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The actions taken in response to a "virus" and "perceived threat" in the USA, and in other parts of the world (who are governed by similar or dissimilar systems of government), will ultimately affect the overall global health of human beings and the "freedoms" we enjoy in the USA, as well as other countries. It is important to remember humans have fought and died for basic freedoms and justice over thousands of years. How quickly could they be eroded and even erased?
If we ever learn lessons from the history of social engineering over the past two hundred years-the corralling of whole populations of people under the guise of "protection and care" such as: Indigenous tribes of the Americas, Australia, Northern Africa and the Gulf States, forced labor camps in Asia, concentration camps in Europe, the internment camps in the USA during World War II, strict social controls under Fascist, Communist, Theocratic and fanatical regimes-we should be alert to what is happening and what is coming if we don't fight to preserve our freedoms and yes, our overall "health".
The reactions to this bio weapon are being justified as "necessary to protect the health of the population" in the locations where this virus is presenting. But what are the longer term consequences of political/economic/ethical and triage decisions on the overall "health" of a nation, of a people? How do we assess our success and/or failures? How do we maintain the integrity of our unique culture, traditions and aspirations in light of the measures prescribed against this "invisible attacker"?!
My definition of health is best described by the Maori word "Hauora" which includes physical well being, emotional well being, social well being and spiritual well being. The "health" of a person, community, nation is also determined by it's strength, stability and sustainability. This includes economic and environmental well being. All these aspects of life must be integrated and support each other continually. They are all necessary for "Hauora" or "good health".
There continues to be speculation, projection and spin about the actual specific symptoms unique to this "virus" and the true number of singular "cases" which have been accurately tested. The symptoms could be attributed to a number of illnesses or conditions i.e. dry cough, fever, body aches and even sneezing is included. The virus can be in addition to a number of conditions a patient already has, yet the patient is considered as a "CV 19" statistic. If she/he dies, their death is often only attributed to "Corona Virus" as a cause of death. This is verified by a number of concerned doctors, medical and forensic workers. www.reddit.com/r/conspiracy/comments/fdwbm9/harvard_doctor_says_the_wuhan_coronavirus_is_much/
Let's review data from epicenter of this virus in Europe-Italy:
"According to the latest data of the Italian National Health Institute ISS, the average age of the positively-tested deceased in Italy is currently about 81 years. 10% of the deceased are over 90 years old. 90% of the deceased are over 70 years old. 80% of the deceased had suffered from two or more chronic diseases. 50% of the deceased had suffered from three or more chronic diseases. The chronic diseases include in particular cardiovascular problems, diabetes, respiratory problems and cancer.
Less than 1% of the deceased were healthy persons, i.e. persons without pre-existing chronic diseases. Only about 30% of the deceased are women.
The Italian Institute of Health moreover distinguishes between those who died from the coronavirus and those who died with the coronavirus. In many cases it is not yet clear whether the persons died from the virus or from their pre-existing chronic diseases or from a combination of both."
The various names given to this "threat" include the original "Wuhan virus", (which the Chinese themselves used the first months to describe this illness), the "Corona Virus", COVID 19, the "Chinese virus", the "Chicom Bioweapon" and the expanded references to this threat as the "Plandemic", the "WHO Flu", the "Media Virus" and the "Panic Pandemic".
Let's look at strategies used to "attack" this "threat" of the COVID 19. Certainly, for profit pharmaceutical companies and investors such as Bill Gates (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) are already pushing "vaccines" as the only way to "defeat the spread" of this virus. They push and advertise their "cure" to be the only acceptable way to "treat and prevent" this virus. It is not in their financial self interest to admit other treatments (especially low cost, non pharmaceutical therapies) are effective.
"The fear campaign will continue in the wake of the lockdown. Will the hardships of the economic and social crisis encourage people to get vaccinated? To implement the Global Vaccine, the propaganda campaign must continue. The Truth must be suppressed. These are their “guidelines”, which must be confronted and challenged.
The lead entity for the novel coronavirus vaccine initiative is the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) an organization sponsored and financed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The main actors including CEPI, will require the firm endorsement of the World Health Organization - WHO (which they control), a green light from the scientific community as well bold statements by corrupt politicians.
