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By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com

Though it’s taken a backseat to Ferguson and the Sony hacking story, the Ebola virus remains a threat in the United States.

According to Fox News Channel’s investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, who recently reached out to the Centers for Disease Control, the agency is still very much involved in monitoring individuals for the deadly African-borne virus. The problem, says Attkisson, is that the CDC is covering up the numbers, presumably to minimize panic across the United States.

Attkinson says that following the appointment of Ebola Czar Ron Klain media involvement became almost non-existent because the government stopped releasing statistics and granting interviews in an effort to control the news.

The infectious disease experts I consulted were and remain very concerned about this because if it gets out of control in this country because we will not be able to deal with it.

A lot of the media coverage has gone from overtime to almost nothing since they appointed the Ebola Czar, and I don’t think that’s any accident – I think it’s a strategy.

There’s a good argument to be made that things were made safer… the reason we don’t have a worst case scenario today as far as we know is because there was media coverage… a public outcry… that totally changed the way the government was handling the Ebola crisis…

Once the Ebola Czar came in they quit putting out the head of the CDC… no more interviews. Someone decided, I think, when we give information they cover it. When we don’t give information it will fall off the stage and it largely did.

I called CDC not long ago and said how many active cases are being monitored in the United States of Ebola and they said 1,400.

I said, ‘where is that on your web site?’ They said ‘We’re not putting it on the web.’

I think there is an effort to control the message and to tamp it down. This is public information and we have the right to know and I think the media should not hype it, but cover it.

Based on Attkinson’s report one can conclude that the Ebola Czar, who had no medical experience whatsoever at the time of his appointment, was put into place not so much to help implement new medical procedures, but rather, to act as a Public Relations manager whose job it was to control the flow of information.

The strategy worked, it seems, because Ebola is now just a joke among the majority of the public.

But, as Attkinson notes, the virus is still poses a significant danger to the American public. To date the virus has claimed the lives of over 7,000 people in West Africa and it is still spreading fast according to a United Nations report that says over 18,000 have been infected so far.

There have been no additional confirmed cases of Ebola officially recorded in the United States since late October, but as Infowars‘ Paul Joseph Watson noted in a recent report, it is quite possible that another aspect of the Ebola Czar’s job is to keep any such infection under wraps. That may even mean that confirmed Ebola patients are being disappeared by the CDC.

A doctor has exclusively revealed to Infowars that health authorities are covering up Ebola cases in the United States and disappearing patients in an effort to avoid hysteria.

James Lawrenzi, DO, who has two clinics in Garden City and Archie, Missouri, appeared on the Alex Jones Show today to warn that the true scale of the situation was being deliberately downplayed. It is important to note that none of these potential Ebola outbreaks occurred at the clinics in which Lawrenzi works.

Lawrenzi said that shortly after the arrival of patient zero – Thomas Eric Duncan – in the United States, he was told by a doctor at Truman Lakewood Medical Center in Kansas City they had taken in a possible Ebola patient who had a high fever and was bleeding out of all his orifices having recently returned from West Africa.

The following day, Lawrenzi was told by the doctor that the patient had “disappeared” against medical advice, but that he wouldn’t have been able to leave on his own given his medical condition.

The day after the patient disappeared, a meeting was called for anyone who had contact with the patient. Doctors and other medical workers were told that the patient had malaria. Lawrenzi also revealed that drug reps from within the area warned over additional possible Ebola cases in the area.

Though such a scenario might sound far-fetched, an Executive Order recently updated by President Obama suggests that “disappearing” a patient suspected of a contagious disease is completely within the scope of the government if their infection has been deemed a national security threat.

Because no effective means of treating the virus has yet been released to the general public – and it’s questionable whether you want to get a vaccine if and when it does become available – the only strategy for ensuring that you don’t contract the virus is to focus on prevention.

As The Prepper’s Blueprint author Tess Pennington notes, we are on a need-to-know basis with Ebola (and any other potential contagion in the future) so it comes down to each individual to ensure their own safety. According to Pennington that includes a variety of strategies that need to be implemented or developed ahead of any major outbreak:

The CDC, unfortunately, has not provided the public with any sort of serious guidelines for preventing the spread of Ebola. One minute the public is told that Ebola isn’t airborne, but the next minute the government issues warnings that infectious material can, in fact, spread through water droplets in the air. The point is that the government is going to keep as much of this hidden from the public for as long as possible. Not just with Ebola, but any number of potential emergencies.

