I had the good fortune to come across a wonderful book just the other day. It isn’t normally the subject matter that would have grabbed my attention while standing in Barnes and Noble but I quickly became engrossed nonetheless. The book is called What You Must Do To Escape the Bird Flu.
I knew I would like the book right after reading the introduction in which we meet the author and learn about her motives for writing the book and gain some insight into her life. She is a woman after my own heart….a cancer survivor like myself, a supporter of homeopathic medicine and alternative health, and the director of an organic foods buying co-op.
I went on to read the first chapter with tears in my eyes as I became engrossed in the story of a family that comes into contact with the bird flu after one family member is exposed while traveling. I cry for the mother who loses her husband within days after exposure to the bird flu and must watch her children slip away, all the while becoming increasingly sick herself. I cry for what “could” be.
This is where we learn that we must be prepared for something like this. We cannot be so arrogant as to think that global disasters cannot touch us. We are threatened by many disasters in this day and age: global warming, terrorist attacks, hurricanes, and yes pandemic illness. The question is: If one of these disasters were to find its’ way to our doorstep would we be prepared? And of course that leads to another question…why not prepare yourself, even if you believe you will not ever be affected? “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” That is what it comes down too and that is why this book is so important.
I did not know much about the bird flu pandemic of 1918 so it was nice to learn a bit about his chapter in human history. The Chapter “What Did We Learn from the 1918 Bird Flu?” was a big eye-opener and it outlined some of the reasons why that pandemic hit so hard and a BIG factor in that situation according to the author and other sources was stress. The stresses we put on our body…chemical, physical, emotional, and sleep related contribute to our overall health and can make us susceptible to illness. These factors are detailed in the book…and it may shock you to discover what age group was hardest hit by the 1918 flu. It surprised me at first but the logic was overwhelming.
Some other great topics discussed where: the people who will be hit the hardest by Bird Flu, 10 simple things you can do, how to survive if the Bird Flu hits, medical care and home remedies if conventional medicine is not available, and food storage and cooking tips. I was delighted to see that many of the survival skills recommended for us to learn were ones that I already have courtesy of my natural family living lifestyle.
Not only does this book outline the ways in which you can protect yourself in the event of pandemic illness it gives us good information about staying healthy and avoiding illness in general. The information about vitamins, health supplements, and healthy lifestyle practices is great to have. Who doesn’t need that information right? The correlation between an alkaline pH and a body that is a ripe host for viruses and cancers was information that I really needed, having just went through a battle with cancer.
I really enjoyed this book. It is now totally dog eared where I have marked pages with important information or sources that I want to explore further. I have also spent a little too much at Amazon buying books and other products that were referenced by the author. So be warned! But this is one book that a health conscience person should not be without…especially if you are concerned with pandemic illness like the Bird Flu!
And don’t forget to stop by the author’s web site: www.escapethebirdflu.com
[tags]Bird Flu, Health, Illness, Pandemic, Sickness, Book Review[/tags]