Moreover, they will have to suppress information and analysis on the features of the virus, how it can easily be cured (without a vaccine), which is currently the object of debate by virologists and physicians in several countries including the US. In recent developments, hydroxychloroquine is being used to treat patients in both Europe and North America. Big Pharma is intent upon suppressing evidence on how COVID-19 can be cured. The media is complicit. It is not informing the public." www.globalresearch.ca/after-the-lockdown-a-global-coronavirus-vaccination-program/5706547
Never in human history has there been such widespread media coverage (partially due to improved global communications/access) disinformation, as well as "spin" on a medical issue. The fear generated by this info-mation saturation is spread by the vectors of the media and the engineered emotional response elicited-fear, panic, confusion, submission.
Don't be naive though, this scenario and possible responses has been considered, planned for and displayed in predictive programming from cartoons, films, video games and TV series for years. Did you know Bill Gates and Barack Obama released "Pandemic" on Netflix in December 2019?!
If you want to see trailers from such films from the USA, Japan, Korea, China, Canada, Spain and the UK, click on this link to "11 Pandemic Films to Watch Now" ....or don't: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFAC19FzFoQ.
Have you seen Dr. Fauci (Chief medical adviser to President Trump on the pandemic) comments back in 2017: "During a forum on pandemic preparedness at Georgetown University, Fauci said the Trump administration will not only be challenged by ongoing global health threats such as influenza and HIV, but also a surprise disease outbreak." www.healio.com/infectious-disease/emerging-diseases/news/online/%7B85a3f9c0-ed0a-4be8-9ca2-8854b2be7d13%7D/fauci-no-doubt-trump-will-face-surprise-infectious-disease-outbreak
Here is an excellent article detailing some of the "players" in the dissemination of the "Plandemic". I suggest you read this discussion entitled, "How China, The WHO, the CDC and the Mainstream Media Worked Together to Create the Greatest Pandemic Hysteria in World History". www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/03/how-china-the-who-the-cdc-and-the-mainstream-media-worked-together-to-create-the-greatest-pandemic-hysteria-in-world-history/
Part of the larger problem is a population which cannot discern facts from non-facts, credible from incredible "evidence", truth from deliberate lies, news from opinion or understand how statistics can be misleading and manipulated. Here is one example:
"Compare virus deaths to car crash fatalities in the US. In 2018, the most recent year that we have full numbers for, 36,560 Americans died in car crashes. That’s an average of 100 per day. Every year we have 2,000 American kids under the age of 16 who die in car crashes. If the national fake news media ran around covering every car crash in the US the way they’re covering coronavirus deaths, we’d all be scared to leave our own driveways." www.americanlibertyreport.com/articles/the-coronavirus-death-rate-numbers-are-a-lie-heres-why/
'Fear porn' has been pumped through the media for decades with an acceleration after 2000, going into hyperdrive against President Trump since he was elected. Even the most gullible and uneducated cannot be conned forever. Therefore the tactics employed escalate and change constantly. Isn't it terribly coincidental that during the past few months when populations started protesting and turning against the corrupt, unjust and rigid governments of Iran, Iraq, China, Hong Kong, Chile, France, the EU en masse...coincidentally this virus is "released and carried" to all parts of the world with draconian measures promptly decreed to "socially distance", "isolate" and "control" their entire populations?
First we are subjected to restricted movement, restricted work, quarantine with an uncertain limit...what's next...checkpoints? Who determines what are "essential activities"? Will the US step up drone surveillance and arrests? This is already happening in the UK.
"British civil liberties group Big Brother Watch criticized the use of drones in this manner, saying that "police filming innocent members of the public with drones & putting it online is frankly sinister, let alone counter-productive."
My closing words are to be discerning in all you watch/hear/read-don't ignore your instincts-if you still have them intact. Ask yourself how far you are willing to "submit" to "temporary government control" over almost all your daily activities and relationships. Inwardly, "gird your loins" and "draw your battle lines" now.
The music this week is from the just released song by Bob Dylan reminding us of the Kennedy assassinations of President JFK Sr., Robert Kennedy, John Kennedy Jr. It's entitled: "Murder Most Foul" another epigrammatic masterpiece if you listen carefully, please do:
From remote Alaska,
Strong immune systems are the best shield human bodies have against any illness or microbial invader including the newest bio weapon virus-COVID 19. You have to seek out alternative medicine sites to find the best natural means for anyone to boost their immune system. There are plenty of foods you can grow or buy which boost the immune system at any and every age. I will include them in my post this week as well as some cost effective supplements and proven remedies over hundreds of years, from a number of different medical systems and countries FYI.
