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THE SWINE FLU: REALITY OR DELIRIUM?


May 2009

Roberto Giraldo, M.D.*

 
Contents
 
1) Introduction
2) Unnecessary and toxic anxiety and panic
3) Epidemic of mass hysteria
4) Stimulating our immune system
5) Scientific references


1) Introduction

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), part of the United States Federal Government (www.cdc.gov), from the World Health Organization (WHO) (www.who.int), from Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO), and from the Secretary of Health of México (www.salud.gob.mx), using the public media, recently issued an alert to the world about a “very dangerous” epidemic of “Swine Flu,” which supposedly originated in pigs. According to WHO, this is an international Public Health Emergency, in accordance with the 2005 International Sanitary Regulations.

News sources are reporting cases of swine flu in various countries. Mexico, however, seams to be the country most severely affected and where world health authorities state that this epidemic originated. The Mexican tourism industry is experiencing severe financial loses. The Mexican government closed internationally renowned tourism centers such as Cancún, Playa del Cármen, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Baja California, among others. They closed government offices, banks, schools, universities, shopping centers, restaurants, theatres, all centers of entertainment, churches, and historical archeological sites. They cancelled all public events.

During the final week in April, the country was practically paralyzed and few people walked on the streets of Mexico City. Those who went out were advised to wear mouth and nose masks. Drug stores sold out chirurgical masks and antibiotics. Any person who had recently visited Mexico, California or Texas is considered “suspected” of being “infected” with the “mortal swine flu virus.” Many airlines are suspending flights to Mexico. Authorities have instigated chaos in airports and along borders.

The worst occurred in Mexico during the long weekend of the First Day of May, when the government ordered a total paralysis and nobody could leave their homes, according to authorities, in order to avoid the swine flu contagion. This was, undoubtedly, a disastrous blow to the Mexican economy.

News sources never cease alarming people. Every minute, they disseminate dramatic reports of more and more individuals infected with the swine flu virus, that new victims are falling sick and that the number of deaths is rising significantly. They explain to the public that this time, there is even a serious risk of a true pandemic — international epidemic — because, according to health and government authorities, we are facing a new and super-contagious type of virus originating in Mexican pigs, a virus that researchers have named “AH1N1.”

Today, many of us, when we hear of this kind of “medical terror,” caused by the international and national organizations charged with guarding the health of the people, suspect immediately the malevolent intentions and interests of those who hold global power. We ask ourselves: Why does this supposed “lethal virus” attack mostly the Mexican Republic and Mexicans? Is it perhaps some kind of retaliation against Mexico and Mexicans for not having signed some commercial agreement? Is it, perhaps, intended to damage the Mexican economy, in order to mitigate the financial crisis of the rich countries? Is it, maybe, to stimulate world trade by promoting the interests of the pharmaceutical industry? Is it, perhaps, to divert attention of the public and to start a new war, as was the case during in the Persian Golf, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan? Perhaps it is a combination of these intentions. Soon we will know!

To understand the true intentions and probable consequences, it would be helpful here to review the very similar phantom epidemics with which authorities frightened the people of the world in the recent past, such as that of the “Avian or Chicken Flu,” and the epidemic of “SARS” (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), among others.

It is interesting to note that President Barack Obama has already requested from the Congress of the United States two and a half billion dollars to deal with the epidemic of Swine Flu.

The WHO raised the pandemic alert level from 4 to 5, on a scale of 6. Additionally, the WHO itself and the CDC, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, have been stating that the medicine Tamiflue, or Acetamivir, developed by the Roche Pharmaceutical Company, is useful in combating the Swine Flu virus. Similarly, Roche informs us that they already have 220 million doses of Tamiflu ready to combat the epidemic and that they are fabricating many more. It is interesting to remember that Tamiflu is the same medication that was promoted for the avian or chicken flu in 2006. Also, several countries, including Australia and Brasil, have announced that soon they will have a specific vaccine to prevent this Swine Flu.

