Letters to the Editor

Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 12:00am
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Prevention before swine

The World Health Organization has just ratcheted up the threat alert for the swine flu epidemic to Phase 4 (out of 6). Along with the avian flu of a decade ago, the Hong Kong flu of 1968, and the Asian flu of 1957, swine flu has been traced to animal waste in a factory farm.

Apparently, its H1N1 type virus is nearly identical to that of the Spanish flu, which killed more than 50 million people in 1918-19.

Today’s factory farms constantly expose sick, crowded, highly stressed animals to contaminated feces, urine, and other secretions. They provide ideal breeding grounds for the replication and mutation of viruses and bacteria into more lethal forms.

In fact, Wikipedia lists more than 70 human diseases that are developed and transmitted by animals, frequently through confinement and crowding. Among these are such infamous killers as AIDS, bubonic plague, cholera, diphtheria, Ebola and dengue fever, measles, SARS, smallpox, West Nile virus, and yellow fever (www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoonoticdiseases).

Every one of us can help prevent the development and spread of these killer diseases by replacing animal products in our diet with healthful vegetables, fresh fruits, and whole grains. These foods don’t carry deadly microbes (unless contaminated by animal waste), are touted by every major health advocacy organization, and were the recommended fare in the Garden of Eden.

Norman Teller, 37207

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Tagged: AIDS | H1N1 | swine flu

125 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/09 at 3:35

Good morning.

No cartoon at 3:07?

In this fast paced and easy to get about in world we live in. It is not hard for any illness to spread from one end of the world to the other. One of my favorite books {The Earth Abides, by George Stewart} is about an epidemic that spred around the world. Most of the human population was wipeout leaving only a few to start over.

If you get a change to read this book I hope you do. It is a fascinating into what could happen. It also gives a good look into human nature and our place on Earth.

By: idgaf on 4/30/09 at 4:07

Just to keep things in perspective lets remember that regular flu kills 36,000 per year and right now the death toll is just about 100 all from one country.

Watch it but lets not go running out spending over a billion dollars willy-nilly like we did with SARS and bird flu.

By: eastnashville37207 on 4/30/09 at 4:38

WHO (World Health Org) reports there are only 7 confirmed deaths not 152 deaths like media is reporting.

By: Loner on 4/30/09 at 5:55

Good morning, Nashville!

I miss the cartoons.

Norman Teller's LTE is full of hype and ends on a Biblical note. No reputable scientist is equating this outbreak of Swine Flu with the 1918-19 Spanish Flu, as Norman is insinuating. Veggies are good, but letters like this make me want to go out and order a Big Mac.

Norm, stick to the facts and your credibility will improve.

By: daKine7 on 4/30/09 at 6:42

Never happen, especially here in "Ted Nugent" country. "You can't grill, 'til you kill it" is the mantra of choice. Besides, I'd bet a year's pay the local populace believes a vegetarian diet leads to homosexuality.

By: house_of_pain on 4/30/09 at 6:46

"Garden of Eden", Norm? Yes, talking snakes lend credibility to any story...
Preaching vegetarians are tough to stomach.

By: Dragon on 4/30/09 at 7:34

"Never waste a good crisis"
Egypt Orders Slaughter of All Pigs Over Swine Flu

Most in the Muslim world consider pigs unclean animals and do not eat pork because of religious restrictions. One Islamic militant Web site carried comments Wednesday saying swine flu was God's revenge against "infidels."
Pigs are banned entirely in some Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Libya. However in other parts of the Muslim world, they are often raised by religious minorities who can eat pork.
In Egypt, pigs are raised and consumed mainly by the Christian minority, which some estimates put at 10 percent of the population

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jc_pijXYi6E50wDepameI2ZTf9iAD97S7UPG2

By: daKine7 on 4/30/09 at 7:40

LaMaison d'pain: What? You don't believe in talking snakes? You haven't met my ex-mother-in-law. She even could talk out of both sides of her mouth.

By: house_of_pain on 4/30/09 at 7:53

d7, you must have been married to my ex-sister-in-law.

By: house_of_pain on 4/30/09 at 7:56

Nemo, you're up at 3:07am?! Impressive.
I thought I was the first one up this side of the Mississippi.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/09 at 8:08

By: idgaf on 4/30/09 at 4:07
Just to keep things in perspective lets remember that regular flu kills 36,000 per year and right now the death toll is just about 100 all from one country.

Watch it but lets not go running out spending over a billion dollars willy-nilly like we did with SARS and bird flu.
*****************************************************************

I feel safe now. How many time has id been right?

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/09 at 8:17

house:

My work place call. A client had an emergency, but by the time I got to the car the crises was over. I manage to fall sleep but as for a good night rest, that did not happen. :-(

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/09 at 8:23

Where are you getting your infromation eastnashville? There is 159 dead and 2,500 in Mexico alone.

