The Tao of Politics

One of my main concerns is: how can I make a difference? There are thousands of political blogs out there. It’s easy to get lost in that ocean. So I may blog about politics on occasion, or I may blog about health issues, depending on where my interests lead me, and where I feel I can contribute something of significance.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Tao of Bird Flu
4. If we do nothing, sooner or later we will have a pandemic. If we do something, we still may have a pandemic.

Vaccine mindset?
Merck and others have spent twenty-five years developing a vaccine against rotavirus, which causes severe diarrhea in infants, as well about half a million deaths worldwide per year. (article one, article two, article three) I wonder why, every time a new virus comes along, our first reaction is to make a vaccine to deal with it? Is there something about viruses that makes them more difficult to treat with antivirals than with vaccines? Is there something about vaccines that makes them more cost effective than other forms of medication? Is there something else about this equation that I don’t know about, or is it just that we have a vaccine mindset in this country? Taking a vaccine is like taking a birth control pill for five years simply because you might have sex sometime, or you might not. And once you take a vaccine, it alters your blood perhaps permanently. More and more vaccines are being developed. Are we saying that we are going to take more and more vaccines? Where does it stop? Does it ever stop? Are there negative health consequences to taking so many vaccines into our bodies? These are all questions that the citizens of this country need to ask, and need to have answered. The big drug and pharmaceutical companies are certainly so busy making vaccines that I doubt they will stop and ask them, even though they probably should.

We’re all doomed
There is evidence that excessive consumption of omega-6 fatty acids promotes prostate tumor growth. If it promotes tumor growth in the prostate, I see no reason why it wouldn’t promote tumor growth elsewhere in the body. We consume too many omega-6 fatty acids in this country. Often the ratio is something on the order of 20:1, maybe higher, when compared to consumption of omega-3s. This is not healthy. Is our society going to change anytime soon? What makes you think it will? Are we going to stop using the oils that contain omega-6? No way! That would be just as difficult to change as it would be to use different kinds of oil for our automobiles. If we don’t change, that means we will continue to consume excessive amounts of omega-6. That means we will be consuming a substance, in huge quantities, that promotes tumor growth. If that happens, that means we will get a lot more tumors than we would have gotten if we had not consumed the omega-6. That means that a lot of people will die unnecessarily. And I don’t see any way around it because, as I said, we are not going to stop overdosing on omega-6 fatty acids as far as I can see. So, tell me we’re not all doomed.

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