Large pharmaceutical companies, which work to maximize profits, do not have "optimal, continual health" as their priority, (since that would mean diminished -or no profits). I urge you not to consider them as your only source of information on health. These large pharmaceutical corporations contribute to most medical schools, are intertwined with large government and international "health organizations" including the World Health Organization (WHO) the US Center of Disease Control (CDC) and foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Be advised and be discerning when consulting their websites, the "announcements" they present, and the data they distribute to media sources via their spokespeople and representative (paid/sponsored) doctors.
Three effective supplements (N-A-C, Ke Chuan Pian, Zinc/elderberry combination) are very cost effective without any harmful side effects if the correct dosage per your body weight is followed. You can read more on a previous blog post: www.jopatti.com/blog/quarantine-spreading-fast
Why aren't major media channels feeding the world population with information everyone would benefit from both in the short and long term? Why are sites advertising natural supplements and strategies for immunity boosting being de-platformed or buried in search engines? Why are they ignored by most western educated medical doctors and centers for disease control (CDC), and certainly by the anemic World Health Organization (WHO)? They are aware there are proven, simple, cost effective ways almost everyone in the world could implement. Read the text, articles linked below and see the photos of a variety of foods, spices and beverages we can use everyday to strengthen our immune system.
I also include foods, substances and habits which will weaken your immune system, and which you should avoid and eliminate from your diet and lifestyle choices as soon as possible.
Numerous articles from medical journals, popular lay person "medical advice" sites and from independent blogs, are available online. I am linking a few easy to follow articles for you to read and decide for yourself which foods are possible in your area of the world and within your budget, and which you could start planting for a continual personal supply.
They include: 1) Getting enough sleep 2) Getting enough exercise 3) Eating non-processed, healthy foods regularly 4) Drinking clean water 5) Best practices for hygiene and sanitation for you and your family, and in the workplace 6) Getting outside in the sun and fresh air for at least an hour a day. 7) Not smoking or vaping (anything) and staying away from areas with smoke and toxic air 8) Not drinking alcohol or taking any drugs except prescription drugs which are absolutely necessary.
Here are a few more articles expanding on this advice:
While many of us are required to "self isolate" - especially after air travel (as I am by work after flying internationally and nationally) and most gyms and recreation/sports venues are temporarily closed; here are ways you can exercise in a small space and as long as you have access to the internet you can stream or download them-most for free:
Exercise will help you maintain and strengthen your physical and emotional health. Qigong, I know from personal experience-is a powerful inner and outer strength builder, and immune strengthening practice. It originated in China, in Henan province thousands of years ago. There are many articles, videos and podcasts. I include two I recommend below:
It is vital, especially with limited direct human contact, to "feed" your emotional, mental health with positive and pro active images, information, music and contact. The emergence of free podcasts gives us a range of subjects, inspirational discussions and motivational talks to listen/watch. I recommend the following and they are all free:
2. Mike Drop podcast - raw, uncensored, not for children/young teens FYI
3. Patriot Nurse has short videos/information which are practical and clear:
Since "fear, anxiety, panic and extreme stress" all lower our immune systems, our capabilities and response time; we need to be mindful of the triggers in ourselves, our environment as well as in the media which may elevate cortisol and pressure our adrenal glands, kidneys and adversely affect our decision making. FYI in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) specific organs are associated/connected with specific emotions - "Fear" is connected to the kidneys, "anger" to the liver-for example.
One antidote to fear, especially of the unknown or uncertain, is credible information and active planning. Another is love, trusted human contact and a place which is "secure". Now is the time to cultivate these "antidotes" before possible lock downs, restricted movement, checkpoints and even martial law become part of the "new normal" daily life. Don't think it could never happen where you are, plan for contingencies and use your time to search previous examples of how ordinary people (not military, law enforcement, very wealthy citizens) coped during these times.
Sadly, many have crossed the threshold these past weeks and for many families the death of love ones has left them in deep, sudden grief. Many countries cannot allow the ritual of grieving at a funeral for fear of further contagion. May those of us still on Earth, offer more prayers for those suffering in body, spirit and mind. One way to envision those we knew who are now no longer living in pain or illness is that now they are "free" from that suffering and pain. Our responsibility is to be diligent in the ways we know now to keep our own bodies, our own families and loved ones, our colleagues and fellow citizens, healthy and productive as long as we can.
Closing tonight, on the day of my birthday, with music which has special sentimental significance since I watched the movie "Gladiator" with a number of loved ones in my life who are now "over the threshold" and are now..."free".
