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Dog Health Advocate #14 – Should We Fear Ebola?
October 23, 2014

I’ve been busy working on the first course of “Healthy Happy Dogs” which covers vaccinations in detail. The why’s, the do’s and the don’ts. Maybe that’s why I’ve noticed more and more references to Ebola and the talk of creating a vaccine for this new threat.

Ebola is not a dog disease but the whole thing really has me thinking about both diseases and vaccines.

First there were articles in my Sunday newspaper. The accompanying photos showed people in special suits to prevent them from catching the disease while dozens and dozens of local citizens in their everyday clothes just watched them. Then there were so many posts on Facebook about it I took a Facebook break. Why?

Fear. A fear I refuse to get caught up in. Fear is contagious so I didn’t bother to mention that the predictions are this new world wide epidemic will kill 10,000 people on a planet with 7 billion. Wait. Back up. Heart attacks kill 50,000 people in the United States every single year.

Historically a viral disease tends to run its course and die out (or people become immune after exposure.) Heart attacks which are basically a result of the wrong foods, drinks and lack of exercise are still going strong. So that in, say, ten years (if Eboli reaches the predictions) and does kill 10,000 people. Heart attacks will have killed 500,000.

Is it possible we are putting our concerns in the wrong place?

There are always dangers of pathogens and disease, but who is most at risk of any disease? The least healthy! It may turn out the best defense is exactly what Hippocrates (one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine) said back around 400 BC.

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine and our medicine our food.”

Something to think about.


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