I Don’t Wanna Die From the Flu! Is it the Same as the 1918 Spanish Flu?

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Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon and an analyst of CDC data, addressed the public’s fears the media is fueling that the death rate will be high with this year’s flu season. In an interview with Dr. Joseph Mercola, they discussed the issues, comparing CDC data with the inaccurate statements made by the government and the press of a serious flu pandemic today that would be as bad as the deadly Spanish flu epidemic of 1918.

Dr. Mercola stated that the economic incentive of the more than 200,000,000 doses of the vaccine that would be available would profit the drug manufacturers in the tens of billions of dollars. The question in my mind, and probably that of many others, is how does this play into the ludicrous scare tactics being used to convince the public that this massive outlay of tax dollars for a non-existent threat is being well-spent?

No Sound Science to Justify Flu Fears

Dr. Blaylock was asked to first address the CDC’s position and the actual science known about the flu and its relationship to the current government / media fear mongering regarding the potential severity of illness and projected death rates of the seasonal flu. It was mentioned that legislation has been introduced to permit mandatory flu shots, specifically in such states as Massachusetts. The White House recently released a statement, one unsubstantiated by the CDC, saying that 50% of the American public was expected to come down with the virus.

Dr. Blaylock stated that there were two opposing forces in play, one being the scientists (virologists, epidemiologists, researchers and medical experts), and the other side being FEMA, Homeland Security, and the Government in conjunction with the pharmaceutical companies and vaccine manufacturers. The latter are releasing unfounded statements of panic to the news media and bandying about unproven statistics to paint a very scary picture with no sound science behind it. The former are scientists presenting the substantiated statistics from the CDC, which are fact-based and far less ominous.

This Season’s Flu is a Wimp

The scientific conclusions are that this seasonal flu is a not a particularly pathogenic virus, but rather a mild seasonal flu and likely to be even less problematic than the flu of previous seasons. The death rate was actually found to be lower than the past two seasons, even in the pediatric age group. In addition, it has been identified to have a much lower communicability rate than past seasonal flus; thus it could not easily conform to the White House’s statement of a 50% rate of the population contracting it, obviously a highly inflated rate, and would have to be two and a half times the infection rate of the 1918 flu (contracted by an average of about 20% of the population, and under totally different, late-WWI, pre-antibiotic conditions).  CDC data shows hospitalization rates were found to be no higher, and in most cases far below those of the past two flu seasons.

The Connection with the 1918 Spanish Flu

Dr. Mercola brought up another issue regarding the 1971 Swine Flu epidemic and the recent Bird Flu Hoax which received constant media references back to the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic just before the end of World War I. The medical experts then had no knowledge of what the disease was, whether a plague, a bacterial infection, or a virus; there was simply no virology science on it at the time, and no way to isolate or identify it. Identification of the 1918 flu virus was actually a retrospective discovery long after the epidemic was over, based on only three deceased people.

Two soldiers known to have died at that time were exhumed and a conclusion was made as to their illness from fragments of a virus found in their lung tissues. The third person was found frozen in the permafrost in Alaska and the lung tissue was examined, but it was in such bad condition, the conclusion that it was the H1N1 virus was simply a strong assumption.

Many Causes of Virulence Including The Times

Doctors Mercola and Blaylock continued the discussion, bringing up facts regarding the details of the millions of deaths blamed on the flu.  Not only was its spread a result of unforeseen circumstances such as the extensive malnutrition and starvation in Europe, the crowded troop ships transporting emotionally stressed soldiers, and the disruption of the unsophisticated (by today’s comparison) public health services both in America and abroad at that time, but the rampant exposure for these susceptible groups resulted in many contracting the flu and transporting it wherever they were being sent, many back to their home shores.

The Butler Didn’t Do it – Pneumonia Did

The well-known statistics from that era, however, prove that the bulk of deaths resulted not from the flu itself, but from opportunistic pneumonia infections that followed in the flu-weakened victims, where penicillin wasn’t discovered until ten years later. This led scientists to conclude in the face of these data, that the much-feared flu of the 1918 epidemic was not a particularly pathogenic flu itself, certainly not to the extent that justifies the ignorance-spawned fear mongering of it today.

According to what is considered the most reliable data of that time, evidence gathered in a survey published by Frost and Sydenstricker from their house-to-house surveys in different parts of the country, the morbidity of the epidemic appeared to parallel the pneumonia attack rate rather than that of the influenza itself. Dr. Blaylock pointed out that then as now, treatment for the flu even with pneumonia, was essentially the same, providing a warm bed and fluids to counteract the GI distress. In 1918, there were no Intensive Care Units (ICU), IVs, ventilators, respirators, and the like. But neither are people hospitalized for the same conditions today put into the ICU, but in like manner, they are treated for hydration simply by being placed in a hospital room where they can rest and receive IV fluids for a few days and then they go home.

The Spanish Flu Doesn’t Have To Haunt Us

Those concerned about a resurfacing of a dreaded plague that we are told resulted in the deaths of so many just under a hundred years ago, need to take a deep breath and do some research. The evidence doesn’t support a boogeyman threat of the monumental proportions we are being fed by reporters. In some sense it may have been coincidental that so many sets of circumstances all came together to create the Epidemic of 1918. Nonetheless, the odds that those same circumstances could repeat themselves is highly unlikely.

It’s true we are involved in wars today, but in spite of those that are trying to overhaul things, there is still a highly efficient health care system in place that far supersedes what existed back then. The CDC didn’t come into being until 1946, and many hospital procedures used then would be considered from the Dark Ages in today’s modern facilities. Add to this the indisputable fact that in the majority of real flu deaths, many were traced back to the same causes as today’s deaths from flu; a combination of health issues including compromised immune systems or other physical frailties. Most other deaths that started with the flu were actually documented to have been caused by pneumonia, something we have good weapons against today.

If you’re both wise and brave, look to prevention. Get your 8 hours of sleep, take your Vitamin C, Zinc, Indium and other trace minerals, Beta Glucans, Vitamin D, and get your fresh air, organic foods, raw milk, exercise, and natural sunshine south of the 40th parallel.


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