This is a beautifully rendered and recorded live performance of the tremendously talented and skillful contemporary composer and musician, Hans Zimmer's: "Now We Are Free" with Czarina Russel performing. May it offer you solace and be a balm in this time of trouble and challenge-wherever you may be my dear friends: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1UiD2sxoWo
Until next week, keep healthy!
Anybody reading familiar with the "Dance of Death" or "Danse Macabre"? It was a theme during and after the "Black Plague" also known as the "Black Death". The Great Mortality (or Black Death as it is now known) was a watershed event in the history of Europe and the world. Between 1347 and 1351, the plague killed about 75 million people and up to 50 percent of the population. One could argue the epigenetics of those times of plague are still in our ancestral and genetic memories.
Those who seek to profit from other's suffering in any type of war or disaster will use the weapon of "fear" and/or "panic" to manipulate a population, their "ancestral memories" and their minds filled with sci-fi films of pandemics, horror (zombies such as in World War Z) and the 'ordinary' citizen's lack of actual knowledge of biology, physiology, medicine and epidemiology.
An ignorant population is a potentially pliable population. Feed them a narrative of fear, blame and misinformation, and you can cause revolts, hoarding, "social distancing", marginalizing certain races, ages and categories of people as well as use the "threat" of illness and/or death as a reason to strip a community or nation of their individual rights all under the guise of "for your own good or the greater good of the nation."
Case in point, the United Kingdom just announced a plan to quarantine all citizens over the age of 69 for at least four months. They are required to self-impose a quarantine for at least four months even if they are healthy and still working. "Ministers are planning to give police the power to arrest people with coronavirus who are not self-isolating, the Health Secretary has confirmed." https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/15/police-arrest-coronavirus-patients-ignoring-quarantine-12400302/?ito=cbshare
Dividing the population even further, there is a new "fear" spreading about contact with "the elderly", and vice versa-elder citizens concerned about contact with those who are out and about, including their grandchildren. People are encouraged to buy "protective clothing" including goggles, face, hair and head masks, latex gloves and shoe coverings. Very few people have actual practice in putting on hazardous materials (haz/mat) suits correctly so they are sealed, or of taking them off properly as well.
Social distancing and keeping boundaries on "personal space" has taken on a whole new meaning. Within one week I have witnessed a change in behavior on public transportation on the Washington, DC metro. People deliberately avoid standing or sitting near other people. The new greeting is more from the "East". A quick bow, hand over heart or even elbow bump is used instead of handshakes and hugs. How quickly people adapt and 'follow along'.
You can see a few children with masks on, or trying to pry them off-they are not comfortable after a few minutes, you have to "get used to" the feeling of a type of bandage/restraint on your face and over your ears. There are new designs on face masks and the price escalates as the supplies diminish. Soon, wearing face masks, gloves and goggles with be socially engineered to be the "new normal".
Regardless, children and animals are not shy about still wanting physical contact and affection. Most adults crave this, too. Cyber icons and memes will never be a substitute for human to human and human to animal...touch.
Sadly, expressions of purely human rituals such as baptisms, weddings, graduations and funerals have had to be "postponed"...although you cannot postpone a funeral for long due to the body decaying over a period of days. Expressions of "love" and "grief" and even "death" have had to be truncated in many parts of our world for now. Because of the threat and fear of exposure, many families cannot be present at the cremation or burial of their family members and loved ones. While the average age of death in Italy is over 80 years old, currently the epicenter of the COVID 19 virus in Europe, the "sudden death" of so many elders in numerous communities all at once has left the country...and the world...in shock.
"The data on mortality are deepening with the medical records of the deceased," said president of Italy's Higher Health Institute (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, or ISS), Silvio Brusaferro, as he presented the new data. The picture is very similar to that given by the previous set of statistics released on March 5: "The median age of the deceased is 80, the majority of victims are male, and they had an average of 2.7 pre-existing health conditions." www.thelocal.it/20200311/coronavirus-what-do-we-know-about-the-victims-in-italy
Those with wealth and those living in poverty are susceptible to the corona viruses. This bioweapon seems engineered to cull the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions but not, fortunately, those usually most vulnerable...newborns, infants and children with pre-existing respiratory and other health conditions. It does not discriminate by economic status either. Strange and somehow...merciful.
There have been cycles throughout human history of plagues, pestilence, wars, natural disasters and weather which have weakened and thinned the population of humans and animals of our planet over thousands of years. However, for most denizens of Planet Earth, it has been since World War II, over 75 years since sacrifice, hardships, scarcity and uncertainty have been experienced by the more "developed nations" and by so many people concurrently. Those who grew up with advanced technologies, medicine, almost instant gratification and limitless supplies are about to learn some of the lessons those who came before us had to learn...the hard way.
