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The Invisible Killers That Lurk Among Us

Today we look at sicknesses gone by and consider them to be ancient history. Nobody gets things like whooping cough, polio, or tuberculosis anymore, right? We’ve got vaccines for that!

Well sure, except for the fact that it isn’t true. For example, in 2007 over 13 million folks had TB. In 2010 almost 9 million new cases were recorded.

Or this year in Washington State, awfully close to home, whooping cough is going around. The state Health Department says that they think we’ll set a new record for pertussis in 2012.

Recently our kids came home from school talking about how they learned that there’s a new strain of polio that is resistant to vaccinations and drugs.

This doesn’t even begin to touch on concerns from stuff like the new bird and swine flu developments from various labs or influenza, or goodness knows what folks are cooking up in labs for “research”

We see it all the time. Formerly benign strains develop resistances to drugs, resulting in new generations of bacteria and viruses that we can’t treat with the drugs that we have.

MRSA, anyone?

Most human viruses replicate every 4-36 hours. And they don’t just create a couple new viruses, they can create 100 of new viruses each reproduction cycle.

To make the impact a bit more clear, a single virus that replicates every 12 hours and generates about 100 viruses each cyle will go from 1 virus to 100,000,000 viruses in two days. And every single one of those viruses has a chance to mutate into something else.

We think we can play God, and can control the spread of diseases. And all we do is create new ones that are resistant to our efforts. All it takes is ONE replication cycle that generates a new mutation that increases the virus’ lethality and the next pandemic is born.

Simple mathematics and probability make this inevitable. A simple matter of time.

Aside from economic issues, the spread of disease and potential pandemics is the thing that worries me the most. It’s one of those things that has happened quite a few times before, and will continue to happen.

Coming soon … how to prep for this sort of thing.

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4 Responses to The Invisible Killers That Lurk Among Us

  1. While it has a crappy name, herd immunity is what we all have when the majority of us are immunized. People who refuse immunizations for non-religious reasons endanger the rest of us, and people who can’t afford to be immunized are also a danger through no fault of their own.

    Over-prescription of antibiotics and not taking the full course prescribed has caused a new strain of totally antibiotic resistant TB to rear its ugly head in India. Over-prescription of antibiotics and the application of antibiotics in animals has endangered our ability to fight off infection and disease here.

    Being fearful of germs to the point of every cleaner and soap being antibacterial results in a too-clean environment, perfect breeding ground for germs, bacteria and viruses, as natural competition is eliminated.

  2. I wasn’t aware that there are also non-contageous forms of TB in existence – unitl my Mom contracted it a couple of years ago. The origin was unknown, but the effects were very debilitating – racking coughs and weakness that took some very powerful drugs to overcome. She still has to be monitored closely to ensure the symptoms don’t reoccur.
    Bottom line is – it doesn’t have to kill you to drastically affect you. And during a time of limited resources (drugs, doctors, transportation, etc.) it can make someone susceptible to other, more deadly diseases; and drain the caregivers time and energy.
    I don’t care what the situation may be, I’m not going to make a cold-blooded decision to cut my losses when they involve the woman who gave me life itself – and no one else should either. Preppers should try to include care for others in their future plans. Anyone know how to extend the shelf-life of antibiotics and common drugs to do work on common infections?

  3. I feel that building & supporting your own immune system is the only way to fight these diseases. We have come to depend on vaccines, antibiotics, & other drastic measures so that no one gets a sniffle (or misses a day of work/school). Unfortunately we’re paying for that by having systems that aren’t challenged and as such become weak and inefficient combined with stronger and stronger viruses who’s sole job is to mutate & survive.

    For those who think they’re safe because they’ve “had the shot,” don’t be complacent! Do your research, know your chances. For example there are 2 strains of the Pertussis virus and the shot only “covers” one, purposefully. There are also 2 other viruses that mimic it so well that only a culture (and not an opinion) can tell the difference. So that shot only gives you a chance (remember, there are no guarantees!) to not get 1 out of 4 possible viruses – and then only for a relatively short length of time. Know how to strengthen your body so it can fight for you!