Other "Pandemics" - The 1917/18 "Spanish" Flu
Much of the hype concerning bird flu is centred around its threatened capacity to kill on a scale seen only once in history, with the so-called “Spanish” flu of 1918.
The controversy regarding this particular outbreak starts with its name. You would be forgiven for assuming that it originated in Spain, which is exactly what you are intended to think. However, this is a prime example of both primitive “spin-doctoring” and total avoidance of factual accuracy.
In fact, the outbreak almost certainly stemmed from the military camps of the first World War. The “Spanish” appellation was conceived to surreptitiously move public opinion against that nation, “following two decades of disputes between America and Spain over colonization of the Caribbean Islands, Hawaii and the Philippines beginning with the Spanish American war”. 1 In addition, the Spanish media of the time was one of the least censored in the World and could therefore report (relatively) freely on the scale of the problem, whilst the media in other countries was highly controlled and reported very little. Consequently, most of the news concerning the problem came out of Spain, earning it the dubious honour of being linked forever with the most damaging flu in history.
The fact that this particular flu killed millions of people is not in question (although the fact that viruses were not discovered in man until 1933 is somewhat suspicious!). What is questionable is WHY this flu was so deadly? The official view is that it was a very lethal strain that was easily transmissible, but this in itself is not the whole truth and is not borne out by the facts.
In reality, there were many other factors that contributed to the problem, all of which are known to be significant contributors to the spread (and lethality) of infectious disease.
Primary amongst these was the festival on inhumanity that was World War 1. Popularly known as the most devastating war in history (whether it deserves that title or not), this was a most gruesome, barbaric and awful war, with death and destruction on a scale rarely, if ever, seen before or since. Apart from all the novel ways of sending one’s enemies to the next World that were invented, such as the tank and aerial bombardment, one more insidious and equally lethal method was developed and used by both sides. It was difficult to detect and almost as difficult to defend against and so was used and feared enormously by both sides. That weapon was poison gas.
The recent discovery of WWI trenches in Northern France shows the extent to which the soldiers went to protect themselves from gas attacks. Apart from the use of gas masks, there were elaborate methods developed to seal off the trenches to prevent gas from entering them and ingenious ventilation systems which attempted to draw (presumably) fresh air from other areas. In addition, another weapon was developed in an attempt to protect against the effects of the various poison gases in use......vaccinations.
The first World war saw the first widespread use of vaccinations in military personnel (a practice that has continued ever since - with, or without consent). Almost all of the "allied" countries submitted their armies to this particular atrocity, with few exceptions. One such exception was Greece, which refused to have it's soldiers "vaccinated". This may have earned it the wrath of the other "allies", but it also earned Greece a rather enviable reputation - virtually the ONLY country in Europe to avoid the "Spanish Flu" pandemic.
The less fortunate soldiers of other countries had to endure multiple "vaccinations" against everything from poison gas to typhus. Some sources estimate that each soldier was given 14 to 25 vaccinations and army records clearly show the effects - from soldiers dropping dead immediately after the injection to massive increases in the diseases being "vaccinated" against. As the story of the homeopath (below) shows, those that refused the vaccines did NOT get the diseases, even when they spent much of their time helping those who were sick (and who, invariably HAD taken the "vaccines"). At a time when the BEST pharmaceutical-oriented doctors were losing 1/3 of their patients to the "flu", those using natural "treatments" rarely, if ever lost ANY of their patients. 2
Nowadays, we think of aspirin as a fairly run-of-the-mill medication for minor illnesses, but, when it was first introduced in DATE, this was most certainly NOT the case. The introduction of aspirin was made by its originators, Bayer pharmaceuticals, with a great deal of fanfare. Such was the hype that (much like today) people were persuaded to use aspirin for anything and everything, but especially, for infectious diseases involving fever (pyrexia in medical terms).
Unfortunately, fever plays a hugely important role in the fight against infection, preventing bacteria, viruses etc from multiplying so that the immune system can muster its forces to see them off. Without this important defence the bugs multiply rapidly and remorselessly until they overwhelm their unfortunate host. This is why the most serious infections are almost invariably accompanied by fever - the body deliberately raises the core temperature to above 101-102 degrees farenheit, above which, the bacteria / viruses simply cannot multiply - their reproduction comes to a complete halt until the temperature drops again.
Whilst it may be uncomfortable (and in extreme cases, life-threateneing in itself), fever is therefore a very important defense mechanism which buys vital time for the immune system to recognise the attackers, prepare relevant antibodies and rush them into full-scale production to beat the bug.
Enter aspirin, which, amongst many other effects, is a powerful antipyretic (fever-reducing agent). This artifically REDUCES body temperature, therefore undoing all the good work that the body is trying to do whilst it mobilises its defences. The result is a reduction in fever, which allows the bugs to continue multiplying BEFORE the immune system has had time to organise its response. This causes a far more serious illness and, in the words of an eye-witness (see below) untold misery and many, many deaths.
The homeopath's story.