It just may be a time to "re-direct" and employ an arsenal of "love" which can conquer "fear" and panic. Often the simplest solution and prevention of a health crisis is easily actualized. In this case it is washing hands frequently with soap and clean water, as well as covering one's orifices (mouth, nose and eyes) if someone else is coughing or sneezing near you and refraining from touching your face as well as washing objects in contact with your face...such as your phone.
Love is the overall antidote in a time of division and can re-connect those in families, communities and nations. The love of humanity can spur discovery in medicine, in communications and in cooperation at a level never experienced before. It is possible that sharing information, data, and strategies, may now occur at an unprecedented rate. In fact, it is also possible that more of the world will recognize the urgent need to deter, cease and halt the growth of "death sciences" and condemn in the strongest terms those who pursue research and development of bio-weapons, genetic engineering, genocidal science and policies as was attempted after World War I with the agreement to ban all "chemical weapons".
One of the most "famous" proponents and supporters of genetic manipulation, new vaccines and population "culling"-eugenics-is Bill Gates. Bill Gates just "stepped down" from his position as the CEO of Microsoft to devote "more time to his charitable foundation work." This is very convenient timing given the rapid spread of COVID 19 and the new "vaccine research" and potential profits to be made by mandating vaccines once one is "developed". The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation funds vaccines and vaccine research with billions of dollars...but ultimately to what end?!
"Gates is an avowed eugenicist who is committed to drastically reducing the world’s population in the name of combating global warming. This is alarming given the fact that the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation funds the production and distribution of vaccines to the third world.
During a February 2010 TED conference, Gates openly stated that vaccines would be used to reduce global population and lower CO2 emissions. Stating that the global population was heading towards 9 billion, Gates said, “If we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services (abortion), we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 per cent.” Did you know Bill Gates father was once the Director of Planned Parenthood? www.lookintoit.org/Eugenicist-Bill-Gates.html
My considered advice would be to steer clear of Bill and Melinda Gates ideas and funding for a 'controlled population-smaller world'. Read this excerpt from a more in depth article linked here-for a closer look at Bill Gates, his activities and his foundation: www.nowtheendbegins.com/johns-hopkins-bill-gates-foundation-event-201-launched-covid-19-coronavirus/
"For years we’ve been watching as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, now retired from the company he founded, use his billions to give ‘free vaccinations‘ to people in third world countries. Now Bill has become a founding partner in another company, this one is called the ID2020 Alliance, and its goal is to give every human being on Earth a digital id.
How do they plan on accomplishing this feat? By combining mandatory vaccinations with implantable microchips. Genius, isn’t it? And coming soon to a theater near you, as the saying goes.
The participants of Event 201, invited there by the rich and powerful elites that rule the world, sat and war-gamed how an outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus might go. Looks like the meeting was a success because just one month to the day later, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in China, and well, you know the rest."
Closing this evening on the eve of St. Patrick's Day which this year will not be celebrated with the usual festive parades and pub gatherings, music and dancing into the wee hours....unfortunately. All this due to the fear of contagion of the COVID 19 aka the "Corona virus" or the "Wuhan virus".
Meantime, here is a cheerful and sweet, apt melancholic tune called:
"Here's A Health To the Company" from the Irish singers
Kevin Conneff & Moya Brennan.
Well worth the time to watch/listen www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdIJP3-pzy0
Here are the lyrics to the refrain:
So here's a health to the company and one to my lass
Let's drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let's drink and be merry, all grief to refrain
For we may or might never all meet here again
Happy St. Patrick's Day! May the "Luck of the Irish" grace your path wherever you may be...
Till next week,
*A postscript chart to put CV 19's fatality rate into perspective-see belowlthservices, w lower that by perhaps 10 to 15 percent”
When there is a health "scare" in addition to the physical and emotional responses within a population, there are significant short term and long term economic and societal changes which are not often factored by most metrics. This week I will outline the main adverse and positive (yes, there are some positive consequences from this bio weapon) second order consequences from the now, world wide spread of COVID 19 aka the "Corona virus" and the "Wuhan virus".
