"The world is moving into the early days of its first
influenza pandemic in the 21st century."

"The swine flu virus is now
-World Health Organization Chief Dr. Margaret Chan
The Swine Flu Pandemic
by David Christopher, MH

So. we are having a PANDEMIC! 

With the announcement by WHO that the swine flu (or H1N1 flu) is a pandemic many people are in a panic and looking for answers.  In fact, in Argentina the health care system was essentially shut down by hordes of people rushing to the hospitals to find out if they had swine flu.

Every article in the media indicates something different; from how many cases there are worldwide; to how soon a vaccine will be ready for the general public, to when it is predicted to get worse (after all, WHO has declared it unstoppable).  Who and what are we supposed to believe?

First - what is the flu?  Influenza (or flu) is a respiratory infection caused by any number of viruses.  More than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year from the seasonal flu and about 36,000 die each year.  Flu season happens during bad weather when people stay indoors and the therefore dont get the fresh air, exercise, or sunshine with its accompanying vitamin D production.  In other words, we create a personal environment conducive for viral invasion.

Influenza becomes pandemic when many people are subjected to a weakened or polluted personal or communal environment.  A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through populations across a large region; for instance a continent, or even worldwide.

Here are a few examples of Pandemics you may have heard about:

The Plague - middle ages-1347 AD
The Spanish Flu - 1918
HIV/Aids virus - 1980s +
Swine Flu - 1976
Gulf War Syndrome -1990s
Swine/ Avian (H1N1) - present
Avian Flu - it has been predicted that this will be a pandemic in the future

The pandemic of 1918 was devastating to the population at large.  It is estimated that it killed 50-100 million people worldwide.  However, there was one simple home remedy that was not only effective in curing people; it also prevented others from contracting it.  What is that simple remedy?  It is something that can be found anywhere in the world and is often overlooked by the medical profession.  We can easily purchase it in any grocery store for under $1.00!  Many of us already have it in our homes and use it in cooking but dont realize the medicinal qualities it contains.  This easy home remedy is simply