Japan Teenage Tamiflu Suicides Now At Least 16

From Patricia Doyle, PhD

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 Tamiflu.
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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Japan Teenage Tamiflu Suicides Now At Least 16



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