The data circulating this week regarding the number of infections/number of deaths and the assumed number of recovered patients can be viewed on this site:
The reported number of cases is slowly decreasing although the locations where people are infected is increasing. In fact, the number of people who have had the virus and recovered is also increasing worldwide yet the numbers have not been reported by most mainstream media...why? www.newsweek.com/coronavirus-update-50000-recoveries-global-cases-1490495
The supplies sought during the peak of this viral illness, or in preparation for possible quarantine and resources/routes cut off for public consumption-means there have been surges in demand beyond any previous forecasting. However the rapid spread of COVID 19 is also exposing the lack of supply chain for medicines and materials. Essential materials, medicines, chemicals which were once produced/manufactured in the USA, twenty years ago, have been cumulatively outsourced to China over the past twelve years. This means the USA and most of the world is dependent on China for successful operation of their health care systems. www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-slows-drug-production-in-china-the-worlds-pharmacy-11582900885
"Mike Bower, executive vice president of Texas-based Prestige Ameritech, one of the few manufacturers of respirators and surgical face masks in the United States, stated: "I've got requests for maybe a billion and a half masks, if you add it up. That's right — 1.5 billion. The surgical mask supply went from being 90% U.S.-made to being 95% foreign-made in literally one year, 15 years ago," Bowen says. www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/05/811387424/face-masks-not-enough-are-made-in-america-to-deal-with-coronavirus
Medical supplies, medicines, disinfectant and cleaning solutions, non-perishable foods, bio- hazard protective clothing, waste disposal services, supplements and alternative energy source units, weapons, ammunition as well as fuel are now in short supply in most major cities on the planet.
Not letting a "good crisis go to waste" or the opportunity to profit from pandemonium, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved contracts for prison inmate labor to be used to produce "75% alcohol hand sanitizer"-superior to other products. www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/09/new-york-using-prison-labor-to-make-superior-hand-sanitizer/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook
There are others who are capitalizing on the shortages, swiftly "converting" their factories to produce supplies such as this garment factory in Mosul, Iraq. Yes, that's right the same place that Daesh/ISIS conquered not so long ago as the capital of their caliphate. Ever wonder how former residents of the Islamic caliphate in Iraq are now gainfully employed? See the video linked below. They inadvertently advertise their lack of sanitary conditions in this video. (Notice no gloves, few wear masks, no evidence of sinks, running water, soap, disinfectant used-which is the norm in this area of the world unfortunately) www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4e0JTh1UwY
Iran's military announced to the world media it is making it's own COVID 19 "testing kits" supposedly approved by the French Pasteur Institute: www.youtube.com/watch?v=z301Aq3TuFk
You might well ask how the price of oil is related to the spread of the Wuhan virus and the spread of "fear/panic" is related to the world stock markets? Perception of a problem with supplies, raw materials, logistics routes, labor force and political stability all affect the stock markets. There is no certainty in the number of people infected, the duration of this illness and the cost to all economic sectors. Therefore the stock markets in most countries are experiencing a temporary bust or "transitional downturn" but could just as easily be rebounding within the next few months. www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-08/yen-slides-as-oil-price-war-adds-to-global-worries-markets-wrap
Moreover, countries who rely mainly on one major export (such as oil) and who have security issues regarding the protection of that export, will need to prepare for possible attacks on their most valuable resource and the instability that may result economically and therefore politically, in their countries. smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/oil-and-rentier-states-how-falling-oil-prices-will-affect-middle-east
This is all inter-related to the holistic concept of the "health" of our planet. Everything and everyone is now connected/related when you examine the emerging meta data including demographics affected, price indices, travel restrictions, weather patterns, availability of raw materials, differing policy/government responses, immigration/emigration patterns, animal hygiene, permission to inhabit public spaces, censorship or freedom of information regarding the responses of a particular community or nation to the "attacks" of the Corona virus in their juridiction.
It is important to consider what the positive effects are and could be from this global bio-weaponized virus.
The next few weeks should tell us much more about the parameters of this "virus" and the next few months will provide us with a northern and southern hemisphere report of how this virus responds to weather (if at all) and treatments tried in a number of different countries.
Already Israel, arguably the most advanced country in the world for medical research and strict standards for research, has announced a possible vaccine and other countries will be watching for their results, regardless of their political/theological foundations.
There are a number of useful sites for collaboration on treatment and issues for health practitioners. Here is one citing the best known/credible links: blog.capterra.com/9-doctor-social-networking-sites-every-physician-should-know-about/
As always, be discerning, triangulate your sources of information at a minimum and verify any mainstream or 'pop-news' *(my own vocabulary) with actual medical, economic data and research.
