So a friend said Sue DO get on your soapbox about this – I am behind you.
In order not to disappoint therefore I am going to have a little rant about vaccines, diseases and Ebola.
Now according to the Wikipedia pages “From 1976 (when it was first identified) through to 2013, the World Health Organization reported a total of 1,716 cases of Ebola.” They don’t state how many deaths – just cases!
However in 2014 we have had the largest outbreak to date and this is on- going. Initially it only affected Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia but then it started to spread to other places and “as of 14 October 2014, 9,216 suspected cases resulting in the deaths of 4,555 have been reported. Efforts are under way to develop a vaccine; however, none yet exists.”
Interesting for me in this statement is the word SUSPECTED as I am a very literal person when it comes to certain things written or spoken and I do tend to analyse why certain words are used (or some are omitted). Does this mean they are not really sure it is Ebola or does it mean they suspect this is what has caused these deaths?
Researching for this blog I discovered an article about Ebola and how it actually does not kill you – your immune system does. It also tells you how Ebola attacks something in your body called Interferon. But there is also a drug called Interferon so where did it originate I ask myself?
If you want to check out one of the articles I found when researching you will find this at: http://www.businessinsider.in/Why-Ebola-Is-Such-A-Uniquely-Terrible-Virus/articleshow/44829594.cms
Now let me also ask this please? If we have known about this disease called Ebola since 1976, how come to date no preventative measures were taken or why no vaccine has been developed? Could it be that the powers that be thought: “Oh well, it’s happening in Africa in countries that are of no real interest to us at the moment so who cares about them anyway? They are nothing to do with us” Is that a possibility?
Perhaps certain governments believed that “What occurs in Africa stays in Africa?” I can’t understand that though as there is a hell of a lot of smuggling things coming out of Africa (diamonds, people, rhino horn, elephant tusks, etc.). So maybe governments were interested but not bothered about caring for the people suffering until they themselves were feeling threatened.
So could they really be so naïve or simply uncaring about these races of people?
It seems they could as it appears that only now when western “civilisation” feels threatened they start to worry about the poor African nations who frankly have never been much use to them unless there was a profit in it.
Hence the countries that could supply the Slave trade, the Diamond, the Oil and anything else that could be used to make big businesses have been “explored” , and plundered and their people exploited by our expanding (and ever-increasingly greedy ) “Democratic” (said tongue in cheek of course as that is an irony in itself!) Western nations.
So now that Ebola has “escaped” the African continent in a similar way that Aids did we all panic. Or rather the authorities try to incite us to panic. Now we are being “educated” in what is happening and the governments of the West are rushing to produce a vaccine – they had 38 years to do this. Why didn’t they do this before now?
This is where I have a variety of suggestions to answer that question.
- Greed dictates – They may have found a vaccine back then but as the pharmaceutical companies didn’t make money from it before it has been sitting somewhere in a lab for a few decades. Soon they will bring it out (saying it has been discovered and encouraging us to use it even though it has (apparently) not undergone the usual clinical trials. The one way to do this is to incite panic of course so we all blindly agree to an inoculation on this scale – as we did with the “swine flu” outbreak, which actually killed more people than the swine flu did.
- Experiments went wrong – I am reminded of “The Constant Gardener” movie and query whether perhaps it is part truth. Maybe when we offer “Aid” to African countries who are suffering from drought or malnutrition and other sicknesses we are not helping at all. In fact perhaps some companies are using the people of these countries as a testing ground for their drugs BEFORE they are cleared. Live lab experiments therefore?
- Maybe Ebola was caused by man experimenting with additive and chemical preservatives in our food, drinks and medicines throughout the world. After all we do seem to have not only more diseases but also more of every type of disease nowadays than we did in the past (asthma, diabetes, etc.) Either we have created this OR Mother Nature is fighting back.
There may be many more suggestions or ideas on this subject and please do not get me wrong – I am not saying that Ebola is not out there or that it is not bad for some people affected.
Just as with severe flu, Malaria, Dengue fever or the various sicknesses or plagues throughout history it can kill the unwary of course and this diseases appears to be spreading rapidly through humankind. However, most diseases can be prevented by having a healthy diet, clean living conditions and ENOUGH clean water to drink – remember 80% of our body is water.
Vaccines are an extreme solution as far as I am concerned and I would avoid wherever possible as I also believe that “when your time is up your time is up”. Of course, we should not be rash and careless or irresponsible but we need to be aware that most 21st century diseases are caused by humans in one way or another and it is NOT a solution to simply invent a new vaccine to cure one illness and possibly thus create another through a subsequent mutation of the cells of our bodies.
The Evolution of the Species did not call for inoculations – things grow and then they die, evolve or die out and although we can often prolong life – can we really prolong the quality of it?
We are human beings, from wherever we come and I believe we should pay more attention to aiding (where we are asked) to enhance other people’s lives and other parts of the world. We can learn so much from them instead of blaming them for any ills that arise in our own corner of the world.
As the “higher species” surely we should be accountable for our own lives. Let us all act sensibly and compassionately but above all THINK INDEPENDANTLY and not believe all we are spoon fed by media or governments.
Soapbox Sermon over – Let me know your thoughts please (especially you LL)