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H1N1 pandemic morbid and lethal infections link with arsenic and selenium ?

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Good afternoon,

I have look in the last few weeks for some correlations between morbidity and mortality in infections of the H1N1 novel virus.

It turns out that I found a credible Trail and I here are some of my conclusions presented in some of my different worldwide and multilingual blogs.

This research was triggered via a request from Bangladesh.

Does arsenic set us up for H1N1?

Arsenic in Contaminated Water Increases Susceptibility to H1N1 Influenza

Concentration of Arsenic in the Groundwater of a Region in Southwest Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

Arsenic in Groundwater Worldwide localization is very surprising

Concentration of Arsenic in the Groundwater of a Region in Southwest Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

Host nutritional selenium status as a driving force for influenza virus mutations

The importance of selenium to human health

The New Recommendations for Dietary Antioxidants Selenium

Alternative medicinal products researches ‘Selenium’

There is a lot more concerning Mexico, US and yes Manitoba Canada and UK.

I do not want to overwhelm you but it is there it is coherent.

High level of arsenic in groundwater, wheter from volcanic activity or mining activities do indeed aggravate the symptoms of an H1N1 infection.

And the lack of selenium on the ground does contribute to the rise of morbidity too.

Maybe we are now heading to a new authoritative science that is Medical Geology.

Again thank you

Snowy Owl


Drug Store Modus Operandi in swine flu (H1N1) Pandemic

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm

In the last two weeks I attend  a couple of meeting concerning Continuity of operations of Pharmacies, how it can be done while protecting the Services Providers.

Here are some considerations and I invite you to contribute via coments, mainly Pharmacists and what you are intend to do, it could save many lives if we manage to keep the Pharmacies Up. You can be sure that your pertinent ideas as the ones coming from the Public will be swiftly convey to pertinent people and institutions.

Health Institutions and Health Care Providers fears the probable second wave of H1N1 in the Fall.

Refer to Preparing for the Second Wave of this World pandemic

For my full comment  refer Here

Sincere thanks to give your help. Snowy Owl

The importance of selenium to human health

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2009 at 3:03 am

The importance of selenium to human health

Lancet. 2000 Jul 15;356(9225):233-41.

Rayman MP.

Centre for Nutrition and Food Safety, School of Biological Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

The essential trace mineral, selenium, is of fundamental importance to human health. As a constituent of selenoproteins, selenium has structural and enzymic roles, in the latter context being best-known as an antioxidant and catalyst for the production of active thyroid hormone.

Selenium is needed for the proper functioning of the immune system, and appears to be a key nutrient in counteracting the development of virulence and inhibiting HIV progression to AIDS. It is required for sperm motility and may reduce the risk of miscarriage.

Deficiency has been linked to adverse mood states.

Findings have been equivocal in linking selenium to cardiovascular disease risk although other conditions involving oxidative stress and inflammation have shown benefits of a higher selenium status.

An elevated selenium intake may be associated with reduced cancer risk. Large clinical trials are now planned to confirm or refute this hypothesis.

In the context of these health effects, low or diminishing selenium status in some parts of the world, notably in some European countries, is giving cause for concern.

Publication Types:

PMID: 10963212 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Congress approves $7.65 billion for pandemic flu response

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2009 at 2:59 am

Congress approves $7,65 billion for pandemic flu response

Robert Roos * News Editor

Jun 22, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Responding to lobbying by the Obama administration and public health advocates, Congress last week approved $7.65 billion for battling pandemic influenza, more than three times what the House and Senate had earlier proposed.


Most of the pandemic money is for activities by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but the bill includes $350 million to boost state and local capacity for responding to the novel H1N1 flu pandemic.

According to a House Appropriations Committee summary of the legislation, it provides $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2009 money and $5.8 billion in “contingent emergency appropriations” for HHS and the CDC.

The funds are to be used for expanding surveillance, increasing federal stockpiles of drugs and medical supplies, and developing, buying, and administering vaccines.

The $350 million in state and local money, according to the House summary, is intended to help public health departments hire and train staff members, buy equipment to improve diagnostic capabilities, distribute antivirals and personal protective equipment from federal and state stockpiles, improve communication and maintain disease-reporting hotlines, and address other challenges, such as hospital surge capacity.