Stay healthy, stay alert to possible changes in your workplace, in movement restrictions, in your community and in your own body/reactions. Closing this morning with a positive song about the coming Spring in the northern hemisphere. Everyone and everything in nature moves through cycles. There is a divine balance, Yin/Yang...dark/light. Don't forget this in the most challenging times ahead.
Enjoy this song by Jimmy Cliff - you might know it "I Can See Clearly Now" - music video created with images from a movie about a team preparing for the Olympics as many athletes are at this moment...around the world: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrHxhQPOO2c
Most of us have never been "in quarantine" or known anyone who has had to be isolated from society for health reasons. The word comes from Latin roughly translated as "quaranta giorni" to Italian, meaning 40 days. The written records of quarantine due to health crisis in the 1300s because of the Bubonic plague also known as the "Black Death"; came from Venice, Italy. In 2020 Italy is the first European country to quarantine citizens in northern towns and cities due to the COVID 19 or "Corona virus".
Are quarantines efficacious? According to epidemiological history...yes, in terms of slowing the spread of infectious diseases. Isolation needs to be strict and continue for at least three weeks and preferably for over one month. Yet recent diseases such as Ebola did not seem to be respond to quarantine. (see article linked) www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/01/26/799324436/a-history-of-quarantines-from-bubonic-plague-to-typhoid-mary Many credible scientists and doctors believe this is due to the bio weaponizing of these "viruses". See my previous post of February 4, 2020 - "Concealed Carriers-Bioweapons" for more evidence: www.jopatti.com/blog/concealed-carriersbio-weapons
Another historical epidemiological fact is that the area where I am living currently (but about to exit) Kurdistan, and nearby Iran, have been the sites and pathways for plagues throughout history. Here is an excerpt from a fascinating National Institute of Health report:
"In 543 CE, plague reached what is now modern Iran after passing from Italy to Syria, Palestine, and Iraq, and infected the Persian imperial army and the population at that time . In 544 CE, the plague infected the army of the Roman Empire and the army of the Persian Empire at a time when they were at war . In 627 CE, a large epidemic of plague, which led to the death of more than 100,000 people in Ctesiphon, the Sassanian capital, close to Baghdad, was reported. Shortly thereafter, Shiroyeh, the king of Persia, died of plague.
In the epidemics of 1772-1773 CE in Iran, quarantine practices were introduced into the Persian Gulf region for first time . This outbreak is recorded as one of the most severe epidemics of plague, killing an estimated two million people in Persia (Iran) and Persian-controlled lands to the west. Plague was introduced to Baghdad, today the capital of Iraq, in the winter of 1772 and reached Basra in 1773. The plague killed more than 250,000 people in Basra alone. A thousand deaths were recorded daily, and the disease spread to Bombay, India . Plague also spread southward along the Persian Gulf to Bushehr, expanding over most parts of Persia and reaching Bahrain in 1773 . In 1798, a small outbreak of the plague was recorded in Mosul."
Both the major cities in Iran-Qom and Tehran-as well as all of Kurdistan and the capital of Iraq, Baghdad-have closed all schools, universities, major sporting centers, cancelled sporting and entertainment events, prohibited flights from China and instituted "health checkpoints" at all major airports and border crossings. While these are not technically "quarantine measures" yet, it is a concerted effort to decrease public contact and contagion. However mosques and other religious sites are not closed in Iraq or Iran, meaning millions of people can still potentially be in contact with each other in close proximity-a significant risk factor for the spread of any disease. As of now, the school and events closure is in effect until March 24, about one month. For the first time, Friday prayers were suspended in all major cities in Iran on February 28. 2020.
Iran has the highest reported percentage of deaths per infected rate, 16% -including the death of one of Iran's members of parliament as well as the exponentially rising number of cases, Iran's Minister of Health being one case in the international spotlight. These facts have caused a number of countries to extend travel bans on passengers to and from Iran.
"Now, a tally of figures reported by BBC Persian's sources in several hospitals suggests at least 210 people had died across the country as of Thursday night."
[February 27 2020] www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-51673053
Although a number of countries including Japan, Italy, South Korea, China and the USA have "quarantine centers" set up and receiving patients with Israel soon to follow, as well as all those countries issuing travel advisories for all their citizens; none of the nearby countries of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Qatar, the UAE, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan or Armenia have the health infrastructure to handle epidemics or quarantine for large segments of their populations. Moreover, Turkey in a middle finger move to Europe and the west, just announced a 72 hour open border to Europe for all "refugees" attempting to escape from many of these aforementioned countries. "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced he opened Turkey's border with Europe on Saturday — turning a longstanding threat into a reality, AP reports."
