Friday, December 23, 2011

Do You Want Flu With That? Killer Flu. Pig Flu. Peroxide, Vitamin C & D Remedies. van Gogh. Rte.66 Toxic Town. Voyager.

Killer Flu Created:

December 22, 2011 - Dutch Scientists not only created a highly infectious "airborne" version of the bird flu but are planning to publish the full details of how they did it. How could it impact you?
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How You Gonna Keep The Pig Flu Down on The Farm?
Pig Farms and Public Health:
Scientists examine pig farming
"An article published in Scientific American says that American pig farms are virtually "flu factories." Industry results of pig flu tests are kept confidential, and the pork industry is reluctant to share data with health officials.
Earlier in 2010, the CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture finally implemented a surveillance system for pig-borne illness -- but the program requires the support of pork producers.

NPR reports:  "National Pork Producers Council ... spokesman Dave Warner acknowledged that some producers may be averse to reporting sick pigs because they're afraid that the government will quarantine them.""

Just How Widespread is Swine Flu on Pig Farms?

Given that there are about 1 billion domesticated pigs around the world, humans have close contact with them, and the virus, like all flu viruses, is capable of spreading from pigs to people and from person to person, it's not unreasonable to suggest that pig farms could amount to "flu factories."

As the CDC states, "H1N1 and H3N2 swine flu viruses are endemic among pig populations in the United States and something that the industry deals with routinely."
As it stands there's no way to know exactly how many cases of swine flu occur on pig farms each year because the pork industry is keeping quiet. But given the close proximity that large numbers of pigs in factory farms are raised in, coupled with their often-poor health due to inadequate feed, inhumane treatment and stress, I wouldn't be surprised if it's rampant.

Currently the CDC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are in the process of developing a surveillance system to monitor swine flu and other ailments in pigs, but if they really want to curb the spread of swine flu, abolishing factory farms and returning to small, family-run farms -- where pigs are kept healthy and raised in natural conditions -- would be the first step
As in people, flu will spread like wildfire among animals that are immunocompromised, unhealthy and crowded together in close quarters. The solution lies not in better monitoring, but in establishing healthier, more sustainable farms that raise a small, manageable number of pigs outdoors, and on their natural diet."     More at:

How's Your Hand Hygiene? by Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD

"It's no news that washing your hands knocks down cold and flu germs. Of course, given that 15% of us still don't wash our hands after using a restroom, maybe it is news! But here's a new twist: How you dry your mitts counts, too. It could decide whether you win the latest round of germ warfare, restroom edition -- or spread bad bugs around faster than the runaway monkey in Outbreak.

Best drying method in restrooms? Paper towels. Using them reduces bacteria counts on your hands up to 60%, according to researchers. Next best? Patiently holding your hands still -- no rubbing! -- under a hot-air hand dryer for at least 30 seconds; this cuts bad bugs down 20% to 40%. Yes, it feels like an eternity. Most men dry for just 17 seconds, women for a paltry 13.

Worst ways? Skimping on drying time, because moisture carries bacteria. Or rubbing your hands together under the dryer; friction brings bacteria in your skin to the surface, which might even increase germs. Don't even think about wiping 'em on your jeans! Need to upgrade your technique? Here's a handwashing how-to."

Cold or Flu.
"Natural health physician, Dr. Joseph Mercola reviews the use of hydrogen peroxide, a simple inexpensive therapy that can eliminate your colds or flu especially if done early in the course of the illness."



Hydrogen peroxide in the ears for the flu and colds?

"Although it would appear to contradict what we are taught about the flu and colds, many people have tried hydrogen peroxide in the ears with great success. Hydrogen peroxide works quite well and is supposed to be effective about 4 times out of 5, especially if done when the symptoms first appear.

In 1928, Dr. Richard Simmons, hypothesized that colds and flu virus enter our bodies through the ear canal. It was Dr. Simmons' hypothesis that, contrary to what we have been taught, we usually can catch the two via the ear canal and not through the eyes or nose or mouth as most of us believe. Dr. Simmons' findings were dismissed by the medical community.

hydrogen peroxide in earAccording to Dr. Simmons, keeping your fingers out of our ears will greatly reduce our chances of catching colds and the flu, but we need to keep in mind that these 2 are microscopic and can be air-born and may land on/in our ears. Once these microscopic bodies have entered the inner-ear, they then begin to breed, and from there they have access to every avenue throughout our bodies to travel, and infect and make us sick.

