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‘Alarming’ Flu Epidemic Escalates, Cedars Sinai Has Visitors Wear Surgical Masks To Slow Spread
CBSLA.com) ^ | January 27, 2014 11:30 PM

Posted on 01/28/2014 8:59:23 AM PST by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — In an effort to help stop the spread of Southern California’s flu epidemic, one local hospital is asking all visitors to wear surgical masks while in the building.

The effects of the flu on the Southland appear to be worsening each day, with nearly 100 confirmed influenza-related deaths, and dozens more expected by the end of the week.

By this time exactly one year ago, the number of confirmed flu-related deaths was nine.

In hopes of limiting the spread of the flu, Cedars Sinai Medical Center is handing out surgical masks to all visitors, whether symptoms appear to be present or not, as part of their flu-prevention protocol.

The masks have not been an active part of the Cedars Sinai protocol since 2009.

“We’re seeing a very severe flu season,” director of epidemiology Dr. Rekha Murthy said. “It has hit hard, hit early. We are seeing what we typically haven’t seen since the H1N1 epidemic.”

According to Dr. Murthy, Cedars Sinai alone has seen 30 to 35 cases of the flu per week since December. Many of the patients being hospitalized are, surprisingly, reported to be young and middle-aged adults.

“I think what has concerned us is the severity of illness, more so than the numbers, and the types of people that this is occurring in,” Dr. Murthy said. “Otherwise-generally healthy people and younger people, that is really alarming.”

While doctors suggest that routine hygienic habits, such as washing your hands and using sanitizer are recommended steps to take in flu prevention, the best step you can take is a vaccination.

Dr. Murthy says it is still not too late to get your shot.

“It takes about two weeks for the immunity to build, and it looks like the flu is going to be around for a while.”


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1 posted on 01/28/2014 8:59:23 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
While doctors suggest that routine hygienic habits, such as washing your hands and using sanitizer are recommended steps to take in flu prevention, the best step you can take is a vaccination.

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2 posted on 01/28/2014 9:00:38 AM PST by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

There was an article linked on Drudge just yesterday that stated that flu vaccinations actually SPREAD disease.

I’ve not had a flu vaccination since I was a little boy, yet my wife got one this year and she was out of work for over a week. Unreal


3 posted on 01/28/2014 9:02:58 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia
"There was an article linked on Drudge just yesterday that stated that flu vaccinations actually SPREAD disease."

Are you talking about the article where researchers were deliberately giving volunteers the flu? Those volunteers were quarantined for 9 days.

I've not seen any articles indicating flu vaccines spread disease.

4 posted on 01/28/2014 9:12:48 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: rarestia
"There was an article linked on Drudge just yesterday that stated that flu vaccinations actually SPREAD disease."

Are you talking about the article where researchers were deliberately giving volunteers the flu? Those volunteers were quarantined for 9 days.

I've not seen any articles indicating flu vaccines spread disease.

5 posted on 01/28/2014 9:12:49 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: BenLurkin

This is a bad flu. Seven members of our family had it within three days of each other. We were sick as dogs for a week each. Two weeks later we still cough a bit, we take a TON of vitamin d and still caught it, but no one got bronchitis or,pneumonia — except grandma and she had the flu shot! She is elderly and was hospitalized and in intensive care a week. She is still in rehab. She very nearly died and the nurses are happily shocked she made it through. No one else had the flu shot.


6 posted on 01/28/2014 9:15:43 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: BenLurkin

My wife just completed 8 days of this hell. But now she’s just weak from not eating for 8 days. Never went to the hospital or doctor. The internet told me what I needed to know about when that might be neccessary. It went down as expected.

One of the liberals at work was giving me a bad time about not “caring” enough to take her to the doctor. I said, “Yeah, the doctor that could not correctly diagnose my “broken toe” as the Gout that it was. And ten minutes after returning from the doctor, expensive x-rays and all, I not only used Google to determine it was gout, but that black cherry juice would eliminate it. And it did.

THAT doctor? :-P


7 posted on 01/28/2014 9:17:19 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: BenLurkin

Here is what to do when you get the cold onset signal.

Get a bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3%) from your local pharmacy.
Tilt your head to one side and fill one ear canal with hydrogen peroxide using an eye dropper. Fill the ear canal completely. This assumes you do not have a ruptured ear drum!
Within one to two minutes you will notice bubbling in the ear. This indicates that the peroxide has found something that should not be there. Let the peroxide stay in the ear until it stops bubbling. If the bubbling has not stopped after five minutes, drain out the peroxide and refill the ear with fresh peroxide. When the bubbling has stopped, drain out the ear.
Repeat the procedure on the other ear.

