In 1976, two humans actually contracted Swine Flu. But in the resulting media froth surrounding the flu, and the resulting panic to get vaccinated against it, 25 people died. Hundreds more suffered from horrible diseases caused by the vaccine and many became paraplegic as a result of taking the vaccine. That is, the cure was many orders of magnitude worse than the ailment.
In this iteration of the Swine Flu, so far, 25 people have died, most in Mexico, with little or no information about the condition of the victims before they contracted the illness (were they elderly? infirm? etc.). One person has died in the U.S., and the victim was not a U.S. citizen. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with Swine Flu experiences mild symptoms and then recovers.
The new strain of Swine Flu has never been seen before in pigs and you cannot contract it from eating pork. But amazingly enough, it seems to respond well to an anti-influenza medication called, Tamiflu, and the stock in companies that supply Tamiflu has flown up in value recently--surprise, surprise. By the way, this Tamiflu stuff is dangerous, only delays symptoms of the Swine Flu for a day or two (does not cure or alleviate symptoms), and is banned in Japan for use in children (14 children have died from taking Tamiflu). And lastly, this potentially lethal, Swine Flu-delaying med costs $100 a pop.
WHO Pandemic Alert & Response
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, author of The Great Bird Flu Hoax:
You may not know this, but all H1N1 flu's are descendants of the 1918 pandemic strain. The reason why the flu shot may or may not work, however, from year to year, is due to mutations. Therefore, there's no vaccine available for this current hybrid flu strain, and naturally, this is feeding the fear that millions of people will die before a vaccine can be made.
However, let me remind you of one very important fact here.
Just a couple of months ago, scientists concluded that the 1918 flu pandemic that killed between 50-100 million people worldwide in a matter of 18 months -- which all these worst case scenarios are built upon -- was NOT due to the flu itself!4
Instead, they discovered the real culprit was strep infections.
People with influenza often get what is known as a "superinfection" with a bacterial agent. In 1918 it appears to have been Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Since strep is much easier to treat than the flu using modern medicine, a new pandemic would likely be much less dire than it was in the early 20th century, the researchers concluded.
Others, such as evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald,5 claim that a pandemic of this sort simply cannot happen, because in order for it to occur, the world has to change. Not the virus itself, but the world.
In a previous interview for Esquire magazine, in which he discusses the possibility of a bird flu pandemic, he states:
"They think that if a virus mutates, it's an evolutionary event. Well, the virus is mutating because that is what viruses and other pathogens do. But evolution is not just random mutation. It is random mutation coupled with natural selection; it is a battle for competitive advantage among different strains generated by random mutation.
For bird flu to evolve into a human pandemic, the strain that finds a home in humanity has to be a strain that is both highly virulent and highly transmissible. Deadliness has to translate somehow into popularity; H5N1 has to find a way to kill or immobilize its human hosts, and still find other hosts to infect. Usually that doesn't happen."
Ewald goes on to explain that evolution in general is all about trade-offs, and in the evolution of infections the trade-off is between virulence and transmissibility.
What this means is that in order for a "bird flu" or "swine flu" to turn into a human pandemic, it has to find an environment that favors both deadly virulence and ease of transmission.
People living in squalor on the Western Front at the end of World War I generated such an environment, from which the epidemic of 1918 could arise.
Likewise, crowded chicken farms, slaughterhouses, and jam-packed markets of eastern Asia provide another such environment, and that environment gave rise to the bird flu -- a pathogen that both kills and spreads, in birds, but not in humans.
Meanwhile, naturally, one needs to look at the sources of the media feeds. Who benefits from the fomenting of mass hysteria surrounding Swine Flu? Who benefits from a rush to buy Tamiflu?