The World Bank, the International Monetary Found and the Inter-American Development Bank are offering loans to developing countries to deal with the epidemic since, according to health authorities, developing countries will be most severely affected by the “Swine Flu virus.”

As I am write these words, the international media, led by the health authorities, continue this campaign of medical terror against the inhabitants of the planet.

2) Unnecessary and toxic ansiety and panic.

Intuition, common sense and history all tell us that most probably there is no genuine epidemic of Swine Flu, just as neither the avian flue nor similar “epidemics” ever actually existed. However, let us suppose that indeed there is a pandemic of flu originating in pigs:

Even if there were a genuine epidemic, the emphasis that the authorities are placing on the infectious agent itself, in this case the supposed “Swine Flu Virus,” is generating fear, ansiety, panic and terror, with the subsequent deterioration of people’s immune systems. Could it perhaps be that health authorities are unaware of the scientific facts taught by psychoneuroimmunology? Or, could it perhaps be that, unconsciously, they want to create immune suppression and put thousands of people at risk of disease?

Since the time of Galeno, is has been known that fear, anxiety, depression and panic harm the body’s defense mechanisms. During the first decades of the last century, Franz Alexander clearly documented the psychosomatic origin of all bodily illnesses, and the Brazilian scientist Dr. Norberto Keppe has explained, with elegant and objective arguments, in more than 50 books, how all psychic, organic and social illnesses originate in the psychopathology of people (www.trilogia.ws).

The current chaotic social situation, created by the international public health authorities, by governments and the media, with regard to the Swine Flu, is a perfect example of what Dr. Keppe calls social schizophrenia or “sociofrenia” (www.trilogiaanalitica.org).

Additionally, this form of medical terrorism, created by the international health institutions, violates the Hippocratic principle: “At least do no harm.” Could it be that this Hippocratic Oath, that we physicians swear to at our graduations, is no longer valid?

If indeed there were an interest in helping people’s health, it would be necessary to remember that for any infectious disease to occur, including the “Swine Flu,” three main requirements must be fulfilled:

a) The presence of the infectious agent and its sources. In the case of the Swine Flu they would be the virus, and the sick persons and pigs.
b) The mode of transmission. In this situation, it would be the inhalation or ingestion of viral particles from sick individuals.
c) The presence of a susceptible host. A person needs to be vulnerable in order to develop an infectious disease. He/she needs to be debilitated and immune suppressed, otherwise, it is impossible to develop an infectious disease. This is a fundamental law of infectious diseases.

The third requirement is the most important, and this is precisely the one that is not being addressed in a proper manner by the authorities. They merely explain measures to avoid contagion with the supposed “Swine Flu virus.” They emphasize only the first two requirements, thereby promoting the fallacious idea that all those who are in contact with the virus will get sick, They ignore, therefore, that in most instances, when we are exposed to infectious agents, these are neutralized by our defense mechanisms, by our inner doctor and inner pharmacy.

Intuition and common sense teach us that “if we are strong, we do not get sick”!

Health authorities and journalists are using the words “exposed,” “infected,” and “ill” as if they all had the same meaning. However, exposure to an infectious agent only means that the person has been in contact with it. Infection means that the infectious agents are growing in the exposed person and that very probably the immunological responses will neutralize it. On the other hand, a person with an infectious disease, in this case with the Swine Flu, would only be those very few who are debilitated, in whom their immunological systems did not control the infection, and who develop the clinical symptoms and signs of the Swine Flu. In any epidemic of infectious disease, those who actually get sick are the small minority, only the very few!

Even if it were real, the supposed epidemic of Swine Flu, as declared by the authorities, would mean that many individuals, exposed to the pig virus, would be infected, but only a few of them would get sick with Swine Flu, and, among that small group, only the most debilitated ones — the immunosuppressed — would die.