That’s all there is to it! It is important to perform this procedure at the earliest signal of cold onset. If this procedure is done in a timely fashion, the symptoms that signaled the cold onset will subside within a few hours and you will not come down with a cold. As an added bonus, the hydrogen peroxide dissolves ear wax and will leave your ears free of wax and free of disease causing pathogens.


8 posted on 01/28/2014 9:19:48 AM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: rarestia

The article didn’t say that. It said over-the-counter flu-symptom medicines can help to spread the flu because people feel better and go back to work but are still able to infect others.


9 posted on 01/28/2014 9:20:45 AM PST by firebrand
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To: BenLurkin

Is this a gift to California from the invaders south of the border?


10 posted on 01/28/2014 9:21:41 AM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: firebrand

Another way the flu spreads quickly is because single moms send their sick children to school because mama’s too busy at work to stay at home with them.


11 posted on 01/28/2014 9:23:53 AM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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12 posted on 01/28/2014 9:24:29 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: BenLurkin

FWIW, our family—children and grandchildren and friends—
got together for the holidays, up to 20 or 30 of us in the house at a time, and almost everyone got the flu, except my wife and I. We had flu shots.

I heard that this year the flu shots were right on target, at least in this part of the country (Vermont).


13 posted on 01/28/2014 9:26:19 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: B4Ranch

Thanks for the good tip. Peroxide is good to have on hand.


14 posted on 01/28/2014 9:26:33 AM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Yaelle

Flu shots aren’t vaccinations against all varieties of flu, but rather to the ones picked up and prepared for several months earlier. If a different strain takes off than what is expected - as happens every few years - the flu shots for that year are useless.


15 posted on 01/28/2014 9:26:36 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: onedoug

I bet they are all getting sick at school.


16 posted on 01/28/2014 9:30:08 AM PST by windcliff
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To: cuban leaf

“Yeah, the doctor that could not correctly diagnose my “broken toe” as the Gout that it was. And ten minutes after returning from the doctor, expensive x-rays and all, I not only used Google to determine it was gout, but that black cherry juice would eliminate it. And it did.”

Ha Ha, My doc told me I had an extra bone in my foot and it needed to be removed. went to the orthoped and he confirmed, scheduled surgery and then the gout went away, that was my first bout. It was close but no surgery, I would have been on cruches for 6 months. What brand of cherry juice you use?


17 posted on 01/28/2014 9:30:30 AM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: lepton

I don’t want to come down as negative on flu shots for everyone. But we don’t choose them for ourselves and our children, though we do for our elderly parents.

But it is worth noting that the elderly family member, in good health but recently lost her husband, did have the flu shot two months prior. And she was the sickest. And nearly died. The other people who all got very sick but recovered in 5-7 days were from the ages of 2-50.


18 posted on 01/28/2014 9:31:56 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: B4Ranch

Hydrogen peroxide in the ear will do nothing for flu virus in your other regions. However, it is good as you say for cleaning the ears not more than once a month because it will dry the ear canal if done too often.

I’d say if you feel you are coming down with a Big Flu, get someone to gather clear liquids for you and stay away from society.


19 posted on 01/28/2014 9:34:44 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: CJ Wolf

I’ve moved on from cherry juice. My chiropractor suggested black cherry pills instead. I then found these and haven’t looked back. I take at least one a day. Cheap and effective, and I can drink all the beer and eat all the red meat I want with no bouts at all.

http://www.puritan.com/vitamins-herbs-1295/black-cherry-1000-mg-015691?scid=26593&cmp=gpl-_-Super%20Sale-_-015691&CAWELAID=1782913590&cagpspn=pla&gclid=CIzT9Ye0obwCFZPm7Aod9FUAuA


20 posted on 01/28/2014 9:36:05 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: CivilWarBrewing

To be fair:

Everyone is contagious before they know they have the flu, and for a few days after they feel they are well enough to go back to school. Therefore it will spread like wildfire.

What I did with one child was when I saw the rest of the family catching it, I took him, perfectly healthy, out of,school.. And didn’t send him back til 5 days after he started to seem well. Not many would do that. But I also sent,one child to a class and he got others sick, even though he didn’t come down with it til the next day. You can’t be perfect.


21 posted on 01/28/2014 9:38:18 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: rarestia

A crock of crap! The vaccines are not live virus or in most cases even a whole virus. The vaccines make use of the antigenic proteins to stimulate body defenses against the particular strain or strains of the virus. This is nothing but reverting to medieval ideas of Jews poisoning the wells and bad humors causing and spreading disease.

My wife’s sister-in-law came down with the flu just after Christmas, went home from the hospital and first got better, then developed pneumonia as a result of the flu weakening her immune system. Went back in the hospital, her brain swelled because of the pneumonia and she was put into a coma along with kidney dialyis to keep her from dying. Did no good, too far along and she died after 3 weeks from diagnosis to death from blood clots as a byproduct of the pneumonia infection. She was in excellent health with no other problems at 57 years of age. The key thing missing...she didn’t get a flu shot this year.

