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(H1N1) Susceptibility Linked To Common Levels Of Arsenic Exposure

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posted on May, 21 2009 @ 07:01 AM

The ability to mount an immune response to influenza A (H1N1) infection is significantly compromised by a low level of arsenic exposure that commonly occurs through drinking contaminated well water, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and Dartmouth Medical School have found.

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Is this the answer to why the H1N1 has appeared to be so deadly in Mexico? Finally some facts and information that sheds light on this mystery.

"One thing that did strike us, when we heard about the recent H1N1 outbreak, is Mexico has large areas of very high arsenic in their well water, including the areas where the flu first cropped up. We don't know that the Mexicans who got the flu were drinking high levels of arsenic, but it's an intriguing notion that this may have contributed," Hamilton says.

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posted on May, 21 2009 @ 12:45 PM
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Seems common knowledge that arsenic is considered toxic/deadly at high levels, but when you combine it with the drinking water in Mexico, then it does appear that factor could play a role in the high amounts of severe/fatal H1N1 cases there.

The article you found (credible source) also states that:

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers 10 ppb arsenic in drinking water "safe," yet concentrations of 100 ppb and higher are commonly found in well water in regions where arsenic is geologically abundant, including upper New England (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine), Florida, and large parts of the Upper Midwest, the Southwest, and the Rocky Mountains, Hamilton says."

The piece also supports most of the severe/deadly cases in the U.S.,i.e., Arizona, Texas, Utah, California (all SW or Mexican border states)

But unless CDC and the govt eventually tell the truth about the number of cases, their severity levels, and actual causes of death, we may never have true answers to support the article's theory.

I would hope that they would screen for arsenic levels for likely cases but if they leave your body that quickly, that might be a moot point?

If the CDC/govt lies stop, then time will tell...In the meantime, we could post to this thread severe/fatal cases we are aware of and see if there is some correlation between arsenic water geography and H1N1 here in the states? Just thinking out loud...

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posted on May, 24 2009 @ 03:24 AM
reply to post by iforget

I read a few rticles about arsenic and flu recently as well. I know Mexico has higher levels- and certainly there are groundwater issues nearly everywhere- but it seems more probable to me that so many died in Mexico because they either
1) had substandard access to supportive healthcare, or
2) there is a co-factor of infection. It's widely known that aeombic dysentery is widespread in Mexico, as is cholera- is it possible that people who carry either would die more rapidly of ANY infection- espescially a flu that might be highly trophic to the GI tract?

Add arsenic to the mix and it's difficult to dissect variables. If anyone has more info on the arsenic link I'd be interested- for example- there are higher rates in NY, Illinois, Wisconsin, California- is there more arsenic in those water tables than elsewhere?

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