What has been described above was clearly demonstrated during the anthrax epidemic in October of 2001, a month after the terrorist attacks to the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, when officials of the Federal Government of the United States criminally created an epidemic of Anthrax. On that occasion, they placed spores of the anthrax bacillus in thousands of postal envelopes in the post offices all over the eastern states, from Florida to Maine. Thousands and thousands of individuals were exposed and infected with the anthrax spores. However, only 22 contracted the disease, and among them only three died. The ones who got sick were only the few debilitated, elderly individuals, and the ones who died were even more immunosuppressed. The government official who was accused of the crime committed suicide shortly afterwards — or perhaps he was forced to commit suicide.

It would be helpful to consider here the “Open Letter” that I wrote on that occasion, concerning the Anthrax epidemic, to the major of the City of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, in which I explained much of what I am here endeavoring to explain. (http://www.robertogiraldo.com/eng/papers/OpenLetterToTheMajor.html).

The emphasis on the infectious agent — viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi — and on the mode of transmission is also used to promote vaccines and medicaments, assisting in this way the pharmaceutical industry, without bringing attention to the potential danger that vaccines and medicaments can cause to our immune systems and other bodily systems. People frightened with the idea of the Swine Flu will medicate themselves with all kinds of toxic antibiotics. It is important to remember than all antimicrobial drugs can destroy our immune systems, making us vulnerable and susceptible to all types of infections, including the Swine Flu virus. This is why antibiotics should be used only on very few occasions and under professional supervision.

Since the time of Pasteur and Koch, people have been unnecessarily preoccupied with germs and infectious diseases. This myth creates the perfect terrain for individuals to be easily frightened about epidemics created with macabre intentions, like the current Swine Flu.

To believe that the origin of illness is in germs, living on the inside, within the inner self of the human being, is modern medicine’s worst inversion, as explained scientifically by Analytical Trylogy (Science, Philosophy, Theology) (www.stop.org.br ).

It should not surprise us that those who control the world’s power commit all manner of criminal acts against humanity, as they are doing now. What should concern us is that there are so many alienated individuals who still cannot distinguish their friends from their enemies, that permit their enemies to frighten them, to terrorize them, and to make them sick.

I never tire of insisting that it is scientifically proven that anxiety, depression, panic and similar emotions cause severe immune suppression and that, once the immune system is deteriorated, any germ can harmful, even those from our normal flora. Once the immune system is deteriorated, not only can infections occur, but also all types of inflammatory, degenerative illnesses, afflicting many of the body’s organs and systems.

Therefore, my suggestion to these health authorities that remain responsable and serious about their obligations is to review the issues of psychoneuroimmunology and the real origin of illness. There are hundreds of scientific publications on these matters. At the end of this article I list some of them.

3) Epidemics of mass hysteria.

In addition to the facts above, it is preoccupying to witness the misguided manner in which authorities are analyzing and addressing the matter of the supposed Swine Flu epidemic. This, undoubtedly, creates a perfect ambience for what is named “Massive Psychogenic Illness,” also known in the scientific field as an “Epidemic of Mass Hysteria,” or simply “Mass Hysteria.”

Everything seams to indicate that the chaos will continue and will get worse. It is a true social psychosis or sociofrenia, as rightly named by Keppe.

The scientific literature is full of examples of “Mass Hysteria.” A simple rumor becomes transformed into a delirious truth. In this way, people in dormitories, schools, universities, towns, and cities have gotten sick by listening to a rumor or to irresponsible information from authorities.

The mexican journalist, Héctor Lozada, from the state of Tamaulipas, describes the current “Epidemic of Massive Hysteria” in these words: “The financial loss in Mexico counts in the millions. They have issued an unusual alert: many people are getting sick with the symptoms that authorities describe as typical of Swine Flu. President Felipe Calderón issued the alert at 11 AM and by 3 PM (in 4 hours), all health centers and hospitals were filled with frightened individuals. I saw people vomiting in the streets, several fell unconscious outside of the health centers” (personal communication).

The primary goal of the terrorist is to create terror. This moment demands we unify to stop them!

This chaos of terror should be eradicated from the face of the Earth!