The bill also includes $50 million for distribution by the US Agency for International Development to help countries respond to pandemic flu.

The House and Senate had previously passed different versions of the funding bill that provided, respectively, about $2 billion and $1.5 billion for the pandemic. But a House-Senate conference committee increased the amounts in working out the compromise bill that was approved last week.

The Obama administration had asked Congress to approve the House version but add another $2 billion to it, as reported here previously. In addition, the administration asked Congress to tap some funds from the federal economic stimulus package and up to $2.9 billion from the BioShield program.

Meanwhile, a coalition of public health groups led by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonpartisan public health advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, also urged Congress to adopt the House version and add more funds to it. The coalition was particularly concerned about the cost of buying and administering pandemic vaccines.

In substantially increasing the funding, Congress decided not to take funds from the stimulus and BioShield programs, according to Richard Hamburg, government relations director for TFAH. Some public health advocates had criticized the proposal to take money from BioShield, a program that promotes development of medical countermeasures against biological and other unconventional weapons.

“This contingency fund of $5.8 billion would be new money,” Hamburg said. “I think it was good news that they appropriated additional dollars to be used mainly for vaccine purchase and perhaps vaccine administration, and that it was new money and not coming from existing sources.”

“In the long run they’ll need even more dollars, but this is a recognition that should there be a more extreme outbreak in the coming months, we’ll be better prepared than we would’ve been without additional dollars,” he said.

Travellers warned of new India swine flu measures

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2009 at 12:29 am

Credit to Florida Medic and his Blog

Travellers warned of new India swine flu measures

Travellers to India from countries affected by swine flu (including the UK) are likely to be asked questions or be checked for symptoms by medical staff, according to the UK Foreign Office (FCO).

Travellers suspected of having H1N1 will be admitted to designated governemnt hospitals for compulsory quarantine, testing and treatment.

India has introduced these latest surveillance measures at International Airports in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.

The FCO warns: “Tamiflu is only available through government hospitals and not openly on the private market i.e. pharmacies. Travellers should be aware that transfer from a government hospital to a more modern and better equipped private facility will not be permitted for those with suspected or confirmed H1N1.  Travellers should consult their healthcare provider before travelling to India.”

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Travel Alert for China

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Credit to Laidback Al of

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Travel Alert for China

June 19, 2009

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the quarantine measures imposed by the Government of China in response to the 2009-H1N1 pandemic that may affect travel to China. This Travel Alert expires on September 30, 2009.

Current quarantine measures in China include placing arriving passengers who exhibit fever or flu-like symptoms into seven-day quarantine. Although the proportion of arriving Americans being quarantined remains low, the random nature of the selection process increases the uncertainty surrounding travel to China. The selection process focuses on those sitting in close proximity to another traveler exhibiting fever or flu-like symptoms or on those displaying an elevated temperature if arriving from an area where outbreaks of 2009-H1N1 have occurred.

We have reports of passengers arriving from areas where outbreaks have occurred (including the U.S. and Mexico) being placed in precautionary quarantine simply because they registered slightly elevated temperatures.
In some instances, children have been separated from their parents because either the parent or the child tested positive for 2009-H1N1 and was placed in quarantine for treatment. This situation presents the possibility of Chinese medical personnel administering medications to minors without first having consulted their parents.

The Department of State has received reports about unsuitable quarantine conditions, including the unavailability of suitable drinking water and food, unsanitary conditions, and the inability to communicate with others.
Travelers to China are reminded that all foreign travelers, including U.S. citizens, are obliged to follow local procedures regarding quarantines and any other public health-related measures. The U.S. Embassy will be unable to influence the duration of stay in quarantine for affected travelers.

More Here

DISASTER SPIRITUAL CARE – Practical Clergy Responses to Community

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2009 at 2:55 pm


Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy Edited by Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, BCJC, and Rev. Willard W.C. Ashley, Sr., DMin, DH

The first comprehensive resource for pastoral care in the face of disaster— a vital resource for counselors and caregivers of all faith traditions.

This essential resource for clergy and caregivers integrates the classic foundations of pastoral care with the unique challenges of disaster response on community, regional and national levels.

Offering the latest theological perspectives and tools, along with basic theory and skills from the best disaster response texts, research and concepts, the contributors to this resource are innovators in their fields and represent Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and more.

