Well, I am sure you have all read the recent articles and watched the news shows about the next big threat to our country...swine flu.
Lets talk about this for a minute.
I have been watching with complete amazement the recent media frenzy about the recent swine flu outbreaks in Mexico and the U. S.
The thing which has troubled me most is the level of government involvement by Homeland Security.
Since when did Homeland Security become involved in the medical field?
This is not an issue of a terrorist group infecting our population with some biological agent.
This is a flu outbreak.
I watched Ron Paul this morning talking about the last big flu issue back in 1976 when the government became convinced we were all going to be infected by a swine flu and the Congress was voting on whether to innoculate the population.
There were two dissenting votes, Dr. Paul and Dr. Mc Donald, both medical doctors.
They did not believe the government should be in the medical business.
The flu came and went with only one person dying from the flu.
There were however 25 deaths from the flu shot and many more became ill.
The program had to eventually be stopped because the cure was more deadly that the disease.
In this case there have been a few cases in California and some in New York, but so far none have even required hospitalization.
I do not want to minimize the effects of the flu. Everyone who has had it knows how miserable it can be.
It is not, however a disease that is going to run rampant through our country killing thousands. It is the flu.
My bigger concern is how this administration has jumped on the flu bandwagon.
It appears this may be the hook they were looking for to dig themselves into the medical business.
Since when is the flu an issue for Homeland Security?
Dr. Paul put this issue in perspective for me and I hope you will also see through the fog the government is spreading on the issue.
No one has died from this flu in our country.
However, there were more than 13,000 cases of tuberculosis reported in the U. S. last year.
The last year they reported the number of deaths was in 2006 and 25 people had died.
T.B. has become more drug resistant over the past few years and new strains have been reported in immigrant populations entering our country.
On average more than 500 people die a day from medical mistakes made by hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other medical providers.
There are almost 8,000 deaths a year from drug related crimes.
Where is Homeland Security on the drug violence?
The Center for Disease Control estimated that foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year.
Known pathogens account for an estimated 14 million illnesses, 60,000 hospitalizations and 1,800 deaths.
Three pathogens, Salmonella, Listeria and Toxoplasma, are responsible for 1,500 deaths each year, more than 75 percent of those caused by known pathogens, while unknown agents account for the remaining 62 million illnesses, 265,000 hospitalizations and 3,200 deaths.
Overall, foodborne diseases appear to cause more illnesses but fewer deaths than previously estimated.
Does Homeland Security need to be inspecting our restaurants also?
I do not want to take anything away from the seriousness of the recent flu outbreaks.
I do however want to remind you to be cautious when this administration tries to worm its way into the medical business.
I stand ready and prepared to do my part in the event of a pandemic.
I volunteer with the Texas Civil Defense and will be one of those involved in administering medications in the event of a National emergency.
I just do not think we are at that point yet and agree with Dr. Paul that discretion is truly needed in times of media panic.
We could rally the forces and prepare to administer the anti flu drugs, but at what costs?
I am more concerned about why our government is using Homeland Security involvement in a flu outbreak than I am about the flu.
We need to exercise restraint in times of potential trouble and not allow ourselves to be worked into a frenzy ... and I don’t want Napolitano involved in my healthcare unless she finishes medical school and becomes my personal care physician.