4) Stimulating our immune system

People in good health, physically, mentally and spiritually equilibrated, cannot be attacked by any germ, not even by the virus of the Swine Flu. I insist that this is one of the fundamental laws of infectology. Following this, sanitary authorities, instead of creating panic and terror, as they are now doing, should use the media to explain in detail the different ways by which our defense mechanisms in general and our immune systems in particular can be stimulated.

Joy, happiness, and personal satisfaction are the best stimulants of the immune system. We should, therefore, summon artists, musicians, painters, actors, writers, dancers, and comedians, among others, to employ their talents in the campaign to stimulate positive emotions and spirituality in people who live in the areas, towns and cities of a potential epidemic of Swine Flu or any other infection. With such measures in place, no one would need either chirurgical masks or antibiotics. Any contact with infectious agents, including viruses, would be neutralized by our healthy immune systems.

Rational nutritionists could explain that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is ideal in these circumstances. A clove of garlic a day, together with a glass of carrot and lemon juice, with their antioxidant and immunostimulant properties, would be enough to cope with the Swine Flu virus and with any other potentially pathogenic microorganism. A bit of outside exercise, enjoying the beauty of creation, combined with deep breathing and meditation, would greatly help. Yoga, Tai Chi, Aerobics and Pilates teachers could add their grain of sand.

Also, there should be organized lectures, seminars, and roundtables in the midia, with health professionals, psychologists, and natural health therapists teaching their techniques to maintain and strengthen people’s equilibrated immune systems.

Authorities have the obligation to support these activities, to benefit people and society.

The supposed epidemic of Swine Flu is nothing more than the macabre intentions of our overlords, acting against the defenseless masses! The only true epidemic, currently rampant, is an epidemic of refusing to accept reality, an epidemic of alienation, an epidemic of delirium.

5) Scientific References.

5.1. On Psychoneuroimmunology:

1. Ader R, Felten DL, Cohen N. Psychoneuroimmunology. Third edition. San Diego: Academic Press; 2001; volume 1; 727 p. Volume 2; 850p.
2. Glaser R, Kiecolt-Glaser JK. Handbook of human stress and immunity. San Diego: Academic Press; 1994; 414.
3. Justice B. Who gets sick: How beliefs, moods, and thoughts affect your health. Los Ángeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. 1988; 385.
4. Kemeny ME et al. Psychoneuroimmunology. In: Nemeroff C. Neuroendocrinology. Telford, NJ: Telford Press; 1992; 563-591.
5. Kemeny ME. Psychoneuroimmunology of HIV infection. In: Zegans LS, Coates TJ. Psychiatric manifestations of HIV disease. Psychiatr Clin N Am 1994; 17: 55-68.
6. Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Glaser R. Psychological influences on immunity. Psychosomatics 1986; 27: 621-624.
7. La Via MF, Workman EA. Stress-induced immunodepression in humans. In: Hubbard JR, Workman EA. Handbook of stress medicine: An organ system approach. Boca Raton: CRC Press 1998; 153-164.
8. Leonard BE, Miller K. Stress, the immune system and psychiatry. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. 1995; 235.
9. Perry S. Psychoneuroimmunology and AIDS: Challenge or "challenger"? In: Stein M, Baum A. Perspectives in behavioral medicine: Chronic diseases. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associated Publishers. 1995; 273-286.
10. Rabin BS. Stress, immune function and health: The connection. New York: A John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Publication; 1999; 341.