By: ccmishu on 4/30/09 at 8:25

Weren't tomatoes pulled from the shelf last year becasue they were making people sick??? And don't forget about peanuts and pistachios this year.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/30/09 at 8:30

Nemo, I'll write down your book recommendation. Sounds interesting.

By: carleydale on 4/30/09 at 8:35

@daKine7.... LOL seriously. Thank you. I needed that. I'm going to stop at a restaurant and order a steak tonight for dinner! Yeehaw!

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/09 at 8:43

Blanket, I think you would enjoy it. It was writen in 1949, but it will relate in todays world.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/30/09 at 8:45

Is it fiction or non-fiction?

By: slacker on 4/30/09 at 8:45

Mr. Spock was a vegan I believe, the guy never had the flu.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/09 at 8:49

Fiction, Blacket.

Spock had Pon-Far wink wink

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/09 at 8:52

Superman had Krytonite.

I just know someone will come up with that. lol

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/30/09 at 8:52

Hey, at least they had a LTE to publish today.

By: house_of_pain on 4/30/09 at 8:56

As long as d7 is around, they will always have LTEs.
I had 2 BLTs the other day to build up my resistance.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/09 at 8:57

O O
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\__/ A cartoon

By: house_of_pain on 4/30/09 at 8:59

Guess the swine flu got to the cartoonist.

By: slacker on 4/30/09 at 8:59

Personally, I think carrots feel pain.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/30/09 at 8:59

resistance to pig lung virus?

By: house_of_pain on 4/30/09 at 9:01

Blanket: yes, and d7's LTEs.

By: BenDover on 4/30/09 at 9:02

Nothing discredits a good argument with a bunch of knee-jerk atheists as much as a nice innocent biblical reference. It's like garlic to a vampire.

By: house_of_pain on 4/30/09 at 9:08

Which commandment is it that says, "Thou shalt not have a sense of humor"?
I forget.

By: slacker on 4/30/09 at 9:13

Its the one after not lying down with animals I think.

By: BenDover on 4/30/09 at 9:15

I just thought it was ironic... something the kook-fringe would have agreed with until he wrapped it up with a biblical reference.

By: Dragon on 4/30/09 at 9:16

Captain, the WHO report of only 7 deaths came out yesterday.

Only 7 swine flu deaths, not 152, says WHO
"Unfortunately that [150-plus deaths] is incorrect information and it does happen, but that's not information that's come from the World Health Organisation," Ms Allan told ABC Radio today.
"That figure is not a figure that's come from the World Health Organisation and, I repeat, the death toll is seven and they are all from Mexico."
http://www.smh.com.au/world/only-7-swine-flu-deaths-not-152-says-who-20090429-aml1.html

Doesn't instill confidence, does it?

By: slacker on 4/30/09 at 9:18

Actually Ben, I think the letter writer was being facetious.

By: daKine7 on 4/30/09 at 9:20

Slack: Mr. Spock, the quack pediatrician or the guy on Star Trek? Wasn't it the Dr. who said "DO NOT" spank your children? And look at all the little as* holes running around, shooting their classmates and parents. Real good advice. Guy had a B-12 deficiency.

By: daKine7 on 4/30/09 at 9:22

carleydale: Have it "tar-tar" w/ extra salmonella.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/30/09 at 9:22

Dragon, I read that too. It is interesting.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/30/09 at 9:24

29 April 2009 -- The situation continues to evolve rapidly. As of 18:00 GMT, 29 April 2009, nine countries have officially reported 148 cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 infection. The United States Government has reported 91 laboratory confirmed human cases, with one death. Mexico has reported 26 confirmed human cases of infection including seven deaths

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_29/en/index.html

By: slacker on 4/30/09 at 9:26

The one with Denny Crain, dargent.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/30/09 at 9:27

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2009/h1n1_20090429/en/index.html

By: slacker on 4/30/09 at 9:28

Global warming might kill out the swine flu virus..eh?

By: house_of_pain on 4/30/09 at 9:30

Blanket, do you have much contact with patients?
Would you consider staying home if the piggy flu shows up at work?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/30/09 at 9:32

i'm an accountant so i don't have contact with patients. as long as your immune system is healthy it would probably be like any other flu virus, at this stage anyway.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/30/09 at 9:34

http://doihaveswineflu.org/

this is a good site that helps determine if you have swine flu.

By: house_of_pain on 4/30/09 at 9:35

Accountant, eh? Do you ever dream of being a lion tamer?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/30/09 at 9:39

no, but i have dreamed of either being a rock star or a race car driver.

By: slacker on 4/30/09 at 9:42

All I ever really wanted to do, was sing the blues.

By: daKine7 on 4/30/09 at 9:42

Dennis Kucinich is a vegan. Can't win a national election but check out the hot number he married. Maybe something's in that tofu after all.

By: house_of_pain on 4/30/09 at 9:46

I'd like to be a race car passenger.
"Are we there yet?"
"Hang a left up here..."
"Boy, you sure do like Tide."

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/30/09 at 9:51

house, let's go for a little ride on the interstate and we'll fulfill both of our dreams! lol!