I’ve been getting the shots since 1970 in the military and every year thereafter. Never had even a minor flu problem.

Various strains of the flu are worse than others and different strains affect different age groups. The largest portion of military deaths from flu in the epidemic of 1918-19 were young people. The military in this country has never since experienced a flu epidemic like that since yearly shots were initiated and the military is still one of the large groups along with school children that are potential breeding grounds for the flu.

Get your shots regularly and the chances of epidemics or you yourself coming down with a serious case fall almost to zero. There are still some who come down with the flu or a flu-like infection but the numbers are very low overall.

That stupid lie about vaccinations spreading the flu are as old and as much BS as flourides in water.


22 posted on 01/28/2014 9:38:20 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Yaelle
This is a bad flu. Seven members of our family had it within three days of each other. We were sick as dogs for a week each. Two weeks later we still cough a bit.....

Same thing happened and is happening to me. I didn't go to the doctor, but I was starting to worry about this extended cough even though it improves a little each day. Nice to hear it is part of the symptoms.

23 posted on 01/28/2014 9:38:24 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: windcliff

Hope only the deserving get it.


24 posted on 01/28/2014 9:38:27 AM PST by onedoug
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To: cuban leaf; CJ Wolf

You two want to be on allopurinol. Don’t risk another attack. Colchicine stops an attack but is hard to get now. Been there, done that with all the supplements that work until they don’t.


25 posted on 01/28/2014 9:41:43 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Yaelle

Well that’s the big thing. When the flu kills, it tends to kill the elderly and the very young.

100 killed from the flu though, isn’t by itself a large number in a city the size of LA...especially if there hasn’t been an epidemic in a few years, and the elderly population has built up without having something else finish them off...which death for whichever cause is nonetheless a tragedy for the particular families.


26 posted on 01/28/2014 9:42:18 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Usually, it is from the Chinese.


27 posted on 01/28/2014 9:42:54 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: RJS1950

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/flu-shots-may-not-protect-the-elderly-or-the-very-young/?mobileFormat=true


28 posted on 01/28/2014 9:43:24 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: BenLurkin

What I’ve “learned” from the comments in this thread is that the flu is caused by flu shots and by ear wax.

Who knew?


29 posted on 01/28/2014 9:43:30 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: steve86

I don’t do drugs.

Except for aspirin.


30 posted on 01/28/2014 9:45:42 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: RJS1950

Assuming the vaccine is made properly, you are quite correct in saying the vaccine can’t give you the flu. On the other hand, some people will experience flu-like symptoms as their body gears up to fight the material injected as the vaccine...since most symptoms are not from the flu itself, but rather your body’s defense mechanisms trying to wash the organism out, or create unsuitable conditions for replication. I suspect this is at least part of what keeps this story going.


31 posted on 01/28/2014 9:49:44 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: rarestia

i don’t like vaccines...don’t trust them. But my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in September so I got one because I didn’t want to take the chance of getting her sick. Found out from my Dr. later that getting the flu vaccine doesn’t do anything to help me stop spreading flu germs to my wife.


32 posted on 01/28/2014 9:52:20 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Black Agnes

Thanks for that link. Very interesting.


33 posted on 01/28/2014 9:52:32 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: B4Ranch

What about peroxide as a throat gargle and also to spray up the nostrils too?
I do this when a sore throat begins indicating infection has occurred. It either stops it or reduces its intensity. Handwashing is good but does nothing to stop airborne infected droplets.


34 posted on 01/28/2014 9:55:41 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: steve86

started that yesterday. :-)


35 posted on 01/28/2014 10:04:55 AM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: BenLurkin

In October when our son was in ICU for three weeks, there was a 22 year old young woman admitted to the hospital on a Monday, I think. She had had flu symptoms the prior weekend and had visited urgent care. By Monday, her family took her to the ER. By Friday, all of her major organs had shut down. They moved her to the unit where our son was. I am not sure why since she had a communicable illness. However, I don’t know if they had figured out what was the cause at that time. Friday afternoon, we were awaiting news from our son’s surgery when a group of physicians met with the girl’s family and told them she either had to be transported to a hospital four hours away or she would die. They gave her a 5% chance of surviving the move to the other location. The family finally gave consent to fly the girl by plane to the other hospital. She did survive. So on October 18, she had almost no chance at survival. She was put into a special room/unit at the second hospital. She was in a coma for a month. She came home at the end of December/first week of January. Her feet and fingertips had to be amputated. The diagnosis for all of this was the Influenza A. When our son was in the rehab hospital, they gave him the flu shot. The day he was leaving rehab, they tried to give it to him again.