The following is an extract of the chapter on the influenza epidemic of 1918 from the upcoming history of homeopathy bookby Julian Winston, the long time editor of the National Center of Homeopathy's, Homeopathy Today. 3
It was called "the Great White Plague." It is hard to imagine the devastation caused by the Flu Epidemic of 1918-19. People who lived through it reported that some one who was up and well in the morning could be dead by evening.
Dr. H. A. Roberts was a physician on a troop ship at the time. Another boat pulled alongside to get any spare coffins- it's mortality rate was so high. On his return to port, the commander said to Roberts, "used all your coffins?" To which Roberts, who had been treating his ship with homeopathy, replied, "Yes, and lost not one man!"
The following is an extract from an article entitled "Homeopathy In Influenza- A Chorus Of Fifty In Harmony" by W. A. Dewey, MD that appeared in the Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy in 1920.
Dean W. A. Pearson of Philadelphia collected 26,795 cases of influenza treated by homeopathic physicians with a mortality of 1.05%, while the average old school mortality is 30%.
Thirty physicians in Connecticut responded to my request for data. They reported 6,602 cases with 55 deaths, which is less than 1%. In the transport service I had 81 cases on the way over. All recovered and were landed. Every man received homeopathic treatment. One ship lost 31 on the way. H. A. Roberts, MD, Derby, Connecticut.
In a plant of 8,000 workers we had only one death. The patients were not drugged to death. Gelsemium was practically the only remedy used. We used no aspirin and no vaccines. -Frank Wieland, MD, Chicago.
I did not lose a single case of influenza; my death rate in the pneumonias was 2.1%. The salycilates, including aspirin and quinine, were almost the sole standbys of the old school and it was a common thing to hear them speaking of losing 60% of their pneumonias.-Dudley A. Williams, MD, Providence, Rhode Island.
Fifteen hundred cases were reported at the Homeopathic Medical Society of the District of Columbia with but fifteen deaths. Recoveries in the National Homeopathic Hospital were 100%.-E. F. Sappington, M. D., Philadelphia.
I have treated 1,000 cases of influenza. I have the records to show my work. I have no losses. Please give all credit to homeopathy and none to the Scotch-Irish-American! -T. A. McCann, MD, Dayton, Ohio.
One physician in a Pittsburgh hospital asked a nurse if she knew anything better than what he was doing, because he was losing many cases. "Yes, Doctor, stop aspirin and go down to a homeopathic pharmacy, and get homeopathic remedies." The Doctor replied: "But that is homeopathy." "I know it, but the homeopathic doctors for whom I have nursed have not lost a single case." -W. F. Edmundson, MD, Pittsburgh.
There is one drug which directly or indirectly was the cause of the loss of more lives than was influenza itself. You all know that drug. It claims to be salicylic acid. Aspirin's history has been printed. Today you don't know what the sedative action of salicylic acid is. It did harm in two ways. It's indirect action came through the fact that aspirin was taken until prostration resulted and the patient developed pneumonia. -Frank L. Newton, MD, Somerville, Massachusetts
Aspirin and the other coal tar products are condemned as causing great numbers of unnecessary deaths. The omnipresent aspirin is the most pernicious drug of all. It beguiles by its quick action of relief of pain, a relief which is but meretricious. In several cases aspirin weakened the heart, depressed the vital forces, increased the mortality in mild cases and made convalescence slower. In all cases it masks the symptoms and renders immeasurably more difficult the selection of the curative remedy. Apparently aspirin bears no curative relation to any disease and it ought to be prohibited. -Guy Beckly Stearns, MD, New York
Three hundred and fifty cases and lost one, a neglected pneumonia that came to me after she had taken one hundred grains of aspirin in twenty-four hours. -Cora Smith King, MD, Washington, DC
I had a package handed to me containing 1,000 aspirin tablets, which was 994 too many. I think I gave about a half dozen. I could find no place for it. My remedies were few. I almost invariably gave Gelsemium and Bryonia. I hardly ever lost a case if I got there first, unless the patient had been sent to a drug store and bought aspirin, in which event I was likely to have a case of pneumonia on my hands. -J. P. Huff, MD, Olive Branch, Kentucky.
In reading the accounts of the epidemic it seems that most of the deaths were caused by a virulent pneumonia that was especially devastating to those who depressed their system with analgesics-the most common being aspirin.
The Physician from whom I first learned homeopathy, Raymond Seidel, MD, HMD, said that he decided to be a homeopathic doctor during the flu epidemic when he was working as a delivery boy for a homeopath in New Jersey. Raymond Seidel told me that he decided to become a homeopathic doctor when he was a ten-year old delivery boy for a local homeopath. He said, "I saw that the people who were taking aspirin were dying, about half those who were drinking a lot were dying, and those that received homeopathic remedies were living."
Clearly, the story of the "Spanish flu" is not entirely truthful and vested interests have used it to their benefit many times. That is is being used once again to create fear and panic (and therefore drive people to accept a dangerous, untested "vaccine") is criminal insanity.
1 Horowitz, Len. Avian Flu Fright: Politically Timed for Global “Iatrogenocide”. http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/101005_world_stories.shtml
2 Swine flu Expose, Eleanora I. McBean Ph.D., N.D. (see http://www.whale.to/v/mcbean.html)