From New York Times Best Selling Author Dr. Don Colbert Prepare your immune system before you need it. Many believe the pandemic crisis of 2020 is only a foretaste of things to come. If so, it serves as a wake-up call to remind us of the urgency of protecting our health. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the entire world has had to rethink the way we do health. With this new paradigm backed by the latest scientific research, Don Colbert, MD, brings you cutting-edge medical advice and tells you everything you need to know to optimize your body's immune system, avoid exposure, detect the early warning signs, and treat and recover from illness during pandemics like COVID-19. You'll learn: What the Bible and past pandemics can teach us about outbreaks How telemedicine and technology are changing the way we do healthcare How the key to a strong immune system is a healthy gut Ways to protect your health through diet, natural supplements, and the latest breakthrough medical treatments We don't have to live in fear. The good news is that we can learn from this pandemic as well as those in the past, and we can arm ourselves with the tools we need to be prepared for pandemic outbreaks both now and in the future. After reading this book, you will know what to do to optimize your health, protect your family, and detect the early warning signs of disease outbreaks.
Why does coronavirus cause only mild symptoms in some patients, while in others it causes a serious illness that can lead to death? Scientific studies in Germany and China have found an answer to this question. The more 'killer cells' are in the blood, the better the course of the disease, as these defence cells can stop the virus from multiplying. When entering a cell, the coronavirus, by interfering with its metabolism, transforms the cell into a 'virus factory' that produces numerous coronaviruses.The damage to the cell wall caused by the virus entering the cell leads to the death of the cell after some time, releasing the viruses produced in the cell. They immediately penetrate into other cells and transform them again into 'virus factories' that produce several thousand viruses. 'Killer cells' have the ability to recognize cells infected with coronaviruses. They kill these cells and thus prevent the virus from multiplying further. 'Killer cells' are the immune system's strongest weapon against coronaviruses. Severe coronavirus infections occur with above average frequency in old and overweight people because these groups have only a small number of 'killer cells' in their blood. More than 70 percent of severe coronavirus diseases occurred in overweight persons at the University Hospital in Essen. The thesis 'Sex protects against the Corona Pandemic' is based in the results of two studies. The result of a study carried out at the Swiss Technical University of Zurich: A certain sexual practice doubles the number of 'killer cells' in the blood. Another study proved: At a certain frequency of sexual activity the antibody immunoglobulin A increases by 30 %. This antibody kills cells infected with coronaviruses on the mucous membranes of the bronchial tubes. Therefore the author recommends sexual activities until old age as a prevention against infectious diseases, for example coronavirus disease. The book contains 9 more results of studies which prove the positive effect of sexual activities on 9 other areas of health. In the context of a humorous love story written in the form of an exchange of letters 40 questions about female and male sexuality are answered.
As evidenced by the Spring 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 virus, an influenza pandemic remains a real threat to the nation and the world and has the potential to shut down work critical to the smooth functioning of society. This testimony addresses: (1) the extent to which fed. agencies have made pandemic plans to protect workers who cannot work remotely and are not first responders; (2) the pandemic plans selected agencies have for certain occupations performing essential functions other than first response; and (3) the opportunities to improve agencies¿ workforce pandemic plans. Table.
Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic provides lessons from experts around the world on how to transform the outcomes of children affected by HIV/AIDS. It examines which public policies and programs best meet the full range of children's needs, from medical care to social support and from infancy to adolescence.
Preparedness and rigorous planning on community, state, and regional levels are critical to containing the threat of pandemic illness. Steeped in research and recommendations from lessons learned, Pandemic Planning describes the processes necessary for the efficient and effective preparation, prevention, response, and recovery from a pandemic threa
Protecting federal workers essential to ensuring the continuity of the country¿s critical operations will involve new challenges in the event of a pandemic influenza outbreak. This report discusses: (1) the extent to which agencies have made pandemic plans to protect workers who cannot work remotely and are not first responders; (2) the pandemic plans selected agencies have for certain occupations performing essential functions other than first response; and (3) the opportunities to improve agencies¿ workforce pandemic plans. The author surveyed pandemic coordinators from 24 agencies and selected three case study occupations for review: federal correctional workers, staff disbursing Treasury checks, and air traffic controllers. Illus.
