By Dana Ullman, Expert in homeopathic medicine
Even though deaths from influenza have not increased at all in the past 20 years, have you noticed how much fear and anxiety the media has created about the common flu recently? And even though the number of people getting the flu vaccine has increased tremendously in the past 20 years, the number and percentage of people getting the flu has not decreased in the past 20 years.
Why, oh, why then, is the media so obsessed with the flu?
The answer is simple: Big Pharma is wonderfully creative in marketing this pandemic. But fret not, with a little instruction, you too can learn to create your own pandemic…here’s some history and some suggestions to make you successful…
Just prior to Donald Rumsfeld becoming Bush’s Secretary of Defense, he was the Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences, the company that created Tamiflu. Rumsfeld and his associates seem to be as (in)effective in fighting viruses as they are terrorists, but this doesn’t stop them from making a buck or two (or more).
In fact, according to Marcia Angell, MD, (the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine), the top 10 drug manufacturers in the Fortune 500 made more profit in 2002 than the remaining 490 (!) companies combined.  The medical industrial complex can whip the butt of the military industrial complex easily.
The “good” news about Tamiflu is that research shows that it will reduce a person’s symptoms of the flu by ONE day (isn’t that worth the $1.89 billion in sales that are expected in 2009?). The fact that there is no evidence that Tamiflu will cure the H1N1 flu or even reduce its symptoms in a significant way seems to be a perfect fit for what was the “Bush Doctrine.”
The diagnosis and prognosis of a “Western medical disease” (what might be called a “WMD”) seems to be based on faulty medical intelligence or simply selective medical intelligence.
Tamiflu does have a tendency to cause various side-effects, but side-effects (and collateral damage) are simply the price that we have to pay for health (or war). Some of the side effects from Tamiflu include suicide–but only if you’re a child; delirium–but heck, if you’re delirious, you might not even know it; convulsions–but you might learn some new dance steps; hepatitis and liver disease, but maybe it’s good “exercise” for the liver; asthma and allergy symptoms–it is so good for you that it takes your breathe away!