I have not had the flu or a cold since 2004, the year that I begin to take vitamin D. Is it just possible that the entire population could protect itself from the flu by just maintaining a summertime level of vitamin D year round? I do believe the answer to this question is yes.
In just checking the CDC flu information, I found a significant variation below what is expected this time of year for the flu. There are several possibilities as to why this is the case. Of course the government is going to say it is the effectiveness of their programs of prevention that includes trying to get everyone vaccinated with the flu shot. It is just normal statistical variation. There are more people taking vitamin D and this has helped to reduce the total number of flu cases. Here is the info for mortality and people seeking medical attention for flu symptoms:
Did you notice the dip on the last week of people seeking help for flu symptoms? You would normally start to expect an ‘up-tick’ this time of year. It is also significant to note that the death rate is below the normal control limits for this time of year. This definitely means that something unusual is happening.
The bird flu of 2006 and the swine flu of 2009 turned out to be nothing but just over concern by the agencies that are involved in monitoring disease. There were two op-eds that also caught my attention. “Fear Gone Viral” by Wendy Orent in the LA Times reports that the US government has requested two studies not be published with methods for making the flu more transmittable in populations. This has got the world health organizations in an uproar over how one country is able to control science. Why are we studying how to make the flu more easily transmittable?
The other interesting story was about the ineffectiveness of Tamiflu and how the studies that were published on the use were falsified. It does not surprise me in that we spent a billion dollars in 2006 to make this drug readily available. It seems that there were fourteen unreported side effects. The cure seems to have been more dangerous than the flu. “No Magic Bullet on the Flu” David Finkelstein LA Times
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