Exploring how spiritual care changes following a disaster, and including a comprehensive explanation of a disaster’s lifecycle, this is the definitive guidebook for counseling not only the victims of disaster but also the clergy and caregivers who are called to service in the wake of crisis.…2d8765a9?hl=en

Vaccinate Canadians under 40 and natives first: experts

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Vaccinate Canadians under 40 and natives first: experts


Five-to-40-year-olds and Canada’s aboriginal communities should be the first to get vaccinated against human swine flu, experts say as Canadian officials decide who gets priority for the flu shots.

Under Canada’s official pandemic plan, the entire population would ultimately be immunized against the H1N1 swine flu.

But the vaccine will become available in batches, meaning the entire population can’t be vaccinated at once. It might take four or five months to get all the vaccine we’re going to get, during which time a second wave of swine flu may well be underway.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is working on a priority list, deciding where the first batches should go, and who should get the injections first. All provinces and territories would be expected to follow the national prioritization scheme.

More Here

Who will compensate Mexico for false swine flu reports?

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2009 at 10:06 am

Who will compensate Mexico for false swine flu reports?

Opinion by Andrés Oppenheimer
McClatchy Newspapers / Miami Herald
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 06.21.2009
The swine flu outbreak that has wrecked Mexico’s economy may become a case study in reckless journalism. It now turns out that it’s not clear whether the H1N1 pandemic originated in Mexico, as first reported, or in the United States.
Like most of you, I had taken it for granted that the disease started in Mexico. That’s what most press reports said in late April, when we saw the first headlines about this illness. Some radio and cable television presenters called it the “Mexican flu.”
So earlier this week, I found myself scratching my head when I read in a Pan American Health Organization press release that “the new virus, which emerged in Mexico and the United States in April,” has spread to 74 countries.
What do they mean by Mexico AND the United States, I asked myself. Are they saying that the new virus emerged in both countries simultaneously? Minutes later, I called the Pan American Health Organization to ask whether that “AND” was an editing mistake, or intentional.
Daniel Epstein, a Pan American Health Organization spokesman, said that, “at this time, it’s not clear that this pandemic started in Mexico.” He added that reports that the disease originated in Mexico “are premature.”
At the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spokesman Joe Quimby confirmed that “no geographical location has been determined to be the point of origin of the current pandemic.” He added, “We may never know in which country it started.”

But none of this stopped the usual crowd of hyperventilating anti-immigration — or rather, anti-Hispanic immigration — radio and cable television hotheads from pointing at Mexico as the unequivocal origin of the disease.

But none of this stopped the usual crowd of hyperventilating anti-immigration — or rather, anti-Hispanic immigration — radio and cable television hotheads from pointing at Mexico as the unequivocal origin of the disease.
According to the Media Matters watchdog group, conservative-nationalist radio talk show host Michael Savage said on April 24, “Make no mistake about it: Illegal aliens are the carriers of the new strain of human-swine avian flu from Mexico.”
In another example of irresponsible journalism cited by the watchdog group, Fox’s contributor Michelle Malkin wrote in her blog on April 25, “Hey, maybe we’ll finally get serious about borders now.” She added, “I’ve blogged for years about the spread of contagious diseases from around the world into the U.S. as a result of uncontrolled immigration.”

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Preventing Spread Of Infectious Diseases Is Everyone’s Responsibility, Report Stresses

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2009 at 9:39 am

Preventing Spread Of Infectious Diseases Is Everyone’s Responsibility, Report Stresses

From Science Daily Health Article of June 22, 2009

The swine flu scare has prompted some to say that we are over-reacting but it is important to look at the bigger picture – because the next new pathogens are always just around the corner.

The regular emergence of new pathogenic strains, and their unpredictable behaviour, means that sustained investment in effective strategies of mitigation and containment make absolute sense.

But if infections are to be kept in check, there needs to be a fundamental change in our approach to hygiene, with more emphasis being placed on empowering families to take on this responsibility.

Professor Sally Bloomfield of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and one of the report’s authors, comments: ‘Although antibiotics and vaccines have given us unprecedented ability to prevent and treat killer diseases, hygiene is still fundamental to winning the battle against infectious disease in both developed and developing countries – and that’s a job for all of us.

This is not about shifting responsibility, it’s about facing reality’.

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