During an influenza pandemic, healthcare workers will be on the front lines delivering care to patients and preventing further spread of the disease. As the nation prepares for pandemic influenza, multiple avenues for protecting the health of the public are being carefully considered, ranging from rapid development of appropriate vaccines to quarantine plans should the need arise for their implementation. One vital aspect of pandemic influenza planning is the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)-the respirators, gowns, gloves, face shields, eye protection, and other equipment that will be used by healthcare workers and others in their day-to-day patient care responsibilities. However, efforts to appropriately protect healthcare workers from illness or from infecting their families and their patients are greatly hindered by the paucity of data on the transmission of influenza and the challenges associated with training and equipping healthcare workers with effective personal protective equipment. Due to this lack of knowledge on influenza transmission, it is not possible at the present time to definitively inform healthcare workers about what PPE is critical and what level of protection this equipment will provide in a pandemic. The outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 have underscored the importance of protecting healthcare workers from infectious agents. The surge capacity that will be required to reduce mortality from a pandemic cannot be met if healthcare workers are themselves ill or are absent due to concerns about PPE efficacy. The IOM committee determined that there is an urgent need to address the lack of preparedness regarding effective PPE for use in an influenza pandemic. Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic : Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers identifies that require expeditious research and policy action: (1) Influenza transmission research should become an immediate and short-term research priority so that effective prevention and control strategies can be developed and refined. The current paucity of knowledge significantly hinders prevention efforts. (2) Employer and employee commitment to worker safety and appropriate use of PPE should be strengthened. Healthcare facilities should establish and promote a culture of safety. (3) An integrated effort is needed to understand the PPE requirements of the worker and to develop and utilize innovative materials and technologies to create the next generation of PPE capable of meeting these needs.
On June 11, in response to the global spread of a new strain of influenza, the World Health Org. (WHO) raised the level of influenza pandemic alert to Phase 6, which indicates the start of an actual pandemic. This change reflects the spread of the new influenza A(H1N1) virus, not its severity. Although currently the pandemic is of moderate severity with the majority of patients experiencing mild symptoms and making a rapid and full recovery, this experience could change. This report provides a brief overview of selected legal issues including emergency measures, civil rights, liability issues, and employment issues. Contents: (1) Intro.; (2) Emergency Measures; (3) Vaccinations; (4) Civil Rights; (5) Liability Issues; (6) Employment Issues.
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We began to research for this book in 2000, with the idea that we might contribute to the search for solutions to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic by c- bining perspectives from different disciplines. Much has happened in the interv- ing years. First, the severity of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa – and the threat it posed for many others regions of the world – led to a movement among several countries to correct the imbalance between producers and users of ph- maceutical products. This effort produced a clarification of the right of gove- ments to produce generic medicine under compulsory licenses and an amendment of the World Trade Organization’s TRIPS Agreement to allow exports of generic medicines from one WTO Member to another. In 2007, the amended rules were put into practice, with Canada authorizing the export of generic antiretroviral drugs to Rwanda. However, at the same time, global patent laws have been undermined due to regulatory capture, most notably in free trade agreements and through political pressure on countries like Thailand to not to exercise their right to issue compulsory licenses for pharmaceutical products. Second, the amount of money available for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS has increased dramatically, with the establishment of the World Bank Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Program for Africa (MAP), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), among other funding initiatives.
This book aims to assist 'non-expert' public health professionals and the well-qualified lay-person to gain a rapid overview of pandemic influenza. It comprises 16 chapters written by experts with real-life experience of their subjects. It provides a comprehensive overview of pandemic influenza with strong emphasis on practical topics related to preparedness, including pharmaceutical and public health countermeasures, policy issues, infection control, communication, ethics and modern bio-mathematical modelling. It is highly relevant to public health professionals and local authority officials involved in pandemic preparedness in both developing and developed nations, and will also be valuable to students of public health-related subjects.
