While the death rate from Swine flu is not higher than with the more usual types of influenza, because swine flu virus is very widespread, more people will get sick and there may be more deaths. 

The difference in the case of swine flu is that it tends to cause infection deep in the lung tissue, which is not ordinarily the case with seasonal flu.

This has been described in an interesting article describing autopsy findings in people who have died from swine flu.  This can be found at:  http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE58E6NZ20090915.  [Please paste this URL into your browser — for some reason my software wouldn’t create the automatic link]

Obesity, fatty liver disease (which often accompanies obesity), asthma, and heart disease were found in those who had died.  It is also known that children with neurological diseases and developmental delays seem more susceptible, although the reason for this is not clear.

April 26, 2009

Swine Flu — A new hybrid form of influenza has recently emerged in Mexico, and cases have also been reported in this country (the southwest but also now in New York).  The new virus is a combination of human, pig, and bird flu.  This is potentially quite worrying but the degree of anxiety that we should have is not clear.  This virus is as yet still treatable with Tamiflu and Relenza (pharmaceutical antivirals); there is no vaccine for it.  It is too late for quarantine and containment, so what will be will be.

Flu epidemics are generally more serious in late fall and winter, when the weather is colder.
I have not seen any cases as yet.
Please refer to the influenza article in the website for how to deal with flu epidemics.
Vitamin D, hygiene (hand washing, exposure in public places, surgical masks, etc.), effective constitutional remedies, and the prophylactic use of Influenzinum are the main considerations.
I’m at a seminar right now so I don’t have time to write much, but I’ll keep up with the progression of this possible epidemic and send out timely updates.