Monday, August 29, 2011

Bird Flu

I just read an article indicating another potential Bird Flu threat is in the making.  With the media hyping one disaster after another, it is difficult to determine what is real and what is just another false alarm.  Every year we hear of another "pandemic" threatening our population.  Health organizations begin massive immunization campaigns and people respond with typical knee-jerk reactions.

The whole point of being a prepper is, well....being prepared.  Rather than reacting to the latest hysterical reports, we need to have considered potential threats and have made preparations to control and contain those threats.  When I wrote The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases, I was preparing for medical crises.  Going through the process of researching uncommon diseases and learning how to treat and contain those diseases was my way of preparing.  The shopping lists were written for me and my family.  The treatments, containments and recipes were compiled so that I would know what to do in an emergency.

As I hear of yet another potential medical threat, I rest easy knowing that the Bird Flu was covered in a special Influenza section of my book.  I know that I have everything on hand to treat Bird Flu in my home.  I know what to look out for, what to prepare for and when to seek outside help.

I can't stop illness or disease.  Just like I can't stop war, famine or pestilence.  But I can prepare.  I can arm myself with knowledge and tools.  I can definitely increase my families chance of survival.  I can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.  Are you prepared?


  1. I've been meaning to buy your book for some time, but kept putting it off. This reminder came at a great time...I just put in my order.

    Andrea S

  2. I gotta look into ordering your book Enola. One question I have, if there are flu shots availible and some kind of mutated bird flu got out. I assume that a generic flu shot would be useless against the new strain?

    My first thought would be not to take any shots. Just stay healthy, eat right and stay away from infected individuals and that would greatly increase my chances of not contracting any flu.

  3. I have Enola's book and it is excellent! It covers diseases that can have dire consequences and could very well resurface when the system breaks down due to war, natural disaster, or social chaos. Plus, it covers illnesses that occur every day in small numbers, but which could erupt into pandemics.

    It also covers things like dehydration and a simple recipe for rehydration, supplies to have on hand, also avoidance - which is of primary importance to me. I like to avoid trouble whenever possible.

    Buy the book, you can't go wrong. Oh, BTW, this was an unsolicited recommendation - I give this review from the heart and am grateful to Enola for taking the time to write it.

    NoCal Gal

  4. Same here Andrea, glad for the nudge Enola! Sometimes it seems that my list of lists gets too big. I just placed my order and can't wait to receive my copy :)

    MaryB in GA

  5. Captaincrunch;
    The flu shot protects you against only certain strains. It is a gamble whether or not you will come into contact with the strain you were immunized for. You are absolutely right about eating right and being healthy. That is definitely a good start. Most healthy people who contract the flu can be easily treated at home with a little common sense and tried and true home care measures. People with a compromised immune system are at risk for various complications. Forewarned is forearmed. Have a few simple drug store items on hand and a good rehydration fluids recipe and you can take care of most flu symptoms at home. There is always going to be something to watch out for, but the more we know the more we will be able to help ourselves.

  6. I wonder if the latest disease scare is sort of a tie-in with the release of the movie "Contagion"?