“And it’s easy, – like Sunday morning.” Everyday should be easy like Sunday morning with time for reflection. What a wet week it has been and that turned into glorious sunshine yesterday and today. I understand most rain gauges showed 6 inches of water ( that’s 15.7 cm for you metrics) for this week. Now that is wet!
And the swine flew or I should say that the swine sxxx flew . The numbers reported on deaths for the swine flu or H1N1 went from less than 700 confirmed deaths through the end of October to 4000 as reported in the NY Times and AP. So what does this mean that we had 3000+ new deaths in less than two weeks. Lets take a couple of minutes and see what the numbers show from CDC. Here you can go look for yourself: CDC Update for H1N1 http://www.cdc.gov/H1n1flu/update.htm and the total deaths: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/updates/us/#totalcases So the deaths from August through November 7 is 877 for all confirmed influenza cases. That’s right that is all flu deaths with some portion of that being from the H1N1. You know the CDC claims that 30 to 40 thousand people die each year in the US from flu related illness. The numbers do not make sense. The data also showed that for the second week in a row that hospitalizations for influenza like illness has decreased. Does this mean that we have already reached a peak for the flu or is this just statistical variation and we can expect another peak around week 10 for 2010 or mid-March when the peak normally occurs. In checking the update from WHO it looks like worldwide there have been 6250 deaths as of November 8. http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_11_13/en/index.html So WHO knows, maybe the AP was just trying to sell vaccine or maybe justify their scare headlines from August which claimed there would be 100,000 deaths from the swine flu in the US.
I just can’t wait until everyone gets replete in vitamin D and see what happens to the illness numbers and deaths in the winter. Will it be like it is summer all year? It will be startling to those that make a business in treating disease. I know that this just really sends fear into the ‘powers of money’. The seasonal variation in disease is due to change in control of body temperature which is a large pathogen fighter and variation in serum levels of vitamin D from change in UVB variation. These are the two prime factors – temperature and innate immunity.
I stumbled across an interview with Christopher Buckley, political satirist, (or maybe you know him as William F. Buckley’s son and speech writer for H W Bush, Vice President) this past week at UCSD tv online and that man is hilarious. He says that his main competition is the USA Today headlines. You know he is right. I thought that the headline about Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize was the start of a satire until I read it in a second paper. What we need is someone to write satire on the medical industry or maybe we already do and we just have not recognized the medical reporting as satire.
I also found a quotation from the great philosopher Woody Allen and it sent chills into my understanding: “We are at a crossroad, one road leads to hopelessness and despair and the other annihilation – choose wisely.” Ah come on it can’t be that bad Woody. Boy, that fear can be used to sell some products or worse ideologies.
Headlines of the future:
Annual Deaths Drop by 400,000 in the US
Medical Economy Shrinks by 600 Billion in 2012
Five Million Medical Insurers Looking for Work
Breast Cancer Incidence Down 90%
Multinational Manufacturers Have no Sales for Cold Remedies
Stay warm and go into the sun as you know I love you and God loves you. You truly are a beautiful person! -Pandemic Survivor