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Fear of Fluing—Revisited

This post was written by Donald Michael Kraig
on January 25, 2010 | Comments (6)

Six months ago I made a blog post here that I called: Fear of Fluing. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, feel free to go back and look at it now.

In that original post I talked about the Swine Flu, now more frequently referred to as the H1N1 strain of the flu. At the time, the media was—and still is—claiming that this was going to be a massive “pandemic.” What’s the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic? This source states, “when an epidemic gets out of hand, it is called a pandemic.”

In my original post, I pointed out, “In the U.S. alone, the CDC [Centers for Disease Control] estimates it [the annual regular flu] causes about 36,000 deaths yearly. Worldwide, the estimates are 250,000 to a half-million deaths per year.” So for HINI to really be a pandemic, it would have to go way beyond those tolls.

Why, in a blog about magick, was I posting about the flu? I wrote, ”

“Before doing a ritual you have to determine your purpose, plan out what you will do, and then perform the rite. In my opinion magicians should do the same thing when it comes to the flu. Your purpose should be to avoid or minimize the effects of the flu. Your plans should include getting as healthy as possible, including drinking fluids, getting exercise and rest, dealing with stress, eating healthful foods, etc…

“With this approach—the magickal approach—the media, politicians, leaders of various groups can’t make you fear. Without fear to motivate you they can’t get your money, they can’t get your power, and they can’t obtain control over you.”

So now that 2009 is finished, how accurate were my comments about the flu? According to the CDC, “very few 2009 H1N1-laboratory confirmed hospitalizations were reported by states during the week ending January 16.” This means the Great Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009–2010 essentially may be over, although it is possible that another wave could sweep the world before the end of the flu season.

And what are the totals for the Swine Flu? Was it a horrifying pandemic?

According to flucount.org, as of January 23, 2010, there have been 10,837 deaths in the U.S. and 24,068 deaths worldwide. According to the World Health Organization that number is much lower because they only count laboratory confirmed cases (14,142 worldwide). Still, there is no doubt that this is a horrible toll. If you have had the flu, and perhaps been hospitalized, you know how bad it can be. And of course, if you’ve lost someone you love from the flu, the numbers are meaningless and the toll far too high.

But the H1N1 swine flu that is still being touted as a “pandemic,” isn’t.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the numbers everyone was expecting “failed to materialize” (although they say this may be due to incomplete records). The H1N1 Swine Flu Hotline for the state of Kentucky was deactivated “due to a large decrease in calls. Apparently, the H1N1 virus is becoming less of an issue both on the medical front as well as with the concerns of the average individual.” According to the Irish Times, the World Health Organization is going to examine “its handling of the swine flu pandemic after accusations that it exaggerated the dangers of the virus under pressure from drug companies.”

I can’t go as far as Natural News which states that “H1N1 swine flu was never dangerous, and it never should have been escalated to a level-six pandemic in the first place. It was all a big marketing scam whose purpose was to simply sell vaccines. (And the CDC and WHO were in on it…)” However it is also true that big pharmaceutical companies have made billions off of this situation. I don’t know enough about medicine to comment on the claim by some that the vaccines weren’t very effective.

What I do know is that my original post has proven to be exactly correct. I was right. The great pundits and prognosticators who predicted massive numbers of deaths beyond the usual number of flu deaths were, in a word, wrong.

More importantly, however, is that a magickal understanding of this situation—as I wrote about in the original post and repeated above—would have protected you from the fear mongers. With a magickal approach, “leaders of various groups can’t make you fear. Without fear to motivate you they can’t get your money, they can’t get your power, and they can’t obtain control over you.”

Magick gives you real power. Many people believe (or want to believe) that this is power over others. The truth, however, is that the most important power magick can give you is power over yourself. As I wrote in that earlier blog, “That’s why they [the media, politicians, leaders of various groups] traditionally fear magickal people. It’s not because magick is “evil,” but because it gives you personal responsibility and takes away the power they so desperately want.”

What do you think?

Reader Comments

Written By Old man
on January 25th, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

I don’t think it’s about money this time, at least not in the beginning. I think it’s knee jerk reactionalism to what happened in Mexico. That’s were the fear started … The deaths of “average adults” from a flu strain. The facts remain that people did fie there and it was terrible. However why did they die? From the flu or bad medicine? Granted I agree that people in the U.S. claim to have h1n1 when they just appear to have a normal flu – nothing like what was described in Mexico…..

But what if the CDC didn’t sound the alarms they did? Then countless others and perhaps yourself would complain we didn’t utilize the media to get word out sooner.

I mean what can you do? In this case they retired on the side of safety… Which is prob the best solution.

Written By Wreck
on January 25th, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

They can flip the coin and say the reason numbers didn’t materialize is the great effort CDC put out in a) educating people on not catching and spreading flu b) enforcing corporations (like where I work) to send employees home if sick and to remain out of the office at least 3 days after a fever lifts. C) the vacine.

You say it might be about money… And it was never going to be big…. But they can say it never got big because of gov envolvement.

Who’s right? Considering the deaths south of the US border and the few deaths within the US…. Looks like it night be about the CDC’s envolvment that changed things.

Written By Donald Michael Kraig
on January 25th, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

Perhaps the low amount of deaths is due to the participation of the CDC. However, that doesn’t explain the lack of a pandemic-level death toll around the world. It would also imply that if the CDC more strongly emphasized prevention of the flu at other times, the death toll from the yearly flu strain would be much lower.

Written By Victor
on January 25th, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

At the risk of sounding like a Pete Carroll fan, life is chaotic! Maybe the pandemic didn’t erupt because it simply didn’t.

(Personally, I think it was all the hand sanitizer. We were saved by the hand sanitizer. Yup. What a marvelous age we live in!) 😉

Written By lada
on January 26th, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

on other boards i frequent, populated by workers like me in the trenches, the most shaken were those practicing in the Rio Grande valley and Applachia. Related with tears the pregnant mothers lost, the kindergarteners struck down. here I saw only one hale and healthy teenager, intubated with bacterial superinfection. did not lose that one.
the numbers are small, the lives behind that, and years of promise lost, are what shakes even the most jaded and cynical of us.

Written By lada
on January 26th, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

that said, the Medscape discussion involving the vaccine was one of the longest (at 475 posts) and rancorous in my experience. there is no consensus on proper approach.

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