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Disaster Preparation Series 09: Epidemics
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Disaster Preparation Series 09: Epidemics

The very word epidemic makes me cringe. My sister contacted polio at age three and it killed her at age nineteen. During the polio epidemics my paranoid parents gave me milk of magnesia everyday, thinking that would help. Actually they could do nothing. but it made them feel that at least they were doing something.

Our schools were shut down during those years. We were not allowed to go to the movies or frequent public places other than church. Actually, my friend, Paul, and I would sneak off to the movies. The theaters were practically empty and probably the safest places in town.

Several of my friends contacted the disease, resulting in various amounts of damage. I have a good friend here in Idaho that was crippled and he suffers every day of his life as did my sister. Finally Jonas Salk developed a vaccine followed by Sabin. This was one of the great blessings to this world.

Some people in the world have stopped taking the vaccine for the disease, which like smallpox, should have been eliminated by now. The Gates Foundation and others including the United Nations is working on this problem.

When I went to Korea, I was given all kinds of shots in my arms, nine in one day. One of these was called Japanese Bee which may have been to prevent encephalitis. Plague was a big concern. We were given shots. DDT powder was shot down into our clothing to kill fleas. That was not a good practice as insecticides are not good for bugs or men. Plague killed millions of people back in the Dark Ages.

We were given atabrine in Korea to prevent malaria. A lot of us had fever and chills on the way home from Korea by ship. Everyone on the ship was given the stuff. Like when we were in Korea, they put the pill in our mouths and made sure we swallowed it. That took care of the malaria threat but many of us who had strong leg muscles from climbing those Korean hills, walked the decks at night, trying to get rid of the muscle spasms from inactivity.

Malaria is still a major problem along with the AIDS epidemic. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation are pouring in the dough to end such epidemics if you call malaria, like plague, an epidemic although carried by insects. I doubt that anyone has caught malaria from another person. Insects cause a number of diseases and almost stopped the construction of the Panama Canal. Ever hear of Walter Reed and his work on yellow fever?

Influenza is a tremendous killer, killing millions during the First World War. Every year we tromp down to Walgreen and get a flue shot and sometimes a pneumonia shot. Those traveling out of the country are advised to get vaccinated for certain diseases including hepatitis.

We lived in New Jersey for twenty years. During the great flu epidemic during the WWI period, hermits living in the New Jersey pine barrens, who had no contact with people, were found dead in their homes. Some viruses are carried in water and air. The rule of the epidemic is that everyone in the population is exposed. So there is little doubt that I was exposed to polio when I was a kid, like everyone else. Pass the milk of magnesia.

What can you do to protect your family during an epidemic? The community health services will be taking action, shutting down schools, providing immunizations, giving advice like wash your hands, cough in your sleeve, etc. Better to be “Japanese” and not shake hands and wear a face mask. Can you bow or are you too old like me?

A call to your family doctor might he in order.

What else can you do? Avoid people if you can. Have some of that jellied isopropyl alcohol on hand to clean your hands. I keep it in the car. One squeeze and hopefully the bugs are dead. I also rub it on my steering wheel. You find it in grocery stores, on business offices service desks, in doctor’s offices, just about everywhere. Use it. Some have a small bottle in their pocket. Smart!

I take tons of vitamin C if I have a cold or flu bug. I have sleep apnea so I have to be able to breath at night. Dr. Linus Pauling, the great chemist found that high dosages of vitamin C removed cold and flu symptoms. It works for me. I suggest you read his books.

Eat properly, avoid fat, have lots of fruits and vegetables on hand, and avoid processed foods.

I buy bulk grains, rice and legumes at the supermarket. I got rid of my Type II Diabetes doing that. Fat cells blog the C-cells in your pancreas which causes diabetes and diabetes is an epidemic.

Oh, yes. Get some rest.

Fly Old Glory!


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