Additional Resources:

The Prepper’s Blueprint: Prepare For Any Disaster

The Ebola Survival Handbook

How To Build a One Year Food Supply In Three Months

Pandemic Preparedness Guide

This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: Ebola Cover Up: CDC Monitoring 1,400 Active Cases: “Government Effort To Control The Message”

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Obesity

By Joshua Krause

It’s pretty much old news at this point. The population of the United States is becoming incredibly unhealthy and unfit as time goes on. Everybody knows it, but we must never stop discussing this tiresome fact over and over again because frankly, it’s not getting better. The most alarming trend in America’s downward spiral into illness and obesity, is that it appears to be effecting our kids the most.

Recently the Centers for Disease Control conducted a physical study involving 600 teenagers. They found that only 42 percent of them could reach the bare minimum threshold for being considered “fit”. This happens to be a decline from 52 percent in 2000. The lead author of the report Dr. Gahche, suggested that “Children should spend at least 60 minutes daily…mostly doing aerobic exercise, like walking, running, participating in team sports or martial arts.”

While obviously good advice, does he mean to say that many of our kids aren’t doing something so mildly strenuous and benign, as walking? It’s absolutely baffling to think that a large segment of our youth can’t find a few more minutes of their day to bring their heart rate up even a little bit. It shouldn’t be too shocking to find that the study pinned the blame on a common culprit:

Competing for kids’ time with these activities, of course, is a growing proportion of the day devoted to computers, tablets and other forms of screen time.

“Kids come home after school nowadays and don’t even leave the house,” said Dr. Dyan Hes, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College…“Especially teenage girls – they chat, they text, they go online. It’s really a sad state.”

While food and drugs are also a major factor in our declining health, the idea that our gadgets are sucking up all the time we used to spend exercising, isn’t a new one. The average adult in the U.S. spends a total of 5 hours a day consuming digital media from computers, laptops, and smartphones. This probably wouldn’t have been that much of a problem if American’s were replacing TV time with their new gadgets, but they aren’t. The average time spent in front of the TV has remained somewhat static, at around 4 and half hours. The average American spends almost every waking moment absorbed into some kind of media.

This is the example we’re showing to our kids, and it shows. Diabetes has been on the rise among our youth for a long time now, but it’s managed to climb significantly in recent years. Over the course of a decade the percentage of kids 12-19, with diabetes or prediabetes, managed to more than double from 9 percent to 27 percent.

What’s really bizarre is that it isn’t just a rise in type 2 diabetes, which can be accounted for with our poor diets and exercise. Type 1 diabetes is on the rise as well, which is widely believed to have more genetic causes rather than environmental. I can only guess at the factors involved, but I have to ask,  is our diet and lack of exercise setting up our kids for a lifetime of illness before they’re even born?

The implications for the future are staggering. There’s been plenty of talk of how our nation is going to pay for the retirement of the baby boomer generation. The lowest estimates of unfunded liabilities in medical care, put it at around 25 trillion, as the number of people in retirement will nearly double over the next 20 years. To sustain such an astronomical cost, it’s going to require a healthy generation of workers to maintain a debt that isn’t even theirs.

I digress. Perhaps what should really worry us, is how we’re going to support the current generation, who may likely end up too sick and bedridden to even work long enough to reach retirement.

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Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger .

 

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This article is brought to you by our friend Andrew J. Jackson over at Prepography ”The Art & Study of Self-Reliance”

Hurricanes and floods are dangerous natural disasters.  Once the storm has blown over and the floodwaters have receded dangers still persists.  Here are the Top 10 Safety Tips for After the Hurricane or Flood adapted from the Centers For Disease Control suggestions.

