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There is a lot of buzz every year about "The Flu Shot." The debate rages every fall, "should I or should I not get the vaccine?" There are more opinions than you could shake a stick at, but I would like to focus on just a couple of the ones I hear all the time, and talk about the risks and benefits of the vaccines to those of us with RA, or if you are caretaker of someone with RA.
Fist lets look at some seldom heard facts about influenza, or The FLU.
The 1918 flu pandemic killed between 50-100 MILLION people worldwide. It is now considered the greatest medical holocaust in history, killing more people than the black plague did.
The reason for the 1918 and every pandemic flu event since is simple. Humans travel worldwide every day, flying country to country and mingling with others. It is estimated a virus could circle the globe causing infection worldwide within 72 hours.
There have been five pandemic episodes of flu in the last century 1918, 1957, 1968, 1977...
I am one of those people who has seen Morgan Spurlock’s documentary, “Super Size Me.” The movie follows Spurlock as he conducts an unscientific experiment in which he eats all of his daily meals at McDonald’s for a month. As part of his experiment, Spurlock must agree to supersize his meal if the McDonald’s clerk makes that offer. He also decides not to exercise during that month, limiting himself to less than 5,000 steps a day. Before starting the experiment, Spurlock is tested by a general practitioner, a cardiologist and a gastroenterologist. At that point the doctors concur that his health is outstanding. A month later after keeping to this regime, Spurlock’s health prognosis has definitely declined. I found the movie to be very eye opening and encourage you to watch it, if you haven’t already. I found that the movie influenced my choices in such a way that, other than an occasional run through a fast food drive-through, I have prett...
Alternative Names SARS Definition Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a serious form of pneumonia. It is caused by a virus that was first identified in 2003. Infection with the SARS virus causes acute respiratory distress (severe breathing difficulty) and sometimes death. SARS is a dramatic example of how quickly world travel can spread a disease. It is also an example of how quickly a connected health system can respond to a new health threat. Background Information: World Health Organization (WHO) physician Dr. Carlo Urbani identified SARS as a new disease in 2003. He diagnosed it in a 48-year-old businessman who had traveled from the Guangdong province of China, through Hong Kong, to Hanoi, Vietnam. The businessman and the doctor who first diagnosed SARS both died from the illness. In the meantime, SARS was spreading. Quickly it infected thousands of people around the world, including people in Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, and North and South America. Schools closed throughout...
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