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In recent public workshops and working group meetings, the Forum on Microbial Threats of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has examined a variety of infectious disease outbreaks with pandemic potential, including those caused by influenza (IOM, 2005) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) (IOM, 2004). Particular attention has been paid to the potential pandemic threat posed by the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, which is now endemic in many Southeast Asian bird populations. Since 2003, the H5N1 subtype of avian influenza has caused 185 confirmed human deaths in 11 countries, including some cases of viral transmission from human to human (WHO, 2007). But as worrisome as these developments are, at least they are caused by known pathogens. The next pandemic could well be caused by the emergence of a microbe that is still unknown, much as happened in the 1980s with the emergence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and in 2003 with the appearance of the SARS coronavirus. Previous Forum meetings on pandemic disease have discussed the scientific and logistical challenges associated with pandemic disease recognition, identification, and response. Participants in these earlier meetings also recognized the difficulty of implementing disease control strategies effectively. Ethical and Legal Considerations in Mitigating Pandemic Disease: Workshop Summary as a factual summary of what occurred at the workshop.
Every Assistance and Protection is the first book presenting an in-depth history of the Australian passport. In charting the development of the passport from its early beginnings to its present form, the book traverses changes in government policy and social history from the early 19th century to the modern era. It shows how the Australian passport evolved from a signifier of British nationality into a badge of membership of one of the most multicultural countries in the world. The book explores the landmark events in this history:the great 19th century diasporas, resulting from relaxation of official controls on the movement of people; the early passport regime regulating the movement of "ticket-of-leave" convicts; the establishment of the centralised passport system during World War I; the enactment of the first passport legislation for the Commonwealth, The Passports Act 1920, and the reaction of some Australians who felt the new law infringed the liberties of the British subject; changes to the laws in 1938 such that possession of a passport was no longer mandatory for an Australian to travel, though still a practical necessity; the use of the government's discretionary power to cancel or withhold passports to inhibit the movement of individual communists; the establishment of Australian citizenship in 1948 - the basis for possession of an Australian passport; the removal of the word "British" from the cover in 1967; the effects of globalisation and heightened security in the late 20th and early 21st century. It also touches on the lives of individuals: boxer Les Darcy, journalist Wilfred Burchett, and General Sir Thomas Blamey, are among the many Australians featuring in these pages. The book is based on an exhaustive examination of hitherto unexamined primary sources of many government departments, including the Departments of External Affairs, the Prime Minister's, the Attorney-General's, Defence, Home and Territories, Immigration and Foreign Affairs. Sponsored by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
In 2009, the H1N1 influenza pandemic brought to the forefront the many unknowns about the virulence, spread, and nature of the virus, as well as questions regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel. In this book, the Institute of Medicine assesses the progress of PPE research and identifies future directions for PPE for healthcare personnel.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Science held a symposium, in memory of Dr. John R. La Montagne on April 4-5, 2005, to discuss the current state of the art of research on pandemic influenza and to identify gaps in research. The symposium serves as a first step of discussion towards a combined and coordinated research effort among Department of Health and Human Services agencies, other governmental agencies, international partners and the private sector. The statement of task that guided the Symposium agenda included these specific questions: 1) What is the current state of the science on pandemic influenza research? 2) What are the pressing unmet scientific questions and technical issues? 3) What administrative, logistic or legal impediments exist that block progress towards the development of interventions to respond to pandemic influenza? 4) How can collaboration among Global health Security Action Group nations be strengthened to address unmet scientific questions and technical issues related to research on pandemic influenza? 5) What do experts believe are the most important next steps to take to advance research on pandemic influenza? The Proceedings of the John La Montagne Memorial Symposium on Pandemic Influenza Research Gaps represents a slightly edited transcript of the plenary presentations, rapporteur presentations, plenary discussion and presentation slides. This document contains the Symposium agenda, short biographies of plenary speakers, and provides a list of individuals who attended the symposium.