Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The writing on the wall....
It starts with a headache, maybe a fever. Pretty soon, you ache all over - then your glands begin to swell, first under your jaw then, if you are male, your testicles begin to swell. This is not your common cold, you have contracted Mumps. Antibiotics are not effective due to the fact that Mumps is viral in nature rather than bacterial.
You know, somewhere in the recesses of your feverish mind, that you were vaccinated for Mumps as a child, but obviously, your immunity has worn off. What do you do? How do you treat your illness?
The grid has gone down, social chaos has replaced the status quo, there is no medical system left in place. And you have the mumps. Your friends have never seen it, much less treated it before. You mother has a vague recollection of having had Mumps as a child, but hasn't the faintest notion how to treat the disease. You stumble to your medical reference library to seek answers. K...L....M...wait - there is nothing but a passing mention of Mumps, only a brief description and numerous historical references. It seems that the medical professionals who wrote your reference book were under the assumption that Mumps had been eradicated from the American landscape. They were wrong.
Your throat is so sore that you are unable to eat. Your neck is swollen and your nether regions are on fire. You wonder, in a moment of clarity, if you will ever be able to father a child.
You survive. But every member of your little band has succumbed. Mumps have become an epidemic. Because people were so accustomed to being treated by doctors, nobody remembered (or even knew) basic quarantine or personal protection techniques. Everybody is in a severely compromised state - dehydrated, undernourished, weak.
And the post-crash grapevine is humming. The Bubonic Plague. The Black Death. People are dying. And it's coming your way.......
O.K., so I've had my moment of drama, but I really don't think my tale of woe is too far fetched. Diseases we haven't seen in years are popping up all over the place. Childhood illnesses that have been all but eradicated are introducing themselves to a whole new generation.
Not only are we unfamiliar with many of the illnesses that have begun to rear their ugly head, but our medical professionals haven't treated them in years, if ever. The knowledge of battling our age old enemies is being lost. This is knowledge we must reclaim before it is too late.
The writing is on the wall. We cannot escape the inevitable, but we can prepare. Research. Get medical training. Stockpile sufficient equipment and medicines to treat yourself and those around you. Identify your enemy and form your battle-plan.
I didn't really come up with this urgent plea to prepare all by myself and it truly isn't a shameless attempt to sell my book. I came across an article sounding the alarm that Mumps is sweeping across a college campus in California. The devil is at the door.
The writing on the wall prompted me to write "The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases" (Mumps is on page 45). What will it prompt you to do?
O.K. guys - enough with the immunization war! The reality is that none of you are going to change anybody else's mind. The people who read this blog are intelligent. They are making informed choices based on research and personal experience.
People who choose not to immunize are not irresponsible or unintelligent. They have researched, studied and made decisions based on scientific evidence. They full well know the potential consequences (and the associated marginalization by the scientific community) of their decisions, and they are prepared to make their stand. They have that right.
And then there are the people who choose to immunize. They also have every right. They too, have made an informed decision and they are acting out of concern for their families. They are not brainless sheeple. They are making decision based on the available information.
This argument boils down to the right for people to choose. It is our responsibility to care for our own bodies. And it is the responsibility of parents to care for their children. It is our governments job to see that rights remain in the hands of the people. It is not their job to legislate our responsibilities.
You choose for you and I will choose for me. Remember, someday, when we have more to worry about than making everybody else do what we think is right, we might actually need each other.
You protect my right to choose and I will fight for your right to choose. Its perfect symmetry.