Instead of encouraging countries to address the cause of bird flu by shutting down fowl production, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently alerted the maker of the drug Tamiflu that its massive stockpile may need to be shipped. WHO made the alert inspite of the fact that Tamiflu doesn’t work on bird flu and the drug does little more than make drug companies and Donald Rumsfeld richer. Donald Rumsfeld is a major stockholder in Gilead Sciences, the company which owns the patent to Tamiflu.
Viruses are notoriously difficult to treat. Antibiotics have no effect and anti-viral drugs work only in a few cases. Vaccines can be developed if the structure of the virus is known, but, most viruses mutate fairly quickly and by the time a vaccine has been developed in enough volume to make a difference the virus has mutated into a new form.
At present, the H5N1 virus has not yet mutated into a form that is easily spread among humans. A vaccine has been developed for its present form and is being administered to millions of birds. However, using the same vaccine for humans is pointless because the disease is not contagious to humans. Less than 150 people have died from the virus in the last four years – regular flu kills 500,000 every year. To be truly dangerous to humans the virus would have to mutate into a form more contagious. It would have to go from being a Type A to Type B or C. Once it has done so it will spread rapidly and there won’t be enough time to develop and administer a vaccine.
The only real solution to stopping the potential threat of a killer flu is for people to stop creating the conditions that guarantee the development of influenza (flu) viruses. Flu is a result of growing domesticated chickens, ducks and geese in crowded and unsanitary conditions in close proximity to humans. If humans didn’t eat the birds there would be no need to breed and raise the birds and no opportunity for new types of dangerous influenza to emerge.
There is no nutritional requirement for humans to eat the flesh of any animal. Humans are by nature vegetarians and eating animals and animal products is the primary cause of human illness and early death. The leading cause of death around the world is heart disease, a self imposed condition. A plant based diet doesn’t cause heart disease. The second highest cause of death is cancer and meat and dairy products have been shown to significantly increase the rate of cancer.
When compared to other species humans don’t have the fangs, stomach acid strength or intestine length of carnivores. Humans have sweat glands and don’t need to pant, their intestine is much longer and stomach acid much weaker than carnivores. Most humans can be omnivorous for short periods of time and can adapt over several generations to a more meat based diet, but the human body simply wasn’t designed for it and a meat based diet shortens life-span and increases disease.
Factory farming of animals and the continuous application of ever more deadly antibiotics, pesticides, fungicides and other toxic chemicals is producing new super-bugs that can’t be treated and which are causing massive deaths in wild animals and are a ticking time-bomb for humans.
Govt., science, academia and mass media won’t dare mention the only real solution to the potential threat posed by H5N1 because too much money is made by catering to the corrupt and destructive drug mafia and meat industries. Most of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people are heavily invested in drug companies. Universities receive huge amounts of money to conduct research for new drugs and mass media receives enormous amounts of advertising money to promote the drugs that are mostly useless.
The most sane and beneficial thing you can do for your health and your planet is to adopt a healthy vegan diet of vegetables, grains, fruits and nuts and encourage others to do the same.
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