With the recent March outbreak of swine flu in a few humans, I want to speak of facts. This would involve all of you who use desiccated porcine products, including Armour, Naturethroid, Westhroid, Thyroid-S, etc.
Recent cases: As of April 26th in the US, there are only 21 human cases of “swine flu” this year reported by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): California 7 cases; Kansas 2 cases; New York City 9 cases; Ohio 1 case; and Texas 2 cases. There have also been outbreaks in Mexico which may be related. No one has died and none of the cases have been severe. The current outbreak is a combination of swine, bird, and human influenza viruses.
What is the Swine flu? Swine flu is a type A influenza and has been in existence with pigs for a long time. Many pigs will get sick when it does go around; very few will die.
Why are humans getting it? The real irony is that humans can be ones who give it to pigs in the first place! But in turn, new human infection from infected pigs is actually quite rare. In most all cases, a healthy human will get it from contact with a live pig, such as at a livestock show. Then, the infected human will spread it to other humans. So, when you see that “21” people have gotten it, some may have gotten it from “one” person–i.e. a human-to-human contact.
The CDC also states that in a particular study, 76% of swine exhibitors tested had antibody evidence of swine flu infection but no serious illnesses were detected among this group. In other words, the majority of those exposed don’t even get the illness. If they do, it’s mild for most and only serious for a very small minority.
How common is swine flu among pigs? Swine flu is common in groups of pigs all across the world, especially during the winter months. Anywhere from 25-50% show evidence of having been infected. But many pigs are vaccinated against it.
Can I get it from the use of Armour or other desiccated thyroid products? The standards in the making of desiccated thyroid powder as set by the U.S. Pharmacopoeia is extremely rigorous. So, it is important to understand that your chances of getting swine flu from taking a US Pharmacopoeia-approved product is remarkably low, low, low. You have a much greater chance of injury from riding in your car.
So, for me, with all the above facts, I’m going to take my Armour with ease and peace, because using desiccated thyroid to treat my hypothyroid is FAR FAR better than any other treatment. Perhaps you will decide to do the same. If you stay worried about it, you might also want to avoid using your car, stop using stairs, and avoid most people at all costs. 🙂 P.S. Check out the comments to this post. Will also help put you at ease.
* Here’s John Lowe’s rebuttal to the scare of swine flu: http://www.thyroidscience.com/index.htm It confirms everything I’ve said plus a whole lot more. i.e. take your desiccated thyroid!
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*If you find the website to be too enormous for your brain fog, or want better ease of getting the facts, the patient-to-patient STTM book is proving to be a good choice, say many who write me. Just make sure you have a yellow highlighter. haha