Swine Flu Pandemic Wake-up Call

We are blessed. Our generation of Americans has never known the horrendous effects of widespread disease, famine or what life would be like living in a war zone. We’ve not known what life would be like if store shelves were to suddenly go bare and were not able to be replenished.

We take our lifestyle for granted, and because we do, we’re sorely unprepared for any disruption to that lifestyle. We think we are immune to war, pestilence and poverty. We are not. I believe our generation (This means you) will one day experience widespread disruption of many of the things we take for granted. This disruption will likely come from war, a dollar collapse, or from a killer flu pandemic. Whichever it is, our lives will forever be changed as a result.

The current H1N1 swine influenza virus outbreak may not be the lethal virus people feared it to be. However, the speed at which it is spreading world-wide should tell you how vulnerable everyone is to these viruses. What if things were different? What if this virus was as lethal as the virus of 1918?

The worst killer flu pandemic of the 20th century occurred in 1918.

America was at war with Germany when the influenza pandemic hit. To give you an idea of just how deadly that virus strain was, more American and German soldiers died from it during WWI than those soldiers who died from fighting. On one troop ship crossing of the Atlantic, 4,000 of the 10,000 troops aboard died from the flu contracted aboard ship before reaching Europe.

An estimated 675,000 Americans died of influenza during that killer pandemic. That’s ten times as many soldiers who died from fighting in the war. To put that number into perspective, the effect of that killer influenza pandemic was so severe it dropped the average life span in the US by 10 years. Back then; no one knew what caused the flu. Doctors were helpless.

The death rate for 15 to 34 year-olds of influenza and pneumonia were 20 times higher in 1918 than in previous years. People were struck with illness on the street and died rapid deaths. They would suddenly fall ill and be dead by the following morning. Most people died struggling to clear their airways of a blood-tinged froth that sometimes gushed from their nose and mouth. In other words, they drowned in their own fluids while trying to breathe.

The situation grew so rapidly, there quickly became a nationwide shortage of coffins, morticians and gravediggers. Funeral were limited to 15 minutes. In some cities, mass graves had to be dug by steam shovel and bodies were buried together without coffins. Enitre cities were quarantined. Mind you, this all happened in the US.

Nationwide, 563,000 people died in the U.S. No one knows with certainty what the global death count was, but estimates range from 30 to as high as 80 million souls.


Now here’s what no one is telling you. These flu outbreaks are routine. About every 38 to 40 years flu viruses mutate into mass killers, some are more severe than others. I do not believe this current swine pandemic will kill many people. but it could easily mutate within a few years to become the next mass flu killer. If not this one then another one. It is only a matter of time.

When the next mass killer flu pandemic hits, mass quarantines will create chaos and panic. Think what happens when people who work for a living can no longer work, when no one is allowed to move about. There will be food shortages, gasoline rationing, power outages and looting on a scale ever before seen.

Government offices will be forced to close. Hospitals will be overrun with victims. Entire cities and small towns will be quarantined. People will lose the ability to go to work. They will lose their income. Economic breakdown will be massive.

Here is a quote from Gratton Woodson, MD. Dr. Woodson is the author of a white paper called “Preparing For The Coming Influenza Pandemic.”

"Only 17% of the world’s inhabitants lived in urban environments in 1918 and at the time there were only 15 cities with more than one million inhabitants. Today slightly less than half of humanity lives in urban settings that occupy only 3% of the earth’s surface area and there are over 400 cities with a population of over one million.

High population density is a well-known and understood factor favoring epidemics, including influenza. The world has never faced a major pandemic with its population so large or so geographically concentrated. This factor alone makes predicting the magnitude of the impact of a major pandemic difficult. The difficulty is not in predicting whether these population factors will worsen or lessen the severity of the pandemic. There is no question that it will worsen it, but by how much, we don’t know.

Cities are dependent on outside sources for critical supplies including food, power, and water. The provision of these essential goods and services requires the highly coordinated efforts of a large number of people. During a major pandemic, these activities are likely to be interrupted by widespread illness and death. The interdependent nature of modern society increases the risk that a systematic failure could occur due to a domino effect precipitated by the failures of one or two key institutions or resources. In other words, a failure of one critical system leads to the failure of another and so on until the entire system collapses.

Taken together, these factors are likely to result in the temporary disruption in the basic supplies and services we all now take for granted. The resulting chaos would likely be accompanied by a period of temporary anarchy, especially within large urban centers."

The question is what you can do to prepare:

Food Security:

Food supplies are likely to become limited in the event of a major pandemic. Storing a supply of canned meat and fish, dried beans, and rice is a prudent consideration. Consider basics like salt, sugar, and cooking oil. If food shipments are interrupted to the urban centers, it won’t be very long before food is gone from the grocery shelves.

You’ll want to have at least a six month supply of food and water on hand. Rotate the food and water, so you always have a fresh supply.

You should consider flashlights, battery operated radios and kerosene lanterns. If you have someone in your home who requires medication, try to build up a supply of medication.


When an influenza outbreak occurs, avoid going to public areas. But if you do go out wear a face mask soaked in therapeutic grade essential oils known to kill viruses. My personal preference is an oil blend called Thieves produced by Young Living Essntial Oils.

Diffuse essential oils in your home that are known to be antiviral. These include:

  • Cistus,
  • Clove,
  • Eucalyptus,
  • Melaleuca
  • Alternifolia,
  • Mountain Savory,
  • Myrrh,
  • Ravensara,
  • Rosewood and several others.

Should anyone in your family become infected and fall ill, Young Living Essential oil blends (Raven and or RC) are documented to support the lungs.

End Note:

The swine flu virus strain of 1918 died out when there were no more hosts (people) able to support it. These were people whose immune system was impaired. The next killer flu will die out in the same way. It will spread world wide looking for hosts to procreate. When there are no more hosts able to support it, it will go dormant.

We are living on borrowed time as far as the next killer flu outbreak is concerned. We are overdue for one. While this current swine flu pandemic may not be the big one we all fear, the speed at which it is spreading should put the fear of God into you. It should tell you to take action to prepare.

Prepare for the worst and pray for the best.

Jim Lynn Survive Economic Collapse

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