The room where they had put the girl was scrubbed top to bottom after she was gone. They burned everything that was removable.


36 posted on 01/28/2014 10:06:16 AM PST by petitfour
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To: CJ Wolf; cuban leaf
My wife and I both use the bing cherries

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Her nephew is a doctor and he recommended them for everyday use . I'd already used them as a home remedy ,when I had a flair up.

http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com

37 posted on 01/28/2014 10:08:45 AM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: CJ Wolf

There ya go. I pay $4 at Walmart. Both my brother and I take it. We were disabled two or three times a year previously; not a single attack since.


38 posted on 01/28/2014 10:18:47 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: piroque
I'd already used them as a home remedy ,when I had a flair up.

Why bother having flare-ups when you can take a real uricosuric and make them a thing of the past?

39 posted on 01/28/2014 10:32:28 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86
Why bother having flare-ups when you can take a real uricosuric and make them a thing of the past?

Because its not a grantee that it won't come back ,the cherries work they have a natural enzyme that works.

40 posted on 01/28/2014 10:58:12 AM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: tflabo

I wouldn’t spray 3% in my nostril. Maybe dilute it 50% with distilled water first. Inhaling 3% by mouth is fine. I do it with a nebulizer.


41 posted on 01/28/2014 10:59:36 AM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: Yaelle

My wife started to come down with the flu a month ago and H2O2 brought it to an immediate halt. I haven’t had a cold or the flu in decades thanks to hydrogen peroxide.


42 posted on 01/28/2014 11:01:41 AM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: BenLurkin
“We’re seeing a very severe flu season,”

I've heard that every single year.

43 posted on 01/28/2014 11:03:03 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: lepton

bingo - everytime I get the shot I also get the symptoms, sometimes they are worse than others. I was laid up for 2 weeks once immediately after a shot and I blamed it on a different virus/cold infection taking root because my system was already taxed by the flu shot. One key point what most people call the flu (24-48 hour stomach virus) is not the FLU. Influenza kills. I still debate myself on getting the shot because I go down every time for at least a day or two.


44 posted on 01/28/2014 11:12:07 AM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: tflabo

“I do this when a sore throat begins indicating infection has occurred.”

The ears are connected to our throat. That’s why H2O2 in the ears seems to work at stopping colds and the flu. Not being a doc, I figure the virus starts a nasal drip which causes the sore throat. The passage from the ear to the sinus way must be the part that’s sensitive to infection.


45 posted on 01/28/2014 11:13:33 AM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: BenLurkin

The tremendous fear is that the “ordinary” H1N1 may be moving in the direction of the “extraordinary” H1N1 that hit Ukraine. That flu was so savage that many doctors believed it had to be something else, because flu “doesn’t do that”.

At autopsy, some of the lungs of victims looked burned and black, a result of the “cytokine storm” effect, a severe overreaction of the immune system.

I am suspicious of the Ukraine outbreak, because it might be blamed on arsenic contamination. Arsenic dulls the immune response to novel pathogens, then when the immune system does respond, it tends to overreact.

And Ukraine has long had coal and coke production, its particular coal having a high level of arsenic, contaminating both their soil and groundwater.

http://is.gd/9156sq

Importantly, in Los Angles metro, there are several plants that have been seen to be releasing large amounts of arsenic.


46 posted on 01/28/2014 11:32:47 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: House Atreides
"What I’ve “learned” from the comments in this thread is that the flu is caused by flu shots and by ear wax."

LOL.

47 posted on 01/28/2014 11:43:25 AM PST by blam
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To: BenLurkin
Hmmmm.

China halts poultry trading after new H7N9 cases

48 posted on 01/28/2014 11:47:31 AM PST by blam
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To: steve86

“You two want to be on allopurinol”

I personally have no idea how well cherry juice concentrate works, but allopurinol is not without consequences. My next door neighbor started taking allopurinol and developed the itchy rash on her thighs that is basically a precursor to a subsequent reaction that is frequently fatal. She happened to mention to me she was taking Benadryl for this mysterious rash that had suddenly developed, and I happened to be familiar with the situation, and told her she HAD to immediately stop taking this stuff and never take it again.


49 posted on 01/28/2014 12:19:56 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: BenLurkin

I’m 45. I seem to remember, as a kid, that about once a year I or someone in my family got the flu. Sore throat, aches, fever, fatigue, bleh. But it was common. We didn’t have any widespread campaign to get a flu vaccine, nor any panicky headlines in the media about a severe flu outbreak. I’m not sure what’s changed - why flu season is all of a sudden this major news item and cause for concern. I wonder, Are the strains of flu now more dangerous than 30+ years ago? Is it killing more people now than it used to?


50 posted on 01/28/2014 12:30:18 PM PST by opus86
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