5.2. On how to cope with fear and stimulate the immune system:

11. Allen JG. Coping with trauma: A guide to self understanding. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.; 1995; 385.
12. Bennett J. Fear of contagion: A response to stress? Advances in Nursing Science 1998; 21: 76-87.
13. Calvin JF. Psychic trauma in victims of crime and terrorism. In: Baum A et al. Cataclysms, crisis, and catastrophes: Psychology in action. Washington DC: American Psychological Association; 1986; 55-108.
14. Cobb S. Social support as a moderator of life stress. Psychosomatic Med 1976; 38: 300-314.
15. Ellis A et al. Stress counseling: A rational emotive behavior approach. New York: Springer Publishing Company; 1997; 200.
16. Fraker P. Impact of nutritional status on immune integrity. In: Gershwin ME, German JB, Keen CL. Nutrition and immunology: Principles and practice. Totowa, NJ: Human Press; 2000; 147-156.
17. Girdano DA, Everly GS, Dusek DE. Controlling stress and tension: A holistic approach. Boston: Allyn and Bacon; 1997; 3000.
18. Gottlieb BJ. Theories and practices of mobilizing support in stressful circumstances. In: Cooper CL. Handbook of stress, medicine, and health. Boca Raton: CRC Press; 1996; 339-356.
19. Mollica F et al. Symptoms, functioning and health problems in a massively traumatized population: A legacy of the Cambodian tragedy. In: Dohrenwend BP. Adversity, stress and psychopathology. New York: Oxford University Press; 1998; 34-51.
20. Bontempo M. Guia médico da saúde natural. Portyo Alegre: Terra Brazil, 2004: 557.
21. Hoover J. El sistema inmune. En Medicina Natural, Capitulo 24. Medellín, Colombia: Litoicolven 1995: 220-228.

5.3. On Epidemics of Mass Hysteria:

22. Boss LP. Epidemic hysteria: A review of the published literature. Epidemiol Rev 1997; 19: 133-243.
23. Chan M, Kee WC. Epidemic hysteria: a study of high risk factors. Occup Health Saf 1983; 52: 55-57, 60-61, 63-64.
24. Colligan MJ, Smith MJ. A methodological approach for evaluating outbreaks of mass psychogenic illness in industry. J Occup Med 1978; 20: 401-402.
25. Donnell HD et al. Report of an illness outbreak at the Harry S. Truman State Office Building. Am J Epidemiol 1989; 129: 550-558.
26. Elkins GR et al. Mass psychogenic illness, trance states, and suggestion. Am J Hypn 1988; 30: 267-275.
27. Epidemic hysteria (Editorial) Br Med J 1979; 2: 408-409.
28. Hefez A. The role of the press and the medical community in the epidemic of "mysterious gas poisoning" in the Jordan Wet Bank. Am J Psychiatry 1985; 142: 833-837.
29. Jones TF. Mass psychogenic illness: Role of the individual physician. Amer Family Phys 2000; 62: 2649-2653.
30. Robertson JB et al. Outbreak of psychosomatic illness in Alabama. MMWR 1973; 22: 257.
31. Rothman AL, Waintraub MI. The sick building syndrome and mass hysteria. Neurol Clin 1995; 13: 405-412.
32. Sirois F. Epidemic hysteria. Acta Psychiatr Scand Suppl 1974; 252: 1-46.
33. Stiehm ER. The psychologic fallout from Chernobil. Am J Dis Child 1992; 146: 761-762.

5.4. Some books on Analytical Trilogy:

34. Keppe NR. Sociopatologia. São Paulo: Proton Editora, Segunda Edição 2002: 298.
35. Keppe NR. Psicanálise da sociedade. São Paulo: Proton Editora, Segunda Edição 2004: 423.
36. Keppe NR. A origem das enfermedades psíquicas, orgânicas e sociais. São Paulo: Proton Editora, Segunda Edição, 2002: 148.
37. Pacheco C. A cura pela consciência: medicina psicossomática trilógica. São Paulo: Proton Editora, 4a Edição, 1994: 192.

 


* physician, especialist in internal medicine, infectious, immunological and tropical diseases (www.robertogiraldo.com).
International Society of Analitical Trylogy, Departamen of Integrative, Psichossomatic Medicine, São Paulo, Brazil (www.trilogia.ws).

 


Mexico City airport


Offices



Health centers



A family in the street



Pharmacies



Receiving help



Reform Avenue



Empty streets



Bus driver



Closed movie theaters



The only store



Taxi



People working



People waiting



Distributing masks

Photographs above by Hector Lozada
Photographer and journalist
Tamaulipas, Mexico


The new currency?



Hog farm



The swinish culprits!



Margaret Chan, WHO Director General



Aero Mexico?



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