1. Don’t poison yourself or anyone else

Apparently after a disaster a lot of folks use equipment they aren’t familiar with to provide electricity, heat or clean up and give themselves carbon monoxide poisoning.  Carbon monoxide is an ordorless and colorless gas put off by many types of combustion engines as well as cooking and heating appliances.  To keep yourself safe read the instruction manual for all your appliances and don’t use equipment like generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline or charcoal burning equipment inside of buildings or within 20 feet of a door, window or vent.  Additionally, don’t leave any vehicles running inside buildings or garages.  Use a carbon monoxide detector with a battery backup (in case the power is out) and leave the house immediately if is sounds or if you feel dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.  Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect poisoning.  See Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After a Disaster  for additional information.

2. Stay out of the floodwaters

Don’t reenter the area until floodwaters have receded and there is no rainfall forecast for your area or upstream.  Don’t drive vehicles or equipment through floodwaters and avoid bodily contact with floodwaters due to injury (tripping, lacerations, etc.), drowning, disease and pollution dangers.  Wear a life jacket if there are still floodwaters in the area.  See Flood Waters or Standing Waters  for more information.

3. Watch out for critters, big and small

With the multitude of tick and mosquito borne diseases (including a spike in West Nile infections this year) make sure to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin (Information Regarding Insect Repellents).  Watch out for larger critters as well.  Wild animals and strays may act aggressively and/or carry diseases including rabies (Rabies Exposure: What You Need to Know ).

4. Avoid unstable structures

Keep away from damaged buildings structures. Leave the area immediately if you feel or hear the structure shifting, vibrating or any unexplained noise until they have been examined and certified as safe by a building inspector or other government authority. Leave immediately if you hear shifting or unusual noises the signal the the structure is about to fall.

5. Watch out for electrical hazards

Stay away from downed power lines.  Even if they appear ‘dead’ they could be energized by the power company coming in to restore power or even by your neighbor who didn’t install his generator correctly.  The same holds true for the power in your house or building.  If you are working in your flooded basement and the power is suddenly restored it could be a life changing experience…for your family.  Always turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse panel (if it’s safe to do so) that has had water damage and don’t turn the power back on until a qualified electrician tells you it’s safe to do so.

6. Watch out for fire hazards

Without power you may be tempted to burn candles or kerosene lanterns.  Exercise extreme caution if you elect to do so.  A safer alternative is the new LED technology lanterns which last forever and don’t put out all that (often) unwanted heat.  Never leave cooking appliances or wood burning fireplaces/stoves unattended while they are in use or until they cool down.  Keep the right type of fire extinguisher handy if there are any open flames.

7. Wear the right protective gear

Wear the right protective gear for the type of work or cleanup you are doing.  This may entail wearing  a hard-hat, safety glasses (or goggles) heavy work gloves, boots (waterproof, steel toe, steel shank, etc.) or hearing protection.  If hazardous materials or certain molds are present you may also need to wear protective clothing or a respirator.  If you aren’t sure about what you’re dealing with call a professional.  See Prevent Illness after a Natural Disaster and Prevent Injury after a Natural Disaster for more information.  More specific information on post disaster mold issues can be found here.

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8. Take care of yourself

You’ve just suffered a terrible loss, but hopefully it was only property that you lost.  Don’t add ‘injury’ to insult by trying to do all the cleanup work yourself…especially if you aren’t accustomed to manual labor.  Here are a few of the things to keep in mind during your cleanup process:  drink plenty of water, don’t strain yourself by lifting objects too big to handle, don’t work alone, and take frequent breaks (especially if it’s hot).

9. Practice your first aid skills

Hurricanes and floods leave all kinds of pollutants and diseases behind.  Before you head into the area make sure that you are up on your tetanus shot and any other vaccinations that your doctor recommends)  If you break your skin (cut, scrape, blister, etc.) stop working  and take care of it.  Clean by washing with soap and clean water before applying an antibiotic cream and protect the wound from further contamination.  Keep the wound clean and dry and changing the dressing often until it’s healed.  If you have a more serious injury; any remaining health concerns; or if the wound gets inflamed, swollen, turns colors or starts to discharge then seek immediate medical attention.

10. Clean yourself

Stop frequently and wash the nastiness off.  Use soap and clean water or an alcohol based product (remember no smoking while using these).  Wash your hands as frequently as is feasible and avoid touching your face, food, etc. unless you have just cleaned your hands.  For more information see the CDC’s Hygiene and Handwashing site.

For more information from the Centers for Disease Control on post hurricane and flood safety visit their website.