- Hello Jeff - Oh yes, and you, my friend, were the first
broadcaster to discuss the Tamiflu suicides. Tamiflu is not a drug to
take lightly. Given the fact that we are hearing about more resistance
in both viruses (egro the Amantadine resistance story that you posted yesterday
on your site...I believe it was in Thailand) and antibiotic resistance
in bacteria (ergo the finding of resistant Plague - the newest member of
the post-antibiotic era), we must not over use or depend upon medicines.
- Medication is failing us and we therefore need to stop
relying solely on it. Isn't it odd that for centuries people used herbal
remedies...and pathogens did not build resistance to the herbal remedies.
We have been in the era of antibiotics for only 60 years and the bacteria
have now begun to avoid them. 60 years is not a very long time to see
our medicines go from wonder drugs to being almost worthless. Not long
at all. Many medications are very toxic and do more harm than good, like
- Then we have "brilliant" scientists dropping
biosafety levels as did Dr. Karaoka who was working on Spanish Flu. BSL
4 was 'uncomfortable' for him with the bulky, mandatory, respirator suits,
etc. So, the good doctor said, "We have tamiflu, so now we can work
on Spanish Flu using just BSL 3 facilities." I hate to tell Dr.
K but tamiflu would not work forever and Spanish flu, especially the unstable
variety brewed in the lab, would develop itself into tamiflu-resistant
strains in no time.
- When men of high intelligence, like Dr. K, make moronic
statements like dropping an entire BSL level because if the pathogen escapes
'we have tamiflu'...I worry. These men have a responsibility to the community
and the world and should not be researching deadly pathogens in communities
with the idea that Tamiflu will save us all if the pathogen escapes.
- Well, Jeff, as you, I and Henry have stated, Tamiflu
is no panecea and it is NOT a cure. Amantadine is also no cure.
- Frankly, I view the world as a very dangerous place and
I see a new generation of bugs that are bigger and badder than anything
we have ever seen before. XDR TB, Multi-Drug Resistant Plague, MDR TB,
MRSA, etc, etc. It is just going to get worse. How much of this resistance
is caused by overuse, casual and irresponsible use of medications?
- Earlier, I sent you an article about a Doctor who feels
that we are going to see more vectored diseases, ones that will be mutant
because humans have now made their homes in animal habitat. I really think
that towns around the world need to rethink zoning and animal habitat should
stay just that: sans humans - unless we want to see mutant pathogens
develop in animal reservoirs and be passed along via insect vectors to
humans. Once these diseases evolve and once they spread from animals and
vector to humans, it will be too late.
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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