When a Super-Bug Strikes Close to Home, How Can You Deal With it?


By Matthew Stein, P.E., Author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency, ISBN #978-1933392455, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT (800) 639-4099

Certain bacterial infections now defy all antibiotics.

—Stuart Levy, M.D.

We have to recognize that we are in the most dramatic moment of the epidemic… And the number of cases will unfortunately increase and that's why we will reinforce all the measures necessary to contain the outbreak.

—Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova, Monday April 27, 2009

It appears that the “next pandemic” may be budding right now in the form of a new strain of deadly swine flu that has spread throughout large parts of Mexico, closing schools in Mexico City and sending millions of people to their homes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Cases of this new strain of swine flu has already been confirmed in California, Kansas, New York, Ohio and Texas, as well as several other countries, raising the specter for its potential to blossom into a global pandemic. Much like the 1918 pandemic of Spanish Flu that killed an estimated 20-50 million people world wide, the scary part about this most recent outbreak is that most of Mexico’s dead are young previously healthy adults, ages 20-40. None of them were over 60 or under 3 years old, which are the age groups that are generally most susceptible to common human flu viruses.

The current swine flu may run its course, like SARS did, never reaching pandemic proportions, but that does not mean that one of a number of existing antibiotic resistant superbugs won’t come knocking at your family’s door some day. There are a host of antibiotic resistant superbugs that are already well established in our world, each with the potential for bringing great tragedy to an individual, or to explode into a global pandemic. In this article, I am going to provide several examples of the former, but also balance that fear with knowledge and hope gained from stories of individuals who have used a variety of alternative medicines, procedures and herbs to heal when the high-tech pharmaceutical arsenal of mainstream western medicine had failed to work its magic.

Bird Flu Notes



By Matthew Stein, P.E., Author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance and Planetary Survival, ISBN #978-1933392837, published by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT (800) 639-4099 

The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well..

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