Conspiracy Theorist

The CDC wants you to be very afraid of the flu

 By Mark Luedtke

The CDC has a problem justifying its existence because infectious diseases were pretty much wiped out in the 20th century. There’s a saying that when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail, so the CDC tries to turn everything into a disease. It tries to turn swimming pools, distracted driving and anything else its bureaucrats can think of into diseases. About the only real infectious disease that threatens Americans is the flu, so when flu season comes around, the CDC does everything it possibly can to scare Americans in order to justify its existence.

I don’t want to discount the dangers of the flu. Every year between 5,000 and 20,000 Americans die from flu. But the flu season is a normal part of our lives every year. Sometimes the flu strain is worse than others, but there’s no justification for the alarmism the CDC projects. To put those deaths in perspective, government kills far more people on its unsafe roads each year, but we don’t hear a constant drumbeat about how unsafe government’s roads are.

We all remember the alarmism about SARS, bird flu and swine flu. All of that was just hype. The poor CDC was getting desperate for some disease to come along in order to justify its existence. This year’s flu seems to have saved the day for CDC bureaucrats. USA Today reports, “The flu is racing across nearly 30 U.S. states and it’s leaving a deadly trail.” NBC Chicago reports, “Eight Chicago-area hospitals were turning away ambulances Monday night as they dealt with a flood of patients with flu-like symptoms. U.S. health officials say the strain of influenza virus going around this year has been linked to more hospital admissions and deaths.” ABC Chicago confirms, “Six area hospitals were on bypass early Tuesday evening. That means the affected hospitals are asking ambulances to take patients elsewhere, if they can do so safely.”

A hospital in Philadelphia had to set up a tent, “In response to the early start of flu season, the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest had to open an emergency space to care for the increased number of people with flu-like symptoms.” Minneapolis-St. Paul is also suffering an outbreak, “To prevent the spread of the flu, hospitals in this part of the state have implemented visitor restrictions. New Ulm has restrictions in place and Sleepy Eye, which is 15 miles west, has closed the doors to its medical center to visitors.” Boston’s mayor declared an emergency, “The influenza-ravaged city has seen about 700 confirmed cases of the virus since Oct. 1, the unofficial start of the flu season, according to the office of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who declared the state of emergency Wednesday morning.”

The Dayton Daily News also jumped on the alarmist bandwagon, reporting the flu is at near epidemic levels, “‘The numbers are up quite a bit so far this year, and it’s happening much earlier than what we’ve had in the past,’ according to Wharton, who said flu-related hospitalizations in Montgomery County doubled last week to 14 from seven in the previous week.” But there’s a caveat, “Still, most of the flu activity in the state was concentrated in the Northeast and East Central regions, which combined for 225 hospitalizations last week, or 61 percent of the total. There were only 17 hospitalizations in southwest Ohio last week, including the 14 in Montgomery County.”

There’s a pattern to where the flu is hitting hardest: all the locations listed are big, liberal cities in blue states. In other words, the flu is worst where government is most oppressive. This tells us the flu is not so bad, but oppressive government has made people more vulnerable to it. ABC’s health blogger injects a little perspective, “This flu season seems especially bad this year now that Boston has declared a public health emergency and a Pennsylvania hospital was forced to construct a tent to handle flu cases. But doctors – backed up by the numbers – say that this season is a shock partly because we had so little flu last year.” We’re not dealing with an unusually bad flu season. We’re suffering the de-civilizing effect of government on our health care system.

As with everything government does, this flu scare is all about seizing your money. Every article about the flu advocates people get vaccinated. Vaccine analyst Hedwig Kresse predicted, “The pediatric and adolescent vaccine market will quadruple from approximately $4.3 billion in 2006, to over $16 billion by 2016, across the U.S., the EU-five including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, and Japan.” Scaring people about the flu is just another mechanism government uses to steal our money and enrich politicians and their cronies.

Dr. Joseph Mercola reveals that taking a flu vaccine suppresses your immune system and makes you more likely to catch other strains of the flu than the ones in the vaccine. Mercola recommends optimizing vitamin D levels, eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise and rest to avoid the flu.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Mark Luedtke at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com


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