April 27, 2009

Swine Flu

I was watching the news last night, and caught interviews with travelers who were intent - content, even - with carrying on with their plans to head to Mexico. In light of the Swine Flu stuff going on, I thought they were mildly insane.

Personally, I will not go to Mexico unless they stop letting tourists get murdered and doing nothing about it. I have a problem with that. We all should. But with the entire world now on alert with a flu outbreak, well, a drug-crazed whacko ransacking your room and shooting you as you stumble back in at night full of mudslides, sporting Bo Derek braids and sunburn on your sensitive bits, now, those odds do seem a bit better. At least you can see the thug.

I caught flack a few years back for agreeing that we needed to be on alert for the bird flu. It is a real threat; the medical world has been telling us for years it's not if, it's when, and quite frankly, the media can't win. If they don't make a big deal of it and it is, they were wrong. If they do and it doesn't happen, they're crying wolf.

Because my father caught one of those antibiotic- resistant bugs when he was dying, I learned a great deal very quickly about the world of microbes. Laurie Garrett has written several books - she's brilliant. Forget waiting for the media to spoon feed you assorted bits - check for yourself, make up your own mind.

Arm yourself with knowledge, make your own decisions. You can't lock yourself away and stick your head under a pillow forever, but you can definitely make some choices that are wiser than others. Listeriosis here in Canada killed a few dozen people who did the risky decision to eat baloney. Remember all those federal programs that are supposed to keep our meat safe? Sure you do.

Remember when nobody believed big banks could fail? How about the auto industry? Unthinkable, right? I've decided the big poops who have consistently told me they have all the answers, don't.

There are decisions you can make for yourself. And if getting on a plane and flying into a hot zone of an unknown killer flu is something you're comfortable with, well, have at it. It's one way to make sure you don't lose your money, I guess.


Blogger Webgod Jeff said...

"And if getting on a plane and flying into a hot zone of an unknown killer flu is something you're comfortable with, well, have at it."

Just make sure it's a one way ticket.

April 27, 2009 8:29 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

It is mother nature's way of ensuring only the smart survive.

Now shoo... off you go.

May 01, 2009 4:07 PM  

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