Remarkable results can be achieved in curing colds and the flu within 12-14 hours when we administer a few drops of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) into each ear. The H2O2 starts working within 2-3 minutes in killing the cold or flu. There will be some bubbling and in some cases mild stinging might occur. I do this myself and I can assure you that it is not painful in any way. It tickles more than anything.
Wait until the bubbling subsides - usually a few minutes - then drain onto a tissue and repeat with the other ear.

Although this practice is perfectly safe for infants and children to use, the loud bubbling and stinging may frighten them, and they will need someone they trust to put the hydrogen peroxide in their ears. DO NOT get hydrogen peroxide in the eyes - if you do, flush with water."    
Why avoid an antibiotic when you have a cold?
More than 300 different viruses can cause colds. Each time you have a cold it is caused by a distinct virus (most of them are called complicated names like "rhinovirus", "adenovirus", "coronavirus", "parainfluenza virus"). A virus is much smaller than a bacteria. It is a tiny cluster of genetic material surrounded by a protein wrapper. From:

One Vitamin that May Stop Flu in Its Tracks

"One credible hypothesis that explains the seasonal nature of flu is that influenza is a vitamin D deficiency disease.
Vitamin D levels in your blood fall to their lowest point during flu seasons. Unable to be protected by the body’s own antibiotics (antimicrobial peptides) that are released by vitamin D, a person with a low vitamin D blood level is more vulnerable to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.
Studies show that children with rickets, a vitamin D-deficient skeletal disorder, suffer from frequent respiratory infections, and children exposed to sunlight are less likely to get a cold. The increased number of deaths that occur in winter, largely from pneumonia and cardiovascular diseases, are most likely due to vitamin D deficiency."


Vitamin D Fights Cancer--and That's Not All

Vitamin C against the common cold.

"Vitamin C is also useful as explained by Dr. Linus Pauling in his last interview:
"There is no doubt now that vitamin C in large doses has value against the common cold. My recommendation is not 1 gram a day, or 2 grams a day of vitamin C but at the first sign of a cold, take a gram of vitamin C or 2 grams and then an hour later, if the symptoms still exist - if you're still sneezing, or your nose is running or feel shivery, take another 1 or 2 grams of vitamin C.  Keep doing that until you forget because the symptoms have gone away and this will stop a cold in almost every person who follows the regimen."" Full interview is at:

On This Day:

Van Gogh chops off ear, Dec 23, 1888:

'On this day in 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France. He later documented the event in a painting titled Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. Today, Van Gogh is regarded as an artistic genius and his masterpieces sell for record-breaking prices; however, during his lifetime, he was a poster boy for tortured starving artists and sold only one painting.
In May 1890, Van Gogh moved to Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, where he continued to be plagued by despair and loneliness. On July 27, 1890, he shot himself and died two days later at age 37."

Road contamination prompts evacuation of town, Dec 23, 1982:

"On this day in 1982, the Missouri Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) inform residents of Times Beach, Missouri that their town was contaminated when the chemical dioxin was sprayed on its unpaved roads, and that the town will have to be evacuated and demolished. By February, the federal and state governments had spent $36 million to buy every house in town except one (its owners, lifelong residents of Times Beach, refused to sell). In 1985, the city was officially dis-incorporated.

Times Beach was founded in 1925 as a part of a newspaper promotion: A 6-month subscription to The St. Louis Times plus an extra $67.50 bought a 20-by-100–foot lot along an unsettled stretch of the Meremec River. The town never became the booming resort that the newspaper had intended; instead, it evolved into a lower-middle–class hamlet of about 2,000 people. It was located just off Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles and was once was one of the major routes across the American Southwest.

Unfortunately, Times Beach never had the money to pave its roads, and all the dust kicked up by cars and trucks was a real nuisance. In 1972, town officials thought they'd found a perfect solution to the problem: they paid local waste-hauler Russell Bliss just 6 cents per gallon to spray its roads with oil, theoretically gluing the dust to the ground.
Bliss got the oil for free the year before, when a chemical manufacturer that had made most of its money selling napalm to the military paid him to get rid of its waste materials. He mixed six truckloads of that waste--which turned out to be hexachlorophene tainted with dioxin, a dangerous chemical that, once absorbed, can remain in the human body for more than 10 years--with a tankful of used motor oil. Next, he sprayed this carcinogenic cocktail all over town.

