Bird Flu may be “Hushed Up” in Pakistan – Health Minister!

Here is an amazing statement by the current “caretaker Health Minister” of the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, as reported in the news item below, via Daily times: 

NWFP caretaker Health Minister Syed Kamal Shah told Daily Times that so far around six to seven cases of the disease had been reported in the province.

He added two of the patients had died in November and that officials were awaiting results of the samples that they had dispatched to the NIH.

“If the results come out to be positive then the samples would be sent to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for further confirmation,” he said.

“I am trying to get the results but poultry is a big industry with many stakeholders, some of whom may want to hush up the issue.”

“The strain detected in the Bird Flu-infected people is called H5N1, which is the most dangerous of all other strains,” he added.

Shah also said that currently there were three people in the hospitals of Peshawar and Abbottabad. However, he declined to say something about the infected doctor.

He said over 70 percent of the poultry industry was based in NWFP and added that “closure of the industry is under-consideration, as human lives are more precious and important than any industry.”



2 Responses

  1. I was asked after posting a comment on the H5N1 blog about only vitamin D3 deficient people getting the flu, whether there are vitamin D3 deficient people in the tropical and equatorial zones.

    Yes, there are lots of vitamin D3 deficient people in the tropics and equatorial zones, enough to start occasional local flu epidemics in limited areas like South Pacific Islands, some of the islands of the Caribbean and small local villages. But, that’s usually a Type-B or “human influenza. There are some Type-A or “bird viruses” circulating that have the ability to infect man, about a dozen of them out of over 11,500 known and catalogued avian influenza viruses. A few, like H1N1, H3N4 and of course H5N1 are highly pathogenic to man and can be lethal.

    Most flu in the tropics and equatorial areas are limited to isolated individuals but as we look further north and south, clusters and epidemics are seen in the fall/winter, October through March in the north and May to September in the south.

    The worst month for the US in the 1918 “Spanish Flu” pandemic was the month of October when 295,000 people died. The first month of a pandemic, like the first weeks of an epidemic, claims the most victims. That’s because the first wave that hits the most vitamin D3 deficient people in the population. Then, as the winter months progress and the body stores of vitamin D3 are burned up at a rate of 4,000 to 5,000 IU per day, more people cross the line into deficiency and so there are subsequent waves of any flu. The same thing happens to people with MS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and so on. The further north and south of the equator one goes the more of these one finds and all of those conditions worsen as winter progresses.

    In Islamic countries, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia etc., women in particular are at risk who wear full head coverings and long sleeves. This is made worse in pregnancy when they need enough D3 for two and don’t have enough for one. This phenomena called hypovitaminosis D, is now being noticed and acknowledged in the UK, Canada and the US and occasionally in the Middle East where for ethnic and religious reasons it is not a popular concept. People of color are also the most likely to be deficient in areas north or south of 32 degrees latitude from the equator.

    In order for the body to make D3 naturally in the skin, melanin levels in the skin, melanin being the natural sun protection factor (SPF0 of the body and the angle of the sun to the body need to be taken into account. In order to make vitamin D3 in the skin, the angle of the sun to the body needs to be greater than forty-five degrees for UVB to make it to the surface of the earth and to people’s skin. However, UVA penetrates even cloud cover and easily burns the skin. Black skin is a protection along the equator but becomes a liability as one moves north and south as far as the absorption of UVB is concerned as greater and greater time in the sun is needed to make the 10,000 to 20,000 Iu of vitamin D3 needed for optimum blood serum levels of circulating D3.

    Conversely, as the lightest skinned people travel closer to the equator, the deep penetrating UVA rays cause the destruction of folate in the exposed capillaries under the skin and this causes a myriad of health problems in and of itself, not the least of these being genetic mutations.

    While people living along the equator and in the tropics have ample sun available to make all the vitamin D3 they need in an hour of full body exposure, you don’t usually find them sunbathing or lounging around on the beaches or around a pool to lap up that UVB. It’s not just that the available UVA will fry most of them, it’s usually just too hot to be out in the sun, most of the time. So, in the tropics and equatorial areas, when people are outside, hats and long sleeves are the order of the day and even along the equatorial Trans Continental African Highway, most people dress much as we do, covering at least ninety-five percent of their skin while out of doors.

    So, yes, people can be vitamin D3 deficient where ever they are if they don’t know that they must have a source of vitamin D3 and take advantage of it.

    There is no diet of man on Earth, except among the Alaskan and far Northern Canadian and Siberian natives that contains enough vitamin D3 to keep them healthy. The Northern Natives get their D3 from fish and the blubber of ocean mammals. For the rest of us, it takes a combination of UVB from the sun, food and for most people today, some vitamin supplementation to even approach the “adequate” levels to stave off the most common diseases, much less begin to approach “optimum” blood serum levels of vitamin D3.

    All of this comes from recent science and all of it is available from many scientific, medical and other sources over the Internet. In fact, as you study the material, you soon learn that flu is perhaps the least of your worries if you are over forty and under sixty. The over forty groups have the manifestations of long term vitamin D3 deficiency to worry about: heart disease, hypertension, cancer and diabetes would be the best reasons to optimize vitamin D3 intake as all of those are positively affected by vitamin D3.

    As a final comment, vitamin D3 is not a hormone. There is however a hormone that the body makes from D3, on demand: It’ called 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D and that is arguably the most powerful hormone in the human body. This active hormone of the vitamin D3 chain is converted from circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in the kidneys and over thirty other cells of the body, into 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, again, as needed and on demand.

    So, this is a subject worth exploring. I recommend using Google and entering “vitamin D3” and the names one at a time, of the top scientists in D3 research on the planet: Dr. Reinhold Vieth; Dr. Michael F. Holick and; Dr. Robert Heaney; Edward D. Gorham, MPH, Ph.D.; Cedric F. Garland, Dr.P.H.; Frank C. Garland, Ph.D.; Sharif B. Mohr, MPH; William B. Grant, Ph.D; Martin Lipkin, M.D.; Harold L. Newmark, ScD; Edward Giovannucci, M.D., ScD; and that should get you started and fascinate you if you care about your health and the health of people around you.

    Dennis H. Clarke
    Clearwater FL USA

  2. Roses are red, sky is blue, you’re a better writer than me for sure, lol 😉

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: