Ebola and Hurricanes - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Ebola and Hurricanes

August 8, 2014

What do Ebola and Hurricanes have to do with each another? They are both used as fodder by the media to scare the living daylights out of all of us. Yes, of course, they are both potentially very dangerous and I don’t mean to minimize the damage they do, but they don’t harm everyone.

I don’t have a TV but I started tuning into a local station on my computer when the first hurricane was supposed to land and the reporter was almost apologetic that it had been downgraded to a tropical storm. And now the second one is veering off to the north away from the Hawaiian islands and I detect a note of disappointment in their voices that they can’t report on a big disaster.

In a positive sense, the media serves to focus people’s attention on a problem so we can decide if we want that problem or not. I decided immediately that I didn’t want a hurricane, I wouldn’t mind a bit or rain but that was all. And that’s all I got. I know that sounds very egocentric but I am a firm believer that I create my own reality. And I don’t judge whether it’s good, bad or indifferent – it just is. And if I just want the good stuff, I pay attention to that and ignore the bad or indifferent. If I want contrast, I put attention on the bad stuff and it gets worse! It’s all up to me.

The Ebola virus was first “discovered” in Africa in 1976 but now it’s a household word and I’m getting countless emails asking how to prevent and treat it. Prevention is easy. Do not rub up against someone who is infected with Ebola! You will never get Ebola unless you exchange bodily fluids, so, don’t do that! Let me repeat, Ebola is not an easily transmissible infection; it requires contact with bodily fluids from an infected individual (blood, sweat, feces, urine, vomit or semen). Hospital workers and sexual partners are susceptible.

Now, I did notice that the CDC is testing a new Ebola vaccine and it makes me wonder if the world-wide panic that is being stirred up and dished out is free advertising for the vaccine?

Carolyn Dean MD ND

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