This is concerning to those monitoring the spread of this virus.
Communist countries, theocracies and even democracies have already created legislative provision for "emergency measures including martial law". According to their governing bodies-declaring a person, a group, a community, a province to be "under quarantine" or a nation to be under "martial law" can be enacted suddenly, within days. Are you prepared if you or your area is to be quarantined? Here is one site which has practical recommendations: www.theorganicprepper.com/how-to-prepare-quarantine/
The other "side effects" of quarantines and the closing of schools, venues and events are the economic repercussions. Will you be paid if you cannot get to work? Do you have enough savings to stock up and prepare for over a month? Do you have adequate health care coverage? Do you have savings for paying utility bills or off the grid options? Do you have any medical knowledge to self administer medications/treatment if no doctors are available, or if you cannot get to a clinic?
I will say that there is a certain irony that Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) including acupuncture do work for strengthening the immune system and on the particular symptoms of this virus. On this post I display one general remedy with the common name...breathsmooth. The English pinyin name is: Ke Chuan Pian. It is available in most countries via general online shopping and delivery (see below)
In addition, I highly recommend N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) to strengthen your lungs and liver. This supplement also breaks up mucus, builds up antioxidants and helps boost neurotransmitter activity-some use it to relieve stress and anxiety as well. Depending on your age, height, weight, age and constitution you can take a lower dosage of 500 mg or a higher dosage of 1,000 mg two or three times per day, from the provider of your choice. (see pics below) Mega doses of vitamin C are still a top recommendation by millions of doctors/health practitioners. I suggest stocking up on these - which also have no negative side effects - and if you have to be quarantined in your domicile or elsewhere- remember to take them with you.
With the vast numbers of people and materials/goods transported (COVID 19 is transmittable from surfaces for up to 7 days)-phones, packages, railings, seats, door handles, cash/coins, etc via travel, globalization and logistics routes, it is better to be cautious with best practices in hygiene such as continually washing your hands with soap and keeping alcohol wet wipes, protective/medical gloves and a face mask that can seal properly with you at all times...just in case. Don't be kissing strangers either, even if it is culturally appropriate for greeting or farewells, as in southern Mediterranean countries.
Never underestimate the power of prayer and meditation. These are also antidotes to fear, panic and stress which all play havoc with decision making and our immune systems. It is also important to establish a support/communication/comms network-if you don't already have one. Don't wait until a crisis, have it in place where you are...now.
The former infrastructure in one of the largest cities, Mosul, in this region has been decimated by the siege of Daesh/ISIS. There are tens of thousands of refugees still living in "camps" and thus most vulnerable to ill health and "pandemics". Here are some photos taken this week in the Kurdistan region, note the lack of sanitation, paved roads. That's me after a church service in Ankawa outside of Erbil, KRG.
Closing this week and this part of my life in Iraq, with a photo of me at one of the few Chaldean churches left in this part of the world. Including a photo of a small memorial that was recently mounted in remembrance of the many Christians and Yezidis who were massacred, tortured and persecuted for their religion by Daesh/ISIS for a number of years here in Iraq, in Syria and elsewhere. The Islamic extremists haven't stopped their "missions" yet. We need to remain vigilant.
In the last 24 hours Turkish and Pegasus airlines have cancelled flights out of and into Iraq. Like many expats here, when they closed all education venues, schools, universities, training centers, cancelled events and essentially started a "quarantine" until after Newroz, we scrambled to find tickets out. Turkish airlines was the cheaper ticket but I just had to buy another one on Royal Jordanian airlines to make sure I can exit. You don't want to be away from home during a pandemic, nor in a country where you don't speak the language fluently. Supplies are being snatched up and price gouging has begun. rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iran/010320201
There have never been enough competent doctors here.
The USA and other countries are adding Italy, South Korea and Japan to their list of travel warnings-Iraq was already on the list-I don't think it has been off "the list" since 2000.
A few times in the last ten years I have been working in places where emergencies, war, natural disasters have happened and I found myself praying..."Lord, please don't let me die here..." I have that same feeling tonight so I found this song which cheered me a bit. Hope it cheers you. With my dark sense of humor, I remember "I'm too old to die young now"...and that's the truth as I approach another birthday this month.
Here is some mighty fine music for ya'll from the band "Brother Dege". The song is titled: "Too Old to Die Young Now" www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8VoSM0VrQU Enjoy.
Still in Kurdistan, dreaming of Texas...