agents (cytokines) that can damage infected tissue. In the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed 50 million people, of which 500,000 were Americans, young healthy adults (as happened to my 22-year-old grandmother) would wake up in the morning feeling well, start drowning in their own inflammation as the day wore on, and be dead by midnight. Autopsies showed complete destruction of the epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract due, as researchers now know, to a macrophage-induced overly severe inflammatory reaction to the virus. These flu victims were attacked and killed by their own immune system, something researchers have found vitamin D can prevent (Epidemiol Infect 2006;134:1129–1140).
Does that mean Chicagoans should break out the vitamin D supplements because of the swine flu outbreak? Some health experts say not yet. Because the virus is new, no research has been done to determine whether vitamin D would prevent infection, says Sue Penckofer, a professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing. "We haven't been able to study (swine flu and vitamin D). I think now is the time," Penckofer says. Still, Chicago-based physician Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, who recommends vitamin D to his patients in lieu of some antibiotics, says vitamin D could help stave off something like swine flu. "Will it be effective against this flu? I would guess yes, but we don't know a lot about it," he says. "But vitamin D is protective."
The 65-year-old German tourist, who died on Monday in Thailand, was not infected with the A/H1N1 flu, according to laboratory tests at the Department of Medical Sciences, Thai Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodi said Tuesday.
The German woman, identified as Mrs. Barbel Wilhelmine, died of pneumonia and had common influenza, Manit told reporters attending a press conference held at the Ministry late Tuesday.
Manit said the German tourist had lung infection and the Ministry would examine further the causes of her lung infection.
The German woman with her husband and a child arrived in Thailand on May 12 and had stayed in a beach resort town of Hua Hin in a central province of Prachuab Khirikhan, said Dr Paijit Warajit, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Health of the Public Health Ministry.
On May 18, she had sore throat, but had neither fever nor coughed, and was admitted into San Paolo Hua Hin Hospital, said Dr. Paijit.
She had chest pains and breathing difficulties, while doctors discovered that her lung got infection.
The hospital then referred her case to Bamrungraj Hospital in Bangkok.
However, as she was on the way to Bangkok, she stopped breathing and was sent to a hospital in Samut Sakhon province and died there at around 21:00 p.m. local time.
Since May 12, the Public Health Ministry said the country has had its first two A/H1N1 flu cases, however, the two patients have already recovered and will not spread the deadly flu disease to others. The two persons had returned from Mexico.
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
SStirling: Queens hospitals getting record ER visits as swine flu panic expands. #swineflu 8 minutes ago from web
Originally posted by Cloudsinthesky
reply to post by larphillips
I was just proving a point to a poster that I could easily google and get "all is well" articles.........
Originally posted by ZombieSlayer
reply to post by double_frick
Ummm. You've never watched any apocalyptic movies have you?
Seems obvious to me. To be prepared and to survive. Why? For the just in case factor, cause you never know.
In 1999, Vieth indirectly asked the medical community to produce any evidence 10,000 units of vitamin D a day was toxic, saying "Throughout my preparation of this review, I was amazed at the lack of evidence supporting statements about the toxicity of moderate doses of vitamin D." He added: "If there is published evidence of toxicity in adults from an intake of 250 ug (10,000 IU) per day, and that is verified by the 25(OH)D concentration, I have yet to find it
First Person: Being Quarantined for Swine Flu
Associated Press reporter Will Weissert details his experience being quarantined in a remote Chinese hotel for seven days. The reason? His flight from Cuba included a layover in Mexico, and China is taking no chances with swine flu. (May 18)
Originally posted by ecoparity
Anyway, to wrap this up:
2K units probably safe / 5K units? not too sure.
vitamin D toxicity usually occurs only if excessive doses (prescription or megavitamin) are taken. Vitamin D 1000 μg (40,000 IU)/day produces toxicity within 1 to 4 mo in infants. In adults, taking 1250 μg (50,000 IU)/day for several months can produce toxicity.
The single most important fact anyone needs to know about vitamin D is how much nature supplies if we behave naturally, e.g., go into the sun. Humans make at least 10,000 units of vitamin D within 30 minutes of full body exposure to the sun, what is called a minimal erythemal dose. Holick MF. Environmental factors that influence the cutaneous production of vitamin D. Am J Clin Nutr. 1995 Mar;61(3 Suppl):638S–645S. Vitamin D production in the skin occurs within minutes and is already maximized before your skin turns pink.