[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]THE BIG ONE IS COMING!

It could take just one cough, one kiss, one touch or even one bite of food, or a sip of water to change not only your life, but the lives of everyone around you- and for months or even years. In most cases, the closer those people are to you, the greater the risk.

The risk at hand: an infectious outbreak.

Infectious disease respects no boundaries. With infections disregarding borders and their battle lines against humans drawn, experts believe the way we live today is what opens us up to risk.

You live, eat, work and move closer to people, and with this comes greater opportunity for disease to spread through polluted air, mosquitos or unclean water.

The world is getting more and more crowded. Our skyrocketing population makes us more at risk for spreading deadly epidemics amongst ourselves.

More people in cities can put a strain on sanitation. This can be a source of infection.
Increased food demand, causing farmers to grow more food, with more animals, making them likely to live closer to animals.

Animals are reservoirs for many diseases, including cattle for tuberculosis, and poultry for avian flu.

With people moving more regularly from and between rural settings to urban ones the chances of them becoming infected and then living in close quarters with others further boosts the potential for infections to spread.

Experts are unanimous in the belief that the next outbreak will most likely be a surprise- and we need to be ready.


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The Hajj is an extraordinary complex logistical undertaking.

The Hajj represents not only an enormous number of people, but also extraordinary diversity of age, income, underlying healthfulness, illness and geographic origin.

The heat can be brutal, and the crowds are tightly packed.

Disease is likely to spread, and it has at such massive gatherings.

Everything from minor respiratory infections to polio.

Dehydration, exhaustion, close quarters, shared food, razors and skin to skin contact, all open the door to disease transmission.

There have been outbreaks of Meningococcal disease, gastrointestinal illnesses, pneumonia and flus. Genomic evidence shows that mosquito-borne dengue virus has been imported into Saudi Arabia multiple times over decades.

MERS, a respiratory illness with a high mortality rate was found in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Because of the millions who come to Hajj and related pilgrimages, Saudi Arabia is a “mixing bowl for emerging infections”.

It is also sandwiched between conflict zones Syria, Iraq and Yemen, where diseases are surging as civil infrastructure breaks down.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
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Pandemic influenza looms on the horizon, and society finds itself poorly equipped to deal with the horrific threats this poses.

Influenza viruses are ubiquitous, they have been around for hundreds of years and are likely to remain with us for a long time.

They produce significant annual morbidity and mortality throughout the world, and the occasional pandemic with potentially devastating consequences for human and animal and the global economy.

The highest burden of disease affecting the very young, the very old, and the people with coexisting medical conditions.

The classic symptoms of human influenza include cough, malaise and fever, often accompanied by sore throat, nasal obstruction, and sputum production, which resolve spontaneously in most healthy individuals, although immune compromised and elderly individuals tend to be more vulnerable.

Complications may include bronchitis and pneumonia, and exacerbation of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Influenza A virus poses a continuing threat to the health of humans and farmed animals, and predictions of impending pandemics are commonplace.

We are stockpiling vaccines and antiviral drugs for the anticipated crisis but there is real concern that they will be in short supply and ineffective in a pandemic.

Currently, life support in the form of respirators and intravenous fluids remains the primary treatment for patients with avian influenza. However, there may be an insufficient number of respirators available and we lack the facilities, drugs, and personnel to care for a sharp upsurge in patients needing intensive treatment. For most individuals, little to no conventional treatment will be available in a fast-moving epidemic.

Thus, there is a great need for alternative ways to cope with severe influenza.

Patients suffering from influenza were treated successfully with herbs in earlier pandemics.

These physicians’ herbal treatments reportedly alleviated the painful symptoms of the 1918 influenza and prevented pulmonary complications and death in many of the patients.

Certain herbal extracts in combination, rich in polyphenols could play an important role in controlling influenza virus outbreaks and alleviating symptoms of the disease.

One of the attractions of herbal treatment is the broad spectrum of potential viral targets, since components of these herbs can interact with different viral proteins and are not constrained by viral strain differences, and drug-resistant mutations; consequently, any influenza virus is susceptible.

In addition, these extracts in combination have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties, all of which would be beneficial during influenza infection.

Herbs have long been used to treat influenza, a disease that has afflicted humans for millennia. They are highly useful in seasonal influenza, appear to have been very successful in past pandemics, and are likely to prove critical for treating patients who develop influenza when the next pandemic arrives.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]WELLPOINT NUTRACEUTICALS: HERBS + INFLUENZA

Herb therapies for influenza are not specific for the viral strain.

Herb therapy applied to address the first signs of influenza, might prevent the infection from developing into full symptomatic disease.

Instead, they may have general actions that work to help boost the immune system to help eliminate the virus faster.

At high enough dosage they may have direct (but general) inhibitory effects on viral reproduction, and they may simply ameliorate some of the symptoms, thus making a serious infection seem mild.

There is not one herb that is known to be a reliable treatment for flu; rather, there are a collection of herbal extracts and formulas that work synergistically to alleviate the symptoms and enhance the immune system.

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The Big One is coming, and it’s going to be a flu pandemic – Dr. Sanjay Gupta Chief Medical Correspondent CNN. Experts say we are ‘due’ for one. When it happens it will probably have a greater impact on humanity than anything else currently happening in the world.

When most people hear ‘flu’, they typically think of seasonal flu virus, which mutates a bit every year, is not particularly severe because our immune systems have likely seen a similar flu virus and know how to fight it.
Unlike seasonal flu, pandemics occur when a completely new or novel virus emerges.

Pandemic flu is a different animal. The result is something mankind has never seen before: a pathogen that can spread easily from person to defenseless person, our immune systems never primed to launch any sort of defense.
With pandemic flu, we cannot solely rely on our bodies’ ability to fight.

At present there is no pandemic flu vaccine available. The typical flu vaccine is pretty antiquated and hasn’t changed much in nearly 70 years.

There are methods that have the ability to ease suffering with antivirals, breathing machines and antibiotics for secondary bacterial infections.

The World Health Organization (WHO) argues that the antibiotics currently in development are not sufficient to counter rising antimicrobial resistance particularly in the pathogens that present the greatest threat to human health.

Bacteria and other disease causing microbes are becoming drug-resistant. Antimicrobial resistance will become “an even greater threat to mankind than cancer”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
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Humans travel in numbers and at speeds unprecedented in history. Travelers visit remote areas as well as major population centers.

Humans may be displaced because of social, economic, or political upheavals or extreme events and environmental disasters.

The elimination of spatial and temporal barriers, especially by long-distance air transport, means that humans can reach almost any part of the Earth today within the incubation period for most microbes that cause disease in humans.

Travel is also discontinuous, often including many stops and layovers along the way. This means that travelers are part of the dynamic global process of moving biota, along with trade, which moves plants, animals, and other materials. This further contributes to infectious disease emergence.

International tourist arrivals are reaching record highs. And with greater numbers moving always come greater options for infections to hop a ride.

Global travel enables infections to spread before symptoms develop. People can transmit an infection though they won’t appear to be sick.

Your immune system can become challenged, due to the stress and fatigue you experience when travelling.
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