The children of Times Beach loved sliding around in Bliss' purple-tinted goo, and no one gave the substance a second thought until animals (particularly horses, who had contact with Bliss-sprayed roads and barn floors and riding rings every day, all year round) started dropping dead. Soon people started to get sick, too. In 1979, the EPA came to town and took soil samples, and in 1982 the agency announced that the levels of dioxin--"the most potent cancer-causing agent made by man," the newspaper said--in Times Beach were off the charts. The agency evacuated the town just after Christmas. In all, the agency spent $250 million and incinerated 265,000 tons of dioxin-tainted soil.
In 1999, the bulldozed and cleaned-up Times Beach reopened as the Route 66 State Park."

Voyager completes global flight, Dec 23, 1986:

"After nine days and four minutes in the sky, the experimental aircraft Voyager lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California, completing the first nonstop flight around the globe on one load of fuel. Piloted by Americans Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, Voyager was made mostly of plastic and stiffened paper and carried more than three times its weight in fuel when it took off from Edwards Air Force Base on December 14. By the time it returned, after flying 25,012 miles around the planet, it had just five gallons of fuel left in its remaining operational fuel tank.

Voyager was built by Burt Rutan of the Rutan Aircraft Company without government support and with minimal corporate sponsorship. Dick Rutan, Burt's brother and a decorated Vietnam War pilot, joined the project early on, as did Dick's friend Jeanna Yeager (no relation to aviator Chuck Yeager). Voyager's extremely light yet strong body was made of layers of carbon-fiber tape and paper impregnated with epoxy resin. Its wingspan was 111 feet, and it had its horizontal stabilizer wing on the plane's nose rather than its rear--a trademark of many of Rutan's aircraft designs. Essentially a flying fuel tank, every possible area was used for fuel storage and much modern aircraft technology was foregone in the effort to reduce weight.

When Voyager took off from Edwards Air Force at 8:02 a.m. PST on December 14, its wings were so heavy with fuel that their tips scraped along the ground and caused minor damage. The plane made it into the air, however, and headed west. On the second day, Voyager ran into severe turbulence caused by two tropical storms in the Pacific. Dick Rutan had been concerned about flying the aircraft at more than a 15-degree angle, but he soon found the plane could fly on its side at 90 degrees, which occurred when the wind tossed it back and forth.
Rutan and Yeager shared the controls, but Rutan, a more experienced pilot, did most of the flying owing to the long periods of turbulence encountered at various points in the journey. With weak stomachs, they ate only a fraction of the food brought along, and each lost about 10 pounds.

On December 23, when Voyager was flying north along the Baja California coast and just 450 miles short of its goal, the engine it was using went out, and the aircraft plunged from 8,500 to 5,000 feet before an alternate engine was started up.
Almost nine days to the minute after it lifted off, Voyager appeared over Edwards Air Force Base and circled as Yeager turned a primitive crank that lowered the landing gear. Then, to the cheers of 23,000 spectators, the plane landed safely with a few gallons of fuel to spare, completing the first nonstop circumnavigation of the earth by an aircraft that was not refueled in the air.
Voyager is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.


It poured during the night, but had quit so that Misty and Maddie could have their walk-about down at Jay's when we went to pick him up.  While I was down there, I disk cleaned Claudia's really slow computer, and left it defragging.

Back here, Jay and I made a little shelf, with a hinge so it can be lifted up, between my desk and the wooden filing cabinet next to it.  Getting the hinge the right way around seemed to mystify Jay, I kept on telling him it was upside down.  He had to make several attempts to get it right, but now I have a bit more desk space.

When when I took Jay home, I looked at all the programs installed on Claudia's computer.  Their non-paying tenant had put a bunch of programs on there that she didn't want, so I removed them.  That helped speed it up a bit.  Claudia had bought some Roku thing, which was supposed to show her an extra 174 channels on her TV.  I couldn't help with installing that, but I found their 800 #, and let them sort that out.  By the way, the ex-tenant has been there, sleeping in his car in their driveway, but still hasn't moved his stuff off Jay's porch.

The weather was mild, and it didn't rain any more, we had 1.85", but it didn't go over 55 deg. yesterday.


Dizzy-Dick said...

That is the most rain we have recieved for a long, long time. Is Lake Conroe still going down or has it stabilized? Could it even be rising?
That article on dioxin is terrifying, it is the worst stuff ever make.

Prettypics123 said...

Man oh man and I thought getting my flu shot was going to protect me!!!

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comments, Dick and Levonne.

Dick, I went down there after the last big rain, and the lake has come up as bit, but not enough to float the boats in the man-made canal lots. It is still several feet below that stage, so the boats sit in the mud.

Levonne, I have never had flu or a flu shot, so I know what works for me.

Happy Tails and Trails, Penny, TX